Sochi Watch: Day 4
By Kait Morris
Tuesday marked the fourth day of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Canada was off to great start early in the day, taking gold and bronze in the women’s slope style skiing event.
Dara Howell, a 19 year-old Huntsville native, and Quebec’s Kim Lamarre, took first and third respectively bringing Canada’s medal count to a total of nine.
Canada lost their top spot to Norway after they took gold and silver in Cross-Country Women’s Individual Sprint Free, and gold in men’s. This pushed Norway to a total of 11 medals with their silver in Biathlon Women’s 10 km Pursuit.
At around 12 a.m. ET, Canada’s women’s curling team won their round-robin match against Sweden 9-3, making it their second consecutive win. The women’s team will play Great Britain on Wednesday.
Despite seeing success in Monday’s match against Germany, Canada’s men’s curling team lost their last two consecutive games against Switzerland and Sweden. The men’s next match is against Russia on Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET.
Canada came close in women’s Luge, with Alex Gough and Kimberley McRae placing fourth and fifth with times of 3:21.578 and 3:21.895 respectively.
The last training session for Alpine Skiing Women’s Downhill was cancelled Tuesday due to mild weather conditions. The medal round will be Wednesday at 2 a.m.
All results are posted on the Sochi 2014 website.
Day 3 of Sochi Highlights
Great Britain/USA: 12-3
Great Britain/Germany: 7-6
Women’s Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle
Dara Howell of Huntsville, Ontario, won gold for Canada with a score of 94.20. Silver went to Devin Logan of team USA with 85.40. Bronze went to Quebecer Kim Lamarre with 85.00 points.
Cross-Country Women’s Individual Sprint Free
Gold and silver went to Maiken Caspersen Falla and Ingvild Flugstad Oestburg of Norway with times of 2:35.49 and 2:35.87. Bronze went to Vesna Fabjan of Slovenia with a time of 2:35.89.
Cross-Country Men’s Individual Sprint Free
Gold went to Ola Vigen Hattestad of Norway with a time of 3:38.39. Silver and bronze went to Teodor Peterson and Emil Joensson of Sweden with times of 3:39.61 and 3:58.13
Women’s 500m Speed Skating
Sang Hwa Lee of Korea won gold with a time of 74.70, a new Olympic record. Silver went to Olga Fatkulina of Russia with a time of 75.06 and Bronze to Margot Boer of the Netherlands with a time of 75.48. Canada’s Christine Nesbitt came in 12th with a time at 77.15.
Snowboarding Men’s Halfpipe
Iouri Podladtchikov of Switzerland took gold for Switzerland with a score of 94.75. Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka took silver and bronze respectively for Japan with scores of 93.50 and 92.25. 27-year-old Shaun White, Medal hopeful for the U.S., took fourth place with a score of 90.25.
Ski Jumping Women’s Individual Normal Hill
Germany’s Varina Vogt took gold with 247.4 points with Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria and Coline Mattel winning silver and bronze with 246.2 and 245.2 points. Canada’s Atsuko Tanaka and Taylor Henrich scored 231.3 and 230.4 for 13th and 14th place.
Biathlon Women’s 10 km Pursuit
Golden went to Darya Domracheva of Belarus with a time of 29.30.7. Silver went to Tora Berger of Norway with 30:08.3 and Bronze went to Teja Gregorin of Slovenia at 30:12.7. Canada’s Zina Kocher came in 25th place and had a time of 32:15.1.
Canada came close to the podium in women’s Luge, with Alex Gough and Kimberley McRae placing fourth and fifth with times of 3:21.578 and 3:21.895 respectively. Gold and silver went to Natalie Geisenberger and Tatjana Huefner of Germany, with times of 3:19.768 and 3:20.907. Bronze went to Erin Hamlin of the USA with a time of 3:21.145.
Figure Skating Pairs Free Skate Short Program
As of 12:50 p.m. Canada is ranked fourth in Figure Skating Pairs Free Skate Short Program. Megan Duhamel and Eric Radford have a score of 72.21. Russia sits in first and third with 79.64 and 75.21 points. Germany sits in second with a score of 75.21. The medal skate is Feb. 12 at 10:45 a.m.