Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch defended her Olympic super-combined gold on Monday, proving she was the woman to beat in the discipline, according to sochi2014.com. At Vancouver she also won the slalom title, making this her third career Olympic gold so far. The 29-year-old, who also won the world title last year, posted a total time of 2min 34.62sec after one downhill and one slalom run. She finished ahead of Austria’s Nicole Hosp at 0.40sec and US favourite Julia Mancuso, who made a key mistake half way through the course to finish third at 0.53 despite leading after the morning’s downhill. Romania’s Ania Monica Caill ranked 34th in this race.
Also on Monday Canada’s Charles Hamelin claimed his third Olympic gold medal when he won the men’s 1500m short track speed skating title. China’s Han Tianyu took silver with Victor Ahn giving hosts Russia their first ever Olympic short track medal with bronze. Hamelin, 29, previously won gold in the 500m and the 5000m relay in the 2010 Vancouver Games.
Felix Loch retained his Olympic luge singles title
The 24-year-old upset Russian Albert Demchenko’s hopes of becoming the oldest ever Olympic champion at the age of 42. Loch – an eight-time world champion, four each in singles and teams – finished with a combined time of 3min 27.526 sec after the four runs. Demchenko, the world champion in 2004/05, was 0.476 sec behind with double Olympic champion Armin Zoeggler of Italy third at 1.271sec. Prominent Italian luger Armin Zoeggeler set a new Winter Olympics record by winning a medal at his sixth consecutive Games. Gold medallist of Salt Lake City-2002 and of Turin-2006, he took his third bronze in Sochi. A silver in Nagano in 1998 and bronze medals in Lillehammer-1994 and Vancouver four years ago complete his collection. Romanian Valentin Cretu finished 29th.
Poland’s Kamil Stoch won the Olympic Games ski jumping title on the normal hill on Sunday with jumps of 105.5m and 103.5m for a total of 278 points. Slovenia’s Peter Prevc was second with 265.3 pts and Norway’s Anders Bardal, 264.1 pts, claimed bronze. Switzerland’s Simon Ammann, 32, who came to Sochi as the reigning champion at both normal and large hills, which he won in 2006 at Turin and in 2010 in Vancouver, failed to earn a record fifth Olympic gold finishing in 17th position.
First gold for Russia
Russia won the first gold medal in team figure skating ahead of teams from Canada (silver) and the United States (bronze). On Sunday, the final day of the team competition, the free program, 2006 Olympic champion Evgeny Plyushchenko and the young Julia Lepnitskaia were crowned the winners. Ice dancing pair Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov, currently in third place, helped maintain the success of Team Russia.
Anastasia Kuzmina of Slovakia won Olympic gold in the biathlon sprint in Sochi.
Kuzmina also won gold in this race in Vancouver. She has become the first biathlete to win individual races in one discipline in two consecutive Olympic Games. Russian Olga Vilukhina, debuting at the Olympic Games, won the first silver medal for the Russian team. Ukrainian biathlete, Vita Semerenko came third, this was also her first Olympic medal. Romanian Eva Tofalvi took the 22-nd place.