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Competition Preview | Men’s Swimming – 23 June Medal Events

Competition Preview | Men's Swimming - 23 June Medal Events

Men’s 200m Backstroke

Ryan Murphy (USA)

Ryan Murphy won a gold medal in the men’s 200m backstroke at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Since then, Murphy has claimed silver in this event at the world aquatics championships in 2017 and 2019, and at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. All three of those silvers were behind gold medal winner Evgeniy Rylov (RUS/ROC).

Only Markus Rogan (AUT, G0-S2-B1) has claimed more than two medals in the men’s 200m backstroke at the world aquatics championships without ever winning gold.

Murphy won the men’s 200m backstroke at the US trials in 1:55.01, the fastest time in this event by any swimmer in 2022. It is 1.44 seconds off his personal best.

United States has won 10 gold medals in the men’s 200m backstroke at the world aquatics championships, two more than all other countries combined (8). The most recent world title in this event by a swimmer representing USA was Ryan Lochte in 2013.

United States can fail to win the men’s 200m backstroke at four consecutive world aquatics championships for the first time. There was also a run of three from 1986 to 1994.

Other contenders

Mitch Larkin (AUS) competes in his sixth world aquatics championships. His tally of three world titles includes gold in the men’s 200m backstroke in 2015.

Luke Greenbank (GBR) took bronze in the men’s 200m backstroke at the world aquatics championships in 2019 and at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Only United States (21) and Russia (4) have won as many medals in the men’s 200m backstroke at the world aquatics championships as Hungary (4). The most recent of those four Hungarian medals was silver for Sándor Wladár in 1982. Adám Telegdy (HUN) was fifth in this event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Mewen Tomac (FRA) can become the second male swimmer representing France to claim a medal in the 200m backstroke at the world aquatics championships, after Simon Dufour took bronze in 2003.

Men’s 200m Breaststroke

Zac Stubblety-Cook (AUS)

Zac Stubblety-Cook became the first man to swim the 200m breaststroke within two minutes and six seconds as he set a world record of 2:05.95 during the Australian national championships in May 2022.

At the world aquatics championships in 2019, the men’s 200m breaststroke was one of two men’s events in which the gold medal was claimed in a world record time, alongside the men’s 200m butterfly. At Gwangju 2019, Anton Chupkov (RUS) won the men’s 200m breaststroke in 2:06.12.

Stubblety-Cook can hand Australia its first gold medal in the men’s 200m breaststroke at the world aquatics championships.

Other contenders

Arno Kamminga (NED) can become the first man representing Netherlands to win an individual medal at the world aquatics championships since Pieter van den Hoogenband in 2007 (silver in 200m freestyle).

Kamminga claimed silver in the men’s 200m breaststroke in each of his past four major tournaments: the 2020 European championships long course, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the 2021 European championships short course and the 2021 world championships short course.

Matti Mattsson (FIN) took bronze in this event at the world aquatics championships in 2013. He is one of two Finnish swimmers to claim a medal at the world aquatics championships in this century, alongside Hanna-Maria Seppälä who won the women’s 100m freestyle in 2003.

Mattsson can become the third Finnish swimmer on multiple medals at the world aquatics championships, after Antti Kasvio (G1-S1-B0) and Jani Sievinen (G1-S1-B0).

This century, Japan has collected eight medals in the men’s 200m breaststroke at the world aquatics championships, at least three more than any other country (United States next on 5).

Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay

Great Britain

Great Britain won the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Great Britain had not won Olympic gold in this event since 1908, when this relay event made its debut on the Olympic programme.

Great Britain’s Thomas Dean, James Guy, Matthew Richards and Duncan Scott were over three seconds faster than runner-up ROC in the final (6:58:58 versus 7:01:81).

Great Britain can claim its third victory in the 4x200m freestyle relay at the world aquatics championships, after 2015 and 2017. Only USA (8) and Australia (4) won this event more than twice.

United States

USA grabbed a medal in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay at each of the last 10 world aquatics championships (G5-S2-B3), following its fifth-place result in 1998.

USA holds the record for most wins (8) and most medals (15) in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay at the world aquatics championships. Australia is next up in terms of victories and medals (G4-S2-B3).

Ryan Lochte (USA, G5-S1-B0) holds the record for most medals won in this event at the world aquatics championships. Michael Phelps (USA) and Grant Hackett (AUS) follow on five medals.

USA has not won this event at the world aquatics championships since 2013. They finished second, third and third since.

USA (4th) finished outside the medals in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. USA had won an Olympic medal in this specific event in all previous 24 participations (G17-S5-B2).

Other contenders

Australia is the defending champion in this event at the world aquatics championships. Australia won ahead of Russia and United States in 2019.

Australia had won this event three times before at the world aquatics championships (1998, 2001, 2003).

Italy has claimed two medals in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay at the world aquatics championships: bronze at Perth 1991 and silver at Fukuoka 2001.

Brazil could win a medal for the first time in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay.



