Olympics 2022 live updates: US skier hurt in scary crash; no medals for Team USA men in snowboard slopestyle

Written by on February 7, 2022

Staff USA earned its first determine skating medal of the 2022 Beijing Olympics because of a clutch efficiency from its ice dancers. 

The U.S. took residence the silver in the team figure skating competition after Madison Chock and Evan Bates turned in a season-best rating within the ice dancing free program.

The news was not so good for skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin. The defending Olympic champion won’t repeat within the girls’s big slalom.

Shiffrin’s first of 5 potential occasions in Beijing led to disappointment Monday when she worn out on her opening run.

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17-year-old Chinese language snowboarder claims slopestyle silver, shares podium along with his idol

ZHANGJIAKOU, China – Mark McMorris remembered the little child he would see on his visits to China, the one who idolized him and who clearly beloved snowboarding.

After the Olympic slopestyle ultimate, McMorris simply needed to look throughout the rostrum to search out him.

China’s Su Yiming fulfilled a dream and drew the eye of throngs of media, followers, employees and volunteers at Genting Snow Park. The 17-year-old phenom claimed silver, beating his idol in an Olympic ultimate.

McMorris received bronze for a 3rd consecutive Video games, whereas his Canadian teammate Max Parrot won gold.  

“I’m seeing this little child, he’s all the time round, and he loves snowboarding greater than something and idolized me after which increase, this fall he’s similar to so rattling good,” stated McMorris, who has been making journeys to China to compete for Burton, one in every of his sponsors, since 2010.

“He turned a person, and he positively has some top now and he’s robust and he’s driving at an unimaginable degree. I’m tremendous pleased with him as a result of he’s a real snowboarder. He loves the game. I’m honored to share the rostrum with him, and his future’s actually vibrant.”

Su completed first in qualifying and drew probably the most consideration right here. His huge second run included two triple corks, together with one on the ultimate bounce with three off-axis flips and 5 spins that he had by no means carried out earlier than.

By the point he lined up on the rostrum along with his idol, dozens of employees stood atop the bounce the place he made his mark to look at.

“This second is certainly superb for me as a result of after I was very younger I had this dream to compete in my hometown, in my nation, to attend the Olympic Video games,” Su stated. “I am extraordinarily completely happy to attain this medal in my hometown and likewise compete and stand on the rostrum with my idol from my childhood. I actually felt overwhelmed.” 

— Rachel Axon

US speedskater and flag-bearer Brittany Bowe comes up empty in girls’s 1500 meters

BEIJING — It was a disappointing day for the People on the Nationwide Pace Skating Oval, however a historic one for an Olympic speedskating legend.

Ireen Wüst of the Netherlands received gold at 1500 meters Monday, claiming a person medal on the Winter Video games for a whopping fifth consecutive time. Her first medal of the streak got here on the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy.  

Wüst additionally broke the Olympic document, as well. She crossed the road in 1:53.28.

American Brittany Bowe, who carried the U.S. flag on the opening ceremony alongside roller John Shuster, had been anticipated to contend for a medal at this distance however completed nicely off the tempo. She completed practically a full second off the rostrum, in 10th place, with a time of 1:55.81.

Bowe will subsequent race within the 500 on Sunday and the 1000, her signature occasion, on Feb. 17.

— Tom Schad

US skier Nina O’Brien harm in scary crash in big slalom

BEIJING — Nina O’Brien, the highest U.S. lady within the big slalom after Mikaela Shiffrin went out, crashed simply forward of the end line Monday and appeared to significantly injure her left leg.

O’Brien was taken off the course on a stretcher, however U.S. Ski & Snowboard stated on Twitter that she was “alert and responsive.”

“She was nervous about delaying the race,” the group stated. “And likewise she needed to know the way quick she was snowboarding.”

O’Brien had one gate left within the second run and was going at high velocity when she misplaced her steadiness. Her legs flew huge and she or he tumbled previous the final gate and into the end space. O’Brien instantly clutched at her left leg, and nonetheless pictures confirmed her ankle going the other way of the way it ought to.

— Nancy Armour

Nina O'Brien is attended to after she was injured in a crash during the women's giant slalom.

American males fail to medal in snowboard slopestyle

ZHANGJIAKOU, China — There could be no repeat gold for Staff USA’s males’s snowboard slopestyle staff. There could be no medal, even.

4 years after Purple Gerard pulled off a stunning Olympic win, the 21-year-old completed simply off the rostrum right here on the Beijing Olympics.

