Germany v Norway Part 3

Pyeongchang 2018 Review of Day 10

Francesco Friedrich

In a quiet day at the Games, only three events were decided, and the two medal leaders won three golds. One other country got a look in, but only because Francesco Friedrich of Germany (above) shared his two-man bob title with Justin Kripps of Canada.  Latvia took the bronze medal while Won Yun-jong of South Korea and Team World was sixth.

Norway claimed its first speed skating crown for twenty years, as Havard Holmefjord Lorentzen was victorious in the 500m. Meanwhile, the Netherlands failed to medal for the second event in a row, and with the mass start events equally unpromising for the Dutch, they now seem unlikely to match their absurd degree of domination from Sochi.

The two rivals were pitted together in team ski jumping, with Germany being the more favoured of them. But Norway defied the odds to turn back the clock again, reversing a trend in which ski jumping prowess has shifted towards Central Europe.  It was the top nation at the Games in the sport for the first time since 1964. Poland took the bronze.

Team Worlders set themselves up for future events, with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada leading the field in the ice dance short programme, with a new world record, and New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott qualifying for the snowboarding big air final.


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