Alpine Skiing Parallel Giant Slalom Team Event at the Winter Olympics: Live Updates and Results

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The final alpine skiing event of the 2022 Winter Olympics – the mixed gender team event – has been rescheduled for 9am on Sunday morning in Beijing (8pm on Saturday night in the United States). You can watch live on USA Network, Peacock and NBCOlympics.com.

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The event was originally scheduled for Saturday morning in Beijing, but was delayed multiple times until organizers announced that very windy conditions would not permit the event to be held on Saturday.

U.S. Roster for the Mixed Team Event in Alpine Skiing:

The U.S. team will feature three-time Olympic medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, competing alongside Paula MoltzanTommy FordLuke WintersA.J. Hurt and River Radamus. Only four athletes will compete in each round of competition.

Alpine Skiing – Mixed Team Parallel Slalom – Live Updates:

ROUND OF 16

8:00pm ET: And we’re off! A day after high winds caused the event to be called off, racers are finally on course. The first head-to-head match up features Canada vs. Slovenia. Austria, meanwhile, gets a bye through the round of 16 thanks to their world No. 1 ranking.

8:04pm ET: It’s a tie! Canada won two, Slovenia won two. The first tiebreaker? The nation with the lower combined time of its fastest male and female competitor is awarded the win. And it is Slovenia that gets the go-ahead thanks to the performance of Andreja Slokar and Zan Kranjec.

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8:08pm ET: After winning the first three races against the Czech Republic, France clinches a spot in the quarterfinal round. The fourth skier still gets to compete, though. I guess they have to ski down the mountain anyway!

8:16pm ET: Norway vs. Poland! And wow, in the fourth head-to-head matchup, Norway’s Fabian Wilkens Solheim skis out. That results in a 2-2 tie – Norway moves ahead thanks to the combined time differential.

8:21pm ET: Italy vs. the Russian Olympic Committee: Marta Bassino clinches the win for the Italians with a solid run. Bassino is one of the strongest giant slalom skiers in the world (she won the World Cup discipline title last year), but the 25-year-old is still searching for her first Olympic medal.

8:24pm ET: It’s time for the USA vs. Slovakia. Mikaela Shiffrin is the first out of the gate and she makes it look easy. The three-time Olympic medalist crosses the line 0.64 seconds ahead of Slovakia’s Rebeka Jancova (video below). That’s actually the third largest time differential we’ve seen yet today.

8:26pm ET: And after two strong runs by River Radamus and Paula Moltzan, the U.S. clinches the win. The Americans will face Italy in the quarterfinal round.

8:35pm ET: Germany defeats Sweden 3-1, with Emma Aicher, Linus Strasser, and Lena Duerr all recording wins. Duerr just missed the individual slalom podium at these 2022 Winter Olympics, finishing fourth – only 0.07 behind bronze medalist Wendy Holdener of Switzerland.

8:38pm ET: Speaking of Wendy Holdener… she is the first athlete out of the gate for Switzerland in their round of 16 match-up against China. And the 28-year-old wins easily. Holdener has won five Olympic medals in her career, including gold in the team event four years ago.

8:39pm ET: Switzerland sweeps China, 4-0. They will face Germany in the quarterfinal round.

QUARTERFINAL ROUND

8:40pm ET: Here are the four quarterfinal matchups:

  • Austria (1) vs. Slovenia (8)
  • France (5) vs. Norway (4)
  • Italy (3) vs. United States (6)
  • Germany (7) vs. Switzerland (2)

The U.S. will use the same four athletes in this round, but in a different order. Paula Moltzan (1), Tommy Ford (2), Mikaela Shiffrin (3), River Radamus (4).

8:49pm ET: After a bye in the first round, Austria makes its team event debut in Beijing. The Austrians easily defeat Slovenia, winning 3-1.

8:50pm ET: Norway vs. France. Tessa Worley is first up for the French, but she loses to Norwegian Thea Louise Stjernesund. Worley is a six-time world medalist and one of the most dominant giant slalom skiers of the last decade, but the 32-year-old is still searching for her first career Olympic medal. Despite her loss, she still has a shot if her French teammates can pull through….

8:55pm ET: And nope. Norway defeats France. With the two teams tied, Norway gets the nod thanks to fast runs from Thea Louise Stjernsund and Fabian Wilkens Solheim.

