The Five Medal Club

Pyeongchang 2018 Review of Day 11

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There was a German 1-2-3 in the Nordic Combined large hill event, in which the triple world champion Johannes Rydzek (above) took gold. Meanwhile, Eric Frenzel finished third, to give him a career total of five Olympic medals, with a team event still to come.

Even more historic was Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s fifth gold, a figure skating record. The ice dance event is sure to go down as the greatest ever, as Gabriella Papadakis and Guilaume Cizeron won silver, and the leading teams both gave stunning performances, each breaking a world record, despite their very contrasting styles. The Canadian pair, also members of Team World, can now be ranked at the same level as Torvill and Dean.

For another Team Worlder, Martin Fourcade, it was his fifth gold medal, and a seventh overall, as part of the French team which won the mixed biathlon relay. Germany took an early lead, set up well by Laura Dahlmeier, chasing her own fourth medal, but Arnd Peiffer missed too many shots on the final leg and Germany finished out of the medals.

Also unlucky was Elise Christie, who struggled with injury in order to compete, only to be disqualified yet again. She has had her last chance of the Games, but will doubtless return in Beijing. South Korea won the relay, giving Choi Min-Jeong a second gold, but it is entirely conceivable that she will one day reach five, with the 1000m still to come.

South Korea nearly shocked Finland’s men in the ice hockey, pulling back from 3-0 to 3-2 but Finland eventually emerged 5-2 victors. In the freestyle skiing halfpipe, Cassie Sharpe won gold, to complete a successful day for Canada as the leading medal nation.


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