Russia’s Victor An is a double gold medallist!
A dreadful start left him trailing at the back of the field but as he moved through the gears, helped by a fall from China’s Wenhao, he zipped past Dajing Wu to take the line first and send the Iceberg Skating Palace into raptures. Wu took silver, Canada's Charle Cournoyer the bronze.
He adds the 500m crown to his 1000m title, and right now is probably rivalling Adelina Sotnikova for popularity!
Stunning skiing from Mikaela Shiffrin! The American becomes the youngest ever women's slalom gold medallist! The 18-year-old shows incredible powers of recovery to survive a scare and post a combined time of one minute and 44.54 seconds. It's enough to push Marlies Schild into the silver medal position, with her fellow Austrian Kathrin Zettel taking the bronze.
We're seconds away from Canada and Team USA renewing rivalries on the hockey rink.
Excitement is building at CNN HQ, here's our queen of all things ice hockey Ivana Kottasova:
"Could this be the revenge the Americans have dreamed of for four years?
Now we have the rematch,” The USA coach Dan Bylsma ahead of this long-awaited clash.
The big final in Vancouver four years ago ended in over-time heartbreak for the Americans. The scorer of Canada's winning goal that night, Sidney Crosby, is now team captain and he is looking to repeat the success.
The U.S. have played consistently great hockey throughout the tournament, scoring on average five goals a game. Canada, on the other hand, scored only 13 goals en-route to this semifinal.
Watch for any face-offs between Ryan Callahan of the U.S. and Canada’s Crosby. They are both extremely strong players and play physically – which tends to lead to some attractive play!
This is the 18th time the teams meet at the Olympics – seven times in the finals. Canada have won 11 of those meetings and three have been drawn, while the U.S. only won on three occasions.
And both teams will no doubt think about their female counterparts, who took on each other in the women’s final yesterday – Canada overturned a late two-goal deficit and – once again -- defeated the U.S. in overtime.
It’s hard to predict the winner. What I know for sure is that we are in for some amazing hockey."
Earlier today we brought you news that an unnamed German athlete had tested positive for a banned substance.
The German Olympic Committee has now released the identity of the athlete. Here is its statement:
Biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle was tested positive for the stimulant Methylhexaneamine in both the A and the B sample in a doping control on Monday 17 February 2014 after the mass start race. This is a substance which is banned from using in competitions. The IOC Disciplinary Commission has consulted the athlete on Friday afternoon.
Following the meeting the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) has excluded Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle from the German delegation and arranged her immediate return journey. Further consequences will be decided in the context of the investigation which will be opened by the IBU World Biathlon Association.
German Chef de Mission Michael Vesper said: "The DOSB represents a doping-free sport and a zero tolerance policy. We strive to only cleanly achieved performances. Every doping case is first of all a big disappointment. But it is also a proof that the control system functions. As described in our anti-doping management we acted immediately and consistently. In the run-up to and during the games we did everything in our power to provide a clean sport."
A statement on the Italian Olympic Committee website has confirmed that bobsleigh athlete William Frullani “has tested positive tested positive for dymetylpentylamine in a test carried out at the Olympic Village on February 18.”
It statement read: “The athlete asked for a second test to be carried out, which was done this afternoon and was confirmed positive, and this has determined his exclusion from the Italian delegation. The athlete was immediately dropped from the team and left the Olympic Village.
“CONI now needs to sort out the composition of the bobsleigh team which Frullani was part of, to make it back up to 4. They have requested that the athlete be replaced with the reserve Samuele Romanini and clearance for this has been received from the IOC.”
We'll have more on this when we get it.