Any coach would do something like that, he said. But that's just it, none of the other coaches, not even the Russians, made a move.
A lot of the sports at the Winter Olympics are dominated by one nation. Speed skating -- the Dutch. Luge -- the Germans. Snowboarding -- the United States, well, most of the time.
But no one has taken home as much hardware as Norway, a country of 5 million, has in cross-country skiing. They've won 38 gold medals, the most top finishes in any Winter Olympics sport.
They added to the total Tuesday when Ola Vigen Hattestad and Maiken Caspersen Falla won the sprint events.
It makes sense that Norway is so good at the sport. According to the Olympic News Service, in or about the year 1200, King Sverre of Norway was the first to have his troops use skis in battle. He ordered his scouts to use them to spy during the Bagler War. The first timed race was held in Norway in the 19th century.
OK, enough of the history lessons.
Norway currently tops the overall medals table.
Letter for Jamie
We could all use a fan letter like this. Jamie Anderson, who won the first women's slopestyle snowboard event, received a "precious letter" from Leanne, who is lives in San Jose, Calif., and is in second grade.
Bleacher Report says USA Today reporter Mike Foss noticed the letter posted to Anderson's Twitter account. Foss writes that the letter is beyond cute -- it's adorable.
Leanne even interspersed different colored stars into a cheering letter that reads:
Dear Jamie Anderson,
I'm so proud you made the Olyimpic (remember, she's in second grade) team! I've been reading about you and you are really amazing! I learned that you like biking. I like biking, too. I hope you go high and do lots of tricks and do a really good job and do a nice job on the USA team. You are really good at Slopestyle Snowboarding. Rub the penny to get good luck.
And Leanne taped a penny to the letter. Someone needs to get Leanne her own gold medal.