Norway gets first OWG men's relay win since 2002

PYEONGCHANG – Norway won the men’s relay on Sunday 18 February at the Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre, a day after claiming the ladies’ relay title.  It marks the first time that the Norwegian men have won the gold medal in the OWG relay since Salt Lake City in 2002.  The team of Olympic Athletes from Russia were out to an early lead on the second leg after a strong effort from Alexander Bolshunov but Norway, France and Italy were able to close that gap to have a leading group of 4 halfway through the 3rd leg.  But a strong push from Norway’s Simen Hegstad Krueger and France’s Clement Parisse broke the race open with Russia and Italy unable to follow.  With one leg remaining Denis Spitsov (OAR) brought Russia back to Norway and France and went right through to take the lead.  With just 2 km remaining it was down to two again.  This time Norway and OAR had the lead and Norwegian anchor Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo made his move with just over 1 km to go and had enough time to ski down the homestretch with the Norwegian flag.  OAR crossed shortly after and France hung on for the bronze.  

  • It was the second time Norway won the men’s and ladies’ relay at a single Olympic Winter Games, the first coming at the Grenoble 1968 Olympic Winter Games.
  • The only other NOCs to have achieved this feat are Soviet Union in 1972 and Sweden in 2014.
  • Norway has now won all seven relay events in major competitions (world cup, world championships, Olympic Winter Games) since its fourth-place finish in the 4x10km relay at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
  • This was Norway’s fifth gold medal in cross-country skiing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, equalling the record number of gold medals won by an NOC in the sport at a single Winter Games, achieved on seven separate occasions of which four times by Norway itself (1992, 2002, 2010, 2014).
  • This was Norway’s 11th medal in this sport at PyeongChang 2018. Only in 1988 has an NOC won more at a single Olympic Winter Games when Soviet Union won 13 medals.
  • Norway has won at least one medal in all eight cross-country events held at PyeongChang 2018.
  • Norway has now won 25 medals in all events at the PyeongChang Games, one shy of its NOC record set in Lillehammer in 1994 and equalled in Sochi in 2014.
  • Martin Johnsrud SUNDBY (NOR) won his first gold medal, after winning two silver and one bronze medal, dating back to the 2010 Vancouver Games.
  • Johannes Hoesflot KLAEBO (NOR) and Simen Hegstad KRUEGER (NOR) won their second gold medal, both won at these Games
  • Olympic Athlete from Russia took silver. This was Olympic Athlete from Russia’s 10th medal at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. It has yet to win gold. The record for most medals won by one NOC without winning gold at a single Winter Games is nine, set by Finland in 2006 and equalled by Italy in 2014.
  • Bronze medallists France won its third Olympic medal in cross-country skiing, after taking silver in the men’s sprint free in 2006 and also finishing third in the men’s relay in Sochi four years ago.

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ATHLETE QUOTES

1. NORWAY – Gold

Martin Johnsrud SUNDBY 

On winning the gold medal:
“This is an important event. We (Norway) haven’t won it for 16 years now and been struggling a bit in the last Olympics and to be able with these guys to take it home this year was, for sure, it was great.

Johannes Hoesflot KLAEBO

On the result:
“I think we are lucky to be able to be on this team. It could have been a lot of people from Norway doing this relay. We are just grateful for being here and to be able to take the gold is unbelievable.”

On skiing away from Denis SPITSOV (OAR) on the second last climb to secure Norway the gold medal:
“I felt strong. Also in the first round (lap of his relay leg) it felt quite strong and the skis were so good so then I knew that I would attack at that moment (second last climb) in the last round.”

Simen Hegstad KRUEGER 

On the result:
“It’s something special with a relay. We all wanted to take home the gold medal and to ski for our friends and our nation.
“It’s an incredible feeling to take the gold.”

Didrik TOENSETH 

On KLAEBO’s performance:
“I don’t have words. I was expecting that he would go (to make his move) in the last hill, but he did it in the hill before. So that was full speed, pedal to the metal and the Russian (SPITSOV) fell away.”

