Sochi 2014: Lara Gut hopes to avenge downhill disappointment in super-G
Sochi 2014: Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze go for second gold on the slopes, but Gut won't go down without a fight
The middle Saturday of the Games sees a big day of action, with downhill co-champions Tina Maze and Dominique Gisin back in action in the women’s super-G, while the USA face off against Russia in the ice hockey and the hosts hope for another gold in the men’s skeleton.
Lara Gut will be looking to improve on her downhill bronze medal, when she descends through Sochi’s slopes again for the ladies’ super-G event.
The 22-year-old has dominated the super-G world cup circuit this season with three victories from five races and has demonstrated great speed down the Rosa Khutor mountain already.
I know I missed out on my first gold at the finish [of the downhill]. As an athlete you always want to do your best and I know this was not my best performance.
After missing the Vancouver games through injury, the teary eyed Swiss admitted to being disappointed with her debut Olympic performance despite finishing just 0.10 seconds behind the joint winners.
“I know I missed out on my first gold at the finish,” she said. “I’m disappointed because as an athlete you always want to do your best and I know this was not my best performance.”
On that day she was beaten by Maze and Gisin and it seems Maze will again pose a great threat as the Slovenian not only won the silver for this discipline in Vancouver but also won the 2013 super G world championship.
Elsewhere there are two medals available in the Iceberg Skating Palace, with both the ladies’ 1500m final and the men’s 1000m final taking place.
Elise Christie will be hoping to forget to the disappointment of losing her silver medal in the 500m distance as a result of disqualification by earning Team GB’s third medal of the games.
American long-track speed skater Shani Davis will have the opportunity to make up for his inability to medal in the 1000m event by taking on favourite Denis Yuskov of Russia in the 1500m. Of course the Dutch will not be far away from the podium, with Koen Verweij as their best hope for a medal.
In a re-run of the 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’, the USA face off against Russia in men’s ice hockey, with both teams hoping to stamp their authority as favourites in the tournament.
Both teams won their opening group matches comfortably against Slovakia and Slovenia respectively, with Russian star Alexander Ovechkin scoring his country’s first goal after just 77 seconds of the match.
Alexander Tretiakov will be hoping to win gold for Russia in the men’s skeleton, as he leads the field heading into the final two runs of the competition. Tretiakov has an advantage of over half a second over Latvian Martins Dukurs while American decathlon convert John Daly sits a further second back.
Norway will be looking to win their eighth medal at the Laura Biathlon and Ski Complex as the women compete in the 4x5km cross country relay.
And Poland’s Kamil Stoch is the big favourite for the men’s large hill ski jumping final, having already claimed the normal hill title earlier in the week.
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