Gerard, 21, was a shock gold medalist in Pyeongchang 4 years in the past – even to himself. He has since embraced the competitors scene and got here to Beijing gunning for a medal.

He sat in third till Canadian Mark McMorris landed an enormous run to bump Gerard and take bronze himself. Canadian Max Parrot, who received silver in slopestyle 4 years in the past, claimed gold, whereas 17-year-old Chinese language phenom Su Yiming took silver.

People had received the gold in each earlier contests since slopestyle was added in 2014, with Sage Kotsenburg claiming it within the debut and Gerard successful in 2018.

“Fourth by no means feels good. One off from being cool,” Gerard stated. “I haven’t actually absolutely put it collectively but. I’m simply completely happy that I landed a run, and I used to be actually proud of the run, most likely one of the best run I’ve ever carried out.”

Gerard used a novel line to place himself in competition.

On his first run, he landed 1620s on the primary and third jumps. However within the rail part, he did a trick off the roof of the guard tower characteristic and on the second bounce he used the quarter pipe to launch himself into double cork 1080.

He flubbed a trick within the rail part on his third run, leaving him to attend to see if his rating would maintain. However McMorris put down a run with three triple corks on the jumps to offer himself a bronze medal for a 3rd consecutive Video games.

People Chris Corning and Sean Fitzsimons completed sixth and 12th, respectively.

— Rachel Axon

Olympic downhill snowboarding drought continues for US males

BEIJING — The U.S. males’s drought within the Olympic downhill continues.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle was the highest American finisher Monday, ending in 14th place, 82 seconds behind Olympic gold medalist Beat Feuz of Switzerland. Bryce Bennett, the highest U.S. man within the downhill this season, was 19th whereas Travis Ganong was 20th.

It’s the second consecutive Olympics that the U.S. males have did not have anybody end within the high 10.

Johan Clarey of France received the silver and Matthias Mayer, the 2014 Olympic champion, took the bronze within the race, which was rescheduled from Sunday because of high winds.

“I can’t consider something extra stunning than flying residence with a gold medal round my neck,” stated Feuz, who 4 years in the past was the bronze medalist within the downhill and silver medalist within the super-G.

Solely two American males have received the Olympic downhill, and Tommy Moe was the final to do it, on the 1994 Video games in Lillehammer. Bode Miller was the final U.S. man to win a medal in downhill, a bronze in 2006.

— Nancy Armour

Gamers put on masks for Canada vs. ROC girls’s hockey sport

Even throughout an Olympics with excessive COVID-19 protocols, it was a weird search for Canadian and Russian girls’s hockey gamers. Each groups took the ice Monday sporting KN95 masks beneath their hockey masks.

The beginning of the preliminary group sport was delayed by greater than an hour as a result of the Canadian staff didn’t obtain a report on Russia’s COVID testing standing and didn’t need to take the ice till that occurred, in keeping with Toronto Solar reporter Rob Longley.

The Related Press reported that the IOC instructed the IIHF, the worldwide hockey federation, that gamers had been required to put on masks because of “security and safety causes.”

The Russians returned for the third interval with out their masks, nevertheless. The Canadians stored theirs on. 

— Roxanna Scott

Canada's Brianne Jenner and the Russian Olympic Committee's Oksana Bratishcheva line up for a faceoff in their group game.

US determine skating silver medalist exams optimistic for COVID-19

BEIJING — A prominent U.S. figure skater has tested positive for COVID-19, and on the worst doable time.

U.S. Determine Skating introduced Monday that Vincent Zhou, who’s scheduled to skate the lads’s quick program Tuesday, examined optimistic on Sunday. It’s now unclear whether or not he’ll be capable of compete.

“Beneath the steering of the USOPC medical workers, Zhou is present process extra testing to substantiate his standing,” the nationwide governing physique stated in a press release. “If the outcomes are adverse, Zhou will be capable of compete within the males’s quick program, which begins Tuesday. Presently, we ask you respect his privateness as we await the outcomes.”

Vincent Zhou skates in the men's single skating free skate during the figure skating team competition at 2022 Olympics.

The information of the optimistic take a look at comes at a devastating time for Zhou, who skated the lengthy program for Staff USA within the staff competitors on Sunday morning. 

With the draw already having been accomplished, it’s unlikely that the U.S. would be capable of have an alternate skate in Zhou’s place. Nathan Chen and Jason Brown are the opposite American males within the subject.

