We are now 16 days into the XXIV Olympic Winter Games being held in Beijing China. There are now 3 days left in the 2022 Olympics. Alpine Skiing, Bobsleigh, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Nordic Combined, and Speed Skating continued. Medals were handed out for Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Nordic Combined, and Speed Skating.
Alpine Skiing. In Alpine Skiing there was Women’s Alpine Combined Downhill and Women’s Alpine Combined Slalom. Switzerlands Michelle Gisin won gold. Switzerlands Wendy Holdener won silver. Italys Federica Brignone won bronze. Alpine Skiing finishes on the 18th.
Bobsleigh. In Bobsleigh they had a bunch of training. Bobsleigh will continue tonight.
Curling. In Curling they finished up the group Men’s and Women’s stage. In the Men’s competition, Great Britain, Sweden, Canada and the United States qualified for the Semifinals. In the Women’s competition, Switzerland, Sweden, Great Britain, and Japan qualified for the Semifinals. In the Men’s Semifinal games, Sweden beat Canada, and Great Britain beat the United States. Sweden and Great Britain will play in the gold medal match. Canada and the United States will play in the bronze medal match.
Curling will continue with the Men’s bronze medal game and the Women’s Semifinals.
Men’s standings and bracket:
Women’s standings and bracket:
The big story in Figure Skating right now is how Kamila Valieva ROC (Russia) figure skater, tested positive for banned substances. First off Russia is already in trouble for doping. that’s why they compete as ROC (Russian Olympic Committee). Secondly she is underage. That’s just necessary information that I am throwing out there. Her testing positive led to a multiple day delay in handing out the medals for the figure skating team event. During that time there was a hearing where she used her grandfather as an excuse. After the hearing the decision was made that ROC would get their medals and she would be allowed to continue to compete. I think there needed to be a hard stance on this and there wasn’t. Sha’Carri Richardson (USA track star) was upset at this because in 2021 she wasn’t allowed to compete after testing positive for weed. I could write a whole blog just about this but the reality is that they are very different situations. It was two different governing bodies making the decisions. The International Olympic Committee didn’t make these choices. The choice to ban Sha’Carri Richardson for Japan 2021 was made by the US Anti-Doping Agency. The decision to allow Kamila Valieva to continue to compete was made or at least heavily influenced by the International Skating Union. I don’t have time to get into how messed up figure skating can be as a sport.
This story has been overshadowing the entire olympics. For good reason too. This could change how the IOC punishes doping. They may just allow it to happen. This will change how countries look at doping. I think that the IOC by allowing her to compete may have possibly opened up the door for everyone to start doping. I think this could end up like doping in baseball. It will be prevalent. The IOC will try to hide it. Then only those who are being publicly caught (like serious media attention) will be punished but a slap on wrist.
Anyway in olympic Figure Skating they had the Women’s Single Skating – Free Skating. ROC (Russia) Anna Scherbakova won gold. ROC (Russia) Alexandra Trusova won silver. Japans Kaori Sakamoto won bronze. The United States came in 7th, 10th, and 16th. Figure Skating continues in the AM.
Freestyle Skiing. In Freestyle Skiing there was Women’s Freeski Halfpipe Qualification Runs. Women’s Ski Cross. Men’s Freeski Halfpipe Qualification Runs. In Women’s Ski Cross, Swedens Sandra Naeslund won gold. Canadas Marielle Thompson won silver. Germanys Daniela Maier won bronze. Freestyle Skiing continues tonight.
Ice Hockey. There was only one game. The Women’s gold medal game between the United States and Canada. I will talk more in depth about this later. Canada won gold. The United States won silver. Both teams are still miles ahead of everyone else. The Men’s Semifinals are tonight.
Men’s Semifinal matchups:
Women’s medal games result:
Nordic Combined. In Nordic Combined they had the Team Gundersen Large Hill/4x5km, Ski Jumping and Team Gundersen LArge Hill/4x5km, Cross-Country. Norway won gold, Germany won silver. Japan won bronze. The United States came in 6th. The Nordic Combined is finished at the 2022 Olympics.
Speed Skating. In Speed Skating there was the Women’s 1000m. Japans Miho Takagi won gold. Netherlands Jutta Leerdam won silver. The United States Brittany Bowe won bronze. Speed Skating will continue in the AM.
Norway still leads with 14 gold medals. Germany is still in 2nd with 10 gold medals. The United States is still in third with 8 gold medals. Canada is still in 11th with 4 gold medals.
Norway still leads the overall with 29 medals. ROC (Russia) is still in second with 26 medals. Germany is still in third with 22 medals. The United States is in fourth with 21 medals. Canada is in fifth with 20.
The United States has 21 total medals. 8 gold. 8 silver. 5 bronze. Canada has 20 total medals. 4 gold. 5 silver. 11 bronze.
Here is the current medal count:
Coming up is Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, and Speed Skating.