Shaun White Fails To Get Medal On Half-Pipe

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Updated: February 11, 2014

American snowboarder, Shaun White, was looking to make it his third consecutive half-pipe Olympic gold medal but after falling twice on his first run in the final made it look like an unfamiliar half-pipe event , he played it a bit safer on his second run and but it was a bit sketchy, he can’t really complain getting 90.25 points. Louri Podladtchikov (Sui) knew he could take advantage of Shaun White’s light injury and in his first run, used White’s signature “Double McTwist” move and in the final used his own signature “Yolo Flip”. Hirano and Hiraoka both Japanese got silver and bronze and were influential on pressurising White into his last run and the thing is both these two competitors are only 15 and 19. Both Brits Dom Harington and Ben Kilner failed to qualify to the finals of the half-pipe.

Another shock today was the fact that the Netherlands failed to win a speed skating event. Korea’s Sang Hwa Lee won the women’s 500 m speed skating breaking the Winter Olympic record getting 37.28 seconds on her 2 run making her total time 74.70 seconds (also a Winter Olympics record). Olga Fatkulina (Rus) came in second place 0.36 seconds. The Netherlands didn’t go away empty handed, Margot Boer picked up a bronze medal finishing 0.78 seconds behind Sang Hwa Lee.

Britain’s women’s curling team humiliated the Americans 12-3 in six ends and scoring seven in one end. The men’s team got extremely lucky against Germany as they look destined to lose the game right at the end until the Germans completely misplaced the last stone accidentally avoiding Britain’s only stone in the circle and giving Britain the 7-6 victory.

Belarus got their first medal of this year’s Winter Olympics by winning the women’s biathlon with 37.6 second margin over second place Tora Berger (Nor). Teja Gregorin of Slovenia got the bronze medal.

Leading Germans after the first two runs, Geisenberger and Huefner, maintained their first and second places after the 3rd and 4th run to get gold and silver for Germany. Third place was well battled and the young American athlete, Hamlin, against both Canadians, Gough and Mcrae.

Carina Vogt got another gold medal for Germany in the women’s ski jumping. Austrian Daniela Iraschko-Stolz was unlucky with an excellent final round that was let down by her first round effort and only could manage silver. Coline Mattel got France a bronze medal with a total of 245.2 (2.2 behind Vogt).

Norway showed their dominance in cross-country skiing in the men’s and women’s event Maiken Caspersen Falla (gold in women’s sprint free), Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (silver in the women’s sprint free) and Ola Vigen Hattestad (gold in men’s sprint free). Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (Nor) just missed out on a medal in the women’s sprint free coming fourth behind Slovenian Vesna Fabjan. In the men’s sprint free 2nd and 3rd place went to the Swedes Teodor Peterson (silver) and Emil Joensson (bronze). Andrew Musgrave (GBR) had a disappointing day by failing to get past the quarter-finals being over 12 minutes slower than Hattestad and his sister, Rosamund Musgrave, didn’t do very well either by going out on the first qualification 11 minutes 24 seconds behind Fella.

The women’s ski slopestyle took place today and the show was stolen by Canadian Dara Howell with 94.2 points after falling on her first run, she recovered well and had a flawless second run. Devin Logan (USA) got a high enough score on her first run of 85.4 points to get silver. Kim Lamarre (Can) relied on her second run to at least contend for a medal and got 85 points. Katie Summerhayes for Great Britain finished 7th taking big risks on both runs, falling on her first getting 19.3 points, stumbling on every jump on her last run accumulating 70.5 points.

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