February 22, 2014
Following impressive wins in the biathlon relay and snowboard slalom, host nation Russia has climbed to the top of the medals table with one day of competition remaining at the Sochi Games.
Russia has 11 gold, 10 silver, and eight bronze medals after 15 days of action in Sochi.
Norway – which has been relegated to second place – also has 11 golds, but is trailing behind the Russians in the total number of medals won.
Canada and the US remain in the fight for the Top 3 in the overall medals count, with nine gold medals each.
Norway sweeps podium in women’s 30km mass start free
Norway’s cross-country skiers swept the podium in the women’s 30km mass start free race.
Marit Bjoergen clocked in at 1:11:05.2 at the Laura Center, bagging the gold medal.
It’s the sixth Olympic gold for the 33-year-old cross-country skiing legend, who won three medals at the Vancouver 2010 Games and as many in Sochi.
Therese Johaug claimed the silver medal in the ski marathon after crossing the finish line 2.6 seconds behind the winner.
Bronze went to Kristin Stoermer Steira, with a time of 1:11:28.8.
Austria’s Dujmovits wins women’s snowboard parallel slalom gold
Snowboarder Julia Dujmovits claimed the gold medal in the women’s parallel slalom event.
The Austrian beat Anke Karstens of Germany by 0.12 seconds after two runs in the big final.
Another German athlete, Amelie Kober, filled the third spot on the podium at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
Russian snowboarder Wild races to second Sochi gold
Russian snowboarder Vic Wild managed to beat all his rivals in the men’s parallel slalom event, bagging the gold medal.
Wild took on Zan Kosir of Slovenia in the big final, outracing his opponent by 0.11 seconds.
It’s the second gold in Sochi for the 27-year-old American-born athlete, who took up Russian citizenship in 2011.
“When everyone is having vacations in summer, I am working hard,” Wild said, adding that his summer training sessions weren't spent in vain.
“It’s incredible. Taking part in the Olympics is already a victory, but when I managed to win at the Games, I experienced the most wonderful feeling in my life,” he added.
The bronze medal at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park went to Benjamin Karl of Austria, who beat Italy’s Aaron March in the small final.
Dutch speed skaters claim men’s team pursuit gold
Speed skaters from the Netherlands raced to gold in the men's team pursuit event at the Sochi Games.
Jan Blokhuijsen, Sven Kramer, and Koen Verweij clocked an Olympic record time of 3:37.71 minutes in Final A.
South Korea took silver, trailing behind the winners by 3.14 seconds at Adler Arena.
Poland claimed bronze after beating Canada with a time of 3:41.94 minutes in Final B.
Dutch women follow men’s lead
The Netherlands also set an Olympic record in the women's team pursuit event.
Marrit Leenstra, Jorien Ter Mors, and Ireen Wust clocked in at 2:58.05 minutes at Adler Arena, bagging the gold medal.
Poland took silver after crossing the finish line 4.75 seconds behind the winners.
Host team Russia completed the podium in the last speed skating event at the Games, with Olga Graf, Yekaterina Lobysheva, and Yuliya Skokova clocking in at 2:59.73 minutes in Final B against Japan.
The Dutch speed skaters have been unstoppable at the Sochi Games, claiming 23 medals – including 8 golds – at Adler Arena.
Russia wins men’s biathlon relay
Russian biathletes were the fastest in the men’s 4x7.5 km relay at the Sochi Olympics.
Aleksey Volkov, Evgeny Ustyugov, Dmitry Malyshko, and Anton Shipulin shot well to avoid penalty laps and clocked in at 1:12:15.9 at the Laura Center, leaving their nearest rival 3.5 seconds behind.
The first gold for the Russian biathletes came during the discipline’s last event at the 2014 Games.
“I thought there’ll be a battle on the finish line, but Germany gave away the win without a fight,” Shipulin told Sport-Express newspaper. “I thank the Germans for this. It was great display not only from me, but from our whole team. Each one of us gave 100 per cent away on his stage. I thank all our boys for that. In recent days we became a real team and proved it today.”
The silver medal went to the German quartet, with Austria completing the podium with a time of 1:12:45.7.
Austria wins gold, silver in men’s slalom
Alpine skier Mario Matt bagged an Olympic gold medal in the men’s slalom event.
The Austrian, who was ahead after the first run at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, proved his class in the second try, finishing with a time of 1:41.84 minutes.
The silver medal went to another Austrian, Marcel Hirscher, who trailed the winner by 0.28 seconds.
Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway bagged bronze with a result of 1:42.67 after two runs.
Finland thrashes US for hockey bronze
Finland claimed the men’s hockey bronze medal at the Sochi Olympics after destroying the US 5-0 in the third place match.
Finnish veterans Teemu Selanne and Jussi Jokinen delivered a knockout blow to the Americans, scoring two goals in the space of just 11 seconds in the beginning of the second period.
Juuso Hietanen delivered an unstoppable blast from the blue line in the seventh minute of the third period, making the score 3-0 in favor of the Finns.
Three minutes later, Selanne scored his second goal of the night, capitalizing on a power play.
Olli Maatta beat American goalie Jonathan Quick with just seven minutes left in the game, settling the final score at 5-0.