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Day 14: 15-year old Alina Zagitova takes gold in Figure Skating

Alina Zagitova, the teen sensation representing the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) skated to Don Quixote to collect the gold in Figure Skating at Pyeongchang. She performed all her showpiece jumps including two triple Lutz, a triple flip into a double toe, and a triple flip into a double loop, that made her come closer to break the world record. But she stopped at 156.65, just two points just two points away from it. Another teen, 18-year old Evgenia Medvedeva, also representing the OAR) claimed the silver medal with a season-best performance. The bronze went to Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada who also recorded a season-best performance.

Kelsey Serwa

In the Women’s Ski Cross final, Canadian Kelsey Serwa, upgraded her silver medal she won at Sochi 2014 to gold at Pyeongchang this year. Her compatriot Brittany Phelan recovered form the fourth position to hold the second position in the four-skier final. Fanny Smith of Switzerland finished in the bronze position leaving Sandra Naeslund of Sweden in the fourth position.

Switzerland winning bronze in Men’s Curling

Canada was outplayed by Switzerland in the bronze-medal match of Men’s Team Curling as the defending champions lost to Switzerland’s team of Valentin Tanner, Peter de Cruz, Claudio Paetz and skip Benoit Schwarz 7-5. Schwarz played superbly to score over his counterpart Kevin Koe and his team-mates Ben Hebert, Brett Laing and Marc Kennedy. Two-time world champion Koe played a superb double take-out on the eighth end to cut the deficit to one again and then restricted the Swiss to one shot on the ninth. But they faltered again on the tenth and final end.

Kjeld Nuis

Reigning world champion Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands skated to 1,000m Speed Skating gold medal, giving his nation the seventhe Speed Skating gold at Pyeongchang 2018. He became the third man to win the 1,000m/1,500m double after the USA’s Eric Heiden at Lake Placid 1980 and Canada’s Gaetan Boucher at Sarajevo 1984. Norway’s Havard Lorentzen took silver by coming 0.04 of a second after Nuis. Local boy Kim Tae-Yun won the bronze.

Sweden wining gold in
Men’s 4×7.5km Relay

Sweden held their nerve on the shooting range to take the gold in the last Biathlon event of this year’s Games. The team of Peppe Femling, Jesper Nelin, Sebastian Samuelsson and Fredrik Lindstroem had a comfortable victory in the Men’s 4×7.5km Relay in 1.15.16.5 seconds. The Norwegian team of Lars Helge Birkeland, Tarjei Boe, Johannes Thingnes Boe and Emil Hegle Svendsen took the silver while the Germans comprising of Erik Lesser, Benedikt Doll, Arnd Peiffer and Simon Schempp took the bronze.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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