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Beijing Winter Olympics: On Day 4, sensational Eileen Gu becomes the first Freeski Big Air champion

The fans of Eileen Gu, the American-born Chinese athlete, temporarily crashed China’s leading social media platform as they celebrated the teenager’s win at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

Eileen Gu

Eileen Gu won gold in Women’s Freeski Big Air with a total score of 188.25 and a perfect landing in his third run. Known as the snow princess among her Chinese fans, Eileen is the reigning world champion. She was born and raised in California but in 2019 decided to compete for China. France’s Tess Ledeux, who had been leading the competition until the last run, did not have a smooth landing and sank to the ground in tears. Ledeux had to settle for the silver while Switzerland’s Mathilde Gremaud won the bronze. 

“That was the best moment of my life. The happiest moment, day, whatever — of my life. I just cannot believe what just happened,” said Gu after her win.

Ester Ledecka

Ester Ledecka extended her Olympic winning streak as she won the gold in Women’s Snowboarding Parallel Giant Slalom. Ledecka added to her tally of two Olympic gold that she won at the Pyeongchang Games- one in Parallel Giant Slalom and the other in Alpine Skiing Super-G. With this win, Ledecka became only the second Czech woman to win three Winter Olympic golds. Daniela Ulbing of Austria won silver, while Gloria Kotnik of Slovenia took bronze.

Benjamin Karl

Austria’s Benjamin Karl added Olympic gold in Beijing Winter Olympics after silver in Vancouver 2010 and bronze in PyeongChang 2018. He won the Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom by defeating Slovenia’s Tim Mastnak in the final. Former Olympic gold medllist Victor Wild of ROC claimed bronze.

Quentin Fillon Maillet

Quentin Fillon Maillet of France won gold in Men’s 20 km Biathlon. Maillet finished at 48:47.4 seconds, almost 15 seconds ahead of Anton Smolski of Belarus. Defending champion Johannes Thingnes Bø, of Norway claimed the bronze medal.

Jonna Sundling

World champion, Jonna Sundling of Sweden, won gold in Women’s Cross Country Freestyle Sprint. Her compatriot Maja Dahlqvist won silver and Jessie Diggins of the United States won bronze.

Kjeld Nuis

Dutch speed skater Kjeld Nuis defended his title in the Men’s 1,500m Race by winning gold in 1:43.21. He broke Derek Parra’s record at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games to create a new Olympic record. This is Nuis’ third Olympic gold medal. Thomas Krol of the Netherlands won he silver, while Kim Min-seok of the Republic of Korea claimed bronze.

Johannes Klaebo

Another champion to defend his title is Norwegian Johannes Klaebo in Men’s Cross-country Freestyle Sprint. Klaebo won his fourth Olympic gold medal after winning three at the 2018 PyeongChang Games. He is also the first athlete to ever win consecutive gold medals in this event. Italian Federico Pellegrino earned silver, while Alexander Terentev of the Russian Olympic Committee took bronze.

Stefania Constantini and Amos Mosaner

Italy won the first-ever Curling medal when Stefania Constantini and Amos Mosaner secured Winter Olympics gold in the Mixed Team Doubles.The Italian pair defeated the Norwegian pair of Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten by 8-5. Sweden’s Almida de Val and Oskar Eriksson claimed bronze. 

Natalie Geisenberger

Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger won her third consecutive Luge Singles gold. Geisenberger now has a total of six medals to her name, five of which are gold. She is now tied with Italy’s Armin Zoggeler for the most Olympic luge medals won and equals the record of German luger Georg Hackl, who won three successive Olympic men’s titles in 1992, 1994 and 1998. Another German Anna Berreiter secured silver and Tatiana Ivanova of the ROC won bronze.

 

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