Eileen Gu wins gold in Massive Air, Nathan Chen set to open males’s skating

The seek for gold continues on the 2022 Beijing Olympics because the disappointments appear to have outnumbered the successes up to now for Workforce USA.

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Chinese language-American Eileen Gu thrilled the group in her adopted house nation with a stellar ultimate run to win the gold medal within the ladies’s Massive Air freestyle snowboarding competitors. The San Francisco resident is competing for China, the place her mom grew up.

The lads’s particular person determine skating competitors begins, however one of many American medal contenders will not be on the ice. After serving to the U.S. win silver within the staff occasion on Monday, Vincent Zhou examined optimistic for coronavirus and is out of the boys’s competitors. 5-time nationwide champion Nathan Chen would be the USA’s finest hope for a medal.

Essentially the most dominant performances of the Video games thus far for Workforce USA have been in ladies’s hockey. A extremely anticipated showdown with Canada has lastly arrived with each groups sporting 3-0 information within the opening spherical.

Eileen Gu wins the gold medal in ladies’s freeskiing Massive Air on the 2022 eijing Olympics.

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U.S. ladies dominate first interval however path Canada 1-0

Team USA forward Amanda Kessel is stopped by Canada goalkeeper Ann-Renee Desbiens in the first period of their first-round game on Tuesday.

Workforce USA ahead Amanda Kessel is stopped by Canada goalkeeper Ann-Renee Desbiens within the first interval of their first-round sport on Tuesday.

BEIJING – The sport is quicker than anything that’s been performed on the ice at Wukesong Sports activities Centre this Olympic event. That’s the expectation when the U.S. and Canada play one another in ladies’s hockey.

After an off day, the U.S. outplayed the Canadians within the first interval, however entered the locker room dealing with a 1-0 deficit. The Individuals outshot Canada 16-5 however had nothing to point out for it due to stout goaltending from Ann-Renée Desbiens.

Fourth-line defender Caroline Harvey, one of many youngest members of the U.S. staff, was whistled for a penalty with 6:26 to go within the interval to place Canada on the primary energy play of the sport. And the Canadians capitalized, as Brianne Jenner beat goalie Maddie Rooney following a candy feed from Sarah Filler, who’s established herself as top-of-the-line gamers on the earth in Beijing.

The U.S. couldn’t capitalize on its energy play later within the first.

Earlier within the interval, ahead Abbey Murphy hit the submit on a breakaway after beating Desbiens. The puck hit the submit once more when it ricocheted off Desbiens’ again.

It was that sort of interval for Workforce USA.

— Chris Bumbaca

Chinese language tennis star Peng Shuai attends Massive Air ultimate with IOC president

After the IOC confirmed that former professional tennis participant Peng Shuai met with IOC president Thomas Bach on Saturday, she was noticed with him once more Tuesday on the Massive Air Shougang venue watching Chinese language freestyle skier Eileen Gu win the gold medal.

Peng’s public appearances have been closely scrutinized and orchestrated since she posted on Chinese language social media after which rapidly deleted an accusation {that a} former authorities official sexually assaulted her, sparking worldwide outrage. After going silent for 3 weeks as associates from the tennis tour and WTA officers tried to succeed in her, she re-emerged in a collection of movies from state-controlled Chinese language media sources.

She has since publicly referred to as the whole state of affairs a misunderstanding and denied that she accused anybody of sexual assault, together with in an interview that was printed Monday with French sports activities publication L’Equipe.

The interview was held below tightly managed circumstances, with L’Equipe submitting questions upfront and getting solutions in Chinese language that have been translated by an official on the nation’s Olympic committee.

Since Peng’s public re-emergence, the IOC has publicized a collection of conversations between her and Bach meant to reassure her security. The New York Occasions was capable of get entry to Bach, who confirmed that he once more spoke with Peng.

Later, she was seen sitting moreover American freestyle skier Nick Goepper through the competitors.

“I noticed her and we had the chance to speak,” Bach instructed the Occasions. “Now she has to go to quarantine, she instructed me, as a result of she’s going to depart now the closed loop. She mentioned right now.”

