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Peng watches Olympic skiing with IOC president

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, there has been confusion as the medal ceremony for the team figure skating competition was delayed over a legal issue. The Russian Olympic Committee won gold in the event, with the United States and Japan completing the podium, but the medal ceremony did not take place at its scheduled time amid reports that the doping authorities were involved in the delay. The situation was described as an “emerging issue” by an IOC spokesperson.

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Ryota Yamamoto caught

And Yamamoto is caught at the 2.5km mark. The Japanese looks like he knows his race is run as his the European trio (an Austrian and two Germans) blow by him and fill the medal places at the quarter mark of the cross country. They look the favourites to contest gold, though Yamamoto is hanging on for now.

Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 11:07

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Nordic combined 10km underway

Right, things are back underway over at the Nordic combined, with the 10km cross-country portion about 10% of the way through. Japan’s Ryota Yamamoto took a massive lead through from the ski jumping but his margin has already been narrowed to just 15 seconds in the opening kilometre, with a chasing trio of Lukas Greiderer, Johannes Rydzek and Julian Schmid closing in on the leader.

Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 11:06

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Full-time! ROC 1-0 Switzerland

That is that! ROC’s men begin their ice hockey campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Switzerland, striking early and holding on thereafter in an at-times ill-tempered battle at the Beijing National Indoor Stadium. The defending champions are up and skating.

Up next in Group B for ROC are Denmark, who face the Czech Republic later.

Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 11:01

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Still tight between ROC and Switzerland

Yannick Weber isn’t having a particularly good day. The Swiss hockey player was headbutted during the second period and has now taken a rather nasty blow to the jaw from an errant Russian stick. No malice involved, just an unfortunate accident, but the defenseman is in a little bit of pain.

It’s still 1-0 to the ROC with seven minutes left in the third period. Even game. Can Switzerland find an equaliser?

Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 10:49

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Team Muirhead start against Switzerland and Sweden

It’s a brutal opening day for Eve Muirhead’s rink – the European champions collide with the reigning world champions and defending Olympic champions in Switzerland and Sweden. While two defeats would far from end their hopes of progressing to the semi-finals, Muirhead and her team will be keen to get at least one win on the board to build confidence for the rest of the round-robin.

Here’s their full schedule:

Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 10:40

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Curling schedule for Men’s and Women’s Teams released

The mixed doubles produced an exceptionally tight competition with a surprise winning Italian pair, and the curling drama at Beijing 2022 is far from over. The Men’s and Women’s competitions begin tomorrow, with Bruce Mouat skip of Team GB’s male rink, who begin their campaign against…

Italy! Newly crowned mixed doubles Olympic champion Amos Mosaner plays third for the Italians, whose skip is the vastly experienced Joël Retornaz.

Here’s the full Team Mouat schedule:

Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 10:31

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Butting in

Another fracas on the ice. Anton Slepyshev gets a little bump from a Swiss player and is not happy at all, raising his hackles and headbutting Yannick Weber, who looks a little bemused by the whole thing. It’s not particularly forceful, but the officials give Slepyshev a double penalty – off he skates to the penalty box shaking his head. He’ll have a four-minute sitdown.

Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 10:06

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Handbags!

It’s all kicked off between Switzerland and the ROC in the ice hockey, with both sets of players rushing in for a scrap after a Russian pushes a Swiss defender over the goalie. The Russian coach Alexei Zhamnov looks thoroughly unimpressed by the whole affair. A couple of Russians are sent to the penalty box. It’s still 1-0 to the ROC with the defences on top.

Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 09:53

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Lindsey Jacobellis finally wins gold

You will struggle to find a more popular gold than Lindsay Jacobellis’ during these Winter Olympics. Denied in such cruel fashion in Turin in 2006 after her tumble in the final metres, the American is a bonafide snowsports great but at her fifth Olympics at the age of 36 and competing in an unpredictable sport against a slew of younger stars, it looked like the quadrennial title she so desperately coveted might just elude her.

But now Jacobellis can add Olympic champion to her rather impressive CV after a dominant performance in the final – the American led from start to finish and held her nerve at the last to claim a remarkable win.

Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 09:46

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Men’s ice hockey begins

Today is the first day of men’s ice hockey action at the Beijing National Indoor Stadium, with the ROC currently a goal up on Switzerland in the opening skirmishes of the second period. It was hoped until just before Christmas that teams would be able to call upon their NHL stars at the Winter Olympics, but owing to a disrupted season caused by the coronavirus, the North American league decided that it would not release any players to their national teams for a second consecutive Games.

Strip away the stars, and what remains? Unlike the NHL stars, Tom Harle is in Beijing and previews what could be a wide-open battle for gold:

Harry Latham-Coyle9 February 2022 09:35

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