Women’s Alpine Skiing: For the first time in Olympic history, an Alpine skiing race ended in a tie for the gold medal as Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland both won the women’s downhill. The pair sped down the Rosa Khutor course in 1:41:57 seconds. Lara Gut of Switzerland earned bronze 0.10 behind the winners. American Julia Mancuso, one of the pre-race favorites, trailed by 0.99 in eighth place after losing more than a half-second in the lower sections.
Nordic Combined: Eric Frenzel of Germany led after ski jumping and then powered home on the cross-country course to win the gold medal in the Nordic combined individual normal hill at the Sochi Olympics. Frenzel, last year’s World Cup champion and this year’s runaway leader, started the 10-kilometer cross-country race with a six-second advantage over Akito Watabe of Japan. The silver went to Watabe and Magnus Krog of Norway earned the bronze.
Women’s Snowboard: Women’s snowboarders followed in the footsteps of their male counterparts on Day 5 of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Each of the riders had the best of two runs to progress through the competition. The top three from each of the two heats advanced straight to the final, while the next six from each moved on to battle it out in the semis. In the Heat 1, Kelly Clark of the United States finished first with 95.00, in front of Queralt Castellet of Spain with 93.25 and Sophie Rodriguez of France with 78.50. In the Heat 2, Torah Bright of Australia came first with 93.00 in front of Hannah Teter of the United States with 92 and Xuetong Cai of China with 88.00.
With the finalists now confirmed, we have a clearer idea of who should come out on top in the women’s halfpipe. Clark’s overall form appears unbeatable right now, and she’ll be extra determined to claim victory after Gold’s exit from the tournament. Bright and Castellet will certainly push Clark for the prize and will be looking to land bigger tricks in the final. Speed has been difficult to maintain through each halfpipe event, ensuring the gold medal winner will need to utilise every inch of their strength to get the best from a difficult course.