Olympics live: High winds postpone alpine ski race

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

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The start of the men’s alpine skiing competition at the Beijing Games has again been postponed due to strong winds.

The race was scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Beijing time, but organizers first announced it would not start until noon. They will now decide at noon whether it can start an hour later.

It is the first race of the alpine competition at the Winter Olympics.

The third and final training session on Saturday had to be canceled due to strong winds.

The world’s best skiers only saw The Rock course up close on Thursday for the first time.

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Zoi Sadowski Synnott won New Zealand’s first gold medal in Winter Olympics history, stomping on a race under pressure on her final mountain trip on Sunday to win the women’s slopestyle title.

The 20-year-old was one of the few to put in a clean run on an oversized course, where hard-packed snow and freezing wind chills made things difficult for the 12 finalists, including two-time defending champion Jamie Anderson , who finished ninth.

Sadowski Synnott started her last of three races behind American Julia Marino, but was a resounding success.

She landed a double-cork 1080 on the second jump, and while she didn’t repeat that jump like she did when she won the Winter X Games last month, her backside 1080 on the final kicker was more than enough.

She threw her hands up after landing, knowing what she had done. Marino and Australian Tess Coady, third, knew it too. They tackled her at the finish line to celebrate.

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Olympic favorite Kamila Valieva nearly eclipsed her own world record in the short program of the team figure skating event in Beijing. That puts his Russian team ahead heading into the men’s free program later on Sunday.

15-year-old Valieva’s score of 90.18 on Russian pianist and composer Kirill Richter’s ‘In Memoriam’ at the Beijing Games was just short of the record of 90.45 set a few weeks ago at the championships. from Europe.

The Russians took first place with 36 points, two ahead of day one leader Team USA and seven ahead of Japan.

Karen Chen took to the ice for the Americans but made a few mistakes, including a fall on her triple loop late in the program. This left her in fifth place in the short program and cost her team valuable points.

Wakaba Higuchi finished second, pushing his Japanese team to the podium. Defending gold medalist Canada survived the cut thanks to a strong performance from Madeline Schizas, while China took last place in the free skates by winning a tiebreaker with Georgia.

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The start of the men’s alpine skiing competition at the Beijing Games has been postponed due to high winds.

The race was scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Beijing time, but organizers will decide at that time whether it can start an hour later.

It is the first race of the alpine competition at the Winter Olympics.

Saturday’s third and final training session had to be canceled due to high winds.

The world’s best skiers only saw The Rock course up close on Thursday for the first time.

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