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Finland snatches 1st ever men's gold, China makes breakthrough in ice hockey at Beijing 2022

Finland grabbed its first ever men's Olympic gold medal with a 2-1 victory over the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), while China scored its first ever goal in Beijing 2022's ice hockey event which concluded on Sunday.Slovakia also made progress as it claimed its first Olympic men's ice hockey medal after defeating Sweden 4-0 in the bronze medal match.Slovakia equalized with 44 seconds left in regular time and beat the United States 3-2 in a shootout in the quarterfinals. That was the first time since Turin 2006 that neither Canada, who was eliminated by Sweden, nor the U.S. has advanced to the semifinals.China's men's team, ranked 32nd in the world, lost to the U.S., Germany and Canada in the group stage on its Olympic debut.Chinese forward Fu Shuai scored the first ever goal for the team in Olympic history against world No. 5 Germany.On the women's side, Marie-Philip Poulin led Canada to their fifth ice hockey gold medal after beating the U.S. 3-2 in the final.The U.S. and Canada have faced off in the gold medal game at six of the seven Olympics since the women's competition was introduced at the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games.Poulin is the only ice hockey player to score in four straight Olympic finals, with seven goals to her name in the past four gold medal games.Now Canada's women's team has won five Olympic golds and two silvers, while the U.S. has claimed two golds, four silvers and a bronze in the Olympics.Finland took the bronze at Beijing 2022 with a 4-0 victory over Switzerland.After losing to the Czech Republic in the opener at the Games, China took their first victory by beating Denmark 3-1, and went on to edge Japan 2-1 in a penalty shootout for its second win, before being knocked out in a 2-1 defeat to Sweden.It was the first time in 12 years that China's women's team competed in ice hockey at an Olympics. They finished seventh in Vancouver 2010, but didn't qualify for Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018.The Chinese women's ice hockey team showed figh...

Closing ceremony of Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×Children perform during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Li He)Children perform during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Li He)Children perform during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Ding Xu)Children perform during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Li He)Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceLog in to edit with Ginger×Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×

China's endearing Olympics panda does brisk trade on blockchain

As the Beijing Winter Olympics wraps up, the craze for acquiring a Bing Dwen Dwen, the panda mascot for the games, has persisted, now expanding into the digital art market supported by blockchain technology.On Friday, a San Francisco-based mobile-game company called nWayPlay rolled out its second batch of 200 Legendary Box packages containing the digital pins to several non-fungible tokens (NFTs) featuring images of the mascot. The panda-themed NFTs are authorized by the International Olympics Committee.The NFTs are non-interchangeable units of data stored on a blockchain to offer public certificates of authenticity or ownership of digital artworks. The blockchain technology features an immutable data record that can be used and shared within a decentralized and publicly accessible network.Each Legendary Box is officially priced 349 U.S. dollars, much more expensive than a stuffed toy figurine, which sells for about 30 dollars. However, the digital pins were sold out only three days after their launch.Bing Dwen Dwen is a panda, an emblematic animal in China, clothed in a full body suit of ice ... symbolises the physical and mental power of Olympians, reads the description.I missed out on the Beijing Epic box drop, so I'm excited to get a chance at a Legendary box, @TimMount tweeted.According to the nWayPlay online marketplace, a bidder on Friday paid 996 dollars for a Short Track Speed Skating variant NFT.On Feb. 12, nWayPlay tested the water by dropping its first batch of 500 pieces, which was named Epic Box and priced at 99 dollars. They sold out immediately, with one bidder paying 1,888 dollars, according to the trading record.The mania for the winter-sports-equipped mascot in digital form came amidst a frenzy of shopping for the physical version, with aficionados forming long queues for hours in front of authorized stores in China.Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephra...