— Tom Schad

Russian lady makes determine skating historical past

BEIJING — Within the ultimate occasion of the staff determine skating competitors, Russian skater Kamila Valieva landed a trick that no lady had ever achieved on Olympic ice.

Then she did it once more in the identical program.

Valieva, 15, turned the primary lady to land a quadruple bounce on the Winter Video games, making 4 rotations in mid-air. She additionally turned the primary lady to land two of them in the identical program, kicking off her program with a quad salchow earlier than later touchdown a quad toe.

That she fell on a 3rd quad try later in this system proved to be a mere footnote.

Valieva’s efficiency capped a dominant gold-medal-winning efficiency by the Russian Olympic Committee within the staff occasion. Valieva can be one in every of three Russian wunderkinds who will likely be vying for podium spots within the girls’s particular person competitors, and there’s a likelihood they may sweep the rostrum.

— Tom Schad

Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates perform in the ice dance free dance portion of the figure skating mixed team final during the 2022 Olympics.

USA wins silver in staff determine skating occasion behind stellar ice dance

BEIJING — After the primary day of the staff determine skating competitors on the 2022 Winter Olympics, Staff USA was dreaming of gold.

As a substitute, it squeaked out a silver.

Buoyed by a powerful ultimate efficiency from the ice dance staff of Madison Chock and Evan Bates on Monday, the Americans edged Japan to win their first silver medal in the team figure skating event. They received bronze in each 2018 and 2014.

The Russian Olympic Committee, which entered as the favourite, received gold in dominant vogue.

“We’re celebrating silver,” Bates stated. “Profitable a silver medal on the Olympic Video games is an unimaginable achievement, and the truth that all of us get a silver medal, the entire staff — I am so completely happy. I am so completely happy.”

The U.S. and Japan had been tied within the standings with 48 staff factors coming into the ultimate two occasions of the competitors — the free dance and ladies’s lengthy program. However Chock and Bates, the captains of the U.S. staff, turned in a stellar efficiency to complete first of their occasion, and Karen Chen did sufficient in a redemptive lengthy program to hold on.

— Tom Schad

Chinese language American sensation makes Olympic debut

BEIJING – There is no such thing as a greater star in China at these Olympics than Eileen Gu, the 18-year outdated freestyle skier from San Francisco who’s headed to Stanford after these Olympics. 

Regardless of her American roots, Gu selected in 2019 to compete for China, the nation the place her mom grew up and the place she has develop into a vogue mannequin and a breakthrough star.  

Given the hype surrounding her debut on the Beijing Video games, Gu admitted there was some stress to carry out nicely Monday within the first Huge Air competitors for snowboarding ever on the Olympics. After two of her three runs, although, Gu’s place within the ultimate was unsure. After her ski fell off on the second bounce, her solely selection was to provide a clear run or be eradicated from the competitors.  

“I’d not really feel happy if I didn’t make finals,” she stated. “I used to be simply specializing in the trick itself. I wasn’t interested by there are individuals who need to watch me or that there was this stress on me. It’s a proper 9 (or bounce with 2 ½ rotations). I’ve been doing proper 9s since I used to be 14, and I do know I can try this trick so I used to be simply sort of speaking to myself in that manner.” 

Gu pulled it off, securing her place in what will be a widely-watched final right here on Tuesday on the Huge Air Shougang.  

Among the many four-woman American contingent, solely Darian Stevens certified for the ultimate after touchdown a left 900-degree trick on her third strive after discovering bother on her second bounce.  

“I used to be clearly feeling the warmth,” stated Stevens, a local of Missoula, Mont. “I had a very good first bounce I used to be very proud of and had a little bit little bit of a velocity subject on the second so there was plenty of stress driving on that third bounce however I used to be actually completely happy to land it.

— Dan Wolken

Eileen Gu of China competes in the Women’s Big Air qualifying on Monday.

NBC’s Mike Tirico to depart Beijing early

NBC prime-time Olympic host Mike Tirico could have a shorter keep in Beijing than initially deliberate.

Tirico’s ultimate present from Beijing will likely be Monday evening. He’ll fly from China to NBC Sports activities headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, to host Wednesday’s and Thursday’s reveals earlier than heading to Los Angeles on Friday to anchor Olympic and Tremendous Bowl protection by Sunday.

Tirico will then head again to Stamford for the ultimate week of Olympic protection. The Video games conclude on Feb. 20.

Maria Taylor, who signed with NBC on the eve of final summer season’s Tokyo Olympics, will host Tuesday evening’s present whereas Tirico is flying again.

