The country’s biathlon relay team has finished behind Norway and Austria to win a bronze in the men's 4x7.5 kilometer race.
The shooting of Anton Shipulin, who replaced Tcherezov on the track, was also faultless, but he lacked speed on the distance. Norway’s Tareji Boe was on top after the second stage, enjoying a 30 second lead over his Russian rival.
Maksim Tchoudov was then able to win back 10 second after the first shooting, but in the end he passed the baton to Vancouver gold medalist Evgeny Ustugov, being 22 seconds behind both Norway and Austria.
Legendary Ole Einar Bjorndalen represented Norway on the deciding stage, with Christoph Sumann being Austria’s man.
The fate of the race was decide on the final shooting range, where Bjorndalen gave his rivals no chance, bringing a well deserved win to Norway and putting hands on his 6th career Olympic gold.
Meanwhile, Ustugov’s misses let Sumann, who was behind at that point, catch up with him. And it was the Austrian biathlete, who crossed the finish line half a second ahead of his opponent, leaving Russia in third.
“I wasn’t losing to Bjorndalen in terms of speed on the track, Sumann was a little faster, because he had to catch up to us. But when it came to shooting, I honestly shuddered. My legs were shaking … This happens in biathlon. I had a chance to get ahead of Bjorndalen, but in this case he had to make a mistake, not me. And in the fight with Sumann… I almost got him, but I blundered a bit. I tripped and left everything to be decided on the finish line. And it appeared I’m a rather average finisher,” Evgeny Ustugov told Sportbox.ru after the race.
Russian snowboarder Ekaterina Ilyukhina became a silver medalist in the women’s parallel giant slalom at the Olympic Games in Vancouver, losing to Dutch Nicolienin Sauerbreij in the final.
Свою олимпийскую песню российские биатлонисты пели не без срывов. По-разному складывались гонки, но в итоге - два "золота", "серебро" и "бронза" - план на Олимпиаду выполнен.
Олимпийские чемпионки Ольга Медведцева, Светлана Слепцова, Анна Богалий-Титовец, Ольга Зайцева. Олимпийский чемпион Дмитрий Устюгов. Бронзовые призеры олимпиады Иван Черезов (Удмуртия, Ижевск), Антон Шипулин, Максим Чудов (Башкортостан).
Ilyukhina grabs snowboarding silver
Ilyukhina was 0,02 seconds ahead of her rival after the first attempt, but the more experienced rival managed to win back the advantage in the second try.
Also, Marion Kreiner of Austria was stronger than Germany’s Selina Joerg in the battle for bronze.