Winter Olympics live updates: Mikaela Shiffrin, Team USA will ski for bronze in Alpine mixed team competition – USA TODAY

bcb03cc3 b07b 4131 9079 a9b8cd504509 USATSI 17721305 168380305 lowres

play

The 2022 Beijing Olympics will wrap up with the closing ceremony at 7 a.m. ET Sunday (rebroadcast Sunday night on NBC) but not before some final competition Saturday night.

(Looking for a recap of Saturday’s action? We have you covered.)

The Alpine mixed team event was moved back a day by high winds, and U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin changed her flight to take part. Team USA defeated Slovakia in the opening round and Italy in the quarterfinals before losing to Germany in the semis. However, a medal is still possible with the U.S. skiing once more for the bronze against Norway.

The team competition gives Shiffrin a chance to pick up her first medal after a disappointing Olympics that included three Did Not Finishes. The rest of the U.S. squad — A.J. Hurt, Paula Moltzan, River Radamus, Tommy Ford and Luke Winters — is also staying. 

In men’s hockey, Russia will look to repeat as gold medalists while Finland is seeking its first Olympic championship. Also scheduled are four-man bobsled, where the Germans are dominant after two runs, and the figure skating gala.

TV SCHEDULE: What and how to watch Saturday night and early Sunday in Beijing

BEIJING TEXT ALERTS: Get behind-the-scenes access to the Winter Olympics

FOLLOW THE CHASE FOR GOLD: Sign up for the Olympic newsletter and never miss a moment

USA MEDAL COUNT: Full list of every medal won by Team USA at Beijing Games

WHO LEADS THE MEDAL COUNT? How each country performed at the Winter Games

Along with bitter cold temperatures, high winds delay Alpine skiing finale

ZHANGJIAKOU, China – It was so windy, and cold, and hard to see, it was dangerous for action sports stars.

The weather in the mountain zones of the Beijing Winter Olympics had teeth Saturday.

For perspective, the Hebei Zhangjiakou Shangyi Wind Farm is up here at the same venue as the freestyle skiing sports, and according to China Daily, it is the richest solar and wind energy resource in north China.

On Saturday, maybe that number was more impressive.

It varied, but competition temperatures hovered around minus-9 Fahrenheit, but with the wind it felt like minus-25. Wind gusts varied from 17-30 mph, according to the weather app from Chongli.

At Yanqing, the start of the Alpine mixed team event was delayed twice in hopes the winds would die down. Organizers later announced they would try again Sunday morning, despite the forecast calling for more high winds.

— Lori Nickel

Elana Meyers Taylor ‘felt like I was going to cry’ after clinching bronze

BEIJING – Moments before the final run Saturday night, another Olympic medal well within her grasp, Elana Meyers Taylor took a moment to process that it might well be her last time in a bobsled.  

“I felt like I was going to cry actually,” she said. “If this is the end, I really just want to enjoy it. If it is the last time I’m in the sled, and if it is my last Olympics run, I wanted to go out the way I wanted to.” 

When Meyers Taylor and brakeman Sylvia Hoffman reached the bottom of the track at Yanqing Sliding Center, having put down a flawless run that guaranteed a medal, her reaction said it all. Meyers Taylor threw her fist in the air and hopped out of the sled, gave Hoffman a huge hug and celebrated in front of her supporters with Team USA.  

If this was the 37-year old’s final Olympics, it was one she couldn’t have been prouder of.  

“It’s been a really long Olympics, a really long season, a long four years,” she said. “Part of it was just relief to come down and cross the line and have another medal. It was also just being excited. We put in a lot of work for this.”

— Dan Wolken

US figure skating team’s bid for medal ceremony rejected

BEIJING — The nine U.S. figure skaters who won silver medals in the team event at the 2022 Winter Olympics felt so strongly about receiving those medals before the end of the Games that they took the matter to court.

But they did not succeed.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced late Saturday night that it rejected the appeal the Americans filed earlier in the day, which would have forced the International Olympic Committee to hold a public medal ceremony for the team event before Sunday night’s closing ceremony.

CAS said in a news release that the hearing took place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Beijing, by video conference. It announced the decision of its panel of arbitrators but little else. A full report on the decision is expected within the coming week.

— Tom Schad

USA up to 24 medals as competition enters its final day

Thanks to a silver and bronze from freeskiers David Wise and Alex Ferriera, along with a silver from bobsledders Elana Meyers Taylor and Sylvia Hoffman, the United States boosted its medal total in Beijing to 24 with one day of competition remaining.

Team USA is tied with Germany for fourth in the overall medal count, behind Canada (25), the Russian Olympic Committee (31) and Norway (35).

The Norwegians also lead in gold medals with 15. Germany is second with 11, China is  third with nine and the USA is tied for fourth with eight golds.