Winter Olympics live updates: Lindsey Jacobellis, Nick Baumgartner win gold; US defeats Canada in men’s hockey

Written by on February 12, 2022

The U.S. grabbed extra shiny {hardware} Saturday on the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Lindsey Jacobellis, 36, won her second gold medal of those Video games, ending first alongside American teammate Nick Baumgartner within the debut of mixed-gender group snowboardcross. The People have been the oldest group within the discipline with a mixed age of 76.

For Baumgartner, 40, who was heartbroken after failing to advance to the men’s individual final, it was a second likelihood to earn his first Olympic medal in what was seemingly his fourth and remaining Olympic Video games.

(In search of a recap of Friday’s occasions? We’ve got you covered.)

Lindsey Jacobellis and Nick Baumgartner celebrate on the podium after winning gold in mixed-gender team snowboardcross at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

In men’s hockey, the USA defeated Canada 4-2 in a recreation that can play an enormous position in figuring out who wins their pool and will get a bye to the quarterfinals.

Competitors resumes in determine skating following Nathan’s Chen’s dazzling gold-medal performance as ice dancing takes heart stage with the Rhythm Dance. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who took fourth in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, and Madison Chock and Evan Bates, who completed ninth, lead the U.S. contingent.

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Noah Cates (27) celebrates with his U.S. teammates after scoring a goal during a Feb. 10 preliminary round game against China at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Russian determine skater Kamila Valieva to seem in courtroom

BEIJING — The Court docket of Arbitration for Sport introduced Saturday that it has set a time and date for the listening to on Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva’s case.

CAS stated it has scheduled the listening to for 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, with the expectation that it’ll difficulty a ruling in some unspecified time in the future Monday. 

Valieva, 15, examined optimistic for a banned coronary heart medicine that may enhance endurance and blood move. She was knowledgeable of the optimistic take a look at, which was obtained Dec. 25, earlier this week. 

The Russian Anti-Doping Company initially suspended Valieva however then lifted that suspension after she appealed, prompting the Worldwide Olympic Committee, amongst different governing our bodies, to hunt a ruling from CAS on the problem.

— Tom Schad

Falling for the panda mascot of Beijing 2022

BEIJING — Beijing 2022’s panda mascot is garnering love from supporters everywhere, with Wu Rourou ready 11 hours in line to buy her personal Bing Dwen Dwen stuffed animal. Shops and on-line China’s shoppers are shopping for collectible stuffed-animal variations of the mascot whose identify interprets into English as a mixture of “ice” and “chubby” in droves.  

“It is so pretty, and actually cute, and oh, I do not know, as a result of it is a panda,” gushed Wu Rourou, as she defined in a textual content message to USA TODAY why she stood in line for 11 hours in a single day in sub-zero temperatures in Nanjing, in southern China, for an opportunity to purchase Video games-related souvenirs of the bear native to mountain ranges in central China. 

 Kim Hjelmgaard

Whilst you have been sleeping

Team USA collected one other gold medal when you have been asleep in the USA. Listed here are essentially the most notable happenings in a single day:

Jordan Stolz finishes 13th in 500m in Olympic debut

BEIJING — In his Olympic debut, Jordan Stolz completed 13th within the males’s 500 meters.

The 17-year-old from Kewaskum, Wisconsin, the youngest skater within the race, completed in 34.85 seconds. Skating within the fifth pair, he was the quickest via 10 skaters however was rapidly surpassed by China’s Gao Tingyu, who completed in an Olympic file time of 34.32, and Damian Zurek (34.73) of Poland, skating within the seventh pair.

Racing on dwelling ice on the Nationwide Velocity Skating Oval, Gao’s time could be the quickest of the day, incomes him Olympic gold to associate with the bronze he received at this distance in 2018.

South Korea’s Min Kyu Cha received silver in 34.39 and Japan’s Wataru Morishige took the bronze in 34.49.

— Lori Nickel

Shaun White to attend Tremendous Bowl 56 in Los Angeles

ZHANGJIAKOU, China — Shaun White’s subsequent huge contest — the Super Bowl.

Lower than 24 hours after snowboarding’s world icon took his final competitive halfpipe ride at the Olympics, he was certain for the airport. The vacation spot: Los Angeles to look at his first Super Bowl in individual.

White stated his girlfriend, actress Nina Dobrev, has been suggesting he get busy making an inventory of issues he needs to do in retirement “so I am not sitting round twiddling my thumbs.”

