The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, have now concluded, and despite starting off strong with dominating performances in every luge event, Germany failed to keep the momentum going for the rest of the games. There were some impressive wins for Germany, but the country has typically ended the games at the top of the medal counts. Team Germany finished in sixth place overall, and in the last few days lost the lead in gold medals. According to USA Today, this was “the worst performance for any post-Berlin Wall German team and the worst for a main German Olympic squad in 46 years.”
There was also the news of German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle being thrown out of the games late last week after testing positive for banned substances. Sachenbacher-Stehle has denied knowingly taking any banned substances and is blaming the positive results on something she may have eaten or had to drink. Before being removed from the games, Sachenbacher-Stehle had not won any medals.
Despite the lackluster medal count, Germany did gain an additional four medals since our last update. Keep reading to find out the results…
Germany had a strong performance for most of the men’s 4×7.5km relay, and towards the end it looked as if Daniel Boehm, Erik Lesser, Arnd Peiffer and Simon Schempp would take gold. Russia’s Anton Shipulin faced off against Schempp at the end though and during the final kilometer pushed himself into the lead to bring Russia from third place to the gold medal win. Austria finished the event in third place, pushing defending champion Norway into fourth.
Team Gundersen LH / 4×5 km
After securing the gold medal in the individual normal hill/10km Nordic Combined event, Germany’s Eric Frenzel looked to bring some of his winning luck to the team relay event when he joined up with fellow teammates Bjoern Kircheisen, Fabian Riessle and Johannes Rydzek. For a while Frenzel appeared to be leading his team to victory when he started the cross-country skiing stage with a lead of seven seconds. Austria and Norway quickly closed the gap, and it wasn’t until the last straight that the three countries made a last-minute push to try to take gold.
Norway narrowly took the first place finish with Germany taking the silver medal and Austria finishing with bronze.
In the Ladies’ Parallel Slalom Snowboard event, Austria’s Julia Dujmovits faced off against Germany’s Anke Karstens in the Big Final. The face off was a close one, but Austria was able to take the lead by .72 seconds, leaving Karstens to finish with the silver medal.
Germany didn’t end the event with only a silver medal though. Amelie Kober went up against Italy’s Corinna Boccacini in the Small Final and took a .44 second lead to win the bronze medal.