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YOG-tastic day at Sochi 2014

YOG-tastic day at Sochi 2014
©IOC/Anna Konovalova

20/02/2014

Day 11 of competition at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be one to remember for both Youth Olympic Games athletes and Ambassadors.

Starting with the ‘Flying Frenchman’, Ambassador Kevin Rolland entered into the sporting history books when he took the bronze medal in ski halfpipe, one of the 12 new events that are on the Olympic programme.

After a good first run that scored him 88.60 points, the world champion and twice winner of the X Games fell in the second round putting him third on the podium in pretty extreme weather conditions.

"I am really glad, as it was pretty hard. I was not at my best under these disastrous weather conditions," Rolland told Young Reporter Sonali Prasad after his podium finish.

The Ambassador who has supported the Youth Olympic Games since its first edition in Innsbruck in 2012 was quick to show his support for the YOG DNA and other YOGgie riders Beau-James Wells (NZL) and Aaron Blunck (USA) who finished in 6th and 7th place.

"To see so many of them making it from Innsbruck to Sochi, just shows the success of the Youth Olympics. I saw these guys in Innsbruck and now I am competing with them, and they are so good, it’s surreal! Beau-James did so well he ranked sixth in the tally, he is extremely good technically. I need to high five him when I see him." 

Kevin chatted to fans today on the Olympics Facebook page about his first Olympic experience.

Speaking of the ‘Yoggies’, fresh from her silver speed skating success, Suk Hee Shim of South Korea claimed gold in the ladies short track speed skating in the 3000m relay, while nine other YOG athletes performed in ladies giant slalom, men’s Nordic combined and women’s bobsleigh.


By Young Reporter, Sonali Prasad

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