Day 13 of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics: Live updates – CNN

59 min ago

Russian figure skater Alexandra Trusova gave ROC a 1-2 finish but she’s “not happy” with her silver

From CNN’s Aditi Sangal

Russian figure skater Alexandra Trusova looks on during the flower ceremony following the women's free skate program.
Russian figure skater Alexandra Trusova looks on during the flower ceremony following the women’s free skate program. (Valery Sharifulin/TASS/Getty Images)

Russian figure skater Alexandra Trusova’s silver medal gave the Russian Olympic Committee a 1-2 podium finish — her teammate Anna Shcherbakova won gold — but she is “not happy” with the result, she said in her comments after Thursday’s free skate program.

I am not happy with the result. There is no happiness,” she said. “I am happy with my performances. I did everything that I could.”

She added: “Everything was enough for me. I did everything. And after, it is out of my hands.”

Her earlier reaction to the results was caught on camera, and she said she would never skate again, according to the 2022 Beijing Games media website. When asked about that, she said: “We’ll see.”

She was also seen crying after learning she had taken the silver medal. The 17-year-old said it was “just because.”

“I wanted to cry, so I cried. I’ve been here for two weeks, alone without my mom, without the dogs, so I am crying.”

1 hr 16 min ago

“I cannot fully understand it,” ROC’s Anna Shcherbakova says Olympic glory still hasn’t sunk in

From CNN’s Matias Grez

ROC's Anna Shcherbakova performs her free skating routine on February 17.
ROC’s Anna Shcherbakova performs her free skating routine on February 17. (Valery Sharifulin/TASS/Getty Images)

In one of the most highly-anticipated events of Beijing 2022 Games, Anna Shcherbakova put in a near-faultless performance to win gold in the women’s singles figure skating event.

Her Russian Olympic Committee teammate Kamila Valieva has been at the center of a doping scandal since the team event, allowing Shcherbakova to skate somewhat under the radar.

The 17-year-old came into the free skate event in second place after Tuesday’s short program, but finished on top of the podium.

“The importance of this [gold medal] is so huge that I cannot fully understand it yet,” Shcherbakova said. “At the moment I have only felt the happiness from the fact that I was able to do everything I am capable of in my program.”

“I still haven’t realized that the competition has finished and this is the result,” she added. “I haven’t understood what has happened.”

There were emotional scenes after the event had finished, with Valieva and silver medalist Alexandra Trusova both in floods of tears ahead of the flower ceremony.

However, Shcherbakova insisted her joy hadn’t been dampened by the disappointment of her teammates.

“No, I am just happy,” she said. “It’s just the pure happiness of working for so long and being able to deliver a program like this at the Olympics.”

Despite the spotlight that has been on Valieva and figure skating over the past week, Shcherbakova showed remarkable poise and composure to block out the furore.

The current world champion said that controversy didn’t affect her “at all.”

“Only the trainings, my readiness for the competition affects me,” she said. “The last days I was always thinking about my performance, about my programs. I was so focused on every practice.”

She added, “Every time I was skating my programs, I was so focused. I was always thinking about what I need to do to show my maximum.”

1 hr 23 min ago

Men’s Olympic curling final set after Great Britain defeats reigning champion US

From CNN’s Homero De la Fuente

Great Britain's Bruce Mouat delivers a stone during their semifinal match against the United States on February 17.
Great Britain’s Bruce Mouat delivers a stone during their semifinal match against the United States on February 17. (Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images)

Great Britain knocked off John Shuster and the defending gold medalist Team USA, 8-4, in the men’s semifinal match on Thursday to advance to the final.

Great Britain, led by Bruce Mouat, secured its first medal of the Beijing Olympics with the victory. The British men’s team will seek to capture its first curling gold since the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

In the other semifinal, Sweden narrowly edged Canada with a 5-3 victory to advance to the final.