Beijing Winter Olympics embodies an ideal world

They have come from different continents, with different skin colors, but on the ice and snow in China, they laughed together, took photos together, and hugged each other to congratulate or comfort.The Beijing Olympic Winter Games, which ends on Sunday, has given athletes across the globe an opportunity to understand each other and make friends, just as the angelic voices at the opening ceremony sang: thousands of you and me, gather into a family.Friendship was shown when American athlete Ashley Caldwell hugged 31-year-old Chinese aerial skier Xu Mengtao after the latter won the gold medal. Caldwell, who had just missed out on the medals, shared Xu's joy. Lachlan McKirdy, from an Australian media outlet, said on his Twitter account: That moment between Caldwell and Mengtao Xu is so special! It was shown when another American athlete Tessa Maud bade a tearful farewell to Beijing. The 18-year-old snowboarder became known to Chinese people after she posted a vlog on Tiktok, saying a volunteer who welcomed her at the opening ceremony made her tear up. All the volunteers are so sweet and so kind, she said. We feel so welcomed. Later she received a letter from the volunteer she mentioned, who invited her to visit China again sometime after the COVID-19 pandemic.Fairness was ensured when the American curler John Shuster called a break to tell his Chinese rivals that his teammate fouled by touching a stone of the Chinese side. Both Shuster and the judge asked the Chinese team if they would like to put their knocked rock back, a move that would put them in an advantageous position.But Chinese skip Ma Xiuyue refused, saying that the American team didn't gain with the foul. China ultimately lost the match 8-6. Both teams showed the Olympic spirit, commented a web user after the match. This is Olympics: you win in a clean way, with your own abilities.It was ensured when Chinese men's snowboard slopestyle silver medalist Su Yiming and his coach Sato Yasuhiro called o...

Xi attending closing ceremony of Beijing Winter Olympics

Chinese President Xi Jinping is attending the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, held at the National Stadium in Beijing on Sunday night.Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×

Finland wins first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal at Beijing 2022

Athletes of Finland celebrate winning during the awarding ceremony after the ice hockey men's gold medal game of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics between Finland and ROC at National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Meng Yongmin)Finland edged past defending champion the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) 2-1 to get its first-ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal at Beijing 2022 in the men's final on Sunday.Before the final, Finland, the second in the world rankings, has never won an Olympic gold medal since it entered the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) family during the Olympics in St. Moritz in 1928, and it got two silver medals at Turin 2006 and Calgary 1988. The U.S. and Canada split the seven women's titles since the women's program made its debut in 1998.World No. 3 ROC edged past Germany 4-3 in overtime at Pyeongchang 2018, and it fell 3-1 to Finland in the quarterfinals at Sochi 2014.27-year-old Russian forward Mikhail Grigorenko put the puck into the net to break the deadlock at 7:17 in the power play, before Finland struck back with an equalizer at 23:28 by 27-year-old defender Ville Pokka.Finland's forward Hannes Bjorninen scored at 40:31 to seal the victory.Ice hockey is a big thing in Finland, and we have come close a couple of times and it is finally nice to get the first one. I thought we played a great tournament and this is the reward, said Valterri Filppula, the captain of Finland.I'm so proud of this team, we didn't lose a single game in this tournament, and we're so tough to beat. What a great group of guys. Finland's forward Harri Pesonen said.There are so many good players, even though the North American guys weren't here. But you can see so many talents all over Europe, so there are tough games, a lot of physical games in this tournament, he added.The Finns won all five games before the final, and defeated Slovakia 2-0 in the semifinals, while the Russians edged past Sweden 2-1 in the shootout to reach ...

Jamaican athletes and officials speak highly of Beijing 2022

Shanwayne Stephens, Ashley Watson, Rolando Reid, and Matthew Wekpe of Jamaica compete during the bobsleigh 4-man heat at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics National Sliding Centre in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 19, 2022. (Xinhua/Sun Fei)The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics (Beijing 2022) is a well-organized Games, with absolutely outstanding facilities, services, and management of the transportation, said Nelson Christopher Stokes, President of the Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation, in an exclusive interview with People's Daily Online on Saturday.I think that Chinese nationals should be very, very proud of what they've got there, he added.Stokes, who is also a four-time Winter Olympian, has been staying in the Winter Olympics village along with other Jamaican athletes, tasked with leading the Jamaican 4-man bobsleigh team to compete at Beijing 2022. Jamaica, a tropical island nation whose athletes often dominate the sprinting events at Summer Olympics, has sent the largest delegation in its history for Beijing 2022, with its famous 4-man bobsleigh team joining the Winter Olympics again for the first time in 24 years, in addition to the debut of Benjamin Alexander, Jamaica’s first Alpine skier to compete in the Games.I would like to say a big thank you to China. They are providing an opportunity for the best athletes in the world to have a stage on which they can perform well, he said.I have been to many Winter Olympic Games and I have not seen better facilities. I hope that we have an opportunity to come back and spend maybe a month or 6 weeks right here training on this track, Stokes said, adding that China's bobsleigh track is one of the best tracks in the world.Jamaica's athletes also heaped on their commendations for the world-class facilities at the Beijing Winter Olympics venues. It is amazing what they have created here, said Shanwayne Stephenson, the pilot of the 4-man bobsleigh team. It is unlike any track we have ever rid...

