Day four of the competition at the Games in Sochi featured eight medal competitions, including the men’s halfpipe, women’s ski slopestyle and the first official women’s ski jumping competition ever included in the Winter Olympics.
Norway and Canada showed strong performances early on, but the Americans and Japanese were heralded as favourites for events ending later in the day.
Freestyle skiing – women’s slopestyle
Canadian Dara Howell made history by becoming the first person to win the women’s slopestyle event in Olympic history on Tuesday with a time of 94.20 in the finals. Fellow Canadian Kim Lamarre took the bronze and the United States’ Devin Logan won silver.
Two other Canadians in the same event were injured during the competition, Kaya Turski, medal favourite, dislocated her shoulder in one fall, and fell again in her second run. Yuki Tsubota was stretchered off the course after a hard landing in her second run in the finals.
Cross-country skiing – women’s sprint
Norway took the two top medals in the women’s sprint, with Maiken Caspersen Falla beating teammate Ingvild Flugstad Østberg by 0.38 seconds to win the gold. Slovenia’s Vesna Fabjan won the bronze. The favorite, Norway’s Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, took fourth after falling in the final straight of the semi.
Cross-country skiing – men’s sprint
Norway snatched gold in the men’s sprint, as Ola Vigen Hattestad crossed the finish line posting a time of 3:38.39, 1.22 seconds ahead of the second-place, Sweden’s Teodor Peterson and Emil Joensson took silver and bronze, respectively. The three competed for gold throughout most of the event as three other competitors hopes collapsed after they crashed into each other.
Speed skating – women’s 500m
World record holder Lee Sang-Hwa, from South Korea, won her second consecutive gold medal in the 500m with an Olympic record time of 74.70 seconds. Both runs were faster than the two run times posted by each of her competitors. Russia’s Olga Fatkulina collected the silver medal after posting a time of 75.06, the second fastest time in the first run. Dutch speed skater Margot Boer took third.