 2. OLYMPIC ATHLETE FROM RUSSIA – Silver

Andrey LARKOV 

On the silver medal:
“Of course, it is very important and we really wanted to win this race but the second place is also good and we’ll have another chance here to show ourselves.”

Alexander BOLSHUNOV 

On the silver medal:
“I just want to thank all the team, all the guys just did their best and now we have the great result for us.

Alexey CHERVOTKIN 

On the silver medal:
“A medal in every race is very important but today we showed that we are a real team and it’s a team medal, which is very important for us.”

Denis SPITSOV 

On the team effort:
“I thank all the team and first of all, to our hero Alexey CHERVOTKIN. He did his best today and there was many times he helped us really in the relay and today we helped him. So we are the team and that’s the main thing.”

3. FRANCE – Bronze

Jean Marc GAILLARD 

On the bronze medal:
“It’s not easy to describe. It’s just unbelievable. It’s the second time in a row for us to be on the Olympic podium in the relay and it’s amazing.

Maurice MANIFICAT

On the result:
“We were really strong, all the team in individual races all week, so we knew that it was possible to be ahead and to place again and we made it, so it’s just perfect. It’s the old generation and new generations, so it’s important for that.”

Adrien BACKSCHEIDER 

On the result:
“It’s a big emotion because the history of the French ski team in the relay was not so good before Sochi (2014 Olympic Winter Games) and now it’s a nice story.”

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OFFICIAL RESULTS 

1. NORWAY 1:33:04.9
TOENSETH Didrik 1991 24:59.1
SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud 1984 24:51.8
KRUEGER Simen Hegstad 1993 21:19.7
KLAEBO Johannes Hoesflot 1996 21:54.3

2. OLYMPIC ATHLETES FROM RUSSIA +9.4
LARKOV Andrey 1989 24:42.1
BOLSHUNOV Alexander 1996 24:36.7
CHERVOTKIN Alexey 1995 22:08.0
SPITSOV Denis 1996 21:47.5

3. FRANCE +36.9
GAILLARD Jean Marc 1980 24:51.7
MANIFICAT Maurice 1986 24:55.1
PARISSE Clement 1993 21:24.2
BACKSCHEIDER Adrien 1992 22:30.8

4. FINLAND +1:40.5
HYVARINEN Perttu 1991 25:42.9
NISKANEN Iivo 1992 24:29.8
HEIKKINEN Matti 1983 21:56.5
LEHTONEN Lari 1987 22:36.2

5. SWEDEN +2:05.6
BURMAN Jens 1994 25:17.8
RICKARDSSON Daniel 1982 25:57.0
HELLNER Marcus 1985 21:53.3
HALFVARSSON Calle 1989 22:02.4

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Master craftsman Hirscher wins second Olympic gold

Pre-race favorite Marcel Hirscher of Austria lived up to and exceeded the hype on Sunday at PyeongChang 2018 as he claimed his second gold medal of these Olympic Winter Games in the men’s giant slalom. The master craftsman who seemed only to be missing Olympic gold from his resume prior to his trip to South Korea now has two to his name. With his victory, he became the 10th male alpine skier to win multiple gold medals at a single Winter Games and the first since his fellow countryman Benni Raich in 2006.

Despite a hefty lead after the first run, Hirscher did not let up on his second run and ultimately bested the field by a massive 1.27 seconds. His nearest competitor was the familiar face of Henrik Kristoffersen, but the Norwegian had to battle back from 10th place after the first run to secure the second Olympic medal of his career and first in giant slalom with silver.

The second-place challenger from the first run, Alexis Pinturault of France, skied an equally solid second run to finish with bronze, matching his performance at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games and adding to his alpine combined silver from earlier at PyeongChang 2018.

Clear weather but challenging course setting, changing snow conditions from top to bottom, and the intensity of the Games proved quite difficult for a number of the world’s best competitors. 

The men race slalom next at PyeongChang 2018 at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre on Thursday 22 February. 

