Sochi 2014: Howell winner in women’s slopestyle


Dara Howell of Canada displayed a fantastic score of 94.20 points on her first run to take gold in the Olympic women’s freestyle skiing slopestyle event on Tuesday, according to sochi2014.com.
Devin Logan of the US took silver (85.40), with Canada’s Kim Lamarre in bronze just 0.40 behind.
Howell, the world silver medallist, had been dominant all day, also posting the top score in the morning heats.
World champion and favourite Kaya Turski failed to even make the final after crashing on both her runs in the qualification heats.
Alex Bilodeau retained his men’s moguls title on Monday evening with a stunning score of 26.31 as Canada continued to dominate the discipline. Just as they had done in the women’s moguls, Canada also took silver through Mikael Kingsbury, with a score of 24.71. Alexandr Smyshlyaev (24.34) took third place and prevented a Canadian clean sweep by pipping Marc-Antoine Gagnon (23.35) for bronze.
Speed skating: The Netherlands swept the podium
Speed skater Michel Mulder saw off a fierce challenge from his Dutch team-mates to win the 500m Olympic speed skating gold on Monday as the Netherlands swept the podium. Mulder, 27, won with a combined time from his two races of 69.31sec, beating compatriot Jan Smeekens by just 0.01sec in a thrilling climax to the competition. Ronald Mulder, the twin brother of Michel, took bronze in a time of 69.46sec.
Also on Monday France took its first gold of the Sochi Olympics when Martin Fourcade won the biathlon pursuit but Norwegian legend Ole Einar Bjoerndalen narrowly missed out on an outright Winter Games medals record. Bjoerndalen started the race equal with Norwegian cross country ski great Bjoern Daehlie on the all-time record of 12 medals won for the Winter Olympics. But despite showing good ski speed, Bjoerndalen missed targets in the second prone and both standing shootings to come in fourth in 34:14.5 just 1.7sec behind France’s Jean Guillaume Beatrix in third.
Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic won the silver. Fourcade, who took his first gold to add to his silver in the mass start at Vancouver in 2010, dominated the race from the mid-stage and even had the time to clench his first in triumph after a clear final shooting.
Organizers: 924 802 tickets sold until Tuesday
Since the start of the Sochi 2014 Ticketing Program until Tuesday, 924 802 tickets to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi have been sold, organizers announced on sochi2014.com. “Due to the increased demand for tickets, in addition to the Main Ticket Centers in Moscow and Sochi, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has opened a Main Ticket Center in Adler (in the Adler railway station, 113 Lenin Street) as well as at ticket offices in the airport, the Olympic Park railway station and near sports venues.  Ticket prices for the Olympic Games in Sochi were among the most affordable in the history of the Winter Games: the minimum price was just 500 rubles (around 10 Euro – e.n.)”, Organizing Commitee said.

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