Sochi 2014 is turning out to be one of the most thrilling Winter Olympics ever. Day 8 (Saturday) produced some more great performances.
Ice Hockey: USA beat Russia
In a thrilling penalty shoot-out, USA beat Russia after they tied 2-2. TJ Oshie scored 4 consecutive penalties to lead USA to victory in their Group A match. USA now proceeds automatically to the quarter finals.
Side note: the ice hockey goalkeeper helmets are awesome.
Gold Medal count on 15 February
The gold medal count so far is a surprise. Most commentators tipped Norway to be in the lead, but the current leader is Germany with 7 gold, followed by Switzerland with 5 gold. Third place is shared by Russia, Canada, Netherlands, USA, and Norway, who have won 4 golds each.
Men’s singles figureskating
19 year old Yuzuru Hanya of Japan won Gold in the men’s singles figureskating. “I’m so proud of this feat,” he said. It’s Japan’s first Gold medal at Sochi 2014.
Women’s cross-country skiing
Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla came first in a thrilling final leg of the women’s 4 x 5 kilometer Relay, so Sweden takes Gold, their first Sochi 2014 medal. Silver went to Finland, and Germany won Bronze.
Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov won Gold today in a flawless performance with a particularly fast start. Martins Dukors (Latvia) took Silver, and Matthew Antoine took Gold for the USA.
Dominic Londesborough is a personal trainer in London