Here’s How Much Winter Olympic Athletes Get From Their Country For Taking Home the Gold
The IOC has already confirmed that there will be no medal presentation ceremony if the 15-year-old holds onto top spot following Thursday’s free skate.
The teenager tested positive for the heart medication trimetazidine, which is banned under global antidoping laws, when she was tested back in December.
But on Monday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport decided that as she is a “protected person” because she is a minor, she could continue to compete.
Meanwhile, the British men’s curling team will face Canada in their final round-robin match, before competing in a semi-final later in the day, where they could play Canada again.
The Team GB’s women will have to beat Russia and hope that other results go their way to reach a semi-final of their own.
Elsewhere, the US and Canada meet in the Olympic final for the sixth time in seven tournaments, and US skier Mikaela Shiffrin has her best and final chance for an individual medal in the women’s combined event.
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US and Canada meet once again in Olympic gold medal final
The face-off between the biggest rivals in international women’s ice hockey is underway as Team USA and Canada once again meet each other in the women’s Olympic gold medal final.
The two have competed against each other in six of seven Olympic finals since the women’s tournament made its debut in 1998. For Canada, securing a win would be sweet revenge for the loss they suffered in the 2018 PyeongChang Games.
The US will be aiming to improve their stats against their North American neighbour, having lost three of their five Olympic gold medal matches.
Namita Singh17 February 2022 04:36
Valieva to take to Olympic ice once more amid doping scandal
Kamila Valieva aims for the top step of a podium she may never see when the Russian figure skating star, now at the center of the latest Olympic doping scandal, concludes her competition Thursday night with the women’s free skate at the Beijing Games.
The International Olympic Committee already has said there will be no flower ceremony if Valieva places among the top three finishers, creating an awkward feeling of open-endedness when the event wraps up. There also will be no medal ceremony for the figure skaters because the IOC fears that Valieva someday could be stripped of hers.
“There will be an asterisk against the results, because they will be preliminary obviously pending the investigation,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. “Would we prefer not to have all this going on? Absolutely.”
Namita Singh17 February 2022 04:04
Defending champions USA into curling semis
John Shuster and his Team USA curlers have just beaten Denmark 7-5 in a closely fought game, landing themselves a spot in the semi-finals as the fourth seed. They will regroup later in the day to face Team GB, as they chase a spot on the podium.
Meanwhile, the British curlers are leading the round robin and beat Canada 5-2 in the final session today, while Switzerland won against Sweden 10-8.
Despite these defeats, both Sweden and Canada qualified for the semi-finals.
Namita Singh17 February 2022 04:00
Gu roars through halfpipe qualifiers towards three-medal goal
China’s home favourite Eileen Gu blazed through women’s freeski halfpipe qualifiers, moving a step closer to her goal of winning three medals at her maiden Olympic Games.
Gu made two confident runs, earning a top score of 95.50 after landing back-to-back 900s with mid-air grabs in her second try. With her spot in the final virtually assured, Gu waved her ski poles and smiled widely at the camera after her run.
“I actually didn’t have a lot of time for training but I’m satisfied today,” Gu told reporters, adding later that she hadn’t had a day of rest since the opening ceremony of the Beijing Games.
Despite that, Gu was in good spirits.
“I feel really good,” she said.
Namita Singh17 February 2022 03:45
Shiffrin completes first leg of Alpine combines
Two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin made it through the downhill leg of the Alpine combined and will get a chance to go for a medal in the slalom run.
Shiffrin went ninth out of 26 skiers on the downhill portion of the two-run event Thursday.
The American’s time of 1 minute, 32.98 seconds has her in fifth place of 12 skiers.
Shiffrin is 0.56 seconds behind current leader Christine Scheyer of Austria.
Namita Singh17 February 2022 03:40
Gu leads halfpipe qualification run
Eileen Gu improved her best score to 95.5 in the second qualification run of the freeski halfpipe event, meaning she will qualify for the finals ahead of the pack.
Canada’s Rachael Karker, who scored 89.50, retained her second spot, while Kelly Sildaru did not start the second run. She nonetheless retained the third spot, as other athletes failed to outdo the score of 87.50 that she earned in the first run.
Zoe Atkin of Team GB also qualified for the finals, and was placed fourth.
Namita Singh17 February 2022 03:14
Nations at odds, but Olympians find time for a hug
In idealistic terms, the Olympics are a time for nations to cast aside politics and conflict. This year’s Beijing Games, against a backdrop of human rights concerns and the latest Russian doping scandal, have challenged those values.
And yet there are occasional hints that the Olympic spirit lives on.
Perhaps none of these has been more poignant than the embrace shared Wednesday night between Russian and Ukrainian athletes at the freestyle skiing mean’s aerial final.
Photographers captured the playful moments between bronze medal winner Ilia Burov, of the Russian Olympic Committee and silver medalist Oleksandr Abramenko of Ukraine.
With Russia’s troop buildup along its border with Ukraine fueling global fears of an imminent invasion, a celebratory moment between two friends takes on added symbolism.
Namita Singh17 February 2022 03:11
On the slopes, a struggle for Black skiers’ Olympic dreams
The US Alpine skiing team in Beijing is entirely white. The US snowboarders and freestyle skiers include Asian American riders, but none who are Black or Hispanic.
“It’s incredibly unfortunate,” said Ryan Cochran-Siegle, an American silver medalist in super-G at Beijing.
“We all want to figure out ways to close those gaps between different minorities and their access to skiing.”
The past and present of the alpine sports are both working against that goal. White and elitist, they were born in the mountains of Europe, and are flourishing for the most part in mountain communities without a lot of racial or ethnic diversity.
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Namita Singh17 February 2022 02:51
Eileen Gu leads after first run
Eileen Gu, who is aiming to win a third medal for China, is leading the halfpipe qualifications after the first run. She earned the best score of 93.75.
Rachael Karker of Canada is second and Kelly Sildaru of Estonia is third.
Only 12 of 20 athletes will advance to the final, to compete for the podium.
Namita Singh17 February 2022 02:23
US snowboarder Julia Marino pulls out of Winter Olympics after Prada board dispute
ICYMI: Snowboarder Julia Marino has withdrawn from the Winter Olympics one week after winning a silver medal for the United States, having been threatened with disqualification due to a Prada logo on her board.
Marino took silver in snowboard slopestyle in Beijing last week but pulled out of Monday’s big air qualifier, citing the logo dispute with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and an injury she suffered after falling in practice.
Graeme Massie17 February 2022 01:34