On the last day of the competition in 2022 Beijing OlympicsCross-country skier Jesse Diggins took home her second medal at the Games on Sunday, a silver in the start of the women’s 30km race.
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Diggins, who also won a bronze medal earlier in the women’s sprint, awarded Team USA’s 25th overall medal in Beijing.
Earlier in the day, the US alpine ski team came painfully close to a medal of its own, making it into two rounds of mixed tag team competition before losing to Germany in the semi-finals and Norway in the bronze medal race.
This was another disappointment for two-time Olympic gold medalist Michaela Shiffrin, who came to Beijing with the prospect of winning six medals and ended up returning home with nothing.
There is one final medal that has yet to be awarded. Russia will be looking to repeat its gold medal win in men’s hockey against Finland, which is seeking its first Olympic championship.
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BEIJING – Phil Boca scored a shot from the right board that Russian goalkeeper Ivan Fedotov had never seen because of Sako Minalanin’s screen in front of the net. The goal tied the game to 3:28 per second and the score remained at 1 after the second half.
If no one can break through in the third period, then an additional 3 – 3 – 10 minute time will follow for sudden death.
– Chris Bombaka
BEIJING – Jesse Diggins fought to the finish, taking the final Olympic medal for Team USA at the Beijing Games, Silver medal in the women’s 30km event Sunday.
With heavy winds on the final day of the Games, Diggins finished 1:26.37 behind Norway’s Therese Johaug, who took her fifth Olympic medal of her career, and her third gold in Beijing. American Rosie Brennan ranked sixth.
This was the 25th Olympic medal for the US team in Beijing.
This is the third professional medal for Diggins, who cemented her position as the most successful American female figure skater in her sport in Olympic history, and now has a gold, silver and bronze medal.
– Roxana Scott
Russia leads Finland 1-0 in men’s hockey gold-medal match
BEIJING – Compared to the league-burdened Americans roster in the men’s hockey tournament, Finland went with the most experienced roster in Beijing. Hanis Bjornen, 26, is the youngest player on the team. His high baton sent him into the sin box seven minutes into the gold medal match against Russia, and his team dropped 18 seconds later.
With a single skating advantage, Russian striker Mikhail Grigorenko sprinted into the right circle and scored against Finland’s Harry Satry to make it 1-0.
Finland beat Russian goalkeeper Ivan Fedotov with 15 shots in the first half, but the 25-year-old remained unfazed and kept the Finns off the board.
Russia is looking to repeat its Olympic champion title after winning the 2018 gold over Germany in Pyeongchang, a tournament that also did not feature NHL players.
– Chris Bombaka
BEIJING – Michaela Schiffrin will leave the Beijing Olympics empty-handed.
It was another unfulfilled end for the two-time Olympic champion, who wanted the team event to perform so poorly that she altered her departure from Beijing after strong winds pushed the race back a day.
Shiffrin has earned three medals from her first two Olympics appearances, two gold and one silver, and was expected to compete for several more here. But she has finished only two of her singles events, scoring her best events in giant slalom, slalom and alpine slalom combined.
She finished ninth in the Super G and was 18th in the downhill.
– Nancy Armor
Combined with cold temperatures, high winds delay alpine skiing
Zhangjiakou, China – It was very windy, cold and hard to see, and dangerous for action sports stars.
The mountainous weather at the Beijing Winter Olympics had its teeth Saturday.
For perspective, Hebei Zhangjiakou Shangyi’s wind farm is right here in the same place as the freestyle skiing and, according to the China Daily, is the richest source of solar and wind energy in northern China.
On Saturday, that number was perhaps even more impressive.
In Yanqing, the start of the mixed team event in the Alps has been postponed twice in the hope the winds will calm down. Organizers later announced that they would try again Sunday morning, although forecasts call for more high winds.
– Laurie Nickel
Ilana Myers-Taylor felt like I was going to cry after winning the bronze
BEIJING – Moments before Saturday night’s final race, Ilana Myers-Taylor took another Olympic medal on hand for a moment to tackle it It might be her last time in a sleigh.
“I really felt like I was going to cry,” she said. “If this is the end, I really want to enjoy it. If this was the last time I’m riding a sled, and if this was my last Olympic ride, I wanted to come out the way I wanted.”
When Myers Taylor and brake man Sylvia Hoffman reached the bottom of the track at Yanqing Ski Center, after stopping a flawless, medal-secure track, her reaction said it all. Myers Taylor threw her fist in the air and jumped off the sleigh, giving Hoffman a big hug and celebrating in front of her fans with Team USA.
If this was the 37-year-old’s last Olympics, it was one she couldn’t be more proud of.
“It’s been a really long Olympics, a really long season, four long years,” she said. “Part of it was just a relief to get off the line and get another medal. It was just enthusiasm. We put in a lot of work for this.”
– Dan Walken
He rejected the US figure skating team’s bid for the medal ceremony
BEIJING – The nine American skaters who won silver medals in the team event at the 2022 Winter Olympics felt so strongly about their winnings before the games were over that they took the matter to court.
But they did not succeed.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced late on Saturday that it would do so The court rejected the appeal filed by the Americans earlier in the day, which would have forced the International Olympic Committee to hold a public medal ceremony for the team event before the closing ceremony on Sunday evening.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said in a press release that the hearing was held from 7 to 9:30 pm in Beijing via video conferencing. It announced the decision of its panel of arbitrators, but made little announcement. A full report on the decision is expected next week.
– Tom Shad
The United States reaches 24 medals as the competition enters its last day
Thanks to the silver and bronze from Freestyle skaters David Wise and Alex Ferreira, along with silver medalists Eliana Myers-Taylor and Sylvia Hoffman, the United States boosted their medal total in Beijing to 24 with one day of competition remaining.
Team USA is tied with Germany for fourth place in the total number of medals, behind Canada (25), the Russian Olympic Committee (31) and Norway (35).
Norwegians also advance in gold medals with 15. Germany is second with 11, China is third with nine, and the United States is fourth with eight golds.
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