Samkova Gets Gold In Snowboard Cross

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Updated: February 17, 2014

20 year old Czech Eva Samkova won gold in the women’s snowboard cross astonishingly ahead of Canadian Dominique Maltais, France’s Chloe Trespeuch got bronze. British rider Zoe Gillings unfortunately missed out on the finals behind Italian Michela Moioli when she was beaten on the line by a couple of centimetres.

The Dutch got another clean sweep in speed skating with the gold medal going to Jorien Ter Mors in an Olympic record time of 1:53.51 minutes in the 1500 metre women’s speed skating. Reigning gold medallist and favourite Ireen Wurst only managed to get silver 0.58 behind the skater who is mainly a short track skater. Lotte Van Beek finished just ahead of Marrit Leenstra to get into third place 1.03 seconds behind Ter Mors.

The men’s cross-country 4×10 km relay ended in victory for Sweden retaining the gold medal. Russia got their first ever medal in cross-country getting silver finishing 27.3 seconds behind the Swedes, who finished in 1h28:42.0. The French team came in just behind the Russians by 4.6 seconds.

The Norwegians proved their dominance in the men’s Super-G by yet again getting gold thanks to Kjetil Jansrud. The Norwegian gained speed near the end to gain 0.3 seconds over American Andrew Weibrecht. Bronze medal was shared by Canadian Jan Hudec and American Bode Miller. Strong competitors Didier Defago (Sui), Matthias Mayer (Aut) and Christof Innerhofer (Ita) steered off course and skipped a gate, meaning they did not finish.

Sweden and Canada have both qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s and men’s curling. Britain’s ladies’ have to play against joint 7th Russia and Denmark, if they win both matches, they will go through to the semi-finals. Britain’s men’s team lost 6-7 to Norway which means that if GB wins against China and Norway lose to Denmark then GB go through.

In men’s ice-hockey, Russia beat Slovakia in a tightly contested match which had to be decided in over-time ending 1-0. In the same group, Slovenia were beat 5-1 by the USA. Reigning champions Canada had to take it to over-time to beat Finland 2-1 in group B. In the same group Norway would have been disappointed to have lost 3-1 to Austria.

The classification matches took place for the women’s ice-hockey team to determine who finishes 5th to 8th. Finland beat Germany 2-1 and Russia beat Japan 6-3.

In the figure skating ice dance the Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White got a world record score of 78.89 points with an elegant and technically difficult performance. British skaters Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland qualified in 11th place with 59.33 points but will be disappointed to have had a deduction because their lift endured too long.

Russia’s two-man bobsleigh team look like the favourites to win gold after two runs leading second-placed Switzerland by 0.32 seconds. Great Britain’s team ended the day in 23rd place 2.53 seconds behind the leaders. Veteran and famous Jamaican, Winston Watts, is leading the Jamaican team who are currently last going into the 3rd and last run.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White With Astonishing Performance

 

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