New Zealand's Nico Porteous claims men's halfpipe gold

Nico Porteous of New Zealand competes during the freestyle skiing men's freeski halfpipe final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 19, 2022. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)New Zealand's Nico Porteous claimed gold in men's halfpipe here on Saturday, the last event of freestyle skiing competition at Beijing 2022.As the reigning world champion and X Games winner, as well as PyeongChang 2018 bronze medallist, the 20-year-old Porteous made a show of strength in his first run with 93.00 points to dominate the race, though he fell in following both runs.31-year-old David Wise of the United States, the two-time reigning Olympic champion, scored 90.75 points in his first run to rank the second just behind Porteous. He made mistakes both in the other two runs and took the silver.The bronze went to Wise's teammate Alex Ferreira, who won silver at PyeongChang 2018, with his first-run score of 86.75 points.Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×

CPC Central Committee, State Council congratulate Chinese delegation on Winter Olympics achievements

The Communist Party of China Central Committee and China's State Council have sent a congratulatory message to the Chinese delegation for its best in history performance at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, scheduled to be concluded on Sunday.Winning nine gold medals, four silvers and two bronzes, the delegation achieved the best results in the history of China's participation in Winter Olympics.The delegation was praised for earning glory for China and the people and making important contributions to the success of hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics.Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×

Building community with shared future to confront global challenges

A pandemic like COVID-19 could reveal how humanity would respond to a global challenge.Over the past two years, some countries have taken care of themselves at the expense of others, some have slung mud and shifted blame, and others have engaged in bullying and snatched vaccines.For his part, Chinese President Xi Jinping has made his argument crystal clear -- solidarity and cooperation is the most powerful weapon for defeating the virus.He has appealed for global solidarity on many occasions and pushed for a community of health for all.Global humanitarian action has been launched, the largest since 1949 when the People's Republic of China was founded. In 2021 alone, China provided more than two billion doses of vaccines for some 120 countries and international organizations, more than any other country in the world. One of every two shots administered around the world came from China.Amidst the raging torrents of a global crisis, countries are not riding separately in some 190 small boats, but are rather all in a giant ship on which our shared destiny hinges, said Xi.A fundamental logic is that humanity shares a common future.This also underscores the direction of China's diplomacy in the new era.Mankind, by living in the same global village in the same era where history and reality meet, has increasingly emerged as a community of common destiny in which everyone has in himself a little bit of others, Xi said at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia, in March 2013.This marked the debut of his flagship vision of building a community with a shared future for humanity.Based on the ideal of universal harmony in Chinese culture, the vision embodies an advanced worldview and represents a comprehensive, revolutionary transcendence over the realpolitik approach to international relations in the West. It is one of the latest theoretical achievements in adapting Marxism to the Chinese context and the needs of the times.Based on this vision, China h...

IOC awards Olympic Cup to the Chinese people

The International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach talks with Beijing 2022 volunteers at the Main Press Center on Feb. 18, 2022.(Xinhua/Li Yibo)The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the Olympic Cup to the Chinese people in recognition of their support for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, IOC President Thomas Bach announced during the 139th IOC session here on Saturday.The Beijing 2022 could not have achieved this level of excellence without the support of the Chinese people. We could feel their warmth, energy, hospitality and support. They were greatly committed to the success of the Games, Bach said.Chinese people from all walks of life, across all generations, from the cultural world, artists, scientists, engineers, school children and the thousands of volunteers, all welcomed the athletes and us very warmly. This was truly heart-warming and crucial for the success of the Beijing Winter Olympics, he added.This special recognition of the Chinese people followed the final reports by the Beijing 2022 organizing committee and Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., the Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for Beijing 2022, to the IOC session before the close of the Beijing Winter Olympics on Sunday.After Beijing 2008, the IOC also awarded China the Olympic Cup, acknowledging its great contribution to the Olympics.Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×

Xi to attend closing ceremony of Beijing Winter Olympics

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, will attend the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games scheduled on the evening of Feb. 20, at the National Stadium.Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×

