Sochi 2014 Olympic Update (Day 7)

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The Olympics are a week old and are approaching the halfway mark as athletes and countries have had their chance to put their best foot forward. With plenty of stories so far in the Olympics there has been a lot to talk about while certain countries are happy with their performance and others are not so pleased. One thing that everyone seems to be pleased about though is the fact that this could be the best weather for a Winter Olympics. When Russia was announced as the host country for the 2014 Winter Olympics it was seen as a pretty safe bet. It was a winter country hosting a winter Olympics and it seemed like everything was fine until people realized what city was going to play host. As much as Russia is seen as a winter country there is a lot more to the biggest land mass in the world. Russia is a massive country and it is home to multiple climates with some of the most extreme conditions. It is home to Siberia where it is just cold and empty but it is also home to places like Sochi. The host city for the Olympics is the exact opposite of what many think when they think of Russia. The city has been known as a resort town for decades as it is home to a sub-tropical climate. Palm trees and beaches are the norm in Sochi and the Winter Olympics do not necessarily fit. It was rebuilt almost from the ground up when the Russians were awarded the games as the resort town that had not been the attraction that Russia had wanted it to be for tourists. The Olympics were a chance to change that as they would create a sporting centre for the world to visit. It would also show the city off and show that Russia is not all winter and gloom but has some great places to visit on vacation. As people began to learn more about the city it became and even more perplexing idea to host a winter sporting event in the city. It was going to be a stark contrast through the games as there would be ice and snow alongside beaches and palm trees. All of the goals that the Russians would have before the Olympics and the images they were hoping for would be for not if the games were tainted by the weather. The weather was a major issue leading into the Olympics and it has been for the last decade. With winter temperatures far more unpredictable in the past few years winter games have seen major issues with temperatures wreaking havoc on the facilities. In 2010 the Vancouver organizing committee would be one of the first to deal with the issues of weather when they would see a snow shortage. The mountains of Whistler would need some help to pull of the Olympics as the committee would have to fly in snow to ensure there was enough for the games. That same danger was feared for the Sochi games as the city that is known more for their beaches than their snow could possibly see another snow shortage. As a result the Sochi organizing committee would begin to save snow for the Olympics. There is currently about 25 million cubic feet of snow under tarps in case the snow begins to melt. It may very well do that too as the Sochi Olympics have some of the highest temperatures for any Winter Olympics. In Calgary temperatures would reach close to 25°C and so far in Sochi the temperatures are beginning to creep up to 20°C as fans are swimming in the sea and the beaches are wide open. The weather at the Olympics this year has been completely different from what many expect of the winter Olympics but that is not dampening the enthusiasm in the games. The weather has yet to really affect the games but eventually there may be some issues. Luckily the organizers seem to be prepared for the weather to affect the games as these games have gone very well so far with only a few issues that have provided some negative feedback. The games themselves have gone well so far and the weather is only another aspect that they are overcoming as it has not been an issue yet and should remain a non-issue for the rest of the games.

 

Canadian Story:

Medal but a Missed Opportunity
Heading into his Free Skate program Patrick Chan was in 2nd in the men’s individual event and with the leader falling on his skate there was a chance for Chan to make up the difference and earn gold but with a few falls himself Chan would earn Silver leaving many to wonder what could have been

An Easy Win
The Canadian Men’s Hockey Team would take on the Austrians in their second game and it was a game that many assumed would be an easy win, which it was as they would take the game 6-0 led by Jeff Carter’s hat trick as the games get tougher for them from now on

On a Roll
Brad Jacobs started the curling tournament with a lot of potential but he would struggle to start the tournament going 2-2, now though it seems like he has found his groove getting another win over Norway and going to 4-2 in the Olympics

Another Strange Day
Day 6 would see no medals for Canada and Day 7 would see one medal that seems to be more of a what-if medal than anything else making Day 7 another strange day in the middle of the Olympics as the starting momentum has seemed to fade from the Canadian team

 

Day 7 Medal Results:

Alpine Skiing
Men’s Super-Combined- Slalom (Final Event)
1. Sandro Viletta (Switzerland)
2. Ivica Kostelic (Croatia)
3. Christof Innerhofer (Italy)

Biathlon
Women’s 15km Individual
1. Darya Domracheva (Belarus)
2. Selina Gasparin (Switzerland)
3. Nadezhda Skardino (Belarus)

Cross-Country
Men’s 15km Classic
1. Dario Cologna (Switzerland)
2. Johan Olsson (Sweden)
3. Daniel Richardsson (Sweden)

Figure Skating
Men’s Free Skate (Final Event)
1. Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan)
2. Patrick Chan (Canada)
3. Denis Ten (Kazakhstan)

Freestyle Skiing
Women’s Aerials
1. Alla Tsuper (Belarus)
2. Mengtao Xu (China)
3. Lydia Lassila (Australia)

Skeleton
Women’s Final Run
1. Elizabeth Yarnold (Great Britain)
2. Noelle Pikus-Pace (USA)
3. Elena Nikitina (Russia)

 

Day 8 Medal Events:

Alpine Skiing
Women’s Super-G

Cross-Country
Women’s Relay

Short Track
Women’s 1,500m
Men’s 1,000m

Skeleton
Men’s Skeleton

Ski Jumping
Men’s Individual Large Hill

Speed Skating
Men’s 1,500m

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