Eileen Gu qualifies for slopestyle finals

BEIJING – The latest on the Beijing Winter Olympics:


Eileen Gu qualified for the slopestyle finals in freestyle skiing. She overcame a number of bobbles in her first qualifying race to pull off a strong second trip up the mountain and secure her place in the top 12.

The 18-year-old American-born freestyler competes for her mother’s home country of China at the Beijing Games. She won the big air gold medal last week, and will also compete in the halfpipe contest later this week.

As Gu waited for her score after the second set, she stood in the back and ate a dumpling. Then she rushed to the halfpipe, where practice had started about an hour earlier.

The slopestyle final is set for Tuesday.


Kaillie Humphries won a third Olympic gold medal, and her first for the United States

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the former canadian bobsledder was an easy winner first female monobob an event. It is the first slippery medal for the United States in seven events so far — the others being four in luge and two in skeleton — at the Beijing Games.

Elana Meyers Taylor of the US, was second. It was Meyers Taylor’s fourth career medal, the most won by anyone in American bobsleigh history.

Humphries now has four medals as well, the first three for Canada. She started dragging for the United States in 2019 and obtained her citizenship in December. This allowed him to represent the United States in Beijing.

Canada’s Christine de Bruin won bronze.


Canadian forward Melodie Daoust is back in the lineup for the women’s hockey semi-final against Switzerland at the Beijing Olympics.

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Daoust missed four games after being sidelined with an upper-body injury sustained in the second period of a 12-1 preliminary-round opener over Switzerland. She is in the pre-game semi-final and returned to her familiar place on Canada’s second line alongside center Sarah Fillier and wing Natalie Spooner.

Canada entered the playoffs than the Olympic tournament superior seed and is looking to make his seventh consecutive gold medal appearance on Thursday.

For Switzerland, striker Lisa Ruedi returns after missing out on a 4-2 quarter-final win over the Russian side while spending two days in COVID-19 isolation. The Swiss team paid tribute to him during the game by hanging his No.12 shirt behind his bench.

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Defending Olympic champion USA will face Finland in the other semifinal later on Monday.


Slopestyle silver medalist Julia Marino of the United States has dropped out of the Olympic big air snowboard competition after a fall in practice.

Marino, 24, was expected to jump 23rd in the field of 30 snowboarders in qualifying on Monday, just ahead of 2018 gold medalist Anna Gasser of Austria. It was a surprise when she didn’t appear.

The USA Snowboard Team said in a statement that Marino fell during practice a few days ago and that they “put his health first.”

Marino’s scratch seems to have been a late decision. The Connecticut Dweller shared video of herself practicing at Big Air Shougang on Instagram about 12 hours before the start of qualifying, encouraging followers to tune in.

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Russian figure skater’s embattled coach Kamila Valievawhose future at the Olympics will be announced later Monday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, showed up to watch her daughter compete in the ice dancing competition in Beijing.

Eteri Tutberidze stood against the wall in a discreet corner of the Capital Indoor Stadium to watch Diana Davis compete against partner Gleb Smolkin in the free dance. Davis and Smolkin finished well out of the medal chase.

Tutberidze came under fire after Valieva’s drug test of December was reported last week for traces of a banned heart medication. The matter was referred to CAS, which met for around 5.5 hours in a Beijing hotel late on Sunday to decide whether to allow the 15-year-old gold medal favorite to participate in the women’s competition starting Tuesday evening.

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Their decision is expected on Monday afternoon in Beijing, just when Valieva is due to train.


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