Florence Bell bowed out of the giant slalom after failing to complete the course in extremely difficult conditions this morning.

An error on gate 12 put an end to the Irish skiier's hopes from a start bib of 75.

Tina Maze of Slovenia swept through the clouds to take Olympic gold.

Having carved out a half-second advantage in the first run she hung on for victory by 0.07 seconds from Austria's Anna Fenninger in a weather-hit second descent through the 54 gates.

Vancouver champion Viktoria Rebensburg climbed into the bronze medal position after a strong second run.

Maze earned her second gold medal of these Olympics after a dead heat with Swiss Dominique Gisin in the women's downhill.

Bell will compete in the slalom race on Friday.

Conor Lyne has overcome a shoulder injury and been cleared to take part in tomorrow's giant slalom event.

Lyne had to modify his training schedule significantly in the run up to the event but has been given approval to participate.

He said: "It has been my lifelong ambition to compete at the Olympics.  I wish to thank my family, Aidan Woods and my coach in Sochi, Alain Untegassmair, for helping me to realise my dream."

American David Wise was forced to downgrade his routine but still shone brightly in a Sochi snowstorm to become the first men's freestyle skiing halfpipe Olympic champion.

The skiers were unable to unleash the acrobatics they are capable of as the persistent snow made for atrocious conditions but Wise nailed his first run of the night to record a score of 92.00 that none of his rivals was able to overhaul.
"I'm still trying to believe this whole crazy thing," the 23-year-old told reporters. "I feel so proud to be part of this sport and to stand at the top of the podium is just amazing."
Canadian Mike Riddle rebounded from a ragged first run to take silver with the 90.60 he notched at the second attempt, while France's Kevin Rolland won bronze with a score of 88.60.
The snow may have been picturesque but it also slowed the pipe and prevented the skiers from getting the height they needed to go for their best tricks in what they like to call "the show".
There were plenty of falls but the best freeskiers in the world were not going to pass up a chance to show what they could do on their event's Olympic debut, even if they had to adapt their routines.

Jorrit Bergsma of Netherlands won the men's 10,000 metres speed skating title in an Olympic record time at the Adler Arena.

Bergsma clocked 12 minutes, 44.45 seconds for his 25 laps, smashing the previous mark by 14 seconds.
Pre-race favourite Sven Kramer, also of Netherlands, claimed silver, 4.57 seconds back, and compatriot Bob de Jong took bronze.
It was a fourth clean sweep of the speed skating medals for the Dutch at the Sochi Games.
Kramer, skating in the final heat, was under world record pace before tiring with three laps to go, allowing Bergsma to start his victory celebrations early.

Meanwhile, France's Pierre Vaultier won a thrilling final duel with Russian Nikolay Olyunin to claim the men's snowboard cross gold medal.

Racing through heavy rain as well, as fog that had caused the postponement of the event on Monday, the 26-year-old Frenchman edged his Russian rival over the last two jumps to take the title.

Olyunin won silver for the host nation, while Alex Deibold finished a comfortable third to take the bronze for the United States.

Australia's world champion Alex "Chumpy" Pullin raced out to a quick lead to win the first heat but crashed out in the quarter-finals when he misjudged a corner.

Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway won the men's biathlon 15km mass start gold medal.

Martin Fourcade of France took silver and Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic claimed the bronze.

And there was more joy for the Scandinavian nation as Joergen Graabak won the Olympic men's Nordic Combined individual large hill event, sprinting away from the rain-soaked pack 100 metres from the finish line to take gold.

Graaback, who started the 10km cross-country course 42 seconds behind after coming sixth in the ski jump, won the event in a time of 23 minutes 27.5 seconds, pipping countryman Magnus Moan by 0.6 seconds.

Germany's Fabien Riessle took the bronze, crossing the line 1.6 seconds behind Graabak.

Eric Frenzel, who won the normal hill event, started first in the cross-country section after landing the biggest jump but could not shake off the after-effects of a virus and ended in 10th place.