Winter Olympics 2022 day 13: speed skating, curling and latest news – live! – The Guardian

Tagaki has grabbed a Japanese flag and is skating around the rink on her lap of honour. She had three Olympics silver medals in the bag already … and now she’s finally won gold. Great effort.

It’s gold for Miho Tagaki in the women’s 1,000m speed skating!

Anyone who saw the women’s team pursuit has to be thrilled with that result! Tagaki takes gold for Japan! She has tears in her eyes as she hugs her coach. Lovely to see. Jutta Leerdam wins silver for the Netherlands and Brittany Bowe (USA) sneaks on to the podium at the very last, Golivoka of the ROC team knocked down to fourth. The legendary Wüst finishes sixth, but the 1,000m isn’t her favoured distance.

Miho Takagi wind gold for Japan.
Miho Takagi wind gold for Japan. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

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Tagaki sits and waits. She can only watch this final pair. She’s guaranteed bronze, Bowe (USA) and Nifantava (Belarus)

Women’s 1000m speed skating: Miho Tagaki of Japan goes fastest! What an effort. She punches the air and cheers with delight after crossing the finish line. It’s a new Olympic record of 1min 13.19sec. She missed out on a team pursuit gold just the other day when her sister, Nana, agonisingly crashed out on the final corner … can anyone overhaul her now?

Angelina Golikova, who was up against Tagaki, clocks the third-fastest time. Jutta Leerdam is knocked down to silver medal position with De Jong and Wüst now in fourth and fifth.

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Women’s 1000m speed skating: Wüst goes third-fastest in 1min 15.11sec. Is that enough for a medal? Probably not … but let’s see.

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Women’s 1,000m speed skating: Jutta Leerdam goes quickest for the Netherlands but she doesn’t look happy. It’s a new track record, 1min 13.83sec, but she is gutted as a slip cost her some potentially crucial time.

Austria edged to an eight-second lead over Norway in the ski jumping ahead of the cross-country section in a snowy Nordic combined men’s large hill team relay. With defending champions Germany 11sec off the lead and Japan a second further back, there is little between the ‘big four’ nations of the sport, who have each won the Olympic relay twice since it joined the Games in 1988.

Austria, led by Franz-Josef Rehrl’s 127.5 pointer and the world champion Johannes Lamparter’s 125.5.2 jump, notched 475.4 points. Norway’s normal hill world champion Jarl Magnus Riiber ruled himself out of contention for Thursday’s event, the last of the Nordic combined programme at the Games.

Norway were hardly short of quality, however, with Joergen Graabak, gold and silver medallist in Beijing, Jens Oftebro, who took silver in the large hill, and experienced Espen Bjørnstad and Espen Andersen making the world champions a good bet to top the podium. Germany, with two of the Pyeongchang team back on duty, and Japan, comprising the Watabe brothers – Akito and Yoshito – along with Hideaki Nagai and individual normal hill champion Ryota Yamamoto, will also be in the mix. France were the best of the rest but, at 1min 27sec behind, know the medals are likely be shared among the leading four. (Reuters)

Johannes Lamparter of Austria lands a monster jump.
Johannes Lamparter of Austria lands a monster jump. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

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The women’s 1,000m speed skating is back under way. There are six pairs of athletes to come.

The men’s curling semi-finals will begin in a little under three hours’ time.

USA v Great Britain and Sweden v Canada is the lineup there.

Before that, we’ve got women’s combined slalom skiing, women’s ski cross, the women’s gold medal match in the ice hockey (USA v Canada) and Nordic combined.

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Speed Skating – Women’s 1000m: Sounds like there is some resurfacing of the ice going on, so there’s a bit of a delay.

The amazing Ireen Wüst of the Netherlands made history last week, by becoming the first winter or summer athlete to win individual gold medals in five Olympics:

The 35-year-old will be on the ice soon enough for her Olympic farewell.

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Speed Skating – Women’s 1000m: The gold-medal race has begun. Ireen Wüst’s Olympic farewell is coming up … her compatriot, Antoinette de Jong, leads the way at the moment with a time of 1min 14.92sec.

Antoinette De Jong of the Netherlands.
Antoinette De Jong of the Netherlands. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

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Great Britain’s women defeated Sweden 8-2 in the curling round robin. So they should carry plenty of confidence into the semi-final tomorrow.

Eve Muirhead speaks to the BBC: “We had to win, that was the first thing we went out there to do. We fought out hearts out. Nothing was in control apart from our own game and that’s what we did.