Great Britain will face defending world champion Sweden in the men’s gold medal match on Saturday, while Team USA will play Canada in the men’s bronze medal match on Friday.

1 hr 39 min ago

Here’s why figure skater Kamila Valieva’s doping controversy mattered

From CNN Sport Staff

Kamila Valieva competes in the women's free skate on February 17.
Kamila Valieva competes in the women’s free skate on February 17. (Peter Kneffel/Picture Alliance/Getty Images)

Kamila Valieva’s fourth-place finish in the women’s singles skating has penned the next chapter in a story that is certain to rumble on far beyond the Beijing Games.

The Russian figure skater has been at the heart of a doping scandal that can be traced back to December 2021, when the 15-year-old tested positive for the banned heart drug trimetazidine.

However, the test was only analyzed and reported to Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in February, resulting in Valieva’s suspension on Feb. 8.

The suspension came a day after she had helped the ROC to a gold medal victory in the figure skating team event.

Valieva was reinstated after an appeal, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) allowed her to compete in the Olympics, citing specific provisions related to her protected status as a minor, while investigations into any doping violations by Valieva and the adults responsible for her training continue.

The skater’s continued involvement in the Games led US sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson to question the decision — citing a positive test for cannabis that derailed her own Olympic dream in Tokyo last summer.

“Can we get a solid answer on the difference of (Valieva’s) situation and mines (sic)?” Richardson wrote on Twitter.

“My mother died and I can’t run and was also favored to place top 3. The only difference I see is I’m a Black young lady,” she added.

On Tuesday, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) official said that Valieva was blaming the doping violation — in which she tested positive for a heart medication that experts say can improve stamina — on contamination from her grandfather’s medication.

Her coach, Eteri Tutberidze, told Russian state news agency Tass they are “absolutely sure” she is innocent.

The medication’s effects of increased endurance could potentially prove influential following a rule change in 2004 which rewards athletes for performing jumps towards the end of their routines.

Under the current scoring system, jumps performed in the second half of the free skate can get a 10% bonus because it’s more difficult to perform them on tired legs.

Following widespread criticism of the rule in 2018 — with critics alleging that skaters were cramming in jumps towards the back end of performances — the International Skating Union created a new rule saying skaters will only get 10% bonuses for up to three jumping passes in the second half of their free skate.

It was under this context and unprecedented pressure that Valieva competed in the individual event, yet the 15-year-old posted the highest score in the short program on Tuesday to arrive at Thursday’s deciding free skate in pole position.

Further controversy followed when it was announced by an IOC spokesperson that any result involving Valieva in the women’s individual event would carry an “asterisk” until her case has been concluded, and as such, there would be no flower or medal ceremony.

Yet after multiple falls in her free skate routine, Valieva’s fourth placed finish left her just outside the podium places. Subsequently, the medal ceremony is set to go ahead on Friday, Feb. 18, according to the official Olympics media website.

However, despite Valieva falling out of the individual medal positions, the fallout from the scandal is sure to taint the Games as the investigation continues on.

2 hr 6 min ago

Japanese Twitter celebrates its bronze winner who prevented an ROC podium sweep

From CNN’s Emiko Jozuka

Bronze medalist Kaori Sakamoto celebrates during the flower ceremony following the free skate on February 17.
Bronze medalist Kaori Sakamoto celebrates during the flower ceremony following the free skate on February 17. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Social media users in Japan gushed over Japanese skater Kaori Sakamoto’s bronze medal-winning performance on Thursday during the free skate program.

“Kaori Sakamoto (got a) bronze medal!!! It’s so amazing that she was able to break into that Russian group!!! said one Twitter user from Japan.

Others said they admired the Russian skaters’ ability to pull off acrobatic jumps, but found their performance slightly mechanical and lacking human warmth.

Sakamoto’s third-place finish marks the first time a Japanese skater has won a medal in this event since Mao Asada won the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, according to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK.