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2022 World Indoor Viewing Guide: Ranking The 7 Best Events & The Americans’ Medal Odds

2022 World Indoor Viewing Guide: Ranking The 7 Best Events & The Americans' Medal Odds

By Jonathan Gault
March 16, 2022

The 2022 World Athletics Indoor Championships open in Belgrade, Serbia, on Friday — the first time in four years that this particular championship will be held. There’s plenty to be excited about. Twelve Olympic champions from Tokyo will be in action at Stark Arena, including Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Marcell Jacobs, Mondo Duplantis, and Selemon Barega. A bunch of other stars will be there too — Grant HollowayKeely Hodgkinson, even Donavan Brazier making a cameo on the 4×400. It’s going to be fun, and will have boots-on-the-ground coverage from Serbia starting Thursday, with daily video shows after each night of action (those shows will also be released as podcasts for Supporters Club members).

To get you set for the meet, we’re previewing everything. My boss Robert Johnson has written two comprehensive mid-d/distance previews, so the distance junkies can check those out here: men & women. This article is more of a viewing guide. When are the best events and biggest stars competing? I’ll walk you through it and point out a few things to watch for.

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I’ve separated the first set of events into groups united by a common theme. Then at the end, I’ve listed my top seven events of the championships. Let’s get to it.

*Schedule, entries, & results *TV/streaming information

One Overwhelming Superstar

Men’s shot put (final Saturday, 2:40 p.m. ET)
Women’s triple jump (final Sunday, 6:00 a.m. ET)
Men’s 1500 (prelims Saturday, 7:15 a.m. ET; final Sunday, 1:35 p.m. ET)

Men’s 60 hurdles (prelims Sunday, 5:05 a.m. ET; semis Sunday, 2:05 p.m. ET; final Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET)

You don’t need me to tell you who’s going to win these events. Ryan CrouserYulimar RojasJakob Ingebrigtsen, and Grant Holloway all hold the world records in their respective events and head to Belgrade as overwhelming favorites. If you’re tuning in to watch them this weekend, you’re watching for two reasons: to see an absolute master at work, and to see if they can break the world record again. (If I were to list them in order of least to most likely to break the WR, I’d go Ingebrigtsen, Holloway, Crouser, Rojas).

With six attempts, Crouser and Rojas are as close to 100% locks as you will get in a global championship. The only thing that could derail Holloway is a false start, and he’s never had one in 47 career 60m hurdle races. That leaves Ingebrigtsen as the “most” likely to lose, and while I’d still put his odds at victory at well north of 80%, I see two ways he could leave Belgrade without a gold medal.

The first scenario is if Ingebrigtsen lets the race go slow. Ingebrigtsen hasn’t done a whole lot of losing in recent years, but two of his most high-profile defeats came in slower races: the 2018 World U20 1500 final (winning time: 3:41) and the 2019 Euro Indoor 1500 final (winning time: 3:43). To be fair to Ingebrigtsen, the latter defeat came when he was 18 years old to a guy who wound up medalling at Worlds later that year (Marcin Lewandowski). But Ingebrigtsen had beaten Lewandowski at Euro Outdoors seven months earlier — where the winning time was 3:38. Considering Ingebrigtsen showed no issue blasting a 3:30 indoor world record in Lievin last month, I’d be surprised if he lets things go slow in Belgrade. But if he does, he might be vulnerable.

The other scenario is if Ingebrigtsen gets DQ’d. We’ve seen before that officials at this meet can be sticklers for DQs, and Ingebrigtsen has a history of putting himself in dangerous positions in his qualifying heats — at the 2019 Worlds, he was DQ’d for stepping inside the rail but was bailed out by the officials. Two years later at Euro Indoors, the same thing happened. But if Ingebrigtsen keeps it fast and avoids stepping inside the rail, it’s hard to see him losing this event.

The current world records, which you should keep an eye on this weekend: 22.82m in the shot by Crouser (set in 2021), 7.29 in the 60 hurdles by Holloway (2021), 15.43m in the triple jump by Rojas (2020), and 3:30.60 in the 1500 by Ingebrigtsen (2022)

One Event I’m Curious About

Men’s 4×400 relay (prelims Sunday 6:35 a.m. ET; final Sunday 2:55 p.m. ET)

I’d have loved to have seen Donavan Brazier run the individual 400 in Belgrade — which he qualified for after an insane 24 hours at the US championships — but he elected to give up his spot in order to focus on the 4×400 relay.

“It’s a tight schedule and making the relay was his priority all along,” his coach Pete Julian said in a text to “If he were to run the open 400s, that would be a lot of races in a short time frame — for someone who is not accustomed to it.”

(If you’re curious, the 400 prelims are Friday at 11:00 a.m. local, the semis are Friday at 7:10 p.m., and the final is Saturday at 8:10 p.m.; the 4×400 prelims are Sunday at 11:35 a.m. and the final is at 7:55 p.m.)

Still, if you stick Donavan Brazier on a 4×400, I’m going to watch it. Not just because I want to see how fast he runs, but because the US has some national pride to restore. After winning this event at six straight World Indoor Championships, the Americans were stunned by Poland in a memorable race in Birmingham four years ago.

