Sochi 2014, Day 13: What’s on this Thursday?
As the men’s ski cross unfolds through the morning at Rosa Khutor, the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre will be hosting the Nordic combined men’s team large hill/4x5km relay. The women’s curling competition reaches its denouement with the bronze- and gold-medal matches, while over at the Bolshoi Ice Dome there are also medals up for grabs in the women’s ice hockey. Back at the Mountain Cluster, the world’s top female freestyle skiers will be in action as women’s ski halfpipe makes its Olympic debut. Then at the Iceberg Skating Palace, the women’s figure skating will bring the curtain down on Day 13 with the eagerly anticipated individual free programme.
Flashback to Vancouver 2010
Korean skater Yuna Kim lights up the Pacific Coliseum
Freestyle skiing, men’s ski cross: Swiss skier Michael Schmid held the lead all the way from the first turn to the finish line to win from Austria’s Andreas Matt. Canada’s Christopher Delbosco looked all set to take the bronze only to crash out at the final jump, leaving the last place on the podium open to Audun Grönvold of Norway. The flying Schmid was fastest in every single round at Cypress Mountain and will be out to repeat the feat in Sochi.
Nordic combined, men’s team large hill/4x5km relay: Third in the standings after the jumping, the Austria team of Bernhard Gruber, David Kreiner, Felix Gottwald and Mario Strecher streaked away in the skiing leg, with Strecher taking the line over five seconds ahead of USA anchorman Bill Demong, who was preceded on the track by Brett Camerota, Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane. The German quartet of Johannes Rydzek, Tino Edelmann, Eric Frenzel and Björn Kircheisen won the bronze, thanks in the main to a blistering run by Frenzel. It was Austria’s second consecutive Olympic title in the event. Four years on, Germany and Norway will be leading the challenge to deny the Austrians a hat-trick of golds.
Curling, women’s medal matches: The bronze medal went to China after Wang Bingyu skippered her side to a 12-6 win over Mirjam Ott’s Switzerland. Sweden’s Anette Norberg then won her second straight Olympic gold in leading her team to a narrow 7-6 defeat of Cheryl Bernard’s Canada. Sweden and Canada will again contest the final at Sochi 2014, with Mirjam Ott renewing her bronze medal quest, this time against Great Britain.
Ice hockey, women’s medal matches: Finland and Sweden’s face-off for the bronze went into extra-time after the sides tied 2-2 in normal time, with Karoliina Rantamäki scoring the winner for the Finns in the 62nd minute. The gold-medal match saw Canada take on USA in the white-hot atmosphere of the Canada Hockey Palace, with a brace from the 18-year-old Marie-Philip Poulin helping the hosts win the day. Poulin was later named in the Games’ all-star team along with two of her team-mates: forward Meghan Agosta and goaltender Shannon Szabados. In a repeat of the Vancouver final, two North American teams will again do battle for gold in Sochi.
Figure skating, women’s individual free skate: Yuna Kim of the Republic of Korea turned in one of the most spellbinding performances of the Vancouver Games in front of 15,000 enraptured spectators at the Pacific Coliseum, earning the highest marks of all time for her magnificent free programme and relegating her great Japanese rival Mao Asada to second place. Canada’s Joannie Rochette joined them on the podium. Kim and Asada will come face to face again on the ice at Sochi’s Iceberg Skating Palace, with further competition provided by Russian teenage sensation Julia Liptinskaia, making it an occasion not to be missed.
Freestyle skiing, women’s halfpipe: This event is making its Olympic debut at Sochi 2014.