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Day five of the Winter Olympics is well underway, on what could have been a significant day for Team GB. Charlotte Bankes was a big medal hope for Great Britain but her Olympic dream ended in heartbreak after she finished third in her quarter-final heat. In what was a crazy race, described by Bankes as her “worst of the season”, the world champion and World Cup points leader was beaten to the line in a photo-finish as Team GB’s medal drought continued.
The USA eventually ended its longest-ever wait for its first gold medal of a Winter Olympics, but there was more disappointment for medal favourite Mikaela Shiffrin, who had hoped to bounce back from a poor showing in the giant slalom earlier this week. She lost control about five seconds into her opening run of the slalom — and that was it for her in the event. The gold medal came in remarkable circumstances, as Lindsey Jacobellis won snowboard cross gold to end 16 years of hurt. In 2006, Jacobellis threw away gold on the final jump of her race, in one of the most infamous Winter Olympics moments of all time, but she finally has her crowning victory at the age of 36.
Elsewhere, Great Britain’s Farrell Treacy upset the odds to reach the men’s 1,500m short track speed skating final after benefitting from disqualifications ahead of him in the semi-finals. Fellow Brit Kathryn Thomson was less fortunate and failed to progress in women’s 1,000m. Follow the latest updates:
Scores on the doors
So to round-up the four scores from the first session of men’s curling at the Ice Cube:
Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 15:09
And victory goes to the defending champions! A nervy-old start for the Americans, but a single point in the extra end is good enough to get them off the mark at Beijing 2022.
Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 15:05
Clash between USA and ROC goes to an extra end
The final curling match, and indeed final Winter Olympic action, of the day is the encounter between the USA and the ROC, which has gone to an extra end after a dramatic finish.
The Russians had the hammer and spent a long time ahead of playing it trying to decipher who was lying shot, with it virtually indistinguishable to the naked eye which team’s stone was closer to the centre of the button.
Satisfied that it was theirs, the ROC knocked out the USA guard, and after a nervous wait for the measurement were confirmed as scoring one, taking the tie to an extra end.
Which isn’t far from finishing…
Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 15:03
Norway also win their first game
A real battle between Norway and Switzerland, but a vital two-stone penultimate end with the hammer from Norway left the Swiss with plenty to do and Steffen Walstad closes it out, taking a point as the Norwegians secure a 7-4 victory.
Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 14:50
Sweden beat China in men’s curling
That’s all she wrote for home hopes in the men’s curling team’s opening round-robin fixture – Sweden had the hammer in the final end and use it perfectly, playing safe to score a single stone and seal a 6-4 victory. The world champions are away with a win.
Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 14:46
Farrell Treacy “proud” of being Olympic finalist
Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 14:40
Game of Stones
The first men’s matches at the Ice Cube are just coming to a close, andthe defending champions are in a real battle – the USA, led again by John Shuster, are ahead ROC by a single stone after nine ends (5-4), and the Russians have the hammer.
Underway with a dominant win are Canada (10-5 against Denmark, with two three-point ends with the hammer), while Sweden vs China (5-4) has been pretty cagey.
The encounter between Switzerland and Norway is 6-4 to the Nordic nation. Norway could do with taking that – they’ve got Canada up next tomorrow.
Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 14:34
Germany continue luge clean sweep
You certainly wouldn’t bet against the Germans for the team relay tomorrow, putting forward the three Olympic champions into their four-person team. Can anyone stop them completing a three-peat in the mixed event?
Just to tidy up the doubles result, it is as you were after the first run – German’s second sled Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken will stand on the second step of the podium, and Austria’s Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller have won bronze.
Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 14:20
Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt complete the three-peat
Three in a row! As they were in Sochi and Pyeongchang, Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt are Olympic champions!
By 0.099 of a second, they beat their compatriots to gold, with the quartet celebrating on the ice and joined by the rest of the German luge squad. They’ve been competing as a pair since they were 13-year-olds in Bavaria and the “The Two Tobis” are champions again.
Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 14:15
Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken
0.045 of a second is all that separates the two German luge units at the top of the second run. Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken hold a narrow lead in the World Cup standings over their compatriots, but this is a different level of pressure. It was bronze last time around for this pair…
A solid effort, if a touch slower than their first run, and at least a silver secured. Over to the defending champions.
Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 14:11