Olympic corner: Hoefl-Riesch retains super combined title

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Olympic corner: Hoefl-Riesch retains super combined title

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In this edition of our Winter Olympics bulletin we begin with alpine skiing and Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who successfully defended her Olympic super combined title – the ultimate test for the all rounder.

The German skier was disappointed with her fifth place in the downhill run which cost her over a second on her main rival, Vancouver silver medallist Julia Mancuso of Team USA.

However, she managed to strike back with a stunning slalom run to secure gold.

Nicole Hosp of Austria, also impressive in the slalom, took silver while a delighted Mancuso, who had a comfortable lead after the downhill race, claimed bronze.

Slovenian Tina Maze just missed out on a third Olympic podium in 4th place.

After a dismal first day of competition for Germany Hoefl-Riesch handed her country their 2nd gold of the Games.

Germany are now fifth on the medal table which is lead by Canada.

Favourite Fourcade strikes gold

After disappointing sprint French biathlete Martin Fourcade secured his first Olympic gold in the pursuit.

With a fast run and just one missed target Fourcade climbed to the top of the podium from his starting position of sixth after the sprint – taking full advantage of his rivals’ mistakes.

Among them the sprint winner, the legendary Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who missed the chance to beat compatriot Bjoern Daehlie in the all-time Olympic winners’ list. He crossed over in fourth missing out on an historic 13th medal.

The podium was rounded off by Czech Ondrej Moravec, who hit all 20 of his targets and another Frenchman, Jean-Guillaume Beatrix, who took the bronze after having started from 14th place.

Hamelin dominates 1 500 metres

Despite being one of the most unpredictable of Olympic disciplines – there were no major surprises this time in the short-track speed skating.

Two-time Vancouver Olympic champion Charles Hamelin of Canada struck gold in the 1 500 metres

On his way to the final Hamelin avoided all the crashes and controlled the decisive race from start to finish.

The Canadian is not just gunning for one gold in Sochi. He is a real medal contender in two more individual disciplines and a relay.

Silver was won by China’s Tanyu Han and bronze by the legendary Victor An, who recently changed nationality and handed Russia its first ever Olympic short track medal.

Putin visits Austrian Olympic House

Vladimir Putin continues to play the perfect host in Sochi. On Sunday, the Russian head of state visited the Austrian Olympic house.

As unexpected visitors go you’d do well to top this one.

It was the first national Olympic house that Putin has visited as part of the Winter Games and his surprise arrival thrilled his unsuspecting hosts,who showered him with lots of Tirolean hospitality.

Media interest was already at a peak with the celebration of Matthias Mayer’s shock gold medal in the men’s downhill, but it was further intensified by the arrival of the Russian President

Putin told his hosts in perfect German: “Dear friends. I would like to congratulate you on Mayer’s gold medal. I am very happy that everything is good and I hope it will stay like that, all the best.”