The women’s super combined figures large on Monday’s programme at Rosa Khutor, with the downhill, followed three hours later by the slalom. From there it’s on to the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi for short track speed skating and the men’s 1,500m, followed in the evening by the men’s 12.5km pursuit in biathlon, the starting order for which was determined by the result of Saturday’s sprint event. At the Adler Arena, meanwhile, all eyes will be on the women’s 500m, with the men’s moguls bringing the day to a spectacular close beneath the floodlights at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
Flashback to Vancouver 2010:
Alexandre Bilodeau (CAN) opens the host nation’s account
Alpine skiing, women’s super combined: For the first time in a Winter Games super combined event, the downhill and slalom elements took place in the same day. Excellent in both disciplines, Germany’s Maria Höfl-Riesch dominated throughout, clocking an overall time that was almost a second faster than her nearest rival Julia Mancuso of the USA, who took her silver medal count in Vancouver to two. Meanwhile, Sweden’s Anja Pärson bounced back from a dramatic wipe-out in the downhill three days earlier to claim bronze. Höfl-Riesch arrives at Sochi 2014 as hot favourite to defend her title.
Short track speed skating, men’s 1,500m: Korea Republic seemed all set for a clean sweep at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum only for Si-Bak Sung and Ho-Suk Lee to collide and fall on the last bend, leaving their compatriot Jung-Su Lee to cross the line all on his own in first and the American duo of Apolo Anton Ohno and JR Celski to take silver and bronze respectively.
Speed skating, men’s 500m: There was another gold for the Republic of Korea in the men’s 500m at the Richmond Olympic Oval as Tae-Bum Mo celebrated his 21st birthday in the best possible style, winning Olympic gold by 0.16 and 0.19 seconds respectively from Japan’s Keiichiro Nagashima and Joji Kato respectively. The 2013 world champion at the distance, Mo has every chance of defending his title at the Adler Arena.
Biathlon, men’s 12.5km pursuit: After coming eighth in the sprint, a full minute and 12 seconds behind the winner Vincent Jay, Sweden’s Björn Ferry turned in a storming performance to catch the Frenchman on the final lap of the pursuit and win his country’s first men’s biathlon gold in 50 years. Jay was also caught and overtaken by Austria’s Christophe Sumann and had to settle for bronze, his second medal in two days.
Freestyle skiing, men’s moguls: Producing a double full for his first jump and a breathtaking back X for his second, while eating up the moguls in between, Alexandre Bilodeau secured Canada’s first gold medal at Vancouver 2010 in impressive style. Taking second place behind him was Australia’s defending Olympic champion Dale Begg-Smith, with the USA’s Bryon Wilson third. Fresh from scoring three consecutive World Cup wins in the lead-up to Sochi 2014, Bilodeau will be confident of retaining his title.