Winter Olympics 2022 live: All the news and action from Beijing

Brendan Corey said he had “no regrets” after crashing out of the 1000m speed skating event in a reverse of Steven Bradbury’s famous 2002 gold medal win.

Gold medallist Jakara Anthony of Team Australia celebrates during the Women's Freestyle Skiing Moguls flower ceremony at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, China. Picture: Getty Images
Gold medallist Jakara Anthony of Team Australia celebrates during the Women's Freestyle Skiing Moguls flower ceremony at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, China. Picture: Getty Images

Brendan Corey followed up his Australian speed skating record with a dramatic pileup in the 1000m quarterfinals in Beijing.

Corey said he had “no regrets” after pushing hard into the final turn, crashing into Dutchman Itzhak de Last and taking out race leader China’s Ziwei Ren.

“I saw an opening and made a split-second decision to go for it. Sadly, I was unable to hold the corner, but that’s short track and I do not regret my decision,” he said in a post-race Instagram.

“I can still walk away proud with a top 15 finish and the fastest Australian ever in the 1000m.”

Australia’s Brendan Corey crashes out in Beijing. Picture: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images
Australia’s Brendan Corey crashes out in Beijing. Picture: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images
Brendan Corey’s passing move on the final lap came unstuck. Picture: Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP
Brendan Corey’s passing move on the final lap came unstuck. Picture: Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP
Brendan Corey of Team Australia crashes during the Men's 1000m Quarterfinals on day three of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Picture: Getty Images.
Brendan Corey of Team Australia crashes during the Men's 1000m Quarterfinals on day three of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Picture: Getty Images.
Ziwei Ren of Team China, Brendan Corey of Team Australia and Itzhak de Last of Team Netherlands crash as John-Henry Krueger skates by. Picture: Getty Images.
Ziwei Ren of Team China, Brendan Corey of Team Australia and Itzhak de Last of Team Netherlands crash as John-Henry Krueger skates by. Picture: Getty Images.
Australia's Brendan Corey and Netherlands' Itzhak De Laat crash into a barrier during a quarter-final heat. Picture: AFP.
Australia's Brendan Corey and Netherlands' Itzhak De Laat crash into a barrier during a quarter-final heat. Picture: AFP.
China's Ren Ziwei, Australia's Brendan Corey and Netherlands' Itzhak De Laat fall in the final turn. Picture: AFP.
China's Ren Ziwei, Australia's Brendan Corey and Netherlands' Itzhak De Laat fall in the final turn. Picture: AFP.

The 25-year-old set an Australian record just two days earlier for the 1000m distance, the event that saw Steven Bradbury the country’s first Winter Olympics gold medal in 2002.

Bradbury won after all the other finalists crashed out on the last corner, allowing him to coast across the finish line.

Corey’s final turn flop in the 1000 metre event does not end his Olympic campaign, and he will return to the ice on Friday for the 500 metres.

He had been in a close third place before catching his skate on his Dutch rival moving on the inside. Earlier Hungarian Joh-Henry Kreuger was penalised for bumping Corey out from the second position earlier in the race.

Brendan Corey of Team Australia reacts after crashing out of the 1000m Quarterfinals on day three of the Beijing 2022. Picture: Getty Images.
Brendan Corey of Team Australia reacts after crashing out of the 1000m Quarterfinals on day three of the Beijing 2022. Picture: Getty Images.

Corey said he didn’t want to advance to the next round in the hope the collision would see him progress on a technicality, adding he “wanted to earn” his spot.

“I’ve never been given anything for free in my life. I’ve always had to earn everything I’ve accomplished and achieved,” he said.

“This race was no exception. I was not going to rely on a referee to ‘hopefully’ advance me to the next round after some early contact; I wanted to earn my spot.”

Competing at his first Olympics, all is not lost for the Canadian-born Aussie, who still has the 500m event to come later in the week at the Capital Indoor Stadium.

He is the only short track skater in the Australian team, which has fallen on hard times since the halcyon days when Bradbury was the spearhead.

Ranked 11th in the world, Corey was persuaded to switch allegiances from Canada to help rebuild Australia’s stocks after a chance meeting with Australian coach Richard Nizielski, who teamed up with Bradbury to win bronze in the relay at Lillehammer in 1994.

Corey qualified to represent Australia through his grandfather, a prospector who helped discover and develop one of the biggest gold mines in Australia.

“He’s a dual citizen. And my mother grew up in Australia, too,” Corey explained.

“So to get the chance to wear the green and gold at the Olympics means so much to my family.”

Just five years old when Bradbury won Olympic gold in 2002, Corey was too young to remember the race but has watched countless replays since and, coincidentally, trains in Salt Lake City.

