Olympic Corner: Maze and Gisin share downhill gold

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Olympic Corner: Maze and Gisin share downhill gold

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The fifth day of competition in Sochi will go down in the history books as for the first time ever at a Winter Olympics an Alpine skiing gold medal was shared by two athletes.

Slovenian Tina Maze and Swiss Dominique Gisin posted exactly the same time to jointly win the women’s downhill.

Maze, last year’s overall World Cup champion handed Slovenia their first ever Winter Olympic gold.

Gisin meanwhile stunned the field and probably herself as well with gold as she’s never finished better than third in a world cup downhill.

The big guns failed to fire on the sun-softened course with American Julia Mancuso coming home eighth and German super combined gold medallist Maria Hoefl-Riesch finishing 13th.

Switzerland’s Lara Gut claimed bronze on the day a slender 0.1 seconds off the pace.

Frenzel flies to nordic combined gold

German Eric Frenzel lived up to his status as pre-event favourite when he won the Nordic Combined.

The competition features a ski jump from the normal hill followed by and 10 km cross-country sprint.

Olympic gold was the only medal missing from his impressive collection of sporting achievements.

Frenzel, last year’s World Cup champion and this year’s runaway leader, took the lead after ski jump with the longest jump of the day.

The 25-year-old world number one then mastered the cross-country course – notably with a powerful final 300 metres to take top honours.

Akito Watabe crossed over for the silver medal – Japan’s first medal in the event since taking team gold in 1994 while Norwegian Magnus Krog rounded off the podium with bronze.

Dutch dominance

The Netherlands continued their dominance of the speed skating events at Sochi.

After clean sweeps of the podiums in the 500 and 5 000 metres races, the Dutch impressed in the 1,000 metres event with gold and bronze.

Stefan Groothuis was crowned Olympic champion with a time of one minute, 8.39 seconds for his two-and-a-half laps.

It was the fourth gold medal in five speedskating events for the Dutch at these Winter Games.

Michel Mulder, the 500 metre champion, had to settle for bronze this time around.

Denny Morrison of Canada gatecrashed the Orange party by winning silver.

Host with the most

The Russian fans were sent into wild jubilation inside the Iceberg Skating Palace late on Wednesday.

The host nation celebrated a one-two in the figure skating pairs.

World and European champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov obliterated the opposition to give Russia their 13th Olympic
pairs title.

A surprise silver medal went to compatriots Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov.

Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy suffered a couple of falls and like in Vancouver 2010 go home with the bronze medal.

For Volosozhar and Trankov it’s their second gold medal of the Sochi Games as they also helped Russia win the team event.

Germany lead the medal race

At the end of the fifth day of competitive, Germany are on a top of the medals table with eight, including six gold.

Canada are second while Norway, in third, have won the most medals with 12, but only four of them are gold.