— Dan Wolken

Eileen Gu wows crowd on ultimate run for Massive Air gold

BEIJING – Eileen Gu, the 18-year outdated freestyle skiier who grew up in San Francisco however competes for China, received the gold medal Tuesday within the inaugural Olympic Massive Air occasion with a spectacular trick on her third and ultimate try.

Along with her place on the rostrum secured, Gu went for a trick she had by no means efficiently landed in both competitors or follow — a left double 1620 that requires 4 1/2 rotations within the air — and completely nailed it because the Chinese language followers at Massive Air Shougang screamed.

Understanding she had simply finished one thing particular, Gu may hardly comprise her feelings, dropping to her knees and placing her palms behind her head. A couple of moments later, her rating of 94.50 was posted on the video board, confirming that she had moved into first place.

Tess Ledeux of France, who had put down two monster runs to seize the lead, nonetheless had an opportunity to win the gold. However a wobble on the touchdown made all of it however official that Gu had taken it from her in beautiful style.

Gu, who can also be a style mannequin related to roughly two dozen advert campaigns in China surrounding these Olympics, got here into the Video games with huge expectations and an opportunity to medal in three occasions. She greater than delivered in her first efficiency.

— Dan Wolken

Assist overwhelms Vincent Zhou, coach after skater’s optimistic COVID check

BEIJING – U.S. Olympic determine skating coach Tom Zakrajsek got here to Beijing to educate Vincent Zhou in each the determine skating staff competitors and the boys’s particular person occasion.

However when the U.S. staff was introduced and stepped onto the second rung of the rostrum at Capital Indoor Stadium, Zhou wasn’t there. He had examined optimistic for COVID-19 and was about to enter quarantine.

So, as the boys’s quick program went on with out Zhou Tuesday morning, Zakrajsek despatched his ideas by way of textual content message to USA TODAY Sports activities: “It’s a tricky day. It’s a intestine punch. After being right here for 11 days and Vincent testing damaging each day besides the final couple it’s laborious to think about,” he wrote.

“Vincent and I’ve been in contact every day. That is heartbreaking for Vincent and everybody on his staff … The outpouring of help has been superb. From U.S. Determine Skating and Workforce USA normally and throughout social media.”

— Christine Brennan

U.S. skier Nina O’Brien heading house after breaking leg in large slalom fall

Nina O'Brien is attended to after she was injured in a crash during the women's giant slalom.

Nina O’Brien is attended to after she was injured in a crash through the ladies’s large slalom.

BEIJING – Nina O’Brien has a compound fracture of her left tibia and fibula and will likely be taken again to america for additional therapy.

O’Brien had preliminary surgical procedure at a hospital in Yanqing, close to the Alpine ski venue, after a grotesque crash Monday afternoon within the second run of the enormous slalom.

“I had surgical procedure final evening to stabilize my tibia, which sadly was an open fracture by my leg,” O’Brien mentioned in an Instagram submit Tuesday. “I’ll get the remainder fastened at house, however for now I’m in nice palms. I wish to say thanks to everybody who’s taken care of me, particularly those that rushed to me within the end and my medical doctors and nurses in Yanqing.”

O’Brien crashed simply in need of the end line. Snowboarding at prime velocity, she misplaced her stability on the second-to-last gate. Her legs flew extensive, and he or she tumbled previous the final gate and into the end line.

“Nicely, I gave the whole lot I had, and perhaps an excessive amount of,” O’Brien mentioned in her Instagram submit. “I preserve replaying it in my head, wishing I’d skied these previous couple of gates in a different way. However right here we’re.”

O’Brien had been the highest U.S. lady within the large slalom after Shiffrin skied out, ending sixth within the first run. She was additionally presupposed to compete in Wednesday’s slalom occasion, and will likely be changed by fellow American A.J. Damage.

— Nancy Armour

Speedskater Casey Dawson battling the clock even earlier than arriving in Beijing

ZHANGJIAKOU, China – Neglect the race. Simply making to the beginning line has been a mad sprint for American speedskater Casey Dawson.

The 21-year-old had been set to compete in his first Olympics earlier than testing optimistic for COVID nearly 4 weeks in the past. He thought he would have the ability to clear two damaging exams in time to journey, and he did try this. However he realized he would wish 4 and to get them from a special lab, one thing that delayed his journey till Sunday.

