BEIJING (AP) — The latest news on the Beijing Winter Olympics:
Kaillie Humphries has a big lead in the first part of the monobob competition at the Beijing Olympics.
Humphries is competing for the first time as an American citizen. It is also the first time that the monobob, a one-woman bobsleigh, has been an Olympic event.
The reigning world monobob champion completed two runs on Sunday in 2 minutes 9.10 seconds, giving her a whopping 1.04-second lead over Canadian Christine de Bruin. De Bruin’s time was 2:10.14.
Laura Nolte of Germany was third in 2:10.32, and three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor of the US, is right in the medal hunt — her time of 2:10.42 putting her fourth.
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Unless someone makes a big mistake, it looks like four women are still in contention for the three medals. They will be decided Monday morning in Beijing, late Sunday evening in the United States. The gap between Meyers Taylor and the Chinese Huai Mingming, fifth, is almost half a second.
Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva remains on the preliminary short program start list for the Olympics, earning a spot in the final group among the 30 figure skaters expected to take to the ice Tuesday night at Beijing’s Capital Indoor Stadium.
Valieva will start 26th if the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which meets later on Sunday, allows her to perform. Valieva’s status came into question last week following a reported drug test carried out in December. She is favored to win if allowed to compete.
The starting order of the short program is determined by dividing the field into two according to the world ranking. The lowest ranked skaters then draw the top 15 starting positions and the highest ranked skaters draw the 15 seconds, meaning those with legitimate medal chances will be the last to take the ice.
Young You from Korea will follow Valieva ahead of her two Russian teammates, Alexandra Trusova and world champion Anna Shcherbakova. Kaori Sakamota of Japan drew the last starting number.
Marco Odermatt of Switzerland leads the opening run of the men’s Olympic giant slalom with only lower-ranked skiers.
It’s the first time it has snowed on an alpine ski race at the Beijing Games and visibility is an issue for skiers.
Stefan Brennsteiner of Austria is 0.04 seconds behind in second and world champion Mathieu Faivre of France is 0.08 behind in third.
Odermatt, 24, is one of the favorites for victory, having won four of five giant slalom races this season at the World Cup. It would be his first gold medal at his first Olympics.
Snow has been falling since Saturday at the Yanqing Alpine Ski Center, where athletes have been racing and training on artificial snow so far. A second women’s training run scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled.
Italian Luca de Aliprandini said “we can’t see anything” after his first run.
The slopestyle skiing Olympic qualifying event at the Beijing Olympics has been postponed due to high winds, snow and low visibility.
As flags from different countries flew in the wind at Genting Snow Park, the organizers took the decision to postpone the qualifying round. They did not immediately announce a rescheduling plan. The final is currently set for Monday.
Eileen Gu, who lives in the United States and represents China, will be aiming for a second gold medal. She won the big air last Tuesday.
Star Eileen Gu and the rest of the slopestyle skiers at the Beijing Olympics will have to wait a bit longer to start qualifying as the competition is delayed by weather.
The wind was blowing and the snow was falling at Genting Snow Park. Diminishing visibility also made it difficult to perform tricks off jumps. The competition is delayed by at least two hours.
Gu, who was born in the United States and represents China, is trying to win her second gold medal at the Beijing Games. She has already won the big air, which took place in Beijing.
The second women’s training run for American Mikaela Shiffrin, Italian Sofia Goggia and other alpine skiers has been canceled due to snowfall.
The men’s giant slalom race is still scheduled to take place on Sunday Beijing time.
A downhill has faster speeds than a giant slalom and is therefore more dangerous to ski when visibility is poor
Snow began falling at the Yanqing Alpine Ski Center on Saturday during the first women’s downhill training session and continued through Sunday morning.
Another downhill training is scheduled for Monday before Tuesday’s race.
Russian figure skating superstar Kamila Valieva was at a training session on Sunday, hours before the Court of Arbitration for Sport is to meet to decide whether she will be allowed to compete.
The CAS meeting is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Sunday and a decision is expected sometime on Monday, less than 24 hours before Valieva skates in the women’s short program at the Beijing Games.
Valieva has been licensed to practice since Monday, when a drug test she took in December was flagged for traces of a banned heart medication. It was the same day that Valieva helped Russia win team gold with a dynamic free skate in which she became the first woman to land a quad lutz in Olympic competition.
However, the practices have become increasingly uncomfortable, as Valieva continues to prepare with dozens of reporters and camera crews watching her at all times. She briefly broke down in tears during her Friday session.
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