Sotnikova snatches gold from defending champion Na

Russian teenager Adelina Sotnikova edged past defending champion Kim Yu Na to win the ladies’ figure skating title at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi Olympic Park.

The 17-year-old Sotnikova, starting the night in second place after Wednesday night’s short programme, scored 149.95 for a total of 224.59 which was enough to take gold.

Kim, bidding to become the first skater to retain her title since Katarina Witt in 1988, ended the night with a flawless display but dropped to second place with an overall score of 224.59.

Canada won a dramatic women’s ice hockey final against the United States, beating their bitter rivals 3-2 in overtime.

Goals from Meghan Duggan and Alex Carpenter put the USA in the driving seat, but Canada pulled one back through Brianne Jenner with just 3:26 remaining before Marie-Philip Poulin levelled 55 seconds from time.

That took the game into an extra period, and Poulin provided the winner after 8:10 minutes to secure their fourth successive Olympic title.

Canada’s women claimed their first Winter Olympic curling gold in 16 years as they beat defending champions Sweden 6-3 in the final.

In a tense contest, the Canadians avenged the final defeat suffered at the hands of the Swedes, on home ice in Vancouver, four years ago.

Norway claimed their first men’s Nordic combined large hill/4x5km team medal in 16 years with gold at the RusSki Gorki Centre.

Joergren Graabak held off Germany’s Fabian Riessle in a thrilling sprint for the line in the cross country to claim his second gold of Sochi 2014, and Norway’s 10th, with an individual time of 11.57 minutes.

Jean Frederic Chapuis added Winter Olympics gold to his world title in the men’s ski cross as France claimed a sensational clean sweep of the podium in Sochi.

American Maddie Bowman captured gold in the first ever Winter Olympics ski halfpipe event, putting down two fantastic runs in the final.

France’s Marie Martinod took silver after a top score of 85.40, while Japan’s Ayana Onozuka (83.20) earned bronze.


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