Jones Gets Britain’s First Medal In Sochi

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Updated: February 9, 2014

Jenny Jones has got Britain’s Winter Olympics truly under way with a bronze medal in the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle and getting Britain’s first ever medal on snow. She finished on 87.25 points behind gold medallist Jamie Anderson (USA,

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95.25) and silver medallist Enni Rukajarvi (Fin, 92.50). Our other British rider Aimee Fuller finished 9th in the semi-finals with a disappointing 37.5 points which meant she missed out of the finals.

Irene Wust got another gold medal impressively for the Netherlands in speed skating winning the the Women’s 3000m speed skating a blistering 1.61 seconds ahead of second place Martina Sablikova (CZE) and 3.13 seconds ahead of Russian Olga Graf.

Austria got their first gold medal in the Men’s Alpine Downhill Skiing thanks to Matthias Mayer who went down a rough slope very smoothly and shocked everyone with his first place finish. He beat Italian Christof Innerhofer with a 0.06 second margin and Kjetil Jansrud (Nor) with a 0.10 second margin.

In the 30 Km Men’s Skiathlon, Switzerland got their first gold of the games from veteran Dario Cologna recovering from a poor season and winning in thrilling fashion ahead of Swede Marcus Hellner by 4/10th of a second. Martin Johnsrud Sundby (Nor) finished one second behind Hellner to claim bronze. British skier Callum Smith finished 9 minutes and 21.7 seconds behind the Swiss gold medallist.

The women’s ice-hockey continued today with group B getting under way. Russia dominated Germany winning 4-1 with Sweden just edging the victory 1-0 against Japan. Group A is led by by Canada who dominated Switzerland 5-0 and rivals USA winning 3-1 against a strong Finnish side.

Anastasiya Kuzmina has become the first women to retain the Biathlon Women’s 7.5 Km Sprint. The Slovak who once represented Russia won in impressive style just under twenty seconds ahead of second place Olga Vilukhina (Rus) with no penalties. Bronze medal went to Ukrainian Vita Semerenko finishing agonisingly close to second place 1.6 seconds behind. British skier Amanda Lightfoot finished +3:42.1 minutes behind the leader in 75th place.

Russia stormed away with with the Figure Team Skating and got their first gold medal of the games after winning in every event except for the Free Ice Dance, Evgeni Plushenko had a great performance in the Men’s Individuals to sneak ahead of Canadian Reynolds but was beaten incredibly by Japanese teenager Yuzuru Hanyu who score 97.98 , the stand-out performance was that of 15 year old Russian, Julia Lipnitskaia who absolutely stole the show with her elegant performance and technically difficult skating. Canadia got second place on 65 points and The USA got third with 60 points.

Germany got their first gold medal of the Winter Olympics from Men’s Luge retaining gold medallist Felix Loch by getting a total time of three minutes 27.526 seconds. The 24 year old held off veterans Demchenko (+0.476, Rus) and Armin Zoeggeler (+1.271, Ita) to win his second Winter Olympics gold after being victorious for the first time in Vancouver 4 years ago.

Poland’s impressive Men’s Ski Jump team managed to grab gold for Kamil Stoch getting the longest jump in round 1 of 105.5 metres and getting the longest jump in the final of 103.5 metres and getting 278 points to take gold far ahead of second place Slovenian Peter Prevc (265.3 Points) and third place Anders Bardal (264.1 Points, Nor). Thomas Morgenstern (Aut) who came back after his brutal fall a few months back only managed to get 14th with 251.6 points.

 

Julia Lipnitskaia Impressive Performance

Russian 15 year old Julia Lipnitskaia

 

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