A Week of Wows at the Winter Olympics

February 20, 2014 10:15 am Published by

With it’s rumoured 50 Billion Dollar price tag, the slight technical hitch during the Opening Ceremony and President Putin’s anti-gay legislation, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia hasn’t been without its controversies.

Nonetheless, the sporting event has already produced some spectacular and tense moments. Norway kicked off the proceedings and emerged as early forerunners in the competition, scooping up two golds, one silver and one bronze on the first day.

Sibling rivalry was also the talk of day one when Canadian sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe competed against each other in the Moguls, with Justine winning the gold and Chloe coming in a close second.

Drama ensued on the third day when Britain’s Jack Whelbourne dramatically crashed out of the 1500m short track final, despite being so close to a silver position, after losing his footing just three laps from the end and falling to the ice.

Other athletes that have had more cause for celebration include snowboarder Jenny Jones who won the first ever bronze medal for Great Britain in a Winter Olympics in the slope-style event. Carina Vogt of Germany also made history when she became the first woman to win a gold medal for ski jumping, a previously male only sport.

Day four saw Swiss Louri Podladtchikov celebrate his halfpipe gold victory, beating expected favourite Shaun White of the USA. Following this, chaos descended on the women’s 500m short track skating final after a collision which saw Britain’s Elise Christie disqualified from second place to eighth place.

However, perhaps the ultimate highlight of the Winter Olympics so far has not been the incredible feats of fitness but, rather, the amusing performance from the Russian interior police force singing Daft Punk’s Get Lucky at the opening ceremony! 

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This post was written by Kayleigh Driscoll

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