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OWG PyeongChang 2018 – Men's 4 x 10 km relay preview

PYEONGCHANG – Sweden could become the first NOC to claim three consecutive Olympic titles in the men’s 4x10km relay, which is held on Sunday 18 February at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre.

  • Sweden won the men’s 4x10km relay at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and at Sochi 2014. Only Norway (1998-2002) and Sweden itself (1984-1988) also managed to claim back-to-back Olympic titles in this event.
  • Sweden (G2-S0-B1) is the only NOC to have reached the podium in the men’s 4x10km relay in each of the last three editions of the Olympic Winter Games and could equal its Olympic best of reaching the podium four times in a row, set between 1936 and 1956.
  • Marcus HELLNER (SWE) and Daniel RICKARDSSON (SWE) both won gold in this event in 2010 and 2014 and could become the first athletes to claim three Olympic titles in the men’s 4x10km relay. They currently share the record of two gold medals with seven other athletes.
  • Johan OLSSON (SWE, G2-S0-B1) is the only athlete representing Sweden with more Olympic medals in the men’s 4x10km relay than HELLNER (G2-S0-B0) and RICKARDSSON (G2-S0-B0).
  • Norway finished fourth in 2014 and could miss out on the podium in consecutive Olympic Winter Games for the first time since 1984 (4th) and 1988 (6th).
  • Norway has won all six relay events in major competition (World Cup, world championships) since their fourth-place finish in the 4x10km relay at Sochi 2014. Martin Johnsrud SUNDBY (NOR) was part of the Norway team in five of these six victories.
  • Norway won the ladies’ relay on Saturday 17 February and can become the first NOC to win the men’s and ladies’ relay at a single Olympic Winter Games for a second time, after Grenoble 1968.
  • The only other NOCs that won both relays at a single Olympic Winter Games are Soviet Union (Sapporo 1972) and Sweden (2014).
  • Norway has already won four cross-country skiing gold medals at PyeongChang 2018. The record number of gold medals won by an NOC in the sport at a single Olympic Winter Games is five, achieved on seven separate occasions, including four times by Norway (1992, 2002, 2010, 2014).
  • Norway could win 11 medals in cross-country skiing at a single Olympic Winter Games for the third time, after winning 11 at Salt Lake City 2002 and Sochi 2014. The record of 13 medals was set by Soviet Union at Calgary 1988.
  • France took bronze in the 4x10km relay in 2014 and could claim its first Olympic title in this event.
    All previous 57 Olympic medals in the 4x10km relay have been won by European NOCs. The best result of a non-European NOC in this event was a fifth place finish for USA in 2002.

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Boreal Mountain, California: Pop-Up Park Volume 2

Boreal Mountain California has kept spirits high by creating a unique shredder’s paradise called Boreal Pop-Up Park! Pop-Up Park is a One-Of-A-Kind terrain park that only lasts for five days. Boreal invited Northern California’s best jibbers and jumpers for an opening day private shoot followed by five days of shred time for the public to enjoy.

The private shoot started out with coffee and donuts in Moondoes Café, located in Woodward Tahoe. Despite the heavy winds, local rippers such as Nate Haust, Eric Royce, Tim Humphreys and Christian Connors came through ready to put down some hammers in our second ever #BorealPopUpPark! Pizza, from Reno’s best pizza parlor, Noble Pies, kept these boarders fueled throughout the day.

This Pop-Up Park, located on the upper east side of the mountain utilized the Gold Rush Shack as one of the many jumps in the park. From countless innovative railfeatures to crazy tree gaps to endless transitions; this park provided everything to keep you hiking and hot lapping all day. It seemed as though Super Park had found its way to Boreal!

Pros, pizza, doughnuts and terrain parks, what more could you ask for? Don’t snooze, the countdown has begun! You only have this long weekend to experience itbefore it’s gone! More info at www.rideboreal.com.

Video features Eric Royce, Matt Shaffer, Jesse Gomez, Skyler Gallardo, Bryce Salazar, Casey Savage, Matt Melo, Nali Prevedel, Tim Humphreys, Christian Conners, and Nate Haust.

