BEIJING – Last on Beijing Winter Olympics:
Irene Schouten from the Netherlands won her third gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, ahead of Canadian Ivanny Blondin and won the women’s mass start.
In the final competition of speed skating at the Winter Games Schutten proved himself as the biggest star of the iceberg with a fierce push to the line to beat Blondin by 0.06 seconds.
Schutten screamed as she crossed the line, adding to her gold medals at 3,000 and 5,000 meters. In an excellent book stand she won the first and last skating competition in Beijing.
The blond was satisfied with the silver, and the bronze went to the Italian Francesco Lalabrigida.
It was a disappointing last day in the oval for the U.S. team, which simply did not win medals in both races. Mia Manganella Kilburg took fourth place in the women’s competition, leveling with the best American in the men’s standings, Joey Manziawho won a medal in the photo finish.
The Netherlands again topped the table of medals in skating, taking 6 gold and 12 medals overall. The United States finished with three medals, the best since 2010.
Lawyers for American skaters who won silver in the team standings reported to the International Olympic Committee that they had filed an appeal for the award of medals before the end of the Beijing Games, according to the Associated Press.
The medal ceremony was postponed due to controversy around Russian figure skater Kamil Valiyev, which helped Russia win gold in the team event. She failed the pre-Olympic drug test, but the result was known only after the team competition.
The AP received a copy of a letter sent to IOC President Thomas Bach on Saturday, in which lawyers said they would ask the Court of Arbitration for Sport to rule before Sunday’s closing ceremony.
Belgian Bart Swings won a gold medal in the final men’s speed skating competition at the Beijing Olympics, mass start.
Swings improved on the silver medal he won in a fierce competition at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. South Korea won other medals, Chong Zhe Wong took silver and reigning Olympic champion Lee Seung Hoon this time contented himself with bronze.
Three-time world champion Joey Mantle The United States has just not won a medal. He posted at the same time as Lee, but a replay showed that the tip of the South Korean skate crossed the line right in front of Manti’s blade.
The women’s mass start will be closed by skating on the “Ice Ribbon”.
Alexander Bolshunov ran to his third Olympic gold medalwinning a 30-kilometer ski race with a mass start, which was postponed and shortened due to strong winds and frosty temperatures.
In the last kilometer, the Russian was a participant in the separation of five people. He advanced in the last ascent to the stadium, winning the title in 1 hour 11 minutes 32.7 seconds.
Russian teammate Ivan Yakimushkin surpassed the rice by 5.5 seconds behind silver, and Simen Hegstad Kruger from Norway took bronze with a lag of 7 seconds.
The Bolsheviks also won gold in skiathlon and relay at the Beijing Games. He took silver in the classic 15-kilometer ski race and bronze in the team sprint.
World Cup leader Johannes Hasflot Claebo fell from the back of the leading group for about 33 minutes of the race, took off his bib and went off the tracks, remaining about 7.9 kilometers.
A member of the International Olympic Committee, which has been overseeing preparations for the Beijing Winter Games since 2015, has been returned to the executive board.
Juan Antonio Samaranch, whose father of the same name was president of the IOC in 1980-2001, was elected the only open seat of vice president. There are four vice presidents. Samaranch Jr. was previously vice president from 2016 to 2020.
This puts him in a position for the expected candidacy for the IOC presidency in 2025. Current IOC rules require that Thomas Bach remain on the sidelines after 12 years in office.
Samaranch replaced Chinese Yu Zayqing, who was forced to resign after serving a maximum of two consecutive four-year terms.
Samarancha’s return to the 15-member board was approved by full members in Beijing ahead of Sunday’s closing ceremony. 72 votes in favor and four against. Nine members abstained.
Incumbent Olympic champion Nana Takagi knocks out of mass start semifinals for second time the Japanese skater fell during the race in Beijing.
Takagi stumbled, and her left hand touched the rink before she slid sideways into the outer pad.
Takagi lost his balance, leading the team pursuit, and crashed into the last corner, which cost the Japanese a gold medal.
Ivani Blondin, who led Canada to a gold medal in the team race, won her semifinal. In the second semifinal won the Italian Francesco Lalabrigida, silver medalist in the standings 3000.
Claudia Pechstein from Germany also reached the final. The nine-time Olympic medalist turns 50 on Tuesday.
Next were Americans Mia Manganella Kilburg and Olympics rookie Georgia Birkeland.
In the first half there were three falls, including Marike Gronevwood from the Netherlands. She went down to the corner with four laps go go, but got up and finished fifth to qualify for the final.
Irene Schutten from the Netherlands, winner of the 3000th, also reached the final among 16 women.
Current champion Lee Seung Hoon from South Korea qualified for the men’s skating final.
Lee won the event, which debuted four years ago in his home country.
The silver medalist of 2018 Bart Swings from Belgium, three-time world champion Joey Manzia from the USA and 2020 world champion Jorit Bergsma from the Netherlands will also make it to the finals.