Regaining the title won’t be easy. While the US has six of the seven fastest men in the world this year, none of the six will be running World Indoors (the top five Americans are all in the NCAA system right now). Neither will any of the finalists from last year’s US Olympic Trials. When you look at season’s bests, the 4×400 could be a very close race between the US, Spain, and the Netherlands:

USA potential legs: Trevor Bassitt (45.75 sb), Donavan Brazier (46.14), Marqueze Washington (46.15), Noah Williams (46.44) — 3:04.48
Spain potential legs: Manuel Guijarro (46.02 sb), Bruno Hortelano-Roig (46.02), Inaki Canal (46.23), Bernat Erta (46.23) — 3:04.50
Netherlands potential legs: Liemarvin Bonevacia (45.48 sb), Isayah Boers (46.21), Terrence Agard (46.41), Nick Smidt (46.43) — 3:04.53

This is the final event of the entire meet, and it should be a great one.

Can an American medal?

Women’s 3000 (straight final Friday, 3:30 p.m. ET)
Men’s 800 (prelims Friday, 8:00 a.m. ET; final Saturday, 2:10 p.m. ET)
Women’s 1500 (prelims Friday, 7:30 a.m. ET; final Saturday, 3:35 p.m. ET)

These events are all slightly different, but the common theme is that Americans have medal shots in each of them. The men’s 800 is totally wide open, and Bryce Hoppel has as good a shot as anyone to medal. Of course, with 26 men in the field and just six advancing to the final, it’s also possible Hoppel could go home after just one race. But the 24-year-old Hoppel has proven to be a strong championship racer indoors, winning the NCAA title in 2019 and US titles in 2020 and 2022. He’ll be in the mix in a field that also features Brit Elliot Giles (#2 all-time in this event indoors at 1:43.63), Spaniard Mariano Garcia (the world leader at 1:45.12 who beat Hoppel at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix), Collins Kipruto of Kenya (1:43 last year outdoors) and Canada’s Marco Arop (two Diamond League wins last year). The other American, Isaiah Harris, is a longer shot to medal, but 50% of the finalists will win a medal, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see Harris in the final.

The women’s 1500 could also go in the “One Overwhelming Superstar” category as world record holder Gudaf Tsegay, has run 3:54.77 this year, over seven seconds faster than anyone else in the world. She loves to run from the front and it would be a shock if she didn’t drop everyone and win this race handily. The other medals, however, are very much up for grabs. The other two Ethiopians, Axumawit Embaye (4:02.12 sb) and Hirut Meshesha (4:02.14 sb), have the #2 and #3 times in the field this year, but American Josette Norris (whose 4:03.16 sb is actually an en-route split from her 4:20.81 mile at Millrose) is #4 and, in case you forgot, finished 3rd in the Diamond League final last year behind only Faith Kipyegon and Sifan Hassan, neither of whom are running here. Norris can absolutely medal, and considering she was narrowly beaten at USAs by Heather MacLean, the transitive property tells us MacLean is capable of medalling as well. A US medal would be historic as the only American woman to medal in the 1500 at World Indoors is doper Regina Jacobs.

Purrier St. Pierre & Norris went 1-2 at Millrose (Phil Bond photo)

The 3000 is a similar story. As in the 1500, Ethiopia has three entries thanks to winning last year’s World Indoor Tour, and those three are the only women in the field with personal bests under 8:30 (Dawit Seyaum 8:23.24, Ejgayehu Taye 8:26.77, Lemlem Hailu 8:29.28). It may be in their interest to push the pace in this one as Canada’s Gabriela DeBues-Stafford and the US’s Elle Purrier St. Pierre have both shown elite closing speed this year — GDS ran her last lap in 29.04 to win the NBIGP in 8:33, while PSP clocked 28.88 for her last 200 in a slightly slower race at USAs (8:41 winning time). The fact that GDS has run 14:31 this year indoors suggests she’ll be difficult to drop no matter the pace, so she’s a strong medal bet here and could win the whole thing. The other American, Alicia Monson, doesn’t have much of a medal shot — she doesn’t have a monster kick like GDS or PSP, but she also wasn’t strong enough to drop PSP at USAs.

Just for fun, I ranked the American mid-d/distance runners in Belgrade from least to most likely to medal. Keep in mind, this is based both on the ability of the runner in question and the quality of the field at Worlds.

11. Dillon Maggard, men’s 3000
10. Sam Prakel, men’s 1500
9. Alicia Monson, women’s 3000
8. Josh Thompson, men’s 1500
7. Olivia Baker, women’s 800
6. Isaiah Harris, men’s 800
5. Elle Purrier St. Pierre, women’s 3000
4. Josette Norris, women’s 1500
3. Heather MacLean, women’s 1500
2. Bryce Hoppel, men’s 800
1. Ajee’ Wilson, women’s 800

The Seven Best Events of World Indoors

Many of the events above are worth watching — I’m certainly going to be paying attention when Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Grant Holloway are on the track — but in terms of head-to-head competition or major storylines, these are the seven best events of the meet.

