Yarnolds repeats Sochi gold

Evgeni Vakov and Zuzanna Marciniak bring you all the action from day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Great Britain’s Lizzy Yarnolds became the first ever women to defend her Olympic skeleton title after edging out German Jacqueline Loelling by 0.45 seconds.

Bronze went to another Britt Laura Deas who was just 0.17 seconds out of the silver medal.

Yarnolds was second before the fourth runs 0.02 behind Austria’s Janine Flock but a new track record in the final run allowed her to retain her gold medal.

Isabel Atking gave Britain another medal taking bronze in the women’s freestyle ski slopestyle event.

Atkins placed third behind the Swiss duo of Sarah Hoefflin and Mathilde Gremaud, gold and silver respectively.

Ester Ledecka from the Czech Republic surprised everyone, including herself after winning gold medal in the women’s alpine super-g beating Sochi champion Anna Veith from Austria by 0.01 seconds, while Tina Weirather from Lichtenstein finished in third.

Ledecka, a two-time parallel snowboard champion (2015 and 2017) had only one top 10 finish in her alpine career (Lake Louis DH, December 2017) had to borrow equipment from Mikaela Shiffrin in order to compete.

Lindsey Vonn who made her Olympic comeback after missing the Sochi games due to injury ended a disappointing sixth following a mistake with just three gates to go.

Ledecka who is scheduled to participate in the snowboard parallel giants slalom will become the first athlete to compete in both snowboard and alpine ski event in the same Olympics.

Elise Christie suffered yet another Olympic disappointment after crashing out in the women’s short track 1 500m semi-final.

Gold in the event went to South Korea’s 19-year-old wonder Choi Minjeong in front of China’s Li Jinyu and Kim Boutin from Canada.

In the men’s 1 000m event, Canadian Samuel Girard won gold, followed by United States’ John-Henry Krueger and host country representative Seo Yira.

Yira initially finished in fourth but was promoted to third after Shaolin Sandor Liu of Hungary was penalized for causing a collision between himself, Yira and 1 500m winner Lim Hyojun from South Korea.

Poland’s Kamil Stoch became only the third man in history to successfully defend an Olympic ski jumping title after Norway’s Birger Ruud (1932, 1936) and Finland’s Matti Nykanen (1984, 1988).

Stoch was first after both first and second jump, winning his third Olympic gold, second at the large hill, following his victory in 2014.

Silver went to the normal hill champion Andreas Wellinger from Germany while Norway’s Robert Johansson repeated his bronze from the normal hill..

Slovakia’s Anastasiya Kuzmina finally took a gold medal in PyeongChang following two silvers during the women’s 12.5km biathlon mass start.

Kuzmina shot a near perfect 19/20 missing her twentieth shot but the huge 46 seconds advantage she had before the last round of shooting was enough to allow her to make even two mistakes.

Silver went to Sochi winner Darya Domracheva from Belarus 18.8 second behind also with one miss, while Tiril Eckhoff from Norway repeated her bronze medal from four years ago finishing nine second behind Domracheva with two misses.

Norway won the fourth gold medal in cross-country skiing at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang after their victory in women’s 4x5km relay on Saturday.

Sweden, who finished two seconds after Norway, won the silver, while The Olympic Athletes from Russia came third.

Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu became the first man since 1952 to defend a gold in figure skating at the Winter Olympics after his victory in PyeongChang.

Silver went to his compatriot Shoma Uno and Javier Fernandez of Spain won the bronze.

The top three in the medals remains unchanged after day eight of the games with Germany still on top (9/4/4) followed by Norway (7/8/7) and the Netherlands (6/5/2).

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