Road to Sochi : Pre-Olympics World Championships.

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  1. ballettmaus

    ballettmaus Well-Known Member

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    Well, in Germany and Austria, when it comes to skiing, the fourth place is known as the "Austrians place". So far, they've lived up to their reputation (even if Hosp won bronze, there was still an Austrian lady who finished 4th).
    I kind of feel sorry for them! Hopefully their luck changes in the next competitions.
     
  2. AragornElessar

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    Thanks for telling us about your Student Ozzisk8tr. While I've never volunteered, as our area is rather far from the town where the Special Olympics programs are, I have attended a few events over the years. I truly and honestly believe that if you ever need a pick me up of any kind? Go to a Special Olympics event. You'll be feeling much better w/in minutes of the event starting. :)

    On a far different note...

    Dear CTV Toronto,

    When showing Lindsay Vonn's crash earlier this week from the World Championships, was it really necessary to not only not mute the volume, but to then not have Lance Brown not say anything for several seconds? Because, thanks to that, we were able to not only hear Lindsay screaming in agony, but also to hear her screaming for someone to come out and help her.

    That was something I would much rather not have experienced Thank You so very much!!

    One ticked off Sports Fan!!!!

    It took the better part of two days before I could get Lindsay's screams out of my head and I'm an adult!! Can you imagine what a little one would have thought if they'd heard that and I'm guessing a few did. I couldn't believe it either, as usually when a Downhill crash gets shown, the volume's muted for that very reason. Couldn't believe it the other night and still can't today. :mad:
     
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  3. Lara

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    Surprise medal for France in women's downhill with Marion Rolland taking gold. Nadia Fanchini of Italy was second and Maria Hoefl-Riesch third. Favorite Tina Maze finished seventh. A tough course with a fair amount of crashes from the early racers. :yikes:

    Exciting biathlon pursuits - it literally was a photo finish in men with Svendsen winning a third gold over Martin Fourcade. :eek: Tora Berger won the women's with K. Palka (Poland) second and Pidrushina (Ukraine) third.
     
  4. judgejudy27

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    Another gold for Ligety! He is a great GS and slalom skiier, and those events are still left. It will be interesting to see if he can possibly even end Worlds with 4 golds. Would that be historic if he did it.
     
  5. Braulio

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    The biathlon world championships after 5 events has plenty of gold for Norway, silvers for France and ZERO medals for Germany!!!

    Russia was lucky to grab a bronze medal in the men´s pursuit, I wonder what is happening with them? specially the germans, at least the russians have been in the top 10 and have a medal, but Germany??? just a couple of athletes sneaking in the top 10

    Men´s Super Combined: Ted Ligety was the best, what a downhill run he had and a superb slalom run on a tough course that claimed many of the top skiers after the downhill, including Aksel Lund Svindal who was going for a thir medal and possibly retaining his gold medal at the event as he was world champion in 2011.

    Silver for the usual second place finisher in the super combined at olympics or worlds, Ivica Kostelic (CRO) and bronze just narrowly for Rommed Baumann (AUT) who gives austrians their second medal of the championships, another bronze. The crowd was excstatic as if he just won the tittle!!!

    Good for Ted, his fourth world championships medal overall (third gold) now he is the favourite for the Giant Slalom that will be a great battle between him and Marcel Hirsher. A medal in slalom is not very clear as he has not produced solid results in the last seasons but hey, he definitively has great momentum and confidence, so he could threat for a medal in Slalom too.
     
  6. Lara

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    Did Hirscher go for the super combined at all?

    He's certainly more favored for the slalom over Ligety, but the GS will be tight and there's going to be a lot more pressure on him to deliver gold for Austria. He's handled it very well so far this season, hopefully he can stay steady. Should be a great race!
     
  7. Domshabfan

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    I don't agree with you on biathlon, Russia has been extremely unlucky. Their men finished 3rd and 4th and their women 4th and 5th.. Even jn the sprit they where just outside the medals. They seem to lack ski speed against Norway and fourcade. Russia men are relatively young team so they are improving, but zaitseva lack of speed is very worrying. Olga was leading going to last shooting, she hesitated in the shooting, then missed the shoot. It meant she got passed by Palka at the shooting (she too misseda shoot) and Berger who went clean. Worrying Olga lost a lot of time after that and got passed by the Ukrainian athlete. The 5th place athlete from russia climbed from 27th with the help if clean shooting. She came into the event with almost a 1.5 mins deficit ( the time deficit from sprit is carried over to the pursuit), so she did well to finish 5 th.