HORRIFIC CRASH ROCKS WINTER OLYMPICS

A crash so bad broadcasters cut away to scenic footage has rocked the women’s giant slalom at the Winter Olympics.

American skier Nina O’Brien was on pace to claim a medal in the event before slamming into a gate short of the finish line.

“Crikey, she was laying it on the line ... let’s hope she comes out of that OK,” Channel 7 commentators said on the broadcast.

“You saw that knee go, really hope she is going to be OK.”

Unfortunately for O’Brien it appeared her left leg had snapped from the fall.

The American remained curled in the foetal position as paramedics arrived.

Nina O'Brien clutches at her leg after the accident. Picture: Joe Klamar/AFP
Nina O'Brien clutches at her leg after the accident. Picture: Joe Klamar/AFP
Nina O'Brien hits the gate at high speed. Picture: Joe Klamar/AFP
Nina O'Brien hits the gate at high speed. Picture: Joe Klamar/AFP

The incident overshadowed an incredible finish to the event with the final skier, Sweden’s Sara Hector, snatching gold in the final run of the giant slalom.

Earlier, the men’s downhill proved to be total carnage at the Beijing Winter Olympics with Dominik Schwaiger caught up in a horror crash.

The German wiped out at almost 128km/h on a treacherous Yangqing course with the event halted as he received medical assistance.

He was immediately seen clutching his left wrist with other outlets suggesting he had dislocated his shoulder after slamming into the side netting.

The 30-year-old was stretchered off the mountain.

Another skier, Austrian Daniel Hemetsberger, was left with a bloodied nose after his own pole caught in the snow, ricocheting back into his face.

“He took a massive hit there, the Channel 7 commentators said. “Plenty of claret coming from the mouth.

“He stabbed his pole into the ground. He is doing close to 100 clicks there. Imagine taking a punch to the face at 100k/hr.”

Dominik Schwaiger is taken off the course with a stretcher
Dominik Schwaiger is taken off the course with a stretcher
Germany's Dominik Schwaiger (C) is taken off the course with a stretcher
Germany's Dominik Schwaiger (C) is taken off the course with a stretcher

I WON”T GET OVER THIS: HISTORY RUINED

History was on the line for Mikaela Shiffrin in Beijing and it all went catastrophically wrong at the worst possible moment.

The American was looking to become the most decorated Alpine skier in history in the women’s Giant Slalom.

Seven years after she first tasted Olympic success, Shiffrin was looking to claim her 73rd victory in all disciplines as a skier.

Having overcome a rough build up to Beijing, contracting Covid just six weeks ago, the American was in trouble early on her run and went too wide after only a handful of gates.

Unable to recover, her bid was over in what will go down as one of the biggest upsets of the Olympics.

A back injury and 10 days spent in isolation after contracting Covid-19 also did not help her preparations, Shiffrin added.

“I will never get over this,” she said. “I’ve never gotten over any. “I’m not going to cry about this because that’s just wasting energy. My best chance for the next races is to move forward, to refocus and I feel like I’m in a good place to do that.

“I don’t know about the medals, but I know my skiing is good and I know that even my GS skiing is good... But you just don’t know what’s going to happen.

“I’m going to do my very best to keep the right mentality and keep pushing and that’s it.”

It is a hammer blow for Shiffrin, who also won slalom gold at the 2014 Sochi Games, and the 26-year-old will now have to quickly refocus on Wednesday’s slalom.

The American had complained before the race that she had just two days of giant slalom training in the three months between the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, and the meet in the French resort of Courchevel in December.

“I got the bulk of my GS training for the entire season in the last four days here in Beijing,” she said.

“That’s not ideal but I think my skiing’s in a pretty good place.”

‘INHUMANE’: OLYMPIC ATHLETES SLAM CHINA CONDITIONS

Athletes have gone into meltdown as there were complaints about food, the bitterly cold weather and inhumane isolation rooms at the Winter Olympics.

Day two of the Beijing Games saw competitors and officials rant and rave about the facilities and conditions they were subjected to in the Chinese capital.

First it was Germans who made their feelings known about the lack of decent catering at the Alpine course near Yanqing.

This followed the decision to cancel the blue riband men’s downhill on Sunday due to high winds and move it back to the Monday instead.

Skiing coach Christian Schwaiger moaned: “The catering is extremely questionable because really it’s not catering at all.

“I’d have expected that the Olympic Committee would be capable of providing hot meals.

“There are no hot meals. There are crisps, some nuts and chocolate and nothing else. This shows a lack of focus on high-performance sport.”

