Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 18th 2014 Contents SOCHI---It was Belarus day yes-
terday at the Sochi Olympics.
A Belarussian woman made
Olympic history by becoming the
first female ever to win three
biathlon titles at the same games,
and one of her teammates captured
the men s freestyle skiing aerials
competition to complete a gold-
medal sweep on the event.
Anton Kushnir nailed a near-per-
fect landing after a "back double
full-full-double full" jump --- five
twists packed into three head-over-
heels flips while soaring 50 feet off
the ramp and into the night sky.
"It was the best jump I ve ever
witnessed in person," said 18-year-
old American Mac Bohonnon, who
Darya Domracheva won her third
biathlon title when she left a field
gold in the 12.5-kilometre mass
start. As she neared the finish line,
she waved her right pole above her
head in celebration.
"Maybe it s strange, but I don t
feel like I ve done something spe-
cial," Domracheva said. "I just tried
to enjoy myself and I did my race
with a laugh. But for sure, it s amaz-
The race was in doubt earlier as
dense fog forced postponement of
the men s mass start race and the
men s snowboardcross competition.
It lifted just in time for the women s
race and Domracheva s history-
Indoors, American pair Meryl
Davis and Charlie White won the
gold in figure skating s ice dance,
finishing just ahead of longtime
training partners and rivals Tessa
Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada.
It was the first Olympic title in the
event for the United states.
On Day 11 at the Sochi Olympics,
Russia won the two-man bobsled
for its fifth gold medal of the games;
the U.S. and Canada advanced to
the championship game of the
women s ice hockey tournament;
and Germany won the men s team
ski jumping gold, raising its games-
leading total to eight. (AP)
Belarus' Darya Domracheva celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's biathlon 12.5k mass-start, at the
2014 Winter Olympics, yesterday, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. AP PHOTO
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DUBAI---Venus Williams made good on
the wild card she received into the Dubai
Championships by posting a 6-3, 6-2 first-
round win over Elena Vesnina of Russia
yesterday in United Arab Emirates.
The 48th-ranked Williams made her
first appearance in Dubai since she won
her second straight title here in 2010.
She'd missed the last three years either
because of injury or Sjogren's Syndrome.
She fired 10 aces and broke the 33rd-
ranked Vesnina four times. Vesnina had
won their previous two matchups.
"My serve keeps improving pretty much
every tournament," Williams said. "That al-
ways helps me."
In the first set, Williams broke Vesnina
at love in the sixth game. Williams raced
to 3-0 in the second set, but surrendered
her serve in the fourth game when she
sailed a forehand long on the one break
point she faced all night.
Williams' sister, Serena, the top seed
and also a wild card recipient, will play
Ekaterina Makarova of Russia today.
It will be the first match for Serena
since losing to Ana Ivanovic in the Aus-
tralian Open fourth round last month. Ser-
ena's been nursing a back injury until this
Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic
ousted Sloane Stephens 6-3, 7-5, handing
the 18th-ranked American back-to-back
first-round losses at Doha and Dubai.
Bouchard lost her third qualifying match
to Annika Beck of Germany 6-1, 6-4.
Venus, Safarova win opening matches in Dubai
Belarus has big day at Sochi
SOCHI---The Olympic rings will
be whole again for the closing cer-
emony. That s a promise.
Russian deputy prime minister
Dmitry Kozak tells R-Sport that
fans will not see a repeat of the
glitch that marred the opening cer-
emony when one of the five rings
did not form from a snowflake
floating in the sky.
"We will correct this mistake at
the closing ceremony," Kozak told
the news agency.
The glitch happened early in the
opening ceremony, when
snowflakes expanded to form the
interlocking rings, which is one of
the most anticipated moments of
any Olympic opener. Four of the
rings unfolded perfectly, but the
fifth remained a snowflake before
show organisers sent them out of
The mistake was a shaky start
to an otherwise well-received show
that ended with hockey great
Vladimir Tretiak and figure skating
icon Irina Rodnina lighting the
The closing ceremony is Sunday
Repairing the ring
BIATHLON: Domracheva won the pursuit and
individual biathlon races last week. She took the lead
for the first time after four minutes and stayed
ahead of the field after the first shooting. Gabriela
Soukalova of the Czech Republic took silver and Tiril
Eckhoff of Norway bronze.
BOBSLED: Russia's winning two-man bobsled had
Alexander Zubkov driving and Alexey Voevoda as the
brakeman. The Swiss team of Beat Hefti and Alex
Baumann took silver, and the U.S. bronze, with
Steven Holcomb driving and Steven Langton as
brakeman. It was the first two-man bobsled medal
for the U.S. in more than a half century.
FREESTYLE SKIING: Alexei Grishin won Belarus'
first ever gold medal in Vancouver four years ago ---
also in the men's aerials. Afterwards, he got his
picture on a stamp back home. On Monday, he failed
to qualify in the aerials. Belarus now has five golds in
Sochi. Australia's David Morris finished 24 points
behind Kushnir to win silver; China's Jia Zongyang
took the bronze.
FIGURE SKATING: Davis and White began skating
together in 1997, and on the biggest day of their
career, they were nearly flawless. The American pair
won the silver in Vancouver in 2010, while their
Canadian rivals won the gold. The two pairs train
together in Detroit and are both coached by Marina
SKI JUMPING: Germany's win in the team event
ended Austria's winning streak. It had won gold in
the last two Olympics and hasn't lost a team large
hill event since the 2005 world championships.
Germany's team included Andreas Wank, Marinus
Kraus, Andres Wellinger and Severin Freund. Austria
took silver and Japan won the bronze.
ICE HOCKEY: Megan Bozek and Brianna Decker
each had a goal and two assists to help the United
States beat Sweden 6-1. The U.S. has medaled in
every Winter Games since women's hockey was
added in 1998. Canada, the three-time defending gold
medalist, beat Switzerland 3-1 to advance to the final
for the fifth consecutive Olympics. The two North
American powers have met for three of the previous
CURLING: China beat Britain 6-5 to qualify for the
Olympic semifinals in men's curling. The loss forced
Britain into a tiebreaker against Norway on Tuesday
for the final spot in the playoffs. Canada and Sweden
advanced on Sunday. In the women's tournament,
Switzerland and Britain advanced to the semifinals,
joining Canada and Sweden. Canada is the first
women's curling team to go through the round-robin
matches without a loss.
OTHER GOLD MEDAL WINNERS:
One of the rings forming the Olympic Rings fails to open during the
opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on
February. 7. AP PHOTO
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