Saturday, February 22, 2014

Winter Olympics Sochi 2014: Day 15

We had to wait fifteen days for the first gold in alpine skiing at the Sochi Games as Team USA but it was well worth the wait. Mikaela Shiffrin lived up to the hype, and at only 18 years of age, won the gold in Women's Slalom. She also became the youngest ever to win Olympic gold in slalom. After a near fall at the top of the hill, she regrouped to win a deserved gold.

The Results:

Alpine Skiing: Women's Slalom

1. Mikaela Shiffrin, USA, total time: 1:44.54
2. Marlies Schild, Austria, total time: 1:45.07
3. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, total time: 1:45.37

    photo from Sochi 2014 website

Plenty of action at the Iceberg on Friday....

Victor An  picked up his fourth and fifth medals in Sochi, two more golds to add to two golds and a bronze medal. The Russian athlete has now won a record six gold medals in short track. His eight medals in total matches the record of US skater Apolo Anton Ohno.

The Results:

Short Track: Men's 500 m

1. Victor An, Russian Federation, 41.312
2. Daijing Wu, China, 41.516
3. Charle Cournoyer, Canada, 41.617

Short Track: Men's 5,000 m Relay

1. Russian Federation, 6:42.100 Olympic Record
2. USA, 6:42.371
3. China, 6:48.341

Short Track: Ladies' 1,000 m

1. Seung Hi Park, Korea, 1:30.761
2. Kexin Fan, China, 1:30.811
3. Suk Hee Shim, Korea, 1:31.027

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