7. Women’s pole vault (Saturday, 1:05 p.m. ET)

For much of the last six years, Sandi Morris was the USA’s best female pole vaulter. She was the US champ outdoors in 2017, 2018, and 2019 and won a whole bunch of global medals: silvers at the Olympics in 2016 and World Outdoors in 2017 and 2019 and gold at World Indoors in 2018. But last year, she was only third at the Olympic Trials and didn’t make the Olympic final after getting injured in Tokyo. At the end of the year, she switched coaches to Brad Walker…who just happens to coach Morris’ top competitor, reigning US and Olympic champion Katie Nageotte. So far in 2022, Morris is 2-0 against her new training partner, including a win at USAs. With world leader and reigning World Outdoor champion Anzhelika Sidorova banned from competing after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, expect Morris and Nageotte to battle it out for gold along with Slovenia’s Tina Sutej (whose 4.80m sb is tied with Morris and Nageotte for tops in the field).

6. Women’s long jump (Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET)

This event wasn’t on my radar until my friend/ace Irish journalist Cathal Dennehy reminded me that Serbia’s Ivana Vuleta (formerly Spanovic) is in the field. Vuleta is the defending champion, and with Germany’s Olympic champion Malaika Mihambo skipping the meet, Vuleta also has the best jump of anyone in the field this year (6.88m). Dennehy says Stark Arena was rocking in 2017 when Vuleta won European indoor gold, and as Serbia’s best shot at a gold medal at these champs, the crowd should really get behind her this weekend as well.

5. Womens’ 400 (prelims Friday, 6:45 a.m. ET; semis Friday, 1:35 p.m. ET; final Saturday, 2:50 p.m. ET)

Shaunae Miller-Uibo last ran World Indoors as a 20-year-old in 2014 when she took bronze in the 400. After that, it took seven years for Miller-Uibo to run her next indoor 400, a 50.21 win in Staten Island last year. She hasn’t run another since — her prelim on Friday will be her first race over any distance since the Olympic final — but considering Miller-Uibo is the back-to-back Olympic champ and her time in that Olympic final was 48.36 (a pb and #6 all-time), she has to be the favorite here.

Miller-Uibo is not a total slam dunk, however. Dutch star Femke Bol, the 400 hurdles bronze medalist in Tokyo, has been in fine form this winter, and her 50.30 at the Dutch champs was the second-fastest time of the last 15 years (second behind — you guessed it — Miller-Uibo’s 50.21 last year). If Miller-Uibo gets to the lead at the bell and is able to stretch out her long limbs, this one is probably over, but if Miller-Uibo is rusty or Bol can force her to run extra distance, things could get very interesting.

4. Women’s 800 (prelims Saturday, 6:40 a.m. ET; final Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET)

The most likely scenario here is that this race serves as a coronation for Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson. Last year as a 19-year-old, she won the Euro indoor title and ran a British record of 1:55.88 to take Olympic silver in Tokyo. This year, she opened up her season by running 1:57.20 in Birmingham on February 19 — the fastest time in the world since March 3, 2002, also known as the day Keely Hodgkinson was born. With no Athing Mu in the field, Hodgkinson has a golden opportunity to win her first global title.

You’ve gotta feel a bit bad for Ajee’ Wilson though. Had the current hyperandrogenism rules been in effect, she would have been the World Indoor champion in 2016 and 2018 (instead, she settled for silver behind Francine Niyonsaba each time), and just when it seems like it could be Wilson’s time, a new monster talent like Hodgkinson arrives on the scene (make that two, with Athing Mu who isn’t running World Indoors). After a disappointing 2021 (by her high standards), Wilson has gone undefeated so far in 2022, and though she has controlled her races from the front in vintage Wilson fashion, she has yet to run faster than 2:01. The Wilson of 2017/2018 would be competitive with Hodgkinson. Can the Wilson of 2022 — who is still only 27 — get back to that level?

3. Men’s 3000 (prelims Friday, 8:30 a.m. ET; final Sunday, 7:05 a.m. ET)

In the first 17 editions of the World Indoor Championships, no country has ever swept the podium in an event, men’s or women’s. For a long time, it was impossible — countries were limited to just two entries per event — but with the advent of wild cards from the World Indoor Tour, it is now at least theoretically possible.

It’s still not likely that it will happen in the men’s 3000, but the pieces are in place for an Ethiopian sweep. Olympic 10k champ Selemon Barega, the reigning silver medalist from 2018, is back. Lamecha Girma, the Olympic and world steeple silver medalist who has been stride-for-stride with Barega this season, is running as well. And the Ethiopian squad is rounded out by Berihu Aregawi, the world leader and 5th-fastest man in history at 7:26.20 (Barega’s 7:26.10 pb from last year puts him 3rd on the all-time list, while Girma is 7th at 7:27.98).

With no one else in the field under 7:30, the Ethiopians could conceivably work together to hoard the medals (though Spain’s Adel Mechaal has run 7:30 this year). But Barega and Girma are also dangerous in a kick — recall that Barega used a big kick to win the Olympic 10k last year while Girma closed in 25.8 (in a 7:30 race) to win in Lievin in February. Mechaal, Kenya’s Jacob Krop (7:31 sb), big-kicking Kiwi Geordie Beamish (who beat Cooper Teare Cole Hocker at Millrose), and Marc Scott, who ran a British indoor 5k record of 12:57 last month in Boston, are the top contenders to break up the Ethiopian podium party.

