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Beijing Winter Olympics: 7 gold medals won on the penultimate day

It was the penultimate day of the Beijing Winter Olympics and the athletes were at the last league of proving their prowess.

Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi

Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi of Germany soared high to claim Two Woman Bobsleigh gold at the Beijing Winter Games. It was Germany’s record-extending eighth sliding gold at Beijing and their eleventh gold medal overall. American bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor took bronze to become the most successful Black athlete in Winter Olympics history as she claimed her 5th Olympic medal.

Alexander Bolshunov

Alexander Bolshunov of Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) clinched the Cross-country Skiing Men’s Mass Start Free gold in 1:11.32.7 seconds. This was his third gold medal at Beijing 2022 Cross-country Skiing, after his victory in men’s 15km + 15km skiathlon and men’s 4 x 10km relay. He also took a silver in men’s 15km classic and a bronze in men’s team sprint classic at the National Cross-Country Skiing Center. Due to strong winds on the course, the original 50km was shortened to 30km to protect the athletes’ safety and reduce the time of their exposure to extreme conditions.

Swedish Curling Team

Sweden’s Men took the Curling gold by defeating Great Britain by 5-4. The silver was Team Great Britain’s first medal of Beijing 2022, and prevented the country’s first medal-less Games since 1992.

Sui Wenjing and Han Cong

Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China won the Pairs Figure Skating gold medal performing a skate program to “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. The Chinese couple, who won the silver medal at the Pyeongchang Games, earned a world-record 155.47 points for a total of 239.88, edging out Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov (239.25) and 2021 world champions Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov (237.71).

Nico Porteous

Nico Porteous has claimed New Zealand’s second ever gold medal at the Winter Olympics, winning the Men’s Freeski Halfpipe final in Beijing. The New Zealand team performed a haka in honour of Nico’s achievement at the bottom of the run.

Bart Swings

Bart Swings, the silver medallist at Pyeongchang, won a thrilling Men’s Speed Skating Mass Start for Belgium’s first Winter Olympic gold medal in 74 years. A photo finish ddetermine that South Korea Chung Jae Won won silver while defending champion Lee Seung Hoon of South Korea took the bronze.

Irene Schouten

The Women’s Mass Start was won by Irene Schouten of the Netherlands, her fourth medal at Beijing. Previously she won the Women’s 3000m, 5000m and collected a bronze medal in the Women’s Team Pursuit. 

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