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Norway had poor days at Sochi 2014. Only one medal was won during the weekend’s OWG events as Norway’s disappointment continues. Kjetil Jansrud won Gold in the Men’s Super-G in 1:18.14 on Sunday. However, Aksel Lund Svindal only finished 7th, with Aleksander Åmodt Kilde finishing in 13th place. Silver and Bronze went to the US’ Andrew Weibrecht and Bode Miller (+0.30 and +0.53, respectively).

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Norway had poor days at Sochi 2014

Published on Monday, 17th February, 2014 at 16:32 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .

Only one medal was won during the weekend’s OWG events as Norway’s disappointment continues.

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Few photographers and spectators at Sochi 2014Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre
Photo: Sochi 2014 Press Office/Flickr


Kjetil Jansrud won Gold in the Men’s Super-G in 1:18.14 on Sunday. However, Aksel Lund Svindal only finished 7th, with Aleksander Åmodt Kilde finishing in 13th place.

Silver and Bronze went to the US’ Andrew Weibrecht and Bode Miller (+0.30 and +0.53, respectively).

There was more disappointment for Norway, when the Men’s team ended in 4th place in their Cross-Country Relay race of the day.

Difficulties in this event were blamed on the type of snow in Russia being different to that in Norway.

Speed Skaters Ida Njåtun and Hege Bøkko failed to win medals either, finishing 12th and 33rd in the Ladies’ 1500m.

And still on Sunday, Helene Olafsen failed to complete the course in the Ladies’ Snowboard Cross.

Saturday was also a dismal day for Norway’s four main Men’s 1500m Speed Skating competitors when they finished in 6th, 8th, 16th, and 36th place.  

Moreover, Team Norway’s Men’s and Women’s athletes missed the wax. The Ladies’ Cross-Country Relay saw them finishing 5th (53:56.3).

Sweden (Gold), Finland (Silver), and Germany (Bronze) were the respective winners – 53:02.7, +0.5, and +0.9.

In other snow-based events, Lotte Smiseth Sejerstad came in 14th place in the Ladies’ Super-G – Anna Fenninger (Austria), Maria Höfl-Riesch (Germany), and Nicole Hosp (Austria) were the winners.

Friday 14th saw both Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal both competing in the Men’s Super Combined – Slalom – but they failed to secure medals. Jansrud finished in 4th place, with Svindal sharing 8th with Switzerland’s Carlo Janka.

Sandro Villeta (Switzerland) got Gold with a time of 2:45.20, Croatia’s Ivica Kostelić Silver (+0.34), and Italy’s Christof Innerhofer getting Bronze with a time of 2:45.67 (+0.47).

At the same time, Norway currently lies in 3rd place in the medals rankings with a total of 14 medals (5 Gold, 3 Silver, and 6 Bronze) despite the lack of medals over the weekend.

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Børre Rognlien, President of Norway’s NIF (Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports) that he thinks the Scandinavian country now has enough medals.

At yesterday’s dinner, Putin added his opinion is the team should return home.

Mr Rognlien told Aftenposten Putin “was very interested in sports and had been at the Cross-Country Relay the same day. He had an overview of why Norway had not won medals there.”

“He said he was impressed with Norway’s performance in winter sports anyway,” said Mr Roglien, explaining he enjoyed the conversation they both shared.

In today’s events, Norway’s Men’s curling team drew 0-0 against Denmark in the qualifiers. Tora Berger is currently competing in the Women’s Mass Start.

Norway is scheduled compete in the Men’s Ski Jumping later today. The Men’s Snowboard Cross – Qualification has been cancelled.




Published on Monday, 17th February, 2014 at 16:32 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .

This post has the following tags: sochiolympics, sochi2014, norway.





  
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