2. Men’s pole vault (final Sunday, 12:17 p.m. ET)

Let me take you back to Austin, Tex., in 2019. Mondo Duplantis was a freshman phenom at LSU, the NCAA indoor champion who had cleared 6.00 meters at SECs to break a 23-year-old collegiate record. Chris Nilsen, the reigning NCAA champion for South Dakota, had won all eight of his meets that season but entered NCAAs as a decided underdog. But Duplantis missed his first attempt at 5.90 and Nilsen made his — a pb at the time. On his next attempt, at 5.95 Nilsen scored another pb, and when Duplantis missed both attempts at 5.95, Nilsen had scored the upset. For the second year in a row, he was the NCAA champion.

I bring that up as a reminder that anything can happen in a championship meet, even though Duplantis is jumping better than anyone in history right now. His season results page is a thing of beauty: 6.02 in his season opener in Karlsruhe, then 6.03, 6.04, and 6.05, gradually pushing his world lead upward until his most recent competition, a 6.19 world record on the same Belgrade runway he’ll use at Worlds.

Meanwhile, his old college rival Nilsen is in the form of his life right now as well, clearing 5.91 or better in six of his eight competitions this year, including American records of 6.02 and 6.05 on February 4 and March 5. Duplantis remains the heavy favorite, but it only takes one miss to make things interesting…

1. Men’s 60 (prelims Saturday, 5:45 a.m. ET; semis Saturday, 1:40 p.m. ET; final Saturday, 4:20 p.m. ET)

I already wrote an entire article explaining why this is the race of the championships, so if you want to know more about it, read that. TL DR: The Olympic 100 champ vs the World 100 champ in the race we didn’t get to see in Tokyo. It’s gonna be good.

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Moffatt claims silver medal in men’s slopestyle event despite cancellation of final

Moffatt claims silver medal in men's slopestyle event despite cancellation of final

TIGNES, France – Canada’s Max Moffatt claimed a silver medal in a men’s World Cup slopestyle ski event after high winds forced the cancellation of the final Saturday.

Moffatt won the silver medal based upon his qualifying run Thursday. The Caledon, Ont., native had a score of 87.25 points to qualify for the final.

Moffatt captured his second silver of the season, claiming his first in Stubai, Austria, in November.

“Unfortunately, there was a lot of wind (Saturday) and it wasn’t safe to ski,” Moffatt said. “This wasn’t really the way I had hoped to win a medal this weekend, but it is what it is.

“Everyone would have preferred to ski, but the health and safety of the athletes was the top priority, so it was the right decision.”

Norway’s Birk Ruud won the competition with a qualifying score of 88.50 points, while Sweden’s Jesper Tjader placed third with 86.00.

Bruce Oldham of Parry Sound, Ont., was 16th, two spots ahead of Calgary’s Mark Hendrickson. Dylan Deschamps of Quebec City was 36th while Philippe Langevin of Mont-Tremblant, Que., was 41st.

The women’s qualifiers and final were both cancelled Friday and Saturday, respectively.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 12, 2022.

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Olympics Live: Organizers say medal event attendance 97,000

Olympics Live: Organizers say medal event attendance 97,000

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the Beijing Winter Olympics:


Chinese organizers say a total of 97,000 spectators have attended medal events at the Beijing Olympics.

That’s less than two-thirds of the 150,000 predicted on the eve of the Olympics more than two weeks ago. The games close Sunday.

The number was revealed at a meeting of IOC members by the executive vice president of the local organizing committee, Zhang Jiandong.

Venues in Beijing and Zhangjiakou could have invited spectators attend but fans were not allowed at Alpine skiing and sliding sports in Yanqing.

Plans to sell tickets to international visitors were scrapped last year because of the coronavirus pandemic and the block was extended to residents of China in January.

Spectators were to be invited from international communities living in mainland China, members of diplomatic missions and marketing partners.


The men’s 50-kilometer cross-country ski race at the Olympics has been delayed and the length reduced to 30 kilometers because of the weather.

The International Ski Federation said the decision was made “in regards to the athletes safety to reduce the time of exposure of athletes in extreme conditions.”

The wind has blasted the Zhangjiakou National Cross Country Center all morning, sending plumes of snow into the air.

The temperature is hovering around minus 18 degrees C (0 degrees F).

The 50-kilometer race can take up to two hours to complete, leaving athletes exposed and susceptible to frostbite. The racers will ski a 7.1-kilometer course four times, instead of the originally planned six laps on an 8.3-kilometer course.


The last Alpine skiing race of the Beijing Olympics has been pushed back a day because of strong winds.

The mixed team parallel event was rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday, the last day of the Winter Games. It will start at 9 a.m. Beijing time.

It was supposed to start Saturday morning and was delayed twice because of gusts of up to about 40 mph (65 kph) before it was scrapped for the day.


The last Alpine skiing race of the Beijing Olympics will not be held as planned because of strong winds. A decision has not yet been made about whether to reschedule the event.

