Britain’s Gus Kenworthy Walks Away From A Nasty Fall In Men’s Freeski Halfpipe Final

Britain’s Gus Kenworthy Walks Away From A Nasty Fall In Men’s Freeski Halfpipe Final

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11 hr 28 min agoBritain’s Gus Kenworthy walks away from a nasty fall in men’s freeski halfpipe finalBritain’s Gus Kenworthy falls as he competes in the men’s freeski halfpipe final on Saturday. (Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images)Great Britain’s Gus Kenworthy had a bumpy start to the men’s freeski halfpipe final, landing several tricks before falling on his first and second runs.

On his second run, he landed right on the edge of the halfpipe on his way down from the first trick — a painful landing that threw off one of his skis.

He has one more shot — the competitors each get three runs, with the best score taken as their final result.

The skiers are facing strong winds today, with several commenting on the difficult conditions after their runs.

This is Kenworthy’s final Winter Olympics. The two-time US Olympian won silver in slopestyle at the 2014 Sochi Games before switching sporting allegiances to compete for Great Britain in Beijing.

11 hr 42 min agoIOC president rebukes Chinese official over political commentsFrom CNN’s Beijing Bureau

IOC president Thomas Bach speaks to the media during a press conference on Friday. (Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach on Friday rebuked a Chinese official over comments she made that appeared to violate Olympic rules of keeping political neutrality.

Bach’s remarks came after Yan Jiarong, a spokeswoman for the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG), spoke about Taiwan and Xinjiang at a Thursday news conference.

“This problem we did not ignore,” Bach said. “We were in touch with BOCOG immediately after this press conference and both organizations, BOCOG and the IOC, have restated the unequivocal commitment to remain politically neutral as it is required by the Olympic charter.”Comments on Taiwan: On Thursday, when the IOC spokesperson was asked whether the Taiwan delegation would attend the closing ceremony, Yan said “there is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an indivisible part of China.”

“The IOC has 206 members, including members of nations such as the People’s Republic of China and members of regions such as Taiwan,” Yan said — then quickly corrected herself to “China Taipei,” before finally correcting it to “Chinese Taipei,” the official name for the Taiwan team at the Olympics.

Xinjiang allegations: Yan also jumped in after the IOC spokesperson answered CNN’s question about whether the Olympic uniforms were made by forced labor in China’s western Xinjiang region, saying the allegation is “a lie made up by forces with ulterior motives, and the relevant organizations have provided large amounts of facts to dispute that.”

Beijing has long denied claims of rights abuses and genocide in Xinjiang, claiming its policies are part of a program of mass deradicalization and poverty alleviation.

Olympic neutrality: Yan’s comments seemed to have violated Rule 50 of the Olympic charter, which prohibits any kind of “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda.”

The organizing committee, BOCOG, did not respond to CNN’s request for comment on this matter.

12 hr 54 min agoIt’s 9 a.m. in Beijing. Here’s what’s coming up on Day 15 of the 2022 Winter OlympicsThe penultimate day of the Winter Olympics brings a packed schedule — and for some athletes, a last chance to medal. Here are the names and events to look out for on Saturday:

⛷️ One more shot: Team USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin will compete for the sixth and final time at these Games at the alpine skiing mixed team event today. Shiffrin, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, has had a difficult run these past two weeks, crashing out of three events. She finished two others, but placed ninth and 18th, far from the podium. “Why do I keep coming back? Gosh knows it hurts more than it feels good lately,” Shiffrin tweeted Thursday after failing to finish the combined event, calling out some of the online abuse she has received.

 🛷 Last race before closing ceremony: Four-time Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor from the US will compete in the two-woman bobsleigh, hoping to score a gold before attending the closing ceremony tomorrow as a flag bearer. She had originally been elected as a flag bearer for the opening ceremony, but was forced to miss it after testing positive for Covid. After the first two heats for the race today, Meyers Taylor is in third, with Germany’s Laura Nolte and Mariama Jamanka taking first and second.

⛸️ Chinese stars on ice: The final figure skating competition will be the pairs free skate today, with China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong looking to score another victory. The event combines the scores of the free skate with the short program — and the pair are already top of the leaderboard with a score of 84.41 following a short program that has been described as “the greatest ever,” eclipsing their previous world record, set less than two weeks ago.

 🥌 Reigning champions defend title: Sweden and Great Britain are facing off for gold in the men’s curling final today. Three-time defending world champion Sweden got off to a 7-0 start at these Olympics and was the first team to qualify for the semifinals — but lost their final two games in the round-robin play. Meanwhile, Great Britain hasn’t been in the gold medal game since 2014.

 ⛸️ Start your engines (or skates): Speed skating concludes today with the mass start events for both men and women, meaning two semifinals of 15 skaters in each discipline, with eight athletes from each skate advancing to the finals. This mass start is unusual — and has been described as “NASCAR on ice.” USA’s Joey Mantia is the reigning men’s world champion, but is still searching for his first individual medal. In the women’s event, Japan’s Nana Takagi is looking for redemption after losing out on gold in the team event, and Dutch skater Irene Schouten could score a medal in all four of her events.

11 hr 51 min agoKamila Valieva saga set to run and run as blame game breaks out over positive drugs testFrom CNN’s David Close, Jacob Lev and Jeevan Ravindran

Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva competes in the women’s individual figure skating event on Thursday. (Anne-Christine Poujolat/AFP/Getty Images)Teenage figure skater Kamila Valieva has become one of the faces of Beijing 2022, but as the Winter Olympics nears its conclusion the spotlight

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