— Related Press

US finishes sixth in ladies’s cross nation 4x5k relay 

BEIJING — Saving American cross-country stalwart Jessie Diggins for the anchor leg within the 4x5k relay race was in all probability the precise technique on paper. However sadly for Diggins, her teammates couldn’t keep shut sufficient within the first three legs for it to matter. 

In an occasion the place Crew USA hoped to win its first-ever medal, Diggins couldn’t pull off a miracle and needed to accept a sixth-place end.  

The Russian group took the gold medal, pulling away from Germany within the remaining two kilometers. Sweden edged Finland for the bronze. 

The American group realistically misplaced all likelihood at a medal towards the tip of the second leg when Rosie Brennan, who had been a part of the chase group behind Russia and Germany for many of her run, pale towards the tip and misplaced contact with the pack. Novie McCabe, the 20-year-old making her Olympic debut, had nobody to draft with and couldn’t get again into the chase group on the third leg. By the point she handed off to Diggins, who received gold within the group dash in 2018 and bronze this year in the individual sprint, the U.S. group was nearly 43 seconds exterior of medal rivalry. 

That was an excessive amount of floor for Diggins to make as much as attain the group of Norway, Finland and Sweden that was battling it out for third place for a lot of the race.  The U.S. group completed the race in 55:09.2, about 67 seconds out of the rostrum.

— Dan Wolken

Kamila Valieva returns to follow rink

BEIJING — Russian determine skater Kamila Valieva returned to the follow rink Saturday, as her future on the Olympics stays in limbo.

About 50 journalists and two dozen photographers lined the boards of the rink as Valieva took the ice for her scheduled follow, sporadically talking together with her coach, Eteri Tutberidze, all through the session. The 15-year-old didn’t reply to questions from reporters as she walked via the blended zone.

Valieva tested positive for trimetazidine, a banned coronary heart medicine, on Dec. 25 however competed within the group competitors earlier this week as a result of the evaluation of the pattern had not but been reported by the lab. 

Valieva has since been provisionally suspended and later reinstated by the Russian Anti-Doping Company, and the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport is now set to rule on her standing within the coming days.

“The dialog is unlucky, as a result of we’re on the Olympics, proper?” stated American Mariah Bell, who skated on the follow rink after Valieva. “I can not do something about it, clearly. I am simply right here to focus alone skating.”

— Tom Schad

Downhill stays a chance for Mikaela Shiffrin

BEIJING — That went fairly nicely for Mikaela Shiffrin not having been on downhill skis for greater than two months.

Shiffrin had the ninth-fastest time, and better of the U.S. ladies, in the first downhill training run Saturday. Extra importantly, she felt adequate that she’s nonetheless planning on doing Tuesday’s downhill race on the Beijing Olympics, in addition to the Alpine mixed Thursday.

“At present provides me somewhat bit extra positivity,” she stated. “We’re going to should see how issues go as the times progress.”

The mixed is one run every of downhill and slalom, so Shiffrin would do the coaching runs regardless. However she has stated a number of instances that she hoped to do the downhill race, too, relying on how she felt in coaching.

— Nancy Armour

Crew USA surges previous Canada in recreation that includes future NHL stars

BEIJING — The NHL opting out of the 2022 Winter Olympics gave several elite prospects internationally an Olympic alternative, in addition to the prospect to point out off the way forward for the game. 

It seems to be in good arms, however the veterans offered the distinction because the U.S. men’s hockey team defeated Canada 4-2 in a fast-paced contest Saturday at Nationwide Indoor Stadium.

4 of the highest 5 picks within the 2021 NHL draft performed within the recreation (three for Canada). Crew USA improved to 2-Zero in Beijing; they defeated China 8-0 on Thursday.

The U.S. will end group play Sunday night time (8:10 a.m. ET) towards Germany, the defending silver medalists. 

— Chris Bumbaca

Crew USA males’s hockey clinging to objective lead vs. Canada

BEIJING — The U.S. clings to a one-goal lead coming into the third interval towards Canada, 3-2.

Brendan Brisson scored his second objective in two video games after Canada goaltender Eddie Paquale mishandled a puck behind his personal web. Nathan Smith offered the stress, and Nick Shore wound up with the puck. All Shore needed to do was cross it to a wide-open Brisson.

