Sunday’s Highlights at the Sochi Olympics
SUNDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS AT THE SOCHI OLYMPICS:
FOR THE DUTCH, THE SWEEP 16
The Dutch got their third sweep in speedskating — albeit a gold by Jorien ter Mors over favorite Ireen Wust in the women’s 1,500. Lottevan Beek got the bronze. The Dutch have now won 16 speedskating medals in Sochi, breaking the record haul of 13 by East Germany at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. The win by ter Mors sets her up for a shot at becoming the first skater to win medials in both long and short track.
NORWAY IS SUPER. GEE.
Kjetil Jansrud won the fourth straight Olympic super-G gold medal for Norway, finishing the choppy course in 1 minute, 18.14 seconds, with American skier Andrew Weibrecht 0.30 seconds behind. Bode Miller, at age 36, became the oldest Alpine skier to win a medal when he and Jan Hudec of Canada tied for bronze. It was Miller’s sixth Olympic medal, moving the American two behind all-time Alpine leader Kjetil Andre Aamodt.
SHOOTOUT AT THE BOLSHOY CORRAL
A day after a tough shootout loss to the United States, Russia bounced back against Slovakia, thanks to Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk. Another boisterous sellout crowd at Bolshoy Ice Dome grew increasingly nervous throughout the scoreless game, but the Russian stars delivered in the shootout. The United States, meanwhile, easily handled Slovenia, winning 5-1 behind Phil Kessel’s hat trick.
SWEDEN GOLDEN AGAIN
Sweden successfully defended its Olympic title in the men’s 4x10-kilometer cross-country relay to become the first country in 42 years to win both men’s and women’s team events in the same Winter Games. Russia took silver as President Vladimir Putin looked on, and France was third. But it was another disappointment for Norway, which finished fourth a day after its heavily favored women failed to get a medal.
BEST CZECH FINISH IN SNOWBOARDCROSS
Eva Samkova won the gold medal in women’s snowboardcross for the first podium finish in the Olympics by a Czech snowboarder. Dominique Maltais of Canada became the first multiple-medal winner in women’s snowboardcross when she finished a distant second. Chloe Trespeuch of France earned bronze. Perennial gold medal contender Lindsey Jacobellis again failed to win the title that has eluded the American at three straight Olympics.
Barely 24 hours after Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova severely injured her spine while training on the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Jackie Hernandez sustained a concussion when she smacked her head after catching an edge during qualifying for snowboardcross. The 21-year-old American was treated and released, but barred from competing in the elimination rounds.
HOT. COOL. PEA SOUP.
More weather woes for the Sochi Games. The men’s 15-kilometer mass-start biathlon race was postponed until Monday because of fog. The race was initially delayed for an hour, but the visibility remained too poor to run the race. Martin Fourcade of France will be aiming for his third gold medal of the Sochi Olympics, while Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway could win a record 13th Winter Olympic medal.
Another speedskating sweep boosted the Netherlands, which now has 17 medals overall, five of them gold. Russia and the United States both have 16 total and four gold. Norway and Canada both have 14 in all, but the Scandinavians have the edge on golds, 5-4. Germany still has the most golds in Sochi with seven, but only 12 medals overall.
Seven medals events are on tap, including the ice dance competition featuring favorites Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S., taking on Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the Canadian defending champions.