Parsons gets the ball rolling with GB’s first medal: Winter Olympics Recap

By Iain Leggat

Dom Parsons claimed a bronze medal to become Team GB’s first medal winner of the Winter Olympics this year.

After a tense final run, in which Dom made a mistake and knocked himself out of a medal chance, his competitor made an error and secured Parsons the bronze.

Here’s a look back at some of my best moments from Day 7, ranging from my weird inside thoughts of the day, highlights from Team GB and my personal highlight from the day’s action.

 

Top 3 Weirdest Inside Thoughts From Day 7

  1. WE GOT A MEDAL!!!
  2. I love the Olympic Spirit
  3. The smaller stories are better than the big ones

 

Parsons gets the ball rolling

It took a week, but Team GB finally got a medal.

The Men’s Skeleton delivered a nerve-tingling ending that left Dom Parsons with bronze.

Sitting in third place after his third run, he made an error on his final effort, hitting the wall on the straight after turn 9.

Parsons looked dejected after his run, knowing he may have lost his place on the podium.

But Martin Durkers then made an error, securing Dom a bronze medal.

It was an amazing final, full of drama and excitement. Exactly what the sport of Skeleton represents.

Parson’s was a humble winner. In all his interviews he had a face of shock and pride. He has been in the sport for 10 years and finally got his pay-off.

South Korea’s Yun Sung-bin won the gold in front of the home crowd.

Elsewhere, Great Britain’s Andrew Musgrave put in a disappointing display in the Men’s 15km Cross Country display finishing 28th.

He expressed his anger afterwards especially after his 7th place finish in the Men’s Skiathlon.

 

What’s Been Awesome

‘The Topless Tongan’, Pita Taufatofua, finished second last in the Men’s 15km in his first appearance at an Winter Olympics.

Pita became a cult hero after his topless appearance at the Rio 2016 Olympic where he competed in the taekwondo. He came out shirtless again at the year’s Opening Ceremony much to the audiences delight.

His result is an incredible achievement. He switched sports and only saw snow for the first time 12 weeks ago.

 

Headline of the Day

Lizzie Yarnold and Laura Deas put themselves in medal contention after strong runs in Heat 1 & 2 of the Women’s Skeleton event.

Lizzie is looking to become the first British women to successfully defend an Winter Olympics title and also the first to win multiple medals.

Tune in tomorrow for their final two runs.

 

Personal Highlight

The final finisher of the Men’s 15km Cross Country was Mexico’s German Madrazo.

He glided into the finish line 25 minutes behind the leader, but was greeted warmly at the finish line by athletes who waited to see him.

He held his flag in the air and was lifted for the crowd to cheer him.

This was the perfect example of why the Olympics is so fantastic and why these little stories are why we love the Games so much.

 

Watch out tomorrow for the final of the Women’s Skeleton and Elise Christie back in action in the Women’s 1500m Short Track Event. Iain will be back with more of his thoughts on the Winter Olympics tomorrow.

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