However catastrophe caught for the U.S. on an influence play later within the interval. Canada’s Daniel Winnik discovered Corban Knight on a 2-on-1. Knight beat Mann stick-side, and the Canadians managed play, ending it on an influence play the People should kill for 18 extra seconds to open the third. Josh Ho-Tsang missed an open web on a rebound in a fortunate break for the U.S.

The U.S. holds a slight benefit in photographs on web, 22-20.

— Chris Bumbaca

Jessie Diggins goes for an additional medal in cross-country snowboarding occasion

Jessie Diggins will likely be going for her second medal – and Crew USA’s second medal total in cross-country snowboarding – when the ladies’s 4-5k relay occasion takes place at 2 a.m. ET (streaming reside on Peacock, and

On Tuesday, Diggins received the primary ever ladies’s particular person medal in U.S. cross nation snowboarding historical past when she earned the bronze medal in the sprint event

On Saturday, Diggins will likely be joined by Hailey Swirbul, Rosie Brennan and Novie McCabe for the 4x5k cross-country relay.

The U.S. completed fifth within the competitors on the 2018 Winter Olympics. Norway are the reigning Olympic champions.

USA holds 2-1 lead over Canada in males’s hockey after first interval

BEIJING — A quick-paced first interval between the U.S. males’s hockey group and Canada ended with the People on prime 2-1.

Canada received on the board first when Mat Robinson’s shot from the precise boards squeaked via visitors after which by U.S. goaltender Strauss Mann. Apart from that mistake, Mann had a stable first interval in web and saved the subsequent 10 photographs that got here his means (11 saves complete).

Seventy seconds after Canada took the lead, American captain Andy Miele took a cross on the blue line, streaked up the ice, and tied the sport with a backhander that went prime shelf.

With 1:16 to go within the first, Jake Sanderson – who missed the primary recreation of the match whereas clearing COVID-19 protocols – handed to Ben Meyers in entrance of the web. Meyers despatched the puck backward to Sean Farrell, coming off a five-point hattrick within the opener towards China, who then dished it again to Meyers for an point-blank shot to make it 2-1.

— Chris Bumbaca

Report: USA Hockey has been reported to Congress for SafeSport difficulty

USA Hockey has been reported to Congress for potential interference in an investigation by the U.S. Middle for SafeSport, in keeping with a report. SafeSport investigates experiences of sexual misconduct and different abuses inside the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee jurisdiction.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), rating member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to USA Hockey in regards to the alleged violation. In accordance with the Athletic, the letter was addressed to USA Hockey government director Pat Kelleher – who’s at present in Beijing – and president Mike Trimboli. Grassley’s letter referenced a legislation that required SafeSport to report back to Congress inside 72 hours “any try and intervene in or affect the result of an investigation” by a nationwide governing physique, per the Athletic, and that SafeSport’s report got here earlier this week.

Reached for remark, a U.S. Middle for SafeSport spokesperson stated through e mail “we don’t touch upon issues to guard the integrity of the method.”

The U.S. Middle for SafeSport investigated former USA Hockey president Jim Smith because of allegations he mishandled accusations of sexual abuse towards a minor in Illinois. USA Hockey is a co-defendant in a Might 2021 lawsuit within the case. In 2010, USA Hockey employed Brad Aldrich – the previous Chicago Blackhawks video coach who allegedly raped then-prospect Kyle Seaside – 5 months after his departure from the Blackhawks. The Athletic reported that USA Hockey didn’t verify with the Blackhawks for references or to inquire in regards to the nature of his departure.

On Friday, U.S. Ski & Snowboarding confirmed it has opened an investigation into allegations of inappropriate habits inside the U.S. snowboardcross group.

— Chris Bumbaca

Crew USA wins gold once more in snowboardcross

ZHANGJIAKOU, China — American Lindsey Jacobellis is golden once more. 

Three days after winning the women’s individual event on the Beijing Olympics, she paired with companion Nick Baumgartner to win snowboardcross’ mixed team event debut Saturday.

The oldest pair within the competitors used their expertise on the course to win the occasion. On the primary leg within the remaining, Baumgartner gave Jacobellis a .04 second benefit going into the final leg. 

After Jacobellis moved from third to second in her remaining warmth, a crash behind her left it right down to a race with Italy’s Michela Moioli, who received ladies’s particular person gold within the 2018 Olympics. Jacobellis took the lead on the late curve and held on to cross the road first. 

The medal is the primary for Baumgartner, 40, in his fourth Video games. Jacobellis, 36, now has three Olympic medals. She received silver in Torino in 2006.