“Of course we maybe had one eye on the other games, but to see we’ve managed to get a qualification spot by, I think it was a centimetre in the draw shot, it shows all our great practice over the months … it’s drilled into us how important that draw shot is, and that’s proven that it really is.

“I was in this position in 2018 as well, in a semi-finals, and I definitely want to do one better. I’m very proud of this team, we’ve got a great chance out there. As a team we’ve played very well all week. And as much as we’ve lost a few games I think all of us know those losses have not been through a lot of bad play. It’s been a lot of inches here and there, but that’s curling. But yeah, I can’t wait to get out here tomorrow night, of course supporting the boys tonight in the semi-final, and let’s hope we can all do Great Britain proud.”

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Great Britain qualify for the women’s curling semi-finals

Sweden beat Korea 8-4. Great Britain will meet Sweden and Japan will play Switzerland … and Canada are knocked out! Switzerland top the table, then Sweden, the Great Britain, then Japan. Canada fifth.

Great Britain progress via the draw shot challenge!

Job done for Eve Muirhead as Great Britain go through to the semi-finals.
Job done for Eve Muirhead as Great Britain go through to the semi-finals. Photograph: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images

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The IOC president Thomas Bach offered US figure skaters Olympic torches as holdover gifts while they await a resolution of the Russian doping case that is preventing them from receiving their silver medals.

Women’s curling: If things stay the same in this final end, Great Britain will play Sweden, the Olympic champions, in the semi-finals. Sweden lead Korea 6-4 and Korea need to find a miracle shot to knock the Sweden stones away.

The Canada team, potentially, could still be knocked out, which would be a disaster for them. They are pictured nervously watching and waiting as this final round robin match draws to a conclusion.

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Nordic Combined: Team Gundersen Large Hill/4x5km: France, Czech Republic, USA is the new top three as the ski jumping part of the event goes on. But wait! Ryoto Yamamoto puts Japan top again with a jump of 135m.

Sean Ingle

The Winter Olympics have been plunged into further controversy after Beijing 2022 spokesperson Yan Jiarong dismissed human rights violations among the Uyghur muslim population as “lies” – and then insisted Taiwan was part of China.

Yan, a former member of the Chinese delegation to the UN General Assembly, referred to “so-called forced labour” in Xinjiang in response to one question, before insisting China was against the “politicising of sports”.

Great Britain beat ROC 9-4 in women’s curling

Job done for Eve Muirhead and co in their final round robin match. Now all eyes turn to Korea v Sweden. Sweden are qualified and lead 6-4 in the 10th end so it’s looking good for a Great Britain semi-final at the moment.

Jennifer Dodds celebrates the win over ROC.
Jennifer Dodds celebrates the win over ROC. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

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Bryan Armen Graham

The imperious Canada women’s hockey team completed a buzzsaw run through the Olympic tournament with a comprehensive victory over their defining foes, seeing off the United States in Thursday afternoon’s gold medal game by a 3-2 scoreline that flattered to deceive.

The latest instalment in one of world sport’s most hotly contested rivalries was largely one-way traffic for the half hour when the outcome truly hung in the balance. Marie-Philip Poulin, Canada’s longtime talisman known as “Captain Clutch”, scored twice as the defending world champions opened a three-goal lead behind an aggressive forechecking attack and a standout effort by in-form goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens, who finished with 38 saves.

Women’s round robin curling: Canada have just completed a 10-4 win against Denmark … while Switzerland now lead Japan 8-4 in a match that is still ongoing, but in the final end. GB ‘have the hammer’ in the ninth end against ROC. Sweden lead Korea 5-4.

Switzerland and Sweden have already qualified but there are several teams scrapping to join them in the semi-finals.

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Nordic Combined: Team Gundersen Large Hill/4x5km: Akito Watabe produces a fine jump of 125m, registering 109.1pts, and making Japan’s total 233.6. The lead the way with Norway and Austria second and third respectively.

Women’s curling: With Great Britain leading 5-3, an errant stone from the ROC team has knocked one of their own, red coloured stones out of the action area. We are in the eighth end and as you probably know, GB have to win this, and hope other results go their way, in order to progress from the round robin.

There are some nervous faces among the GB team but the scoreboard is in their favour at the moment …

Great Britain’s Vicky Wright in action.
Great Britain’s Vicky Wright in action. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

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Thank you Mike and good morning / good afternoon / good evening, everyone.

