Sochi 2014: Day 15 – Over to you Ole and Marcel on Super Saturday pt 2
Sochi 2014: Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen eyes more Games records as slalom skier Marcel Hirscher targets glory
The penultimate day of action in Sochi is nearly upon us but the action and medals do not stop flowing, with eight more golds up for grabs on Super Saturday, Part Two.
Ole Einar Bjoerndalen has yet another opportunity to set a record, Marcel Hirscher has fixed his sights firmly on slalom glory and the Dutch look to round off their speed skating campaign with yet more medals.
Hirscher enters the final alpine skiing event of the Games as the clear favourite, having dominated on the World Cup circuit this season, winning in Switzerland and Finland.
The Austrian is the reigning world champion in the slalom discipline and will be looking to improve on his fifth-place finish from Vancouver 2010.
Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway and Felix Neureuther of Germany will also be looking to medal in the event, but the question will be whether they can match Hirscher’s performance.
Norwegian biathlete Bjoerndalen will attempt to win a Winter Games record ninth career gold medal when he lines up in the men’s 4×7.5km team relay.
Norway will be the strong favourites for the gold medal following their victory in the mixed relay which gave Bjoerndalen his 13th Olympic medal, making him the most successful Winter Olympian ever.
The 40-year-old now looks to beat compatriot Bjorn Daehlie’s record of eight gold medals in what is likely to be his last event of his Olympic career, but look out for the French to put up a strong fight with double gold medallist Martin Fourcade in their lineup.
The parallel snowboard slalom starts and finishes for both men and women, with the man to beat being giant slalom winner Vic Wild of Russia. Another man to look out for is American Justin Reiter, who spent the buildup to the Games living in his truck.
The speed skating comes to a close in the Adler Arena and it will be no surprise to hear that the Dutch are the clear favourites in both the men’s and women’s team pursuit races, though organisers will hope that the Americans and Canadians can put up respective challenges.
Elsewhere, the women’s cross-country 30km mass start promises to be hotly contested, with Charlotte Kalla, Marit Bjoergen and Justyna Kowalczyk aiming to add to their impressive individual tallies.
Bjoergen leads the list with two golds already in the Games, followed by Kalla with one gold and two silvers, while Kowalczyk has one gold from the the classic competition last week.
Finally the men’s four-man bobsleigh gets underway with the first two runs where Russian hopes are high through Team Zubkov. Also in the mix should be Latvia, Germany and Great Britain, captained by John Jackson.
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