All of This Can Be Broken

Canada is a new country (in consideration of other countries).  The women's ski cross is a new event at the Winter Olympics.  It isn't a wonder that this event was first introduced at the Vancouver games.  It seems only fit that Vancouver be the one to host the new event.

Day 12: 23 February - A First for Everything

The last of the women's biathlon events (the women's relay) concluded on this day a year go.  And like past other events, Canada did not medal, but the Europeans dominated the skis.  Russia's team of Svetlana Sleptsova, Anna Bogaliy-Titovets, Olga Medvedtseva, and Olga Zaitseva won gold with a collective time of 1:09:38.3.  The French followed suit within 30 seconds as the team of Marie-Laure Brunet, Sylvie Becaert, Marie Dorin, and Sandrine Bailly at 1:10:09.1.  Last but not least, the Germans came in at 1:10:13.4, sporting the names of Kati Vilhelm, Simone Hauswald, Martina Beck, and Andrea Henkel.

The nordic combined would not be outdone by the biathlon though!  The team large hill/4x5 kilometre event was the second-to-last nordic combined event.  The gold was won by Austria and Bernhard Gruber, David Kreiner, Felix Gottwald, and Mario Stecher at 48:55.6.  Four years ago it was also Austria who won gold in this event and they successfully defend their title.  USA continued to add to their medal total with another silver medal.  America sent its kudos to the team of Bret Camerota, Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane, and Bill Demong who pulled up a time of 49:34.8.  Germany then captured another bronze at 49:06.1.  Johannes Rydzek, Tino Edelmann, Eric Frenzel, and Björn Kircheisen were the ones responsible for that.

And then the drama ensued.  At the men's 10,000 metre speed skating event, it was one heck of a ball!  South Korea's Lee Seung Hoon won gold, taking 12:58.55 to finish the long distance and became the first Asian to medal at this event.  Not only did he do that, but he also set a new Olympic record for the event with his time.  Russia came in second as Ivan Skobrev took 13:02.07 to finish.  The Dutch had Bob de Jong go home with bronze with his time of 13:06.73, but it would be his teammate Sven Kramer that would steal the show.

Kramer would've gone home with gold, but he was disqualified after failing to make a lane change.  Later on in the day, Kramer would make statements saying how his coach was the one who told him not to change and to stay where he was.  You can pretty much guess that he was not happy with the decision or with his coach.

At the men's giant slalom, the Norwegians dominated the podium.  Although Swiss skier Carlo Janka took gold with a time of 2:37.83, Norway was happy to see two of their competitors take stand at the podium.  Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal took silver and bronze at 2:38.22 and 2:38.44 respectively.  The bronze medal became Svindal's third of the 2010 games.

Of course, we couldn't forget about the women's ski cross event!  The first of these events saw a great thing happen to a nation whose hearts could only go higher.  France's Marion Josserand may have come in third and won bronze, Norway's Hedda Berntsen may have taken silver, but it was Canada's Ashleigh McIvor that was awesome and won yet another gold for the Great White North!!  A first for a first, eh?

Click the link for McIvor's golden run.

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