8:57pm ET: It’s Italy vs. the United States. The Americans start off with a 2-0 lead thanks to Paula Moltzan and Tommy Ford.

8:59pm ET: In the third run, it’s Mikaela Shiffrin vs. Marta Bassino. Two really strong giant slalom skiers. Bassino manages to eke out the win by two one-hundredths of a second. But Shiffrin and her U.S. teammates will get to ski again after River Radamus clinches the 3-1 victory.

9:03pm ET: In the final quarterfinal, it’s Germany vs. Switzerland. The Swiss have already been so successful at these 2022 Winter Olympics, winning seven total medals in alpine skiing, including two by Wendy Holdener.

9:05pm ET: And what a tight battle between Wendy Holdener and Germany’s Lena Duerr. Competing on the blue course, which appears to be slightly faster, Duerr ekes out the win. Germany will move thanks to fast times from Alexander Schmid and Duerr. As a reminder, in the event of a 2-2 tie, the first tiebreak goes to the nation with the lower combined time of its fastest male and female competitor.

SEMIFINAL ROUND:

9:10pm ET: Here are the two semifinal matchups:

  • Austria vs. Norway
  • United States vs. Germany

9:15pm ET: Tied 1-1, Austria’s Katharina Liensberger puts her team up 2-1. Norway’s Fabian Wilkens Solheim then evens the score 2-2, but Austria will move ahead on tiebreak criteria.

9:17pm ET: The blue course is really showing its speed. Since the start of the quarterfinal round, the athlete on the blue course has won every race (except if they DNF’d).

9:22pm ET: Competing on the red course, Mikaela Shiffrin loses to Germany’s Lena Duerr by one-tenth of a second. River Radamus (blue course) puts the U.S. back into the hunt with a win…

9:25pm ET: And Paula Moltzan (blue course) goes down! That is tough luck for the United States… Germany’s Emma Aicher also skis out, but because she made it further down the course, she’ll get the point.

9:30pm ET: With Germany leading 2-1, it’s a must-win situation for U.S. skier Tommy Ford, competing on the red course. Ford crosses the line 0.84 seconds behind Alexander Schmid, who clinches the win for Germany.

MEDAL ROUND

  • Bronze medal final: Norway vs. United States
  • Gold medal final: Austria vs. Germany

9:38pm ET: It’s Norway vs. the United States for bronze. Paula Moltzan (blue course) gets the U.S. off to a strong start, defeating Norway’s Maria Therese Tviberg by 0.74 seconds.

9:40pm ET: Norway’s Fabian Wilkens Solheim (blue course) evens the score at 1-1. Mikaela Shiffrin, on the red course, loses to Thea Louise Stjernesund by 0.52 seconds. Norway leads 2-1…

9:44pm ET: It all comes down to River Radamus. And in heartbreaking fashion, Radamus wins – but the U.S. loses. Tied 2-2, Norway clinches the bronze thanks to time differential.

9:49pm ET: Moving on to the gold medal final… And Austria leads 2-1 heading into the fourth and final run. Germany’s Alexander Schmid is on the blue course, though…

9:52pm ET: … and in a repeat of what we just saw in the bronze medal final, Germany’s Schmid wins the heat, but Austria wins the gold.

9:57pm ET: Please tell me I am not the only one comparing alpine skiing to quidditch right now? Feels so bizarre to see an athlete win their race, only to lose to have their team lose the event.

10:00pm ET: Mikaela Shiffrin might not have won any medals in Beijing, but wow, she still taught us a lot about strength and perseverance. Here’s a look at what she told NBC Olympics reporter Todd Lewis after the U.S. alpine team finished fourth.

10:02pm ET: Alright, here’s a look at medalists:

  • GOLD: Austria
  • SILVER: Germany
  • Bronze: Norway

10:12pm: Two of the three teams that won medals in the inaugural Olympic alpine team event in 2018 return to the podium today. Austria improves on its silver from four years ago, while Norway claims a second straight Olympic bronze in this event.

10:55pm ET: Looking through the full stats from today’s alpine team event, here’s what stood out about the blue course vs. red course results:

Alpine Skiing – Mixed Team Event Bracket:

2022 Winter Olympics – Alpine Skiing Team Event Schedule:

Start Time (U.S. Eastern) Round
Begins at 8pm ET on Saturday Round of 16
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Small Final (Bronze Medal Round)
Big Final (Gold Medal Round)

Team Event – Course Details:

  • Venue: Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Center
  • Course Name: Rainbow
  • Vertical Drop: 116 meters
  • Number of Gate: 21

A full preview of alpine skiing’s mixed team event can be found here.

