15/04/2024

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Day 14 of the Winter Olympics bought the goods with a triple-hat medal win for China, a win for Team Canada and Norway dominating with medal wins across the events.

Day 14 of the games served us with impressive performances all round, including China’s Ailing Eileen Gu’s stunning finish in the Women’s Freeski Halfpipe to help her earn her third Olympic medal of the competition. 

Freestyle Skiing

Women’s Freeski Halfpipe 

Despite the dominance of Canada on the medal board, it was China’s Ailing Eileen Gu who took out the top spot with 95.25 after her second run on the 200-metre-long course. 

The American-born Olympian who is representing China this year claimed her third medal as a result of her performance which follows a gold in the women’s big air and a silver in the women’s slopestyle.

Canadian superstar Cassie Sharpe was just pipped at the podium with her best run of 90.75 and placed second for the silver medal.

Meanwhile, Sharpe’s country counterpart Rachael Karker helped boost Canada’s Olympic campaign with a best run of 87.75 on her first run. Karker’s stellar performance earned her the bronze medal. 

https://twitter.com/7olympics/status/1494508248359129106

Gold: Ailing Eileen Gu [CHN]
Silver: Cassie Sharpe [CAN]
Bronze: Rachael Karker [CAN]

Men’s Ski Cross Big Final 

It was a thrilling showdown at the Men’s Ski Cross Big Final. Switzerland took the top honours for the events at number one and number two consecutively. 

Ryan Regez scored his first Olympic medal, a gold, after an early lead saw the 29-year-old zip through to the finish line. Prior to his Olympic victory, Regez was the Swiss champion at the Cranz Montana back in 2020. 

Swiss Alex Fiva also scored his first medal of the games as he took out the silver. 

Sergey Ridzik mirrored his performance back in Pyeongchang 2018 to cap off the Men’s Ski Cross with the bronze medal. 

https://twitter.com/7olympics/status/1494574232461848596

Gold: Ryan Regez [SUI]
Silver: Alex Fiva [SUI]
Bronze: Sergey Ridzik [ROC]

Biathlon

Men’s 15km Mass Start

Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe adds yet another medal to his collection after securing the gold medal with his stellar performance in the Men’s 15km Mass Start. 

Prior to his gold medal worthy performance in this event, the 28-year-old has also won gold in the Men’s 10km Sprint as well as through his contribution in the men’s and mixed relay events. 

Swedish powerhouse Martin Ponsiluoma took out the silver medal. 

As for the bronze, a Norway representative has capped off third place through Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen’s stunning performance.

https://twitter.com/7olympics/status/1494609081147006982

Gold: Johannes Thingnes Boe [NOR]
Silver: Martin Ponsiluoma [SWE]
Bronze: Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen [NOR]

Women’s 12.5km Mass Start 

Norway continue its stellar form and add a silver as well as a bronze to its impressive medal tally. 

French biathlete Justine Braisaz – Bouchet took out the gold medal as a result of her performance. 

Tiril Eckhoff from Norway had a stellar performance that saw her take out second place and earn a silver medal. 

Eckhoff’s Norwegian counterpart Marte Olsbu Roeiseland pulled through to get the bronze. 

https://twitter.com/7olympics/status/1494578974336430088

Gold: Justine Braisaz – Bouchet [FRA]
Silver: Tiril Eckhoff [NOR]
Bronze: Marte Olsbu Roeiseland [NOR]

Curling

Men’s Bronze Medal

All it took was a steal from Canada to see the side topple the USA 8-5 in a high-tempo duel and walk away with the nation’s only curling medal in Beijing. 

Canada’s victory was looking in reach from the beginning after Brad Gushe managed to get on the board immediately. 

A scare in the third saw the Americans slowly crawl back as John Shuster’s performance helped tie the game 3-3, before the USA eventually took possession of the lead. 

But a classy comeback from Canada saw it take back the lead, as it further went on to take out the win by the ninth end on an 8-5 lead after a miscalculation from American Shuster resulted in the last skip stone to be rolled wide. 

https://twitter.com/7olympics/status/1494592769922375692

Bronze: Canada 

Speed Skating

Men’s 1000m

The Men’s 1000m Speed Skating went off with a bang as Thomas Krol’s one minute and 07.92 seconds helped him win gold for the Netherlands. 

Just behind him to take out the silver medal was Canada’s Laurent Dubreuil with one minute and 08.32 seconds. 

Haavard Holmefjord Lorentzen rounded out the top three with one minute and 08.48 seconds to take out the bronze medal. 

Gold: Thomas Krol [NED]
Silver: Laurent Dubreuil [CAN]
Bronze: Haavard Holmefjord Lorentzen [NOR]

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