1 hr 33 min agoWhat to expect from the Olympics closing ceremonyThe Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics come to a close on Sunday with a ceremony at the National Stadium in China’s capital where the hosts will hand over to Milan-Cortina 2026.
What to expect based on previous ceremonies:
The closing ceremony is less formal than the opening ceremony, and the parade of nations will feature the athletes walking as a mixed group. The founding country of Greece is the first flag to be featured, through to the conclusion of host country, China. The Olympic flag will then be lowered, with the flag of the next host country Italy raised alongside the Chinese flag. The Olympic flag will be passed to the mayors of the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina-D’Ampezzo, hosts of the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach would then declare the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics closed and the Olympic flame will be extinguished. The closing ceremony starts at 8 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET)1 hr 47 min agoNorway leads the Winter Olympics medal table with a historic haul of goldsGold medallist Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe poses on the podium during the biathlon men’s 15km mass start victory ceremony on February 19. (Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images)The most successful Winter Olympics team of all time is dominating the medal table in Beijing on the final weekend of action, with a record number of golds.
Norway leads the standings with a record 15 golds among 35 medals overall.Germany is in second with 11 golds and 24 total medals.Host China is in third with nine gold medals and 15 medals in total. Team USA in in fourth with eight golds and 24 medals in total.1 hr 54 min agoIt’s 9 a.m. in Beijing. Here’s what’s coming up on Day 16 of the 2022 Winter OlympicsMikaela Shiffrin of Team United States skis during the Women’s Alpine Combined Downhill on February 17. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)The final day of the Winter Olympics brings a last chance for some athletes to medal. Here are the names and events to look out for on Sunday:
⛷️ Mikaela Shiffrin (still) has one more shot: High winds forced organizers to postpone Saturday’s alpine mixed team parallel race until Sunday, the final day of the Winter Games. The decision meant some teams had to rearrange flights and accommodation, but all 15 nations entered in the competition are set to participate. The team event is the last chance for American Mikaela Shiffrin, alpine skiing’s biggest star, to win a medal. One of the rare skiers who competes in all events of alpine skiing, Shiffrin has so far ended up with a ninth place in the super-G, 18th in the downhill, and three Did Not Finish results. Switzerland is the defending Olympic champion in this event. The Norwegians enter as the reigning world champions, and were also on the podium four years ago with bronze in PyeongChang.
🏒 Ice hockey final: Finland vs. ROC: One of the highlights of the final day is set to be the men’s ice hockey final, where reigning Olympic champions Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) will try to defend the title against Finland. Russia have not retained the title since the glory days of the ‘Big Red Machine’ when a Unified Team won gold at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games, after the former Soviet Union took the honors at Calgary 1988 and Sarajevo 1984. Finland have made regular appearances on the podium, returning home with a medal from five of the previous seven Games, but are yet to reach the top step. Finland is the most successful hockey nation without an Olympic gold medal, with 10 silver or bronze medals between the men’s and women’s teams.
🥌 Curling: Can Great Britain’s women go one better than the men? Twenty years after Rhona Martin skipped Britain to victory in Salt Lake City, the women’s curlers are in the running to win gold in Beijing after Eve Muirhead led her team to the final. They hope to go one better than the men, who finished with silver after falling short against Sweden on Saturday. Team GB face Japan, who finished fourth in the standings, but upset Switzerland at the National Aquatics Centre to reach their first ever Olympic final in the sport. This happens to be a rematch of the 2018 Olympic bronze-medal game, which was won by Japan for its first curling medal. Britain had not picked up any medals at these Beijing Games until the men guaranteed themselves at least silver, ending concerns there would be no podium finish for the first time since 1992.
🛷 Germany goes for further glory in the bobsled: Germany is poised to win a ninth gold medal in 10 sliding events. A four-man bobsled driven by Francesco Friedrich leads Johannes Lochner’s four-man sled by 0.03 seconds after the first two of four runs, which is a closer battle than anticipated. Friedrich, bidding to become the first driver to win two- and four-man gold at multiple Olympics, won 14 consecutive international four-man races up until a runner-up at the last World Cup. Starting in 2017, Friedrich has won the last five Olympic or world championships four-man titles.
1 hr 55 min agoCatch up: Here’s what happened at the Winter Games on SaturdayUSA’s Elana Meyers Taylor and Sylvia Hoffman compete in the 2-woman bobsleigh event on February 18. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)Saturday — the penultimate day of the Winter Olympics — was a busy day in Beijing, with more medals and a place in Olympic history for Elana Meyers Taylor.
Here’s a recap of the biggest Olympic moments that happened on Saturday:
🛷 US bobsledder makes history: USA’s Elana Meyers Taylor extended her medal record, in possibly her last race, grabbing bronze for the fifth medal of her Olympic career (the most by any women’s bobsledder at the Olympics). In the process, the American bobsledder
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