Sochi Olympics - Day 15

Sochi Olympics - Day 15

Biathlon – Men:  Russia made its fans wait for a biathlon gold medal until the last race of the Sochi Games. Despite missing eight targets, the Russian team won the men’s 4×7.5-kilometer relay. A sea of Russian flags and loud chants awaited the Russians every time they entered the 7,500-capacity Laura biathlon stadium. Germany, which only missed two targets, finished 3.5 seconds behind Russia, and Austria with seven reloads, got the bronze, 29.8 seconds back.

Alpine Skiing – Men:  An Austrian was the heavy favorite to capture the men’s slalom on Saturday. Just not this Austrian. Mario Matt was a surprise winner as he became the oldest Alpine champion in Olympic history, edging pre-race favorite and teammate Marcel Hirscher. Leading after the first run, Matt glided through the slushy course in a combined time of 1:41:84. Hirscher finished 0.28 seconds behind for silver and teenager Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway captured bronze, 0.83 behind.

Cross-Country Skiing – Women:  It was a Norwegian day today in the Ladie’s Mass Start placing one – two – three! Marit Bjørgen won the gold with a time of 1:11:05.2, Therese Johaug captured silver with a time of 1:11:07.8, +2.6 from the lead, and Kristin Størmer Steira got bronze with +23.6.

Snowboarding – Men:  Vic Wild of Russia captured his second gold medal in four days when he won the Olympic debut of men’s parallel slalom in snowboarding. The American-born Vic Wild, who competes for Russia after marrying Russian snowboarder Alena Zavarzina, edged Žan Košir of Slovenia by 0.11 of a second to win silver. Kosir, grabbed bronze in PGS, earned Slovenia’s second snowboarding medal of the games. Karl Benjamin of Austria won bronze.

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