Photos by Jake Pollock & Bryce Bartlett.
Edit by Kyle Greene.

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PyeongChang 2018 men's giant slalom preview

PYEONGCHANG – Marcel Hirscher (AUT) will look to win his second Olympic Winter gold medal when he competes in the men’s giant slalom on Sunday 18 February at Yongpyong Alpine Centre. Check your local listings for broadcast date and times in your home country.

  • HIRSCHER won the men’s alpine combined on Tuesday, his first gold medal at any Winter Games.
  • HIRSCHER can become the 10th male alpine skier to win multiple gold medals at a single Winter Games and the first since Benjamin RAICH (AUT) in 2006.
  • He can join Toni SAILER (AUT, three), RAICH (two), Hermann MAIER (AUT, two) and Matthias MAYER (AUT, two) as the only Austrian men with multiple alpine skiing gold medals at the Winter Games.
  • HIRSCHER won the men’s giant slalom world title in 2017 and can become the third current world champion in a row to claim the Olympic gold medal in this event, after Carlo JANKA (SUI) in 2010 and Ted LIGETY (USA) in 2014.
  • Austrian skiers have won a joint-record four gold medals (alongside Switzerland) and a record 18 total medals in this event at the Olympic Winter Games, but failed to reach the podium in 2010 and 2014. Austria has never failed to claim a medal in the men’s giant slalom at three successive Winter Games.
  • LIGETY could claim a record sixth medal in the giant slalom at the World Championships and Olympic Winter Games combined.
  • LIGETY has claimed one Olympic gold medal in this event (2014), three World Championships gold medals (2011, 2013 and 2015) and one World Championships bronze medal (2009) in this event.
  • The only other alpine skiier who has claimed five giant slalom medals at the Winter Games and World Championships combined is Tina MAZE (SLO).
  • LIGETY’s four giant slalom triumphs at World Championships and Olympic Winter Games combined are a joint-record among men and women, alongside Deborah COMPAGNONI (ITA).
  • LIGETY can each become the second man to win the men’s giant slalom twice at the Olympic Winter Games, after Alberto TOMBA (ITA) who won it in 1988 and 1992.
  • LIGETY won this event in Sochi in 2014.
  • At 33 years and 171 days, LIGETY can become the oldest Olympic medallist in the men’s giant slalom, breaking the record by Hermann MAIER who took bronze in 2006, aged 33 and 75 days.
  • Alexis PINTURAULT (FRA) bagged bronze in this event at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
  • PINTURAULT could join Franck PICCARD (FRA, two in downhill) and Guy PERILLAT (FRA, two in downhill) as the only Frenchmen with multiple Olympic medals in a single men’s alpine skiing event.
  • Only two Frenchmen have won the men’s giant slalom at the Olympic Winter Games: Francois BONLIEU in 1964 and Jean-Claude KILLY in 1968.

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Kamil Stoch defends his title

Kamil Stoch of Poland took the third Olympic gold medal of his career on Saturday evening in PyeongChang. In a dramatic competition, Stoch jumped on 135 m and 136.5 m (285.7 points) and came in ahead of Germany’s Andreas Wellinger (135.5 m and 142 m; 282.3 points) and Norwegian Robert Johansson (137.5 m and 134.5 m; 275.3 points).

Stoch was overwhelmed after he defended his title: “It’s unbelievable, I can’t describe this feeling right now. It feels like I’m still dreaming, but this is a beautiful dream so I don’t want to wake up. I knew that I didn’t show everything that I can so far, so I just wanted to make my best jumps here and I think I did it.”

Stoch was already in the lead after the first round and proved his strong nerves in the final round when Andreas Wellinger increased the pressure on him with an amazing jump of 142 m. With all his experience, veteran Stoch then showed his skills again and took a well-deserved win.

Andreas Wellinger, Kamil Stoch, Robert Johansson

For Andreas Wellinger this second place earned him his second medal after he won the gold on the normal hill a week ago. “It was a great competition on a really high level. I’m really happy that I can be at the Flower Ceremony again. It’s crazy to come to the Olympic Games and win gold and silver in the individual competitions. It’s unbelievable and I think I’ll need a few more weeks to realize it”, said Wellinger.