    As for men svensen had a very small lead over fourcade, shopulin and malysko. Sevenson slowed down allowed other to catch, this would have he opened never the less but by doing so made it a sprint and won the sprint by one hundredth of a second. I felt sorry for Malyshko, since he was the work horse for the group. Anyway this world championships are of two halves with a break now and competition re starting on Wednesday and finishing on sunday with relays, individual score and mass start.
     
  8. Braulio

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    No, Hirsher did not compete at the super combined. Still and all the pressure they have (austrian skiers) I think he will be in the podium in the GS and will win the Slalom, but who knows the french are having a good meet and they have certain slalom specialist who could spoil the party. Also I count on some italian skier to be in the hunt for the Giant Slalom.

    And I do agree on that, my reference for ´bad championships´ was more to the germans than the russians as I pointed out that Russia has had many of their competitors in the top 10 (Zaitseva, Glazirina, Vilukhina, Shipulin, Ustyugov) in contast to the germans who if i recall only have a top 10 with Andrea Henkel in the women´s sprint.

    Surely Russia had a bad luck in the mixed relay on the opening day, and given they are a young team as you mentioned, this break will give them perspective on that and most likely medals will come in the next events and of course all the valuable experience for Sochi they will get.
     
  9. Braulio

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    World Biathlon championships resume

    Women´s 15Km Individual, Third gold medal for Tora Berger (NOR) she was the class of the field, zero penalties and very fast, demolished the competition, 3 golds, 1 silver thus far. Silver medal for Germany!! Andrea Henkel going clean also but was slower than Berger, finally a medal for the germans. Bronze for Semerenko of Ukraine that is having a good championships.

    Tomorrow, Men´s 20Km Individual, and in the alpine skiing worlds Women´s Giant Slalom with the overwhelming favourite Tina Maze (SLO) going for her second gold medal and third of this championships
     
  10. Lara

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    Tora Berger was definitely amazing. Providing she stays healthy she can look forward to much success in Sochi!

    Martin Fourcade finally got his gold today in the Individual. Not the domination of Berger, but so many men shot excellently to start and then gave it away at the fourth standing. Tim Burke of the United States(!) took silver, and Fredrik Lindstrom of Sweden bronze. Sadly the Czech Republic finished just off the medals this time with Moravec fourth. Svendsen didn't compete in order to be healthy enough for the later races.

    Women's Giant Slalom saw Tessa Worley of France take gold with two excellent runs. Tina Maze had a poor first run but rallied for silver. Austria got another bronze, from Anna Fenninger (Katherine Zettel was fourth).
     
  11. Braulio

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    Men´s Giant Slalom, Third gold medal for Ted Ligety!!! he took the win by almost a second over silver medalist Marcel Hirscher (AUT) and bronze went for Italy. What a competition for Ted!! Congratulations to him, first skier since Jean Claude Killy to win 3 golds at the same championships

    Now NBC has somebody else to make a story about, hope Ted doesn´t get that much hype and pressure that will come to his mind. I can see NBC storyboard with ´Ligety could win 5 gold medals in alpine skiing´ or something like that. Though the pressure will be on Ted, on the other side Bode Miller will have nothing to lose as he will compete in Sochi with no media pressure or expectations like in the last 2 Olympics (specially Torino).

    In Biathlon worlds, Womens Relay: Gold for Norway, Tora Berger with her fourth gold medal of the meet and fifth overall with one race remaining. Silver for Ukraine and bronze for Italy. Russia in 4th and Germany 5th
     
  12. gingercrush

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    Ted Ligerty is in amazing form. Good result for Aksel Lund Svindal placing fourth in Giant Slalom as he has been having some difficulty in that event. Tora Berger is in amazing form. Since she won Olympic Gold in the 15k Individual her form has been fab getting good results. Last years worlds were great and the retirement of Neuner has seen her dominant even more. I'm surprised at Darya Domracheva's form this year. It hasn't been great this year.
     
  13. Lara

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    When Ted Ligety is on and at his best in GS, he's pretty much unbeatable it seems. :eek: Hirscher didn't have the best first run, but I don't think it made a difference to the final results (just the victory margin). And good for Svindal to come so close to the podium!

