Sochi 2014: One gold for two in the women’s downhill event


The women’s downhill medal competition on Wednesday ended with a unique result, according to sochi2014.com. The top of the podium was shared by two athletes: Slovenia’s Tina Maze and Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin had identical times to the nearest hundredth of a second: 1 minute, 41.57 seconds. Both received a gold medal. Bronze went to a Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who has lagged behind the leaders by just 10 hundredths of a second. Romania’s Ania Monica Germaine Caill failed to complete this race, after missing a gate.
Also on Wednesday Eric Frenzel (Germany) confirmed his status as the world’s best Nordic combined athlete by holding off Akito Watabe (Japan) to win the NH/10km at RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre. Frenzel and Watabe, who had finished first and second after the ski jumping phase, skied together on the cross country course ahead of a closing pack for most of the race until Frenzel powered home in the final 250m to win gold and consign Watabe to silver. Magnus Krog (Norway) came out of the chasing pack to claim bronze, eight seconds behind Frenzel and just over a second ahead of fourth-placed Alessandro Pittin (Italy).
First women’s ski jumping gold in the history
Carina Vogt (Germany) stunned favourite Sara Takanashi (Japan) to win the first Olympic gold medal in women’s ski jumping on Tuesday night at Ruski Gorki Jumping Centre. Vogt’s victory is the first by a German woman in a major ski jumping competition since the inception of women’s world championship and world cup events. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (Austria) moved up from fifth after the first round to win silver, while Coline Mattel (France) claimed bronze.Takanashi, who was third after the first round, finished in fourth place.
Also on Tuesday Natalie Geisenberger (Germany) has won luge’s women’s singles with the biggest winning margin in any luge event at the Olympic Winter Games since 1964.
Geisenberger’s winning margin of 1.139 second over silver medallist Tatjana Huefner (Germany) is the second biggest in any luge event at the Winter Games. The only bigger margin between gold and silver was recorded in 1964, when Ortrun Enderlein beat Ilse Geisler by 2.75 seconds, also in women’s singles. Erin Hamlin (USA) took bronze. This is the first medal for USA in women’s luge at the Olympic Winter Games and the first medal in all luge events since silver and bronze in doubles in 2002. Romania’s Raluca Stramaturaru ranked 30-th in this race.
Norway’s domination in sprint events
Norway’s Ola Vigen Hattestad took the Olympic gold in the men’s cross country freestyle sprint. Ola Vigen Hattestad added to the gold medal Norway won moments earlier in the women’s sprint event by emerging victorious in the men’s event. Norway becomes the first NOC to complete this double in the Olympic Winter Games. Hattestad became the second cross country skier from Norway to win this event. Tor Arne Hetland (Norway) had won it in Salt Lake City in 2002. Norway became the first NOC to win this event twice. Norway extended its lead in gold medals in Olympic cross country skiing to 38. This is the most gold medals won by any NOC in any sport at the Winter Games.
Norway also claimed gold and silver in the ladies sprint final at the Laura cross country course on Tuesday but it was not their better-known skiers taking the honours. Maiken Caspersen Falla and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (Norway) finished first and second with Vesnar Fabjan (Slovenia) grabbing bronze. It was a first Olympic medal for all three athletes. To everyone’s surprise neither of the favourites made the final. Kikkan Randall (USA) went out in the quarterfinals and Marit Bjoergen (Norway) in the semifinals.
Darya Domracheva of Belarus on Tuesday won the Olympic title in the Biathlon Women’s Pursuit event, while Romania’s Eva Tofalvi came in 26th. Domracheva, a clear winner who failed only one shooting, clocked in at 29:30.7, +37.6 ahead of Norway’s Tora Berger, and +42.0 ahead of Slovene Teja Gregorin. Tovalfi, with three failed shootings, crossed the finish line +2:44.6 behind the winner.

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