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Kaillie Humphries elevates another fresh U.S. face to podium status in two-woman bobsled World Cup

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PARK CITY, UTAH – Kaillie Humphries extended her podium streak on Saturday at the IBSF World Cup, where she and U.S. push athlete Jasmine Jones finished third in the two-woman bobsled.

The third-place finish in Park City marked the sixth podium for Humphries at the Park City track, which hosted the 2002 Olympics, and was Jones’ career-first World Cup podium in just her second World Cup start.

“This is our first race together, so really excited about that,” said the 37-year-old Humphries, considered the greatest female driver in history with three Olympic gold medals (2010, 2014 and 2022) and five world championships titles. She earned her 29th career World Cup win on Friday in Park City in the women’s monobob.

“Definitely a work in progress. … The runs weren’t perfect, but I’m really happy with our starts, happy with our drives minus a few little mistakes. It’s a good starting point, and we’ll look to grow from here.”

Humphries and Jones finished with a combined, two-run time of 1:37.69, 0.32 behind winners Kim Kalicki and brakewoman Leonie Fiebig of Germany at 1:37.37. Fellow Germans Laura Nolte and Lena Neunecker were second at 0.23 back.

Kalicki and Fiebig broke a 16-year-old track record with their first run, laying down a time of 48.60 seconds and besting the time set by Americans Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming – the 2006 Olympic silver medalists – in December 2006 (48.73). It also marked the second straight victory for Kalicki, who’s won five career World Cup titles including last week’s two-woman bobsled race in Whistler, Canada.

“I was hoping Kaillie would get [the record],” said Rohbock, who is now a U.S. team coach and was on hand to see her record fall. “That first run there, she had that little skid in the bottom, so that didn’t help, but Kailee’s always putting up a great performance. And Jasmine, another great brakewoman, so we’re really lucky that we have that depth.”

For Team USA, it marked the second straight week that a fresh face earned her first podium finish while competing with Humphries. Last week in Whistler, push athlete Emily Renna and Humphries placed third in Renna’s first-ever World Cup appearance.

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“Being able to race with her was really special,” said the 29-year-old Renna, who was a college track athlete at University of Rhode Island. “It’s really nice to be around seasoned veterans. It definitely makes you feel better in the back sled with you when you’ve got a good pilot who knows the track.”

Renna finished in eighth place in Park City with 12-year U.S. team veteran and pilot Nicole Vogt (1:39.04). Vogt partnered with Jones in her first World Cup last week where they finished seventh in Whistler, 1.33 seconds behind winners Kalicki and German teammate Anabel Galander.

“To have an opportunity to be with Kaillie in my World Cup debut – it’s exciting,” said the 26-year-old Jones, who was a collegiate track and field athlete at Eastern Michigan. “I just feel like I have so much more in the tank to give, and I’m just hungry for it.”

Jones is particularly gratified with her performance after returning full-time to bobsled less than 18 months ago following the birth of her daughter, Jade Quinn Jones, in February 2021. The Greensburg, Pa., native returned to training just five months postpartum, having sat out the 2020-21 season. She competed on the North American Cup last year, finishing the season with a win (the third NA Cup title of her career) and a third place in Lake Placid.

“I’m thankful,” said Jones. “Opportunity is the main thing, and I just feel blessed to have my first World Cup podium. I’m screaming on the inside. I may not show it, but I am jumping for joy because I’m just that excited and happy to have this accomplishment.”

She admits, however, it’s not always easy to compete balance a full-time competitive career with being a mom.

“Sometimes it’s a struggle being away from my daughter,” said Jones, whose mom takes care of Jade while she travels. “I try to get my facetimes in every night and just know that when I’m pushing, I’m doing it for her. Hopefully sometime in the future I’ll have her around on the sidelines cheering me on, and that’s my main motivation – that this is for her.”

The BMW IBSF World Cup continues its North American swing Dec. 16-18 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Kaillie Humphries faces IVF journey head on — and collects monobob World Cup win along the way

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PARK CITY, UTAH — Kaillie Humphries knew the quest to start a family would impact her 2022-23 season, but it’s certainly not slowing down Team USA’s reigning monobob Olympic gold medalist, who captured her first World Cup title in the discipline on Friday.