Mike Hytner

Curling: ROC manage to pull one back in the seventh end and with three ends to go, Great Britain lead 5-3. And with that I’ll hand you over to Luke McLaughlin in London, who will see you through the rest of the day’s action in Beijing. Bye for now.

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Cross-country skiing: some news in ahead of the 50km freestyle race on Saturday – Simen Hegstad Krueger has been named in Norway’s four-man team after his journey to Beijing was delayed by Covid-19.

Reuters reports Krueger was stranded in Italy following his positive coronvairus test but has finally arrived in Zhangjiakou, some 200km north-west of Beijing, and is fit enough to take part in the race – one of the sport’s blue riband events.

“I’m really glad to finally be here. It’s been a long wait for me in Italy so looking forward to finally getting the chance to compete on these tough courses, looking forward to that,” he said. “[There were] some parts where I thought my chances were quite small to get here, but sometimes my chances felt bigger, so it was ups and downs, but very glad to finally be here.”

Curling: Things are getting tense on the ice at the National Aquatics Centre, where Great Britain’s women have extended their lead over the ROC to 5-2 heading into the seventh end of the round robin clash. The Russians’ last stone in end six hasn’t got the legs on it and it’s a steal of one for the Brits.

Eve Muirhead in action for Great Britain.
Eve Muirhead in action for Great Britain. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

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Here’s that story I promised earlier from Sean Ingle.

The Winter Olympics have plunged been into further controversy after Beijing 2022 spokesperson Yan Jiarong dismissed human rights violations among the Uyghur muslim population as “lies” – and then insisted Taiwan was part of China. Yan, a former member of the Chinese delegation to the UN General Assembly, referred to “so-called forced labour” in Xinjiang in response to one question, before insisting China was against the “politicising of sports”.

Read the full story below:

A bit of a lull in the live action at the moment, so let’s just have a look ahead to what is to come today.

In about 20 minutes, the nordic combined Team Gundersen large hill/4x5km ski jumping gets underway before the women’s 1,000m speed skating starts in just under an hour from now.

There’s the conclusion of the women’s single skating with the free skating, featuring a certain 16-year-old Russian called Kamila Valieva who holds the lead and will go last. The ski jumping part of the aforementioned nordic combined also takes place today before the big curling semi-final between the men of Great Britain and US.

Sandra Naeslund wins gold in women’s skicross

Freestyle skiing: Naeslund is the Olympic champion! She gets out in front early in what proves to be tightly contested final, but the fight is more for the silver and bronze, such is the Swede’s dominance in this race. Marielle Thompson picks up silver – and this is the first time a Canadian has not won gold – while Fanny Smith claims bronze. Daniela Maier comes in fourth.

Sandra Naeslund wins gold for Sweden.
Sandra Naeslund wins gold for Sweden. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP

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Freestyle skiing: Here we go then, the skicross small final. It’s an even start, but Brittany Phelan soon leads, followed by Courtney Hoffos and a third Canadian, Hannah Schmidt. And that’s how it finishes, Kennedy-Sim unable to register a best-ever finish for Australia in this event.

Freestyle skiing: So, the women’s skicross big final will be contested by Naeslund, Thompson, Smith and Maier. Kennedy-Smith still has a chance to post her best ever placing in the small final, but no medal this time. A grand total of three Canadians fall in the semis.

Freestyle skiing: To the second semi… it’d be picture perfect for a Christmas card out there as the snow falls heavily. Fanny Smith opens up a lead, ahead of Brittany Phelan as Kennedy-Sim lags behind. But it’s Daniela Maier who takes the win, overtaking on the very last jump, to advance along with Fanny Smith! Kennedy-Sim finishes in fourth, and there will be no final for the Australian. Her run is ended at the semi-final stage, as it was four years ago.

Freestyle skiing: Sandra Naesland, the world No 1, is imperious in the first semi-final as visibility deteriorates. The Swede eases across the finish line in first place to qualify for the big final along with Canada’s Marielle Thompson.

Curling: As the snow tumbles on the slopes, let’s head inside briefly to the National Aquatics Centre where Japan and Switzerland are locked at 2-2. The big men’s semi-final between Great Britain and the US is coming up later on.

Freestyle skiing: Brittany Phelan makes it four Canadian women in the semi-finals as Fanny Smith of Switzerland wins the last quarter-final. Not so great for Alexandra Edebo of Sweden, who crashes out. Semis coming up and from there, the small matter of the medal allocation.

Freestyle skiing: Back to the slopes and Sammy Kennedy-Sim gets another good start in her four-woman quarter-final and leads from the start to the finish to book her spot in the semis! The veteran of three Winter Games is looking good. Daniela Maier of Germany comes in second and joins the Australian in progressing.

