International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach (R, front) and President of the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympic Games (POCOG) Kim Jin-sun (C, front) dance at the four years countdown celebration for the Opening Ceremony of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang House in Sochi Olympic Park, Russia, Feb. 9.
Meyer, Anderson, Cologna the morning gold medals
Matthias Meyer of Austria in alpine ski’s downhill, Jamie Anderson of USA in women’s snowboard slopestyle and Dario Cologna of Switzerland in 30km cross country’s skiathlon had the morning dramatic victories at Sochi on Sunday, according to biathlonnews.com. Matthias Meyer has managed the best middle section in men’s downhill and manage a gold medal just o.o6 ahead of Christopher Innerhoffer of Italy and 0.10 ahead of Kjetil Jansrud of Norway. Jamie Anderson of USA has added in her collection of titles an olympic gold medal with an outstanding performance in her 2nd run and after a disappointing 1st run. In men’s 30km skiathlon Dario Cologna gave Switzerland its 1st gold medal after a fantastic finish leaving behind Marcus Hellner of Sweden by 0.4 and Martin Jonsrud Sundby of Norway 3rd by 1.4:. Russians lost another medal with Maxim Vylegzhanin finishing 4th just 0.1 behind Sundby.
Historic win for Ole Einar Bjoerndalen
Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen won the gold in men’s sprint biathlon at Sochi in an amazing race full of surprises and historical records! Ole Einar took the medal in his 40th year and becomes the eldest gold medalist in men’s sprint in Olympics’ history! Also Einar becomes the only athlete having 3 gold medals in sprint in 3 different Olympic Games. His time 24:33.5, he had 1 shooting error and won by 1.3 over to Dominik Landertinger of Austria who had clean shooting and the 4th best time on course. Ole Einar had the 3rd best time. 3rd has finished Jaroslav Soukup of Czech Rep
Ole Einar has said in his press conference: “Life is too short to give up. There have been some difficult years , with a number of problems in recent years, but the motivation has always been there”
Sven Kramer gold for Dutch team
Sven Kramer of Netherlands took his 2nd Olympic gold in his career and break Olympic record in 5000m men at Sochi. Dutch team swept all medals with Jan Blockhuijsen (+4.95) taking the silver and Joritt Bergsma (5.90) the bronze. Bart Swings of Belgium has lost podium and finished 4th, Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Norway has finished 5th (in the same race with Kramer) and Russian Denis Yskov has finished 8th.
Marit Bjoergen another gold in skiathlon
Marit Bjoergen once more was the strongest in the last 1000 m and smashed rivals for getting another gold medal in her career in Sochi Olympics’ skiathlon (7,5km classic+ 7,5km free). 1.8 behind her has finished Charlotte Kalla of Sweden with an impressive effort to bid for gold but in the last downhill entering the stadium has been left without enough strength to beat Bjoergen. 3rd and bronze medal for Heidi Weng who has managed to leave behind Therese Johaug of Norway (4th) and Aino – Kaisa Saarinen of Finland (5th). Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland (6th),after her fall during switching skis in the half of the race, she lost her pace and left fight for a medal.
Olympic Solidarity: Russians have given help to Germans
President of the German Olympic Sports Union, DOSB, Alphonse Hermann called attention to the fact that the Russian team has helped their immediate rival, according to biathlonnews.com. Germans brought in Russia a machine for ski’s preparation but unfortunately didn’t work. Then biathletes, skiers and nordic combiners could have stayed without any prepared skis and asked to borrow a machine by Austrians and Swiss who had refused. Then according to DOSB president IBU’s Vice President Sergey Kuchtschenko has contacted the Russian team and they have taken permission by their Sports Ministry in order to lent their equipment to the Germans for the whole night.