The twenty-third Olympic Winter Games continued on Day 6. Norway leads the medal table with seventeen medals, while Germany currently has the most gold medals at nine. Canada picked up another gold medal to sit fifth on the medal table with four golds, and third in overall medal count with thirteen medals.
The final round of the men’s downhill alpine skiing event took place on 15 February at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre. In his final run, gold medalist Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway reached 125 km/hour and in winning, became the oldest Olympian alpine ski champion at thirty-five years old. In the men’s downhill alpine skiing event, the medalists are as follows:
Gold: Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway)
Silver: Kjetil Jansrud (Norway)
Bronze: Beat Feuz (Switzerland)
After several cancellations, the ladies’ giant slalom run was held at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre. Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States of America (USA) was originally planned to compete in five events, but due to the weather cancellations causing rescheduling, Shiffrin is now competing in three. She is aiming to become the second female skier to win three events at a single Olympics. In the ladies’ giant slalom run, the medalists are as follows:
Gold: Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
Silver: Ragnhild Mowinckel (Norway)
Bronze: Federica Brigone (Italy)
Image(top): At thirty-five years old, gold medalist Aksel Lund Svindal became the oldest Olympian alpine ski champion. (Image courtesy of Reuters)
Image (bottom): Mikaela Shiffrin completing the ladies’ giant slalom run in first place. (Image courtesy of Michael Probst/AP)
The women’s 15km individual biathlon was held at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre. It was a stunning victory for twenty-two year old Hanna Oeberg, who made all twenty shots and finished nearly twenty-five seconds ahead of the second place competitor. The medalists are as follows:
Gold: Hanna Oeberg (Sweden)
Silver: Anastasiya Kuzmina (Slovakia)
Bronze: Laura Dahlmeier (Germany)
The men’s 20km individual biathlon was also held at the Alpensia Biathlon centre. All three medalists had performed disappointingly in their other events, but bounced back. In the men’s 20km individual, the medalists are as follows:
Gold: Johannes Thingnes Boe (Norway)
Silver: Jakov Fak (Slovakia)
Bronze: Dominik Landertinger (Austria)
Image (top): Hanna Oeberg celebrates after her shocking victory in the women’s 15km individual biathlon. (Image courtesy of Eurosport)
Image (bottom): Johannes Thingnes Boe wins his first medal after nine failed attempts at the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Image courtesy of Getty Images)
Training heats 1 and 2 of the 2-man bobsleigh event took place today at the Olympic Sliding Centre. Training heats 3 to 6 will take place until 17 February with the four competition heats taking place on 18 and 19 February.
Image: Canada has entered three teams, the maximum number of competitors, in each of the three Olympic bobsleigh events. (Image courtesy of Getty Images)
Men’s Round Robin sessions continued in the Gangneung Curling Centre, as the Women’s Round Robin also began. In a surprising turn of events, the heavily favoured Canada’s women’s curling team lost their first two games with a score of 8-6 against South Korea and 7-6 against Sweden. Meanwhile, Canada’s Men’s curling team remains undefeated, finishing session 3 of the Round Robin with two wins. Round Robin sessions for both Men’s and Women’s curling will continue until 21 February with tie-breaker games starting 22 February.
Image: Canada, the defending Olympic champion, loses its first two round robin games in Women’s curling.
In figure skating, which was hosted at the Gangneung Ice Arena, pairs ice skating event ended with the free skate. German skaters Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot captured their first Olympic gold; Savchenko wins her first Olympic title in her fifth Olympic Games. The Canadian team of Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford add an Olympic bronze to their team figure skating Olympic gold. The medalists are as follows:
Gold: Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot (Germany)
Silver: Sui Wenjing and Han Cong (China)
Bronze: Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford (Canada)
Illustration: Madhumita Nathani
The Ladies’ 10km Free cross-country skiing event took place at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre. Marit Bjoergen, who tied for bronze, won her twelfth medal, putting her one medal shy of tying with Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, the most decorated Winter Olympian. In the Ladies’ 10km Free event, the medalists are as follows:
Gold: Ragnhild Haga (Norway)
Silver: Charlotte Kalla (Sweden)
Bronze: Marit Bjoergen (Norway)
Bronze: Krista Parmakoski (Finland)
Image: Ragnhild Haga wins a stunning victory after surpassing Charlotte Kalla on the second lap of the Ladies’ 10km Free. (Image courtesy of Getty Images)
At Phoenix Park, Qualifications 1 and 2 were held for Ladies’ Aerials. The top six competitors in Qualification 1 move straight into Final 1; the remaining competitors competed in Qualification 2 for the remaining six spots in Final 1. China, OAR, and Belarus dominated qualifying with Alexandra Orlova of the Olympic Athletes from Russia winning Qualification 1; she will ski last in Final 1 on 16 February.