Through ups and downs, China's elite figure skating pair back to peak

BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- As cheers burst out in the Capital Indoor Stadium, China's two-time world champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong embraced each other and cried out in ecstasy.Except for a downgraded triple Salchow, the Chinese duo staged a nearly perfect free skating routine to earn a world record score of 239.88 points and the much-anticipated Olympic title on the penultimate competition day at Beijing 2022.Sui Wenjing (top)/Han Cong of China perform during the figure skating pair skating free skating of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, Feb. 19, 2022. (Photo: Xinhua)Four years ago, they missed the gold by a mere margin of 0.43 points in PyeongChang, South Korea. At these Games, they pulled off the sole quad twist lift to edge silver medalists Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov from the Russian Olympic Committee by less than a point.We are not young any more. We pursue the Olympic spirit in attempting the quad. We hope to achieve in both skills and artistic presentation, said the 26-year-old Han.Tough as the journey is - full of ups and downs, injuries and pandemic - the Chinese pair have fought to return to the peak and saw their dream come true.When you're weary, feeling small, when tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all. I'm on your side......Bridge Over Troubled Water was the music Sui and Han skated to capture their first world championships in 2017, and the one Sui has always skated with tears.As the last note stopped, she could not hold her tears any more in the arms of Han, who softly tapped on the back to comfort his companion.Because we are not performing to the music, but completely recreating our own story, she explained, referring to their mutual support as the bridge between them through adversity and the motivation to grow stronger together.Nobody was born a champion, nor were Sui and Han.When the two paired up in 2007, few people were optimistic about them due to their average height and...

Popularity of e-CNY at Beijing Winter Olympics reflects China's ambition to broaden its use

A staff member of the Bank of Communications Beijing Branch instructs a visitor to open a digital RMB wallet on a mobile phone. (Photo/Xinhua)China is ramping up efforts to push for the broader use of its digital Chinese yuan (e-CNY), a digital currency issued by China's central bank, the People's Bank of China, with over 400,000 pilot scenarios featuring at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.The e-CNY stands out among the three forms of payment available at the Winter Games, including VISA payments and cash. A volunteer surnamed Sun who downloaded the e-CNY app and used it for daily payments indicated that the experience of using e-CNY is pretty much the same as Alipay and WeChat pay. It's very fast and convenient. Simply with a tap of the phone, the payment is done, Sun added.Similarly, many people bought Bing Dwen Dwen, the mascot for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games and other products related to the Winter Olympics at a Beijing 2022 Licensed Products Store on Wangfujing Street using e-CNY, and found it very convenient.Foreign residents visiting China can open an e-CNY wallet in order to meet their daily payment needs without opening a bank account. The e-CNY app, which is downloadable from Chinese app stores, offers four tiers of e-CNY wallets, each with different levels of anonymity and balance limits. The app allows for the exchange of e-CNY with foreign bank deposits, making it easier for foreign residents temporarily visiting China to access financial services.The Beijing Winter Olympics represents a prime opportunity for the pilot use of the digital currency, which was first launched in 2019. Making its debut in places such as Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong Province, Suzhou in east China's Jiangsu Province, and the Xiong'an New Area near Beijing in 2019, the digital currency has since been extended to include pilots covering another six places around the country, with the e-CNY (Pilot Version) app having officially launched at the beginning...

China's Olympic debutant Ning skates under home pressure

BEIJING, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Ning Zhongyan glided to the line, bent in anticipation of the starting gun, gave it all that he's got, and rushed out amid loud cheers inside the National Speed Skating Oval.In one minute and 8.60 seconds, the Chinese young skater dashed home, with a blank expression.The home medal hopeful promoted his personal best result in an Olympic Games to a fifth place finishing in the men's 1,000m. A few days earlier, he finished a disappointing seventh in his specialty of 1,500m.It is too short a time to think a lot in the furious speed rivalry. Yet the 22-year-old heaved a sigh and said of his 1,500m race: I was thinking too much at that time.I felt my body was stiff. It seemed like my body was trapped in a box, Ning said after the 1,500m race. I failed to get my mentality right. This is my first time skating in an Olympic Games and on my home rink, so I felt a lot of pressure.Ning seemed to adjust his mentality timely to put up a better performance on Friday.I am quite satisfied with my performance. I performed better today than in the 1,500m, he said after the 1,000m race.The home favorite refreshed his personal best of 1:08.839 at sea level he registered in Norway this season. I felt OK about ranking in the top five. I will try to improve myself, especially the ability of accelerating in the first lap, he said.Ning had claimed two gold and two silver medals over 1,000m and 1,500m at the World Cup, underscoring his status as a leading figure in China's speed skating team.I have expected a lot from myself since I won those medals in the World Cup, he said. I really want to win a medal here to prove myself.Ning was selected to China's national speed skating team in 2018, and he won a silver in the World Cup just one year later in Belarus. His continuance of momentum in the following years made him one of the top contenders for an Olympic medal of men's 1,500 meters.I really want to battle with Ning, and he might defeat me, said ...