— Rachel Axon

Ukranian skeleton racer makes plea for peace at Olympics

BEIJING – The Worldwide Olympic Committee stated that when Ukrainian skeleton athlete Vladyslav Heraskevych flashed a small signal to cameras that learn “No Conflict In Ukraine” after he completed competing on Friday night time it didn’t violate Rule 50 of the Olympic Constitution.

Rule 50 says “no type of demonstration or political, spiritual or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic websites, venues or different areas.”

The Video games’ governing physique described Heraskevych’s gesture as “normal name for peace” and stated no additional motion could be taken.

Russian and Ukrainian athletes in Beijing have usually been eyeing every warily, from a distance, as considerations develop that Moscow might be making ready to invade Ukraine over what it claims are safety considerations related to NATO enlargement.

— Kim Hjelmgaard

Uhlaender misplaced a medal to Russian doping, however skeleton racer perseveres

BEIJING – There’s an inherent contradiction in the best way American skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender loves being on the Olympics and the shortage of religion she has within the organizations tasked with protecting the competitors clear and truthful.

It’s a part of what she calls the “duality” of being human, figuring out she was cheated out of a bronze medal on the Sochi Video games in 2014 whereas additionally respecting the competitor who beat her by .04 seconds however was later implicated in Russia’s state-sponsored doping scandal. It explains why she retains coming again – that is her fifth time now – regardless of questioning if the system that’s supposed to guard athletes like her will ever work.

“It simply exhibits there’s rather a lot that goes on behind the scenes that exists on the identical time of the Olympics being so wonderful and inspirational,” she stated.

It will be a outstanding, full-circle second for Uhlaender if she might pull off one thing particular Saturday and win the medal that was taken from her for good when the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturned Elena Nikitina’s lifetime ban in February of 2018 and let her maintain the bronze from Sochi. Nikitina was considered one of 28 Russian athletes for whom the CAS dominated there was inadequate proof to ascertain anti-doping violations.

That flawed could by no means be righted in Uhlaender’s thoughts, however a medal in Beijing shouldn’t be out of her attain. Midway via the ladies’s skeleton race, she sits in eighth place, half a second behind the chief Jaclyn Narracott of Australia, however solely three-tenths out of third place on a tightly bunched leaderboard heading into the ultimate two runs.

— Dan Wolken

American Katie Uhlaender slides during the first run of women's skeleton at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

US snowboard launches investigation into allegations of inappropriate habits

ZHANGJIAKOU, China – U.S. Ski & Snowboard confirmed Friday that it opened an investigation into allegations of inappropriate habits inside the U.S. snowboardcross group, together with some which have been levied towards its present head coach. 

Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, a member of the 2010 Olympic group, stated in a series of Instagram posts that the coach, Peter Foley, has “taken bare images of feminine athletes for over a decade” and made an express remark to her about one other girl’s look in 2014. 

“I can not watch one other Olympic Video games with out saying this publicly,” she wrote in one Instagram post.

Foley denied the allegations when requested about them after the blended group snowboardcross competitors on Saturday. “I’m tremendous shocked by the allegations and I vehemently deny the allegations,” Foley stated.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard spokesman Tom Horrocks stated the group is “conscious of the latest allegations” towards Foley.

“We take these very critical and these are being investigated,” Horrocks wrote in an e mail, including that the group wouldn’t remark additional.

Horrocks didn’t say who’s investigating Chythlook-Sifsof’s statements. 

— Rachel Axon and Tom Schad

The story of two snowboards that modified Shaun White’s life

ZHANGJIAKOU, China — The tip prompted Shaun White to mirror again on the start, and the story he told while choking back tears after his final halfpipe competition says as a lot about him because it does about snowboarding.

White recalled getting his first snowboard, working dwelling from college for days to ask his mom whether or not it had arrived.

“And it wasn’t there. After which the subsequent day, identical factor. For like 4 days, I did that,” White stated. “After which someday, she simply burst into the classroom with a board in her hand, and I used to be like beside myself. She interrupted everybody simply to provide me my board, and from then on, it was simply, I used to be on a mission.” (Read the full story)

— Rachel Axon

Shaun White concluded his historic snowboarding career at the Beijing Olympics.

Rippon: Adults put Valieva ‘on this terrible state of affairs’

Former Olympic bronze medalist Adam Rippon is defending Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva and taking intention on the governing our bodies that put the 15-year-old Olympian in a nasty state of affairs. 

