7 hr 18 min agoSu Yiming’s gold medal ensures China’s best ever Winter Olympics haulSu Yiming celebrates after his gold medal run at the men’s snowboard big air final on Tuesday. (David Ramos/Getty Images)Teen snowboarder Su Yiming of China won gold in the snowboard big air on Tuesday, adding to his silver medal in the slopestyle event last week.
Su’s gold is China’s sixth of the Games and means the hosts are now enjoying their most successful Winter Olympics, beating their previous record of five golds at Vancouver 2010.
Age 17, Su is China’s youngest Winter Olympic champion.
Fans took to Chinese social media following his historic win. The hashtag “Su Yiming must be able to fly” trended on the Twitter-like Weibo with nearly 50 million views, and “Su Yiming gold medal” is the No.1 trending topic, with 130 million views.
Su’s gold will be even more satisfying after he controversially missed out on top spot in the slopestyle, after judges missed an error from winner Max Parrot that could have impacted the final results.
Before he became a snowboarding sensation, Su was better known in China as a child actor, having starred in the 2014 film “The Taking of Tiger Mountain” by Hong Kong director Tsui Hark, alongside superstars including Tony Leung.
7 hr 16 min agoInvestigation into Kamila Valieva’s failed drugs test is ongoing, IOC official saysDenis Oswald of the IOC speaks at a news conference Tuesday. IOCThe drug case against Russian teen figure skater Kamila Valieva is ongoing and a final decision has not been made on its merits, a top International Olympic Committee (IOC) official told reporters Tuesday.
“We are in a phase of provisional measures. The question is whether she could continue. The case is still pending,” said Denis Oswald, head of the IOC’s Disciplinary Commission.
“The B sample has not yet been examined by the laboratory, and therefore, a ban — which would not certainly be a life ban — would only be decided when we have a final decision on the case itself, whether it is doping or not.”
Oswald said the 15-year-old’s entourage — the adults responsible for Valieva’s skating and welfare — will be investigated.
“You can imagine a girl of 15 would not do something wrong alone,” he said.
Celebrations on hold: The medal ceremony in the team figure skating event was postponed due to the scandal, and the IOC has said if Valieva wins another medal in her upcoming program then she would not receive it until the drug case has been concluded.
“It would be very difficult to allocate medals based on a situation that is not final because there is a fair chance you would not give the right medal to the right team, which is why we decided, while we do not have clarity on the case, not to attribute medals,” Oswald said. 7 hr 44 min agoChina’s Su Yiming wins gold in men’s big airSu Yiming celebrates his gold medal performance at the men’s big air event on Tuesday, (David Ramos/Getty Images)China’s 17-year-old snowboarder Su Yiming won the men’s big air event on Tuesday, with a total score of 182.50.
It’s his second medal of the Beijing Games, adding to the silver he won in slopestyle.
Norway’s Mons Roisland took silver, scoring 171.75.
Canada’s Max Parrot won bronze, with a total score of 170.25. His medal comes after winning gold in the men’s slopestyle last week, and over three years after the Canadian was diagnosed with cancer.
8 hr 4 min agoWADA founding president on doping controversy: “Maybe it’s time for a time-out for Russia”From CNN’s Selina Wang in Beijing
In this file photo, WADA founding president Dick Pound speaks at the closing ceremony of the World Conference of Doping in Sport 2019, in Katowice, Poland. (Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto/Getty Images)Founding president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Dick Pound, said it could be “time for a time-out for Russia in the Olympics” following the drugs scandal surrounding 15-year-old figure skater Kamila Valieva.
On Monday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled Valieva could continue competing in Beijing, despite testing positive for a banned heart medication in a sample from December.
“This is going on too long, and it’s too obvious,” Pound told CNN.
“You know, the [Russian] government cannot explain why nobody will play with them. And the answer is, it’s because you cheat.”
Some background: Monday’s decision from CAS only determined whether Valieva could still take part in the Beijing Games.
The IOC has made it clear that her case — and the people surrounding her — will continue to be investigated long after the closing ceremony.
Russian athletes are prohibited from competing in the Olympics Games under their country’s flag due to sanctions imposed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and WADA because of the country’s “systemic manipulation” of anti-doping rules during the 2014 Sochi Games.
Pound, who is also a former vice-president of the IOC, said the punishments the ROC faced since Sochi have been “lenient” and ineffective, and banning the team from competition would get Russia’s “attention.”
“That’s the nuclear option. You simply say sorry, you will not be invited to the next Games, you will not be able to host any Olympic sport events and so forth, that will get their attention. So far, we’ve been relatively unsuccessful in getting their attention because every decision that’s rendered gets appealed,” Pound said.
“That’s not a healthy atmosphere for Russia. And it’s not a healthy atmosphere in which the athletes from the rest of the world have to compete in competitions where there are Russians.”8 hr 40 min agoEileen Gu says it feels “so special” to win silver in women’s freeski slopestyleEileen Gu celebrates her silver medal finish at the women’s freestyle skiing slopestyle on Tuesday. (An Lingjun/China Sports/VCG/Getty Imag
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