The snow falls on the skicross course.
The snow falls on the skicross course. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

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My colleague Sean Ingle in Beijing will bring you more on this shortly, but a Beijing official has spoken for the first time about Taiwan and Xinjiang, saying that there is only “one China”.

“The so-called forced labour in Xinjiang is lies made up by deliberate groups,” Beijing Games spokesperson Yan Jiarong said.

Stay tuned for more.

Michelle Gisin wins women’s combined slalom

Alpine skiing: The women’s combined podium is pretty much set – Michelle Gisin and Wendy Holdener, both of Switzerland, and Federica Brignone of Italy occupy the top three slots, in that order, as the rest of the course finish off their runs.

Freestyle skiing: She’s a renown fast-starter and Sammy Kennedy-Sim bursts out of the gates in her women’s ski-cross 1/8 final. The Australian crosses the line in first to ease into the quarter-finals, but all eyes are on the Italian Lucrezia Fantelli, who has a nasty-looking crash which effectively gifts progress to both Kennedy-Sim along with the Russian Anastasia Chirtcova. Fingers crossed Fantelli is OK – she stays down for a long time, receiving attention. There’s a delay in competition, but we’re back up and running now with those quarter-final heats.

Lucrezia Fantelli is stretchered off the course.
Lucrezia Fantelli is stretchered off the course. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

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Mike Hytner

Thanks Beau, that was a hectic hour or so. Excellent work seeing us through it all. I’ll be here now for the next 90 minutes or so now, and we’ll start with an update from the women’s ski-cross….

Time for me to sign off and do the short-track relay push to Mike Hytner in Australia.

But I did want to toss in one email I received from Barbara Roden in one of my favorite places in the world, British Columbia: “It’s 10.10 pm here on the west coast and I’ll bet a lot of people are glued to the game. Nail-biting time. Also, I haven’t been to a Vancouver Canucks game for a while, but ‘Freeze Frame’ used to be a staple of between plays music at their games. All these arena music people must train at the same place.”

I love hockey music. And that was a great game to watch.

So the last few hours have been heart-wrenching (Shiffrin), thrilling (hockey) and breathtaking (halfpipe). Still so much more to come. Enjoy.

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Canada wins women’s hockey gold

Credit to Team USA for a spirited rally, but it’s just too late. The shot count since Canada’s third goal was 22-5, but only a few of those shots tested Ann-Renee Desbiens, and the great goalie was up to the challenge on those.

The Americans will lament their sluggish, muddled start. A lot of mental lapses on defense. A sense that they weren’t rising to the challenge against their eternal rivals.

But credit to Canada. They’re just that good.

Alpine combined, slalom: The refs are talking about that goal, and while they’re busy with that, we can see Switzerland’s Gisin and Holdener have taken the top two spots.

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Goal! Canada 3-2 USA 12.5 seconds, 3rd period (Kessel 59:47)

Just brute force on the 6-on-4. Kessel jams a rebound through Desbiens.

35 seconds: Good scramble.

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Alpine combined, slalom: Only five of the first 10 skiers have made it down the course. Now come the two skiers with a good chance — Holdener and Gisin.

Canada 3-1 USA 1:25, 3rd period

The USA accidentally plays the puck out of the Canadian zone but regroups.

And it’ll be a power play — Poulin, of all people, for tripping. Dangerous hit on Barnes.

6 on 4 …

Canada 3-1 USA, 2:30, 3rd period

Good effort by the US defense to prevent the empty-net goal. Here comes Knight.

Canada 3-1 USA 3:08, 3rd period

While the PA plays Elvis Costello’s Pump It Up, the US women pull the goalie.

Alpine combined, slalom: Never mind, then — Italy’s Federica Brignone rips through the gates with confidence and bests Ledecka’s combined time by 0.80 seconds.

Still, a medal from the snowboard wizard would be amazing.

Halfpipe: Gus Kenworthy has qualified! His score of 70.75 holds up, and he makes the 12-skier final.

The top nine all hail from the USA (four), Canada (three) and New Zealand (two). Then one each from France, Switzerland and Britain.

Alpine combined, slalom: The USA’s Keely Cashman gives Shiffrin some company on the DNF list.

Don’t look now, but Ester Ledecka may be set for a snowboard-ski double even more unlikely than the one she pulled off in 2018.

Canada 3-1 USA 5:45, 3rd period

Nothing happened on the power play.