The third place went to Norway’s Robert Johansson, who already took his second bronze medal at this Olympic Games. “I felt great ever since I got here and my jumping was very stable. I have been working incredibly hard for many, many years for successes like these. It’s hard to describe my feelings because I have been dreaming of this since I was a little kid and now it finally happened.”

Ski Flying World Champion Daniel Andre Tande of Norway presented himself in a strong shape again, but only in his second jump, the best jump of the second round. In 15th, Tande was already too far behind in the first round and so he could move up to fourth overall with this great second jump, but he came in 2.2 points behind the podium. He was followed by Johann Andre Forfang in fifth, Andreas Stjernen was the fourth best Norwegian in eighth. It will definitely be extremely difficult to beat the Norwegians in Monday’s team event, that’s for sure.

Hayboeck became the tragic figure

Austria’s Michael Hayboeck surprised in second after the first half of the competition with a great 140 m jump. 131 m were then not enough in the final, Hayboeck fell back to sixth. This is a very good result, but considering that the medal was within reach for him it was a disappointment. Also because this was probably the last chance for the Austrian ski jumpers to win a medal at this Olympic Games.

 

Karl Geiger strong again

Karl Geiger justified the trust placed in him with a strong seventh place. “I’m super satisfied, the second jump was really good and I’m also extremely happy for Andreas Wellinger”, said Geiger. Richard Freitag achieved a Top 10 finish in ninth and was actually performing better than this result shows. Freitag didn’t have good wind conditions, especially in the second round. Markus Eisenbichler completed the strong team performance of the Germans in 14th.

Head coach Werner Schuster was satisfied with the results of his athletes: “This was a very fair event on a high level. I’m very satisfied with this competition. We are very happy and Kamil is the well-deserved winner, he had two really good jumps today. Now we are looking forward to the team event on Monday and there we want to show a really good performance again.”

Dawid Kubacki (POL), Peter Prevc (SLO) and Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi all scored 258 points and tied for tenth.

 

Bickner, Boyd-Clowes, and Insam strong – Bresadola in the hospital

US American Kevin Bickner could show a strong performance again, the 21-year-old came in 20th. Remarkable was also the 21st place for Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes. Italy’s Alex Insam did a very good job as well and came in 23rd.

Insam’s teammate Davide Bresadola had some bad luck today. He crashed and at first, it seemed that he didn’t suffer any injuries, but when he took off his suit he noticed that the zipper of the suit had caused a deep cut to his forearm. The 29-year-old was taken to the hospital to stitch it up.

The next and final Ski Jumping event of the Olympic Games will be the team competition on Monday at 9:30 pm (1:30 pm CET). 

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COC-L: Next win for Daniela Iraschko-Stolz

After her clear win on Friday evening, Daniela Iraschko-Stolz also stood on top of the podium in the second competition at the Continental Cup in Brotterode (GER).

The Austrian, who came to Brotterode directly from the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, posted the longest jump of the day with 103 m and won with her total of 84.3 points.

After the trial round had already been canceled due to the strong wind and the start of the competition was postponed, the jury then decided to cancel the final round due to the difficult conditions and so the competition was decided after only one round.

Lidiia Iakovleva of Russia, who finished third on Friday, jumped on 95 m on Saturday afternoon and took the second place with a total of 70.2 points. 

Julia Clair of France came in third with 97.5 m and 68.9 points.

Pauline Hessler came in fourth was the best German again in front of the home crowd. Behind her, Anna Shpyneva and Aleksandra Barantceva finished fifth and sixth and provided yet another outstanding team result for Russia together with second-placed Lidiia Iakovleva and Ksenia Kablukova (8th).

The second-best athlete of the first competition in Brotterode, Jerneja Brecl of Slovenia, was seventh. Anna Rupprecht of Germany and Slovenia’s Katra Komar (10th) also came in among the Top 10.

Today’s competition was the final event of this Ladies’ Continental Cup season. The overall title went to Lidiia Iakovleva with 415 points, close ahead of Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (400 points) and Aleksandra Barantceva (382 points).

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Norway wins thrilling ladies' 4 x 5 km relay

PYEONGCHANG – Marit BJOERGEN anchored Norway to victory in the ladies 4x5km relay on Saturday to win her seventh Olympic Winter Games gold medal, a record among women.

The 37-year-old’s 13th medal of any colour also puts her equal with Ole Einar BJOERNDALEN (NOR) as the most successful Winter Olympian in history.

“For sure I haven’t thought about that,” BJOERGEN said of her records.

“I think when you’re an athlete and still racing you’re looking forward and not thinking about what you’ve done.

“You’re just looking forward to the next race and focus on that. Like I said before, when I’ve finished skiing I’ll look behind me and see what I will have done.”

BJOERGEN started the final leg of the relay on Saturday in third place, 3.4 seconds adrift, but by the top of the first climb at Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre she had overhauled leaders Sweden and second-placed OAR.

She then held off Sweden’s Stina NILSSON, the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games ladies’ sprint champion, for the remainder of the final leg, giving Norway its 10th cross-country medal of the Games.

“The other girls did give me a good position, but it’s a new position for me,” BJOERGEN said of starting her leg in third place.

“In the last year I have been going there in front by myself, but I had to try and push hard all the way and I knew I could do it if I had a good day.

“I thought it was going to be hard when I had Stina (NILSSON) on my skis on the last lap so I’m very happy. I can’t understand that I did it either.”

Norway won the relay in 51 minutes and 24.3 seconds, 2.0 seconds ahead of Sweden and 43.3 seconds ahead of bronze-medallists OAR.

Natalia NEPRYAEVA and Yulia BELORUKOVA had OAR leading at the halfway mark after they skied strongly in the first two legs of the relay, both in the classic style.

Charlotte KALLA took Sweden from fifth to second during the second leg of the relay and when the style switched to the free technique for the second half of the race, Norway were in fourth place, 29.8 seconds behind OAR.

But PyeongChang 2018 ladies’ 10km free champion Ragnhild HAGA took Norway to within 3.4 seconds as she handed the battle to BJOERGEN.

“She is an absolute legend,” Jessica DIGGINS (USA) said of BJOERGEN after USA finished fifth.

“It’s really, really cool to see her race every single time. She just skis with absolute control.”

For Sweden, the silver medal is KALLA’s eighth medal at the Olympic Winter Games, putting her one behind Swedish record holder Sixten JERNBERG, who has nine.

COMPETITION FACTS

  • BJOERGEN won her seventh gold medal, an outright record for a woman at the Olympic Winter Games.
  • At the Summer Games, gymnasts Vera CASLAVSKA (TCH, seven) and Larissa LATYNINA (URS, nine), canoe sprinter Birgit FISCHER (GER, eight) and swimmer Jenny THOMPSON (USA, eight) have also won at least seven gold medals among women.
  • BJOERGEN has now won 13 medals, equalling biathlete Ole Einar BJOERNDALEN (NOR) for a record total among men and women at the Olympic Winter Games.
  • Only one woman at the Summer Games has won at least 13 Olympic medals, LATYNINA won 18.
  • This was Norway’s 10th medal in cross-country skiing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. It has won at least 10 medals in this sport for the third time, following 11 in 2002 and 2014.
  • This was Norway’s 125th gold medal at the Winter Games in all sports. It is the first NOC reaching this mark.
  • Sweden took silver and has now won back-to-back medals in the ladies’ relay for the first time since 1968, when it reached the podium four times in a row.
  • Charlotte KALLA (SWE) won her eighth Olympic Winter Games medal, one behind Swedish record holder Sixten JERNBERG (nine).

