US Bobsledders Top The Podium In Monobob’s Olympic Debut

US Bobsledders Top The Podium In Monobob’s Olympic Debut

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1 min agoAustria wins men’s team ski jumping goldFrom CNN’s Patrick Sung and Aleks Klosok

Stefan Kraft, Daniel Huber and Jan Hörl and Manuel Fettner of Team Austria celebrate on the podium after winning the gold medal in the men’s ski jumping final on February 14. (Lars Baron/Getty Images)Austria won the gold medal in the men’s team ski jumping competition, with a total score of 942.7, after trailing Slovenia following the first round of the final.

Stefan Kraft, Daniel Huber, Jan Hörl and Manuel Fettner finished the final strongly to earn the gold for Austria.

“It’s unbelievable. I’d say it’s one of the best days in my life,” said Kraft, “It’s a team with friends, and for the whole team and for Austria, it was great.”

“It’s just an amazing event here at the Olympics. It’s mentally so tough, but we did the best jump we could do today and it feels amazing,” added Huber.

Slovenia finished with the silver medal on 934.4 points, while Germany earned the bronze with 922.9 points.

The win is Austria’s third in the event, tying the record for most golds with Germany.

19 min agoChina’s Xu Mengtao wins elusive gold medal in women’s aerialsFrom CNN’s Aditi Sangal

China’s Xu Mengtao reacts to winning the gold medal during the women’s freestyle skiing aerials final at Genting Snow Park on February 14. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)It took four Olympic Games but China’s Xu Mengtao finally captured her elusive gold medal at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in the women’s aerials event.

Xu finished sixth at Vancouver 2010, won the silver at Sochi 2014 and finished ninth in PyeongChang 2018. She also won a silver in Beijing as part of China’s mixed team.

After the final, Xu bursted with emotion, telling the press about her immense joy: “I’m just super excited. This is the first gold medal by China in women’s aerials and it’s just super cool.

“I just wanted to do the best tricks I can do and I did it and that was all.”

At the aerials event, 2018 gold medalist Hanna Huskova had set the marker with a big jump that earned her a score of 107.95, but Xu scored a 108.61 after landing a Back Full-Full-Full. Team USA’s Megan Nick, in her first Olympic Games, won bronze.

1 hr 32 min agoFigure skating legend Yuzuru Hanyu doesn’t rule out returning for fourth OlympicsFrom CNN’s Ben Morse

Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu speaks to the media during a figure skating press conference on February 14. (James Chance/Getty Images)Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu didn’t fully close the door on returning for a fourth Games after a disappointing outing in Beijing.

Hanyu skated on a sprained right ankle injury suffered in training just days before the free skate section of the men’s singles event.

In his first press conference since finishing fourth and failing to win his third successive gold medal in the event, the 27-year-old explained that the injury was “worse than I initially thought.”

“Any other competition and I would have definitely pulled out,” Hanyu said during a press conference which was televised live nationally in Japan. “The doctor told me I need to rest it for 10 days. It’s that bad. It hurt so badly during morning practice the day of competition that I even thought about pulling out.

“I was given a painkilling shot about 10 minutes before warm-up and decided to compete.”

Hanyu hasn’t made his mind up on whether or not he will be competing in the gala event on Sunday — it will be depending on how his ankle feels before it starts.

Hanyu competes in the men’s singles free skating event on February 10. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)But the two-time gold medal winner held open the door to making a fourth Games appearance at the Winter Olympics at Cortina in 2026.

“The honest answer is I don’t know. I came to the Olympic Games and I felt once again that the Olympics are so special,” he said.

“I have an injury, but still I managed to get back on my feet and take on this challenge. The Olympic Games are the only stage for a figure skater to be able to do something like that. I felt really happy. So, of course, feeling wise, I would love to be able to skate at an Olympic Games once again.”

1 hr 38 min ago2010 Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater Kim Yuna speaks out on Kamila Valieva situationFrom CNN’s Patrick Sung

South Korea’s Kim Yuna celebrates winning the gold medal in women’s singles figure skating during the medal ceremony at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)South Korean figure skating icon Kim Yuna spoke out against the ongoing Kamila Valieva doping controversy in an Instagram post on Monday, saying an “athlete who violates doping cannot compete in the game (sic).”

The 2010 women’s singles gold medalist went on to say, “This principle must be observed without exception. All players’ efforts and dreams are equally precious.”

The Instagram post is the latest reaction against the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) decision on Monday to allow Valieva to compete for the remainder of Beijing 2022, despite testing positive for a prohibited substance in December ahead of the Games.

In a statement, CAS said it had decided Valieva, 15, should be allowed to compete due to “exceptional circumstances,” including specific provisions linked to her status as a “protected person” under the WADA code, because she is a minor.

The head of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Travis Tygart said Russia has “hijacked the competition” and “stolen the moment from clean athletes” for the “sixth consecutive Olympic Games.”

While Tygart acknowledged the that decision should be respected, he said that it was “a rushed one.”

“Only time will tell if [Valieva] should be competing in these Games and whether or not all of her results will be disqualified,” he said.

However, if it is found that Valieva should not have competed, Tygart said that the verdict will “reveal what a farce the handling of the Russia state-sponsored doping system by the IOC has been over the last eight years.”

“If Russia had followed the rules, we would know for certain the outcome of the Figure Skating Team Event and those athletes who gave it their all could have their podium moment during these Games as they rightfully deserve with the world in celebration with them.”

Read more about the reaction to the Valieva decision here.

1 hr 53 min agoKremlin hopes Kamila Valieva and other ROC figure skaters receive team gold medals soonFrom CNN’s Darya Tarasova in Moscow and Aleks Klosok in London

The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s Director General, Matthieu Reeb, attends a press conference to announce CAS’ ruling on 15-year-old Russian skater Kamila Valieva, after she tested positive for a banned substance in December, at the Main Media Centre in Beijing on February 14. (Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images)Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Monday he hoped Kamila Valieva along with the other members of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) figure skating team would receive their gold medals “soon” after Valiev

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