Sochi Winter Olympics: day two guide

Women's snowboard slopestyle final – 8.15pm

Australia's Torah Bright is gunning for the first leg of what would be a stunning three-peat in Sochi. The women's halfpipe gold medallist from Vancouver has also entered the snowboard cross and slopestyle events. Bright was silky smooth in qualifying second from her heat and will be in firm medal contention.

Men's Luge – Monday, 1.30am

That old winter favourite – luge competition – gets underway early in the Sochi program. While the Olympic debut of a team relay event is bound to be spectacular, settle in for the men's individual competition. Teenager Alex Ferlazzo will be the first Australian male to compete since 1994.

Men's ski jumping (normal hill individual) final – Monday, 5.45am

We love that officials for this sport differentiate between “normal hill” and “large hill” competitions. There's nothing commonplace about hurtling down a steep ski ramp, sailing through the air and trying to land safely in a target zone. Get up early tomorrow morning as the men's “normal hill” competition is concluded. The top 10 ski jumpers from the World Cup season qualify for the finals.


“The grim and the gorgeous coexist side by side at the Sochi Olympics. Anyone who thinks that what's happening here is comparable to the excesses of other sports events in other places simply hasn't seen or felt these Winter Games firsthand. The $51 billion colossus is an act of destructive grandiosity that threatens to make us all queasily complicit in crime yet simultaneously awed and intimidated.”
- Sally Jenkins, Washington Post


Splat: This unidentified Austrian may well decide that winter sport and smartphones don't mix:

A member of Austria's delegation falls on the ground during the ceremony. Picture: AFP


@SochiProblems Here's to a happy and safe Hunger Games ... Olympics, sorry my bad. #SochiProblems #Sochi2014

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