February 21, 2014
Two golds won by short track speed skaters propelled home team Russia to the second spot on the medals table after two weeks of Olympic action in Sochi.
The Norwegian squad remains on top of the Olympic medals count, with 10 golds in the bag.
But Russia, Canada, and the US are each one medal behind when it comes to golds. The host nation is currently sitting in second due to a larger number of silver medals.
Canada wins gold, silver in women’s ski cross
Marielle Thompson of Canada raced to gold in the women’s ski cross event at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Another Canadian, Kelsey Serwa, placed second in the big final at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, with the bronze medal going to Anna Holmlund of Sweden.
Ophelie David of France gave the Canadians some serious trouble in the final, but an unlucky fall shattered her medal hopes.
The women’s ski cross brings to a close the ski freestyle program at the Sochi Olympics, which also included moguls, slopestyle, aerials, and halfpipe events.
Curling gold goes to Canada
Canada snatched gold in the men’s curling tournament at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The Canadians toppled Great Britain 9-3 in the final match at the Ice Cube Center.
Earlier in the day, Sweden beat China 6-4, winning the bronze medal.
Ukrainian biathletes on top in women’s relay
The Ukrainian biathletes were the fastest in the women’s 4x6 km relay at the Sochi Olympics.
Vita Semerenko, Juliya Dzhyma, Valj Semerenko, and Olena Pidhrushna avoided penalty laps due to solid shooting and clocked in at 1:10:02.5 at the Laura Center, leaving their nearest rival 26.4 seconds behind.
The Russian quartet of Yana Romanova, Olga Zaitseva, Ekaterina Shumilova, and Olga Vilukhina took the silver medal, with Norway completing the podium in the event.
Team USA's Shiffrin becomes youngest slalom Olympic champion
Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin bagged an Olympic gold medal in the women’s slalom event at the Sochi Winter Games.
The American, who was ahead after the first run at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, finished with a time of 1:44.54 minutes.
The 18-year-old, who became the youngest ever Olympic champion in women’s slalom, nearly collapsed during the second run, but managed to maintain her balance.
The silver medal went to Marlies Schild of Austria, who trailed the champion by 0.53 seconds.
Another Austrian, Kathrin Zettel, bagged bronze with a result of 1:45.35 after two runs.
Russia’s Ahn becomes five-time Olympic champion
It was big day for short track speed skating in Sochi, with three sets of medals up for grabs at Iceberg Palace.
The first gold of the night went to Viktor Ahn of Russia, who won the men’s 500-meter event with a time of 41.312 seconds.
The Russian completely failed the start, but managed to do the impossible by racing to victory from fourth place.
Dajing Wu of China crossed the finish line in 41.516, snatching silver. The bronze went to Charle Cournoyer of Canada.
South Korean short trackers win gold, bronze in 1000m relay
Short track speed skater Seung-Hi Park raced to gold in the women’s 1000-meter event.
The South Korean won the final at Iceberg Palace with a time of 1:30.761 minutes.
The silver went to Kexin Fan of China. Another South Korean athlete, Suk Hee Shim, completed the podium in the event.
Russia wins short track 5000m relay
Russia raced to gold in the men's 5000-meter relay event, which concluded the Sochi 2014 short track program.
Viktor An, Semen Elistratov, Vladimir Grigorev, and Ruslan Zakharov clocked an Olympic record of 6:42.100 minutes.
The success saw Russia’s anchor in the event, Viktor Ahn, become a six-time Olympic champion.
The silver medal went to Team USA with a time of 6:42.371. China bagged bronze in the event.