By Nick Butler

Skiers pose following today's super combined competition ©Ugra 2015Tereza Kmochova sealed a hat-trick of Alpine skiing gold medals today at the Winter Deaflympics in Magnitogorsk, adding super combined and super giant honours to the downhill title she secured yesterday.

The imperious Czech set a combined time of 1min 24.35sec after her two runs to put her over two seconds clear of Austrian minor medallists Melissa Kock and Beatrice Brunnbauer, who finished second and third respectively.

But there was a different winner from yesterday in the men's event, as Italy's Giacomo Pierbon got the better of downhill champion Philipp Steiner from Switzerland.

Thomas Luzcey of France finished three seconds behind the leading pair in third.

"The race was very difficult and I am happy I was able to compete cold-hearted," said Pierbon afterwards.

"Calmness helped me to ski well."

There was some unsurprising success for the host nation in the day's only cross country race, as Sergey Ermilov and Vladimir Masyorov secured Russian team sprint victory.

Russia's pair celebrate home gold in the cross country team sprint ©Ugra 2015Russia's pair celebrate home gold in the cross country team sprint
©Ugra 2015

Ukrainian rivals Volodymyr Pyshniak and Andriy Andryishyn finished second, while the final place on the podium was taken by Zhang Xiaokun and Ren Jianchou of China.

With no action taking place today in snowboarding, focus elsewhere was on curling, as China continued their superb record in the men's competition with a narrow win over South Korea.

They remain the only unbeaten team, with Japan, Switzerland and Canada the closest challengers.

It was a day of shocks in the women's competition, meanwhile, as Russia slipped to a 7-6 loss to Croatia, while Canada were also humbled, 14-8 by the impressive Hungarians.

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