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

LADIES  4 x 5 km relay

1. NORWAY 51:24.3
OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad 1990 13:28.9
JACOBSEN Astrid Uhrenholdt 1987 14:15.9
HAGA Ragnhild 1991 11:46.7
BJOERGEN Marit 1980 11:52.8

2. SWEDEN +2.0
HAAG Anna 1986 13:50.3
KALLA Charlotte 1987 13:26.4
ANDERSSON Ebba 1997 12:11.4
NILSSON Stina 1993 11:58.2

3. OLYMPIC ATHLETE FROM RUSSIA +43.3
NEPRYAEVA Natalia 1995 13:24.5
BELORUKOVA Yulia 1995 13:50.5
SEDOVA Anastasia 1995 12:13.4
NECHAEVSKAYA Anna 1991 12:39.2

4. FINLAND +1:02.6
SAARINEN Aino-Kaisa 1979 13:44.4
NISKANEN Kerttu 1988 13:40.7
ROPONEN Riitta-Liisa 1978 12:45.2
PARMAKOSKI Krista 1990 12:16.6

5. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA +1:20.5
CALDWELL Sophie 1990 14:26.0
BJORNSEN Sadie 1989 13:54.2
RANDALL Kikkan 1982 12:12.9
DIGGINS Jessica 1991 12:11.7

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Dual sport Olympian Ledecka shocks with super-G gold

Snowboard World Cup parallel world champion Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic, who is the first athlete to compete in two different sports at an Olympic Winter Games, crossed the finish line in the ladies’ super-G in absolute disbelief. Wearing bib 26, she charged down the course, not without error, but always with speed under her feet. At the finish line, the scoreboard showed a green light with a 0.01-second advantage over defending gold medalist Anna Veith of Austria. 

The athlete, who had never secured a World Cup podium in alpine skiing but who has handfuls in snowboarding, thought the clock was mistaken. Even after the cameraman in the finish area told her she was the winner, she could not believe the time. 

“How did that happen?” she asked while shaking her head.

Despite being bumped to silver, Veith still completed her incredible comeback story following a two-year return from a devastating knee injury. To even be on the podium was a massive accomplishment for the Austrian who has battled to return to top form on the World Cup circuit. 

Tina Weirather, a regular on the World Cup super-G podium and last season’s discipline standings winner, became the sixth athlete and third woman from Liechtenstein to claim a medal at the Olympic Games with bronze on the day. Weirather now joins her mother, Hanni Wenzel, with a medal of her own.

The race program was delayed by one hour due to strong winds in the morning, but ideal racing conditions ultimately prevailed with clear skies and calmer breezes. 

The ladies remain at Jeongseon Alpine Centre for downhill training over the next three days ahead of Wednesday’s downhill race.

 

Ester LEDECKA 

On how she skied so fast:

“I was probably the only snowboarder on site. All the other girls didn’t risk a lot. There must be a lot of pressure on them. I was just trying to do my best run.”

On how she managed to beat the field by one hundredth of a second:

“I really don’t know. You tell me. I was riding. I really don’t know what happened. It was great.”

On when she saw No.1 on the scoreboard:

“This must be some mistake. That they’re going to switch the time for some others.”

On whether she believes it now:

“No, still not.”

On how she succeeded in super-G as a world-champion snowboarder:

“I don’t know. I am so surprised about all of it. I’m really trying to win and do a good run every time but I didn’t really realise that this really can happen.”

On whether she ever dreamed of winning Alpine skiing gold:

“Yes, for sure, many times. I thought this will come much later on in my career. But this is great, if it can happen like that.”

On her family’s reaction:

“I saw just my mum. We didn’t really understand what happened. I was asking her if it looked good and if I didn’t miss any gates.

“I think they’re as surprised as me.”

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OWG PyeongChang 2018 – Ladies 4 x 5 km relay preview

PYEONGCHANG – Marit BJOERGEN (NOR) can equal the record for most medals at the Olympic Winter Games when the ladies’ 4x5km relay is held on Saturday 17 February at the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre.

