When we released our first medal standing on Monday, Germany was in 5th place for gold medals. Now, two days later, Germany has added on five more gold medals, in addition to two silvers and a bronze, pushing the country into first place for their gold medal count and fifth place overall.
It appears that Germany is once again staying strong in the Winter Olympics as they have usually done in the past. Below are the results of the 8 additional medals the German athletes have earned since out last update.
Gold Medal Winners
Germany has shown strength in the various Luge competitions during these games, and the Women’s Singles saw two German athletes taking home medals. Natalie Geisenberger went into these Olympic games wanting to improve on her bronze medal win from Vancouver in 2010, and after breaking a track record on her third run ended the day with Gold.
Geisenberger finished the four run competition with a time of 3 minutes 19.768 seconds… more than a second ahead of silver medalist and fellow German Tatjana Huefner. The United States took home the bronze medal with Erin Hamlin timing in at 3 minutes, 21.145 seconds.
Germany continued to dominate in the Luge events when Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt secured the gold medal in the Doubles event. This is the first time since the 1998 Winter Olympics that Germany won gold in all three major luge competitions; men’s singles, women’s singles, and doubles.
Wendl and Arlt clinched the top spot by beating reigning gold medalists Andres Linger and Wolfgang Linger by only .522 seconds. Latvia’s Andris Sics and Juris Sics won bronze in the event.
The Luge Team Relay made its debut at these Winter games, and with a team made up of four athletes that already took home gold medals in their individual events earlier this week, it should come to no surprise that Germany came away from this event with the Gold medal as well. With this win, Germany was able to take the gold medal in all four Luge events.
Felix Loch, Natalie Geisenberger, Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt demonstrated that while they have strength in their individual events in the Luge competition, they are just as powerful when working as a team. Russia walked away with the silver medal and the bronze went to the team from Latvia.
Going into this year’s games in Sochi, Germany’s Eric Frenzel should great potential in the Nordic Combined event after leading in previous competitions for the past two years. Despite being known as one of the most difficult events in the Winter Olympics, Frenzel breezed through the competition’s ski jumping and cross-country phases.
Frenzel completed the event with a total time of 23 minutes, 50.2 seconds, beating silver medalist Akito Watabe of Japan by 4.2 seconds. Magnus Krog of Norway took the bronze medal with a time of 23 minutes, 58.3 seconds.
Women’s Ski Jumping made its debut during this year’s Winter Olympics, and Germany’s Carina Vogt made history by winning the first gold medal in the event. Having never won a major Ski Jumping competition before this event, she amazed not only herself but those watching the historical event.
Vogt’s two jumps saw her reaching heights of 103 and 97.5 meters, for a combined score of 247.4 points. Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz scored 246.2 points for the silver medal, and Coline Mattel of France took the bronze with 245.2 points.
Silver Medal Winners
Germany’s Erik Lesser faced some tough competition during the Men’s 20km Individual Biathlon event as he went up against France’s Martin Fourcade who already took home a gold medal in a previous Biathlon event this week. Lesser was able to walk away with the silver medal however, beating Russia’s Evgeniy Garanichev who took the bronze medal.
Not only did Germany perform a gold medal clean sweep in all four Luge, but in the Women’s Singles Germany’s Tatjana Huefner also walked away with a second place victory. Huefner had won the gold medal during the 2010 games in Vancouver, but wasn’t able to take the top spot again this year with a time 1.139 seconds behind winner Natalie Geisenberger.
Bronze Medal Winners
Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy didn’t have their greatest moment on the ice during the Pairs Figure Skating event, after falling twice during their routine. Despite their errors, the duo was still able to walk away with the bronze medal. Russia took the two top spots with Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov winning gold and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov taking the silver medal.
Sources: Sochi 2014