10 things you'd forgotten happened at Sochi 2014

10 things you'd forgotten happened at Sochi 2014

12 February 2015 / 17:24

First ever Olympic alpine skiing shared gold

Sochi 2014 threw up some incredibly tight finishes but no event was as close as the women’s downhill with Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze of Slovenia becoming the first ever pair of athletes to share a skiing gold medal.

No silver was awarded at Rosa Khutor and both skiers took to the top step of the podium together to collect their gold medals.

 

Olympic Torch travels to space

Over 14,000 bearers carried the Sochi 2014 Olympic torch on its 65,000km journey, from the world’s deepest lake all the way up to the International Space Station.

The torch, unlit, was then taken on a historic space walk before being returned to earth as part of its journey to the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games.

 

Team GB continue women’s skeleton dominance

Sochi 2014 saw the continued success of British female sliders as Lizzy Yarnold became the fourth Team GB skeleton athlete in succession to a Winter Olympic medal.

Yarnold followed Amy Williams (gold at Vancouver 2010), Shelley Rudman (silver at Turin 2006) and Alex Coomber (bronze at Salt Lake City 2002) in helping British women dominate the skeleton track since the sport’s reintroduction back into the Olympic Winter Games.

 

When everyone went curling crazy

From 5am alarms to make-shift games in the office, Britain goes curling crazy during the Winter Olympics.

 

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen: record breaker

Norway boasts some pretty handy winter athletes but perhaps none more so than biathlon legend Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.

Known as ‘The King of Biathlon’, Bjoerndalen has won a record 13 Winter Olympic medals, one more than fellow Norwegian and cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie. 

Bjoerndalen began his Olympic career at Lillehammer 1994 before winning his first medals four years later in Nagano. 16 years later he was still at it, finally clinching his 13th medal and eighth gold at Sochi 2014.

 

Norway’s trousers

The Norwegian curling team’s habit of sporting rather loud trousers has become something of a signature at the Olympics. It’s easy to see why they picked up some attention.

 

Sporting Winter Olympic debuts

Jenny Jones’ bronze medal on the first weekend of the Games not only made history as Team GB’s first on snow, but it also helped welcome in the latest wave of new and exciting events to the Winter Olympic Programme.

From ski and snowboard slopestyle to ski halfpipe and snowboard parallel slalom, Sochi 2014 got the pulses racing with the high-octane action.

 

Final stone curling drama

If there’s one thing all sports fans love, it’s drama - and lots of it. Curling provides this in abundance with many games going down to the wire.

On two occasions in two days in Sochi, David Murdoch’s knock-out matches versus Norway and Sweden went down to the final stone but the Team GB skip held his nerve to help clinch the silver medal while Eve Muirdoch delivered a hammer for bronze a day later for the women.

 

Lizzy’s Valentine’s Day to remember

Valentine’s Day can be an important date in the calendar for any couple but  the day has added significance for Lizzy Yarnold, who took Olympic skeleton gold on February 14th 2014.

Not that the champ was going to forget boyfriend James Roche, with Lizzy taking a card up onto the podium of her flower ceremony immediately after her gold medal winning run.

 

Johnny Quinn goes viral

Remember US bobsled athlete Johnny Quinn? He’s the one who found social media fame after posting a photo of his bathroom door after locking himself in…