Norway Leads In Medals

Norway Leads In Medals

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1 min agoSouth Korea fumes over cultural appropriation and “biased judgments” at Beijing 2022From CNN’s Gawon Bae in Seoul, South Korea

A dress worn during the opening ceremony by a performer, second from right, sparked outrage in South Korea.South Korea may have clinched its first gold medal at Beijing 2022 last week, but the success came amid tensions with China over alleged cultural appropriation and “biased judgments” during the Winter Olympics.

In recent years, relations between the two countries have been tense both politically and culturally and this year’s Games have caused further flashpoints.

During the opening ceremony, a woman on stage appeared to be wearing a traditional Korean hanbok dress, which South Koreans have long been irked about, deeming China to be passing off South Korean culture as its own.

On the following day, South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party released a statement criticizing China and demanding it stops “stealing” its “culture.”

South Korean people also expressed their outrage online.

“I’m mad that they’ve introduced a person wearing hanbok on an international Olympic stage as a Chinese person! I’m mad that they are introducing Korean culture as Chinese to the world,” one wrote on Twitter.The Chinese Embassy in Seoul said on Wednesday that China is composed of 56 ethnic groups, and it is “not only their wish but also their right” to wear ethnic clothes during the Games.

“The Korean ethnic group in China and the North and South of the Korean Peninsula are of the same origin and share a common traditional culture, including clothing,” the embassy said.
“The so-called ‘cultural project’ and ‘cultural appropriation’ are completely untenable.”Read the full story here.

19 min agoSkiers contend with -25 degrees Celsius conditions as freeski slopestyle finals get underwayFrom CNN’s Nectar Gan in Zhangjiakou, China

It’s a bitingly cold day at the Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, where the women’s freeski slopestyle finals are getting underway.

As the high-speed train pulls into the Taizicheng station at 7.10 a.m. local time, an attendant reminds passengers to keep warm.

“The outdoor temperature is -25 degrees Celsius (-13F),” she said.

Stepping outside the station, it is snowing lightly outside. The brown mountains are coated with a dusting of white, with the ground covered by a thick blanket of snow.

Participants are greeted by snow pandas, bunnies and snowmen built by volunteers and staff around various venues.

At the Genting Snow Park on top of the mountain, the sun has broken through the gray clouds and the wind hasn’t picked up yet.

But it is bitterly cold.

Spectators don’t seem to be put off by the frigid temperatures — they are huddled up, many wrapped in furry hats and waiting in excitement, waving pink flags featuring the beloved Olympic mascot, Bing Dwen Dwen.

The crowd here are waiting for one athlete: China’s new Olympic superstar Eileen Gu, who will strive for her second gold medal.

1 hr 5 min agoIt’s 9 a.m. in Beijing. Here’s what’s coming up on Day 11 of the 2022 Winter OlympicsAll eyes will be on Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva on Tuesday as she takes to the ice after being cleared to compete despite a failed drugs test.

Here’s what to watch today:

Russian star cleared to skate: Figure skater Kamila Valieva will compete in the women’s single skating short program after being given the green light from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The 15-year-old is favorite to win gold, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Valieva won’t feature in any medal ceremonies. The athlete plans to skate to “In Memoriam” by Kirill Richter and attempt a triple axel as well as a triple flip in her program. Home favorite goes for gold: China’s Eileen Gu is through to the women’s freeski slopestyle final, but needed a strong finish to book her spot after a slow start to qualifying. “Quali’s are way more nerve-wracking than finals,” the Chinese star said after posting a 79.38 best score on Monday. The 18-year-old has already won big air gold at her home Games. Skater returns after barrage of abuse: California-born Chinese figure skater Zhu Yi, who faced a torrent of social media criticism after she fell on the ice while performing in the team competition, will compete in the women’s single skating short program. After her fall, the hashtag “Zhu Yi has fallen” was viewed more than 200 million times within hours on social media platform Weibo, before apparently being censored.Downhill double gold bid: Italy’s Sofia Goggia is aiming to become only the second woman to win back-to-back Olympic golds in women’s downhill after a hurried return from injury. Switzerland’s Corrine Suter and Austrians Ramona Siebenhofer and Mirjam Puchner will also fancy their chances today, while American Mikaela Shiffrin will be aiming to make up for the disappointment of failing to finish in her favored events.New Zealander fights for second gold: Zoi Sadowski-Synnott will jump for another Olympic medal in the big air final after executing her last leap to near-perfection in qualifying. The New Zealander, 20, cruised through as top qualifier. She won her first gold in slopestyle — New Zealand’s first in 70 years of competing at the Winter Olympics. Men’s big air battle: Canadian Max Parrot could win his second gold of the Games after topping the big air qualifying standings as his compatriot and defending champion, Sebastien Toutant, failed to advance after a crash. Chinese teen Su Yiming and decorated snowboarder Mark McMorris also reached the final. Home favorite Su earned the best single score in Monday’s competition, much to the delight of the crowd. Japan’s Takeru Otsuka, who delivered one of the most technical runs in his last attempt, finished second in qualifying, with Team USA’s Red Gerard in third. Skier eyes double gold: Norway’s Birk Ruud is looking to win his second Olympic gold medal at Beijing 2022 when the men’s freeski slopestyle begins today. Ruud won the inaugural freeski big air and is aiming to become the first

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