The hype going into this year’s Winter Olympics for Team USA was focused on women’s downhill skier Lindsey Vonn, men’s speedskaters Shani Davis and Apolo Ohno, and “Don’t Call Me Tomato” snowboarder Shaun White.

Yesterday, three of those competitors brought home gold for Team USA.

Lindsey Vonn proved that all the concern in regards to the health of her shin was justified.  To those of us who only watch international competition once in a four year span, we don’t know whether Vonn was actually good enough to bring home gold, or whether it was just a marketing ploy to sell Sports Illustrated issues and to get viewers to tune in.  She answered that question by becoming the first woman to win gold in the downhill for Team USA.  Now we have an identified star-on-the-rise to watch as the games continue, and Vonn is doing well in her quest for more medals. At the midway point, she leads the women’s “super-combined”, placing first in the downhill portion of the race with a blistering time of 1 minute, 24.16 seconds. (The other portion of the super-combined is a slalom leg, which is scheduled for Thursday at 3:30 p.m. ET.)

Shani Davis proved to be more able than Apolo Ohno to put his medal where his mouth is, picking up gold in the Men’s 1000 meter speedskate just days after withdrawing from the Men’s 500 due to track conditions.

Not surprising at all, Shaun White picked up gold in the halfpipe snowboarding event. His first run was so good that he could’ve gone without a single jump in the second run – snowboarding right down the middle of the track, and still won gold (they take the score from your best run). I’m glad he did the second run, however, because it allowed us to watch him complete a move called the double McTwist 1260, which you’ll have to see to believe.