19/04/2024
Winter Olympics Medal recap day three

The men's snowboard slopestyle final podium. Photo: @Beijing2022 Twitter

There were nine Gold Medals up for grabs on Day Three of Beijing 2022, with Canadians dominating the men's Slopestyle final and Ireen Wüst making history with a fifth Gold Medal in five separate Games.

There were nine Gold Medals up for grabs on Day Three of Beijing 2022, with Canadians dominating the men’s Slopestyle final and Ireen Wüst making history with a fifth Gold Medal in five separate Games.

Max Parrot provided one of the most triumphant sports stories of the year in his Slopestyle victory, while Wurst and Kamila Valieva – at opposite ends of their careers – etched their names into folklore.

Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle

Just over three years ago, Max Parrot was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He’s now an Olympic Gold Medallist, winning the men’s Slopestyle final in thrilling fashion.

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Parrot got through his chemotherapy and came out cancer-free in 2019. On Tuesday, he wowed the world with his runs, flying through the course and earning 90s from the judges.

The margins were tight between the top three, and some debate has raged about Parrot’s missed grab that was still awarded big points and put him in the Gold Medal position.

However, there’s no denying that his run was all class and he is a deserving Olympic champion.

China’s Su Yiming could consider himself slightly unlucky but still walks away with the Silver Medal, while Canada also takes home Bronze with Mark McMorris.

Gold: Max Parrot [CAN]

Silver: Su Yiming [CHN]

Bronze: Mark McMorris [CAN]

Alpine Skiing: Men’s Downhill

With competitors carving through snow at high speeds and soaring over dips in the track, the downhill alpine is terrifyingly brilliant viewing.

It was Switzerland’s Beat Fuez who pipped his competitors by the barest of margins to claim Gold, with the top three separated by just 0.18 seconds.

France’s Johan Clarey claimed second, while Austria’s Matthias Mayer finished in third after terrific runs.

It was a nervous wait for Fuez who had over 10 skiiers to go after he set his time.

It is Switzerland’s first Gold of Beijing 2022 in what is widely considered one of the most prestigious events in the Games.

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Gold: Beat Feuz [SUI]

Silver: Johan Clarey [FRA]

Bronze: Matthias Mayer [AUT]

Alpine Skiing: Women’s Giant Slalom

Sweden topped the Gold Medal tally on Day Three with thanks to Sara Hector, taking out the women’s giant slalom in a magnificent performance.

Her work was cut out for her in her second run, with Italy’s Federica Brignone laying down the gauntlet with a scintillating time that had her sitting in first place as it came down to the final rider.

However, Hector was able to keep her nerve in the high-stakes run and produced her best when it mattered.

She flew threw the course, carving her lines into each apex and cutting into the time needed with each transition.

One of the favourites for the event – The United States’ Mikaela Shiffrin – crashed out in qualification in a huge boil-over.

Gold: Sara Hector [SWE]

Silver: Federica Brignone [ITA]

Bronze: Lara Gut-Behrami [SUI]

Biathlon: Women’s 15km Individual

In the ultimate test of endurance and skill, it was Denise Herrmann of Germany who conquered the women’s 15 kilometre biathlon.

She is relatively new to the sport, given she competed and won Bronze in the cross-country skiing at Sochi 2014.

It’s an incredible test of holding your nerve, with each missed shot adding a minute to your total time. Herrmann’s powerful skiing helped her minimise her missed shots, and the chasing pack was unable to hunt her down as she claimed Gold.

Gold: Denise Herrmann [GER]

Silver: Anais Chevalier-Bouchet [FRA]

Bronze: Marte Olsbu Roeiseland [NOR]

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Figure Skating: Team Women’s Single Free Skating

It was an utterly dominant performance from the Russian Olympic Committee, capped off by a first at the Olympics.

15-year-old phenom Kamila Valieva would round out the ROC’s performance with the Gold Medal sewn up. And yet, she provided one of the highlights of Beijing 2022.

Valieva became the first woman ever to land a quad jump at the Winter Olympics. The teenager was magical in her routine and near faultless, stumbling on her third quad in an otherwise brilliant routine.

Valieva will be a force in free skating for a very long time.

Gold: Russian Olympic Committee

Silver: United States of America

Bronze: Japan

Short Track Speed Skating: Women’s 500m

It was a battle of two all-time greats with Arianna Fontana and Suzanne Schulting blitzing through their respective qualifying to get to this stage.

Schulting took the ascendency from the get-go, leading from the front and pushing the pace to World Record levels. But the Italian wouldn’t be denied, staying connected to her back shoulder before pulling a brilliant move up the inside of her opponent with just over a lap to go.

Fontana refused to give up the lead in the final lap despite a last ditch attempt from Schulting. She claims her 10th medal, becoming the equal-most decorated Italian female in Olympic history.

Kim Boutin closed out the podium, which was a brilliant result given she false started initially and had to re-focus herself on the restart.

Gold: Arianna Fontana [ITA]

Silver: Suzanne Schulting [NED]

Bronze: Kim Boutin [CAN]

Short Track Speed Skating: Men’s 1000m

One of the most unique starting lines you’ll ever see led to the most remarkable finish. Hungarian brothers Sandor and Shaoang Liu found themselves up against three Chinese skaters, who worked together to ensure their nation would have two Olympians on the podium.

The original race was blown dead halfway through proceedings after a Chinese skater’s blade snapped off leaving a hazard on the ice.

With energy sapped, a war of attrition ensued in the official race. Hangarian Sandor Liu hit the front in the final lap, and was scrapping with Chinese opponent Ren Ziwei who crossed the line a fraction behind.

Liu celebrated, however officials reviewed the footage and disqualified the Hungarian who had a raised skate as he crossed the line.

The disqualification gave China a one-two finish with Ren and Li Wenlong, but the irony comes with Sandor’s brother Shaoang claiming Bronze thanks to his disqualification.

It was a truly bizarre finale to the night on ice, with nearly nine seconds separating the three medallists in the final.

Gold: Ren Ziwei [CHN]

Silver: Li Wenlong [CHN]

Bronze: Shaoang Liu [HUN]

Ski Jumping: Mixed Team

In the inaugural mixed team event for the ski jumping, Slovenia proved dominant in its commanding win, leading from the front for the entirety of the event.

Ski jumping combines style with distance, with competitors flying over 100 metres at 100kmh through the air in gravity-defying exploits.

Slovenia cracked the 1000-mark with 1001.5 points, over 100 points ahead of ROC in second.

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The drama came from Canada, who – with their final jump – pipped Japan for Bronze and erupted in celebrations on the ice.

Gold: Slovenia

Silver: Russian Olympic Committee

Bronze: Canada

Speed Skating: Women’s 1500m

Dutch superstar Ireen Wüst took home Gold in the women’s 1500 metre speed skating, and with it an awe-inspiring record. The 35-year-old is now the first Winter Olympian to win a Gold Medal in five separate Games.

Beginning in 2006, Wüst has claimed 12 total medals, with her best performance coming at Sochi 2014. She won two Golds and three Silvers at those Games, staking her claim as the greatest speed skater ever.

She finished in an Olympic Record time of 1:53.28 minutes, just over four-tenths ahead of the second-placed Miho Takagi from Japan.

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The Netherlands rounded out the podium with Antoinette de Jong taking Bronze on Day Three of the Winter Olympics.

Gold: Ireen Wüst [NED]

Silver: Miho Takagi [JPN]

Bronze: Antoinette de Jong [NED]

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