• Who’s winning what at the Winter Olympics

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    SOCHI, Russia: Who’s winning what at the 2014 Winter Olympics (after six of eight gold medal events):

    MEN
    Nordic skiing – sprint
    Norway’s Ola Vigen Hattestad seized his chance to take gold after a spectacular crash on a tight descent took out half the six-man field.

    Hattestad came in first in 3min 38.39sec with Sweden’s Teodor Petersen in second, 1:22sec behind, after the pair moved easily ahead of their rivals when three skiers crashed going round a steep right-hand bend.

    Sweden’s Emil Joensson, who avoided the worst of the carnage, came in third for bronze and was so exhausted.

    WOMEN
    Freestyle skiing – slopestyle
    Dara Howell of Canada produced an incredible score of 94.20 points on her first run to take gold on a day of more spectacular crashes at the Extreme Park.

    No-one could get close to that as Devin Logan of the US took silver with 85.40, with Canada’s Kim Lamarre in bronze just 0.40 behind.

    World champion and favorite Kaya Turski failed to even make the final after crashing in the heats while Canada’s Yuki Tsubota was stretchered off the course after a horrible-looking fall in the final.

    Howell dedicated her win to Sarah Burke, the pioneer of the superpipe discipline, who died in an accident in Utah two years ago at just 29.

    “This medal is definitely for Sarah, she pushed the sport so much, she always wanted to see the progression and to see girls throwing kinda what the guys were throwing.”

    Nordic skiing – sprint
    Norway’s Maiken Caspersen Falla won the freestyle sprint by a fraction of a second for her country’s 100th cross country medal.

    Falla finished in 2min 35.49sec, just 0.38sec in front of fellow Norwegian Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg. Slovenian Vesna Fabjan (2:35.89) won bronze.

    Norway’s Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, competing despite the death of her brother last week, finished fourth.

    Oestberg dedicated her silver medal to her cousin who died in the bombings and shootings carried out by Anders Behring Breivik in Noway 2011.

    “I want to dedicate it to my cousin that I lost in the tragedy in Norway in 2011. He was a great person and I try to live like him,” she said.

    In a stark demonstration of the strength in depth of the Norwegian team, nordic superstar Marit Bjoergen, who won the skiathlon at the weekend, did not qualify for the final.

    Biathlon – 10km
    Darya Domracheva of Belarus destroyed her Norwegian and Russian rivals in the women’s 10 km biathlon pursuit to take her country’s first gold at the Sochi.

    Domaracheva, 27, came across the line in 29min 30.7sec, 37.6sec ahead of her nearest rival Tora Berger of Norway, who took silver. Bronze went to Teja Gregorin of Slovenia (30:12.7).

    Hosts Russia missed out gold again, with their highest placed athlete Olga Vilukhina coming just seventh.

    Speed skating – 500m
    Unbeatable South Korean Lee Sang-Hwa destroyed the field to retain her 500m speed skating crown in a new Olympic record time.

    Lee, 24, who has proved untouchable in 2013/14, winning all seven World Cup races she has entered, notched a combined time of 74.70sec from her two races.

    Russia’s Olga Fatkulina (75.06) took silver while the Netherlands’ Margot Boer (75.48) won bronze.

    Lee broke the 500m world record four times in 2013, trimming the mark from 36.80 to 36.36 seconds.

    Luge – singles
    Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger won her first Olympic gold medal in women’s luge singles and the second for her country in three days.

    Another German, Tatjana Huefner, who came to Sochi as reigning champion, was second, 1.139sec behind the winner, while Erin Hamlin finished in third place winning the US team’s first singles medal after 50 years of trying.

    Compatriot Felix Loch won the men’s event on Sunday.

    AFP

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