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It was a busy day on the podium for Team Canada on Thursday, bringing home silver medals in speed skating and snowboard cross, and bronze in men’s alpine and mixed aerials. Read here for more coverage of news and the day’s events

Marie-Michele Gagnon, of Canada makes a turn during the women's super-G at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, in the Yanqing district of Beijing.The Associated Press

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Olympic events for Feb. 10, 2022
  • Alpine Skiing: Canada’s Marie-Michele Gagnon was the fastest Canadian in the women’s super-G event on Friday, The native of Lac-Etchemin, Que., finished the course in one minute 14.65 seconds to place 14th. Two-time Olympic Alpine gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin finished a distant ninth, 0.79 seconds behind Lara Gut-Behrami who won gold.
  • Skeleton: Mirela Rahneva sits in ninth for women’s individual after her second run.
  • Snowboard: Three-time halfpipe champion Shaun White finished fourth in his final Olympics while Ayumu Hirano of Japan wins gold. Earlier, Canada’s Eliot Grondin has brought home a silver medal in men’s snowboard cross, coming 0.02 seconds behind Austria’s Alessandro Hmmerle in a photo finish. Grondin , had the fastest time in seeding. Elizabeth Hosking placed sixth in women’s halfpipe. American Chloe Kim successfully defended her Olympic title, throwing down a 94.00 in her first run to win gold. Writing on Thursday, The Globe’s Cathal Kelly describes Kim as “the people’s champion”. Calgary’s Brooke D’Hondt, making her Olympic debut, finished 10th with a score of 66.75. The 16-year-old D’Hondt is the youngest member of Canada’s Olympic delegation.
  • Speed skating: Canadian speed skater Isabelle Weidemann has won silver in the women’s 5,000 metres, her second medal of the Beijing Olympics. She also won bronze in the women’s 3,000 metres for Canada’s first medal of the Games.
  • Freestyle skiing: Canada’s mixed aerials team of Marion Thenault, Miha Fontaine and Lewis Irving has won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics with a total of 290.98 points to edge out fourth-place Switzerland, which totalled 276.01 points. It marks Canada’s first aerials medal since the 2002 Salt Lake Games, when Veronica Brenner won silver and Deidra Dionne claimed bronze in the women’s event.
  • Skiing: Toronto’s Jack Crawford won bronze in men’s alpine combined at the Beijing Olympics on Thursday. He was fourth in the men’s downhill on Monday — missing the podium by seven hundredths of a second — and then placing sixth in the men’s super-G on Tuesday. Crawford’s bronze market Canada’s first-ever medal in alpine combined. The Globe’s Cathal Kelly writes that the skier’s bronze medal comes as a shock. other Canadians cracked the top 10. Broderick Thompson of Whistler, B.C., was eighth while Brodie Seger of North Vancouver, B.C., came in ninth.
  • Curling: Canada’s Brad Gushue defeated Norway’s Steffen Walstad 6-5 in men’s round robin play. Gushue (2-0) made an open draw for a single in the 10th end for the victory. Canada shot 92 per cent as a team and Gushue finished at 99 per cent, making all seven of his draws. Skip Jennifer Jones opened her round-robin schedule with a 12-7 victory over South Korea’s EunJung Kim on Thursday.
  • Ice hockey: Ben Street had a goal and an assist as Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey team stormed out of the gate early before cruising to a 5-1 victory over Germany on Thursday. Alex Grant, Daniel Winnik, Maxim Noreau and Jordan Weal also scored in both countries’ tournament opener, while Eric O’Dell and Kent Johnson added two assists each. Edward Pasquale made 23 saves.
  • Figure skating: Canadian figure skater Keegan Messing finished 11th in men’s singles at the Beijing Olympics. Nathan Chen of the United States claimed his maiden Olympic title when he won the gold medal in the men’s singles. The Globe’s Rachel Brady reports that the performance left no doubt that Chen is the world’s best male figure skater
Off the field
  • Figure skating controversy: Russia’s 15-year-old figure skating sensation Kamila Valieva failed a test for a banned substance before her Olympic debut, but a provisional suspension was lifted by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency — a decision against which the International Olympic Committee will appeal. The teenager was part of the Russian Olympic Committee team that won the figure skating team event on Monday. The medal ceremony was delayed for “legal reasons.” Valieva appealed the suspension on Feb. 9 and and her future at the Beijing Olympics will be decided before her next event on Tuesday. Canada placed fourth and would be in line to be upgraded. Cathal Kelly writes that the festering story returns Russia to its black-hat glory.
  • COVID-19: The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee said on Friday that a total of 11 new COVID-19 cases were detected among games-related personnel on Feb. 10.
  • Dining options limited due to COVID concerns: Meal options at a Beijing Olympics hotel have been halved due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Two cafes, three restaurants, and a convenience store within the Prince Hotel by Secret Garden compound were closed suddenly on Thursday.
The day in pictures
  • Canada's silver medallist, Eliot Grondin, during the men's snowboard cross medal ceremony on Day 6 of the Beijing Winter Olympics.Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac

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What to watch tomorrow, Feb. 11
  • Curling, women, round robin Canada vs. Japan 1:05 a.m. ET
  • Cross-country skiing, Men’s 15 km classic style 🥇 2 a.m. ET
  • Speed skating, men’s 10,000 m 🥇 3 a.m. ET
  • Biathlon, women’s 7.5km sprint 🥇 4 a.m. ET
  • Short track, women’s 1,000 m quarter-final 6 a.m. ET
  • Curling, men, round robin, Canada vs. Switzerland 7:05 a.m. ET
  • Short track, women’s 1,000 m, finals 🥇 7:37 a.m. ET
  • Ice hockey, women’s quarter-final, Canada vs. Sweden 8:10 a.m. ET
  • Skeleton, men’s individual Run 4 🥇 8:55 a.m. ET
  • Curling, women, round robin, Canada vs. Sweden 8:05 p.m. ET
  • Snowboard, mixed snowboard cross team, quarter-final 9 p.m. ET
  • Snowboard, mixed snowboard cross team, final 🥇 9:50 p.m. ET
  • Ice hockey, men, Group A, Canada vs. United States 11:10 p.m. ET
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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.

2022 Beijing Olympics - Ice Hockey - Men's Prelim. Round - Group A - United States v China - National Indoor Stadium, Beijing, China - February 10, 2022. Jieruimi Shimisi of China reacts to a goal. Pool via REUTERS/Bruce Bennett TPX IMAGES OF THE DAYBRUCE BENNETT/Reuters

U.S.’s Nathan Chen jumps to figure-skating gold at Beijing Olympics, while rival Yuzuru Hanyu falters: Nathan Chen left no doubt that he’s the world’s best male figure skater. With a long program set to Elton John’s Rocket Man and popping with five quadruple jumps, the American blew away the competition for gold at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Thursday.

Gold medalist Nathan Chen of the United States stands for his national anthem during the medal ceremony for the men's free skate figure skating on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Beijing.Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press

ROC women’s hockey player Maria Pechnikova reportedly tests positive for COVID-19: Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) women’s ice hockey player Maria Pechnikova tested positive for COVID-19 at the Beijing Olympics, Russian news agency TASS reported on Thursday.

Canada forward Natalie Spooner and Russian Olympic Committee defender Maria Pechnikova during a game at the Beijing Olympics, on Feb. 7.Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

American Mikaela Shiffrin to start super-G race despite setbacks: American Mikaela Shiffrin will start in Friday’s super-G race, a U.S. Ski team spokeswoman said, after considering pulling out of the event following early exits from her specialist events. Shiffrin failed to finish in either the slalom or giant slalom, her two favoured races.

Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States walks through the finish area after a training run at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022.Luca Bruno/The Associated Press

Meet the U.S. DJs spinning the soundtrack to the Beijing Games: Michael Nakagawa also known as DJ Naka G, is from Aspen, Colo., and had spent much of this year snowboarding. He’s an Olympic veteran: Beijing is his fifth Games. DJs are among the thousands of people working behind the scenes at an Olympics, doing jobs that are often invisible but whose absence would be instantly noticeable. James Griffiths got a chance to catch up with him after a set.

Michael Nakagawa, DJ Naka G, works in his studio overlooking the Yanqing National Alpine Ski Centre, near Beijing, China, on February 8, 2022.James Griffiths/The Globe and Mail

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