The team event was supposed to be held Saturday, but wind gusts at up to about 40 mph (65 kph) led to the announcement of two one-hour delays. The Winter Games end Sunday.

Organizers eventually said the race would not be held Saturday.

A meeting was being held “to discuss the potential rescheduling of the event.”


Nico Porteous of New Zealand overcame the swirling wind to win the Olympic ski halfpipe final on a day when many skiers couldn’t land their best tricks due to the strong gusts.

Porteous scored a 93 in his opening run on a bitterly cold and breezy morning in the last event at the Genting Snow Park. His score held up in tough conditions where skiers struggled to link big air and spins.

Two-time Olympic champion David Wise took home the silver with his first-run score of 90.75. The 31-year-old Wise was the only winner the men’s event had ever known. He took the title at its Olympic debut in 2014 and again in 2018. Alex Ferreira of the United States threw down a strong first run, twirling his right ski pole at the bottom in elation, to end up with the bronze.

The last competitor to go, Aaron Blunck, crashed into the wall of the halfpipe while trying to land a trick in the gusty conditions. He stayed down for a moment before sitting up.


Wind gusts of up to about 40 mph (65 kph) are pushing back the start of the last Alpine skiing race of the Beijing Olympics.

The start of the team event has been delayed twice Saturday for a total of two hours and now will not begin before noon local time.

The blue and red gate flags are whipping in the wind along the race course known as “Ice River” at the National Alpine Skiing Center in Yanqing zone.


Nico Porteous of New Zealand grabbed the lead after the first run in the men’s ski halfpipe final on a challenging day to throw tricks due to swirling wind.

Porteous scored a 93 thanks to back-to-back double cork 1620s. Two-time defending Olympic champion David Wise sits in second place with a score of 90.75 after the first of three runs. Many of the competitors struggled with wind gusts, including Brendan MacKay of Canada who appeared to be blown off line by the wind.

Top qualifier Aaron Blunck called the gusty conditions “gnarly.” Although listed at 13 mph, the wind appears to be swirling in and through the halfpipe. The wind chill hovered around minus 26 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 32 degrees Celsius.)


The last Alpine skiing race of the Beijing Olympics is being delayed because of strong wind.

The start of the team event has been pushed back an hour to 11 a.m. local time on Saturday — which is when it originally was scheduled to begin before a forecast of windy conditions prompted organizers to try to get going at 10 a.m.

Gusts of about 25 mph (40 kph) are kicking up snow near the bottom of the race course known as “Ice River” at the National Alpine Skiing Center in Yanqing zone.

The temperature is zero degrees Fahrenheit (minus 18 Celsius) and feels like minus 8 Fahrenheit (minus 22 Celsius).

Mikaela Shiffrin is on the roster for the United States, which faces Slovakia in the opening round. Other first-round matchups are Switzerland vs. China, Italy vs. Russia, Norway vs. Poland, France vs. Czech Republic, Germany vs. Sweden, and Slovenia vs. Canada.

Top-ranked Austria received a first-round bye because there are only 15 nations in the 16-spot bracket.


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Olympics Live Updates: Erin Jackson’s Gold Is First U.S. Speedskating Medal in Beijing

Olympics Live Updates: Erin Jackson’s Gold Is First U.S. Speedskating Medal in Beijing
ImageErin Jackson, 29, won the first U.S. speedskating medal in Beijing in the women’s 500-meter race on Sunday.
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Erin Jackson ended a drought of U.S. speedskating medals by taking first place in the women’s 500-meter race on Sunday, becoming the first African American woman to win gold or any medal in the sport. It is also the first medal for an American speedskater in Beijing and the first individual speedskating medal won by an American since the 2010 Vancouver Games.

“I think I kind of blacked out,” said her teammate Brittany Bowe, who also competed in the race. “I screamed so loud I almost passed out.”

Jackson, 29, was the dominant 500-meter skater in the world this year, winning four of the eight races contested at World Cup events and winning a medal in two others. Her time, 37.04, was the third-fastest 500 meters skated at a sea-level oval.

Shortly after her win, Jackson embraced her coach, Ryan Shimabukuro. “I said the same thing I said to Joey Cheek in 2006,” Shimabukuro said. “You’re an Olympic champion.”

Jackson’s gold in Beijing comes a little over four years after she transitioned to speedskating from in-line skating. She qualified for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics after only four months of training, finishing 24th in the 500 meters there.

While she is much more comfortable on the ice than she was in 2018, Jackson is still relatively new to the sport. “I still have a bit of fear when it comes to skating on the ice,” she said in December. “I don’t have a lot of trust in myself and the blades, the ice and definitely the people around me.”

But any discomfort is masked by her explosive speed. The 500 meters is the shortest race in speedskating: just one straightaway and then a lap around the oval. Jackson is a good starter, but she is great at maintaining her speed during the lap. She had the second fastest opener and the fastest lap in winning her medal.

“She has really good technique. She has really, really strong hips, and she keeps them stable and steady when she skates,” said Kimi Goetz, an American who finished 18th in the race.