Dawson launched into a trek that will take him from Salt Lake Metropolis to Atlanta to Paris after which lastly to Beijing, all in lower than two days. Having already missed the 5,000 meters, Dawson is racing to get right here in time for the 1,500 later Tuesday right here in China.

Dawson logged his journey on Instagram, and he arrived in Beijing round 7 a.m. One drawback – his baggage didn’t.

Dawson instructed NBC’s Gadi Schwartz that he had all he wanted to race in his keep on, apart from his blades.

Dawson made it to the village by 10 a.m. native time, however his baggage had not but made it to him.

“My blades are literally in my swimsuit case, and sort of want these to skate,” he mentioned.

Dawson continues to be awaiting the outcomes of his COVID check upon arrival on the airport. As soon as cleared, he’ll have a matter of hours to prepare for the 1,500.

— Rachel Axon

Path to skating gold goes by Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan attends a figure skating training session at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan attends a determine skating coaching session on the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photograph/Bernat Armangue)

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan is the two-time defending champion in Olympic males’s determine skating, profitable gold medals in Sochi (2014) and Pyeongchang (2018).

Hanyu suffered a sprained ligament in his proper ankle from a fall in follow on Nov. 9, and didn’t compete in any of the Grand Prix determine skating occasions this fall. However he should not be counted out.

He’ll compete towards American Nathan Chen and others within the males’s determine skating quick program on Tuesday. Hanyu is scheduled to skate at 12:19 p.m. in Beijing (11:19 p.m. ET, Monday).

— Steve Gardner

Chinese language-American Eileen Gu overcomes stress to succeed in Massive Air ultimate

Eileen Gu competes in the Women’s Freestyle skiing Big Air Qualifying during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at Big Air Shougang, Feb 7, 2022.

Eileen Gu competes within the Girls’s Freestyle snowboarding Massive Air Qualifying through the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Video games at Massive Air Shougang, Feb 7, 2022.

BEIJING — There isn’t any larger star in China at these Olympics than Eileen Gu, the 18-year outdated freestyle skier from San Francisco who’s headed to Stanford after these Olympics.

Regardless of her American roots, Gu selected in 2019 to compete for China, the nation the place her mom grew up and the place she has develop into a style mannequin and a breakthrough star.

Given the hype surrounding her debut on the Beijing Video games, Gu admitted there was some stress to carry out effectively Monday within the first Massive Air competitors for snowboarding ever on the Olympics.

“I’d not really feel glad if I didn’t make finals,” she mentioned. That final result was in query till Gu nailed her final run, placing her excessive and in place to problem for a medal in Tuesday’s ultimate.

— Dan Wolken

Nathan Chen hoping historical past would not repeat itself

Nathan Chen skated in the men's short program of the team competition on Friday as the U.S. won the silver medal in the figure skating event.

Nathan Chen skated within the males’s quick program of the staff competitors on Friday because the U.S. received the silver medal within the determine skating occasion.

BEIJING — It is a huge day for Nathan Chen.

The presumptive gold-medal favourite will take the ice in Beijing on Tuesday (Monday within the U.S.) for the primary half of the person competitors. He’ll be performing his quick program, set to “La Boheme” by Charles Aznavour, simply after midnight on the East Coast.

Chen, 22, had a near-flawless efficiency with this identical program just a few days in the past, setting a brand new season-best en path to a victory within the staff competitors. However this occasion, the quick program, can also be the one which doomed him in 2018.

Chen’s major competitors will come from Japanese skaters Yuzuru Hanyu and Shoma Uno, who completed first and second respectively in Pyeongchang. Hanyu is a two-time defending gold medalist. He is struggled with accidents this season and was a dramatic late arrival to the follow rink on Monday.

— Tom Schad

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COVID, quarantine make life tough in Olympic Village

Swiss snowboarder Patrizia Kummer works out in her hotel room in Beijing on Jan. 19  under a 21-day quarantine. Kummer, who won a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, is unvaccinated against the coronavirus, so she spent 21 days in isolation in China before the Games.

Swiss snowboarder Patrizia Kummer works out in her lodge room in Beijing on Jan. 19 below a 21-day quarantine. Kummer, who received a gold medal on the 2014 Sochi Olympics, is unvaccinated towards the coronavirus, so she spent 21 days in isolation in China earlier than the Video games.

