Flashback to Vancouver 2010:
Wescott lays down the law again
Snowboard, men’s snowboard cross: The winner of the inaugural Olympic snowboard cross competition at Turin 2006, the USA’s Seth Wescott retained his crown in style on Cypress Mountain, slipping past Canada’s Mike Robertson at the bottom of the course. The third man on the podium was Tony Ramoin of France. Returning from injury too late to make the USA team for Sochi 2014, Wescott will today discover the identity of his successor.
Biathlon, women’s 12.5km mass start: A silver medallist in the sprint and the winner of the pursuit, Germany’s Magdalena Neuner came out on top once again at Whistler, getting the better of Russian rival Olga Zaitseva after the final standing shoot to win by 5.5 seconds. The bronze medal went to Neuner’s compatriot Simone Hauswald. While Neuner called time on her career in 2012, the 35-year-old Zaitseva is competing in her fourth Olympic Winter Games at Sochi 2014.
Ski jumping, men’s team large hill: A double bronze-medal winner in the individual events in Vancouver, Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer outjumped everyone with leaps of 144.9m and 145.2m to allow an Austria team also featuring Wolfgang Loitzl, Andreas Kofler and Thomas Morgenstern to take gold from Germany and Norway. Schlierenzauer and his compatriots will be aiming to repeat the feat when they take on the world again at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre.
Bobsleigh, men’s two-man: A gold medallist in the four-man at Salt Lake City 2002 and a double gold-medal winner in Turin four years later, Germany’s Andre Lange added yet another Olympic title to his collection on the ice at Whistler, partnering Kevin Kuske in the lightning-fast Germany 1 to win three of the four runs. Thomas Florschütz and Richard Adjei steered Germany 2 to the silver, with Russia’s Alexander Zubkov and Alexei Voevoda taking bronze. Florschütz and Zubkov will be back in charge of their sleds at Sochi’s Sanki Sliding Centre.
Figure skating, ice dancing: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir excelled in the free skate to become the first Canadians, and indeed North Americans, to be crowned Olympic ice dance champions. Completing the top three were Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the USA and the Russian pair of Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin. Permanent fixtures on the podium at every world championship since Vancouver, winning two gold medals and a silver in the process, Virtue and Moir are expected to shine once again at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi.
Freestyle skiing, men’s aerials: The winner of Belarus’ only medal at Salt Lake City 2002 – a bronze – Alexei Grishin went not one but two better at Cypress Mountain, landing his country’s maiden Olympic Winter Games title with two solid jumps. Grishin was joined on the podium by Jeret Peterson of the USA and China’s Liu Zhongqing. The in-form Liu will once again be among the favourites in Sochi, as he looks to emulate the triumph of compatriot Xiaopeng Ha at Turin 2006.