International Wrap - Day 6

16 February 2018

PYEONGCHANG 2018: It's been an action packed Day 6 at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. 

In figure skating, the pairs competition concluded with Germany’s Aljona Sacvhenko and Bruno Massot winning gold at Gangneung Ice Arena after a breathtaking performance.

“We were on the ice for the gold medal and we didn’t give up,” Massot said

The pair were outside the medal places after the short programme after Massot doubled the side-by-side Salchow while Savchenko did a triple.

“It was hard for me yesterday, but Aljone was there for me,” Massot said.

“She said, ‘It is not finished. We still have the free programme to come’. We did a gold medal programme, we broke the record (for the free skating). It is amazing to come from fourth to first, it is incredible.”

China’s Wenjing Sui and Han Cong claimed silver in their Olympic Winter Games debut while Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford took bronze.

In the men’s downhill, Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal became the oldest Olympic Winter Games alpine skiing gold medallist.

“I am old, some people pointed this out to me,” the 35-year-old said.

“This is probably my last Olympics but right now it’s just the emotions when you cross the finish line and you see that you’re ahead. That’s bigger than any record. I’m extremely happy.”

Svindal’s compatriot Kjetil Jansrud claimed silver while Switzerland’s Beat Feuz took bronze.

The Luge Team relay saw the German team beat the Canadians and Austrians. Natalie Geisenberge, Johannes Ludwig, Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt combined to finish in a time 2:24.517, just over three tenths ahead of the silver medallists.

"The whole story is very special for me, I was fighting, fighting, fighting and now I made it and get two medals,” Ludwig said.

"There were very hard days for me, two times I was in fourth position and three guys qualified from our team for (2010 and 2014). I thought about quitting but this sport is fun, that's why I decided to carry on.

"Now it's crazy, my first Olympic Games and two medals, no more words are needed."

In the men’s individual biathlon it was won by Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway who was involved in an intense battle with Jakov Fak of Slovenia eventually beating him by just over 5 seconds with Dominik Landertinger of Austria winning bronze.

The ladies individual biathlon saw Sweden’s Hann Oeberg finish ahead of Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia and Laura Dahlmeier of Germany. Oeberg dominated the event winning by 24 seconds after shooting 20/20 targets.

Canada’s Ted Jan Bloemen has taken out the men’s 10,000m speed skating with Dutchman Sven Kramer winning the silver and Nicola Tumolero of Italy claiming the bronze.

"It was a long time for me,” Bloemen said.

“I could see I was slowly becoming Olympic champion. It's hard to put it into words. It's incredible.”

The action continues at PyeongChang for Day 7 of the Winter Games. Check back tomorrow for another full international wrap.

Matt Bartolo
olympics.com.au

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