BEIJING – Last on Beijing Winter Olympics:
American skater Vincent Zhou has come out of quarantine after receiving positive results at the Beijing Games at COVID-19, and he plans to perform at an exhibition gala program that traditionally closes the Olympic program on Sunday.
Zhou had just helped the U.S. team win silver on Feb. 7 when he was called to say he had a positive result. The term of the results, the day before the short program for men, left him no choice but to refuse to participate in competitions.
Zhou said he didn’t watch it because “it was too emotionally hard,” but he watched the results and was happy that teammate Nathan Chen won the gold medal. He spent his time instead “first browsing Netflix” at an isolation hotel about 30 minutes from the Olympic Village.
Among those who approached Zhou was singer Josh Groban, whose music is used in his short program. Zhou said it made him feel “appreciated and supported” while he spent long days locked in his room.
French skier Clement Noel made a stunning second race to win the slalom at the Beijing Olympics by a wide margin on Wednesday.
Noel rose from the sixth after the first match and beat the leader of the first network Johannes Stroltz from Austria by 0.61 seconds after announcing the fastest second race.
World champion Sebastian Foss-Solevaag from Norway took his position and took bronze, trailing by 0.70.
Noel finished fourth in the slalom at the 2018 PyeongChang Games.
Stroltz also won a gold medal in the competition last week.
The United States has staggered out of the men’s hockey tournament at the Olympics after losing the lead.
Marek Hryvik scored a goal 43.7 seconds before the end, Peter Čehlarik won, and Slovakia defeated the USA 3-2 on Wednesday in a series of bullets and knocked out the first sown Americans reached the quarterfinals. The United States was leading nearly half the game before a draw when Slovakia pulled their goalkeeper on an additional striker who played 6 to 5.
The United States has become accustomed to playing tough games in the tournament, beating Canada by two goals and Germany by one. But the inflated coating ahead allowed Hrivik to score a puck past goalkeeper Strauss Mann, who has been impressive so far.
Coming out empty on four power games, including three in the third period, he returned to bite the Americans. Mattie Beniers hit the post with one of the best scoring chances in the US in the third, but the team failed to break Patrick Fisher, who for the second day in a row played in goal for Slovakia.
US bobsledder Elana Meers Taylor thinks of resigning after 15 years in the sport.
She has performed on at least 15 different bobsleigh tracks in 11 countries. In her sleigh were at least 41 different teammates.
She has more Olympic medals than any bobsledder in U.S. history, and has a chance at another one this weekend. She became a defender, fighting for women’s equality in sports. And on the way she became a wife and mother.
Meyers Taylor did not say exactly what her plans were, but she was thinking about retirement and hinted that female race at the Beijing Olympics – which starts on Friday and ends on Saturday – can represent her last official time in sledding.
“There’s a good chance it’s my last,” Meers Taylor said.
Mikaela Shifrin was the fastest in downhill training before the alpine combination on Thursday at the Beijing Olympics.
The American skier finished 0.93 seconds ahead of Wendy Holderner of Switzerland and 0.94 seconds ahead of Esther Ledeck, who is trying to win her second race at the second Olympics in a row after successfully defending gold in a parallel giant slalom on a snowboard.
Shifrin was second in the combined at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics and won the competition at the World Championships last year.
Defensive Olympic champion Michelle Gisin was a second slower than Shifrin.
The 26-year-old Shifrin is still looking for her first medal at the Beijing Games. The two-time Olympic champion did not finish in either the giant slalom or the slalom, was ninth in the supergiant and 18th in the descents on Tuesday.
Only 14 skiers trained on Wednesday, 12 of them on the starting list refused.
Canadian four Jennifer Jones (4-3) came out ahead with two points in the second and third. The Americans equated him with two in the eighth and stealing one in the ninth when Jones missed a takeaway with the last stone and frustratedly hit his broom on the ice.
Canada maintained the lead in the last rock in the 10th and last end, and easily won the draw.
The Americans (4-4) can still reach the semifinals with five wins if they beat Japan on Wednesday night and get help.
Johannes Stroltz from Austria leads in the first run of the men’s slalom, leaving only lower-ranking skiers vying for the second gold medal of the Beijing Games.
In the second run Stroltz will have an advantage of 0.02 seconds over Henrik Christophersen from Norway. Third is world champion Sebastian Foss-Solevaag from Norway, 0.06 behind him.
The 29-year-old Stroltz won the alpine combination on Thursday in his first-ever Olympic race. Before winning last week in Adelbaden, Switzerland, he finished 10th in his career in more than eight years of racing at the World Cup and at the end of last season was removed from the powerful Austrian team.
This season there were six different winners in six World Cup slaloms.
Lucas Braaten leads the standings, but he went into the goal and dropped out of the race. Another favorite before the race Manuel Feller did the same.
Freestyle skier Alex Hall was headed by Fr. 1-2 American finish in the men’s slopestyle Olympics with a trick in his first run where he completely stopped spinning in the air and went the other way.
Hall’s first series received 90.01 points and she remained throughout the competition. His teammate Nick Hopper turned into a creative race for his second pass to earn silver. The bronze was taken by the Swede Esper Teder.
The Americans have won six of their nine Olympic medals since debuting in 2014. Heper has three of them, including silver at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang and bronze at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
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