    The women's relay had an amazing amount of position changes! Norway especially had a horrible start, they definitely have to thank Solemdal for her performance otherwise Berger would have had no chance to win. Germany almost got back thanks to a super run by newcomer Laura Dahlmeier, but Henkel couldn't deliver this time in the final leg. Major kudos to Italy for the bronze, it'd have been easy to fall under the pressure. Men's relay and mass start left. :)
     
  14. Domshabfan

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    Shiffrin (USA) just won the Slalom race and she is only 17 years of age... well done to her. Kirchgasser (AUT) and Hansdotter (Swe) wins silver and bronze medals.
     
  15. Lara

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    Shiffrin certainly looks set to play the Missy Franklin role in Sochi! :) Congrats to her. Good for Marlie Schilds to even be competing but probably needed more time after her injury.

    Men's relay and yet another gold for Norway with Svendsen anchoring. France had to work to move up to silver with a good performance from Fourcade. Mixed for Germany as they were happy to get a medal, but it'd have been silver instead of bronze had anchor Lesser not taken two penalty loops on the final standing shoot. At least he escaped better than poor Russia, who'd have been in the hunt had Garanichev not had a disaster in the third leg. Apparently he did the same at Worlds last year so you do have to wonder why he was placed in the exact same position...for their sake I hope the team has better luck in Sochi next year.
     
  16. gingercrush

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    Marcel Hirscher wins Slalom Gold. Well done. He has been the best all year so his win wasn't unexpected. Darya Domracheva finally wins a Gold and I suspect is a real contender for multiple medals come Olympics. Tora Berger wins silver to have medaled on every Biathlon event and a suprise win for Poland who once again eek out a medal. Tarjei Boe wins his first individual World Championship in the Mass Start and Svedsen medals again but proves to be tired as he is out-skied by the Russian.

    The Germans will be very disappointed with their biathlon results. Though if Miriam Gossner can shoot cleaner she is going to be in contention thanks to her ski speed.
     
  17. AragornElessar

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    And what a second run too. She just flew through and down the flats like she was being chased by something.

    CBC showed something pretty cool yesterday after the race was over. They had all three medalists superimposed//following each other down the hill, so you could see where each skier either made their move or lost the gold or silver on the course. Pretty neat and I hope they keep it for Sochi next year too, as you could really see where Shiffrin took off and won the Gold and where the other two made mistakes.
     
  18. Domshabfan

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    Consolidated result : Alpine skiing world championships

    Ladies :
    Super G

    Gold : Tina Maze (SLO)
    Silver : Lara Gut (SUI)
    Bronze : Julia Mancuso (USA)

    Super Combined
    Gold : Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER)
    Silver : Tina Maze (SLO)
    Bronze : Nicole Hosp (AUT)

    Downhill
    Gold : Mario Rolland (FRA)
    Silver : Nadia Fachini(ITA)
    Bronze : Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER)


    Giant Slalom
    Gold : Tessa Worley (FRA)
    Silver : Tina Maze (SLO)
    Bronze : Anna Fenninger(AUT)


    Slalom
    Gold : Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
    Silver : Michaela Kirchgasser(AUT)
    Bronze : Frida Hansdotter(SWE)

    Men :
    Super G

    Gold : Ted Ligety (USA)
    Silver : Gauthier De Tess (FRA)
    Bronze : Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR)

    Super Combined
    Gold : Ted Ligety (USA)
    Silver : Ivica Kostelic (CRO)
    Bronze : Romed Baumann (AUT)

    Downhill
    Gold : Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR)
    Silver : Domnik Paris (ITA)
    Bronze : David Poisson (FRA)


    Giant Slalom
    Gold : Ted Ligety (USA)
    Silver : Marchel Hirscher (AUT)
    Bronze : Manfred Moelgg (ITA)


    Slalom
    Gold : Marchel Hirscher (AUT)
    Silver : Felix Neureuthier(GER)
    Bronze : Mario Matt (AUT)

    Team (not an olympic event)
    Gold : Austria
    Silver: Sweden
    Bronze : Germany
     
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  19. Domshabfan

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    Biathlon World Championships : Czech Republic

    Mixed Relay:
    Gold : Norway
    Silver: France
    Bronze : Czech Republic

    Men's Event
    Men's Relay

    Gold : Norway
    Silver: France
    Bronze : Germany

    10 km Sprint
    Gold : Emil Svendsen (NOR)
    Silver: Martin Fourcade (FRA)
    Bronze : Jako Fak (SLO)

