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Olympic events for Feb. 17, 2022
- Happening while you’re sleeping: Canada competes in the freestyle ski cross 1/8 final at 1 a.m. The quarter-final is at 1:35 a.m., the semi-final is at 1:54 a.m. and the final medal round is at 2:10 a.m. At 1:05 a.m., Canada takes on the U.S. at the bronze medal curling match. The women’s 12.5km Mass Start biathlon starts at 2 a.m.
- Freestyle Skiing: Canada’s Cassie Sharpe captured silver, while Rachael Karker won bronze, in women’s freeski halfpipe at the Beijing Olympics. China’s Eileen Gu took the gold, with a score of 95.25 in her second run at Zhangjiakou Genting Snow Park. For the men, Calgary’s Brendan Mackay was the top Canadian in fifth, ahead of Noah Bowman, also of Calgary, in sixth. Simon d’Artois from Whistler, B.C., placed eighth. The top-12 athletes in both the women’s and men’s qualification runs advanced to the finals.
- Ice hockey: After waiting 1,460 days to get their revenge, the Canadian national women’s hockey team took Olympic gold, beating the United States, 3-2. Captain Marie-Philip Poulin led Canada with two goals and an assist. Sarah Nurse contributed a goal and an assist, with goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens making 38 saves for the victory. The Globe’s Rachel Brady reports that Team Canada thrived in Beijing because everybody mattered. Canada was superbly talented, but also unique in other ways. They bought in to a different style of play – all five players working interchangeably regardless of position. Meanwhile, Canada was ousted from men’s hockey after losing 2-0 to Sweden in the quarter-final match.
- Figure Skating: Russia’s Anna Shcherbakova upset teammate Kamila Valieva, who stumbled to fourth amid a doping scandal, to take the gold medal in women’s singles. Alexandra Trusova of Russia finished second for silver with Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto taking bronze in third. Valieva’s finish means the Olympic medal ceremony could go ahead at the Beijing Games. The IOC has said it would not have a medal ceremony for competitions involving Valieva. Her pre-Games positive test for a banned substance was revealed after she led her team to the gold medal last week, but she was cleared to skate ahead of a full investigation. Reporting from Beijing, The Globe’s James Griffiths reports that Valieva was in first place going into Thursday’s event and had been the favourite to remain there. Canada’s Madeline Schizas finished nineteenth in the event.
- Curling: Canada’s Brad Gushue will settle for an appearance in Friday’s bronze-medal game after dropping a 5-3 decision to Sweden’s Niklas Edin in semi-final play. Canada will play the U.S. in the game, which is scheduled for 1:05 a.m. ET. Sweden will play Britain for men’s curling gold. Earlier, Canada’s Jennifer Jones missed out on women’s curling playoffs despite winning her final match of the preliminary round. Jones beat Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont 10-4 in the round-robin finale, which temporarily kept her playoff hopes alive. But losses by Russia and South Korea sent Canada packing. Jones finished fifth in the 10-team standings with a 5-4 record. Britain and Japan, also at 5-4, advanced based on their better draw shot challenge (DSC) numbers.
Off the field
- U.S. figure skaters want their medals: The U.S. figure skating team told the president of the International Olympic Committee they would have liked to leave the Beijing Games with their figure skating medals won 10 days ago, the U.S. Olympic Committee said on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has sent a letter to the International Skating Union asking that last week’s team results, in which the Russians won gold, should stand regardless of the outcome of Kamila Valieva’s drug case.
- IIHF, NHL officials optimistic about deal for 2026 Olympics: International Ice Hockey Federation president Luc Tardif said Thursday he is optimistic NHL players will participate in the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina, though he wants an agreement reached further in advance than this time around.
- Beijing Olympics get political with Taiwan, Uyghur questions: For two weeks and more, China’s stance on questions about its politics and policies has been straightforward: It’s the Olympics, and we’re not talking about these things. That changed Thursday at the Beijing organizing committee’s last regularly scheduled daily news conference, three days before the end of the Games. The persistent and polite refusal to answer such questions gave way to the usual state of affairs at news conferences with Chinese officials – emphatic, calibrated answers about the country’s most sensitive situations.
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What to watch later today, Feb. 17
- Ice hockey, men, semi-final 11:10 p.m. ET
What to watch tomorrow, Feb. 18
- Curling, men, bronze medal game 1:05 a.m. ET
- Freestyle skiing, men’s ski cross, final 🥇 2:10 a.m. ET
- Speed skating, men’s 1,000 m, final 🥇 3:30 a.m. ET
- Biathlon, Men’s 15 km mass start, final 🥇 4 a.m. ET
- Figure skating, mixed pairs, short program 5:30 a.m. ET
- Curling, women, semi-final 7:05 a.m. ET
- Freestyle skiing, men’s halfpipe, final 🥇 8:30 p.m. ET
- Alpine skiing, Mixed team, finals 🥇 11:37 p.m. ET
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Olympic highlights and medal count for Feb. 17
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Canadian speedskater Ivanie Blondin gets second chance to shine in the mass start at Beijing Olympics: Four years ago, long-track speedskater Ivanie Blondin entered the Pyeongchang Olympics as a serious medal contender. But in the semi-finals of her signature event – the mass start, a jumble of skaters vying to be the first to finish 16 laps – she slipped midrace, wiping out two others in a chaotic crash. On Saturday, Blondin will return to the mass start at the Olympic level, hoping for a different outcome this time.
Surrounded by scandal, Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva falls twice to miss podium in women’s final: Taking to the ice on Thursday, Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva was in first place and the favourite to remain there. But regardless of how good her performance was, there would be no medal for the 15 year old.
Canada’s NHL stars marvel at women’s gold medal win, while sitting out Olympics: The NHL may not be participating in the 2022 Winter Games, but many of its Canadian players and coaches have tried to keep one eye on the action unfolding in Beijing, even with the time difference proving to be just as disruptive to their schedules as it is to everyone else. Attention on the women’s gold-medal game was understandably no different, with Canada ultimately edging its great hockey rival to the south, the United States, in a 3-2 decision late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning.
‘I hate this sport!’: Rage, teen tears and Olympic collapse: The gold medallist said she felt empty. The silver medallist pledged never to skate again. The favourite left in tears without saying a word. After one of the most dramatic nights in their sport’s history, Russia’s trio of teenage figure skating stars each enter an uncertain future.
Canadian men’s hockey team disappointed after quarter-final defeat: ‘Just wasn’t enough’: Claude Julien never once faulted his team’s heart or desire. Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey coach was also acutely aware of its shortcomings. “Everybody’s got a little bit of a wart in their game,” Julien said earlier this week in an eyebrow-raising moment of candour. “It’s about trying to adjust with that and taking advantage of all their strengths.”