Live Olympic Games: Slovak skier Vlhova excluded from the Alpine Combined | Professional national sports

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

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Slalom gold medalist Petra Vlhova leaves the Beijing Olympics early due to an inflamed tendon in her left ankle. She will miss the alpine combined where she would have been the challenger of Mikaela Shiffrin, the favorite of the race.

Mauro PiniVlhova’s coach told The Associated Press that they didn’t want to risk making things worse by trying to get a medal in the combined.

By winning the slalom four days ago, Vlhova became Slovakia’s first Olympic medalist in alpine skiing.

Pini added that Vlhova also wants to make sure she has time “to go home and share this medal with her loved ones”.

Vlhova had already missed the super-G and the opening downhill training session.

The Alpine Combined is scheduled for Thursday. Vlhova finished second to Shiffrin in the combined at last season’s world championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

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The second round of the men’s giant slalom was postponed due to heavy snowfall and poor visibility at the Yanqing Alpine Ski Center.

Marco Odermatt of Switzerland leads Austrian Stefan Brennsteiner by 0.04 seconds and world champion Mathieu Faivre of France by 0.08 after the first run.

It is the first time that it has snowed during an alpine ski race at the Beijing Olympics.

Snow has been falling since Saturday at the Yanqing Alpine Ski Center, where athletes were racing and training on artificial snow. A second women’s training run scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled.

Skiers say it’s hard to see but good enough to run.

Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen, fourth, says “light is more than skiable”, but adds “it makes it difficult”.

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The women’s slopestyle skiing Olympic qualifying event was moved to Monday with the final the following day.

The competition was postponed on Sunday due to wind, snow and low visibility.

Men’s slopestyle qualifying moved from Monday to Tuesday. The final will now take place on Wednesday.

Eileen Guwho lives in the United States and represents China, will leave for a second gold medal. She won the big air last Tuesday.

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Kaillie Humphries has a big advance in the first part of monobob competition at the Beijing Olympics.

Humphries is competing for the first time as an American citizen. It is also the first time that the monobob, a one-woman bobsleigh, has been an Olympic event.

The reigning world monobob champion completed two runs on Sunday in 2 minutes 9.10 seconds, giving her a whopping 1.04-second lead over Canadian Christine de Bruin. De Bruin’s time was 2:10.14.

Laura Nolte of Germany was third in 2:10.32 and a three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers-Taylor of the United States is in the medal hunt — her time of 2:10.42 placing her fourth.

Unless someone makes a big mistake, it looks like four women are still in contention for the three medals. They will be decided Monday morning in Beijing, late Sunday evening in the United States. The gap between Meyers Taylor and the Chinese Huai Mingming, fifth, is almost half a second.

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Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva remains on the preliminary short program start list for the Olympics, earning a spot in the final group among the 30 figure skaters expected to take to the ice Tuesday night at Beijing’s Capital Indoor Stadium.

Valieva will start 26th if the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which meets later on Sunday, allows her to perform. Valieva’s status was questioned last week following a reported drug test carried out in December. She is favored to win if she is allowed to compete.

The starting order of the short program is determined by dividing the field into two according to the world ranking. The lowest ranked skaters then draw the top 15 starting positions and the highest ranked skaters draw the 15 seconds, meaning those with legitimate medal chances will be the last to take the ice.

Young You from Korea will follow Valieva ahead of her two Russian teammates, Alexandra Trusova and world champion Anna Shcherbakova. Kaori Sakamota of Japan drew the last starting number.

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Marco Odermatt of Switzerland leads the first run of the men’s Olympic giant slalom with only lower-ranked skiers.

It’s the first time it has snowed on an alpine ski race at the Beijing Games and visibility is an issue for skiers.

Stefan Brennsteiner of Austria is 0.04 seconds behind in second and world champion Mathieu Faivre of France is 0.08 behind in third.

Odermatt, 24, is one of the favorites for victory, having won four of five giant slalom races this season at the World Cup. It would be his first gold medal at his first Olympics.

Snow has been falling since Saturday at the Yanqing Alpine Ski Center, where athletes race and training on artificial snow until now. A second women’s training run scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled.

Italian Luca de Aliprandini said “we can’t see anything” after his first run.

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The slopestyle skiing Olympic qualifying event at the Beijing Olympics has been postponed due to high winds, snow and low visibility.

As flags from different countries flew in the wind at Genting Snow Park, the organizers took the decision to postpone the qualifying round. They did not immediately announce a rescheduling plan. The final is currently set for Monday.

Eileen Guwho lives in the United States and represents China, will leave for a second gold medal. She won the big air last Tuesday.

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stand out Eileen Gu and the rest of the slopestyle skiers at the Beijing Olympics will have to wait a bit longer to start qualifying as the competition is delayed by weather.

The wind was blowing and the snow was falling at Genting Snow Park. Diminishing visibility also made it difficult to perform tricks off jumps. The competition is delayed by at least two hours.

Gu, who was born in the United States and competes for China, tries to win his second gold medal at the Beijing Games. She has already won the big air, which took place in Beijing.

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The second women’s training run for American Mikaela Shiffrin, Italian Sofia Goggia and other alpine skiers has been canceled due to snowfall.

The men’s giant slalom race is still scheduled to take place on Sunday Beijing time.

A downhill has faster speeds than a giant slalom and is therefore more dangerous to ski when visibility is poor

Snow began to fall at the Yanqing Alpine Skiing Center on Saturday during the women’s first downhill training session and continued until Sunday morning.

Another downhill training is scheduled for Monday before Tuesday’s race.

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Russian figure skating superstar Kamila Valieva was at a training session on Sunday, hours before the Court of Arbitration for Sport was to meet to decide if she will be allowed to compete.

The CAS meeting is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Sunday and a decision is expected sometime on Monday, less than 24 hours before Valieva skates in the women’s short program at the Beijing Games.

Valieva has been licensed to practice since Monday, when a drug test she took in December was flagged for traces of a banned heart medication. It was the same day Valieva helped Russia winning the team gold medal with a dynamic free skate in which she became the first woman to land a quad lutz in Olympic competition.

However, the practices have become increasingly uncomfortable, as Valieva continues to prepare with dozens of reporters and camera crews watching her at all times. She briefly broke down in tears during her Friday session.

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