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Olympic events for Feb. 9, 2022
- Snowboard: Elizabeth Hosking fell in her final run to knock her out of medal contention in women’s halfpipe, placing sixth with 79.25 points. Calgary’s Brooke D’Hondt, making her Olympics debut, finished 10th with a score of 66.75. U.S. Chloe Kim won gold with stunning run. Earlier today Canada’s Meryeta O’Dine raced to a bronze medal in the women’s snowboard cross in her Olympic debut. . Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States crossed the finish line in front to win her first Olympic title in her fifth Games.
- Figure skating: Canadian figure skater Keegan Messing finished 11th in men’s singles at the Beijing Olympics, just three days after he arrived in China. Nathan Chen of the United States claimed his maiden Olympic title when he won the gold medal in the men’s singles.
- Skeleton: In the first run for men’s individual, Blake Enzie placed 19th.
- Alpine skiing: In the men’s combined, Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde tamed the downhill course in one minute, 43.12 seconds. Canada’s James Crawford was second in the opening race, two hundredths of a second behind him.. Earlier, Erin Mielzynski was the top Canadian in the women’s slalom, finishing 16th. Laurence St-Germain of Saint-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., was one spot back of her teammate. Two-time Olympic U.S. champion Mikaela Shiffrin’s second race ended even more quickly than her first
- Speed skating: Quebec’s Steven Dubois has won a silver medal in men’s 1,500m short-track speed skating at the Beijing Olympics. Canadian speedskating star Charles Hamelin, one of Canada’s flag bearers, didn’t compete for a medal in his last individual Olympic event after failing to advance to the final. Pascal Dion failed to advance past the semis. Meanwhile, Canadians Alyson Charles and Courtney Sarault advanced past the first round of the women’s 1,000, while Kim Boutin was eliminated in heartbreaking fashion.
- Freestyle skiing: Canadian freestyle skier Evan McEachran landed an impressive trick on his first run before falling to ninth in the men’s big air event at the Beijing Olympics.
- Curling: After disappointment in the mixed doubles event, Canada got another shot at curling glory on Wednesday when Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker opened round-robin play with a 10-5 victory over Denmark.
- Ice hockey: The Russian ice hockey team started its defense Wednesday of the Olympic men’s gold medal with a 1-0 win over Switzerland in Beijing. It wasn’t the convincing start to the tournament the Russians may have hoped for as they were outshot 33-30 by a Swiss team not expected to contend for a medal.
Off the field
Team figure skating medal ceremony delay amid legal issue: The first big doping case at the Beijing Olympics involves one of its biggest stars. The ongoing legal issue that could affect the medallists in the team figure skating competition has caused the award ceremony to be delayed. Kamila Valieva of the Russia Olympic Committee is just 15 years old and has protections as a minor in the anti-doping rule book, but is suspected of a violation. Canada placed fourth and would be in line to be upgraded. Cathal Kelly writes that the festering story returns Russia to its black-hat glory.
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What to watch tomorrow, Feb. 10
- Snowboard, men’s snowboard cross final 1 a.m. ET
- Curling, men round robin, Canada vs. Norway 1:05 a.m. ET
- Alpine skiing, men’s alpine combined, slalom 🥇 1:15 a.m. ET
- Snowboard, men’s snowboard cross, quarterfinal and semifinal 1:37 a.m. ET
- Cross-country skiing, women’s 10km classic style 🥇 2 a.m. ET
- Snowboard, men’s snowboard cross, finals 🥇 2:15 a.m. ET
- Freestyle skiing, mixed aerials team, final 🥇 6 a.m. ET
- Speed skating, women’s 5000m 🥇 7 a.m. ET
- Curling, women round robin, Canada vs. Korea 7:05 a.m. ET
- Ice hockey, men Group A, Canada vs. Germany 8:10 a.m. ET
- Luge, mixed team relay 🥇8:30 a.m. ET
- Snowboard, men’s halfpipe, final 🥇 8:30 p.m. ET
- Alpine skiing, women’s Super G 🥇 10 p.m. ET
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Meet the U.S. DJs spinning the soundtrack to the Beijing Games: Michael Nakagawa also known as DJ Naka G, is from Aspen, Colo., and had spent much of this year snowboarding, introducing his children to the sport, before he boarded a plane to China early this month. He’s an Olympic veteran: Beijing is his fifth Games. DJs are among the thousands of people working behind the scenes at an Olympics, doing jobs that are often invisible but whose absence would be instantly noticeable, both to spectators at the events and those watching on TV at home. James Griffiths got a chance to catch up with him after a set.
‘The waiting’s over’: Canada set to open men’s Olympic hockey tournament against Germany: Jeremy Colliton accidentally fired a puck into the bench during a drill to send some of his players ducking for cover. Following some lighthearted ribbing, Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey coach and the team got back to work. “Setting the tone,” Colliton deadpanned to a couple reporters. The team’s third bench boss since December after the NHL pulled the plug on its participation at the Beijing Games because of COVID-19 was making light of the moment. But doing just that – along with imposing its will early – is what Canada will be looking for against Germany in Thursday’s tournament opener.
Canadian women’s hockey team battle-tested by men’s Junior A clubs: The Canadian women’s hockey team was pushed out of its comfort zone in pre-Olympic preparation. The players didn’t always like it. Regular games against male triple-A hockey teams became a standard part of Canada’s “centralization” starting in 2006. Skating, passing and making decisions in high gear was an effective means of getting the Canadian women ready to play archrival United States in the Olympic women’s tournament.
Olympic mascot selling out: There were long queues outside stores in Beijing selling plush toy versions of Bing Dwen Dwen on Tuesday, while inside the Olympic bubble, the official store sold out before midday, as Chinese volunteers, journalists and staff flocked to snap them up. A manufacturing crunch caused by the Lunar New Year coincided with the opening of the Olympics, has led to shortages of the mascot, driving up the price of souvenirs on the secondary market.
Belarusian skier flees country: A Belarusian cross-country skier has fled the country with her family because of fears of reprisals by authorities after she was barred from competition over the family’s political views, she and her father said. Darya Dolidovich and her family are now in Poland, where she hopes to continue training, Sergei Dolidovich, a seven-time Olympian cross-country skier who also coaches Darya, told Reuters in an interview by video call with his daughter on Tuesday.