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Winter Olympics LIVE: Eileen Gu secures third medal as Team GB meet Japan in curling semis

Ailing Eileen Gu of Team China performs a trick on their first run during the Women’s Freestyle Freeski Halfpipe Final on Day 14

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Ailing Eileen Gu of Team China performs a trick on their first run during the Women’s Freestyle Freeski Halfpipe Final on Day 14

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Eileen Gu successfully claimed one of the five gold medals up for grabs on day 14 of the Winter Olympics, becoming the first freeskier to win three medals in a single games.

Gu cruised to victory in the women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe final, as she soared above the pipe higher than any other skier nailing back-to-back 900s with advanced mid-air grabs, posting the best score of 95.25.

This is her second gold. She has already won a gold in big air and narrowly missed one in the slopestyle event, earning silver for China.

In the men’s curling, Canada will play against Team USA in the fight for a spot on the podium in the bronze medal match. On Thursday, the two lost to Sweden and Team GB who advanced to the gold medal match, assuring the end of Britain’s medal drought is in sight.

The women’s semi-final matches will also take place, where Team GB will meet Sweden and Japan will compete against Switzerland. The winners will go through to fight for gold, while the losing teams will have an opportunity to play for bronze.

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IOC president Bach hits out at entourage after Valieva’s meltdow

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said it had been “chilling” to witness Russian teenage skater Kamila Valieva crumble under pressure at the Beijing Olympics in the wake of a doping scandal, hitting out at the 15-year-old’s entourage on Friday .

Valieva, who had been leading the women’s figure skating event after the short programme, cracked in her free skate on Thursday night, and stumbled down to fourth place as her compatriot Anna Shcherbakova skated to gold.

“I must say I was very, very disturbed yesterday when I watched the competition on TV,” Bach told a news conference.

“How high the pressure on her must have been.”

“To see her struggling on the ice, to see her, how she tries to compose herself again, how then she tries to finish her program and you could see in every movement, in the body language, you could feel that this is immense, immense mental stress and maybe she would have preferred to just leave the ice and try to leave this story behind her,” said Bach.

Valieva left the ice hiding tears behind her hands and sobbed in the ‘kiss and cry’ area as her coach, Eteri Tutberidze, confronted her.

“Why did you let it go? Explain it to me, why? Why did you stop fighting completely? Somewhere after the axel you let it go,” Tutberidze said.

“When I afterwards saw how she was received by her close entourage… it was chilling to see this,” said Bach.

Kamila Valieva of Team ROC reacts to their score with choreographer Daniil Gleikhengauz (R) and coach Eteri Tutberidze (L) after the Women Single Skating Free Skating on day thirteen

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Kamila Valieva of Team ROC reacts to her score with choreographer Daniil Gleikhengauz (R) and coach Eteri Tutberidze (L) after the Women Single Skating Free Skating on day thirteen

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Namita Singh18 February 2022 03:52

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Johaug to call time on Olympic career after Sunday’s 30km

Norway’s Therese Johaug has said that she will sign off her Olympic career with the women’s 30 km freestyle event that closes the Beijing Games on Sunday.

A relay winner at her first Olympics in 2010, the 33-year-old finally achieved her dream of winning an individual gold, picking up two in Beijing in the skiathlon and the 10 km classic races.

“Sunday will be my last Olympic race,” she told reporters before hinting that her career may be coming to a close.

“It (my decision) won’t happen until after the season, I’ll have to go a few rounds with myself, it could take a long time,” she added. Johaug missed the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang due to a doping suspension, and Sunday represents the last chance to add to her collection of Olympic medals, which also includes a silver and a bronze from Sochi.

“I think it will be a very tough 30k. If it has not been important previously to allocate (energy) correctly on these trails, then it will definitely be important on Sunday,” Johaug said.

Gold medallist, Therese Johaug of Team Norway stands on the podium during the Women’s 10km Classic medal ceremony on Day 6 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games

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Gold medalist, Therese Johaug of Team Norway stands on the podium during the Women’s 10km Classic medal ceremony on Day 6 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games

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Namita Singh18 February 2022 03:41

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Second gold for Eileen Gu!

Even before she went down the slopes for her final run, it was clear that Gu would be winning her second gold and third medal of the Games as none of the other eleven competitors had been able to outdo the 95.25 that she earned with her second run .

Defending champion Cassie Sharpe took silver for Canada and her teammate Rachael Karker earned bronze, while Team GB’s Zoe Atkin dropped out of the running for the podium, securing the ninth spot in the halfpipe finals.

Namita Singh18 February 2022 03:10

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Egg leaning towards gold

Home favorite Eileen Gu posted the highest score in her first two runs of the women’s ski halfpipe final as she bids to become the first action-sports athlete to capture three medals at the same Winter Games.

Turning in a solid 93.25 and improving it to 95.25, Gu assured she is ahead of the pack.

Meanwhile, two Canadians- Cassie Sharpe and Rachael Karker are provisionally placed at the second and third spot, with the best score of 90 and 87.75.

Ailing Eileen Gu of Team China reacts after their second run during the Women’s Freestyle Freeski Halfpipe Final on Day 14

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Ailing Eileen Gu of Team China reacts after their second run during the Women’s Freestyle Freeski Halfpipe Final on Day 14

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Namita Singh18 February 2022 02:41

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Good morning, and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of day 14 of the Winter Olympics in Beijing for Friday 18 February.

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