Back to normal on Day 9: Winter Olympics Recap

Team GB’s James Woods flies through the air – but was unable to secure a medal. Photo: Getty

By Iain Leggat

Following an incredible three-medal haul on ‘Super Saturday’, things came back to normal on Day 9 as Team GB narrowly missed out on a medal in the Men’s Ski Slopestyle.

Meanwhile, Austrian Marcel Hirsher reinforced her legendary status with a dominant performance in the Men’s Giant Slalom.

Here’s a look back at some of my best moments from Day 9. 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 9

  1. Ariels is just pure insanity
  2. I do love a good photo finish
  3. Ski Slopestyle is the cooliest – period.

 

Woodsy misses out

James Woods missed out on a medal in the Men’s Ski Slopestyle after finishing fourth.

James was sitting in bronze medal position after his final run, but there were five skiers remaining and was eventually overtaken and bumped into fourth.

A sad result for someone that was more than capable of getting a medal, he just wasn’t able to land that perfect run.

Elsewhere, the Bobsleigh duo of Brad Hall and Joel Fearon put themselves in a solid top eight position after their first two heats of the 2-man Bobsleigh event.

Hall is also the driver for the four man team, and is using this event as training for the four.

 

What’s Been Awesome

Ukrainian Oleksandr Abramenko took a fantastic gold medal in the Men’s Arial event.

It was his first gold medal after four visits to the Winter Olympics and also broke Belarus’ dominance in the sport after successive gold medals in the last Olympics.

 

Headline of the Day

Marcel Hirscher won gold in the Men’s Giant Slalom, cementing his position as the greatest alpine skier of all time.

The 6x World Champion was challenged to the line by his main rival Henrik Kristoffersen who finished with silver.

It was a dominant performance, winning with a margin on 1.27 seconds.

It was his second gold of the games and Hirscher remains on course to win a hattrick of golds with the Men’s Slalom coming up on Thursday.

Hirscher – A Winter Olympics Legend.

 

Personal Highlight

France’s Martin Fourcade won his second gold medal of the games after a photo finish in the Men’s Biathlon 15km Mass Start.

What Drama!

Fourcase and Simon Schempp lunged for the line with Schempp believing he’d done enough for the gold.

Fourcade lay in a heap on the ground thinking it would be the second Olympics in a row in which he would have been denied a gold medal.

But that soon turned to jubilation as the video replay showed him just in front.

I do love a good photo finish.

Watch out tomorrow for the final of the Men’s 2-man Bobsleigh, GB Figure skaters Coomes and Buckland finally get on the ice and GB’s Curling teams play some vital matches in their quest for a Semi-final place. Iain will be back tomorrow for more of his thoughts from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

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