BEIJING (AP) The latest news on the Beijing Winter Olympics:
The inaugural Olympic monobob begins on Sunday at the Beijing Games. In monobob, there is only one woman in the bobsleigh.
Americans Kaillie Humphries and Elana Meyers Taylor should be among the top contenders for the new event. The medals will be awarded on Monday and the traditional competition between two women will begin on Friday evening.
Humphries is the reigning world champion in the event and Meyers Taylor is the overall monobob World Series champion this season.
Both Humphries and Meyers Taylor had been battling COVID-19 for the past few weeks but recovered just in time to keep their Olympic hopes alive.
Men compete in the four-man and Humphries and Meyers Taylor hoped the Olympics would add a women’s event, but most countries, apart from the United States and Canada, do not have enough women bobsledders to compete. So monobob was added instead.
Defending Olympic champion Sofia Goggia of Italy looked satisfied after completing the first downhill training session at the Beijing Games less than three weeks after injuring her left leg and knee in a crash.
Goggia finished 1.55 seconds behind leader Priska Nufer of Switzerland.
Mikaela Shiffrin was slightly faster in ninth and 1.33 behind.
Two more practice sessions are scheduled before Tuesday’s race.
Goggia did not participate in the super-G and arrived in China late for further drug treatment at his home in Italy. She sprained her left knee, partially tore a cruciate ligament, suffered a ‘minor fracture’ of the fibula bone in her leg, as well as tendon damage, after the accident during a super-G in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, on January 31, 2019. 23.
There was light snowfall and fog at the top of the course.
Lindsey Jacobellis won her second gold medal at the Olympics, teaming up with 40-year-old Nick Baumgartner for the title in the new mixed snowboardcross event.
Jacobellis, 36, won gold earlier this week in the women’s; it came 16 years after a late move on her way to an apparent win that cost her the title at the Torino Games.
After a slow start, the United States now has five gold medals and 11 overall at the Games. Jacobellis has two, while snowboarder Chloe Kim has another.
The Italian team of Omar Visintin and Michela Moioli came second and the Canadian duo of Eliot Grondin and Meryeta O’Dine finished third.
Finally, a real sign of winter at the Winter Olympics: real snow in the mountains used for downhill skiing.
Just a light burst, watch out.
Still, real snowflakes are falling on the hills of the Yanqing Alpine Ski Center, about 55 miles northwest of downtown Beijing.
This is the first precipitation since ski racing began last week. The absence of snow is not really a surprise, given the dryness of the season in these regions.
All the snow American star Mikaela Shiffrin and others have skied on is made.
There are no alpine medals at stake on Saturday, just a chance for Shiffrin and other women to practice for the downhill along the course known as The Rock. The race is scheduled for Tuesday.
More snow is forecast for Sunday, when the men are expected to contest the giant slalom – and even continue through Monday morning. A total of about 3 1/2 inches (9 centimeters) is expected at the downhill site.
German pair skaters Nolan Seegert and Minerva Fabienne Hase trained for the first time on Saturday, 10 days after Seegert tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Beijing and was quarantined.
Seegert and Hase were forced to withdraw from the team competition, meaning Germany received no points for the pairs short program. This made it impossible for longshots to qualify for the event’s medal round.
The individual duet competition begins on Friday evening, so they still have almost a week to prepare.
The women’s session will take place later Saturday at the same practice rink near Capital Indoor Stadium. It is unclear whether Kamila Valieva, who is at the center of a Russian doping controversy, will be on the ice again. She is awaiting a decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport to find out if she can continue in Beijing with the women’s event from Tuesday.
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