25 Feb 2014
SOURCE: AOC, sochi2014.olympics.com.au
With 16 days of sport and 60 awesome Australian athletes in action, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games have been action-packed. Read back on how the Aussies fared and who won the medals in every event on the program.
ALPINE: Five Aussies competed in Alpine Skiing with good performances all round and the top result going to teenager Greta Small who pulled off 15th in the Super Combined.
BIATHLON: Two-time Olympian Alex Almoukov recorded Australia’s best Olympic result in men’s biathlon when he finished 45th in the 10km Pursuit.
BOBSLEIGH: The Aussie women equalled their best performance at a Games, finishing 14th in a field of 19 sleds. Canada, piloted by Kaillie Humphries, won the gold. Russia dominated the men's Bobsleigh competition, taking out the 2-Man and 4-Man events. The Aussies finished 26th and 22nd respectively.
CROSS COUNTRY: Australia's largest ever Olympic Cross Country Team took to the slopes of Sochi where they competed against the strong European nations on one of the world's toughest courses.
CURLING: Canada created history in Sochi when it became the first nation to win both men’s and women’s Curling events in the same Olympics.
FIGURE SKATING: Australia achieved strong results in the Figure Skating with both Brooklee Han in the ladies’ individual and Danielle O’Brien and Greg Merriman in the ice dancing progressing to the free program. Russia ran away with the gold in both the team event and the ladies individual; USA took out the ice dancing, Japan the men’s individual and Russia the pairs.
FREESTYLE SKIING: Aerials gave Australia its share of precious metal, with Lydia Lassila winning bronze and David Morris winning silver. There were also a host of top-10 performances across Aerials, Moguls, Slopestyle and Ski Cross.
ICE HOCKEY: Canada pulled off a clean sweep of the gold medals in the Olympic hockey competition. The women came from behind to score two last-minute goals to equalise with the USA and then score the golden goal in over-time. The men faced off with Sweden and took them down 3-0 to defend their Olympic gold from Vancouver.
LUGE: The Townsville teenager, Alex Ferlazzo, competed in the Luge in Sochi, two years after he was a member of the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Team in Innsbruck. Ferlazzo performed well at his first Games but it was the Germans who totally dominated the Luge competition.
NORDIC COMBINED: Germany's Eric Frenzel won the Olympic gold medal that everyone had predicted but Norway claimed Nordic Combined honours at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games by winning two of the three gold medals.
SHORT TRACK: Deanna Lockett grabbed the best Aussie Short Track result of the Games when she finished ninth in the women's 1000m. Lockett and her teammate Pierre Boda had a great first Games experience and are primed for even greater success in 2018.
SKELETON: Australia’s Skeleton team showed they can match it with the world’s best sliders, with consistent top 20 finishes. Making a remarkable comeback from serious injury to make his Olympic debut, John Farrow finished 17th and his teammates Michelle Steele and Lucy Chaffer finished 12th and 17th respectively. Elizabeth Yarnold of Great Britain took out the women's event whilst Alexander Tretiakov of Russia took out the men's event.
SKI JUMPING: Germany's Carina Vogt wrote herself into the history books by winning the sport's first women's Olympic gold medal, but Ski Jumping at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games belonged to Kamil Stoch of Poland. Stoch became the third ski jumper to win both men's individual events by triumphing on the K-95 normal hill and K-125 large hill at RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre.
SNOWBOARD: Torah Bright shone in the Snowboard competition, making history by competing in three events. She came oh so close to defending her Olympic title in the Halfpipe but was thrilled to take home silver. There was exciting action in the Slopestyle and Snowboard Cross events.
SPEED SKATING: The future of Speed Skating in Australia looks good with 22-year-old Daniel Greig getting stronger and faster by the day. Greig bounced back from a disappointing 500m to produce a great 1000m in a competition that was totally dominated by the Dutch winning 23 medals.