Beijing Olympics news Team Canada Winter games updates Feb 12


1:57 p.m. Under the cooling towers, someone threw their gloves into the crowd. Maybe it was the Norwegian, or the Swede, celebrating an Olympic medal in big air skiing under the dead monuments of a decommissioned steel mill. The mill, apparently, was a major polluter, so it was good it was dead. Unlike the 2008 Games here, the skies over Beijing have been clear and blue, all the way.

But there are storms. Under the towers, shortly after the gloves landed, security staff closed in and disinfection began. The fans here are not part of the Games-encasing closed loop: they’re in the venues but kept apart. So the gloves were considered radioactive, and Games staff set to work disinfecting chairs, hands, even purses. They spray Olympic hotel parking lots with disinfectant here. In China, perhaps you can’t be too careful.

These Olympics have truly traveled to a strange place, and we are now halfway through the enclosed pandemic Games. At an Olympics every day feels like a lifetime, and this one more than most. There is little time outside: maybe at some venues, or waiting for a bus, or in the dirt-and-leafless tree park across from the Main Media Centre, or the bus transfer parking lot halfway up the mountains where people get stranded in the cold.

The Star’s Bruce Arthur from Beijing: The pandemic Olympics have reached their halfway point — and the real world is breaking into the loop

1:25 p.m. One point up, two places down.

That’s not what Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier were hoping for in the rhythm dance section of the figure skating ice dance competition at the Olympics.

A week earlier, in the team event — which might still find a medal winding its way to the Canadian squad, depending how the legal wrangling from a Russian positive drug test shakes out — the reigning world bronze duo racked up a score of 82.72 in the first phase of the competition, what used to be known as the original dance.

They claimed to be pleased, although it’s hard to tell with this particular tandem who spent so many years skating in the long shadow cast by ice dance virtuosos Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, merely gold-silver-gold at the Winter Games.

From the Star’s Rosie DiManno: Twizzle bobble has Canadians Gilles, Poirier outside Olympic podium bubble in ice dance

11:51 a.m. SLOWED TO A CRAWL

With gold and silver out of the equation and a bronze medal up for grabs, it all came down to who could crawl the fastest. After Italy’s Caterina Carpano knocked down Canada’s Meryeta O’Dine in the big final of the mixed snowboard cross, both athletes needed to crawl up the first jump — with their feet still strapped in their boards — just to get their races going again. O’Dine was the first one up and beat Carpano to the finish to claim bronze with partner Eliot Grondin. “Honestly, it felt ridiculous for a little bit, but you can’t really feel ridiculous when you’re trying to get to the finish line for a medal,” said O’Dine. It was Canada’s fifth snowboarding medal and 13th overall. Lindsey Jacobellis and Nick Baumgartner won gold for the United States.

10:27 a.m. Mark vs. Max.

This is not a good look, dudes. I’d call it a bonk — Mark McMorris smacking Max Parrot upside the head with his snowboard.

Canadian on Canadian at the Olympics. Bronze medallist shredding gold medallist, the country’s only gold medallist to this point.

Out of 84 nations competing at the 2022 Winter Games, stereotypically polite hosers from north of the 49th parallel would probably be the last mooks you’d expect to get into a medal squabble.

Full column from the Star’s Rosie DiManno: Mark McMorris’s Olympic medal beef with Max Parrot has been put to pasture. Now, bring on big air

Previously: Canadian snowboarders Eliot Grondin and Meryeta O’Dine took the bronze medal in dramatic fashion in mixed snowboard cross; speedskater Laurent Dubreuil missed the podium by three-hundredths of a second in men’s 500-metre long-track speedskating; Canada’s men’s hockey team fell to the U.S. 4-2 in the round robin.

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