Valieva, the favourite to win particular person gold on the Winter Olympics, examined optimistic for a banned substance but Russian officers appealed her provisional suspension and he or she has been allowed to follow. A final decision on whether Valieva can skate within the ladies’s particular person competitors, which begins Tuesday, has not but been reached.

The International Olympic Committee is pushing to have Valieva suspended, at which level the Worldwide Skating Union would seemingly disqualify the gold-medal-winning Russian Olympic Committee from the group skating competitors and reward the USA with the gold medal.

“This complete state of affairs is heartbreaking,” Rippon tweeted on Friday. “This younger lady is simply 15. She’s a minor. The adults round her have fully failed her. They’ve put her on this terrible state of affairs and needs to be punished.”

— Scott Gleeson

Saturday gives some good photographs at Olympic gold

The U.S. enters Saturday sitting seventh within the medal standings with 10.

Crew USA has earned four golds, five silvers and one bronze via Friday with occasions on faucet that would transfer them up the leaderboard.

Medal prospects on Saturday exist in blended group snowboardcross, the place gold medalist Lindsey Jacobellis returns to motion, cross nation snowboarding, with star U.S. star Jessie Diggins main the ladies’s relay group, and lengthy monitor speedskating, the place 17-year-old Jordan Stolz will race within the 500 meters.

Norway and Austria top the overall medal standings with 14 apiece, however Germany, with 11 complete medals, leads the race for gold with seven.

When will the Winter Olympics finish?

Don’t fear, we nonetheless have greater than every week’s price of motion to go on the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Next week’s schedule on the Winter Video games will embrace ladies’s determine skating, extra Mikaela Shiffrin on the slopes and the continuation of the ladies’s and males’s hockey tournaments, simply to call a couple of.

The closing ceremony will happen on Sunday, Feb. 20 beginning at 7 a.m. ET.

Russian determine skating doping attraction heads to Court docket of Arbitration for Sport

BEIJING – Breaking its silence on the Russian figure skating doping fiasco, the IOC is interesting a Russian Anti-Doping Company ruling that allowed star Kamila Valieva to proceed working towards for Tuesday’s ladies’s brief program. The attraction now units the stage for a dramatic legal hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

If the attraction is profitable, the Worldwide Skating Union, the worldwide governing physique for determine skating, would seemingly disqualify the gold-medal-winning Russian Olympic Committee from the team skating competition and reward the USA with the gold medal.

Kamila Valieva performs during the women's free skating portion of the team figure skating event during the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

It’s laborious to think about one thing worse for the repute of those already-controversial Video games than having an Olympic drug cheat profitable not one however two gold medals lower than two months after she examined optimistic for a banned substance identified to extend endurance and stamina.

That Valieva is a minor, solely 15, is troubling, engendering loads of deserved sympathy. It’s the adults round her, those that inspired her use of a banned substance, who really deserve our scorn. However you’ll be able to really feel sorry for Valieva, the ladies’s gold-medal favourite and a once-in-a-lifetime expertise, and nonetheless imagine that she shouldn’t be allowed to step onto Olympic ice once more. (Read Christine Brennan’s full column)

— Christine Brennan

Kessel leads U.S. ladies’s hockey after overcoming concussion 

BEIJING – In her early 20s, U.S. women’s hockey forward Amanda Kessel had established herself as among the best within the sport. She was named school hockey’s prime participant in 2013, and in 2014, she helped Crew USA win a silver medal on the Sochi Olympics.

Kessel suffered a concussion throughout a scrimmage earlier than these Olympics, and the concussion-like signs lingered after the Video games, inflicting her to take a 12 months off from college.

“There have been some actually darkish instances,” she advised USA TODAY Sports activities. “I actually thought my profession could be over.”  (Read the full story)

Amanda Kessel, right, controls the puck as Switzerland forward Alina Muller gives chase during a preliminary round match at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

A referral to concussion professional Micky Collins on the College of Pittsburgh Medical Middle caused a change to her remedy program and a return to elite standing.

Kessel is now taking part in in her third Olympics. 

Through the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, she was a part of the gold-medal squad. For Collins, there’s nothing extra rewarding than seeing somebody who was “tremendous sick,” like Kessel, hoist a gold medal. 

“To see her get again to that stage,” Collins stated, “that is what it is all about.”

Kessel entered the quarterfinals towards the Czech Republic main the group in factors with six (4 assists, two objectives) and is now tied for second because the Americans advanced to the semifinals.

— Chris Bumbaca

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