2.16.2011

Just Take a Chance


After Bilodeau's gold, other Canadian olympians didn't immediately followed.  It wasn't like they didn't try; it was just hard to continue the golden winsAfter all, we did go through two previous Olympics without a gold on home soil.  But on Day 5 we got another golden winner.



Day 5: 16 February - Not Just a One-Hit Wonder

Two biathlon events took place on Day 5: the women's 10 kilometre pursuit and the men's 12.5 km pursuit.  In the women's event, Germany's Magdalena Neuner won the gold, taking 30:16 to do so.  A few seconds later, Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia followed (30:28.3) and she was then followed by Marie-Laure Brunet of France (30:44.3) for bronze.  On the men's side there was a bit more drama that arised.  Despite Sweden's Björn Ferry (33:38.4) grabbing gold, Christoph Sumann of Austria (33:54.9) earning silver, and Vincent Jay of France (34:06.6) getting bronze, there was a lot of confusion and starter errors created by the officials.  Like the 2010 Olympics needed any more issues to talk about.

Not everything will cause controversy.  Women's luge singles took place up at Whistler.  Gold and bronze went to Germany's Tatjana Hüfner (total run time of 2:46.524) and Natalie Geisenberger (2:47.101) respectively, while Austria's Nina Reithmayer took the silver medal with a total run time of 2:47.014.

In the women's 500 metre speed skating event, the time difference between gold and bronze was 0.54.  Lee Sang Hwa of South Korea took the gold at 76.09, followed by Germany's Jenny Wolf at 76.14.  Bronze rounded up the medals after being awarded to Wang Beixing of China at 76.63.

Now Canada's golden moment.  At the women's snowboard cross finals, Canada wore a big smile.  She rides this hill like it's her own, she grew up on the hill to make it hers, and on February 16th, 2010, she proved to the world it was hers.  Maëlle Ricker of Canada claimed the gold as hers.  France's Déborah Anthonioz (silver) and Olivia Nobs of Switzerland (bronze) had nothing on this Canadian boarder.

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