BEIJING – Athletes are talking out concerning the situations they confronted or noticed in quarantine accommodations in China utilized by athletes who check optimistic whereas on the 2022 Winter Olympics. They described “inedible meals,” little or no entry to coaching tools and a complicated and at occasions seemingly illogical COVID-19 testing regime.

Quick monitor speedskater Natalia Maliszewska of Poland examined optimistic for coronavirus on Jan. 30, when she was dominated out of Saturday’s qualifying race for the five hundred meters, her strongest occasion. However Maliszewska was unexpectedly launched from isolation on the eve of the race, solely to check optimistic just a few hours earlier than it began and was instantly ushered again into quarantine. The following day – Sunday, the day after the qualifying occasion – she was launched after once more testing damaging.

“My coronary heart cannot take it,” Maliszewska wrote in an Instagram submit.

Russian biathlete Valeria Vasnetsova used Instagram to complain concerning the meals she obtained in her quarantine facility. On Feb. 3 she posted a picture of what she claimed was “breakfast, lunch and dinner for 5 days already.” The picture consisted of some plain pasta, charred meat, an orange-looking sauce and no obvious greens.

— Kim Hjelmgaard

‘This rivalry is like no different:’ USA, Canada meet once more in ladies’s hockey

U.S. defender Savannah Harmon tries to hold off Canada forward Rebecca Johnston during a Rivalry Series women's hockey game in November.

U.S. defender Savannah Harmon tries to carry off Canada ahead Rebecca Johnston throughout a Rivalry Collection ladies’s hockey sport in November.

The US and Canada have performed one another for Olympic gold in ladies’s hockey 5 occasions (out of six tournaments), with the Individuals profitable in a shootout 4 years in the past in Pyeongchang.

“I believe each teams wish to play one another as a result of it brings out the very best in them, and on the identical time, they don’t like one another. I believe that’s OK,” U.S. coach Joel Johnson mentioned. “I believe that’s what makes an amazing rivalry. Once I watch them play, it’s thrilling. I want I may have skilled that as an athlete myself. Now it’s enjoyable to be part of.”

Each groups are sporting 3-0 information in opening-round play heading into Tuesday’s conflict. Though the one factor on the road is seeding within the subsequent spherical, count on each groups to play like a gold medal is at stake.

“This rivalry is like no different,” U.S. defender Savannah Harmon mentioned. “I believe there’s a variety of satisfaction on the road every evening. We positively benefit from each sport we get to play towards them and I believe that reveals on each side.”

— Chris Bumbaca

After optimistic COVID check, Vincent Zhou out of males’s determine skating competitors

U.S. determine skater Vincent Zhou mentioned in an Instagram submit on Monday he has to withdraw from the person occasion after testing optimistic for COVID-19.

In a five-minute video, an emotional Zhou mentioned he examined optimistic as a part of a routine COVID screening after which obtained extra testing. He mentioned it was “fairly unreal that of all of the folks, it could occur to myself,”

Zhou was anticipated to compete within the particular person competitors, beginning with the boys’s quick program. He is not going to get replaced within the males’s particular person occasion.

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Are these nuclear reactors on the Olympic video games?

Switzerland's Kim Gubser competes during the men's freestyle skiing big air qualification round, Monday in Beijing.

Switzerland’s Kim Gubser competes through the males’s freestyle snowboarding huge air qualification spherical, Monday in Beijing.

BEIJING – There’s no nice want or demand for everlasting venues to host a sport as area of interest as Massive Air, however the Chinese language went forward and did it anyway. It’s a towering, dramatic construction rising above a former industrial park the place they used to mill metal, flanked by cooling towers that evoke photographs of nuclear winters moreso than the Winter Olympics.

And but it would simply be the very best concept the Chinese language have had at these Beijing Video games.

“It’s superb, the ability is loopy,” mentioned Norway’s Birk Ruud, who posted the very best qualifying rating within the males’s competitors.

“It’s positively cool being in a stadium vibe,” mentioned Darian Stevens, the one American who made the ladies’s ultimate. “That’s not usually a factor.”

— Dan Wolken

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