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Sochi medal wrap-up, Day 2: 15yo figure skating prodigy secures Russia’s first gold

Published time: February 10, 2014 04:04
Edited time: February 10, 2014 04:51
Russian figure skating team, gold medal, celebrates on the podium during the Figure Skating Team Flower Ceremony at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014.(AFP Photo / Adrian Dennis)

Russian figure skating team, gold medal, celebrates on the podium during the Figure Skating Team Flower Ceremony at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014.(AFP Photo / Adrian Dennis)

The second day of the Sochi Olympics was marked by the host country winning its first gold medal in the new team figure skating event. Norway remained in the lead in the overall medal count, followed by the Netherlands, the US, Canada, and Russia.

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Norway ended the day with a total of seven medals, with the Netherlands, the US, Canada, and Russia following with four medals each.

Russia’s spectacular win was secured after dominant performances by 15-year-old Yulia Lipnitskaya and Evgeny Plushenko, among others, who won five out of eight events as a team. Canada received silver, and the US won bronze.

Lipnitskaya, who won the free skate with a score of 141.51, received a standing ovation. Her win pushed Russia 11 points ahead of its closest rival – Canada. The 15-year-old became the world’s youngest figure skater to ever win a gold medal.

The teen is the youngest Russian athlete to win a medal in Winter Olympics history.

The gold in the women’s 7.5km biathlon sprint was won by Slovakia’s Anastasiya Kuzmina. Kuzmina’s performance was virtually flawless; she finished with zero penalties in the shooting portion of the competition and crossed the finish line with a time of 21:06.8.

Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina reacts as she crosses the finish line to win the women's biathlon 7.5km sprint event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 9, 2014.(Reuters / Carlos Barria)

Russia’s Olga Vilukhina brought her country its second medal of the day, snatching silver with a time of 21:26.7. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Vita Semerenko placed third with a time of 21:28.5.

Russia beat Germany 4-1 in the preliminary round of women’s hockey. German forward Franziska Busch drew first blood 6:48 into the second period, but Russia stormed back in the third, scoring four unanswered goals to close out the game.

Forwards Iya Gavrilova and Yekaterina Smolentseva each scored one, with Olga Sosina scoring twice.

The Netherlands’ Irene Wust won gold in the women’s 3000-meter speed skating competition, finishing with a time of 4:00.34.

The Czech Republic’s Martina Sablikova won silver, finishing 1.61 seconds behind Wust with a time of 4:01:95. Russia’s Olga Graf earned the country its first medal, bagging the bronze with a time of 4:03.4.

Austria grabbed its second medal in Sochi, this time a gold one. Matthias Mayer was the fastest man in the downhill race on Sunday, covering the challenging Rosa Khutor course with a time of 2:06.23. Mayer’s victory is good news for his father, Helmut Mayer, who won Olympic silver in 1988.

Gold medallist Matthias Mayer of Austria poses with his medal for the men's alpine skiing downhill race, at the Austrian hospitality house during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor February 9, 2014. (Reuters / Dominic Ebenbichler)

Finishing just 0.06 seconds behind the Austrian was Italy’s Christof Innerhofer, who won his first Olympic medal in Sochi. This was also Italy’s first medal at the Games.

Kjetil Jansrud of Norway won the bronze medal with a time of 2:06.33, maintaining his country’s lead in the medal table.

Comments (5)

 

Daniel Chatama 12.02.2014 04:01

Russia forever great. I was sixteen years when I proved it myself that Russia, then the engine ahead of a long train called Soviet Union. They taught me in their city, Moscow that not only whites were evil as those colonizing Africa at the and those enslaving African people in diaspora, namely USA. They treated like an African prince, at the same time detoxicating me the evil of imperialism forced on me via equally evil Crostianity.

 

Bernadete Campbell 10.02.2014 15:28

I'm just enjoying the great sportsmanship from Russia & all the participating countries, can't we just enjoy this once in every 4 year winter event, all the athletes are admirable.

 

WorkTogether 10.02.2014 11:16

Sorry on a roll now... I tried to access the Sochi Winter Games Live on my old laptop, so landed on the sites of a few western news media during my search. I could not believe the negative trash about Sochi and Russia I encountered on many, but was heartened by the comments condemning these small minded so-called reporters. It is almost as if the Western media is bent on destroying Russia... know they are a puppy Zionist controlled media, but if their pathetic attempts at insulting Russia are based on FEAR or plain jealousy, they are in for a surprise of global proportions as Russia is going nowhere else but UP!

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