BEIJING – (AP) – The latest news on the Beijing Winter Olympics:
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 started last week – the lack 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 due to contest the giant slalom – and even until 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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