The 2022 Winer Olympic Games are nearly halfway through but the controversy doesn’t seem to be dying down.
First there was some controversy over the uniforms in the ski jumping competition; now there is a question of whether or not the gold medal winning Canadian Max Parrot actually grabbed his snowboard during the slopestyle snowboard run. To make matters worse, the silver medal winning jumper is from the host country.
Apparently there are some camera angles that suggest Parrot did not grab his snowboard but rather his knee during his first jump. Grabbing the snowboard during a trick is as important part of the trick itself as the landing. Skiers and snowboarders who do not grab the skis or snowboards can receive a reduction in points.
Parrot won the gold by just 2.26 points over Su Yiming – a difference that would have been erased if the judges would have deducted for an errant board grab.
Unlike professional football games where officials get to see numerous angles of a play, snowboard officials noted that they do not have access to any of camera shots seen by fans on TV or on social media sites. Head official Iztok Sumatic spoke on the controversy and whether Parrot’s run would have been scored differently saying, “it would be different scores yes. But there are so many factors. All I can say, in Max’s defense … is that it was still an insane run. He killed it, especially on the rails.”
During the halfpipe competition that aired on NBC, one of the commentators skewered the judges for their scores when Japanese boarder Ayumu Hirano was not placed in first place after being the first person to successfully perform the triple cork – three off axis flips – during his second run. In the end Hirano took home the gold after American favourite Shaun White failed on his third and final run, causing him to end up in fourth place.
Other gold medals awarded were:
In the women’s Super-G Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland earned her first gold medal. Finally completing a run, American Mikaela Shiffrin ended up in ninth place.
In the men’s 15k cross country skiing competition, Iivo Niskanen of Finland earned his third Olympic gold medal.
In the women’s 1,000 meter speedskating event, Dutch skater Suzanne Schulting successfully defended her title and won the gold and setting a new Olympic record in the quarterfinals.
Italy’s Arianna Fontana was penalized after making contact with American skater Kristen Santos in a lane change; causing both skaters to go down and slide into the padding.
After dominating in the luge, Germany won its first gold in skeleton with Christopher Grotheer’s run.
In the men’s 10,000 meter speedskating event, Sweden’s Nils van der Poel brought home his second gold medal of the games after breaking his own world record by nearly two seconds. He beat out the Olympic World record by over nine seconds.
Belgium has joined the medal count with their first medal of the games with a bronze.
Germany continues to hold the lead in the gold medal count with seven; but Norway and Austria are tied with the overall medal count with 14. Eight countries have now reached double digits in medal wins.
2022 Beijing Olympics February 11 medal count:
Austria – 14
Norway – 14
Canada – 12
ROC – Russian Olympic Committee – 12
Germany – 11
United States – 10
Netherlands – 10
Italy – 10
Sweden – 9
Japan – 8
People’s Republic of China – 7
Switzerland – 7
France – 6
Slovenia – 5
Finland – 4
Australia – 3
Republic of Korea –
Hungary – 2
Czech Republic – 2
Poland – 1
New Zealand – 1
Belarus – 1
Slovakia – 1
Spain – 1
Latvia – 1
Poland – 1
Belgium – 1