Eight gold medals were up for grabs on Day 12 of the Winter Olympics, with the United States dominating the Freestyle Skiing and team sports beginning to reach their medal stage.
France added to its healthy gold medal tally in Wednesday’s Men’s Slalom final.
Clement Noel was a convincing winner with his time of 1:44.09. However, he had time to make up after the first of two runs, trailing eventual silver medallist Johannes Strolz by half a second before their second run.
Strolz couldn’t hold out the lead, with Noel recording a blinding run of 49.79 seconds to snare gold from the Austrian. It shifted one Norwegian out of third place, with compatriot Sebastian Foss-Solevaag moved from the silver to bronze medal position.
Gold: Clement Noel [FRA]
Silver: Johannes Strolz [AUT]
Bronze: Sebastian Foss-Solevaag [NOR]
Women’s 4x6km Relay
In one of the longest events on the Winter Olympic schedule which involves shooting and skiing, the 24-kilometre race made up of four athletes from competing nations was won by Sweden.
Linn Persson got the Swedes off to a lightning start in her leg, but the ROC brought the lead back through Kristina Retsova who recorded the fastest split of the event.
Sweden was able to consolidate their lead through Hanna Oeberg, with her sister Elvira bringing home the team in the gold medal position.
Silver: Russian Olympic Committee
Women’s Team Sprint
Just 0.17 seconds separated gold and silver in the women’s team sprint cross-country skiing in one of the closest finishes of Beijing 2022 so far.
Germany pipped Sweden for top spot, bringing home their first gold medal in this event since 2010.
Victoria Carl came round the final bend in third place for Germany, but made her move with 50 metres to ski. She rounded the ROC and drew level with Sweden, eventually pulling away and skiing through the finish line for a memorable gold medal at Beijing 2022.
Bronze: Russian Olympic Committee
Men’s Team Sprint
Norway’s Johannes Klaebo put in a dominant final lap to claim gold for his country, out-skiing his counterparts powerfully.
He finished 2.46 seconds ahead of Finland, claiming that time from the final bend of the race to the finish line. As his opponents around him tired, he moved into another gear to leave them in his wake and embrace his teammate at the finish line.
Bronze: Russian Olympic Committee
Men’s Freeski Slopestyle
Alexander Hall was dominant in his Freeski Slopestyle final, recording the only 90 of the event in his first run to take out the gold medal for USA. The four-time X-Games gold medallist claimed his very first Olympic gold.
He finished ahead of compatriot Nicholas Goepper, who recorded an 86 in his second run while Swede Jesper Tjader rounded out the podium with 85 points on his first run.
Hall couldn’t quite find the same success in the Big Air final last week.
Gold: Alexander Hall [USA]
Silver: Nicholas Goepper [USA]
Bronze: Jesper Tjader [SWE]
With a healthy home crowd cheering him on, China’s Guangpu Qi claimed a magnificent gold medal for the host nation in the men’s aerials. He then produced one of the great celebrations as the crowd exploded having achieved his first Grand Slam.
He was simply dominant to finish on 129 points with a difficulty of 5.0, a full 13.5 ahead of the Ukraine’s Oleksandr Abramenko in silver.
Gold: Guangpu Qi [CHN]
Silver: Oleksandr Abramenko [UKR]
Bronze: Ilia Burov [ROC]
Women’s Bronze Medal
It was a dominant performance from Finland’s women’s Ice Hockey team in the bronze medal match against Switzerland, but it was made to work for the victory through the first two periods.
It took an early lead through Viivi Vainikka to take the ascendency in the 12th minute, but that was all the scoring up until the third period.
Switzerland committed bodies in attack and Finland was able to make them pay. They then made it 3-0 after a penalty on the Swiss before rounding out the bronze medal by making it four.
USA and Canada will meet in the gold medal match for the fourth consecutive time at Beijing 2022.
Short Track Speed Skating
Men’s 5000m Relay
It’s one of the most chaotic events on the calendar and it was a two-horse race by the end of the Men’s 5000m Relay in the Speed Skating, with Canada edging ahead of Korea to claim a remarkable victory.
Hungary had previously set the World Record at the Olympics in 2018, but didn’t feature in the final at Beijing.
With five teams on the ice, Canada was able to accelerate their skaters brilliantly towards the end of the race, maintaining their pace while Korea’s link-up wasn’t quite as seamless.
Silver: Republic of Korea
Women’s 1500m Final
Minjeong Choi had already set an Olympic Record at the Games. The South Korean superstar also has the World Record, dating back to Salt Lake City in 2016.
She was slower in the final today, but still comfortably skated through first in what has been a superb Olympics for her. Italian Arianna Fontana has also claimed a gold, but settled for silver in the 1500m while Suzanne Schulting added a bronze to her silver from last week.
Gold: Minjeong Choi [KOR]
Silver: Arianna Fontana [ITA]
Bronze: Suzanne Schulting [NED]
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