Sochi 2014, Day 8: What’s on this Saturday?
The day begins with the women’s super-G at Rosa Khutor and continues with the women’s 4x5km cross-country relay. Short track speed skating then takes over, with the women’s 1,500m and the men’s 1,000m at the Iceberg Skating Palace. Meanwhile, there’s a gold medal at stake in the men’s skeleton at the Sanki Sliding Centre and another in the men’s 1,500m speed skating final at the Adler Arena. The day comes to an exciting close with the men’s individual large hill competition at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre.
Flashback to Vancouver 2010:
Switzerland’s Ammann does the ski jump double again
Alpine skiing, women’s super-G: Starting 17th, defending champion Lindsey Vonn was on course for another gold when she took the lead in a thrilling race at Whistler Creekside. No sooner had the American unclipped her skis, however, than she was trumped by Austria’s Andrea Fischbacher, who came in fully 0.74 seconds ahead. The excitement continued when Slovenia’s Tina Maze, wearing the No22 bib, squeezed in between the two to take silver. Fischbacher’s was the only Alpine skiing gold her country would win at Vancouver 2010, while Maze is the only one of the three medallists who will take the start line in Sochi, and is strongly fancied to figure large again.
Cross-country skiing, women’s 4x5km relay: The Norwegian quartet of Vibeke Skofterud, Therese Johaug, Kristine Stormer Stera and Marit Björgen scored a comfortable victory at Whistler, with Björgen, who crossed the line clutching her country’s flag, winning her third medal of the Vancouver Games. Germany finished 24 seconds back to take the silver, with Finland third. Norway will once more be the team to beat at Sochi 2014.
Short track speed skating, women’s 1,500m and men’s 1,000m: Breaking away from the rest of the field at the midway point, China’s Zhou Yang held off the challenge of the Republic of Korea’s Eun-Byeol Lee and Seung-Hui Park to secure a handsome victory in the women’s 1,500m, with the Korean pair taking the remaining places on the podium.
Meanwhile, in the men’s 1,000m, the Republic of Korea’s Jung-Su Lee ducked inside his compatriot Ho-Seok Lee on the final bend to complete a notable Vancouver 2010 double, having earlier struck gold in the 1,500m. In winning the bronze behind them, the USA’s Apolo Anton Ohno collected the seventh individual Olympic medal of his career.
Men’s skeleton: Canada’s Jon Montgomery and Latvia’s Martins Dukurs fought out an exciting gold-medal duel, which the home favourite, fastest in the last three runs, eventually won by 0.07 seconds. Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov finished third. Unbeaten in the FIBT World Cup so far in 2014, Dukurs heads to Sochi as the man to beat.
Ski jumping, men’s individual LH: Reprising his golden exploits at Salt Lake City 2002, Switzerland’s Simon Ammann won the individual K120 at Whistler with prodigious leaps of 144m and 138.9m to collect his second gold in Vancouver and his fourth Olympic title overall. In a repeat of the podium line-up for the individual normal hill, Adam Malysz of Poland and Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria took the other medals. Ammann will be back in Sochi to defend his title.
Speed skating, men’s 1,500m: Mark Tuitert of the Netherlands beat the Richmond Olympic Oval track record with a time of 1:45.57 to take gold from the USA’s Shani Davis by over a half a second. Norway’s Havard Bökko. Tuitert will once again cross swords with Davis on the ice at Sochi’s Adler Arena.