Racing for the Finish Line Whatever the Cost

From left, French teammates Jean-Frédéric Chapuis, Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol finished in that order in the men's ski cross final, while Brady Leman of Canada was fourth.   Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/European Pressphoto Agency

From left, French teammates Jean-Frédéric Chapuis, Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol finished in that order in the men’s ski cross final, while Brady Leman of Canada was fourth.
Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/European Pressphoto Agency

“Hot. Cool. Yours.”

The slogan of the Winter Games “Hot. Cool. Yours” can be found anywhere and everywhere in Sochi, and in that order, that’s the name of the jumps in the Ski Cross. This event is described as “a mad dash over clifflike jumps, around hairpin turns, through gullies and down steep slopes.”

Four athletes compete together flying down the cliffs and fearlessly reaching highway speeds. The biggest jump was saved for last — Yours, and it comes right after Hot and Cool. Yours is right in front of the stands,  and the eager crowd, watches as many finish full face down of the snow. YOURS, yes your front row ticket to the best wipeout of the Olympics! 

And the Olympic Ski Cross had one of the most Photogenic Wipeout finishes of the Sochi Olympics

In a quarterfinal race  yesterday, three out of the four racers fell and slid together past the finish line:

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It was easy to see the first one that crossed the line, Armin Niederer of Switzerland, who wasn’t leading the race, but finished upright. Who made it in second?  Do arms count or are we looking for skis?

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Victor Oehling Norberg of Sweden,  Jouni Pellinen of Finland and Egor Korotkov of Russia were in the famous crash in the quarterfinals of the ski cross. “The Russian was the only guy who knew we would be sliding into the finish line,” Pellinen said, who’s the one in black and finished 4th in this hit. Korotkov slid in second, stretching out his hand, so hands do count in a photo finish, and Norberg third. Watch more images and videos in a 3 way photo finish.

Mashable called this:

the funniest photo finish of all time

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Sochi Olympics drawing to a close tomorrow

When we wake up tomorrow, the Olympics will have finished and the long hours of four years of training and preparing for all Olympic athletes will have drawn to a close. All 98 events will have their medalist and we’ll know which countries took the most gold home! The Winter Games have been great to follow. Full of excitement and amazing athletes giving their all to reach that finish line. Tomorrow we’ll see if the USA was able to bring home the most medals.

 

Medals as of Friday night:

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