Image: Australia’s Danielle Scott competes in Ladies’ Aerials qualification. (Image courtesy of Getty Images)
Preliminary Round play continued in both the Men’s and Women’s competition. In Men’s Group A, the Czech Republic beat South Korea at the Gangneung Hockey Centre 2 to 1 while at the Kwandong Hockey Centre, Canada dominated Switzerland 5 to 1. In Men’s Group C, Finland won against Germany 5 to 2, and Sweden shut Norway out 5 to 0. In Women’s Group A, the top-ranked teams of Canada and the United States faced off at the Kwandong Hockey Centre, where Canada prevailed in a close 2 to 1 game. Meanwhile, at the Gangneung Hockey Centre, the Finnish women’s team beat the OAR 5 to 1.
Image: Canadian goaltender Genevieve Lacasse watches the puck as Canada and the United States face off in the Women’s Group A Preliminary Round Competition. (Image courtesy of Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The final luge event at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games was the team relay, held at the Olympic Sliding Centre. German lugers Natalie Geisenberger, Tobias Wendl, and Tobias Arlt earned their second gold medals of the games, having won in women’s singles and men’s doubles respectively earlier in the week. The medalists are as follows:
Gold: Natalie Geisenberger, Johannes Ludwig, Tobias Wendl, and Tobias Arlt (Germany)
Silver: Alex Gough, Sam Edney, Tristan Walker, and Justin Smith (Canada)
Bronze: Madeleine Egle, David Gleirscher, Peter Penz, and Georg Fischler (Austria)
Image: The German relay team of Natalie Geisenberger, Johannes Ludwig, Tobias Wendl, and Tobias Arlt, in order from left to right, celebrate winning gold in the team luge relay event. (Image courtesy of Getty Images)
The Men’s Skeleton event began two of its final four heats on 15 February at the Olympic Sliding Centre. Currently, South Korean athlete Yun Sungbin is in first, followed by Martins Dukurs from Latvia and Dom Parsons from Great Britain. The last two heats will be held on 16 February.
Image: Yun Sungbin is the overwhelming favourite to win gold in the skeleton event. (Image courtesy of Reuters)
In ski jumping, the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre hosted Official Training 2 Jump 1, 2, and 3 for competitors in the Men’s Large Hill Individual Event. Karl Geiger of Germany, Kamil Stoch of Poland, and Andreas Stjernen of Norway earned the top scores on Jump 1, 2, and 3, respectively. Competition begins with qualification on the 16 February.
Image: Top scorer Karl Geiger participating in the ski jumping event. (Image courtesy of Getty Images)
Snowboarding continued on Day 6 of the Pyeongchang Winter Games with the Men’s Snowboard Cross. Hosted at Phoenix Park, the day featured seeding runs, ⅛ finals, quarterfinals, semifinals, the small final, and the big final, in which the medals are awarded. The medalists are as follows:
Gold: Pierre Vaultier (France)
Silver: Jarryd Hughes (Australia)
Bronze: Regino Hernandez (Spain)
Image: Athletes compete in the Men’s Snowboard Cross final at Phoenix Park. (Image courtesy of Kim Yeung/AP)
Competition continued at the Gangneung Oval in speed skating with the Men’s 10,000m. In the only race of the day, Ted-Jan Bloemen of Canada won Canada’s first Olympic title in the event with a new Olympic record; the 10,000m crown eludes Sven Kramer of the Netherlands once again as he finishes sixth. The medalists in the event are as follows:
Gold: Ted-Jan Bloemen (Canada)
Silver: Jorrit Bergsma (Netherlands)
Bronze: Nicola Tumolero (Italy)
Image: Ted-Jan Bloemen celebrates after setting a new Olympic record in the Men’s 10,000m and winning the gold medal. (Image courtesy of Steve Russell/Toronto Star)