In the women’s biathlon, Belarus’ Daria Domracheva is fast becoming one of the standout performers of the Sochi games after Monday’s victory in the mass start – her third gold medal triumph.
As in Friday’s individual race, Domracherva was in a class of her own. Taking the lead during the second lap she missed only one of her targets beating the Czech Repubic’s Gabriela Soukalova by 20 seconds.
Norway’s Tiril Eckhoff took the event’s bronze medal after a phenomenal final lap. But, compatriot Tora Berger could only manage 15th after falling at the start of the race.
In ski jumping, Germany narrowly won Olympic gold in a dramatic victory over defending champions Austria in the men’s team event.
The lead changed hands several times during the a nail-biting see-saw battle. Austria held a slender 0.3 point advantage over the Germans with just two jumps left after a fine effort by Thomas Morgenstern, who is still recovering from two bad crashes.
But the Germans snatched the lead through Andreas Wellinger and won the gold on the final jump of the with Severin Freund.Japan took the bronze.
Alexander Zubkov and Alexei Voevoda have won Russia’s first olympic bobsleigh gold. The duo took the lead at the first time of asking and beat Switzerland’s Alex Bauman and Beata Hefti by 0.66 seconds. The US sled, piloted by Steven Holcomb took the Bronze after finishing fractions faster – a mere three hundredths of a second quicker than Russia’s second bobsleigh crew. Elsewhere, Germany, which took first and second in Vancouver, could only manage eight and eleventh this time around.
Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White skated into the Olympic history books on Monday becoming the first US pair to win ice dance gold.
The undisputed favorites coming into the tournament, Davis and White confirmed that status by beating their biggest rivals, Canada’s Olympic champions Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, who had to settle for the silver this time around.
Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov took the bronze. Earlier, the Russians took the gold in the team event.
Svindal heads home
Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal is heading home after a miserable Olympics despite dominating the World Cup season.
The 31-year-old made the decision to withdraw on Monday, quiting without even competing in his final two races. Norwegian national coach Harvard Tjorhom said Svindal had been suffering from a number of allergies whilst in Sochi.
The flag bearer for Norway at the opening ceremony, Svindal was expected to be one of the stand-out performers at the Sochi Olympics, but he failed to claim a single medal in his three races, coming fourth in the downhill, which he was favourite to win, equal eighth in the super combined and seventh in the super-G.