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Day 3: Laura Dahlmeier creates history by claiming 2nd Biathlon gold

Laura Dahlmeier

Laura Dahlmeier took her second gold medal at PyeongChang 2018, as she emerged victorious in women’s 10km biathlon. Two days prior she took the gold in 7.5km Biathlon event., thus creating history in Biathlon for Germany. Slovakia’s Anastasiya Kuzmina pipped past Anais Bescond of France by a mere 0.2 seconds. Dahlmeier was accurate in shooting and power in the finishing stages. This season, she has been truly dominant, winning no less than five of six golds on offer at the 2017 IBU World Championships.

Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Canada’s Scott Moir compete in the figure skating team event ice dance free dance during the Team Figure Skating

Canada took gold in the Team Figure Skating after Patrick Chan, Gabrielle Daleman, pair skaters Meagan Duhmale and Eric Radford and ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir performed brilliantly. Olympic Athlete from Russia, earned silver after a stunning show by 15-year-old Alina Zagitova, who happens to be the European champion.USA skating team won the bronze. 27-year-old Patrick Chan, who was participating in his third and final Olympics had never had an Olympic gold before. But this time, though he struggled with his jumps in the team event’s short programme, he landed the first two quads of his free skate and earned a season’s best score of 179.75 points.

Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson from the USA became the first women’s snowboarder to win two gold medals in Snowboard Slopestyle after she successfully defended her gold medal in this year’s Games. Her triumph follows the victory of teenage team-mate Red Gerard in the men’s Snowboard Slopestyle. Reigning world champion Laurie Blouin from Canada won the silver medal with a score of 76.33 as she slided out of her first run but recovering in the second round by some impressive jumps. Enni Rukajarvi, who was Finland’s flag bearer in the Opening Ceremony, finished with bronze with 75.38. She did not finish her first run but  produced some beautiful rail riding in the top section of her second run and an impressive backside 720 for her second jump.

Martin Fourcade

Biathlete Martin Fourcade of France displayed incredible accuracy when he twice hit the target five times out of five, to retain his title in the 12.5km Men’s Biathlon event. Fourcard started in sixth position and 22 seconds behind 10km Biathlon winner  Arnd Peiffer of Germany but later made all effort to win by a gap of 12 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Sebastian Samuelsson, who won silver and 15.1 seconds ahead of Germany’s Benedikt Doll in bronze. Peiffer, who had a lead of nine seconds, missed the target in his third visit to the shooting range. Fourcade finished a disappointing eighth in the men’s 10km sprint.

Mikael Kingsbury

Mikael Kingsbury of Canada, who finished with a silver medal in Men’s Moguls in Sochi 2014, won it with a huge score of 86.63. Kingsbury finished first ahead of Australian Matt Graham, who earned silver and Daichi Hara,who  claimed the bronze. Kingsbury’s victory extended Canadian dominance of this event, after compatriot Alexandre Bilodeau’s gold medals at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014.

Ireene Wust

Netherland’s Ireene Wust won her second medal of Winter Olympics and created record as she claimed the gold in Women’s 1,500km Skating event. Eventually, Wust became the most successful speed skater after she won her 10th medal in Olympics. She who won five medals at Sochi 2014 and gold in Vancouver 2010. Wust is the  first Dutch athlete to win five Olympic gold medals who crossed the line in 1 minute 54.35 seconds, with Japan’s Miho Takagi taking the silver medal and  Marrit Leenstra of Netherlands taking bronze.

Maren Lundby

Norway’s Maren Lundby spendidly displayed her jumping prowess as she claimed gold with a spectacular final jump in Women’s Ski Jumping Normal Hill. Lundy’s jump of 110m in the final round combined with a score of 56.5 artistic points gave her an overall total of 264.6. Germany’s Katharina Althaus finished second with 252.6 points. Japan’s Sara Takanashi settled for 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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