Sochi Olympics - Day 2

Sochi Olympics - Day 2

Men’s Downhill:  The men’s downhill at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games took place at the Krasnaya Polyana Ski resort. Having not bettered fifth in a world cup downhill this season, Matthias Mayer of Austria won his the gold in a thrilling and unpredictable race. The 23 year old Austrian finished 0.06 seconds ahead of Christof Innerhofer of Italy winning silver and Kjetil Jansrud of Norway snatching bronze. None of the three medallists have won a world cup downhill race in 2013/14.

Women’s Moguls:  Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada has claimed her country’s first gold medal of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games with her sister Chloe winning silver on 8th Febuary at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park . Defending champion and big medal favourite Hannah Kearney of the United States skied to third position after a mistake in the upper section of the course.

Women’s Skiathlon:  Marit Bjoergen of Norway became the the oldest female Olympic Winter Games gold medallist at 33 years 324 days when she won the opening event of the cross country at Sochi 2014 on Saturday. She came into the 7.5km + 7.5km skiathlon as the favourite and did not disappoint under dazzling blue skies in Krasnaya Polyana. Charlotte Kalla of Sweden finished second and another Norwegian Heidi Weng took the bronze medal, with compatriot Therese Johaug a slightly disappointing fourth.

Men’s Skiathlon:  Dario Cologna of Switzerland has come back from ankle surgery in late November to win gold in the men’s 30 km Skiathlon in Sochi. Marcus Hellner of Sweden took the silver while Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway took the bronze. Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov of Russia missed the podium finishing forth and fifth. Alexander Legkov, another Russian favourite for a medal was with the leading group that consisted of 17 athletes with 2 km to go when he broke a pole.  Legkov still managed to finish in 11th place.

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle:  Jamie Anderson of the USA is the first ever Olympic Slopestyle Champion claiming the second snowboard Gold for her home country at the Sochi Winter Games while Enni Rukajarvi of Finland and Jenny Jones of the United Kingdom round out the podium on another historic day.

 

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