Sochi 2014: Start of the hockey tournament, USA crushed Slovakia 7-1


USA men’s hockey national team defeated Slovakia 7-1 on Thursday in their first match of the Group A of the hockey tournament at the World Olympics in Sochi, according to sochi2014.com. In another game on Thursday Russia defeated Slovenia 5-2 in the same group. In Group B, Finland defeated Austria 8-4. Sweden opened the men’s hokey  Olympic tournament on Wednesday evening with a solid 4-2 win over the Czechs at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. Superstar defenceman Erik Karlsson led the way with two goals, and Patrik Berglund and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for Sweden, which enjoyed a 4-0 lead before the halfway mark.  The Czechs will next face Latvia on Friday, while the Swedes take on Switzerland that day. Also on Wednesday evening Latvia and Switzerland were looking to get their Olympic medal bids off to a fast start, but with a minute left on the clock the two sides still hadn’t managed to find a goal between themselves. However with just eight seconds remaining, Moser made himself a hero with a strike that handed Switzerland a 1-0 victory.
Martin Fourcade wins men’s 20km individual biathlon
Sharp-shooting Frenchman Martin Fourcade wins his second gold medal of the Games. Fourcade now has two precious metals thanks to his win in the men’s 12km pursuit on Monday. Germany’s Erik Lesser takes the silver while Evgeniy Garanichev wins bronze for Russia.
Short Track: Cina’s Li Jianrou is gold in 500m event
China’s Li Jianrou on Thursday won the women’s 500m short track final after all the three other competitors fell early on, according to Eurosport. Elise Christie of Great Britain finished second but was penalised and dropped to fourth after being deemed responsible for the early collision. Arianna Fontana of Italy was awarded silver  and Park Seung-hi of South Korea bronze.
Christie, who is considered a superior 1000m racer, found herself trapped on the inside just after the start, colliding with Fontana and hitting the ice. Park followed suit, allowing Li a clean skate to victory. The fallen trio were able to get back up and complete the race, with Li coming home over five seconds clear in 45.263.
Also on Thursday Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk signalled her return to top form when she powered to an impressive victory in the women’s cross-country 10km classic. Kowalczyk, who sat out of the sprint event to nurse a foot injury, made a strong start and clocked the best times at all three intermediate checkpoints to finish in 28 minutes, 17.8 seconds. Swede Charlotte Kalla took silver, 18.4 seconds behind, and Norwegian Therese Johaug won the bronze after finishing 28.3 seconds off the pace. Romania’s Timea sara ranked 62 in this event.
In the same day  American freestyle skiers occupied the entire podium in a slopestyle event, according to sochi2014.com. Joss Christensen won the champion’s title, his result being 95.80 points, Gus Kenworthy was the second at 93.60, and Nicholas Goepper (92.40) claimed bronze.
Russia wins pair skating event
Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov struck gold in the pairs event at Sochi 2014 on Wednesday earning  Russia’s second gold medal at these Olympic Winter Games. Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov (Russia) claimed the silver medal and the bronze went to Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy .
Volosozhar/Trankov earned the 13th Olympic gold medal in history for Russian pairs.
Also on Wednesday Germany captured their third gold in three luge events when world champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won the men’s pairs.
IOC requests details on 3-year sentence for activist
The International Olympic Committee has asked local authorities for more information on why Yevgeny Vitishko, an environmental activist who criticized the impact of Olympic construction in Sochi, was given a three-year jail term Wednesday for spray-painting a fence, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said according to ESA Today. “We’ve followed this case and raised this case in the past for information to Sochi,” Adams said. “We have asked Sochi for further clarification.” Human Rights Watch said the case against Vitishko was politically motivated and said the IOC should urge Russia to release him.

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