Sochi 2014: Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud won gold in Super-G

Alpine skiers have played another set of Olympic medals at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on Sunday. Nowegian Kjetil Jansrud took the lead over his rivals in super-giant slalom and won his second medal at Sochi Games (he had claimed bronze for downhill earlier). Jansrud showed the best time of 1.18.14 min. American Andrew Weibrecht lost 0.30 sec. to him and became the Olympic silver medal winner. Canadian JanHudec and American Bode Miller having showed the same result of 1.18.67 min. had the third ranking and shared the bronze medal.
Athlete Eva Samkova from the Czech Republic won the women’s snowboard cross, thereby winning the first gold for her country at the Olympic Games in Sochi.
Kamil Stoch (Poland) mastered tough wind conditions to win the large hill competition on Saturday night and earn his second gold medal of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The 26-year-old, who won the normal hill event on Sunday 9 February, jumped 139m and 132.5m for a total score of 278.7 points, 1.3 ahead of silver medallist Noriaki Kasai (Japan). Peter Prevc (Slovenia) won bronze, 3.4 points behind Kasai.
Skeleton: Tretiakov powered to victory
Home crowd favourite Alexander Tretiakov (RUS) powered to victory in men’s skeleton, winning gold ahead of Martins Dukurs (LAT), who won silver, and Matthew Antoine (USA), who won bronze. This is Tretiakov’s second Olympic Winter medal after winning bronze in Vancouver in 2010 and he is the first world champion in skeleton to win the event at the next Olympic Winter Games. His third heat saw him trail Dukurs as second-fastest, but he was able to reclaim the lead in heat 4 with a lightning fast 56.02. USA’s John Daly was in third place.
Poland’s Zbigniew Brodka on Saturday won the men’s 1500m long track speed skating gold, breaking the Dutch stranglehold in men’s speed skating. Brodka recorded a quicker time by 0.003 of a second over Koen Verweij of the Netherlands. His time was 1 minute, 45.006 seconds and Verweij settled for silver in 1:45.009. Canada’s Denny Morrison won bronze a further 0.22 seconds behind.
Russia triumphs in Short Track, USA in Hockey
In the Iceberg Skating Palace, the final of the women’s 1,500 meter and men’s 1,000 meter short track competitions took place. Olympic champion of the Vancouver Games Zhou Yang of China won gold (2 min., 19.140 sec.). The men’s competition completed the triumph of the Russians. Viktor Ahn won gold with the result of 1 min., 25.325 sec. Silver went to Vladimir Grigoryev (1 min., 25.399 sec.), and Dutchman Sjinkie Knegt took bronze (1 min., 25.611 sec.). Also on Saturday, American ice hockey team gained victory in USA-Russia match, which was  really a nail-biting Sochi Olympic  clash in the latest chapter of the two giants’ historic rivalry. T.J. Oshie scored the shootout winner as the United States defeated Russia 3-2. Pavel Datsyuk had two goals in regulation for the Russians, while Joe Pavelski and Cam Fowler scored goals for the Americans with both coming while Russian forward Alexander Radulov was sitting in the penalty box. With the score tied 2-2 in the third period, the Russians appeared to score the winner with just under five minutes left, but referees Marcus Vinnerborg and Brad Meier  disallowed the goal apparently because the net had been knocked out of place. Ilya Kovalchuk (RUS), forward said: “Everything is OK, nothing terrible has happened. We played good and showed our character by equalising the game at the end and now we will be getting ready for the future.”

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