Winter Olympics 2018: High Winds Cause Havoc & Dutch Skater Steals Olympic Record

The 2018 Winter Olympics is now underway entering its third day. Here at Champions Olympic Speakers, we have summarised some of the top stories giving an insight into what has happened at Pyeongchang so far.

Winter Olympics 2018

Women’s slopestyle final deemed ‘too dangerous’ with high winds causing havoc

The conditions for the women’s slopestyle Olympic final were extremely tough. The strong winds caused all participants to fall on at least one run. Luckily nobody was seriously injured.

Each athlete must complete a series of man-made jumps, rails and boxes with judges scoring the performance of each run.

Defending champion Jamie Anderson won the event taking the gold medal. However, other athletes were questioning the events fairness.

Bronze medallist Enni Rukajarvi said:

“It was pretty bad. I’m happy to land my run and get a good score but I’m most happy that no one got hurt bad.”

British snowboarder Aimee Fuller came 17th and suffered a heavy crash during her second run. She described the conditions as the “roughest” she had ever competed in comparing it to “riding into a wind tunnel”.

“I don’t think it was a true reflection of women’s slopestyle which is a shame for our sport.”

Fuller has another opportunity to bring a medal home for Great Britain when she competes in the women’s big air competition, this will take place on Monday 19th February.

Red Gerard wins United States’ first gold medal

“I cannot believe what has just happened – it is insane.”

This is what 17-year-old Red Gerard had to say after his victory in the men’s slopestyle winning the United States’ their first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Gerard scored 87.16 on his final run beating Canadian athlete Max Parrot (86.00) and Mark McMorris (85.20).

Red Gerard does the majority of his training in a homemade facility built by him and his brothers in their back garden in Colorado. Red is the first Winter Olympic champion to be born this millennium.

Until his final run, Mark McMorris looked to be the likely victor leading with his score of 85.20 from his second run however both Gerard and Parrot beat his score.

McMorris suffered a near-fatal crash less than 12 months prior to the games and was happy to be back on a snowboard and competing in the event.

“I need to pinch myself because now I feel so good and comfortable on my board, but eight months ago I probably didn’t think I was going to be able to snowboard at this level ever again.”

Chloe Kim is a heavy favourite to win gold in the ladies halfpipe.

Pressure is building on 17-year old American snowboarder Chloe Kim who is favourite to win gold in the ladies’ halfpipe, and she’s expected to be one of the next American Olympic stars.

Kim was more than capable to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics however, unfortunately, due to her age she was unable to do so.

She also participated in the 2015 Winter X Games winning a gold medal in the superpipe event beating Kelly Clark at just 14 years old, she was the youngest gold medallist until 2016 when the record was claimed by Kelly Sildaru in 2016.

In Pyeongchang, she scored 91.50 during the first of her two qualifying runs, nearly four points over her competitors.

Chloe tweeted shortly after this during the competition simply saying she could go for some ice cream!

Shortly after this tweet, she secured her second run, scoring 95.50 and easily qualifying for the final round.

Sven Kramer Breaks Olympic Record to Win Speed Skating Gold Medal

Sven Kramer

Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer set a new Olympic record securing a hat-trick of titles in the men’s 5,000m.

He looked relaxed during his heat, he moved ahead of the pace set by Canada’s Ted-Jan Bloemen with four laps to go.

He sustained his average to finish in six minutes and 9.76 seconds.

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