The controversy over figure skater Kamila Valieva continues as the women take to the ice to begin the competition. While the 15 year old Russian skater has some supporting her and even some feeling sorry for her predicament; there are also several of her fellow skaters; as well as, other athletes that are less than thrilled that despite testing positive for a banned substance, Valieva is being allowed to continue on in the competition.
But while the doping scandal is dominating the Winter Olympic games, there are many other events taking place and medals being awarded…
In the women’s downhill skiing event, Switzerland’s Corinne Suter won the gold medal even after having injured both of her legs earlier in the season.
In the men’s biathlon 4 X 7.5k relay, Norway took the gold medal, edging out the French team.
In the two man bobsled event, the Germans continued their dominance of the sliding sport by adding to their collection of gold medals. Germany also took the silver and bronze medals to become the first country to sweep the podium in an Olympic bobsled event. With their seventh gold medal, Germany tops the list of gold medal winners in what is known as the sliding events – bobsled, luge, and skeleton. The sweep gives them a total of 12 of their 18 medals in the sliding events.
In the women’s freeski slopestyle event, Switzerland’s Mathilde Gremaud won the gold medal on a frigid February day. Estonian skier Kelly Sildaru earned the bronze medal to get Estonia their first medal of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
In the men’s individual Large Hill/10K cross country event, Norway’s Joergen Graabak won the gold medal after being down by over two minutes.
In the men’s big air snowboarding event, host country Chinese boarder Su Yiming won the gold medal. The 17 year old former child actor already has a silver medal from the slopestyle event.
In the women’s big air snowboarding event, Austria’s Anna Gasser defended her Olympic gold medal performance in Korea with a second gold in China.
In the men’s team pursuit speedskating event, Norway took the gold in their second straight Olympics; beating the Russian team by over two seconds. The American team brings home the bronze medal.
In the women’s team pursuit speedskating event, the Canadian women earned the gold after a fall from a member of the Japanese team. Their time of 2:53.44 set a new Olympic record.
Norway extends their lead gold medal lead to 12 – three ahead of Germany – and continues their lead in the overall medal count with 26.
Two countries now have at least 20 medals – Norway and the Russian Olympic Committee. Estonia adds their name to the list of countries to win a medal at the winter games in Beijing.
2022 Beijing Olympics February 11 medal count:
Norway – 26
ROC – Russian Olympic Committee – 20
Germany – 18
United States – 17
Canada – 17
Austria – 16
Japan – 14
Netherlands – 13
Italy – 13
People’s Republic of China – 12
France – 12
Sweden – 11
Switzerland – 10
Slovenia – 7
Republic of Korea – 5
Finland – 4
Australia – 4
Hungary – 3
Czech Republic – 2
Belarus – 2
New Zealand – 2
Poland – 1
Slovakia – 1
Spain – 1
Latvia – 1
Poland – 1
Belgium – 1
Estonia – 1