We are now 10 days into the XXIV Olympic Winter Games being held in Beijing China. I wasn’t able to get all the blogs I wanted to get done yesterday. I should be able to get a lot more out today. Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-Country Skiing, Curling, Ice Hockey, Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding and Speed Skating took place. Medals were handed out for Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing, Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Snowboarding and Speed Skating.
In Alpine Skiing they had the Women’s Super-G. Switzerlands Lara Gut-Behrami won gold. Austrias Mirjam Puchner won silver. Switzerlands Michelle Gisin won bronze. Alpine Skiing continues tonight.
In Biathlon they had the Women’s 7.5km Sprint. Norways Marte Olsbu Roeiseland won gold. Swedens Elvira Oeberg won silver. Italys Dorothea Wierer won bronze. The United States came in 27th, 34th, 37th, and 46th. Biathlon will continue in the AM.
There was more trining in Bobsleigh. Bobsleigh will continue tonight.
Cross-Country Skiing had the Men’s 15km Classic. Finlands Iivo Niskanen aon gold. ROC (Russia) Alexander Bolshunov won silver. Norways Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo won bronze. The United States came in 38th, 42nd, 48th, and 66th. Cross-Country Skiing continues tonight.
In Curling there was more round robin matches for both the Men’s and Women’s competitions. Eleven matches were played. In the Men’s competition Sweden is the only team still undefeated. Canada, Great Britain, Switzerland, and the United Sates are all tied for second. In the Women’s competition Switzerland and the United States are tied for first. Both teams are undefeated. Canada, Denmark, Japan, Republic of Korea, and Sweden are all tied for second place. Curling will continue with 11 more matches tonight.
There was a lot to cover yesterday in Ice Hockey. However I wasn’t able to get out the additional blog posts I wanted. I apologize for that. I will cover Olympic Ice Hockey in three or four additional posts today. Ice Hockey continues tonight with 6 more games.
In some olympic hockey news there have been reports saying that Canadian born Women’s goalie for the Chinese team is not allowed to speak english. This blows up a hole other story where all the athletes representing China have to speak mandarin. A lot of the athletes representing China (especially in Ice Hockey) are North American. This just another story of poor treatment of athletes at the 2022 Olympics. You can read more about it here.
Men’s Group standings:
Women’s Quarterfinal matchups and results:
In Short Track Speed Skating they had Men’s 5000m races and the Women’s 1000m came to an end. Netherlands Suzanne Schulting set the world and olympic record on here way to win gold. Republic of Koreas Minjeong Choi won silver. Belgiums Hanne Desmet won bronze. The United States came in 4th in Final A. The United States also came in 3rd and 5th in final B. Short Track Speed Skating will continue on the 13th.
Skeleton. Women’s heats 1 and 2. Men’s heats 3 and 4. Germanys Christopher Grotheer won gold. Germanys Axel Jungk won silver. Chinas Wengang Yan won bronze. Skeleton finishes up in the AM.
Ski Jumping. They had Qualification for the Men’s Large Hill Individual competition. Ski Jumping continues in the AM.
Snowboard. In Snowboarding they had the Men’s Halfpipe Final Runs. Japans Ayumu Hirano won gold. Australias Scotty James won silver. Switzerlands Jan Scherrer won bronze. The United States came in 4th, 5th and 7th. Shaun White was only 2 point out of a podium spot.
For the first time in what feels like a long time the USA didn’t medal in this event. This was Shaun Whites final competition. Ever. The big news coming out of the final though is that one of the announcer for NBC was heavily critical of the judges. Normally (especially on NBC) announcers are not critical of officials or judges. Along with this it is hard to find the video of it since NBC in the worst marketing move imaginable doesn’t want anyone sharing highlights of the olympics. You can read more about what happened here.
Snowboarding continues on the 13th.
Men’s Halfpipe results:
Speed Skating continued with the Men’s 10,000m competition. Swedens Nils Van Der Poel won gold. Patrick Roest of the Netherlands won silver. Itlays Davide Ghiotto won bronze. Speed Skating continues in the AM.
Germany is still in the lead with 7 gold medals. Norway is still in second with 6. the Netherlands have moved up to third with 5 gold medals. The United States is in sixth with 4 gold medals. Canada is in 14th with 1 gold medal.
Norway and Austria are now tied in first in the overall with 14 medals. ROC (Russia) and Canada are tied for third with 12 medals. The United States is tied for 6th with 10 medals.
The United States has 10 total medals. 4 gold. 5 silver. 1 bronze. Canada has 12 total medals. 1 gold. 4 silver. 7 bronze.
Here is the current medal count:
Coming up is Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Nordic Combined, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding and Speed Skating.