News / Europe

Alpine Skiers Make Olympic History With Tie for Gold

Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze step onto the podium together at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Women's downhill gold medal winners Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, left, and Slovenia's Tina Maze step onto the podium together at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Mike Richman
Two women became the first Alpine skiers in Olympic history to tie for a gold medal during the fifth day of competition at the Sochi Games.

Slovenia's Tina Maze and Switzerland's Dominique Gisin finished the women's downhill in 1:41:57. Switzerland's Lara Gut, just one-tenth of a second behind, captured the bronze.

In the Nordic Combined individual normal hill, Germany's Eric Frenzel won the gold medal. He led comfortably after ski jumping and finished strong on the 10-kilometer cross-country course. Japan's Akito Watabe took the silver, and Norway's Magnus Krog earned bronze.

Stefan Groothuis of Netherlands won the Olympic men's 1,000 meter Olympic speed skating title in 1:08:39. Denny Morrison of Canada claimed silver and Ductchman Michel Mulder took bronze. 

American speed skater Shani Davis failed in his attempt for a third-straight gold medal, finishing eighth. The Dutch have won four of the five speed skating golds awarded at the Sochi Games.

Photo Gallery: Images from Sochi
  • Taiwanese speedskater Sung Ching-yang warms up prior to the start of the men's 1000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • Goalkeeper Charline Labonte of Canada bats the puck away during the women's ice hockey game against the United States at Shayba Arena, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • Young girls play on a warm day in the Olympic Plaza, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • A worker throws salt during the women's snowboard halfpipe at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • Women sun themselves in 60-degree weather at the Olympic Park, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • A man walks out of the Black Sea with the Olympic Park seen in the background, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • Australia's Holly Crawford competes in the women's snowboard half pipe at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, in Krasnaya Polyana, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • United States' Arielle Gold is assisted after injuring her hand in a crash during the women's snowboard halfpipe warm-up, Feb. 12, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
  • A man leads the Olympic mascots to the cross-country portion of the Nordic combined,  Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.
  • Visitors walk inside the GUM department store decorated with Olympic rings in Moscow, Russia, Feb. 12, 2014.

Medals will also be awarded in luge doubles, when two Austrian brothers seek their third straight Winter Games gold, and in women's halfpipe.

Russian duo Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov will try to become the first figure skaters to win two golds at the same Olympics when they compete in the pairs free program.

Also on the ice, the 12-team men's hockey tournament gets underway with Sweden facing the Czech Republic and Latvia versus Switzerland. 

The consensus favorites to win the women's gold medal, the United States and Canada, clashed in their final preliminary-round game with Canada taking a 3-2 win.

Podladtchikov Speechless

Meanwhile, Swiss snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov spoke to the media Wednesday, a day after pulling off one of the biggest shockers in Sochi.

In the men's halfpipe, Podladtchikov upset heavy favorite Shaun White, an American, to win the gold medal. White placed fourth in the event.

The Russian-born Podladtchikov, whose nickname is "I-POD," sounded incredulous about his victory.

"I have not really realized it yet that far," he said. "I can not really answer this question yet...I have been this kind of person all my life: I have to see it in order to believe it. I have not even seen my run yet. I have to see the medal, see what happened, see it again and again and then maybe I will be able to answer this question properly."

Norway leads in the overall medal count with 12, followed by Canada and the Netherlands with 10 The U.S. and Russia have seven each. Canada and Norway are tied for the most gold medals with four.

You May Like

Turbulent Transition Imperils Tunisia’s Arab Spring Gains

Critics say new anti-terrorism laws worsen Tunisia's situation while others put faith in country’s vibrant civil organizations, women’s movement More

Burundi’s Political Crisis May Become Humanitarian One

United Nations aid agencies issue warning as deadly violence sends tens of thousands fleeing More

Yemenis Adjust to Life Under Houthi Rule

Locals want warring parties to strike deal to stop bloodletting before deciding how country is governed More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Texas Town Residents Told to 'Just Leave' Ahead of Flood Threati
X
Greg Flakus
May 29, 2015 11:24 PM
Water from heavy rain in eastern and central Texas is now swelling rivers that flow into the Gulf of Mexico, threatening towns along their banks. VOA’s Greg Flakus visited the town of Wharton, southwest of Houston, where the Colorado River is close to cresting.
Video

Video Texas Town Residents Told to 'Just Leave' Ahead of Flood Threat

Water from heavy rain in eastern and central Texas is now swelling rivers that flow into the Gulf of Mexico, threatening towns along their banks. VOA’s Greg Flakus visited the town of Wharton, southwest of Houston, where the Colorado River is close to cresting.
Video

Video New York's One World Trade Center Observatory Opens to Public

From New Jersey to Long Island, from Northern suburbs to the Atlantic Ocean, with all of New York City in-between.  That view became available to the public Friday as the One World Trade Center Observatory opened in New York -- atop the replacement for the buildings destroyed in the September 11, 2001, attacks.  VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports.
Video

Video Seoul Sponsors Korean Unification Fair

With inter-Korean relations deteriorating over the North’s nuclear program, past military provocations and human rights abuses, many Koreans still hold out hope for eventual peaceful re-unification. VOA’s Brian Padden visited a “unification fair” held this week in Seoul, where border communities promoted the benefits of increased cooperation.
Video

Video Purple Door Coffeeshop: Changing Lives One Cup at a Time

For a quarter of his life, Kevin Persons lived on the street. Today, he is working behind the counter of an espresso bar, serving coffee and working to transition off the streets and into a home. Paul Vargas reports for VOA.
Video

Video Modular Robot Getting Closer to Reality

A robot being developed at Carnegie Mellon University has evolved into a multi-legged modular mechanical snake, able to move over rugged surfaces and explore the surroundings. Scientists say such machines could someday help in search and rescue operations. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Shanghai Hosts Big Consumer Electronics Show

Electronic gadgets are a huge success in China, judging by the first Asian Consumer Electronics Show, held this week in Shanghai. Over the course of two days, more than 20,000 visitors watched, tested and played with useful and some less-useful electronic devices exhibited by about 200 manufacturers. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Forced to Return Home, Afghan Refugees Face Increased Hardship

Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
Video

Video Britain Makes Controversial Move to Crack Down on Extremism

Britain is moving to tighten controls on extremist rhetoric, even when it does not incite violence or hatred -- a move that some are concerned might unduly restrict basic freedoms. It is an issue many countries are grappling with as extremist groups gain power in the Middle East, fueled in part by donations and fighters from the West. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video 3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Car

Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Al-Shabab Recruitment Drive Still on In Kenya

The al-Shabab militants that have long battled for control of Somalia also have recruited thousands of young people in Kenya, leaving many families disconsolate. Mohammed Yusuf recently visited the Kenyan town of Isiolo, and met with relatives of those recruited, as well as a many who have helped with the recruiting.
Video

Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.
Video

Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.
Video

Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.

VOA Blogs