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Olympics 2022: Alexis Pinturault fails in alpine combined, no new French medal

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Alexis Pinturault after his fall, during the alpine combined slalom, Thursday February 10, on the Yanqing track.

The seventh medal of the tricolor delegation in Beijing will wait. The French athletes involved, Thursday, February 10, left empty-handed, starting with Alexis Pinturault, who failed in his quest for Olympic gold. Only 11and after the descent, the Savoyard was forced to take all the risks on the slalom of the alpine combined, traced by his trainer Fabien Munier, and he paid a heavy price by falling halfway through. If he first feared a “subluxation” of his shoulder, the skier finally suffers from a “simple shoulder contusion” and “the clinical and radiological assessments are reassuring”, said the French National Olympic and Sports Committee. The three-time Olympic medalist remains in giant slalom – Sunday February 13 – and slalom (February 16) to finally get on the top step of the podium, but he probably missed his best chance.

For their first Olympic Games, snowboarders Leo Le Blé Jacques, Loan Bozzolo and Merlin Surget failed to get on the “box”. The first two stopped in the quarter-finals while Merlin Surget was eliminated in the semi-finals, before winning the small final and thus finishing fifth.

In figure skatingthe huge favorite Nathan Chen won his first Olympic title. Imperial, the three-time world champion beat Japanese Yuma Kagiyama and Shoma Uno as well as Yuzuru Hanyu, gold medalist in 2014 and 2018, who attempted a quadruple axel – a jump that no one has ever managed in competition. The French Kevin Aymoz and Adam Siao Him Fa ranked respectively 12and and 14and.

Coralie Bentz and Melissa Gal have finished 40and and 41and of the classic 10 km cross-country ski race, more than three minutes behind Therese Johaug, who won his second individual gold medal in Beijing, after the skiathlon on Tuesday 5 February. The Norwegian cross-country skier finished ahead of Finland’s Kerttu Niskanen by only four tenths, and Krista Parmakoski, also from Finland, on the podium for… one tenth, after an epic final.

Already a gold medalist in 2018, the American Chloe Kim doubled the bet half pipe snowboard by winning ahead of Queralt Castellet, the first Spanish snowboarder to climb on an Olympic podium, and the Japanese Sena Tomita.

In the new test of mixed team jump in freestyle skiingthe United States were crowned Olympic champions, ahead of China and Canada.

Discover tomorrow’s menu.

There will be new medal chances for France on Friday, starting at 4 a.m. (Paris time) with the super-G women. the standard bearer, Tessa Worleywill initially be, just like Laura Gauche, Tiffany Gauthier and Romane Miradoli.

After his disappointment in the sprint Tuesday, February 8, Richard Jouve will return to the Zhangjiakou trail for the 15km classic (at 8 am) cross-country skiing. Hugo Lapalus and Maurice Manificat will also set off.

the biathlon will try to win a fourth medal in Beijing, this time in the women’s sprint (7.5 km). We will find Anais Chevalier-Bouchet and Julia Simonboth already medalists at these Olympics, as well asAnais Bescond and Justine Braisaz-Bouchet (at 10 o’clock).

Beijing 2022 Olympics: In biathlon, “the France collective has never been so strong”

Finally, in short track (short track speed skating), Quentin Fercoq and Sebastien Lepape will compete in the 500m series (from 12:18 p.m.) and will try to qualify for the rest of the competition, scheduled for Sunday.

Also to follow, the final of the men’s half-pipe (from 2:30 a.m.) with the American legend Shaun White, as well as the continuation and end of the women’s 1,000 m short-track (from 12 p.m.), where Italian Arianna Fontana will aim for an 11and Olympic medal.

The Games in a snapshot.

The gold medal in snowboardcross was played for nothing between the Austrian Alessandro Hammerle and the Canadian Eliot Grondin, Thursday, February 10, in Zhangjiakou.

What is an Olympic title? Sometimes a few centimeters away… The men’s final of the snowboardcross was undecided until the end on Thursday. Italian Alessandro Hammerle and the Canadian Eliot Grondin had to be decided at the photo-finish and it was finally the first who was crowned Olympic champion for only… two small hundredths in advance. Another Italian, Omar Visintin, won bronze.

The Olympians on the microphone.

When I think of those photos of my dad with his gold medal, I find it hard not to cry. I realize a dream. »

Gold from father to son. Thirty-four years after his father Hubert Strolz – at the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary (Canada) –, the Austrian Johannes Strolz won the alpine combined, Thursday. This is the first time in the history of the Winter Games that an athlete has been crowned individually in the same discipline as his father. “All the sacrifice and hard work eventually paid off. I’m a good example of never giving up.” rejoiced the new Olympic champion, who had been excluded from the national team in the spring of 2021, for lack of results. The Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who had decided to line up in the combined at the very last moment, and the Canadian James Crawford, who won his first international medal, complete the podium.

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The 2022 Winter Olympics will not escape the scourge of doping. In Beijing, a first case was made public with the suspension of the Iranian Hossein Saveh Shemshaki. Tested out of competition on Monday February 7, the 36-year-old skier was found to be positive for an anabolic steroid and is therefore banned “to compete, train, train, or participate in any activity during the 2022 Winter Olympics”, as stated by the International Testing Agency.

Snapshot of our special envoys.

Freeze-dried noodles available from vending machines have become the staple of these Olympics in Beijing.

When we left for China, we were delighted to be able to discover some local specialties. But, “Olympic bubble” obliges, the options are very limited. Worse, they are frankly not famous, and as much to tell you that it is better not to observe any particular diet. Vegan or gluten-free options are forgotten, we just find vegetarian formulas. Let’s face it, we were warned: “We often eat badly at the Games. » Fortunately, if necessary, you can always fall back on freeze-dried noodles – which have become the staple food of these 2022 Olympics and are available 24 hours a day thanks to vending machines. Again, if you don’t like meat, go your way, because the choice is often limited to pork, beef, and more rarely chicken… spicy or not.

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