Athletes compete during the men's cross-Country Skiing 15km + 15km Skiathlon on Day 2 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at The National Cross-Country Skiing Centre on February 06, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Athletes compete during the men's cross-Country Skiing 15km + 15km Skiathlon on Day 2 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at The National Cross-Country Skiing Centre on February 06, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Some had come prepared and the USA team had the foresight to bring along camping food – like bags of pasta – that needed hot water to make a meal.

Next up the Swedes called on skiing chiefs to start cross-country races earlier in the day to protect their stars from the freezing temperatures and biting, brisk winds.

It has been about -20C degrees in the mountains of Zhangjiakou, some 200 km north-west of Beijing.

Races are generally being held late afternoon to make it easier for European audiences to watch.

Swedish team boss Anders Bystroem groaned: “We have the cold limits we have, there is not much to say about that. I do not know if they also measure the wind effect.

“If FIS says it’s -17 degrees and it’s windy, and it’s -35 degrees with the wind chill, what do you do then?”

“The women’s skiathlon on Saturday at 4pm and Frida Karlsson was completely destroyed by the cold. It’s not good that the sprint starts even later.

“We have talked in the team about making a request (to race earlier) during the day if it’s possible.

“At the same time I don’t think it will be possible to change the time because of the Olympic schedule.”

Then the Russians and Finns got on their soapboxes to air grievances about the quarantine conditions for those who test positive for Covid.

It is believed more than 360 Games participants, including 142 athletes and national staff, have tested positive upon arriving at Beijing Capital International Airport.

Athletes who test positive but without symptoms go to a dedicated hotel for isolation.

Anyone who has Covid-19 symptoms will be immediately hospitalised.

In both cases, they will be able to compete once they have tested negative on successive days.

Russian biathlon competitor Valeria Vasnetsova posted on Instagram from one of the city’s so-called quarantine hotels that her “stomach hurts” from a lack of quality food being delivered.

She said: “I’m very pale and I have huge black circles around my eyes. I want all this to end. I cry every day. I’m very tired.”

Meanwhile, the coach of the Finnish men’s ice hockey team accused China of not respecting a player’s human rights.

The Finnish Olympic team say Marko Anttila – formerly of the Chicago Blackhawks – had tested positive 18 days ago but produced several negative results prior to departure.

Head coach Jukka Jalonen blasted: “Marko has been with our team for about a week before we came here and he tested negative.

“He was with the players and with the coaching staff that week and nobody got any infection from him or from anybody else.

“We know that he’s fully healthy and ready to go and that’s why we think that China, for some reason, they won’t respect his human rights and that’s not a great situation.”

The IOC statement read: “We are aware of the complaints raised by some athletes, particularly with regard to food temperature, variety and portion size.

“The issues are currently being addressed together with Beijing 2022 and the respective management of the facilities concerned.

“We feel for every athlete who cannot compete because of a Covid-19 infection.

“The protocols have been put in place to ensure safe Olympic Games for everyone.

“All the cases are managed in full accordance with the rules stated in the Playbooks and in the adjustments which were made to the protocols.”

Originally published by The Sun

AUSSIE’S DISGUSTION SUPERSTITION REVEALED

Tess Coady won Australia’s first medal at the Winter Olympics and then shared her dirty superstitions with the world.

Coady claimed bronze in the women’s slopestyle snowboarding on Saturday night scoring 82.68 on her first run and held on to third spot heading into the final round, where she consolidated with an 84.15.

Speaking to Channel 7 days after her win, Coady shared her pre-run superstitions which she may live to regret telling the world.

“I am so superstitious, people think I’m kind of crazy but is not really stuff at the top (of the mountain), it is more night before that kind of thing.

“The right sock always goes on first, the day the world end it will be all my fault because I will put my left sock on first.

“But I also have a thing where I never wash my thermals when I start doing competitions so it through the training days and all the competition I don’t wash my thermals.

“If we have got a long competition session going on it is pretty smelly.

“But yeah, just weird stuff like that. I don’t know why it is but I just don’t want to try anything different because it is working for me.”

PANDA SHORTAGE STRIKES GAMES

Beijing Winter Olympics organisers have admitted they failed to produce enough panda souvenirs to keep up with demand.

Bing Dwen Dwen, a cuddly panda on ice skates, is the official mascot of the Beijing Games - but people in China are being turned away disappointed from gift shops.

Zhao Weidong, a spokesman for the local organising committee, blamed the shortage on the Lunar New Year holiday in China.

“The supply of licensed products has been affected by that,” he said.

A man holds a toy of mascot Bing Dwen Dwen he just bought as people line up with hundreds of others to enter the official Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics flagship store to buy merchandise. Picture: Getty Images
A man holds a toy of mascot Bing Dwen Dwen he just bought as people line up with hundreds of others to enter the official Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics flagship store to buy merchandise. Picture: Getty Images

“We are now making efforts in co-ordinating the production and supply of Bing Dwen Dwen.”

