From Switzerland’s first gold medal courtesy of “Super Dario” to the Norwegian sweep of Skiathlon, here’s our highlights for Day 1 to 7 of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
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Cross-country skiing: Swiss ‘Super Dario’ takes 15km gold
Switzerland’s Dario Cologna crushed the field in the men’s 15km freestyle race to take his third successive Olympic title over the distance, winning gold in a time of 33:43.9 minutes at the Alpensia Sports Park on Friday.
Norway’s Simen Hegstad Krueger finished 18.3 seconds behind the Swiss, with Denis Spitsov, representing Olympic Athletes from Russia, in third another 4.7 seconds further back.
Under pressure, Klaebo becomes youngest male cross-country skiing gold medalist
The men’s individual sprint Tuesday came down to a photo finish … for the silver medal.
Because the gold medalist, yeah, that really wasn’t in question.
Norwegian skier Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, 21, led the individual sprint finals from its start to its finish to become the youngest male Olympic cross-country skiing gold medalist in history at the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Gleirscher snatches luge gold as Loch botches final run
Austria’s David Gleirscher claimed a dramatic Olympic gold in men’s singles luge at the Pyeongchang Games on Sunday as German great Felix Loch threw away victory in the final run.
Loch, the two-time reigning champion, started with a 2 tenths of a second advantage going last in the fourth run but lost speed after bumping the side and finished only fifth.
That left Gleirscher holding gold in a combined time of 3 minutes 10.702 seconds with American Chris Mazdzer earning silver 0.026 seconds behind and bronze going to another German, Johannes Ludwig.
Krueger leads Norwegian sweep of Skiathlon
Norway won gold, silver and bronze in the men’s skiathlon on Sunday 11 February at the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre. The podium sweep was led by Simen Hegstad Krueger who until today had only one World Cup win in his career from earlier this season. Despite leaving the stadium at the start of the competition in last place after a fall in the first 200 metres Krueger slowly worked his way back to the front of the competition and launched an attack with about 5 km to go that no one could match.
Chris Mazdzer and Summer Britcher lead Team USA in luge relay
When Chris Mazdzer won the silver medal in men’s singles luge on Feb. 11, he became the first American in history to win a medal in the event. He’s looking for one more first in the luge team relay on Feb. 15. He will be joined by Summer Britcher, USA Luge confirmed, as the teammates look to become the first Americans to medal in the event.