Beijing 2022 Olympics: the latest news

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

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The U.S. men’s hockey team held its first pre-Olympic practice in Beijing without two top defensemen and a veteran forward because they tested positive for the coronavirus.

Defenseman Jake Sanderson remains in Los Angeles. Defender Steven Kampfer and striker Andy Miele are confined to the Olympic Village in Beijing.

USA Hockey hopes all three players will be available for the tournament, which begins Wednesday. The United States will open against host China on Thursday.

Players and coaches arrived just after midnight. Three goaltenders and 23 skaters were on the ice practicing with coach David Quinn and his assistants.

Canada canceled practice for a second consecutive day. No reason was given.

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Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue produced the best performance of the season in rhythm dancing at the Beijing Olympics, giving Team USA a second straight win on the opening day of figure skating.

Nathan Chen won the men’s short program with a dynamic, high-flying program that included a pair of quads. Hubbell and Donohue followed that up with a near-perfect performance to music by Janet Jackson at Capital Indoor Stadium.

In the team event, 10 points are awarded for first place in each discipline, meaning the Americans have a perfect score of 20 so far. The Russian Olympic Committee is second with 17 after third place Mark Kondratiuk and a shaky second place from world ice dancing champions Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov.

Italy are in third place with 14 points ahead of the couple’s discipline later on Friday.

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The second men’s alpine ski training session is underway at the Beijing Olympics after a delay due to high winds.

Overall World Cup leader Marco Odermatt of Switzerland was the first to hit the slope an hour after the originally scheduled Friday.

The best skiers in the world only had the chance to see the Rock course up close on Thursday for the first time. A third training session is scheduled for Saturday before the men’s downhill opens the next day’s alpine competition.

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Three-time men’s figure skating world champion Nathan Chen delivered a solid short program to open the team competition at the Beijing Games. This gives the Americans a good start in their quest for a third consecutive medal in this event.

Chen, who struggled in the team event in Pyeongchang, opened with a big quad flip and hit his difficult quad lutz-triple toe loop combination to deliver the best score among the men on Friday and give the United United the maximum of 10 points.

Defending Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno finished second to give Japan nine points. Mark Kondratiuk, 18, finished third for the Russian Olympic Committee, favorites to win the team event.

The short program for ice dance and pairs will take place later on Friday, then teams will have the day off before the women’s short program on Sunday. The top five teams after that will advance to the medal free skates on Sunday and Monday.

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Organizers say nine more athletes and officials tested positive for COVID-19 in confirmed cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 111 since the Beijing Olympics began on January 23.

Seven cases have been detected at Beijing Airport, or 77 out of 5,255 athletes and officials who arrived through Thursday. The other two cases came from daily PCR tests that all people inside the Olympic bubbles must undergo.

Organizers say a further 12 positive cases have been detected among “stakeholders” – mostly workers at the Games, including the media. Seven of them were at the airport and five during daily tests.

The overall total of positive cases is 308 through Thursday. Nearly 12,000 people have arrived in Beijing from outside China.

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Organizers delayed the start of the second men’s downhill training session at the Beijing Olympics due to high winds.

The session was scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Beijing time, but organizers won’t decide until then whether it can start at the new scheduled noon time.

The best skiers in the world only had the chance to see the Rock course up close on Thursday for the first time. A third training session is scheduled for Saturday before the men’s downhill opens the next day’s alpine competition.

The weather is another source of stress for competitive skiers who can do nothing to control changing conditions on the slopes.

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Chinese figure skating judge Huang Feng, who was suspended in 2018 for biased judging at the Pyeongchang Olympics, was among three officials on the team event’s technical panel for the launch of the Beijing Games.

Huang served a one-year suspension after being accused of biased judgment during the pairs event in Pyeongchang.

The International Skating Union, which appoints the judges and technical panel, said in a statement that Huang was allowed to compete in the Olympics after serving his suspension, provided he continues to abide by the code of ethics. organisation. The technical panel is responsible for identifying all elements that skaters perform during their programs.

Huang received a round of applause from several hundred fans, all Chinese citizens, who were allowed into the Capital Indoor Stadium for the start of Friday’s program.. He stood up and waved his hand briefly before sitting down.

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