Recent Performance Sports News
Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia defended her gold medal from the 2010 Vancouver Games in the Women’s 7.5km Sprint Biathlon. Her finishing time of 21 minutes, 6.8 seconds was enough to secure her third career Olympic medal. Her winning time was 19.9 seconds faster than Russia’s Olga Vilukhina and 21.7 seconds quicker than bronze medalist Vita Semerenko of Ukraine.
The Netherland’s Ireen Wust has made a habit of performing on the world’s biggest stage. The 27-year-old secured her third Olympic gold medal this week, winning the women’s Long Track 3000m race in a time of 4 minutes 0.34 seconds. Wust was triumphant in this very event at the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy along with another gold in the 1500m from the Vancouver Games.
Keep your eyes on Canadian Charles Hamelin over the next few weeks, racing around the speed skating track inside the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi. The Quebec native kicked off his campaign in Russia this week by winning gold in the 1500m race. This is significant because out of his four events this winter in Sochi, the fourteen lap, 1500m race is not considered his strongest event. Already with one top podium spot, Hamelin could potentially be bringing a lot of hardware home to his native country.