Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 live: Day 1 schedule, how to watch, Bizarre reaction to banned judge

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Fans in Beijing have bizarrely applauded the return of a Chinese figure skating official who was suspended for biased judging.

The Winter Olympics are officially underway, and there are plenty of Aussies in action on day one of the Beijing Games.

Curling duo Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt will take on Norway and Italy, while Jessica Yeaton will compete in the women’s 15km skiathlon in the early evening.

Meanwhile, four Aussies will take part in the men’s moguls freestyle skiing. If that ain’t enough, you’ll find more of our homegrown competing in luge, speed-skating and snowboard event.

Last night’s Opening Ceremony was a beautiful spectacle, but Aussies who stayed up late to watch the ceremony had to wait a while.

Bizarre reaction to banned Olympics judge

Fans in Beijing have bizarrely applauded the return of a Chinese figure skating official who was suspended for biased judging.

Huang Feng copped a one-year suspension after he was accused of biased judging during the pairs event at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

“The seriousness of his misconduct is aggravated by the fact that it was committed at the Olympic Winter Games, the doubtlessly most important and prestigious competition that exists in figure skating,” the said at the time.

Huang was cleared to work at Beijing 2022, and will serve as a technical controller.

He received a loud round of applause from hundreds of fans at Capital Indoor Stadium when Friday’s events got underway. Huang stood and waved at the crowd in response.

Meagan Duhamel and partner Eric Radford, who won bronze at the 2018 Games, questioned the decision to allow Huang to adjudicate at the Olympics again.

“You should not be allowed to be suspended and your reward is working the next Olympics,” Duhamel said.

“We as a sport have been trying to clear those people out, not welcome them back in.”

Day 1 Schedule (Aussies in action)

12.05pm – Curling mixed doubles round robin, Australia vs Norway (Tahli Gill & Dean Hewitt)

From 1.45pm – Women’s snowboard slopestyle, qualifying (Tess Coady)

5.05pm – Curling mixed doubles round robin, Australia vs Italy (Tahli Gill & Dean Hewitt)

6.45pm – Women’s 15km skiathlon (Jessica Yeaton)

From 9pm – Men’s moguls freestyle skiing, qualification 2 (Brodie Summers, Cooper Woods, James Matheson & Matt Graham)

From 10.10pm – Men’s singles luge, run 1 (Alexander Ferlazzo)

From 10.30pm – Men’s moguls freestyle skiing, finals (Brodie Summers, Cooper Woods, James Matheson & Matt Graham)

After 10.38pm – Men’s 1000m short-track speed skating, heat 8 (Brendan Croey)

*All times AEDT

Putin‘s embarrassing Beijing Olympics blunder

Vladimir Putin’s not losing any sleep over the Ukraine conflict.

The Russian president appeared to doze off during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics Friday as Ukraine’s national team marched through the stadium.

The world leader was caught on camera slumped in his chair with his eyes closed as the athletes were introduced and their national anthem blared, according to the UK Independent.

Aussie teen’s bold injury call

Australian freestyle skier Abi Harrigan has made the bold decision to compete in the Winter Olympics despite suffering a fractured fibula.

On Friday, the 19-year-old announced that she wad withdrawn from the Beijing 2022 big air event due to the injury.

However, Harrigan is still hoping to take part in the slopestyle competition, qualification for which start on February 13.

The teenager has nine days to prove her fitness.

“Pretty upset to say I will be pulling out of big air due to a fractured fibula,” she wrote on Instagram.

“Trying to give it the best chance to be ready for slopestyle.

“So stoked to be able to be here and also watch the big air in a few days time. Get it boys and girls!”

Harrigan is also listed to compete in the half-pipe on February 17.

Winter Olympics start under shadow

President Xi Jinping declared the Beijing Winter Olympics open on Friday as China tried to turn the page on a build-up overshadowed by human rights concerns, Covid-19 and a US-led diplomatic boycott.

Fireworks exploded over the “Bird’s Nest” as the lattice-shaped stadium took centre stage, just as it did at the 2008 Games, as Beijing becomes the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Olympics.

Xi, under whose rule China has adopted a more muscular attitude internationally compared to 14 years ago, was given a rapturous welcome by the socially-distanced crowd wearing face masks, for what his ruling Communist Party hopes will be a soft-power triumph.

The ceremony was dazzling, but less spectacular than the extravaganza 14 years ago.

At the end of the ceremony, the Olympic torch was secured to the centre of a giant snowflake, which was then illuminated to become the cauldron and hoisted above the stadium.

One of the final two torchbearers was Dinigeer Yilamujiang, a Chinese cross-country skier from the troubled Xinjiang region.

Campaigners say at least one million people from the Muslim Uyghur minority have been incarcerated in “re-education camps” in Xinjiang.

Xi was joined by world leaders including Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the two having met earlier in the day.

China and Russia have both seen ties with Washington deteriorate markedly, and with tensions rising in Europe over Russia’s troop build-up on the Ukrainian border, Putin hailed the “truly unprecedented nature” of relations with his hosts.

The United States, Britain, Canada and Australia are among countries staging a diplomatic boycott of the Games over China’s rights record, particularly the fate of the Uyghurs.

Those nations’ athletes will still compete at the Games, which run until February 20 and are taking place inside a vast “closed loop” bubble designed to thwart the virus.

– with AFP and the New York Post

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