Russian snags gold away from Kim
Adelina Sotnikova gave Russia its first Olympic gold medal in women’s figure skating with a stunning upset of defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea.
Kim settled with silver, and Carolina Kostner of Italy earned bronze. Kim was trying to be the first woman to repeat as gold medal winner since Katarina Witt in 1988.
Julia Lipnitskaia, the Russian sensation with the weight of a nation on her 15-year-old shoulders, again fell during her routine and ended up fifth. The Russians have won three figure skating gold medals at the Sochi Olympics: team, pairs and women’s. Only the women’s was a surprise.
Canada capitalizes on U.S. meltdown
Down 2-0 in the final minutes, Canada rallied to force overtime, and then beat the United States on Marie-Philip Poulin’s power play goal 8:10 into the extra period to claim the gold in women’s hockey.
It marked the fourth time the two North American powers have met for the gold medal. The U.S. won the sport’s inaugural Olympic title in 1998 and Canada has won the last four. Poulin also scored Canada’s tying goal in the final minute of regulation.
Canada has won 20 straight in the Winter Games since the Nagano final in 1998.
Switzerland earned the bronze medal with a win over Sweden.
Bowman wins first ski halfpipe gold
20-year-old American Maddie Bowman edged silver-medalist Marie Martinod of France to win gold in the debut of women’s halfpipe skiing. Ayana Onozuka of Japan took the bronze.
Bowman put together a pair of athletic runs to produce the two highest scores in the finals.
French sweep skicross podium
France swept the podium in the men’s skicross, claiming all three medals in a Winter Games event for the first time.
Jean Frederic Chapuis won the gold, Arnaud Bovolenta won silver and Jonathan Midol captured bronze.
Norway wins Nordic combined
Norway finished third in the ski jumping and had to start from behind in the 20-kilometer race of the Nordic combined team competition.
But cross-country ski specialist Mangus Moan made up the deficit on the first leg and Norway outdueled Germany and defending champion Austria in the relay.
Germany, which had the lead after the ski jump, took silver and Austria got the bronze.
Norway’s 10 gold medals leads all countries.
Canada avenges loss to Sweden
Canada’s 6-3 gold medal victory in women’s curling came at the expense of Sweden, who beat the Canadians for the title in Vancouver four years ago.
Britain won the bronze by beating Switzerland 6-5.
Ukranian pulls out to support country
A Ukrainian skier has withdrawn from the Olympics to protest the deaths of anti-government protesters in her country.
Bogdana Matsotska said, “I don’t want to participate when in my country people die.”
The 24-year-old skier is refusing to ski in today’s slalom, her third and best event at the Sochi Olympics.