Westminster dog show begins, flooding in the UK, more scenes from Sochi and more in today’s daily brief.
Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch defended her Olympic gold in the women’s super-combined event, edging out American skier Julia Mancuso in the slalom portion of the competition.
On the ice, Canadian speedskater Charles Hamelin took gold in the short-track 1,500 meters race.
Jamie Anderson completed a gold-medal sweep for American snowboarders in the slopestyle competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Anderson had been one of the event’s favorites heading into Sunday’s event, and she sealed the deal with a 95.25 score.
Meanwhile, at the rink, Russia won the gold medal in the team figure skating event, with the U.S. finishing in third. Also, Ireen Wust of the Netherlands won the gold in the 3,000-meter speedskating event. U.S. speedskater Jilleanne Rookard finished 10th.
Sochi Olympics Day 3: Sage Kotsenburg of USA takes 1st gold for slopestyle, Hannah Kearney takes bronze in moguls
Twenty-year-old Sage Kotsenburg of Park City, Utah, marched off with the first gold medal of the 2014 Sochi Olympics in men’s slopestyle on Saturday at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Hannah Kearney took bronze in moguls, a cat tried to sneak his way onto the luge track and Under Armour outfitted speedskaters take the ice in Sochi.
The 2014 Winter Games got off to a shaky start on Friday when one of the five Olympic rings failed to open at the start of the opening ceremony, meaning the symbol could not be illuminated with fireworks as planned.
One day before the first events of the Sochi Winter Olympics begin, LGBT rights activists and allies worldwide have been staging demonstrations against the Russian government’s controversial “gay propaganda” law. The protests focused on showing solidarity with Russia’s LGBT community, calling for Olympic sponsors to speak out against Russia’s laws and calling for the International Olympic Committee to better uphold its nondiscrimination principle.
Preliminary events in figure skating, snowboarding and skiing will be held Thursday, with the 2014 Olympics’ opening ceremonies on Friday.
Feb. 5 Daily Brief: Sapporo Snow Festival, high seas in Europe, olympians gear up for Sochi, Kiev protests continue
Sapporo Snow Festival, high seas in Europe, olympians gear up for Sochi, Kiev protests continue and more in today’s daily brief.
Russian torchbearers started in October the history’s longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi. The relay took the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia’s Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia’s European exclave Kaliningrad.
A local pest control company has been ordered to exterminate thousands of stray dogs ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control firm Basya Services told USA Today thousands of stray dogs are roaming the streets of Sochi, some of them “biting children” and causing interruptions.