Sven Kramer from the Netherlands qualified for the last Olympic final of his career. The 35-year-old skater, who is a nine-time winner, finished seventh in the semifinals.
Chinese organizers say a total of 97,000 spectators attended medals at the Beijing Olympics.
That’s less than two-thirds of the 150,000 projected on the eve of the Olympics more than two weeks ago. The games close on Sunday.
This number was announced at the IOC meeting by the executive vice president of the local organizing committee Zhang Jiangdong.
Places of Beijing and Zhangjiak could invite spectators, but fans were not allowed to go downhill skiing and downhill skiing in Yanqing.
Plans to sell tickets to foreign visitors were canceled last year due to a coronavirus pandemic, and in January the blockade was extended to Chinese residents.
It was necessary to invite spectators from international communities living in mainland China, members of diplomatic missions and marketing partners.
Due to the weather, the men’s 50-kilometer ski race at the Olympics has been postponed, and the length is reduced to 30 kilometers.
The International Ski Federation said the decision was made “with regard to the safety of athletes to reduce the time spent by athletes in extreme conditions.”
The wind blew the Zhangjiak National Running Center all morning, lifting plumes of snow into the air.
The temperature fluctuates around minus 18 degrees Celsius.
Completing the 50-kilometer race can take up to two hours, leaving athletes prone and prone to frostbite. The riders will ski four times on the 7.1-kilometer track instead of the originally planned six laps on the 8.3-kilometer route.
The last ski race at the Beijing Olympics was postponed for a day due strong winds.
The parallel competition of mixed teams has been postponed from Saturday to Sunday, the last day of the Winter Games. It will begin at 9 a.m. Beijing time.
It was due to start on Saturday morning and was twice postponed due to gusts of up to 40 miles per hour (65 kilometers per hour) before it was canceled during the day.
The last Olympics ski race in Beijing will not take place as planned due to strong winds. The decision to postpone the event has not been made yet.
The team competition was scheduled to take place on Saturday, however gusts of wind at a speed of about 40 miles per hour (65 km per hour) led to the announcement of two hour delays. The Winter Games end on Sunday.
Organizers eventually said the race would not be held on Saturday.
A meeting was held “to discuss the possible postponement of the event.”
Nika Parteus from New Zealand overcame a whirlwind of wind to win the final of the Olympic ski halfpipe on a day when many skiers failed to perform their best tricks due to strong gusts.
Porteous scored 93 points in his starting series on a very cold and windy morning at the last event at Genting Snow Park. Its number persisted in difficult conditions when skiers had difficulty associating large air and rotations.
Two-time Olympic champion David Wise took silver with a first-place finish of 90.75. The 31-year-old Wise was the only winner ever to know a man’s competition. He took the title during his Olympic debut in 2014 and again in 2018. Alex Ferreira of the United States threw a strong first race, turning the right ski pole at the bottom in delight, and eventually won bronze.
The last competitor to leave, Aaron Blank, crashed into the wall of the halfpipe, trying to perform the trick in hasty conditions. He paused for a moment before sitting down.
Gusts of wind about 40 miles per hour (65 km per hour) delay the start of the last ski race at the Beijing Olympics.
The start of the team competition twice on Saturday was postponed for two hours and will now start no earlier than noon local time.
Blue and red flags at the gates flutter in the wind along the race track known as the “Ice River” at the National Ski Center in the Yanqing area.
Nika Parteus from New Zealand took the lead after the first run in the men’s ski jump final on a difficult day to throw tricks due to the whirlwind.
Porteous scored 93 points thanks to the double traffic jams of the 1620s. Two-time reigning Olympic champion David Wise is in second place with a score of 90.75 after the first of three races. Many participants struggled with gusts of wind, including Brendan McKay of Canada, who seemed to have been blown off the wind line.
Senior qualifier Aaron Blank called the rush conditions “survate”. Even though the list speeds up to 13 miles per hour, the wind seems to spin in the halfpipe and through it. The chill from the wind was about minus 26 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 32 degrees Celsius).
The last ski race at the Beijing Olympics has been postponed due to strong winds.
The start of the team competition has been postponed until 11 am local time on Saturday – that’s when it was originally planned to start before wind forecast encouraged the organizers to try to get out at 10am
Gusts of about 25 miles per hour (40 km / h) raise snow near the bottom of the racetrack, known as the “Ice River” at the National Ski Center in the Yanqing area.
The temperature is zero degrees Fahrenheit (minus 18 degrees Celsius) and feels like minus 8 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 22 degrees Celsius).
Mikaela Shifrin is on the list of the United States facing Slovakia in the first round. Other matches of the first round are Switzerland-China, Italy-Russia, Norway-Poland, France-Czech Republic, Germany-Sweden and Slovenia-Canada.
Austria with the highest ranking received a farewell in the first round, because in 16 places only 15 countries.
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