The holders of seven sets of medals will be determined on Monday at the Olympic Games in Sochi with competitions taking place in biathlon, bobsleigh, freestyle, snowboard, ski jumping Nordic combined and figure skating. The finalists in the women’s hockey will also be determined.
During the day at Laura, the men's biathlon mass start will take place following a delay from yesterday due to the weather conditions, and at seven o'clock this evening, women will go out on the track. The favorite amongst the 30 athletes is the Belorussian Darya Domracheva, who has won two golds in Sochi already in the pursuit and the individual race. Domrachava could be hindered from picking up a hat-trick by Norway's Tora Berger, the Czech Republic's Gabriela Soukalová, and Ukraine's Valya and Vita Semerenko, as well as Kaisa Mäkäräinen.
Yesterday the Russian two-man bobsleigh team of Alexander Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda made a good run for the medals. Currently in first place, the pair set a course record of 56.25 seconds at the sliding center. The second-place Swiss team clocked in at +0.32 seconds and the third-place American team achieved +0.36 seconds.
In the freestyle aerials skiing competition, Guanpu Qi and Liu Zhongqing of China compete against Vancouver champion Alexey Grishin and 2010 World Cup winner Anton Kushnir of Belarus.
In the snowboard cross, the start favorites are Australian world champion Alex Pullin, Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer and 35-year-old American Nate Holland. However, any result is possible in this discipline.
The Olympic ski jumping tournament reaches its conclusion today. In the men's team competition, the Austrians could bring the third consecutive Olympic gold medal home to their country. Germany and Finland may also become Olympic champions in the team event.
By the end of the day, the winners of the ice dance free dance competitions of the Games will be announced. After the short dance, Meryl Davis and Charlie White (78.89 points) and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who are 2.56 points behind the Americans, are expected to occupy the first two positions. With 73.04 points, Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov have taken the lead in the fight for the bronze, and another couple from Russia, Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev - are currently in fifth.