Beijing Olympics: Latest updates
Olympic events for Feb. 12, 2022
- What’s happening while you’re asleep: It’s a busy morning for Team Canada, which will include skiing, curling, short-track skating and the biathlon. Canada’s Erik Reid and Trevor Philp will compete in the men’s giant slalom event at 12:45 a.m. ET. Canada’s curling team will go head-to-head against Switzerland at 1:05 a.m. ET, and the men’s cross-country ski team will compete in the 4x10km relay at 2 a.m. Meanwhile, Vancouver’s Emma Lunder will also compete in the women’s 10km biathlon pursuit at 4 a.m., the men’s short-track skating team will skate for 500m gold at 6 a.m. and the women’s short-track skating team will compete in the 3,000m relay.
- Curling: Canada’s Brad Gushue defeated American John Shuster 10-5 in men’s curling round-robin play Sunday morning at the Beijing Games. Gushue was in control after stealing four points in the second end. The Americans scored three in the sixth to make a game of it but Canada iced the win with a pair in the ninth end.
- Figure skating: Canada’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier are in sixth place after the rhythm dance. France’s four-time world champions Gabriela Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, who were runners-up to Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir four years ago in Pyeongchang, are in first place heading into the free skate on Sunday evening ET. Formerly known as the short program, read about the artistic flair and technical precision that makes up the rhythm dance.
- Ice hockey: Canada was defeated by the United States 4-2 in the men’s preliminary round group A match. Canada’s final round-robin game is on Sunday against China.
- Speed skating: Canada’s world champion speed skater Laurent Dubreuil narrowly missed the podium on Saturday at the Beijing Olympics in his specialty race. The 29-year-old sprinter from Levis, Que. is in the midst of a fantastic season, leading the world cup circuit in the 500m event. China’s Gao Tingu won the gold in an Olympic record time of 34.42 seconds.
Off the field
- Snowboarding controversy: The judging of the slopestyle event won by Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot last weekend is under scrutiny. Angles of the first jump of his winning run show him grabbing his knee when the judges scored his run as though he’d grabbed his board – a key element in the event.
- Doping case: Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva will find out Monday if she can compete at the Olympics in the women’s competition, which starts a day later. Valieva tested positive for the banned heart medication trimetazidine in Russia in December. She won a gold medal in the team event five days ago, before the test result was known, and is scheduled to compete as an individual Tuesday.
- Uyghur torchbearer begins and ends Olympics in obscurity: Uyghur cross-country skier Dinigeer Yilamujiang, who lit the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony, finished towards the back of the pack in her two distance races, and did not qualify for the sprint finals. The relative obscurity of Yilamujiang immediately raised suspicion that she had been chosen as a way for Beijing to thumb its nose at those countries like Canada and the U.S. who diplomatically boycotted these Games over the treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
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What to watch tomorrow, Feb. 13
- Alpine skiing: men’s giant slalom 🥇 12:45 a.m. ET
- Curling: women, round robin, Canada vs. Switzerland 1:05 a.m. ET
- Biathlon: women’s 10 km pursuit 🥇 4 a.m. ET
- Short track: men’s 500 m quarterfinal 6 a.m. ET
- Short track: women’s 3,000 m relay finals 🥇 6:35 a.m. ET
- Short track: men’s 500 m, finals 🥇 7:09 a.m. ET
- Ice hockey: men, group A, Canada vs. China 8:10 a.m. ET
- Curling: women, round robin, Canada vs. ROC 8:05 p.m. ET
- Figure skating: mixed ice dance, free dance 🥇 8:15 p.m. ET
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Olympic highlights and medal count for Feb. 12
Latest Olympic medal count
Canada’s Olympic medal pace is strong but lagging in gold at the halfway mark in Beijing: Canada was on pace for another sizable medal haul, albeit more bronze than gold, at the halfway mark of the Winter Olympics. Canada’s team in Beijing had earned 13 medals (one gold, four silver, eight bronze) by Saturday. That tied for fourth with Russia behind front-runner Norway (17) and Germany and Austria (14).
Beijing sees real snow for first time since the start of Winter Olympics: While the Chinese capital typically does get a few centimetres of snow during the colder months – and temperatures fall well below zero – it never gets enough to be a winter-sports destination. All of the snow at these Olympics has been artificially created, even up in Zhangjiakou, the mountain resort 150 kilometres from Beijing where many of the alpine events are taking place.
I’ve never watched hockey. The Globe sent me to cover an Olympics game: Forgive me readers, but I had never seen a hockey game before Thursday night, at the Beijing Olympics. But how can you not enjoy a game that can be sublimely graceful one minute and then sloppy and brilliantly messy the other? Read James Griffith’s first hockey experience as he watched the U.S.-China men’s game.
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Ice dancing in depth
What kinds of skill and artistry go into a winning ice-dance performance? Videographer Timothy Moore spoke to skaters Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier and one of their coaches to find out. He explains what he learned on The Decibel. Subscribe for more episodes.