Thursday at the Winter Olympics for Ukraine mostly focused on biathlon. And it was another unsuccessful day. Apart from that, the day turned out to be as it was expected – cold, windy and full of competition. Among the notable moments of today there was the performances by the Jamaican bobsleigh team and the ex-Ukrainian, whose story confirms that hard work and perseverance always pays off. Especially if the person is talented.
National Team of Ukraine
Cross-country skiers Maryna Antsybor and Tetyana Antypenko failed the Ladies’ 10 km freestyle race – Antsybor came 46th, while Antypenko finished 52nd. Norway’s Ragnhild Haga won the gold medal, Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla came 2nd, whereas Finland’s Krista Parmakoski and Norway’s Marit Bjoergen shared the third place.
Ukrainian freestyle skier did not qualify for the finals in Ladies’ Aerials. She finished the first qualification round 10th, therefore, missing the finals (the first six qualified). However, this result enabled her to try again in the second qualification round, where she finished 10th again. Hence, she finished 16th overall, while only the first 12 went on to compete in the finals.
In biathlon, both men’s and ladies’ individual races took place, none of which turned out to be remarkable for Ukrainian athletes. Yuliia Dzhima finished 20th, Valentyna Semerenko came 25th, her sister Vita Semerenko came 59th, and Anastasiya Merkushyna finished 66th. Swede Hanna Oeberg celebrated victory in this discipline, while Slovakian Anastasiya Kuzmina won the silver medal and German Laura Dahlmeier came third.
In the men’s individual race, Volodymyr Siemakov finished the highest of all Ukrainian athletes – he came 21st. In turn, Volodymyr Tyshchenko came 29th, Artem Prima finished 46th, whereas Sergii Semenov came in 53rd place. The winners were: the Norwegian Johannes Thingnes Bø with the gold medal, the Slovenian Jakov Fak came second, whereas the Austrian Dominik Landtinger got the bronze medal.
Results of today’s medal events
The Norwegian team collected another gold medal in men’s downhill alpine skiing – Aksel Lund Svindal was victorious and his compatriot Kjetil Jansrud got the silver. The bronze medal went to the Swiss Beat Feuz.
Mikaela Shiffrin from the United States is bringing home the gold medal in women’s giant slalom. Another Norwegian, Ragnhild Mowinckel won the silver medal, while Italy’s Manuela Moelgg got the bronze.
Ladies’ curling teams played more robin-round matches:
Canada – South Korea 6:8
Denmark – Japan 5:8
China – OAR 6:7
Great Britain – USA 4:7
USA – Italy 9:10
Norway – Canada 4:7
Great Britain – Japan 6:5
Denmark – Switzerland 7:9
China – Great Britain 7:8
Canada – Sweden 6:7
USA – Switzerland 5:6
South Korea – Japan 5:7
In figure skating, former Ukrainian who now represents Germany Aljona Savchenko, together with Bruno Masso, got the gold medal, breaking the world record thereby. The silver medal went to China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, whereas the Canadian duo Meagan Duhamel and Eric Redford won the third prize.
In luge team relay, the German team became today’s gold medalist. Canadians finished second and Austrians came third.
France’s Pierre Vaultier celebrated victory in men’s snowboard cross. The Australian Jarryd Hughes got the silver medal, while Regino Hernandez from Spain will bring home the bronze medal in this discipline.
Ted-Jan Bloemen from Canada won the men’s speed skating 10,000m race. The silver medal went to the Dutch Jorrit Bergsma, while Nicola Tumolero got the bronze.
Hero of the day
It has been a long way for the ex-Ukrainian Aljona Savchenko to her Olympic gold medal, and she has finally got there. Both in Vancouver-2010 and in Sochi-2014 she won bronze medals with her then partner Robin Szolkowy. Finally she won the Olympic gold medal with her new partner, Bruno Massot. Savchenko represented Ukraine in international competition until 2003. Then she moved to Germany and became a German figure skater.