Update on the latest sports
No medal for White in his final competition…Shiffrin finishes 9th in super-G
BEIJING (AP) – There were no medals and different emotions Friday for two of the biggest American stars at the Beijing Olympics.
Snowboarder Shaun White’s fifth and final Olympics ended when he clipped the wall trying to land his second trick of his third run. Knowing it was over, he pulled off his helmet and acknowledged the crowd as he slowly rode the rest of the way down the halfpipe. Trying to win his fourth gold medal, he instead finished fourth. White said he wasn’t sad, although he cried a few times, including during an interview with NBC when he struggled to keep his composure.
A few mountains away, Mikaela Shiffrin made it across the finish line for the first time in her three races in the Beijing Games. She placed ninth in the super-G, well off the pace set by gold medalist Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland, then expressed relief. Shiffrin said she had felt emotionally fatigued after crashing out of the giant slalom on Monday and skidding out of the slalom on Wednesday, her two best events. She could still have two more chances to become the first Alpine ski racer from the United States to win three Olympic golds across a career. She’ll have a few days to practice the downhill and decide if she’ll enter that race on Tuesday.
Also at the Olympics:
– The U.S. women’s hockey team avoided an upset when it rallied to beat the Czech Republic 4-1 in the quarterfinals. Lee Stecklein scored the go-ahead goal on a shot from the right point 6:49 into the third period for the defending Olympic champions. The U.S. managed just four goals on 59 shots. Hilary Knight had a goal and assist, and Savannah Harmon and Kendall Coyne Schofield also scored for the Americans. Alex Cavallini stopped five shots. Czech goalie Klara Peslarova was the star of the game. She stopped the first 22 shots she faced and 55 total. Canada rolls to 11-0 quarterfinal win over Sweden.
– Figure skater Kamila Valieva (val-YAY’-vah) will get an urgent hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to decide whether she can compete in the women’s event after she led the Russian Olympic Committee to gold in the team competition. The International Testing Agency will lead an appeal on behalf of the IOC against a decision by Russia’s anti-doping agency to lift a provisional ban imposed on the 15-year-old for failing a doping test in December. Valieva is the heavy favorite in her event that begins Tuesday. She set world record scores this season and landed the first quad jump by a woman at an Olympics.
– Olympic snowboarding judges are coming under scrutiny for their scoring of Canadian slopestyler Max Parrot’s (pa-ROHZ’) gold-medal run. Parrot appeared to grab his knee instead of his board during one of his tricks, an error that likely would have cost him enough points to fall short of first place. Judges scored the maneuver as if he grabbed the board, pushing him narrowly ahead of China’s Su Yiming even though Su landed the biggest trick of the contest. The lead official on the judging panel told snowboarding website Whitelines that the judges weren’t provided with replays or shots of some of the angles that were showing up on social media after the contest.
– Nils van der Poel of Sweden broke his own world record and captured his second gold medal of the Beijing Olympics with a dominating victory in men’s 10,000-meter speedskating. Van der Poel also won the 5,000.
– Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands defended her title in 1,000-meter short track speedskating. After setting the world and Olympic records in the quarterfinals, she wasn’t as fast in the final, finishing in 1 minute, 28.391 seconds. Arianna Fontana of Italy was penalized for a lane change that caused contact with American Kristen Santos, causing both to fall.
– Finland’s Iivo Niskanen won gold in the 15-kilometer cross country race.
– Germany has its first Olympic skeleton champion. Christopher Grotheer was a runaway winner in the men’s skeleton event. Another German, Axel Jungk, won the silver medal in 4:01.67 and Yan Wengang won the bronze, giving China its first Olympic medal in a sliding sport.
– The International Olympic Committee says there will be no repercussions for a Ukrainian skeleton athlete who flashed a small sign urging peace in his homeland at the end of a run. The message from Vladyslav Heraskevych read: “No War in Ukraine.” The act could have been considered a violation of Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter, which prohibits political demonstrations or propaganda at Olympic sites. But the IOC characterized the sign as “a general call for peace.”