The 37-year-old Humphries, considered the greatest female driver in history with three Olympic golds (2010, 2014 and 2022) and five world championships, earned her 29th career World Cup win and her third victory on the Park City track, where she won the two-woman bobsled competitions in 2012 and 2016. Competing in Utah – as well as North American World Cup stops in Whistler last week and in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Dec. 17-18 – is one of the reasons that Humphries pushed pause on her journey to motherhood.

“I’m excited,” Humphries said following the win, marking her second straight podium in monobob following a third-place finish last week in Whistler. “I was excited for this year before it started. It’s part and parcel of why my husband and I delayed the IVF process and starting a family this season. To be able to be back in North America and have the first half of the season here – it’s been a long time since we’ve had that, so I wanted to be able to compete and it feels awesome.”

That’s not to say the leadup to this season has been without its share of hiccups. In fact, Humphries admits that following the Beijing Olympics, she had hoped to get pregnant immediately, but she and husband Travis Armbruster had to pivot when a diagnosis of stage 4 endometriosis made it clear that in vitro fertilization would be the best path for pregnancy.

“Right after the Olympics, I was like, ‘We’re going to get pregnant; it’s gonna be all good,’” she said. “I thought, my body has always performed, and it wasn’t going to be an issue. Fast forward to I find out we have to do IVF. We do the first egg retrieval, and it doesn’t go as well as I had hoped — which anybody that’s done this process knows, you can’t control any aspect of it. And so having to do a second round of egg retrieval, …it pushed everything back.”

What’s more, it brought Humphries’ training to a standstill at times, when she would have to limit all physical activity during the three-week period surrounding the egg-retrieval process.

“It impacted my training coming into this year a lot,” she says, “but I also think it definitely reset my hormones, which turns out I needed. I don’t think was a bad thing. I knew coming into this year, I wasn’t going to be in the same shape as I have been in the past, and I had to make peace with that. I know that each and every race I’m racing myself into shape, and each race is a preparation for January’s World Championships.”

Humphries also chose to share her IVF journey publicly, and she’s documented every step of the way, believing that her story makes it less scary not just for her but also for other women and female athletes who might be facing the same thing.

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“My husband and I weren’t sure that we wanted to share it at first,” she admits. “But I felt it was important just to showcase this. I have nothing to hide. And as much as there are parts of me certain days when I think, ‘What’s wrong with me?’ At the end of the day, I know I’m not alone in this.

“It’s important, I do have a voice, and I want other people to know, as an Olympic gold medalist, if it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody. Infertility exists in the female body, and it’s important that I talk about it in my journey and hopefully that’s inspired other people.”

She says she’s received an outpouring of support, which has been particularly gratifying as she continues to put a painful breakup with Team Canada in the rearview mirror. Humphries, who was born in Calgary, competed for Canada for 16 years, winning three Olympic medals including a bronze in Pyeongchang in 2018. But the relationship came to an abrupt end later just five months after the 2018 Games, after Humphries alleged emotional and mental harassment by a former coach.

Winning a gold medal in Beijing just two months after her U.S. citizenship was finalized proved to be turning point for Humphries, who commemorated the milestone with two new tattoos. She first added the date of her win – Feb. 14, 2022 – to the back of her left hand and a larger rose and skull illustration to the back of her right knee and calf, all of which commemorate her triumph over that darker period.

“The skull represents a rebirth and a growth, overcoming challenges and/or obstacles and turning something negative into something positive,” explains Humphries, who says she chose the rose because it’s the national flower of the U.S. as well as a symbol of love won or lost. She notes that she has “an actual Olympic one” planned for August 2024, which is when her favorite tattoo artist is next available.

Humphries has also found the silver lining in her IVF journey, as the competition season has been a welcome break from some of the self-imposed pressure.

“By pushing pause for four or five months and competing, it allowed me mentally to know that we can go into all of next summer and all winter focusing on just doing the actual embryo transfers and having a good pregnancy,” she says. “I don’t feel stressed to try and get pregnant right away. I felt like I was becoming competitive with myself, wondering why isn’t this working? Why can’t I do this? I tried to control too many things, and I started to get really frustrated. Mentally, it was hard. So, by pushing pause, going back to what I know — which is the sport, which is what I love – it’s allowed me to control a little bit of my future.”

Humphries’ season continues Saturday as the IBSF World Cup from Park City concludes with the two-woman bobsleigh.