A record has been broken at this year’s Winter Olympics, as Sochi 2014 has seen the first athletes ever to share Winter Olympics gold; Dominique Gisin & Tina Maze both tied for gold in the women’s downhill skiing. In the same competition, Chemmy Alcott did Great Britain proud as she managed to finish in the top 20, 19th to be exact, which is fantastic considering she suffered a double leg break in 2010 and wasn’t even sure whether she could compete in Sochi 2014. Switzerland was very successful in the downhill skiing as Dominique Gisin gained first and Lara Gut finished third.
The Great British women’s Curling team suffered a narrow 9-6 defeat against Canada in the round robin stages of the Winter Olympic sport after captain Eve Muirhead took a risk which didn’t pay off. Great Britain women are currently sitting seventh in the round robin table and need to finish in the top 4 if they are to continue to the next stages. However, although that sounds unlikely, the remaining six round robin matches that need to be played are all against lower ranked teams. Great Britain have lost two of their first three round robin matches, but they were both against the two favourites for Gold, Sweden and Canada.
Elsewhere for Great Britain in Sochi 2014, John Baines has been chosen for two-man bobsleigh after Craig Pickering picked up a back injury and backed out of the Winter Olympics. GB’s best chance of winning a medal in the ski slope, James Wood has recently admitted that he doesn’t feel 100% fit after he suffered quite a nasty crash during training. In the Speed Skating, Netherlands’ Stefan Groothuis managed to grab himself a gold medal, stopping American Shani Davis from winning a third successive Olympic title. Overall, Great Britain are yet to shine at Sochi 2014, winning only one medal when Jenny Jones managed to win Bronze in the women’s snowboard slopestyle.
Author Daniel Foster.
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