2 hr 3 min ago

With Valieva’s loss, women’s singles figure skating winners will get a medal ceremony

From CNN’s Jack Bantock

From left, Alexandra Trusova, Anna Shcherbakova and Kaori Sakamoto pose during the flower ceremony following the women's free skating event on February 17.
From left, Alexandra Trusova, Anna Shcherbakova and Kaori Sakamoto pose during the flower ceremony following the women’s free skating event on February 17. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Kamila Valieva’s fourth place finish means there will now be a medal ceremony for those on the podium in the women’s singles skating event.

The ceremony is scheduled for Friday, February 18 at 6:45 a.m. ET (7:45 p.m. local time,) according to the official Olympics media website.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesperson Mark Adams said Wednesday that any result involving the 15-year-old in the women’s individual event would carry an “asterisk” until her case has been concluded, and as such, there would be no flower or medal ceremony.

Yet having led after the short program, Valieva’s free skating score left her outside the podium places — meaning one-two finishing ROC compatriots Anna Shcherbakova and Alexandra Trusova, as well as Japanese bronze medalist Kaori Sakamoto, will have the opportunity to attend a medal ceremony.

2 hr 24 min ago

Russian figure skater Anna Shcherbakova places first in women’s single free skate program

From CNN’s Jack Bantock

Anna Shcherbakova competes in the women's free skate on February 17.
Anna Shcherbakova competes in the women’s free skate on February 17. (David J. Phillip/AP)

The Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) Anna Shcherbakova has placed first in the women’s singles skating.

The 17-year-old dazzled with a spectacular free skate performance to top the field with a score of 255.95, guaranteeing a one-two finish for the ROC.

“I still haven’t realised that my Olympic Games have ended. I just know that I skated clean. I am so happy that I still haven’t realised the result,” Shcherbakova said after the competition.

Asked if the emotions of the evening and of her ROC teammates got to her, she said, “No, I am just happy. I am only happy. I still haven’t realised what happened. I can’t believe the Olympics are already over for me.”

2 hr 22 min ago

Kamila Valieva places fourth after falling multiple times during her free skate routine

From CNN’s Matias Grez

Kamila Valieva falls during her free skate routine on February 17.
Kamila Valieva falls during her free skate routine on February 17. (Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Russian figure skater Kamila Valvieva fell numerous times during her free skate routine, causing her to drop out of contention for a place in the top three.

The 15-year-old was favorite to finish in first place after coming out on top of Tuesday’s short program, but multiple mistakes in the free skate saw her drop down to fourth with a total score of 224.09.

There are loud chants of “Kamila, Kamila, Kamila” coming from the stands as a tearful Valieva is consoled as she makes her way off the rink.

According to Beijing 2022, “the opening quad Salchow was landed a quarter-rotation short. The Triple Axel was under-rotated. The quad toe, sequence, triple Sal goes as just a quad toe with the triple Sal called invalid.”

The Russian Olympic Committee still made a 1-2 finish with figure skaters Anna Shcherbakova and Alexandra Trusova, and Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto finished in third.

3 hr 26 min ago

Kamila Valieva is on the ice for her free skate routine

From CNN’s Selina Wang and Jack Bantock

Kamila Valieva warms up prior to her free skate routine on February 17.
Kamila Valieva warms up prior to her free skate routine on February 17. (The Yomiuri Shimbun/AP)

Kamila Valieva is now performing her routine at the free skate program.

The 15-year-old took to the rink earlier to warm up, and showed no signs of any nerves ahead of her much-anticipated free skate routine.

The Russian Olympic Committee figure skater will perform last after posting the highest score in Tuesday’s individual short program, yet there will be no medal ceremony should she finish in the top three amidst an ongoing doping scandal involving the 15-year-old.

Valieva has looked steady in practice, according to CNN reporters at the Capital Indoor Stadium, executing all of her jumps perfectly.

Her name was announced to cheers from the ROC side of the crowd, with coach Eteri Tutberidze watching on from rink-side.