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Sochi Summary Day 6: That’s what a world record looks like

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Short Track rules:

Short Track is a sport of spills and thrills and there was drama in the women's 500m final as Elise Christie of Britain finished second but was denied the silver medal as officials blamed her for causing the other skaters to crash.

Despite Twitter being awash with sudden experts bemoaning a swindle, the Scot charged through a gap that was never there and her low-key demeanour at the end of the race signalled that she knew she was in trouble.

Li Jianrou escaped an early pile-up to coast to victory but what about Italy's Arianna Fontana who finished second? Her chances of gold were ended by Christie's move (as were those of Park Seung-hi but as she subsequently got up and tripped over her own feet, we have less sympathy).

In all stages before the final a skater is advanced to the next phase if there is a pile-up. Surely a final deserves a level playing field and if such a move occurs, say before three quarter distance, and is clearly not a tactical crash then there should be a re-start.


Gus Kenworthy - The Essex-born Slopestyler was not only the middle portion of a US podium sandwich in the Freestyle Skiing event but he has also become one of the most popular people on the internet. The 22-year-old from Colorado took silver with a score of 93.60 on his second run after falling in his first and wants to take a bunch of dogs back with his medal. He came across a bunch of strays and given Sochi's mandate to exterminate street dogs has pledged to save the canines.

Evgeniy Garanichev - The Russian biathlete is the first athlete to win an Olympic medal at Sochi on his birthday, a bronze in the 20km. Starting first, he missed just one of his 20 shots and crossed the line in 50:06.2. He watched France's Martin Fourcade and German Erik Lesser beat his time but still took a surprise medal. Not bad considering he had never finished higher than 10th in a World Cup individual event.

Alex Ovechkin - The three-times NHL most valuable player is one of the poster boys of the Games as Russia look to emulate Canada and win the Ice Hockey tournament on home ice. So scoring on your first shot of the tournament is not a bad start. Just over a minute into the opening period, Ovechkin brought the crowd to its feet when he cut towards the net and fired a shot past Slovenian netminder Robert Kristan. Russia won 5-2 and the United States are next up.


Yevgeny Plushenko - The Russian hero and 2002 men's Figure Skating champion pulled out, just seconds before he had been due to start his short programme. He was seen clutching the base of his spine throughout his warm-up and his withdrawal left more than 10,000 fans deflated. It was a somewhat lukewarm ending to a glittering career. "I took four pills (painkillers) and it didn't help. I think it was God saying, 'Yevgeny enough, is enough," said the 31-year-old who has barely skated competitively over the past four years.

Jules Bonnaire - The French Slopestyler launched himself aggressively off the gate in front of a massive global audience to launch his Olympic bid. And then he fell over after the first feature! 2.20 out of 100 on his first run and it didn't get much better at the second attempt as he scored 40 and was nowhere near reaching the final.

Japanese Ice Hockey - This was the women's team big chance to record their first Olympic victory, against Germany who were the only other of the eight teams to have been eliminated from the competition. However they lost 4-0 to stretch their Winter Games record to played eight, lost eight. Japan were looking to erase the disappointment of losing all five games during the 1998 Nagano Olympics, where they qualified automatically as the host nation but then went down 13-0, 11-1, 6-1, 10-0 and 5-0. Despite being in Group B and not having to face the strongest nations they went home having scored just one goal.


Lizzy Yarnold made a perfect start to her bid to emulate compatriot Amy Williams and win women's skeleton gold by building a healthy 0.44 second lead after the first two runs. World champion Shelley Rudman is back in 11th.

Elise Christie finished the Short Track women's 500m final in silver medal position but was demoted to fourth after an illegal move. Charlotte Gilmartin went out in the quarter-finals.

Jon Eley, Olympic debutant Richard Shoebridge and 1500m finalist Jack Whelbourne all went out in the men’s 1000m heats.

Despite a hip injury, James Woods finished fifth in the Freestyle Skiing slopestyle event. The 22-year-old from Sheffield was 5.8 points outside the medals as the USA finished 1-2-3.

Men's curlers David Murdoch, Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow beat the USA 5-3 for their fourth win in five matches and are joint second in the standings.

The women’s rink of skip Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams and Claire Hamilton bounced back from defeat to Canada with an 8-7 win against China to level their record at two wins and two losses.

Lee Jackson finished in a career-best 42nd in the men’s 20km individual Biathlon after missing just one of 20 shots.

Rosamund Musgrave finished 66th with a time of 36:18.5 in the Cross Country Ladies 10km Classic.


Freestyle Skiing: Men's Slopestyle - Joss Christensen (United States)
Cross Country Skiing: Ladies' 10km - Justyna Kowalczyk (Poland)
Short Track: Ladies' 500m - Li Jianrou (China)
Speed Skating: Ladies' 1000m - Zhang Hong (China)
Biathlon: Men's 20km - Martin Fourcade (France)
Luge: Team Relay - Germany


Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu reacts after a world record score in the short programme.

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Britain's Lizzy Yarnold goes for gold in the women's skeleton with a healthy advantage after the first two runs.


Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Aksel Lund Svindal are all in action in the Super Combined.

Patrick Chan will look to break the “Canadian Curse,” as he tries to become the first skater from his country to win the Olympic men’s figure skating crown, but he is trailing young pretender Yuzuru Hanyu after the short.

Female freestyle skiers are now landing quad-twisting triple somersaults so expect fireworks in the Aerials with the Chinese dominant.


France's Alexis Pinturault is a double junior world champion in giant slalom in 2009 and 2011. He has started to make a splash on the World Cup scene and has a real chance of gold in the Super Combined.


10:00: Cross Country - Men's 15km
11:30: Alpine Skiing - Men's Super Combined
14:00: Biathlon - Women's 15km
15:00: Figure Skating - Men's
16:50: Skeleton - Women's Heat 3/4
17:00: Ice Hockey - Men's Prelim. Round - Group B CAN - AUT NOR - FIN
17:30: Ski Jumping - Men's Large Hill Individual Qualification Round
17:30: Freestyle Skiing - Ladies' Aerials

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