Pyeongchang 2018 Review of Day 6
The big headlines came in the Alpine skiing competition, which overcame its stuttery weather-delayed start to provide two dramatic events in one day. Mikaela Shiffrin of Team USA took gold in the giant slalom, and more are likely to follow at these Games.
The men’s downhill was won by Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, which was one of three titles claimed by his countrymen. Johannes Thingnes Boe (above) claimed victory in the 20km biathlon, which was surprisingly his first Olympic medal after numerous global successes. He was helped by two late missed shots by Martin Fourcade of Team World.
In the 10km cross country skiing, Ragnhild Haga beat Charlotte Kalla of Sweden, and compatriot and Team World member, Marit Bjoergen. Bjoergen’s bronze was the 12th medal of her career, keeping her on course to beat the all-time Winter Olympic record.
Despite all this success, Norway barely made a dent in Germany’s lead at the top of the medal table, because it had two golden performances of its own, in luge relay and pairs skating. Ironically, neither of its pair Savchenko and Massot had been born in Germany.
Another birthplace conundrum surrounds Ted-Jan Bloemen, who beat Sven Kramer in the 10,000m in speed skating. Bloemen skates for Canada, and the 100% record of the Netherlands is officially no more, although he is a product of the Dutch system himself.
Elsewhere for Team World, medal chances remain for Finland’s men, who won 5-2 in their first ice hockey match against Germany, and Martins Dukurs of Latvia, in bronze medal position in skeleton. The elusive gold seems unlikely but a third silver is still on.