Tirico was initially scheduled to remain in Beijing by Thursday earlier than going to Los Angeles. NBC officers, although, have reiterated that his schedule was topic to alter based mostly on COVID-19 and different components.

That is the primary yr that the Olympics and Tremendous Bowl are happening on the identical time. 4 years in the past, Tirico missed the Tremendous Bowl as he was getting ready for his first Olympics as prime-time host in Pyeongchang.

NBC has its announcers and hosts understanding of its Connecticut headquarters. It has a restricted group of reporters on the bottom in China. NBC Information’ Craig Melvin remains to be in Beijing and can host “prime plus protection” (which is late evening in New York however prime time in Los Angeles) over the weekend.

— Related Press

Ice dancers rating season finest to place U.S. in silver medal place

BEIJING —The U.S. is all however assured of successful silver within the staff determine skating competitors after a clutch efficiency from Madison Chock and Evan Bates within the free dance.

Chock and Bates received their occasion with a season-best rating of 129.07, widening the hole between the People (58) and Japan (54), which is in third place. There may be one occasion remaining, with Karen Chen set to skate within the girls’s free skate.

Groups are awarded factors based mostly on their end in every occasion, with 10 factors to the winner, 9 to the runner-up and so forth.

The U.S. had been squarely in silver-medal place coming into Monday, however a last-place end from Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier within the pairs’ lengthy program allowed Japan to knot the rating. 

The Russian Olympic Committee has all however locked up the gold, whereas the opposite two finalists, Canada and China, solely had distant possibilities of medaling coming into Monday.

The People have received bronze medals within the staff occasion at every of the previous two Olympics.

— Tom Schad

Shiffrin wipes out in first run of big slalom

"A small mistiming" caused Mikaela Shiffrin to fall in her first run in the women's giant slalom on Monday in Beijing.

YANQING, China — Mikaela Shiffrin’s first likelihood for a gold medal was over nearly as quickly because it started. 

Anticipated to contend for a number of medals on the Beijing Olympics, a number of of them gold, Shiffrin lost an edge on the fifth gate of the first run of the women’s giant slalom and skied out. It’s the primary time she’s failed to complete a GS race since January 2018. 

“It is an enormous disappointment. Not even counting the medals,” Shiffrin stated afterward. “The best factor to say is I skied a few good turns and skied one flip a bit incorrect and actually paid the toughest of penalties for that.”

Shiffrin has stated she hopes to do all 5 particular person occasions on the Beijing Olympics. Her subsequent race will come Wednesday, within the slalom. She received gold there in 2018, making her the youngest champion in that occasion.

— Nancy Armour

Report: Peng Shuai meets with IOC president, says she ‘by no means disappeared’

BEIJING – Chinese language tennis participant Peng Shuai instructed a French newspaper that her long-planned dinner with Worldwide Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has already occurred.

In a story published Monday by L’Equipe, Peng stated the 2 met for dinner Saturday. She additionally as soon as once more denied having accused anybody of sexual assault, after alleging in a social-media put up in November that she had been assaulted by Zhang Gaoli, a former high-ranking Chinese language authorities official.

Peng’s put up was later scrubbed from Chinese language social media, and she or he disappeared from public view for a number of weeks. She additionally disagreed with that characterization.

“I by no means disappeared, everybody may see me,” Peng instructed L’Equipe.

Activists have expressed concern that Peng’s actions and statements have been monitored or influenced by the Chinese language authorities within the wake of her allegation.

IOC spokesperson Mark Adams confirmed that Bach and Peng had dinner Saturday evening. When requested Sunday concerning the dinner, he stated he had no replace.

— Tom Schad

Moguls skier Kai Owens could not see out of 1 eye after crash in observe

ZHANGJIAKOU, China – Cupping, dry needling, ice, stress and a few sort of brush for her face — all day, each day, each hour, for the final a number of days. This was Kai Owens’ entire existence.

With plenty of persistence and medical therapy, the Chinese language-born, American raised freeskier was capable of compete within the Beijing Winter Olympics Sunday evening, finishing in 10th place in the women’s moguls. Australia’s Jakara Anthony led the sector with a gold medal efficiency of 83.09. American Jaelin Kauf won the silver with a rating of 80.28, and Anastasiia Smirnova of Russia took bronze.

Her potential to get to this evening got here right down to the wire. Owens, 17, missed the opening qualifying spherical a number of days earlier, final Tuesday evening, when her eye was swollen shut from a crash throughout a observe run on the identical day. Owens, who additionally had a concussion earlier within the season, was held out by coaches.