    12.5 km Pursuit
    Gold : Emil Svendsen (NOR)
    Silver: Martin Fourcade (FRA)
    Bronze : Anton Shipulin (RUS)


    20 km Individual
    Gold : Martin Fourcade (FRA)
    Silver: Tim Burke (USA)
    Bronze : Fredrik Lindstrom (SWE)

    15 Km Mass Start
    Gold : Tarjei Boe (NOR)
    Silver: Anton Shupulin (RUS)
    Bronze : Emil Svendsen (NOR)


    Women's events
    Women's Relay

    Gold : Norway
    Silver: UKraine
    Bronze :Italy


    7.5 km Sprint

    Gold : Olena PidHurshina (UKR)
    Silver: Tora Berger (NOR)
    Bronze : Vita Semerenko (UKR)

    10 km Pursuit
    Gold : Tora Berger (NOR)
    Silver: Krstyna Palka (POL)
    Bronze : Olena Pidhurshina (UKR)

    15 km Individual
    Gold : Tora Berger (NOR)
    Silver: Andrea Henkel (GER)
    Bronze : Valentina Semerenko (UKR)

    12.5 Km Mass Start
    Gold : Darya Domrcheva (BLR)
    Silver: Tora Berger (NOR)
    Bronze : Monika Hojisk (POL)

    Norway won 8/11 gold medals, this is one of most dominant performance by any country ... Only comparable performance to this is by USSR in 1986 winning 5 out of 6 gold medals and Germany 6/10 in 1999
     
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  20. Braulio

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    Just some corrections, it´s Ligety not Legety, and in the men´s slalom Felix Neureuther it´s from Germany, not Slovenia. In Biathlon, Valentina Semerenko is from Ukraine, not Poland.

    World Nordic Ski Championships started today with the sprints, Gold for Marit Bjoergen (NOR) who continues her dominance of cross country skiing, silver for Ida Ingemarsdotter (SWE) and bronze for Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR). In the men´s sprint Russia is golden with Nikita Kriukov, silver for one of the called to win multiple medals Petter Northug (NOR) and bronze for Canada! with Alex Harvey
     
  21. Domshabfan

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    Changed, Thanks for noting those mistake..

    I watched the sprint races yesterday... It was shocker of an event from the qualification onwards. Firstly, the performance of world cup sprint leader Kikkan Randall (USA), she almost did not qualify for the knockout stages by finishing 28th. Then in the heats got knocked out very easily. Second was the performance of Mona-Lisa Malvalehto (FIN), she qualified in the first position and then was very lacklustre in the knockout stages. Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) was the favourite after her win at the last world cup, then Justyna falls at the beginning of the race to finish last in the finals. Norwegian promptly increased the pace of the race to take gold and bronze medal. Norway has such a strong Cross country team especially in the women's event that they could win all 6 events.
    Men's race was all about Nikita he was the top qualifier and won the finals with great strategy, Nikita is now both Olympic and World champion in the sprint event.

    Next years sprint event will be in Freestyle unlike this years world champions (which was in classical skiing ) l... so the result could be influenced by this change. Anyway this years sprint team race is in Freestyle mode and next years team sprint will be in classical skiing.

    World Nordic championships continue with women's ski-jumping and men's Nordic combined events today.
     
  22. Lara

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    Thanks for the summary Domshabfan! Was wondering about Randall and Kowalczyk. Bjorgen seems the counterpart to Tora Berger in cross country for Norway.
     
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    Yes, Bjorgen is absolutely fabulous, whole Norwegian women's team is just great.

    In last night's action Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA) won the HS106 hill + 10 Km sprint of the Nordic combined event. He beat Mario Strecher (AUT) and Bjoern Kircheisen (GER) in a close sprint finish. Germany's Eric Frenzel finished 4th, in a race where top 4 was separated by less than half a second.

    In the women's ski jumping event USA's Sarah Hendrikson won the gold beating Japan's Sara Takanashi. Hendrikson won on her superior style points on the last jump, she gained 3 points higher than her opponent with the final gap between the two being 2.7 points. Jacqueline Seifriedsberger (OMG, what a name... it has a fired and a berger in it... if only it was a burger) of Austria won the bronze medal. This event has changed a lot since the induction into olympic program.
     
  24. AragornElessar

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    In Paralympic World Championships News...

