Competitions will take place today in Sochi for five sets of medals: in alpine skiing (the women’s super combined), in short track (the men’s 1500-meter race), speed skating (men’s 500-meter), biathlon (men’s pursuit race) and in freestyle (men’s moguls).
The first medal competitions of the day will be hosted at the Rosa Khutor ski center, where the women’s super combined will take place. The downhill race is set to start at 11:00 am, and the slalom at 3:00 pm. Maria Hoefl-Riesche from Germany will be hoping to become the second woman athlete in history to win the Olympic super combined twice in a row.
Men’s 1500 meter short track racing begins at the Coastal Cluster. In the absence of Vancouver champion Lee Jung-Su and silver medalist American Apolo Anton Ohno, Russian fans lay their best hope for a medal on Viktor Ahn, three-time Olympic champion and former citizen of South Korea, who became a Russian citizen in 2011.
The strongest speed skaters in the 500 meter race include competition favorites - the Dutch - will do everything possible to add to their medal tally. 2013 world champion Mo Tae-Bum of South Korea will be amongst the contenders for Olympic gold.
In the evening, the men’s pursuit race will be held in the "Laura" complex. The top 60 athletes in sprint racing will get the chance to participate. The biathletes start in the same order as the one they came to the finish. Winner of 12 Olympic medals Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway, Austrian Dominik Landertinger and Czech Jaroslav Soukup were all in the top three in the biathlon. Russian Anton Shipulin ended up a step just away from the podium.
The men’s freestyle skiers will be competing in the moguls until late in the evening. Viewers will enjoy an exciting duel between two Canadians – the Olympic champion from Vancouver Alexander Bilodeau and world champion Michael Kingsbury.
Women lugers will take to the track today and the group curling competitions also get underway.