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BEIJING (AP) – The latest news on the Beijing Winter Olympics:

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Defending champion Michelle Gisin of Switzerland clinched a second consecutive Olympic gold medal in the alpine combined race after Mikaela Shiffrin skied again in the slalom race.

Gisin beat teammate Wendy Holdener by more than a second in the two-run race to help Switzerland win a record five alpine skiing gold medals in a single Olympics.

Shiffrin finished fifth in the downhill portion of the two-run combined on Thursday morning but came out without reaching bottom in the afternoon slalom stage. She won silver in the combined four years ago.

Federica Brignone of Italy was third, 1.85 seconds behind Gisin, for a second medal in Beijing. She also won silver in the giant slalom – another race Shiffrin did not finish.

Gisin, 28, who edged Holdener by 1.05 on Thursday, also won a bronze medal in last week’s super-G.

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Gus Kenworthy qualified for the Olympic halfpipe skiing final, finishing a strong race and then waiting nearly an hour to find out if he would earn one of 12 spots in the gold medal round. He finished 12th.

Kenworthy, the 2014 silver medalist who adopted stray dogs at the Sochi Games, is competing for his mother’s home country of Britain in what he says will be his last Olympics. He has struggled this season and is not considered a favorite for medals.

Aaron Blunck of the United States finished first in qualifying, followed by Nico Porteous of New Zealand and Birk Irving of the United States. Two-time defending champion David Wise qualified fourth.

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For two weeks and more, China’s position on matters concerning its politics and policies has been simple: It’s the Olympics, and we’re not talking about those things..

That changed Thursday at the Beijing Organizing Committee’s daily press conference, three days before the end of the Games. The persistent and polite refusal to answer questions gave way to the usual situation at press conferences with Chinese officials – categorical answers about the country’s most sensitive situations.

Taiwan? An indivisible part of China. The Uyghur population of the Xinjiang region? Not to be pushed into forced labor. China’s sovereignty? Completely impregnable by international standards.

“What I mean is that there is only one China in the world,” organizing committee spokeswoman Yan Jiarong said, calling it a “solemn position” for China.

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Canada beat the United States 3-2 in the fierce rivals’ last showdown win the gold medal in women’s hockey.

Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice and assisted on Sarah Nurse’s goal to add another chapter to her legacy as Canada’s Captain Clutch. Goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens made 38 saves and was at her best when under siege.

Canada won Olympic gold for the fifth time in seven occasions since the introduction of women’s hockey at the Nagano Games in 1998. The defending American champion settled for silver for the fourth time.

The Americans got a goal from star winger Hilary Knight and another with 13.5 seconds left from Amanda Kessel. But they failed to overtake Desbiens to force the extension.

It was Canada’s fourth gold medal at the Beijing Games.

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Mikaela Shiffrin skied in the alpine combined and was once again unable to complete a race at the Beijing Olympics.

She will leave the 2022 Games without an individual medal after competing in all five women’s events.

Not only did she go 0 for 5, but the 26-year-old American failed to even finish three of those races.

Shiffrin finished fifth in the downhill portion of the two-run combined on Thursday morning but came out without reaching bottom in the afternoon slalom stage.

She won a silver medal in the combined four years ago.

She came to China as one of the biggest stars in winter sports and already the holder of two Olympic gold medals – in the slalom in 2014 and the giant slalom in 2018.

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Olympic champions Martin Fourcade and Frida Hansdotter were elected by the athletes at the Beijing Games to represent them as members of the International Olympic Committee.

Fourcade, a French biathlete, and Hansdotter, a Swedish alpine skier, got the most votes from 2,307 athletes in an election of 16 candidates.

Both have retired from competition since winning Olympic titles at the Pyeongchang Games in 2018 and will now serve eight-year terms at the IOC.

The International Olympic Committee has about 100 members who meet every year. Members mostly approve proposals from the executive board, such as the new policy for confirming a shortlisted candidate to host future Olympics.

Fourcade and Hansdotter replace Canadian hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser, whose eight years end on Sunday at the closing ceremony, and Norwegian biathlete great Ole Einar Bjørndalen, who resigned from the IOC in 2016.

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USA and Canada face off for women’s hockey gold at the Beijing Olympics.

One of the fiercest and longest grudge matches in international sport is being played for the second time.

