Category Archives: Winter Olympics

Mikaela Shiffrin never had to be the Michael Phelps of skiing

The pressure on the 22-year-old to deliver a haul of golds at these Winter Olympics was immense. But now she has time and experience on her side

By no sane metric could Mikaela Shiffrin’s second Olympics, which concluded on Thursday afternoon with her silver medal in the alpine combined to go with last week’s giant slalom gold, be fairly assessed as anything but a success.

She competed in three events in Pyeongchang after the weather conspired to spoil her ambitious bid for a record-breaking five medals in five events. Expectations were warped by months of hype which could only be characterized as unrealistic in the notoriously volatile trade of alpine skiing, where the margins that separate triumph and disaster come down to the most innocuous variables.

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Winter Olympics 2018: curling and biathlon on day 13 in Pyeongchang – live!

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In the other semi-final, for the first time, daylight: USA steal two in the eighth end and lead 4-2!

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Sweden qualify for the men’s curling gold medal match! At the end of the eighth end, with the Swedes holding a 9-3 lead, Switzerland accept the inevitable. They will have a chance of bronze, but still don’t know who they’ll be facing.

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Russian curler stripped of Winter Olympics medal after admitting doping

  • Alexander Krushelnitsky won his bronze medal in mixed doubles
  • Rumours of deal for Russians to have own flag at closing ceremony

The Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been stripped of his mixed doubles bronze medal amid rumours that a deal has been struck to allow Russian athletes to march under their country’s flag at Sunday’s closing ceremony.

Krushelnitsky had initially protested his innocence after testing positive for the banned heart drug meldonium, claiming his drink had been spiked. However on Thursday he dropped his appeal before he was officially banned by the court of arbitration for sport.

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USA see off Canada in shootout to capture Olympic women's hockey gold

The United States women’s hockey team ended Canada’s gold medal streak in dramatic fashion on Thursday afternoon, defeating their archrivals in a shootout to capture their first Olympic title since 1998.

Related: Winter Olympics 2018: US beats Canada to women’s ice hockey gold – live!

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Mikaela Shiffrin takes silver in alpine combined as Lindsey Vonn skis off

  • Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin wins the gold in alpine combined
  • Shiffrin takes silver as Vonn skis off course in afternoon slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin added another Olympic medal to her growing haul with a silver in Thursday’s women’s alpine combined as Lindsey Vonn, who led the field after the morning’s downhill portion, made an early mistake in the afternoon slalom and skied out near the top of the course in what’s likely the final race of a storied Winter Games career.

Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin won the gold, following the third-fastest downhill with the fourth-fastest slalom for a combined time of 2 min 20.90 sec, overtaking the lead briefly held by Shiffrin, who finished 0.97 seconds off the pace. Another Swiss skier, Wendy Holdener, earned the bronze.

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Gay men are winning this year’s Winter Olympics – and making it a joy to watch

Eric Radford is the first voluntarily out gay man to win a gold medal, while Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy have achieved other firsts on the slopes

You mentioned London fashion week last week, but have totally ignored the major cultural event happening right now. What have we learned from the Winter Olympics?

James, by email

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Our dark political times have infected the Winter Olympics | Jack Bernhardt

From Russia’s drug-abusing to North Korea’s cheerleaders and way too much Mike Pence, the dystopian Games bode ill

I think I could watch any live sport in the world for hours on end and still be entertained. If the BBC broadcast the Annual Over 50s Poohsticks tournament, not only would I watch the whole thing, but by the end I would be screaming “Spin the stick in midair on the drop, Clive!” at the television.

That’s why I’m in love with the Winter Olympics: I love the weird sexy tentacle intro, I love how excited Amy Williams gets about ice, and I love how Clare Balding spends a surprising percentage of the show talking about the Norwegian curling team’s trousers. And yet, despite the smiles and incredibly mild banter of the BBC hosts, it’s hard to shake the feeling that this Olympics is different. Pyeongchang feels like the Olympics to match our times – dark, chaotic, and with way too much Mike Pence in it.

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Lizzy Yarnold takes skeleton gold to make Winter Olympics history for Britain

• Laura Deas claims bronze after thrilling set of final runs
• First time Britain have won three medals in same day

Lizzy Yarnold created history by becoming the first Briton to successfully defend a Winter Olympics title – and then revealed how close she had come to pulling out of the Games because a virus that had laid her low for a week.

The 29-year-old Sochi 2014 champion trailed leader Janine Flock of Austria entering the fourth and final run, where she overhauled the deficit to win by 0.45 seconds. British team-mate Laura Deas claimed bronze by 0.02secs as Britain won two medals in the same event for the first time in Winter Olympics history.

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Elise Christie suffers further Winter Olympics agony after crashing out again

• British speed skater taken off ice on stretcher after semi-final crash
• Collision with Chinese athlete Li Jinyu on final corner takes pair out

Britain’s Elise Christie has been taken to hospital for scans after a dramatic crash in the women’s 1,500m short-track speed skating semi-finals.

Christie was attempting to overtake the Chinese athlete Li Jinyu around the final bend, but when she nudged her competitor, the Scot set off a train of consequences that led to Li slipping and taking her out. As Christie clattered into the crash boards she looked in pain and ended up being taken off on a stretcher – with replays showing that Li’s blade had contact with her body. To make matters worse for the Briton, she was also disqualified. It is, however, understood that Christie has not broken any bones.

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