Winter Olympic Village: Day Two, wrap

TheJournal.ie

View gallery

.
image

(Dario Cologna cries on the podium after winning the gold medal in the men’s cross-country 30k skiathlon — Gregorio Borgia/AP/Press Association Images)

Talking points

    Russia are off the mark: National idol Yevgeny Plushenko and rising star Julia Lipnitskaia got hosts Russia off the mark on Sunday sealing gold in the inaugural team figure skating event at the Sochi Olympics. Watched by President Vladimir Putin, the 31-year-old Plushenko took his fourth Olympic medal after gold in 2006 and silver in 2002 and 2010. But his achievement was almost overshadowed by Lipnitskaia, who sealed the victory at the age of just 15 to euphoria at the Iceberg Skating Palace.
  • Meyer upsets the odds: Matthias Mayer, the 23-year-old Austrian skier, defied a host of headline acts to win the blue riband men’s downhill in 2min 06.23sec on the 3.5km-long course at Rosa Khutor, high above the Black Sea. It was the first Austrian downhill gold since Fritz Strobl at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. “Of course it means a lot to me,” an emotional Mayer said. “It’s really difficult to go down the track without mistakes.”
  • Snowboarding success for US: Jamie Anderson gave the United States a slopestyle snowboarding double following Sage Kotsenburg’s victory in the men’s competition. Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi was second while Jenny Jones took third to give Britain its first ever Olympic medal on snow.
  • Kuzmina makes history: Defending champion Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia became the first woman to win two Olympic titles in the same individual biathlon when she claimed the 7.5km sprint. The Russian-born Kuzmina won in a time of 21min 06min 8sec to see off Russia’s Olga Vilukhina who was 19.9sec behind. Vita Semerenko of Ukraine took bronze, 21.7sec back from the champion.

You said what?

Thomas Ulsrud on the Norwegian curling team’s “rose-painting knickers”: “When Chris (Svae) gave us these, I said, ‘Come on, give me a break here,’” Ulsrud told The Associated Press, chuckling to himself. “I can go out there in loud pants and everything, but I said, ‘You are going to cut them off at the knee? Come on.’

“But I hate to say it, they are really comfortable to play in. Nice and loose.”

Yevgeny Plushenko on winning a gold: “It’s the first medal for Russia this Olympics. I love being first.”

Hero of the day

Ireen Wust. The Dutch athlete triumphed in the 3,000 meters Olympic speedskating, winning a gold medal at the Winter Olympics for the third consecutive time, having previously triumphed in the same competition in the Turin 2006 games, and in the 1500m at the Vancouver Games in 2010.

Irish eye

No Irish athletes are in action today or tomorrow, so here’s an interview with Winter Paralympian Kelly Gallagher to keep you amused.

Moment that took our breath away

It has to be Julia Lipnitskaia’s gold medal-winning performance aged just 15.

View gallery

.
image

View gallery

.
image

The best thing we read today

For casual and hardcore fans alike, Sports Illustrated’s projected medal count is a fascinating read.

Medal table

View gallery

.
image

(Via the official site of the Winter Olympics)

What’s happening tomorrow

If you’re willing to get up at the ungodly hour of 5am, some curling group games take place, with Britain in action against Russia.

Short track: men’s 1500m — Interestingly, this event, which starts at around 9.45am, features Russia’s Viktor Ahn, who won in 2006 while representing South Korea  under the name Ahn Hyun-soo.

Coverage of the Men’s speed skating 500m can be accessed on the BBC’s red button service from 1pm

Additional reporting by AFP and gifs via Business Insider

Sports Film of the Week: Lymelight – The Story of Angeli VanLaanen

‘Exceptional’ Last Instalment claims Hennessy Gold Cup win

Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so that everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.

    Win cash in one day fantasy football contests. Join now!

    Learn how to play

    Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
    Premier League £1 Entry [Top Prize £30] 43/340 £1 £300 Tomorrow 3:00 PM Enter
    Premier League £5 Entry [Top Prize £50] 8/57 £5 £250 Tomorrow 3:00 PM Enter
    PL £1 Learn To Play [No Risk] 17/75 £1 £100 Tomorrow 3:00 PM Enter
    • Russian doping cover-up 'helped 1,000 athletes cheat'

      Russian doping cover-up 'helped 1,000 athletes cheat'

      An investigation for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) claims positive tests were concealed at the London Games, the Sochi Winter Olympics, and the 2013 World Athletics Championships. London 2012 was  corrupted by Russian athletes on an "unprecedented scale" , said head of the investigation Professor Richard McClaren. More »

      Sky News - 23 minutes ago
    • Russian Olympic team 'corrupted London Games on unprecedented scale'

      Russian Olympic team 'corrupted London Games on unprecedented scale'

      The Russian Olympic team corrupted the London 2012 Games on an "unprecedented scale", an independent investigation has found. Professor Richard McLaren, author of a report funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency, said: "The Russian Olympic team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale, the full extent of which will probably never be established. More »

      Sky News - 23 minutes ago
    • Timeline: How the Russian doping scandal unfolded

      Timeline: How the Russian doping scandal unfolded

      Two years after accusations were made over Russian doping, the second instalment of the McLaren report was published on Friday. More »

      Omnisport - 53 minutes ago
    • Have a guess what Britain talked about most on Facebook this year

      Have a guess what Britain talked about most on Facebook this year

      There’s no prizes for guessing what British people talked about most on Facebook this year – it’s what we were all talking about in the real world, too. More »

      Yahoo News UK - 55 minutes ago
    • McLaren report alleges that more than 1,000 Russian athletes implicated in doping cover-up

      McLaren report alleges that more than 1,000 Russian athletes implicated in doping cover-up

      More than 1,000 unnamed Russian athletes from across 30 sports were involved in or benefited from manipulations to conceal positive doping tests. This is according to the second half of Professor Richard McLaren's damning independent investigation into doping in sport that was published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) on Friday (9 December), five months after a first report that supported allegations of widespread state-sponsored Russian doping. "We are now able to confirm the findings of the first report: a cover up that dates back to at least 2011 and continued after the Sochi Winter Olympics games," McLaren was quoted as saying by The Guardian at a packed press conference held at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London. More »

      International Business Times - 1 hour 4 minutes ago