The Beijing Olympics are officially over as Sunday’s closing ceremony marked the formal end of the 2022 Winter Games. Day 16 saw its last medals up for grabs, with many athletes going home with shiny new accessories around their necks.
Alpine Skiing: Mixed Team Parallel Big Final
Strong gusts of wind and bad weather conditions during Day 15 of the Beijing Games forced officials to postpone the last alpine skiing mixed team parallel big final to Day 16.
Battling the elements at Beijing 2022, team Austria confidently ploughed through the snow to its victory, winning gold in the alpine mixed team parallel big final. Germany took home a silver medal and Norway scored bronze.
All eyes were on America’s three-time Olympic medallist Mikaela Shiffrin as she had hopes of going home with an Olympic gold medal. Shiffrin did not get her fairytale ending to her Olympic campaign, losing out in the bronze medal tiebreaker match to Norway.
It was a dominant performance from team Germany in the four-man bobsleighs, with the German’s claiming the top two spots on the Olympic podium.
World champion Francesco Friedrich led his four-man bobsled team to victory taking home gold. He beat the opposing German team led by Johannes Lochner who scored silver.
Friedrich and his team finished their four runs in 3.54 seconds. His dominating performance earned him his second Olympic gold in the 2022 Games.
In addition to his impressive medal tally, Friedrich also made history with the Olympic bobsleigh double by winning gold in the two-man and four-man bobsleigh.
Given the widespread German bobsleigh dominance at the 2022 Beijing Olympics, it proved difficult to land on the podium, but Canada’s Justin Kripps managed to score bronze.
Kripps and his crew earned bronze in 3.55 seconds, barely holding off fourth-place to Germany’s Christoph Hafer.
Gold: Francesco Friedrich [GER]
Silver: Johannes Lochner [GER]
Bronze: Justin Kripps [CAN]
Cross Country-Skiing: Women’s 30km Mass Start Free
Norway’s Therese Johaug dominated the women’s 30km mass start free on Day 16 of the Beijing Games, taking home gold.
Just behind Johaug to claim her first Olympic silver medal was USA’s Jessie Diggins with 1.43 seconds. Kerttu Niskanen from team Finland earned bronze, 2.33 seconds behind.
Johaug’s victory in the women’s 30km mass start free brings her Beijing 2022 gold medal tally to three.
Gold: Therese Johaug [NOR]
Silver: Jessie Diggins [USA]
Bronze: Kerttu Niskanen [FIN]
Curling: Women’s Gold Medal
Great Britain won its first 2022 Winter Olympic Games gold medal thanks to the women’s curling team. The Brits claimed victory after defeating Japan, 10-3.
It was a momentous day for team Great Britain, as it has been 20 years since it had won a gold medal in women’s curling. Great Britain last claimed gold at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
After losing to Japan in the 2018 bronze medal Winter Olympics game, Great Britain’s skipper, Eve Muirhead, learnt from her previous mistakes and led her team to victory with aggression and confidence.
Gold: Great Britain
Ice Hockey: Men’s Gold Medal
The Men’s ice hockey final saw Finland and the Russian Olympic Committee face off for the first time in Beijing.
With both teams playing exceptionally well throughout the 2022 Winter Games, it was no surprise the Fins and the ROC showcased an epic gold-medal matchup.
Finland was able to take home gold for the first time in the nation’s history after defeating the favoured ROC, 2-1. The defending champions had to settle with silver while the Fins claimed their gold.
Silver: Russian Olympic Committee
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