Sochi Olympics – Day 7

Sochi Olympics – Day 7

Alpine Skiing – Men:  Sandro Viletta of Switzerland captured a surprise gold in the men’s super combined skiing final, upsetting tournament favourites such as Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, Bode Miller and Ted Ligety of the United States with an excellent display to top the podium. Sandro Viletta’s win is made all the more remarkable considering he has never managed a top three finish in a World Cup or major championship. Ivica Kostelic took the silver with +0.34 and Christof Innerhofer of Italy the bronze with +0.47.

Biathlon – Women:  Darya Domracheva of Belarus was the top performer and personally brought home yet another gold medal after winning gold in the women’s pursuit. She finished the 15 kilometer event in a blazing time of 43:19:6 minutes. Selina Gasparin of Sweden and Nadezhda Skardino of Belarus, weren’t able to catch Domracheva, but still showed off their elite marksmanship and outstanding skiing skills on their way to silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Cross-Country – Men:  Dario Cologna of Switzerland won his second Olympic gold medal this week in the 15-kilometer classic. Cologna was able to beat his competition with a time of 38:29.7, which was 28.5 seconds better than second place. Sweden rounded out the podium with Johan Olsson winning silver while Daniel Richardsson will leave with the bronze.

Freestyle Skiing – Women:  Alla Tsuper, a Ukrainian-born aerial skier representing Belarus was able to beat out her competition to score a first-place finish and gold medal in the event. Mengtao Xu of China wins silver while Lydia Lassila of Australia was able to secure third place and the bronze medal.

Ski Jumping – Men:  There was plenty of distance covered on Friday at RusSki GorkiJumping Center in Sochi as the men took to the individual large hill looking to qualify for today’s final. Michael Hayboeck of Austria won the qualification round followed by two Japanese jumpers, Daiki Ito and Reruhi Shimizu.

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