Let's Get Social 02.22.22
Chris Mazdzer is home.
Chloe Kim does late night.
Ryan Cochrane-Siegle does the rounds.
Benny Karl is back in Austria.
Filip Zubcic found a day off in Paris.
A Final (Not So) Little Roundup of Highlights From These Winter Olympics
Beset by a sense of indifference from afar, Beijing 2022 sure did have its controversies and headaches, and then some, but I'm able to put blinders on for a moment to appreciate the plethora of notable athletic achievements throughout the Games.
As one noted veteran Olympic marketer notes, the heart of every Olympic Games comes from the athletes. I couldn't agree more! Let's take a look some of the headline accomplishments that we can celebrate from across the Beijing Winter Olympics.
At age 41, Johan Clarey became the oldest Alpine skier to medal at an Olympics, with a silver in the downhill, and after a steady late-career improvement.
With his super-G win, Matthias Mayer became the first man to win an Alpine skiing gold in three consecutive Olympics...and he's now in a four-way tie for most Alpine skiing medals by an Austrian, and ties Toni Sailer with three gold.
In that same race, Ryan Cochran-Siegle's silver medal follows his mother's own Olympic medal (gold), 50 years earlier in Sapporo 1972's slalom. Later, Johannes Strolz's gold in the Alpine combined follows his father's same gold in Calgary 1988.
In the women's super-G, Lara Gut-Behrami became the first-ever Swiss skier to win the Winter event, and the first reigning world champion to win Olympic gold.
Petra Vhlova's slalom win - from a first-run seventh place - gave Slovakia its first-ever Olympic Alpine skiing medal.
The men's giant slalom saw the participation of Haitian Richardson Viano and Saudi Arabian Fayik Abdi, both the first representatives of their nations at any Winter Olympics, in any sport. And, Joan Verdu Sanchez's ninth-place finish is the best Winter Games result for Andorra (and ties the best at any Games).
Corinne Suter's downhill gold meant that four separate skiers from one nation (Switzerland) won an Olympic title in one Games for the first time.
Barnabas Szollos was the only skier to compete (and finish!) in all five individual Alpine events. And, he matched Israel's highest-ever Winter Olympic finish with sixth in the Alpine combined.
Looking Forward to Looking Past Beijing 2022
I'll leave this below as my final (?) comment on Beijing 2022; my Twitter thread spurred by the commentary by noted Olympics columnist Christine Brennan expressing frustration at the "most controversial, most unwelcoming Olympics of our lifetime".
Luckily, with Paris (Summer 2024), Milano Cortina (Winter 2026), Los Angeles (Summer 2028), and Brisbane (Summer 2032) slated as future hosts, we may be past most serious controversy (fingers crossed!) for immediate future editions.
Regardless, the pull of athlete performance will always get me. I'm still a fan.
The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Close
Beijing 2022 Says Goodbye...
The Closing Ceremony for Beijing 2022 officially close the XXIV Olympic Winter Games. Check out some images of the closing event. (Click an image for the source link.)
And, come back to this blog tomorrow for a roundup of what's worth remembering from the athletes and their accomplishments. There's a lot! Also, the Games & Rings Tumblr feed has some of my favorite photos from sports photographers over the two weeks' action, too.
Beijing Olympics Quick Hits 02.19.22
A Little Roundup
Atop the medal table, what is the secret to Norway's Winter Olympics success? Is it 'fun and friendship'?
The New York Timesâ investigates as well.
Meanwhile, is drinking wine the key to Swiss skiing success??
Retired biathlete Martin Fourcade and Alpine skier Frida Hansdotter elected as newest members to the IOC Athletes' Commission.
Check out USA TODAYâ's roundup of some of their best photos from Beijing 2022, including captures of the range of emotions the Games always bring...and 'funny faces'.
The New York Times has a great photo roundup, too.
And, here is CNN.comâ's selections from Beijing 2022.
Athletes biting their medals is still a thing...as For the Win investigates.
Tim Layden: These Olympics have been...complicated.
How is Beijing 2022 the 'most-watched and digitally-engaged' Winter Olympics ever? The answer is China, and not the rest of the world...
The U.S. Olympic Committee can point to a bobsledders Josh Williamson and Sylvia Hoffman as successes of its reality t.v. athlete search.
Associated Press: How did athletes spend their down time at Beijing 2022?
A challenge for U.S. Ski and Snowboard...how do grow a more diverse athlete population?
Will team China's cross-country performance at Beijing 2022 have a "profound impact" on the sports development in the host nation?
More...Su Yiming and Eileen Gu are forging a 'new face of sport' in China, amidst its most successful Winter Games.
An every-four-years question: how to leverage the Olympic excitement of women's ice hockey?
'Loveable losers' takes on a new meaning for Olympics-watchers in Australia.
Buzzfeed looks at how some Beijing 2022 athletes have grown since we first saw them in an Olympics.
The Sydney Morning Herald: Was this really Russia's Olympics?
The next Winter Games of Milano Cortina 2026 wants to bring 'the joy back to the Olympics'.
But will Milano Cortina 2026 "lack spirit and atmosphere" in Alpine skiing? Federica Brignone thinks so.
And beyond...what is the future of Winter Games in an era of sustainability awareness and climate change? Will the continued focus be on adapting "the Games to the master plan of the (host) city"?
Thought Beijing wasn't winter-y enough? Snow aside, the AP has the photos to prove how cold it got.
Here are some of the best bobsled color schemes from this week.
Here's "17 of the wildest skeleton helmets" from Beijing 2022.
And, what's your favorite goalie mask from Beijing 2022's ice hockey competition?
Above: Athens' Kallimarmaro, the site of the 1896 Summer Olympics
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