    Cdn Curling Association ~ Canada Claims Gold Medal At Wheelchair Worlds

    The World Jr Curling Championships either next week or the week after is also going to be held at The Ice Cube and is the Olympic Venue Test Event. However, it sounds like the building is more than ready to go and made quite the impression on the Curlers this past week.

    Congratulations Team Canada!! WTG!!! :D :D :D
     
  25. gingercrush

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    World Ski Championships has ended. Norway as with Biathlon dominated Cross Country skiing and added 8 golds (1 in Ski Jumping) to their 8 golds from Biathlon. If they kept up that next year they will smash the current record gold tally Canada got in 2010 of 14 gold medals.
     
  26. Braulio

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    Yes they have been incredible strong in biathlon and cross country, add what Aksel Lund Svindal could do in the alpine skiing and some other medals in freestyle or snowboard and they could have a big medal haul, though in the previous Olympics they were also big medal contenders and a mix of bad luck, pressure hit their athletes and just didn´t deliver though still won many medals but few gold
     
  27. AragornElessar

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    If anyone's interested, the IPC Alpine Ski World Cup Finals are taking place in Sochi right now and can be viewed over at the Intl Paralympic Committee's YouTube channel, w/the various Classifications in Slalom and the second runs from them.

    Second Slalom Runs All Classifications ~ Sochi IPC World Cup Finals ~ YouTube

    This is also the Alpine Test Event for the Paralympics next year.
     
  28. Seerek

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    World Short Track Speed Skating Championships wrapped up over the weekend

    Sin Da-Woon with 3 medals in the individual events + overall gold. Charles Hamelin with 3 individual bronzes + relay gold + overall bronze.

    Wang Meng dominating the sprints, plus won overall and relay gold. Marianne St. Gelais with 2 individual medals + relay silver
     
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    Short Track Speed Skating Result :

    Ladies
    500mts
    Gold: Meng Wang (CHN)
    Silver: Seung-Hi Park (KOR)
    Bronze: Kexin Fan (CHN)

    1000mts
    Gold: Meng Wang(CHN)
    Silver: Jorien Ter Mors(NED)
    Bronze: Elise Christie (GBR)

    1500mts
    Gold: Seung-Hi Park (KOR)
    Silver: Suk Hee Shim (KOR)
    Bronze: Marianne St-Gelais (CAN)

    3000mts : not an olympic event
    Gold: Suk Hee Shim (KOR)
    Silver: Marianne St-Gelais (CAN)
    Bronze: Jorien Ter Mors(NED)

    3000mts relay :
    Gold: China
    Silver: Canada
    Bronze: Japan


    Men
    500mts
    Gold: Wenghao Liang(CHN)
    Silver: Victor Han (KOR)
    Bronze: Frek Van Der Wart (NED)

    1000mts
    Gold: Da Woon Shin (KOR)
    Silver: Sjinkie Knert(NED)
    Bronze: Charles Hamelin (CAN)

    1500mts
    Gold: Da Woon Shin (KOR)
    Silver: Yun Jae Kim (KOR)
    Bronze: Charles Hamelin (CAN)

    3000mts : not an olympic event
    Gold: Yun Jae Kim (KOR)
    Silver: Da Woon Shin (KOR)
    Bronze: Charles Hamelin (CAN)

    3000mts relay :
    Gold: Canada
    Silver: Russia
    Bronze: Netherlands

    Kudos to Dutch they really have done well in short track speed skating. They really are using their expertise in speed skating into short track events. Russia is also showing good progress in men section.
     
  30. Domshabfan

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    World Speed Skating Championships Sochi (RUS)

    Day 1 and 2 results :

    Men 1500 mts
    Gold : Denis Yuskov (RUS)
    Silver : Shani Davis (USA)
    Bronze : Ivan Skobrev (RUS)

    1000mts :
    Gold : Denis Kuzin (KAZ)
    Silver : Tae-Bum Mo (KOR)
    Bronze : Shani Davis (USA)

    5000 mts
    Gold : Sven Kramer (NED)
    Silver : Jorrit Bergsma (NED)
    Bronze : Ivan Skobrev (RUS)

    Women 3000 mts
    Gold : Ireen Wust (NED)
    Silver : Martina Sablikova (CZE)
    Bronze : Claudia Pechstein (GER)

    1500mts :
    Gold : Ireen Wust (NED)
    Silver : Lotte van Beek (NED)
    Bronze : Christine Nesbitt (CAN)