The 2018 Winter Olympics are well underway entering the seventh day. British athlete Dom Parsons gained Britain’s first medal achieving bronze in the men’s skeleton event. Germany are currently at the top of the table, with nine gold medals and a total of fifteen. Check out all the latest goings on from Pyeongchang, below.
Swiss Athletes Struck By Norovirus Outbreak
An outbreak of the norovirus has struck the Winter Olympics, with two Swiss athletes are the first competitors to contract the virus. The freestyle skiers were named as Fabian Boesch and Elias Ambuehi. They were isolated from the rest of the team after diagnosis.
An excess of 200 people has been affected by the outbreak, the virus is extremely contagious causing vomiting, diarrhoea with some people having fevers, headaches and aching limbs. A spokesman for the Swiss Olympic team said: “Everyone else is safe.” The pair were taken away from the rest of the team and are trying to recover. Most of their symptoms have improved meaning they still have the potential to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympic games.
An incredible 1,200 security guards have been withdrawn from the Olympic sites because of the outbreak and they will be replaced with 900 soldiers. Measures have been put in place to prevent further infection.
Austria’s Matthias Mayer Wins The Men’s Super G Achieving Second Gold
The Austrian produced an incredible run winning the men’s super G, claiming his second Winter Olympics alpine skiing gold medal.
He completed the course in a staggering 24.44 seconds putting Beat Feuz of Switzerland in second place and the defending champion Kjetil Jansrud in third. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway placed fifth which means he missed the opportunity to achieve a historic ‘speed double’ after winning the downhill. Mayer’s victory breaks Norway’s dominance in the men’s Olympic super G which stretches back to 2002.
Mayer’s father was a former alpine ski racer, Helmut Mayer gained a silver medal in the event in Caglary 1988. Britain’s Andrew Musgrave finishes 28th as Dario Cologna takes gold
Switzerland’s Dario Clonga Made Winter Olympic History Winning The Men’s 15km Cross Country Skiing Event
At 31 years old, he became the first cross-country skier to win the same individual even three times in a row. Simen Hegstad Krueger of Norway placed second winning silver and Denis Spitsov won bronze. Andrew Musgrave finished 35:31, 2:07 behind Cologna. Other Britons Andrew Young and Callum Smith finished 57th and 75th.
Musgrave and Young are expected to compete in the team sprint on the 21st February. Musgrave won his maiden World Cup medal, a bronze back in December, he finished seventh in the skiathlon on Sunday, the best performance by a British cross-country skier.
He expected a confidence boost from the skiathlon would assist him in his preferred 15km event, and predicted he would be in ‘the fight for victory’. A steady start to the race meant he was 45th out of the 119 competitors at the 1.5km checkpoint. He rose to the top 20 around the halfway point but slipped back later in the race. Musgrave said:
“I went out at an even pace, but it was shocking and I felt a bit heavy all the way round.” Some days you don’t go that fast, I just didn’t have a good day.”
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