Day 13 of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics: Live updates – CNN

27 min ago

Team USA figure skaters met with IOC chief to discuss medal delay 

From CNN’s Hannah Ritchie

The United States figure skating team poses after winning silver in the team event on Feb. 7.
The United States figure skating team poses after winning silver in the team event on Feb. 7. (Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, met with the United States figure skating team on Thursday to discuss the ongoing medal delay in their event. 

The team figure skating event concluded on Feb. 7, following several days of intense competition after which the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) took gold, the US won silver and Japan bronze.

A doping violation involving Russia’s breakout star Kamila Valieva — which only came to light the day after the competition — has caused an ongoing medal delay for all three teams while the IOC continues its investigation into the matter. 

Speaking at a regular IOC news conference, spokesperson Mark Adams said the governing body had reached out to both Team USA and the Japanese Olympic Committee regarding the matter. 

“We can confirm that a meeting occurred today between president Bach and the USA figure skating team, however the details and content of that discussion should remain between them. So, for obvious reasons, we won’t be commenting further,” Adams told reporters. 

“We’ve spoken to the Japanese Olympic Committee who’ve told us that they fully accept the IOC’s approach to the situation. That’s the reason why there was no meeting with their athletes.”

47 min ago

The USA have pulled one back in the women’s ice hockey final

Team USA's Hilary Knight #21 scores against Team Canada's Ann-Renee Desbiens #35 in the second period during the women's ice hockey gold medal match on Thursday.
Team USA’s Hilary Knight #21 scores against Team Canada’s Ann-Renee Desbiens #35 in the second period during the women’s ice hockey gold medal match on Thursday. (Harry How/Getty Images)

It’s relief at last for the United States, with Hilary Knight scoring the team’s first goal in the women’s ice hockey final against rival Canada.

Canada has dominated the game so far, and is leading 3-1 late in the second period.

1 hr 13 min ago

It’s 3-0 to Canada in the women’s ice hockey final

Team USA have it all to do now after Canada’s captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored her second goal of the women’s ice hockey final to put her team up 3-0.

We are about halfway through the second period.

1 hr 41 min ago

Canada goes 2-0 up against Team USA in women’s ice hockey final

Team Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin #29 celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal in the first period during the women's ice hockey gold medal match between Team Canada and Team USA on Thursday.
Team Canada’s Marie-Philip Poulin #29 celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal in the first period during the women’s ice hockey gold medal match between Team Canada and Team USA on Thursday. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Canada’s captain Marie-Philip Poulin has just put her team 2-0 up in the women’s ice hockey finals against old rivals the USA with a few minutes left in the first period.

1 hr 56 min ago

Canada draws first blood in women’s ice hockey gold medal game

Team Canada's Sarah Nurse #20 celebrates with Claire Thompson #42 after scoring a goal in the first period during the women's ice hockey gold medal match between Team Canada and Team USA on Thursday.
Team Canada’s Sarah Nurse #20 celebrates with Claire Thompson #42 after scoring a goal in the first period during the women’s ice hockey gold medal match between Team Canada and Team USA on Thursday. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Canada’s Sarah Nurse has just put her team 1-0 ahead in the women’s ice hockey final against the United States.

It came moments after a Canadian goal was ruled out for offside.

Canada and the USA have topped the podium in the sport for years, with Canada looking to avenge defeat to Team USA in the final at Pyeongchang four years ago.

2 hr 9 min ago

Mikaela Shiffrin is shooting for gold in today’s alpine combined event

Team USA's Mikaela Shiffrin skis during the women's alpine combined downhill on Thursday.
Team USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin skis during the women’s alpine combined downhill on Thursday. (Sean M.Haffey/Getty Images)

The first part of the women’s alpine skiing combined event has wrapped, with Austria’s Christine Scheyer leading the pack.

But there were strong runs from Czech skier Ester Ledecká in second place, and Team USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin in fifth, who are both eyeing the gold.

The event started with a downhill course this morning, followed by a slalom race later this afternoon that will decide the final results. This is the final individual medal event for the alpine skiers at the Winter Games.

“Yesterday I finally felt I could really trust my instincts in the track, and it’s silly, but just try to ski fast basically,” said Shiffrin after her downhill run. She had a rough start to the Games, crashing out of her first two events.

“In downhill it takes a little bit of practice and a little bit of understanding (of) how the hill is dragging you around and I finally started to feel that the right way yesterday,” she added. “Today I was just trying to stay calm and not think about the course too much and not try to make too much of a strategy but just ski it.”

2 hr 19 min ago

Defending Olympic champion USA advances to men’s curling semifinals

The US men’s curling team, the defending Olympic champion, is through to the semifinals in Beijing after a 7-5 win against Denmark.

Team Shuster, led by skip John Shuster, came out on top in the final action of round-robin play.

What’s next: The US will face off against Great Britain on Thursday, while fellow semi-finalists Sweden and Canada will battle it out at the same time for a place in the final.

Read more about curling:

Curling: Your top questions answered

2 hr 4 min ago

Team USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin has borrowed some special skis to compete today

As Team USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin competes today in the women’s alpine combined event, she has a special pair of skis strapped to her boots — borrowed from Italy’s Sofia Goggia.

Goggia won silver in the women’s downhill event on Tuesday after returning from a knee injury sustained at the Cortina d’Ampezzo super-G in January.

Sharing skis: It’s not uncommon for skiers to switch skis — at the last Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Czech skier Ester Ledecká used Shiffrin’s skis to compete in the super-G event.

“As a racer, you go through your skis and you use what you want, and then maybe you move onto a different pair and your skis go back into the pool,” Shiffrin told NBC today.

“But it is actually a little different this time with Sophie (Goggia) because they’re a pair of the skis that she’s currently training and competing on. She didn’t need them because she wasn’t competing here so I was able to try them yesterday, and I was able to ski on them today.

“She actually wrote a small message on them on a sticky note, I saw it in the start and I almost started crying because it was just like, ‘You can fly on these skis,’ or something like that.”

Shiffrin praised Goggia and her “perfect team,” saying the Italian, the downhill gold medalist in Pyeongchang, won races thanks to her incredible skill — as well as the pair of skis expertly maintained by servicemen.

2 hr 50 min ago

Eileen Gu says she has a few more tricks up her sleeve for the freeski halfpipe final

China's Eileen Gu topped the leaderboard in the women's freeski halfpipe qualification on Thursday.
China’s Eileen Gu topped the leaderboard in the women’s freeski halfpipe qualification on Thursday. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

After advancing to the halfpipe finals, China’s freeskiing star Eileen Gu said she hadn’t gone all out yet — and she might unveil some surprises in the medal runs tomorrow.

“I have a few more tricks I would like to be able to have the opportunity to do, but also given that it’s the Olympics, I definitely want to be consistent and just do my best and land my own runs and ski for myself,” she told NBC.

“I have to put a safety run down first, but there are some things that I’m hoping to bring out if I have the opportunity.”

At the final, skiers will have three runs, with the best score taken as their result — so many often perform a “safety run” with reliable and well-honed maneuvers to land a high score first, before gauging whether they have space to experiment with any more complex tricks in the following runs.