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Beijing Winter Olympics: On Day 3 Ireen Wust becomes the first Olympian to win gold at five different editions

The Dutch skater Ireen Wust wins her sixth Olympic gold; teenagers shine on Day 3 of Beijing Winter Olympics 2022.

Ireen Wust

Ireen Wust created history by becoming the first athlete to claim individual gold medals at five Olympic Games. The 1500m triumph at this year’s Games earned her a sixth gold, all in individual events taking her overall tally to 12since she made her debut at the 2006 Games in Turin.

“I don’t know what it is. I just see the rings and something magical happens,” said the Dutch. He set an Olympic record with a time of 1:53.28 while Miho Takagi of Japan claimed the silver in 1:53.72, while the bronze went to Antoinette de Jong of the Netherlands in 1:54.82.

Kamila Valieva

Figure skater Kamila Valieva became the first woman to land a quad at the Winter Olympics, securing a gold medal for ROC. It is ROC’s second gold of Beijing 2022 and its sixth medal overall. Kamila, the 15-year old, became the first woman to land a quadruple jump in the Olympic competition. She executed a quad Salchow which involves four complete rotations in the air.

Beat Feuz

Switzerland’s Beat Feuz won the Men’s Downhill Skiing with a time of 1:42:69, thus securing his country’s first gold medal of Beijing 2022. French skier Johan Clarey took silver finishing with a time of 1:42:79. Clarey, who is 41, became the oldest medal winner ever in the sport of Alpine Skiing.  Matthias Mayer of Austria won bronze, finishing with a time of 1:42:85.

Max Parrot

Canada’s Max Parrot scripted an inspiring comeback after three years of being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Parrot won gold in Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle with a best score of 90.96. In his second jump Parrot approached the kickerfrom an angle instead of straight and then flipped backward for 140 degrees of spin before landing. 17-year-old Su Yiming of China won silver while Parrot’s compatriot Mark McMorris took the bronze.  

Sara Hecto

Swedish skier Sara Hector won gold in the Women’s Giant Slalom, finishing with a time of 1:55.69. Italian Federica Brignone won silver and Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami took bronze. Three-time Olympic medalist Mikaela Shiffrin Did Not Finish on the first run in the Women’s Giant Slalom event. The American skier was aiming for her first medal of the Games. “I won’t ever get over this. I still remember how much it hurts four years ago in Kronplatz when I fell before the last Olympics,” she said.

Denise Herrmann

Denise Herrmann of Germany won gold in Women’s 15km Individual Biathlon. With Herrmann’s win, Germany became the only delegation in history to win multiple Olympic gold medals in Women’s Individual Biathlon — with Antje Misersky-Harvey winning in 1992 and Andrea Henkel in 2002. 

Eileen Gu

18-year-old Eileen Gu, The US-born Chinese freestyle skier, made her first competitive appearance at the Beijing Winter Olympics in Big Air qualifying. Gu who is the world champion in Halfpipe and Slopestyle and the bronze medalist in Big Air, held her nerves after her fall to seal a place in the final of the event on her debut. 

Australian curlers Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt were given a last minute reprieve from withdrawing after a series of positive COVID tests. Incidentally, Gill also tested positive on her arrival in Beijing, but was allowed to compete after later testing negative twice. In the meantime, American figure skater Vincent Zhou has tested positive for Covid-19 and may not be able to compete in the Men’s Short Program.

 

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