Olympic Spirit shines upon athletes from various countries at Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

With the Beijing Winter Olympics in full swing, athletes from various countries have created heartwarming scenes, one after another, both on and off the ice and snow of the competition venues, which has vividly demonstrated the Olympic motto of “Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together.”1. Relentless pursuit of one’s dream.Gold medalist Xu Mengtao of China attends the award ceremony of freestyle skiing women's aerials at Zhangjiakou Medals Plaza of the Winter Olympics in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 15, 2022. (Xinhua/Deng Hua)On the evening of Feb. 14, Chinese athlete Xu Mengtao won her first ever Olympic gold medal at the freestyle skiing women’s aerials final, also the first gold medal Chinese female athletes have ever won at the event in Olympic history. During her 20-year-long athletic career, she never gave up no matter whether she suffered from injuries or hit low ebbs. “I’m simply doing what I love and pursuing my dream,” she said.2. Friendship.Zoi Sadowski-Synnott from New Zealand nailed down a gold at the women’s snowboard slopestyle final on Feb. 6. It was then when Julia Marino from the U.S. and Tess Coady from Australia rushed to her side excitedly and congratulated her. Such sincere congratulations to a rival fully demonstrated friendship and being “together.”3. Rivals are also friends.Fan Suyuan (2nd L) and Ling Zhi (2nd R) of China pose for photos with Christopher Plys (L) and Vicky Persinger of the United States after their curling mixed doubles round robin game of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at National Aquatics Center in Beijing, Feb. 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Jingqiang)After the curling mixed doubles round robin session with the American team on Feb. 5, the Chinese team members Fan Suyuan and Ling Zhi gave their rivals a Bing Dwen Dwen commemorative badge as a gift. Later, they also received a gift from the latter in return. “Curling was originally a social sport, and exchanging gifts is a tradition,” said Ling Zhi, adding that they...

China's Sui/Han set new world record to lead pair skating short program at Beijing 2022

Sui Wenjing (L)/Han Cong of China perform during the figure skating pair skating short program of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Xiong Qi)BEIJING, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- China's two-time world champions Sui Wenjing and Han Cong finished first in the figure skating short program with a new world record score of 84.41 points at the Beijing Winter Olympics here on Friday.Eugenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov of the Russian Olympic Committee were in second place, just 0.16 points behind Sui/Han.Reigning world and European champions Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov, who won the team event on February 7, posted their season best 82.76 and ranked third, followed by another ROC pair Aleksandra Boikova/Dmitrii Kozlovskii with 78.59.Sui/Han, the PyeongChang Winter Olympics silver medalists, skated a flawless and emotional routine to Mission Impossible 2, delivering a side-by-side triple Toeloop and throw triple Flip with all other factors in level-four.Their fellow Chinese Peng Cheng and Jin Yang, runners-up of the 2020 Four Continents Championships, were fifth in 76.10 after being classified with a level-two death spiral despite a level-four triple twist lift, combination spin, step sequence and lift.American pairs Alexa Knierim/Brandon Frazier and Ashley Cain-Gribble/Timothy Leduc, Japan's Riku Miura/Ryuichi Kihara, and Karina Safina/Luka Berulava from Georgia were also among the top 16 to advance to Saturday's free skate.A total of 19 pairs have qualified to Beijing 2022 figure skating, but just 18 pairs hit the rink on Friday as Loulia Chtchetinina/Mark Magyar, Hungary's first pair in 66 years to have made the Olympics, withdrew after Magyar tested positive for COVID-19.Sui Wenjing (front)/Han Cong of China perform during the figure skating pair skating short program of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Cao ...

