Crossing borders on road to Olympic gold

Crossing borders on road to Olympic gold

Savchenko and Massot finish in fourth place in the short program.

After their captivating showing she and Massot then had to sit and watch as first Duhamel and Radford, who produced the first ever pairs quad throw at an Olympics, then Sui and Han tried but failed to deny them their moment of glory.

The duo were competing in Thursday's free skate and were left just outside the medal places in fourth overnight before scoring 159.31 points to break the record and snatch the gold from China by 0.43 points.

Sven Kramer, bidding for his fifth Olympic title, will attempt to make it six speed skating golds out of six for the Netherlands in the men's 10,000m.The winds dropped markedly on Thursday, after skiing and biathlon were both postponed on Wednesday and organisers were forced to close off the Gangneung Olympic Park for safety reasons.Sixteen people were hurt at the Olympic Park precinct, which houses four ice sports venues, as tents, signs, fences and other equipment were damaged by the wind.

Silver went to Chinese world champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, who narrowly missed out with a total of 235.47, as Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford secured bronze for Canada.

She found Massot, originally from France, and they teamed to represent Germany.

Gold medalist Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway on the podium. — Reuters
Gold medalist Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway on the podium. — Reuters

"We did New Year's together", the Ukraine-born Savchenko said, "and we said, '2018 will be our year, ' and it is". "I got the gold medal in my head. We still have the free programme to come, '" he says.

The female ice skater had previously won two bronze medals with former partner Robin Szolkowy but can now call herself an Olympic champion.

"Yesterday was hard for me", Massot said of his short program mistake, "but Aliona was here for me, to tell me it's not finished: 'We still have a very good free program. She deserved this gold medal".

The silver came after Liu Jiayu snatched the silver medal of the women's snowboard halfpipe for China on Tuesday and became the first Chinese snowboard Olympic medalist.

"I was very nervous", Kim said, "but when I heard the crowd cheer all the hardships melted away". "We are happy we can do this for Germany, the country that took us in and supported us, this is the main thing". Kim said the he and Ryom had more work to do, and that they planned to improve their score step by step in coming competitions.

Still, their Olympics were made when they helped the USA win team bronze.