Goetz added, “She is putting so much power into the ice, and she is just super fast.”

Miho Takagi of Japan won silver, and Angelina Golikova of Russia took the bronze.


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Jackson is part of a stable of American skaters, including Bowe and Joey Mantia, who are from the surprising speedskating hotbed of Ocala, Fla. Renee Hildebrand coached all in in-line skating before they moved to the ice. It is a well-worn path for American skaters, like the Olympic medalists Chad Hedrick and Derek Parra, because in-line is not an Olympic sport.

Jackson’s participation in Beijing almost ended before it began. During the Olympic trials in Milwaukee in January, she slipped in her race and finished third, with the United States having just two entries in the 500 meters at the Olympics. Bowe, who is better at the 1,000 meters and 1,500 meters but finished first in the 500 meters at the trials, gave up her spot to Jackson.

Bowe’s sacrifice was ultimately unnecessary, as the United States was later awarded a third Olympic entry in the event after a complicated process of reallocating spots. She finished 16th.

Speedskating has historically produced the most medals at the Winter Olympics for the United States, but they have been hard to come by recently. Americans did not win any medals in the sport at the Sochi Games in 2014, a debacle that devolved into arguments about the skin suits worn by athletes and a high-altitude training camp before the low-altitude Games. The only speedskating medal that the Americans won in 2018 was a bronze in the women’s team pursuit.

“We need that bad,” Bowe said of Jackson’s victory on Sunday.

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Beijing Olympics 2022: Olympic medal events to watch on Sunday, February 13th

Beijing Olympics 2022: Olympic medal events to watch on Sunday, February 13th

The Winter Olympics come to Day 9, and all eyes will be on the National Speed Skating Oval where Team USA’s Erin Jackson will go for gold in the women’s 500 meter speed skating event.

Jackson needed an assist from teammate Brittany Bowe to even qualify for Beijing, as she fell during the Olympic Trials despite being the reigning World Cup champion in the event. It was a glitch in the qualification process US Speed Skating is likely to fix in the future, but Bowe did one of her best friends the most solid of solids, and also giving the USA their best chance at a gold in the sport.

Here are all the events where medals will be awarded on Sunday in Beijing.

Beijing Winter Olympics: Medal events for Sunday, February 13th

  • Alpine Skiing: 12:45 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom Run 2
  • Biathlon: 4:00 a.m. Women’s 10km Pursuit, 5:45 a.m. Men’s 12.5km Pursuit
  • Cross-Country Skiing: 2:00 a.m. Men’s 4 x 10km Relay
  • Short Track Speed Skating: 6:44 a.m. Women’s 3000m Relay, 7:14 a.m. Men’s 500m
  • Speed Skating: 8:56 a.m. Women’s 500m
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Germany captures sixth gold medal in Olympic sliding events, as Canada’s Mirela Rahneva finishes fifth in skeleton

Germany captures sixth gold medal in Olympic sliding events, as Canada’s Mirela Rahneva finishes fifth in skeleton

Germany’s Hannah Neise competes in heat 3 of women’s skeleton on Feb. 12, 2022.THOMAS PETER/Reuters

Hannah Neise has never won a World Cup medal. Or a medal at the world championships. Or a medal from the European championships.

She’s got an Olympic medal now.

And it’s the one that everybody wants.

Skeleton has a new champion, and she was a bit of a surprise winner. Neise, the 21-year-old who won the junior world title last year, became the first German woman to capture the gold medal in Olympic skeleton by rallying in the final two heats at the Beijing Games on Saturday.

Her four-run time was 4 minutes, 7.62 seconds. Jaclyn Narracott of Australia — the midpoint leader of the event — won the silver in 4:08.24 and World Cup overall champion Kimberley Bos of the Netherlands took the bronze in 4:08.46.

Neise’s win might have been a bit of a stunner, but at this point, nothing Germany does on this track should be that surprising. After six sliding events at the Beijing Games — four in luge, two in skeleton — the Germans have captured six gold medals.

Oh, and all they have in the four remaining bobsled races — two for men, two for women — are the reigning Olympic champion drivers in Francesco Friedrich and Mariama Jamanka.

Tina Hermann of Germany was fourth and Mirela Rahneva of Canada, the first-run leader, was fifth.

Canada’s Mirela Rahneva after her run in heat 4 of the women’s skeleton event on Feb. 12, 2022.EDGAR SU/Reuters

Neise’s win capped a year that was unpredictable in women’s skeleton from the outset. There were eight World Cup races leading up to the Olympics, with five different winners and 11 different medalists — Neise not being one of them.

But there was a big hint that she could contend at the Olympics. There was a preseason race at the Yanqing Sliding Center after three weeks of international training this fall, and Neise was second in that event.

Clearly, she figured some things out about the new track faster than most everyone else did.

Katie Uhlaender, racing in her fifth Olympics, was the top American and finished sixth in 4:09.23. Uhlaender strained a muscle in her side before competing Saturday and still moved up two spots from where she was after Friday’s first two runs of the competition.

Kelly Curtis, the other U.S. slider in the field, was 21st.

