Salt Lake City in the running to host the 2030 Olympic Winter Games
Since the Games haven’t been held in North America since 2010 (the 2026 edition will be in Italy), Salt Lake City or Vancouver would be an obvious choice for 2030. Vancouver seems to have the edge there – its The venues are newer and its candidacy is led by natives, an Olympic novelty. It is also possible that the IOC will award the 2030 and 2034 Games at the same time, as it did the summer 2024 and 2028 versions in 2017.
With eight members of the 2018 squad competing at the upcoming U.S. Championships in Nashville, this Olympic figure skating team will be harder to train than most.
Nathan Chen, the world’s triple titlist, and Vincent zhou come back to the men’s side, and Karen chen on women, more Alexa Scimeca Knierim and the following pairs partner Brandon frazier, as well as dancing couples Madison Hubbell–Zachary Donohue and Madison hold–Evan bates.
With the reigning champion Bradie Tennell retired with a foot injury and Chen is not close to last season’s level, the women’s three places are wide open. In the mixture will be Alysa liu, the double former champion; Amber Glenn, finalist from last season; and three times world teammate Mariah bell, more Gracie Gold, who finished fourth at the 2014 Games but withdrew from the 2018 national championships due to mental health issues.
Vast talent pool
How deep was the women’s peloton at the Russian National Figure Skating Championships last weekend?
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, the world silver medalist, was seventh. The first three were Kamila Valieva, the new star of the Fatherland at 15 and 17 years old Alexandra Trusova and Anna shcherbakova, which placed third and first at the 2021 global event.
Adelia petrossian, Sofia Samodelkina, and Sofia muravieva, who finished 4-5-6, all too young for the Olympics. By 2026, they could be too old to be part of the Milan-Cortina squad. The federation, which has not named its Beijing entrants, could wait after the European Championships in mid-January.
With Yuzuru Hanyu Back in good shape, the Japanese will once again be the field to beat in Beijing, just as they were in PyeongChang last time around. Hanyu, who easily won last week’s practice despite missing the Grand Prix season with an ankle injury, will be joined by the 2018 runner-up. Shoma uno and teenager Yuma Kagiyama, the world silver medalist. If Hanyu won a third consecutive Games crown, he would be the first man to manage it from Sweden Gillis grafstrom in 1928.
See you soon
The cancellation of the last two exhibition games last week in Alberta was a no-brainer for the US and Canadian women’s hockey teams after the hosts brought several players and staff into COVID protocols.
With the Games barely a month away, it made no sense to compromise participation for a few more tune-ups. The big rivals have played in six of the nine scheduled games, with Canada winning four, all on American ice. They will meet in the Olympic Group Final on February 8 with a quarterfinal standings on the line.
The US Olympic long track speed skating team will be selected at next week’s practice in Milwaukee.
Favorites on the women’s side include Erin jackson (500 meters), Brittany Bowe (1,000 and 1,500), and Mia Manganello Kilburg (3,000 and mass start), and Jordan stolz (500 and 1000), Joey mantia (1,500), Casey dawson (5,000), and Ian quinn (group start) for men.
The Olympic qualifying period entering its last two weekends, Chris mazdzer has a good chance of becoming the first American luger to win places in two disciplines since Wendel Suckow in 1992.
Mazdzer, who won silver in 2018, would make his fourth singles team and join Jayson terdiman two fold. If he also does the relay, Mazdzer would be the first athlete to participate in the three events of the Games.
On top of the world
Although Mikaela shiffrin missed both races at last week’s World Cup in Austria after testing positive for COVID, she remains atop the Alpine overall standings with 93 points ahead of Italy Sofia goggia, as well as the giant slalom table, and is still second in the slalom.
The main beneficiary of Shiffrin’s absence has been Slovakia Petra vlhova, who won the slalom and finished second in the GS in Lienz. The cancellation of next weekend’s GS and slalom events in Slovenia due to lack of snow deprived Shiffrin of a chance to strengthen his lead in the overall standings. There will only be two other technical races before the Olympic Games.
As good as in
Jessie diggins nearly clinched a spot on her third U.S. Olympic cross-country ski team by winning the Tour de Ski’s opening six-race sprint in Switzerland, Germany and Italy. For Diggins, reigning champion of the event, it was her third individual podium of the season and her first victory… The US Olympic Freestyle Skiing Team begins to fill up as eight skiers have placed themselves according to the classification by FIS points. Colby Stevenson and Mac forehand (Southport, Connecticut) made both slopestyle and big air teams, and Justin schönefeld and Chris Lillis took places in the antennas. On the women’s side, Megan Nick (Shelburne, Vermont) and Winter Vineki qualified in jumps, just like Jaelin Kauf and Hannah flies away (Somers, Connecticut) in the moguls… Headed for his fourth Olympics at age 31 is Taylor fletcher, who won last week’s Nordic combined trials at Lake Placid, overtaking Ben loomis in the cross-country skiing section. Fletcher is the only remaining competing member of the 2010 group that topped the standings in Vancouver. The rest of the squad, which will include Loomis, a 2018 veteran, will be named in January … Kevin bickner secured a round-trip ticket to the Games by winning the US ski jumping trials last weekend in Lake Placid. Second place will be determined by the World Cup standings. Although Anna hoffmann won the women’s events, she will only go to Beijing if the United States secures a quota spot by mid-month.
Documents from Olympic committees, sports federations, interviews and press services have been used in this report.