Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Olympics-Freestyle skiing-Swiss Gremaud wins gold in slopestyle, Gu “relieved” settles for silver
Switzerland’s Mathilde Gremaud won gold in the women’s freeski slopestyle at the Beijing Olympics on Tuesday, while Chinese favorite Eileen Gu was roared by fans in the final but had to settle for silver. China’s ‘Snow Princess’ Gu gave it her all early on, landing a clean and controlled first run, but hit the deck on her second try, forcing her to sit on her skis to breathe.
The JO-Valieva saga revives age-old figure skating concerns
From figure skating pioneer to lightning rod for doping critics at the Olympics, Russia’s Kamila Valieva has endured a mental and physical test few 15-year-old girls will ever endure. As the global spotlight shines on the teenage pixie, uncomfortable questions swirl around the sport over whether the minimum age for competitors – currently 15 – should be raised.
Olympics-Alpine Skiing-Shiffrin finishes 18th in downhill in training for combined race
Mikaela Shiffrin, who has yet to fulfill the medal hopes the US team gave her at the Winter Olympics, said she views her performance as an 18th-place finisher in the downhill as useful practice for Thursday’s combined race. Shiffrin, 26, a three-time World Cup champion, failed to finish the slalom and giant slalom races and finished ninth in the super-G. On Tuesday, Shiffrin was 2.49 seconds behind Corinne Suter of Switzerland, who beat Italy’s Sofia Goggia for the gold medal.
Afghan basketball star finds hope in Spain after fleeing Taliban
Six months after fleeing the Taliban regime in her native country, Nilofar Bayat, former captain of the Afghan women’s wheelchair basketball team, is slowly adjusting to a new life in Spain. “It’s not easy to join a society quickly because everything is different,” said Bayat, who came to Spain with her husband Ramesh Naik after receiving offers to play for Bidaideak BSR Bilbao, a basketball team mixed professional.
JO-Figure skating-Valieva dominates the ice despite the doping scandal
Russian teenager Kamila Valieva dominated the Olympic ice on Tuesday night, fighting back tears as she completed a skate that put her top of the short program standings with a cloud of doping hanging over her. The 15-year-old was engulfed in a doping scandal in Beijing but was cheered by onlookers as she took to the ice for the first time since news broke of her doping test failure.
Olympics-Valieva claimed positive test was mistaken for her grandfather’s heart medication – CIO
Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva has argued that her positive drug test was due to confusion with her grandfather’s heart medication, an Olympic official said on Tuesday. The 15-year-old’s defense has been revealed as Beijing prepares for an unprecedented Olympic moment – the world’s best figure skaters will take part in the evening’s unique competition with the likelihood of not receiving medals at the Olympic Games. ‘winter.
Soccer-Klopp relishes in-form Liverpool squad ahead of Inter draw
A fully fit Liverpool side is a “good situation” to have ahead of the Champions League Round of 16 first leg against Inter Milan, manager Juergen Klopp said on Tuesday. Klopp has a full squad at his disposal with club captain Jordan Henderson back from injury, and forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane making their first starts since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations in Liverpool’s win over Burnley.
Olympics-Ice hockey-Canada and USA to face off in women’s gold medal final – again
You can’t always be sure it will snow at the Winter Olympics, but you can safely bet that Canada or the United States will win gold in women’s ice hockey. Women’s hockey became part of the Olympic program at the 1998 Nagano Games, and for the seventh consecutive time either Canada or the United States will be crowned on Thursday, as they have also done at every world championship.
Super Bowl attracts over 101 million viewers – Nielsen
Sunday’s Super Bowl broadcast drew an average viewership of about 101 million viewers, about 10% more than last year’s National Football League championship, according to Nielsen data released Tuesday. About 99 million people watched the show on Comcast Corp.-owned NBC. Another 1.9 million watched the game on Telemundo. The figure includes people who watched TV at home and in bars and restaurants.
Olympics-Nordic Combined-Norway Graabak storms the court for another gold medal
Norway’s Joergen Graabak produced another trademark late push to win Olympic gold in the large hill / 10km Nordic combined race on Tuesday after a similar charge missed inches when he won silver in the normal hill event last week.
Graabak, the 2014 large hill champion in Sochi, started the cross-country race in 12th place, two minutes and seven seconds behind compatriot Jarl Magnus Riiber, who was launching an unlikely bid for glory a day after was released for two weeks. of COVID-19 disease and isolation.
(With agency contributions.)