Dara Howell won gold with a score of 94.20, trouncing the rest of the field, and Kim Lamarre earned bronze to give the Canadians seven medals in four days of snowboarding and freestyle skiing, including three events in which they took two of the top three spots.
“We’re over the moon right now,” said Peter Judge, CEO of the Canadian Freestyle Skiing Association.
Devin Logan of the United States took silver. Canada’s big day was tempered by teammate Yuki Tsubota’s crash on the slushy snow. She was carried off the mountain on a stretcher with a possible fractured jaw.
Lee Sang-hwa won the women’s 500 meters and set an Olympic record of 37.28 seconds in her second race, beating the mark of 37.30 set by Catriona Le May Doan at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Her combined time of 1 minute, 14.70 seconds also was an Olympic record, beating Le May Doan’s mark of 1:14.75. Olga Fatkulina, of Russia, won the silver, and Margot Boer, of the Netherlands, got the bronze.
Darya Domracheva, of Belarus, led for most of the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit race, missing only the last target before finishing in 29 minutes, 30.7 seconds. Tora Berger, of Norway, took silver, and Teja Gregorin, of Slovenia, claimed the bronze.
Natalie Geisenberger’s victory was Germany’s fifth straight in women’s luge. Teammate Tatjana Huefner won the silver and Erin Hamlin picked up the bronze, the first singles luge medal ever for the United States.
Tuesday's podium points
Gold: Russian hockey legend Vladislav Tretiak says the Soviets did not respect the Americans when the teams played at the 1980 Lake Placid Games. He says Team USA’s “Miracle on Ice” victory taught the Russians a lesson about taking teams lightly. “We did not have the respect for the competitors at that time,” Tretiak said.
Silver: Britain’s women curlers set an Olympic record with seven points in one end during a match against the U.S. The previous record was six, set by Sweden’s men (2002) and Canada’s men (2006). The maximum score a team can achieve in one end is eight points. “It’s not the record I hoped to be a part of,” U.S. skip Erika Brown said.
Bronze: Russian figure-skating phenomenon Julia Lipnitskaia is enjoying her team gold medal, saying it’s “very heavy but beautiful.” Next on her agenda is the women’s competition, which begins Wednesday, Feb. 19. And to help keep her nerves in check, she has returned to Moscow to train. “This will be more like to what I’m used to,” Lipnitskaia said.
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