Today marks day six of the XXIV Olympic Winter Games being held in Beijing China. Unfortunately overshadowing everything right now is the treatment of the athletes. According to reports, athletes in isolation are not being properly fed, athletes are being let out out of isolation only to be sent back seemingly randomly, the conditions of isolation are inhumane, the bar set to be sent to isolation or be hospitalized is very low, athletes are also being kept in isolation unnecessarily. All of that is according to reports from athletes, team staff, and team doctors. There are also reports of a lack of food at the olympics. According to reports the United States was one of the only teams prepared for a lack of food and brought extra food with them to China.
Non of this should be happening. The IOC (International Olympic Committee) has stated that they will deal with concerns from athletes and teams. If it has gotten to the point where the teams are going to the media to complain they have probably already spoken with the IOC and the IOC has done nothing. There are still 13 days left in the olympics. We will see what the IOC does as this story develops.
I believe the olympics should be a safe environment for everyone involved athletes, teams, staff, and fans alike. I believe it should be not just physically safe but mentally safe as well. Athletes shouldn’t have to worry about where their next meal comes from or of they can even eat it at the olympics. Despite all of this the athletes deserve to be celebrated for their accomplishments. Just because the organizers have screw up doesn’t mean that the athletes don’t deserve credit.
Here is an article that mentions in more details through quotes what I am talking about.
Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Women’s Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, Snowboard, and Speed Skating happened. Medals were handed out for Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Figure Skating, Ski Jumping, Snowboard, and Speed Skating.
In Alpine Skiing the Men’s Downhill completed. Switzerlands Beat Feuz won gold. Frances Johan Clarey won silver. Austrias Matthias Mayer won bronze. The United States came in 14th, 19th and 20th. The Women’s Giant Slalom also completed. Swedens Sara Hector took gold. Italys Federica Brignone got silver. Switzerlands Lara Gut-Behrami got bronze. Alpine Skiing Continues tonight with the Men’s Super-G.
*I cant show highlights because NBC has disabled playback on other sites on their YouTube channel and I am not going to like their videos either if they are going to be stubborn like that
In the Biathlon they had the Women’s 15km Individual competition. Denise Herrmann of Germany won gold. Frances Anais Chevalier-Bouchet won silver. Norways Marte Olsbu Roeiseland won bronze. The United States came in 7th, 39th, 57th, and 63rd. The Biathlon will continue tonight in the AM.
Curling Continued their final games of the round robin.
Below are the current standings. The United States did not secure a top 4 spot and will not be moving on. Canada will also not be moving on. That is a big surprise there. They tied with Sweden but Sweden got the 4th place spot. Norway and Italy will be in the gold medal match. Sweden and Great Britain will be in the bronze medal matches.
Curling will continue tonight. Both medal matches will be played tonight.
Figure skating finished up the team event. ROC (Russia) took gold. They have a long history of having excellent figure skaters. The United States won silver. Japan won bronze.
The big story coming out of last nights figure skating was Zhu Zi. She had a pretty bad performance after falling twice. She is a United States born skates her gave up her citizenship to skate for China. According to Yahoo! Spots, she was trolled on Chinese social media after her performance. The Chineses fans didn’t like her because she is an American. Her performance gave them a reason to go after her. The Chineses censors then shut that down. but that is the big story coming out of figure skating.
Figure Skating will continue will continue tonight with the Men’s Singles Skating – Short Program
FreeStyle Skiing continued with a bunch of qualification runs.
In other Freestyle Skiing news Reno/Tahoe local and defending olympic gold medalist David Wise has just left Reno and is on his way to China.
There were four Women’s Ice Hockey games. All except for one game were within one goal. The big news coming out of this was the hour long delay in the game between Canada and ROC (Russia). I will go in depth on all of this in my next post later today.
Below are the upcoming games. I am super excited for the USA and Canada game tonight. So much so that I have organized a watch party. No matter the score it will be a great game.
Luge had more training runs. Luge will continue tonight.
Short track Speed Skating had the Women’s 500m and Men’s 1000m events. In the Women’s 500m Italys Arianna Fontana won gold. Netherlands Suzanne Schulting won silver. Canadas Kim Boutin won bronze. In the Men’s 1000m Chinas Ziwei ren won gold. Chinas Wenlong Li won silver. Hungarys Shaoang Liu won bronze. The United States came in last in final B. Short Track Speed Skating will continue on the 9th.
The Skeleton Started. They had a bunch of training runs. The Skeleton will continue tonight.
In Ski Jumping they had the Mixed Team competition. Slovenia won gold. ROC (Russia) won silver. Canada won bronze. Ski Jumping Continues on the 9th.
In Snow Boarding they had the Men’s Slopestyle event. Canadas Max Parrot won gold. Chinas Timing Su won silver. Canadas Mark McMorris won bronze. The United States came in 4th, 6th and 12th. Snowboarding will continue tonight.
Speed Skating has the Women’s 1500m competition. Netherlands Ireen Wust won gold. Japans Miho Takagi won silver. Netherlands Antoinette De Jong won bronze. The United States came in 10th and 20th. Speed Skating continues tonight in the AM.
Sweden is in the lead with 3 gold medals. ROC (Russia) is in second with 2 gold medals. Netherlands is in third with 2 gold medals. The United States has 3 silver medals. Canada is in 9th with one gold. ROC (Russia) leads the total medal count with 7. Canada is in second with 6. The United States is tied for 14th with only 3 medals.
Here is the current medal count:
Coming up is Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Women’s Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Skeleton, Snowboard, and speed skating.