  • On 15 February, BJOERGEN took bronze in the ladies’ 10km free to win her 12th Olympic medal.
  • With that bronze medal BJOERGEN equalled Bjoern DAEHLIE (NOR) in all-time second place at the Olympic Winter Games with 12 medals, behind only Ole Einar BJOERNDALEN (NOR, 13).
  • Including the Olympic Games, BJOERGEN has now equalled four other women on 12 medals – canoe sprinter Birgit FISCHER (GER) and swimmers Jenny THOMPSON (USA), Dara TORRES (USA) and Natalie COUGHLIN (USA), behind only gymnast Larissa LATYNINA (URS, 18 medals).
  • BJOERGEN can win her seventh Winter Games gold medal. Only DAEHLIE (8) and BJOERNDALEN (8) have won more.
  • BJOERGEN (NOR) has appeared in the 4x5km relay in each of the last four Olympic Winter Games, winning gold in 2010 and silver in 2002. BJOERGEN could make a record-equalling fifth appearance in this event (including 3x5km relay) at the Olympic Winter Games, joining Gabriella PARUZZI (ITA), Stefania BELMONDO (ITA), Marja-Liisa KIRVESNIEMI (FIN), Katerina NEUMANNOVA (CZE) and Valentina SHEVCHENKO (UKR).
  • BJOERGEN will be 37 years and 333 days old on the day of this event and could become the second-oldest Olympic champion in this event (incl. 3x5km relay) after Raisa SMETANINA (EUN), who was 39 years and 354 days old when she claimed gold in 1992.
  • Defending champions Sweden could become the first NOC in 20 years to claim back-to-back Olympic titles in the ladies’ 4x5km relay,
  • Sweden won the 4x5km relay at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and could become the first NOC to claim back-to-back Olympic gold medals in this event since Russia in 1994-1998.
  • Swedish women have won two of the three ladies’ cross-country events at PyeongChang 2018 so far: Charlotte KALLA (skiathlon) and Stina NILSSON (sprint classic).
  • KALLA can join three other athletes on a record four Olympic Winter Games gold medals for Sweden.
    Gunde SVAN (SWE), Sixten JERNBERG (SWE) and Thomas WASSBERG (SWE) have all claimed a record four gold medals among Swedish athletes, all in cross-country skiing
  • Only JERNBERG (nine) has claimed more total medals at the Olympic Winter Games among Swedish athletes than KALLA (six).
  • Germany is the only NOC to have won a medal in the 4x5km relay in each of the last four Olympic Winter Games. The only NOCs to have recorded a longer medal streak in this event are Norway (7, 1980-2002) and Soviet Union (7, 1956-1980).
  • Stefanie BOEHLER (GER) will be 36 years and 355 days old on the day of this event and could become the oldest Olympic medallist from Germany in the 4x5km relay. Claudia NYSTAD holds the record . She was 36 years and 14 days old when she grabbed bronze in 2014.
  • BOEHLER (2) claimed silver in the 4x5km relay in 2006 and bronze in 2014 and could join Evi SACHENBACHER-STEHLE (3) in second place on Germany’s all-time Olympic medal list in this event. Only NYSTAD (4) has claimed more among Germans.
  • Norway finished fifth in the 4x5km relay at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and could fail to reach the podium in this event in consecutive GAMES for the first time since 1956 (4th), 1960 (did not compete) and 1964 (did not compete).
  • Aino-Kaisa SAARINEN (FIN) took silver in the 4x5km relay in 2014 and bronze in 2010 and could become the first athlete from Finland to collect three Olympic medals in this event (incl. 3x5km relay). She currently shares the record of two with eight other athletes.
  • SAARINEN (G0-S1-B1), BOHLER (G0-S1-B1) and BJOERGEN (G1-S1-B0) could all complete the medal set in the 4x5km relay. Only Galina KULAKOVA (URS, G2-S1-B1), Alevtina KOLCHINA (URS, G1-S1-B1) and NYSTAD (G1-S2-B1) have bronze, silver and gold in this event (incl. 3x5km relay).
  • USA is hoping to become the first non-European NOC to win a medal in this event (incl. 3x5km relay) at the Olympic Winter Games.

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Source: SKI