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Austrian Anna Gasser wins big air gold


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Kamila Valieva of the Russian Olympic Committee trains at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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BEIJING (AP) — The latest news on the Beijing Winter Olympics:

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Anna Gasser of Austria won her second consecutive Olympic gold medal in women’s big air snowboarding.

Gasser, 30, held off a field with an average age of 21, including New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski Synnott, 20, who last week won her country’s first-ever gold medal at the Winter Olympics in slopestyle. Sadowski Synnott clinched silver on Tuesday.

Japan’s Kokomo Murase won bronze with a pair of 1080s at the Big Air Shougang. It was the 17-year-old’s first Olympic medal.

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The start of the women’s alpine ski race at the Beijing Games was delayed by at least 30 minutes due to wind.

An hour before the scheduled start of the race, the wind was blowing at around 15 mph (about 25 km/h), with gusts reaching 25 mph (40 km/h) at the top of the hill.

The temperature was minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 20 Celsius).

Defending champion Sofia Goggia starts 13th, immediately after Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States.

The men’s downhill, which was to open the alpine competition on February 6, had to be postponed until the next day because of the wind.

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Eileen Gu crashed on her second run and dropped to eighth place in the final of the women’s ski slopestyle competition at the Beijing Games.

Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland took the lead after two of three runs. Estonian Kelly Sildaru is second and American Maggie Voisin third.

Gu overturned on the third rail and fell on snow. She repaired her helmet before descending.

Gu, the 18-year-old American-born freestyler who competes for her mother’s home country of China, is trying to win her second gold medal of these Winter Olympics. She won the big air gold medal last week. She is also entering the halfpipe contest later this week.

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Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva says she is happy but exhausted after the end of a grueling doping hearing that allowed her to skate at the Beijing Games.

The 15-year-old told Russian state broadcaster Channel One that the past few days have been very difficult for her.

“I’m happy but I’m emotionally tired,” she said in comments aired Monday night.

Valieva is the favorite for the women’s gold medal alongside her Russian teammates Alexandra Trusova and Anna Shcherbakova. Competition begins with the short program on Tuesday evening Beijing time and continues with the free program on Thursday.

There will be no medal ceremony if Valieva finishes in the top three, as the International Olympic Committee fears she could still be banned for a failed drug test from December 25. This test only came to light after he won team gold with the Russian Olympic Committee last week.

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