Medal ceremony legal delay, Star Wars skating routine: Olympics Update
Updated 00:30, 10-Feb-2022
A call to arms: Chinese athletes during a speedskating practice session. /Gerald Herbert/AP

A call to arms: Chinese athletes during a speedskating practice session. /Gerald Herbert/AP

• A figure skating medal ceremony has been delayed due to an unspecified "legal consultation." The medals were for the women's team event won by Russian skaters, four of whom did not attend their planned training session on Wednesday. The International Olympic Committee gave no further details. 

• Three music titans– Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Chinese pianist Lang Lang and Chinese soprano Lei Jia – have teamed up to create a song that celebrates the Olympics. CLICK TO WATCH 

• Lindsey Jacobellis won the women's snowboard cross to clinch the first U.S. gold in Beijing – and finally found redemption, 16 years after a career-defining fail at the Turin Games. In 2006, she was within meters of winning the event when she threw in a showboating trick, fell and was overtaken on the line. Despite five individual world titles, she failed to medal again after various mishaps in the next three Olympics.

• Norway's Birk Ruud won the men's freeski Big Air gold – while holding the Norwegian flag during his third and final jump, already being assured of the win. The 21-year-old dedicated the gold to his father, who recently died of cancer. 

• Canadian short track speed skater Kim Boutin crashed out in the last bend of the women's 1,000 meters, two days after winning the bronze medal in the 500m. Having led for most of the race, the 27-year-old fell just before crossing the finish line at Beijing's Capital Indoor Stadium.

• Germany's Vinzenz Geiger won gold in the individual normal hill/10 km Nordic combined, after a stunning comeback in a thrilling sprint finish. Japan's Ryota Yamamoto started 86 seconds ahead but was hauled in, with Geiger finally taking the lead on the last lap. 

• Petra Vlhova won Slovakia's first Olympic Alpine skiing gold medal in a tight women's slalom race on the 'Ice River' course. Vlahova powered from eighth place after the first run. Austria's Katharina Liensberger took silver with Switzerland's Wendy Holdener in bronze.

• French figure skater Adam Siao Him Fa built his short-program routine around a Star Wars theme. Donning a Jedi-themed outfit, Siao Him Fa opened with the sound of Darth Vader's breathing, skated to a score arranged with the Imperial March and other snippets of Star Wars music, incorporated dueling scenes and concluded the routine with a raised hand to the sound of an extending lightsaber. He finished 14th.

• Five new COVID-19 cases have been detected among games-related personnel – three among new airport arrivals, with the other two being either an athlete or a team official in the "closed loop" bubble.


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Wednesday's gold medal winners:

Alpine Skiing: Women's Slalom – Petra Vlhova (Slovakia) 

Freestyle Skiing: Freeski Big Air – Birk Ruud (Norway)

Luge: Doubles – Tobias Arlt and Tobias Wendl (Germany)

Nordic Combined: Individual Gundersen Normal Hill/10km, Cross-Country – Vinzenz Geiger (Germany)

Short Track Speed Skating: Men's 1500m – Daeheon Hwang (South Korea)

Snowboard: Women's Cross – Lindsey Jacobellis (U.S.)


You can't win them all: Italy's Louie Vito falls during the men's halfpipe qualification round. /Francisco Seco/AP

You can't win them all: Italy's Louie Vito falls during the men's halfpipe qualification round. /Francisco Seco/AP

Gold medal events on Thursday (all times GMT):

0130 Figure Skating: Men's Single Free

0615 Alpine Skiing: Men's Alpine Combined Slalom

0700 Cross-Country Skiing: Women's 10km Classic

0735 (approx) Snowboard: Men's Cross

1150 Freestyle Skiing: Mixed Team Aerials

1200 Speed Skating: Women's 5000m

1330 Luge: Team Relay


Source(s): Reuters ,AP

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