Sochi Olympics – Day 8

Sochi Olympics – Day 8

Alpine Skiing – Women:  Anna Fenninger of Austria clinched her first Olympic medal with gold in the women’s super-G at Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort. The 24 year old beat Maria Hofl-Riesch of Germany by 0.55 seconds taking silver and Nicole Hosp of Austria by 0.66 seconds taking bronze. Only three of the first 11 starters reached the finish on a course that was icy at the top and slushy lower down. Lara Gut of Switzerland who won bronze in the Sochi downhill came fourth, while Julia Mancuso of the United States, the super-combined bronze medallist, was eighth 1.52 seconds behind, and downhill winner Tina Maze was fifth with +0.76.

Cross-Country – Women:  The Olympic ladies cross country 4×5 km relay was won by the Swedish team of Charlotte Kalla, Emma Wiken, Ida Ingemarsdotter and Anna Haag taking home the gold medal. Finland finished in second place to grab the silver, while Germany captured the bronze and France fourth. In the most surprising result of the day, Norway’s Marit Bjorgen, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, Therese Johaug and Heidi Weng failed to reach the medal podium and recorded their first loss in an event since 2009, finishing in fifth position.

Ski Jumping – Men:  Kamil Stoch of Poland snatched the Olympic men’s large hill ski jumping gold medal from Noriaki Kasai, the veteran ski jumper from Japan on the very last jump on Saturday evening, becoming just the third man to capture both individual hills titles at the same Olympic Games. The 26 year old world number one jumped 139 meters in the first round and 132.5 meters in the second to finish with 278.7 points. Noriaki Kasai, 41 years old took the silver with 277.4 points, finally winning an individual jumping medal in his seventh Olympics! Peter Prevc from Slovenia won the bronze, adding to the silver he won on the normal hill.

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