Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Day 13 from freeamfva's blog

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Day 13

The decision to not award American figure skaters their medals, has been called " frankly unfair to the athletes," by the head of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.To get more news about olympic winter games 2022 beijing, you can visit shine news official website.

"There's no question that our team wants to go home with the medals in their hands," CEO Sarah Hirshland told The Associated Press in a video interview Thursday from Beijing. "That's just a reality we're all dealing with right now."

The decision came following the disqualification of 15 year old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, who tested positive for a banned substance. The Russian team won gold.

The Americans who took silver, were presented with torches by IOC president Thomas Bach who explained that the athletes would have to wait while the investigation into Valieva continues.On Thursday freestyle skier Jon Sallinen's endured a scary first run in Olympic halfpipe qualifying. After drifting out of the halfpipe the Finnish skier collided with a cameraman. Then after picking himself up - albeit painfully - the 21 year old tried it again in run No. 2, however, sadly he would find himself in the same situation once again with a hard fall. This time he had to make his way up the slope to retrieve one of his skis.

While the event has a history and most definitely an element of danger, it's often a topic that goes undiscussed. Speaking on Sallinen's wrecks during the qualifying round, the day's leader, Aaron Blunck, reflected on his own halfpipe disaster some 16 months ago, when he broke six ribs, fractured his pelvis, lacerated his kidney and bruised his heart by landing on the pipe's cold, unforgiving edge.On Thursday Norway won Olympic gold in the Nordic combined team competition. Having overcome the covid-19 related absence of Jarl Magnus Riiber, the team of four-time Olympic gold medalist Joergen Graabak, Jens Luraas Oftebro, Espen Bjoernstad and Espen Andersen pulled away late in the cross-country race, eventually winning by the sizable margin of 54.9 seconds.

"It was actually possible to enjoy the last kilometers and just savor the moment," said Graabak, who was the final Norwegian skier to cross the line.Great Britain's curling team are now guaranteed at least a silver medal after a nerve racking 8-4 win over the USA on Thursday. The team, captained by Bruce Mouat, is now set to face Sweden on Saturday as they hope to clinch their first gold since Rhona Martin's team won at Salt Lake City 2002.

When Gus Kenworthy competed at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 he was afraid that someone would find out that he is gay -- fast-forward eight years and he is out and proud, as are dozens of other athletes at the Beijing Games.

The British-American freestyle skier, who won silver for the United States in Sochi in the slopestyle competition, famously kissed his boyfriend Matt Wilkas live on television before his qualifying run four years later at the Olympics in Pyeongchang.

"It was really tough being in Sochi actually," 30-year-old Kenworthy recalled in an interview with Reuters."We had all sorts of media training ahead of the Games because there was anti-LGBT legislation in place and they said that no athletes, no press, no diplomats, would be exempt from the laws in Russia.

"Although I was in the closet and I wasn't even out, I just felt very not welcomed there, and I didn't feel like I could be my true self, and I think I had hopes in the back of my mind to maybe speak my truth at the Games in spite of that legislation, and I didn't."Ultimately that Games was kind of the catalyst for me to start thinking about coming out, and kind of put the gears in motion for me to make that announcement and do that," he added.

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