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Olympic events for Feb. 19, 2022
- Four-man bobsleigh race: Pilot Justin Kripps and his crew finished the four-heat race in three minutes 55.09 seconds, capturing bronze for Canada.
- Speed skating: Canada’s Ivanie Blondin scored silver in Saturday morning’s mass start final. She made a brilliant push in front of the 17-woman field in the 16-lap race – an almost roller-derby style event with skaters jockeying and pushing for position. Earlier this week, she celebrated a gold in the team pursuit event with Valérie Maltais and Isabelle Weidemann.
- Bobsled: The German sliding domination continued Saturday with Laura Nolte driving to gold and Mariama Jamanka winning silver in women’s bobsled. Canada’s Christine de Bruin and brakewoman Kristen Bujnowski finished in fifth, while fellow Canadians Cynthia Appiah and Dawn Richardson Wilson finished eighth, despite flipping their sled on the final corner of their third run and crossing the finish on their side.
- Curling: Four years after losing in the final at the Pyeongchang Games to American upstart John Shuster, Niklas Edin led Sweden to the gold medal on Saturday, beating Britain 5-4 in the first extra-end men’s final in Olympic history.
Off the field
- Closing ceremony: Speed skater Isabelle Weidemann was named Canada’s flag-bearer for the closing ceremony on Saturday. The 26-year-old from Ottawa won a complete set of medals in Beijing, including a gold in team pursuit.
- Figure skaters file appeal: U.S. figure skaters were denied a last-ditch request to have their silver medals in the team event awarded before the end of the Olympics. Kamila Valieva led the Russian team to a victory in last week’s team event, and the U.S. finished second. But after Valieva’s positive doping test was disclosed, the International Olympic Committee said it would not award medals in any events in which she finished among the top three.
- Paris 2024: After two Games clouded by COVID-19 restrictions, Paris 2024 is looking to launch a new momentum for the sporting extravaganza, promising a “light at the end of the tunnel,” says Olympics organizing committee president Tony Estanguet. In Paris, the whole city will embrace the Games, with some events staged at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
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Strong winds postpone alpine skiing race
The last alpine skiing race of the Beijing Olympics has been moved to Saturday evening because of strong winds. Gusts at up to about 65 kilometres per hour led to the announcement of two one-hour delays, before the International Ski Federation eventually said it would not be possible to hold the competition at all. Canada is set to race against Slovenia, and U.S. alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin is scheduled to compete in her sixth race of the Winter Games.
Canada’s Justin Kripps in third midway Olympic four-man bobsled event
Canada’s Justin Kripps was in third place midway through the four-man bobsled competition at the Olympic Games: “It was pretty good execution,” Kripps said. “(We’re) going to look to come out and do the same thing tomorrow (Sunday).” German sleds were in the top two positions. The finals are tonight at 10:20 p.m. ET.
A bus ride to nowhere sums up the Beijing Games
Cathal Kelly writes that a miserable cross-country odyssey sadly summed up this dreadful Olympics. “We already knew the Olympics is a business machine. But this was the first time you could really see the gears grinding. Even watching at home, you must have noticed how the jubilation was less jubilant, and the dejection more dejected. This environment flattened and warped emotions. After a while, all you wanted to do was go for a walk. To anywhere.”