The Beijing Games are taking place in a vast “closed loop” designed to fight the coronavirus.

There have been more than 363 positive cases in the bubble since January 23, according to the latest figures, among them an unknown number of competitors.

The nearly 3,000 athletes are cocooned along with tens of thousands of volunteers, support staff and journalists. Everyone inside the bubble must wear face masks and take daily Covid tests.

A detailed view as bronze medallist Isabelle Weidemann of Team Canada holds a Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic mascot Bing Dwen Dwen during the Women's 3000m flower ceremony. Picture: Getty Images)
A detailed view as bronze medallist Isabelle Weidemann of Team Canada holds a Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic mascot Bing Dwen Dwen during the Women's 3000m flower ceremony. Picture: Getty Images)

“Super-proud” snowboarder Zoi Sadowski Synnott made history on Sunday after winning New Zealand’s first ever Winter Olympic gold but the men’s downhill skiers were forced to wait 24 hours for their chance.

Seven golds were up for grabs on the second full day of competition in Beijing. Seven became six when the men’s downhill — one of the most closely watched events at any Winter Olympics — was postponed until Monday because of gusty winds.

Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde — one half of skiing’s golden couple with American Mikaela Shiffrin — will be hot favourite.

Sadowski Synnott, 20, held her nerve to take the women’s snowboard slopestyle title with the last run of the competition.

“Honestly it’s absolute disbelief but it probably means more to me to win New Zealand’s first Winter Olympic gold,” said Sadowski Synnott, who was born in Sydney and moved to New Zealand when she was six.

“It makes me super proud to be a Kiwi.” Sadowski Synnott, who spent Covid lockdown jumping on a trampoline to help her aerial awareness, launched into a massive jump with her final trick to earn a winning score of 92.88.

Zoi Sadowski Synnott won New Zealand’s first Winter Olympics gold medal. Picture: Getty Images
Zoi Sadowski Synnott won New Zealand’s first Winter Olympics gold medal. Picture: Getty Images

She was mobbed by silver medallist Julia Marino of the USA and Tess Coady of Australia, who won bronze.

New Zealand had previously won one silver and two bronze medals at the Winter Olympics – including a third-place finish for Sadowski Synnott in the Big Air competition at the 2018 PyeongChang Games.

Freestyle skier Jakara Anthony made it an Antipodean double as she won the women’s moguls gold.

Cross-country skier Alexander Bolshunov became the first Russian to win an Olympic title at these Games — but not for Russia.

Punished for mass doping at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, the Russians must compete under the banner of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).

Such was his dominance of the 15-kilometre-plus-15-kilometre skiathlon, Bolshunov had time to wave at the TV cameras long before the race had finished.

He took umbrage afterwards at questions about Russia’s doping-tainted past in cross-country skiing.

“You don’t just become an Olympic champion all of a sudden,” fumed Bolshunov, who won his first gold, adding to three previous silvers and a bronze.

“As for doping, when I hear those words, it honestly turns me inside out. I do not accept that and when I hear those words, I don’t even want to hear them.”

Alexander Bolshunov on his way to winning gold during the men's 15-kilometre-plus-15-kilometre skiathlon. Picture: Getty Images
Alexander Bolshunov on his way to winning gold during the men's 15-kilometre-plus-15-kilometre skiathlon. Picture: Getty Images

Clocking 133 kilometres (83 miles) per hour, Germany’s Johannes Ludwig thundered to gold in the men’s luge after holding off a challenge from Austria’s Wolfgang Kindl.

Georgian athlete Saba Kumaritashvili failed to make the luge final — but he was competing for more than medals.

Johannes Ludwig thundered to gold in the men’s luge. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Johannes Ludwig thundered to gold in the men’s luge. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

His cousin Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed in the same sport at the 2010 Vancouver Games when his sledge flew off the track in training, hours before the opening ceremony.

“I think about Nodar — I think about him all the time,” said Kumaritashvili.

“After Nodar, I didn’t want luge to die in Georgia, I wanted to keep it going. I wasn’t afraid. I wanted to be in the Olympics to race.”

Ryoyu Kobayashi won ski jumping gold for Japan on the men’s normal hill, holding his nerve while his main title rivals lost theirs.

Kobayashi became the first Japanese ski jumper to win Olympic gold on foreign snow.

Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer was aiming for a fourth gold in four Games at 5,000 metres, but he could only finish ninth as Sweden’s Nils van der Poel took Kramer’s title and his Olympic record.

Originally published as Winter Olympics 2022 live: All the news and action from Beijing

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