Beijing Olympics: Latest updates
Olympic events for Feb. 11, 2022
- Snowboarding: Canada’s Eliot Grondin and Meryeta O’Dine score a bronze medal in mixed snowboard cross at the Beijing Olympics. They score their second medal of the Winter Games so far, with each winning a medal in their respective individual snowboard cross events earlier this week. The United States won gold and Italy won silver. Meanwhile, Australia’s Belle Brockhoff was taken off the snowboard cross course by stretcher after she fell during the mixed team quarterfinal.
- Curling: Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg defeated Canada’s Jennifer Jones 7-6 in women’s curling at the Beijing Games. Earlier today, Jones dropped an 8-5 decision to Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa in a round-robin game at the Ice Cube. It was the first time Jones has lost a match at an Olympic Games. Later in the day, Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz beat Canada’s Brad Gushue 5-3.
- Ice hockey: The Canadian men’s hockey team faces the United States tonight at 11:10 p.m. ET for a preliminary round game, after its tournament-opening 5-1 win against Germany on Thursday. Brianne Jenner and Sarah Fillier each scored hat tricks to lead Canada in an 11-0 quarterfinal win over Sweden in the Olympic women’s hockey tournament Friday. The United States edged Czech Republic 4-1 in another quarterfinal. Both victors await the outcome of Saturday’s quarterfinals featuring Russia versus Switzerland, and Finland against Japan, to know their semifinal opponents Monday. The gold-medal game is next week in Beijing.
- Short-track speed skating: Canadian short-track speedskating star Charles Hamelin and teammates Maxime Laoun, Steven Dubois and Pascal Dion finished first in their semifinal of the men’s 5,000-metre relay at the Beijing Games on Friday. A podium finish in Wednesday’s title race would tie the 37-year-old Hamelin with long-track speedskater Cindy Klassen for the most ever by a Canadian winter athlete.
- Long-track speed skating: Canada’s Graeme Fish was sixth in the men’s long-track speedskating’s 10,000 metres at the Beijing Olympics on Friday. Canadian teammate and defending Olympic champion Ted-Jan Bloemen finished eighth. Sweden’s Nils van der Poel won gold in 12 minutes 30.74 seconds, to shatter his own world record.
Off the field
- Teen skating star controversy sparks outrage at Russia: Teen figure skating sensation Kamila Valieva won a gold medal having earlier failed a drug test and Olympic officials will fight Russia’s decision to let her compete at the Winter Games, the International Testing Agency (ITA) said on Friday. The 15-year-old’s gold medal and Games future now hangs in the balance as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) attempts to draw a line in the sand over Russian doping. “It is a shame, and the responsible adults should be banned from the sport forever!!!” German figure-skating great Katarina Witt posted on Facebook. “What they knowingly did to her, if true, cannot be surpassed in inhumanity and makes my athlete’s heart cry infinitely.” Canada placed fourth and would be in line to be upgraded.
- Beijing Games organiser reports 8 new COVID-19 cases on Feb 11: The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee said on Saturday that a total of eight new COVID-19 cases were detected among games-related personnel on Feb. 11. All of the cases were among those already in the “closed loop” bubble that separates all event personnel from the public, five of whom were classified as either an athlete or team official, the notice said.
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What to watch later today, Feb. 11
- Ice hockey, men, Group A, Canada vs. United States 11:10 p.m. ET
What to watch tomorrow, Feb. 12
- Curling, men, round robin Canada vs. Sweden 1:05 a.m. ET
- Cross-country skiing, women’s 4x5km relay 🥇 2:30 a.m. ET
- Speed skating, women’s team pursuit, quarter-final 3 a.m. ET
- Speed skating, men’s 500 m 🥇 3:53 a.m. ET
- Biathlon, men’s 10 km sprint 4 a.m. ET
- Figure skating, Mixed ice dance, Rhythm dance 6 a.m. ET
- Ski jumping, men’s individual - Large hill, 1st round 6 a.m. ET
- Ski jumping, men’s individual- Large hill, final 🥇 7 a.m. ET
- Curling, men, round robin, Canada vs. United States 8:05 p.m.
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Olympic highlights and medal count for Feb. 11
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Olympic judging under scrutiny over Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot’s slopestyle win: Max Parrot’s feel-good story – winning a gold medal some three years after beating cancer – took an uncomfortable turn almost as soon as he got off the mountain Sunday. 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. The lead official on the judging panel told a snowboarding website that the judges weren’t provided with replays or shots of some of the angles that were showing up on social media.
China promotes successes of Beijing Olympics so far, but not everyone is singing its praises: China is having a great Olympics, at least that’s the official line. The hosts of Beijing 2022 are on track to match, if not exceed, their best showing at a Winter Games. Viewership is up in China, but in other parts of the world, particularly North America, people aren’t tuning in. Some point to COVID-19 fatigue and lingering political tension.
Canadian Olympic men’s hockey coach details accident that punctured lung: Claude Julien is with his team at the Beijing Olympics. And that’s not all Canada’s men’s hockey coach is thankful for. The 61-year-old made a surprise return to the fold Thursday after not initially travelling with the group to China. Hockey Canada said late last month Julien suffered broken ribs when he slipped on some ice in what was described as a “team-building exercise” during training camp in Switzerland. While that description was accurate, it didn’t come close to telling the whole story.
Ukrainian skeleton slider uses Olympic spotlight to call for peace: Ukraine’s Vladyslav Heraskevych used his moment in the Olympic spotlight to make a gesture of peace regarding the tense situation on Ukraine’s border with Russia. After completing his third run in the men’s skeleton event at the Yanqing National Sliding Centre on Friday night the 23-year-old briefly flashed a paper sign reading “No war in Ukraine”, he said speaking to reporters after the race.
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