Winter Olympics LIVE: Eileen Gu wins gold in skiing as British curlers aim for bronze
Beijing 2022: Winter Olympics round up
Eileen Gu, the American-born skier who chose to represent China, has won gold for the country in the freestyle big air competition as she stunned Tess Ledeux of France, earning the first of what she hopes will be three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.
Nicknamed the “Snow Princess”, the 18-year-old from San Francisco dropped to her knees when her score of 94.50 was announced after the third run.
American skater Nathan Chen will start his quest for gold against two-time Olympic champion and rival Yuzuru Hanyu in the men’s short programme today.
Chen is looking for redemption after going into the 2018 Olympics undefeated for the season, only to deliver a poor short programme in the team event and errors in three jumping passes in the individual short, before a historic free skate to finish in fifth place.
The competition concludes on Thursday.
Meanwhile, British curlers Bruce Mouat and Jennifer Dodds will go for a bronze medal in the mixed doubles against Sweden, with the final between Norway and Italy.
Defending champion Matthias Mayer of Austria has taken a lead in the medal event of the alpine skiing. He was nearly displaced by Team USA’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle, who is trailing him by just 0.04 seconds.
It’s gold for Gu. The skier bounced back in the third run, outdoing France’s Tess Ledeux best two-run score of 187.50, as Gu earned a total score of 188.25 points.
The competition was initially thought of as a run between Gu and Switzerland’s Mathilde Gremaud for the second spot. However, the results became clear after Gu delivered a stunning performance earning herself 94.50 points while the others failed to repeat their previous runs.
Ledeux won silver, while bronze went to Gremaud of Switzerland.
Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu set to take the stage in figure skating
Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu is set to take the stage in the women’s short program figure skating event that is currently underway. The two-time Olympic champion and two-time world champion has broken 19 scoring records and is among the favourites once again in Beijing.
As the second run ends, Tess Ledeux of France maintains her lead as she earns the best total score of 187.50. While Switzerland’s Mathilde Gremaud outdid her French counterpart in the second run earning 93.25 points, she is currently trailing behind Ledeux by five points in total. Gu is a close third, with a score of 182.25.
How does it work? All the skiers get three runs in the game. They must do at least two different tricks on their runs.
The best two scores from runs in which different tricks were performed will count for their total. Our current leader is Tess Ledeux of France, who put down a brilliant 1620 in her first attempt to earn 94.50 points.
China’s Eileen Gu, a big home favourite in the women’s freeski big air final, currently stands at a score of 93.75 trailing behind France’s Tess Ledeux, who outscored her earning the top spot at the end of the first run with 94.50 points.