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Sochi Summary Day 1

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The judging in the final of the Slopestyle.

The event was making its Olympic debut and many commentators and riders expressed concern about the judge-by-committee system after Thursday's qualifying round.

The Olympics use judges from the International Ski Federation who typically judge World Cup events. The sport's top riders, however, largely compete in World Snowboard Tour events like the X Games.

Sage Kotsenburg rode an almost flawless first run to win the first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics and it seemed fluidity rather than difficulty was what the judges were looking for.

Mark McMorris produced two triple corks (a move that involves the boarder going sideways or upside down on three separate instances during one spin) while Kotsenburg scored much higher despite only going as high as a double cork.

McMorris only took bronze as form was rewarded higher than technical difficulty.


Ole Einar Bjoerndalen is now 40 and many had written off the most decorated biathlete in history. However the Norwegian emulated compatriot and cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie's Winter Games record of 12 medals with gold in the 10km sprint. It was his fifth individual gold and his seventh gold in total. With 51 podium places he has more Olympic and world championships medals than birthdays and will start Monday's pursuit in first position as he carries his sprint time advantages into the 12.5km race.

Sven Kramer banished the bad memories from his first two Olympics as he won his second gold in the 500m. As a teenager in Turin in 2006, he had a chance to help the Dutch win the team pursuit but he clipped a lane marker and crashed out. In 2010, Kramer had all but won the 10,000 when his coach Gerard Kemkers pointed him towards the wrong lane on a crossover and he was disqualified before the Dutch made a mess of the team pursuit. No mistakes however at the Adler Arena as he was cheered on by the orange-cla Kleintje Pils band, the King of Holland and girlfriend Naomi van As who happens to be one of the best field hockey players in the world.

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Dufour-Lapointe as their girls, Justine and Chloe, take the gold and silver in the moguls. An all-sibling podium would have been great but Maxime, 24, missed the final. Chloe, 22, and Justine, 19, will hope they don't get trumped by the Wells brothers Jossi, Byron and Beau-James who are all competing in freestyle skiing's Big Air.


Frenchman Brice Roger will be out of action for at least six months after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the last
training session for the men's downhill. Slovenia's Rok Perko broke his nose and will also miss Sunday's race.

Marco Sullivan narrowly escaped a serious crash in the third run on the treacherous Rosa Khutor piste. The American lost control on a flatter section soon after landing off the Bear's Brow jump and was heading towards a flimsy-looking red plastic safety fence at high speed before veering to safety and abandoning his run. Bode Miller underlined the seriousness of the issues: "You saw Marco today. It doesn't look like it, it's an innocuous place and there's nothing there, but he almost killed himself. If that crash doesn't go just the way it went, he goes flying through B nets going 75 (mph) straight into the trees.

There was more heartbreak for Aiko Uemura in her fourth Olympics. The Japanese moguls star was seventh in 1998, sixth in 2002, fifth in 2006 and fourth in 2010. A bronze looked her destiny and that is where she was placed with one contender to come. Despite a couple of mistakes Hannah Kearney was given third place and Uemura goes home without a medal again.


Jamie Nicholls was second after the first of two rounds in the Slopestyle final but finished sixth with team-mate Billy Morgan 10th. It got some Summer Olympians excited.

Teessider Lee Jackson managed 55th in the sprint four years ago but 67th this time means he misses out on the 60-man pursuit.

A season's best for Jenna McCorkell but still 10th and last in the women's portion of the team figure skating. Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland were penalised for some technical errors in the ice dance and were seventh. It meant Britain finished bottom of the pile.


Men's snowboarding slopestyle: Sage Kotsenburg (USA)
Women's cross country skiathlon: Marit Bjoergen (Norway)
Men's speed skating 500m: Sven Kramer (Netherlands)
Men's biathlon sprint: Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (Norway)
Women's freestyle skiing moguls: Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Canada)


Sage Kotsenburg performs a jump en-route to gold.

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American bobsledder Johnny Quinn took matters into his own hands on Saturday when he got stuck in his Olympic village bathroom.


The marquee event of every Winter Olympics, the men’s downhill, begins at 7am GMT.


Aksel Lund Svindal is the favourite for the downhill but Bode Miller topped the timesheets in the third and final training run.

Petter Northug, a winner of four medals in 2010 including two golds, will start as favourite for the men's Skiathlon.

Martina Sablikova was also a double gold winner in Vancouver and is action as she looks to defend her 3000m title in Speed Skating.

The normal hill-large hill double has only been done three times in Olympic history, two of those coming from Simon Ammann. The Swiss defends his normal hill title.


Thomas Diethart won the prestigious Four Hills Ski Jumping event held over Christmas and New Year. It was a Cinderella story for the young Austrian who had only jumped in five World Cup events before then and had to wait almost three years from making his debut to getting another shot at the big time.


07:00 Alpine Skiing: Men's Downhill
09:15 Snowboarding: Ladies' Slopestyle
10:00 Cross Country Skiing: Men's Skiathlon
11:30 Speed Skating: Ladies' 3000m
14:30 Biathlon: Women's 7.5km
16:40 Luge: Men's Singles
17:30 Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill

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