This was the first time in six Olympic women’s skeleton competitions that a woman from Britain didn’t find her way to the podium. Alex Coomber won bronze in 2002, Shelley Rudman won silver in 2006, Amy Williams took gold in 2010, Lizzy Yarnold won gold in both 2014 and 2018 and Laura Deas captured bronze four years ago as well.

Deas was the top British slider in this race, placing 20th.

Narracott’s medal, though, had a very British feel — and that has nothing to do with Queen Elizabeth II remaining the head of state in 15 Commonwealth countries, including Australia. Narracott spends the season traveling and training with the British team, and her husband is retired British skeleton athlete and 2018 Olympic bronze medalist Dom Parsons.

Narracott was great.

Neise was just better. And the world’s most accomplished nation in sliding just continues to dominate the Beijing Games.

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Beijing Olympics 2022: Olympic medal events to watch on Saturday, February 12

Beijing Olympics 2022: Olympic medal events to watch on Saturday, February 12

We’re a little over halfway through the 2022 Winter Olympics and Saturday, February 12 will bring six more gold medal events. The day gets started late Friday in the US with the Mixed Team Snowboard Cross Big Final, and wraps at 7 a.m. with the Men’s Large Hill Individual Final Round in ski jumping.

Team USA will be competing in all six events handing out medals, but has their work cut out in a few. The most notable USA appearance is in the mixed team snowboard event. Nick Baumgartner and Lindsey Jacobellis will compete as one team and Jake Vedder and Faye Gulini will compete as another team starting in the quarterfinals.

Among the events handing out gold without any earlier playoff stages, the US is fairly longshots in most of them at DraftKings Sportsbook. The best American odds are in the women’s cross-country 4x5km relay, in which the US has the sixth best odds to win gold at +2000.

Elsewhere, Katie Uhlaender is +6500 to win gold in the women’s Skeleton, Austin Kleba is +10000 to win gold in the men’s 500m Speed Skating event, and Jake Brown and Sean Doherty are each +30000 to win gold in the men’s Biathlon 10km Sprint.

All times listed are Eastern Time.

Beijing Winter Olympics: Medal events for Saturday, February 12

  • Biathlon: Men’s 10km Sprint, 4 a.m.
  • Cross-Country Skiing: Women’s 4x5km Relay, 2:30 a.m.
  • Skeleton: Women Heat 4, 8:55 a.m.
  • Ski Jumping: Men’s Large Hill Individual Final Round, 7 a.m.
  • Snowboard: Mixed Team Snowboard Cross Big Final, After small final which is at 9:50 p.m. Friday
  • Speed Skating: Men’s 500m, 3:53 a.m.
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Beijing Olympics 2022: Olympic medal events to watch on Wednesday, February 9th

Beijing Olympics 2022: Olympic medal events to watch on Wednesday, February 9th

We have six medal events on tap for Wednesday at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Golds will be handed out in women’s slalom, men’s freeski big air, doubles luge, cross-country individual normal hill 10km, men’s 1,500m short track speed skating and women’s snowboard cross.

The biggest question of the day is: How will Mikaela Shiffrin rebound in the women’s slalom after wiping out of the giant slalom earlier this week? She was the defending Olympic champion of that event, but she will have to recover and turn her attention to an event in which she won gold in 2014 and then was left with a heartbreaking fourth-place finish four years later.

Another well-known American female winter sports athlete will also be going for gold Wednesday: snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis. She’s a five-time Olympian who has won five world championships and 10 X Games golds in snowboard cross. However, she has just one Olympic medal — a silver in 2006 — to show for her efforts. Does she have some magic left at age 36?

You can watch all the events via live stream at and on Peacock.

Beijing Winter Olympics: Medal events for Wednesday, February 9th

Alpine Skiing

9:15 p.m. ET (Tuesday) Women’s Slalom Run 1
12:45 a.m. ET (Wednesday) Women’s Slalom Run 2

Freestyle Skiing

10:00 p.m. ET (Tuesday) Men’s Freeski Big Air Final Run 1
10:22 p.m. ET (Tuesday) Men’s Freeski Big Air Final Run 2
10:45 p.m. ET (Tuesday) Men’s Freeski Big Air Final Run 3


7:20 a.m. ET (Wednesday) Doubles Run 1
8:35 a.m. ET (Wednesday) Doubles Run 2

Nordic Combined

6:00 a.m. ET (Wednesday) Individual Gundersen Normal Hill/10km, Cross-Country

Short Track Speed Skating

6:00 a.m. ET (Wednesday) Men’s 1500m – Quarterfinals
7:29 a.m. ET (Wednesday) Men’s 1500m – Semifinals
8:13 a.m. ET (Wednesday) Men’s 1500m – Final B
8:20 a.m. ET (Wednesday) Men’s 1500m – Final A


2:07 a.m. ET (Wednesday) Women’s Snowboard Cross Quarterfinals
2:28 a.m. ET (Wednesday) Women’s Snowboard Cross Semifinals
2:45 a.m. ET (Wednesday) Women’s Snowboard Cross Small Final
After Small Final (Wednesday) Women’s Snowboard Cross Big Final