Aside from the ongoing controversy of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the world class facilities and cutting edge courses provided by the Russian Hosts have led to some outstanding individual and team performances for Britain and other nations alike. Here are Champions Speaker’s most memorable moments of the Olympics so far.
Jenny Jones Wins Slopestyle Bronze:
Great Britain’s first ever Winter Olympic medalist on snow, Jenny Jones scored 87.25 in her final Slopestyle run, securing third place after medal prospect Anna Gasser, fell on her final run. A three times X-Games Slopestyle Gold medalist, Jones had suffered a serious concussion in December before making an impressive comeback to the very pinnacle of her sport.
Gold Hat trick for Belarusian Darya Domracheva
Belarusian Darya Domracheva stunned crowds over a number of days by winning the women’s biathlon, women’s pursuit and individual competition at Sochi. This feat has gone down in history, as Darya has become the greatest Belarusian Olympian ever as well the only competitor to win three biathlon medals at one Olympics.
Lizzy Yarnold Wins Skeleton Gold
Lizzy Yarnold became Great Britain’s first Gold medalist of Sochi, with an emphatic and dominant victory in the Skeleton, winning by 0.97 seconds on a challenging and quick track, specifically designed to be the most technically advanced course in the world. Lizzy’s performance proved testament to the nation’s ability to dominate the sport, with Amy Williams winning Gold in Vancouver four years beforehand.
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Violinist Vanessa Mae Competes for Thailand
Violinist and international star Vanessa Mae made her winter Olympics debut earlier this morning in the Giant Slalom course. A dream of hers for 21 years to compete in the Games, Vanessa finished last of 74 skiers on the rainy course, with a time of 1:44.86. Vanessa is set to hit the slopes later today to complete her final run.
Team GB Curling Go for a Podium Finish
Both the women and men’s curling teams have reached their respective semi-finals, with a chance of medals not too far away. Eve Muirhead’s female squad beat Russia 9-6 this morning and go on to face the unbeaten Canada for a spot in the final. After beating Norway 6-5 with a stunning final shot, Great Britain’s male curlers will face Sweden in the semi-finals and are confident in intention, having a solid record and good strategy against their rivals.
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