Today men’s snowboard cross competitions which were earlier delayed due to weather issues brought unexpected results. Russian Nikolay Olyunin won a silver Olympic medal. Finishing first in all the preliminary races (1/8, 1/4 and 1/2 final), the 22-year-old athlete lost in the finals to French snowboarder Pierre Vaultier. American Alex Deibold came third.
Slovenian skier Tina Maze has doubled her gold medal after coming first in the giant slalom. Her result for the two runs was 2 min. 36.87 sec. (1.17.88 + 1.18.99). Weather conditions provided the Slovene with a great advantage when she got the first spot, and she held on to her first. Earlier, Tina Maze became the champion of the 2014 Games in Sochi in the downhill. Austrian Anna Fenninger came second, with a result of 2 min. 36.94 sec. (1.18.73 + 1.18.21), and Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany won bronze with a result of 2 min. 37.14 sec. (1.1.24 + 1.17.90).
In the Iceberg Skating Palace, short track speed skaters competed for sets of medals in the 3000 m relay. South Korea won the Olympic Games women's short track 3,000m relay gold ahead of Canada and Italy. Preliminary races will be held in the women's 1000 m and the men's 500 m.
Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway won the first gold medal in the men's mass start at the Olympic Games in Sochi. He finished with a result of 49 min. 29.1 sec. French skier Martin Fourcade achieved exactly the same time, and the winner was determined by a photo finish. Ondrej Moravec of Czech Republic secured third place, finishing 13.8 seconds behind the leaders.
Tuesday evening at the Games in Sochi, the last two qualifying games to the quarterfinals of the men's ice hockey tournament were played. The Czech Republic showed stronger players in their 5-3 win over Slovakia.
World champion David Wise of the United States added Olympic gold to his trophy collection with victory in the men's ski halfpipe competition on Tuesday. Wise scored 92.00 points to head a podium made up entirely of world champions.
Canadian Mike Riddle (90.60), the man Wise deposed as world champion, took silver with the man he succeeded, Kevin Rolland (88.60) of France earning the bronze.
United States first team Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams led the two-woman bobsleigh at Sochi Olympics after the first day of competitions at Sanki sliding center.
The Meyers, who won bronze medal at the 2010 Games, performed two consistent runs to clock a combined time of 1min 54.89sec to finish 0.23sec ahead of the second-placed reigning Olympic champions Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse of Canada. In her first run the two-time world champion Meyers set the new track record with a time of 57.26sec.
The USA-2 team of pilot Jamie Greubel and brakewoman Aja Evans sit third with a time of 1min 55.45sec.
The medal winners will be decided after the third and fourth runs on Wednesday. The times of all four runs are added together to determine the winner.
Dutch speed skater Jorrit Bergsma took gold in the men's 10,000m on Tuesday to seal the Netherlands' fourth podium sweep at the Sochi Olympics.
Bergsma crossed the line in a new Olympic record time of 12min 44.45sec, ahead of Sven Kramer (12:49.02) and Bob de Jong (13:07.19).
Norway on Tuesday took gold and silver in the large hill nordic combined at the Games, dealing best with rainy conditions in the 10km ski phase.
Joergen Graabak took gold, finishing the ski phase in 23min 27.5sec with his compatriot Magnus Moan taking silver 0.6sec behind. Bronze went to Fabian Riessle of Germany.