Winter Olympics Cold Snaps: Heeere's Johnny!

 

Trapped in a bathroom without any alternative, US bobsledder Johnny Quinn was forced to rely on his months of training in a different way. The 30-year-old was taking a shower in his hotel room when the door became jammed because of a faulty lock and, with no phone to call for help, his only escape was to smash through the door using his "bobsled push training" – and then post a picture of it on his Twitter account for the world to see, using the hashtag #SochiJailBreak. The result leaves an iconic image from the Games, reminiscent of his namesake Jack Nicholson's famous scene in The Shining where he breaks through a hotel-room door with the memorable cry of "Here's Johnny!"

Noisy village riles Kramer

Like Johnny's door-smashing break-out, problems with the living conditions in the Olympic Village have been well documented. The latest in a long line of irked athletes is Sven Kramer, who, despite becoming only the second man in history to win back-to-back 5,000m speed skating Olympic titles yesterday, complained that his preparations had been hampered because of the thin-walled accommodation. "The village is a noisy place and there was a lot of noise last night," the 27-year-old Dutchman said. "When you have so much pressure and you hear sound around, then your brain stops you from going to sleep."

The Cannibal feasts on gold

Sixteen years after winning his first Winter Olympic medal in Nagano, Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen defied those who believed his best days were well behind him by claiming a record-equalling 12th gong with gold in the men's biathlon 10km sprint in the mountains above Rosa Khutor. The 40-year-old, nicknamed "The Cannibal" because of his unstoppable hunger for titles, now has the same number of Winter Olympic medals as his fellow countryman, the cross-country skier Bjorn Daehli, who competed between 1992 and 1998.

Twitter treats

Come on Billy Morgan!!! makes it look so easy #goforgold

Andy Murray

My teammate got stuck in the bathroom. Barefoot, naked and alone he called his inner strength. @JohnnyQuinnUSA

Dallas Robinson (UW bobsleigh team-mate of Johnny Quinn)

WOW!! I just won the Olympics!! Bringing back the first Gold here to the USA! Love seeing all the support from everyone YOU RULE!!

Sage Kotsenburg, winner of the men's slopestyle

Well done Lee Jackson in the 10km sprint

Amy Williams MBE, skeleton winner in 2010

What's on today

What to watch?

It's an early start for the blue ribband event of the Games, the alpine skiing men's downhill. A fast, icy course has been prepared at Rosa Khutor and it may well prove to suit Bode Miller in his pursuit of a sixth medal. It starts at 7am (UK time).

Best of the rest

Medals are on offer in biathlon and cross country skiing as well as in the luge. The ski jumping starts with the men's normal hill held under floodlights with the final beginning at 10.30pm local time (6.30pm UK).

Stars of the day

It took Britain two days to win their first medal in London. Day two here marks the best chance of Russia claiming not just a first medal but a gold in the finale of the team figure skating, led by the flamboyant Evgeni Plushenko.

Brit watch

Amanda Lightfoot, a soldier from South Shields, competes in the women's 7.5km biathlon sprint, while Jenny Jones and Aimee Fuller go in the semi-finals of the women's snowboard slopestyle (6.30pm UK time, final at 9.15pm).

Arts and Entertainment
Gregg Wallace in Summer's Supermarket Secrets
tv All of this year's 15 contestants have now been named
Sport
The giant banner displayed by Legia Warsaw supporters last night
football Polish side was ejected from Champions League
Arts and Entertainment
Could we see Iain back in the Bake Off tent next week?
tv Contestant teased Newsnight viewers on potential reappearance
News
i100(and it's got nothing to do with the Great British Bake Off)
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Voices
The Ukip leader has consistently refused to be drawn on where he would mount an attempt to secure a parliamentary seat
voicesNigel Farage: Those who predicted we would lose momentum heading into the 2015 election are going to have to think again
Arts and Entertainment
Cara Delevingne made her acting debut in Anna Karenina in 2012
film Cara Delevingne 'in talks' to star in Zoolander sequel
News
i100
Sport
Mario Balotelli pictured in his Liverpool shirt for the first time
football
Life and Style
tech
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
11 best face powders

11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone