Beckert waives post-Olympic speed skating season

The German speed skater Patrick Beckert (Erfurt) is giving up the post-Olympic season because of back problems. The 32-year-old Thuringian announced this on Tuesday on social media.

“After careful consideration and in close consultation with our team doctor, we decided to end the current season prematurely. At the moment I can’t call up my full performance potential due to injury,” Beckert wrote on Facebook.

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The long-distance specialist, who holds the German records over 5,000 m and 10,000 m, has been struggling with back problems for a long time. He now wants to “finally get rid of them completely so that I no longer have to make any compromises in training and competitions,” wrote Beckert .

Tokyo games twice as expensive as planned

Last year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo were more than twice as expensive as originally planned. The organizing committee put the costs in its final balance at 12.4 billion euros. When it applied to host the event in 2013, the Japanese capital planned to spend around six billion euros.

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The games originally planned for 2020 had to be postponed by a year due to the corona pandemic, and the spectators were almost completely excluded.

Finland wins first Olympic ice hockey gold

Finland wins first Olympic ice hockey gold

Without its stars from the NHL, Finland has fulfilled its dream of winning the first Olympic ice hockey gold. The three-time world champion defeated the Pyeongchang Olympic champion Russia 2-1 (0-1, 1-0, 1-0) in the final in Beijing and finally won the main prize after two silver and four bronze medals. The Russians were denied the tenth gold, they are still record winners at winter games together with the ice hockey motherland Canada.

Mikhail Grigorenko, who was on the ice in the 4-3 final triumph against the German national team four years ago, gave Sbornaja the lead (8th). Ville Pokka equalized for the Finns (24th).

Annes Björninen made the decision (41st). Because of the Sochi doping scandal in 2014, the Russians started under the name of their Olympic committee ROC, in 2018 they competed as “Olympic athletes from Russia”.

Valieva’s release is a ‘slap in the face’ for clean athletes, says former US skater

Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva during competition at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

By Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber

BEIJING (Reuters) – Former U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon said Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva’s participation in the Beijing Winter Games after testing positive for a banned substance was a “slap in the face” for clean athletes. .

In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Rippon said the sport’s highest court’s decision to allow the 15-year-old to compete after testing positive for trimetazidine, an angina drug, was unfair to other competitors.

“This situation is super unfortunate and also unprecedented for someone with a positive doping test to be able to compete in the Games,” Rippon said.

“It’s a complete slap in the face for every athlete who comes here and competes clean.”

Valieva, who finished first in the short program on Tuesday, tested positive at the Russian national championships on Dec. teams.

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Valieva will not face a hearing on a doping charge until well after the Games are over. Olympic authorities will not award medals until the doping case is resolved.

Rippon said Valieva, who is the first woman to perform quadruple jumps at the Winter Olympics, must be going through what he said was a “traumatic” experience.

“This is child abuse. They are using a child’s dream as ammunition to fill them with drugs,” said Rippon, who won bronze with the United States in the team event at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.