GB in medal contention: Winter Olympics Recap

By: Iain Leggat

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A proper Olympic day today as the Men’s Downhill finally got underway with 35 year old Aksel Lund Svindal winning the gold medal for Norway.

There was more action on snow with the Men’s Snowboard cross and Mikaela Shiffrin winning the Women’s Giant Slalom.

There was action all over the Olympic park from the Curling Rink, to Figure Skating and the Sliding Centre.

Here’s a look back at some of my best moments from Day 6. Ranging from my weird inside thoughts from the day, highlights from Team GB and my personal highlight from the day’s action.

 

Top 3 Weirdest Inside Thoughts From Day 6

  1. Snowboard Cross! Yes! Yes! YES!
  2. I never thought I would get so attached to a Figure Skating final
  3. Winter Olympic should get more attention

 

Parson Sets Example

Don Parson’s has put himself in medal contention after a excellent two runs in the Men’s Skeleton.

Sitting in forth place he is only 0.03 seconds and has said he has more to give.

It was a confident ride and after 10 years of Skeleton riding tomorrow could be a the culmination of years of work.

Great Britain’s tradition of success in the event could continue with reigning Olympic LIzzie Yarnold and new girl on the block Laura Deas competing tomorrow.

Great Britain continued their campaign for gold medals in the curling with both the men and women team competing in round robin matches.

Adam Scott’s men beat Japan in a last stone victory, and Team Muirhead beat China but lost to the USA.

 

What’s Been Awesome

Men’s Snowboard Cross lived up to it’s wild and unpredictable reputation producing an incredible afternoon of sport.

Reigning Olympic Champion Pierre Vaultier struck gold again after a dominant performance in the final.

His road there was far from easy after being involved in a big crash in the semi-final and managed to salvage third.

It is one of the best sports to watch. Nothing complicated about it – just 6 snowboarders racing round a track with big jumps and huge turns.

Watch out for the women’s tomorrow.

 

Headline of the Day

Aksel Lund Svindal became the oldest winner of the Men’s Downhill title.

Svindal won the Men’s Super-G in Vancouver in 2010, but has yet to get a medal in the Downhill, considered the blue ribbon event of the Winter Olympics.

A great win for a man that has almost everything in the trophy cabinet.

 

Personal Highlight

The final of the Pair Skating was utterly mesmerising. I was completely taken aback by the drama and beauty of the final.

Germany’s Savchenko & Massot won gold after a breathtaking routine. It set a new world record and was choreographed by Great Britain’s Christopher Dean.

The whole event was special. Every team was delivering and when it came down to the final four it was sensational viewing.

 

Watch out tomorrow the climax of the Men’s Skeleton, the start of the Women’s Skeleton and the Women’s Snowboard Cross Event. Iain will be back tomorrow for of his thoughts of the 2018  Winter Olympic Games.

 

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