Reigning champion ROC into men's ice hockey final via shootout at Beijing 2022

Players of ROC celebrate after the ice hockey men's play-off semifinal of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics between ROC and Sweden at National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Du Yu)BEIJING, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Defending champions the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) nailed a thrilling 2-1 shootout victory over Sweden to reach the men's ice hockey final at Beijing 2022 here on Friday.The ROC reached the semifinals with a 3-1 win over debutants Denmark, while seventh-seeded Sweden advanced with an impressive 2-0 win over world No. 1 Canada in Wednesday's quarterfinals.Anton Slepyshev from the ROC broke the deadlock with a memorable solo goal at 20:15, the very begining of the second period.The ROC's lead was maintained during the period, with a lot of pushing and shoving between the two teams.Both teams showed their ability to clamp down defensively at the third period. Sweden's captain Anton Lander scored an equalizer at 46:22, before the match was evenly played with some threatening shots from both sides in the final minutes but without any goal scored. The overtime also went in a thrilling but goalless fashion.During the shootout, the ROC's Arseni Gritsyuk scored a winning goal to end the tightly contested match.The gold medal game between Finland and the ROC will be held on Sunday.Vadim Shipachyov (L) of ROC vies for the puck during the ice hockey men's play-off semifinal of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics between ROC and Sweden at National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Du Yu)Pontus Holmberg (L) of Sweden vies for the puck during the ice hockey men's play-off semifinal of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics between ROC and Sweden at National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Du Yu)Players of ROC celebrate after the ice hockey men's play-off semifinal of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics between ROC and Sweden at National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 18...

Germany's Nolte/Levi lead after two runs in women's bobsleigh at Beijing 2022

YANQING, Beijing, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Germany's Laura Nolte and her brakeman Deborah Levi built up a big lead after Friday's first two heats of the two-woman bobsleigh event at the Beijing Winter Olympics.As Germany's rising star, Nolte appeared on the podium in six of the seven World Cup races she competed in the 2021-2022 season, with four victories.In the first run, Nolte and Levi clocked one minute and 1.04 seconds, with another German pair of Mariama Jamanka/Alexandra Burghardt and Elana Meyers Taylor/Sylvia Hoffman of the United States trailing by 0.06 seconds and 0.22 seconds respectively.In the second run, Nolte renewed her track record in one minute and 1.01 seconds, enlarging their overall advantage to 0.5 seconds. Jamanka/Burghardt and Meyers Taylor/Hoffman once again followed in second and third places.I knew it could happen, but I also thought in monobob that it could happen because I also had some good training runs in monobob. We did have some good runs in 2-man here too, said Nolte, who missed the podium in the women's monobob event by 0.3 seconds on Monday.I knew the race is always different, the other girls are strong too, so it would be a hard fight. At the end I think today we could show a really good show, and we have to do the same tomorrow, she said.The host nation's bobsledders Huai Mingming and Wang Xuan ranked 11th out of 20 pairs, and their teammates Ying Qing and Du Jiani was in 13th place after two runs.We did a good job in the first run, except for some mistakes in the first two curves, Ying said.I wanted to adjust my techniques in the second round, but I didn't do well enough while making some curves, Ying added.Du, Ying's brakeman and the 2020 U23 Junior World Championships' medalist, said she was nervous and excited in her debut at the Winter Olympics.I try to imitate the elites' move and use a new way during the start progress. In fact, I made progress in the official training session before the competition, the 22-year-ol...

Highlights of curling woman's semifinals

Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland competes during curling woman's semifinal of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics between Japan and Switzerland at the National Aquatics center in Beijing, China, Feb.18, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhou Mi)Agnes Knochenhauer (L) and Sara McManus of Sweden compete during curling woman's semifinal of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics between Sweden and Britain at the National Aquatics center in Beijing, China, Feb.18, 2022. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)Agnes Knochenhauer (C) of Sweden curls the stone during curling woman's semifinal of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics between Sweden and Britain at the National Aquatics center in Beijing, China, Feb.18, 2022. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)Sara McManus of Sweden competes during curling woman's semifinal of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics between Sweden and Britain at the National Aquatics center in Beijing, China, Feb.18, 2022. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)Hailey Duff (L) and Jennifer Dodds of Britain compete during curling woman's semifinal of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics between Sweden and Britain at the National Aquatics center in Beijing, China, Feb.18, 2022. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)Agnes Knochenhauer of Sweden curls the stone during curling woman's semifinal of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics between Sweden and Britain at the National Aquatics center in Beijing, China, Feb.18, 2022. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)Athletes of Sweden compete during curling woman's semifinal of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics between Sweden and Britain at the National Aquatics center in Beijing, China, Feb.18, 2022. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)Agnes Knochenhauer (C) of Sweden curls the stone during curling woman's semifinal of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics between Sweden and Britain at the National Aquatics center in Beijing, China, Feb.18, 2022. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)Sara McManu of Sweden curls the stone during curling woman's semifinal of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics between Sweden and Britain at the National Aquatics center in Beijing...

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