The United States are the defending Olympic champions after rallying to beat Canada 3-2 in a shootout at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.

The Canadians are considered the favorites this time around after going 6-0 and beating their opponents 54-8, including a 4-2 win over the United States in group play.

Canada also had the advantage over its cross-border rivals since captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored the gold-medal goal in a 3-2 overtime win over the United States at the world championships in August for ending the Americans’ five-tournament streak. securities.

Overall at the Olympics, which added women’s hockey in 1998, Canada is 6-3 against the United States, with four gold medals to two for the Americans.

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American John Shuster and the reigning Olympic curling champions won a last chance match to qualify for the Beijing Olympics playoffs. They beat Denmark 7-5 to keep hopes of another gold medal alive living medal.

The Americans will face Great Britain in the semi-finals later Thursday night. Defending silver medalist Sweden will meet Canada, who finished fourth a year ago.

Four years after winning five straight playoff games to win gold – just the second Olympic curling medal in US history – Shuster’s quartet were once again in a desperate position.

This time there was a twist: even with a loss, they could have qualified for the playoffs if Italy had beaten Norway. (The Americans beat Norway 7-6 in the round robin to claim the tiebreaker.)

In the end, Italy lost. The Americans needed to win, and they did.

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Austrian Christine Scheyer is in the lead after the alpine combined downhill at the Beijing Olympics. Mikaela Shiffrin, two-time Olympic champion from the United States ranks fifth.

Shiffrin is 0.56 seconds behind Scheyer, who has never won a medal in a major championship.

They will participate in the second part of the event, the slalom, on Thursday afternoon, Beijing time.

Scheyer is 0.01 ahead of Czech skier Ester Ledeckawho is trying to win a second event at a second straight Olympics after successfully defending her gold medal in snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom.

Ramona Siebenhofer of Austria is 0.14 behind in third.

The handset adds the times of a downhill run and a slalom run.

Shiffrin’s best event in years has been the slalom. She won a gold medal in the discipline aged 18 at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. But she also only cleared five gates in slalom last week before skiing. She also didn’t finish the giant slalom.

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The women’s biathlon mass start race at the Beijing Olympics will take place a day earlier than expected as strong winds and particularly cold temperatures are expected at the Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Center on Saturday.

The women’s 12.5 kilometer (7.76 mile) mass start has been moved to 3 p.m. Friday from 5 p.m. Saturday. The men’s mass start is still set for 5 p.m. Friday.

Forecasts call for Saturday’s temperatures to hover around the minus 8 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 22 Celsius) range, while Friday could bring snow and temperatures around 7 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 14 Celsius), which which is still icy, but within competition permitted. range, which cuts the race to minus 20 degrees Celsius.

The change means biathlon at the 2022 Olympics will end on Friday.

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Eileen Gu recorded the top score not once but twice in a skiing halfpipe qualifier as she went for her third medal at the Beijing Games.

The American-born freestyle skier who represents China already has a gold medal in big air and a silver in slopestyle. She wants to become the first action sports athlete to win three medals at the same Winter Games.

Gu played it safe in the first of his two runs and still scored 93.75. Barely satisfied, she went even further in her last run and scored a 95.50 on a chilly morning at Genting Snow Park. Canada’s Rachael Karker was second and Estonia’s Kelly Sildaru third. Brita Sigourney was eighth, one of three Americans to place in the top 12 for Friday’s final.

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Mikaela Shiffrin, two-time Olympic champion passed the alpine combined downhill event and will have the chance to aim for a medal in the slalom.

Shiffrin placed ninth out of 26 skiers in the downhill portion of the two-run event on Thursday.

The American’s time of 1 minute, 32.98 seconds puts her in fifth place out of 12 skiers.

Shiffrin is 0.56 seconds behind current leader Christine Scheyer of Austria.

The slalom stage should start in about 3.5 hours on a different track at the National Alpine Ski Center.

Shiffrin’s best event in years has been the slalom. She won a gold medal in this discipline aged 18 at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. But she also only cleared five gates in the Beijing slalom last week.

Shiffrin also didn’t finish the giant slalom. She finished ninth in the super-G and 18th in the downhill. The combined is her fifth individual event of the 2022 Winter Games. She said she also plans to compete in the team event on Saturday.

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