“The primary day I couldn’t even transfer my arm,” stated Owens. “I used to be in a sling due to my rotator cuff. After which I couldn’t see out of my eye.”

By Sunday evening, her eye was nonetheless visibly injured, however remarkably healed given how unhealthy it was just a few days earlier.

“I’m simply so grateful to be right here,” stated Owens. “I owe an enormous ‘thanks’ to our Staff USA workers, U.S. ski and snowboard workers. They helped get me out right here tonight.”

— Lori Nickel

Mikaela Shiffrin to make her debut at 2022 Beijing Video games in big slalom

BEIJING — In what could possibly be the primary of 5 races on the Beijing Olympics, and maybe as many medals, Mikaela Shiffrin competes Monday in the giant slalom. She is the reigning Olympic champion in GS and is at the moment third within the World Cup standings, with two wins and a second-place end in 5 races this season.

The GS will likely be adopted Wednesday by the slalom, the place she turned the youngest Olympic champion within the occasion in 2014. Shiffrin additionally has a silver, from the Alpine mixed in Pyeongchang. 

Shiffrin received the season-opening GS race in October in Soelden, Austria. However she didn’t race GS once more till December – she received one race and completed second within the different – and her coaching time all through the season has been restricted.

The truth is, she stated Friday that she has spent extra time coaching GS since coming to Beijing than she has the remainder of the season.

“That’s not perfect,” she stated.

Regardless of that, Shiffrin stated she feels she’s in a “fairly good place,” each in GS and total.

“There’s plenty of potential there,” she stated. “What are the chances on a day the place all of the variables are managed? My odds aren’t unhealthy. I’m simply going to need to see the place the chips fall.”

— Nancy Armour

Opinion: Are Olympic uniforms tainted by pressured labor?

BEIJING – In every single place you flip at these Olympic Video games, pleasant workers members and volunteers are impeccably wearing uniforms depicting white snow peaks and blue Chinese language skies. As the competitions get underway in full pressure, we are going to see a whole bunch of technical officers sporting equally enticing gray and white gear with pink accents on their sleeves.

But it surely’s the emblem over the proper breast that your eyes should be drawn to.

The nondescript image, which seems vaguely just like the silhouette of an impala’s head or maybe a pickaxe, represents Anta Sports activities, a Chinese language sporting items big that endorses a number of NBA gamers, together with Klay Thompson and Gordon Hayward. Additionally it is the dad or mum firm of a subsidiary that owns legacy American manufacturers like Wilson and Louisville Slugger. The founding father of Lululemon, Canadian billionaire Chip Wilson, is closely invested within the firm.

In China, the world’s second-largest economic system, Anta is a really large deal. It’s additionally on the middle of arguably the biggest political controversy surrounding these Olympics involving alleged genocide and human rights abuses within the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Area of northwest China.

— Dan Wolken

The unlikely pipeline on the coronary heart of the U.S. speedskating staff

Ocala, Florida, is a city of about 60,00zero folks situated between Gainesville and Orlando. Palm bushes dot downtown. Temperatures final week touched 80 levels.

It is not the sort of place you’d count on to provide Winter Olympians. 

However in an odd twist – and with the just about inadvertent assist of a Florida grandmother – that’s precisely what’s occurred.

Three of the highest U.S. speedskaters on the 2022 Winter Olympics – Brittany Bowe, Erin Jackson and Joey Mantia – all hail from Ocala, which doesn’t actually have a year-round ice rink. All three are reputable medal contenders. And all three began out as inline skaters on a staff that’s now referred to as Ocala Pace, coached by the identical lady, Renee Hildebrand.

— Tom Schad

Opinion: US determine skaters falter on jumps, however nonetheless assured a medal at Winter Olympics

BEIJING – After Day 1 of the Olympic determine skating staff competitors, U.S. athletes talked about skating with depth and constructing momentum for an unbelievable gold-medal run in opposition to the Russians.

On Day 2, the dialog turned, sharply. Ideas of momentum had been changed by considerations about “selecting one another up.” Excessive-fives and fist bumps had been gone. Hugs and sort phrases confirmed up of their place.

That’s as a result of, given the prospect to rise to the event, each Karen Chen and Vincent Zhou turned in flat, lackluster performances, leaving america likely settling for the team silver medal and questioning what might need been had Chen and Zhou been capable of skate cleanly – or how issues would have been completely different had U.S. Determine Skating officers chosen different skaters of their place.

— Christine Brennan


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