Winter Olympics: tomorrow in Beijing
The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics officially begin on Friday.
Beijing’s National Stadium – aka the Bird’s Nest – will host the opening ceremony at 8 p.m. local time (1200 GMT) 14 years after it did for the 2008 Summer Games.
President Xi Jinping will be present for the official opening of the Games, and the ceremony will be led by renowned Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, who has promised a simpler show than he did in 2008, with a seemingly unprecedented method. to light the Olympic flame. .
Away from the pyrotechnics, flag waving and flame lighting, Stats Perform gives you a glimpse of the other events taking place in Beijing on Friday.
The second men’s training downhill will be held at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Center on Friday.
The field includes much-loved Swiss star Marco Odermatt as well as one of his closest suitors, Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde.
It will effectively be the third day of the mixed doubles competition, with Italy (2-0) the only team yet to lose, despite having played only twice while eight of the other nine teams played three matches. The Italians face Norway (1-2) in the morning and the Czech Republic (2-1) in the afternoon.
The Chinese hosts (2-1) will face Canada (1-1) in the afternoon, after the Canadians have taken on Switzerland (2-1).
Australia (0-3) are the only team yet to record a win but will have two chances to do so on Friday. They face Sweden (2-1) in the morning then Great Britain (2-1) in the afternoon, while Sweden also face the United States (1-2).
The team event begins Friday, with the men’s individual short program followed by rhythm ice dancing and the pairs short program.
The United States, the Russian Olympic Committee and Japan are expected to perform well, although Japanese superstar Hanyu Yuzuru will reserve for the men’s singles competition, with Uno Shoma instead for the short program.
Two more matches in the women’s preliminary round will take place as the Chinese hosts take on Denmark while the Russian Olympic Committee take on Switzerland.
China and Switzerland will hope to do better than they did on Thursday, the former losing 3-1 to the Czech Republic while the latter were beaten 12-1 by Canada.
It’s also the third day of luge, with the fifth and sixth men’s training runs scheduled for Friday.
Athletes from Germany and Austria have so far dominated Group A while the slightly more open Group B has mostly seen Italian representatives impress, although Latvian Kristers Aparjods was also among the favourites.
The second day of men’s and women’s normal hill training takes place at the National Ski Jumping Center in Zhangjiakou.
On Thursday, Japan’s Sara Takanashi placed first in two of three women’s heats, while in the men’s there was little consistency, although Norway’s Daniel Huber recorded the longest jump of 106 meters over the three sleeves.