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Curtain falls to Beijing Olympics

Beijing: Watching sports dramas and milestones, the Beijing Winter Olympics, hurt by the Russian doping scandal, ended yesterday with an uplifting closing ceremony. The tournament was remembered not only by new stars like Eileen Gu, but also by the doping controversy involving 15-year-old figure skater Camilla Barriera and the vast “bubble” protected by COVID. Will remain.

The “Bird’s Nest” stadium, which was also the central stage when Beijing hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, was attended by a socially distant crowd sitting between President Xi Jinping and the red lanterns in the snow. It was a scene of the closing ceremony of the celebration with the theme of crystals. Declaring the end of the Games and handing it over to the host country of 2026, Milan-Cortina, President Thomas Bach of the International Olympic Committee praised the “Unforgettable Olympic Experience”.
Although there was no fear of a major outbreak of COVID at the convention or in the wider community of the Chinese capital, Bach said: We have to stand together. “In the spirit of solidarity in this Olympics, we call on the international community to provide equal access to vaccines for everyone in the world.” When the ceremony reaches the crescendo, fireworks illuminate the night sky. In the light, I spelled the word “ONE WORLD”.

Doping casts a shadow on the game

Born in California since the opening ceremony on February 4, but turned to China in 2019, a new global star has emerged in the form of the 18-year-old freestyle skier Gu, who became the unofficial face of the Games. 22-year-old American Nathan Chen, who abdicated two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, had a new men’s figure skating champion. This could be the last appearance in a legendary Japanese tournament.

Another iconic figure in winter sports, American snowboarder Shaun White, will never return to any kind of competition after saying he has stopped it. The last event at the age of 35 ended suffering from a medal, and he wept when he said goodbye to the snowboard. “Love for my life”. His fellow American, alpine ski star Mikaela Shiffrin, was one of the biggest names in the tournament, but was terribly disappointed to go home without a medal.

After it was revealed that drug tests had failed before the Olympics, tears from Varieva pushed her to the forefront of yet another Russian doping controversy to hurt the Olympics, putting intense pressure on teenagers. I did. A notorious episode in the history of the Winter Olympics is the gasping heard from a crowd of socially distant and carefully selected spectators as their pre-tournament single gold favorites fall to the ice several times in the finals. became.

Her doping case appears to be steadily postponed in the coming months after the tournament is full. She was allowed to skate in the Chinese capital, but her doping was not. In the first tournament, no skate team medals were awarded after Barriera played the leading role in pushing Russians to gold medals ahead of the United States and Japan. American skaters placed an 11-hour court bid on Saturday and got a medal before returning, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected it.


China and its ruling Communist Party will look back on the success of Soft Power. The fear of mass COVID outbreaks in the “closed loop” bubble, which seals about 3,000 athletes and about 65,000 athletes, did not materialize. Some athletes got sick and the pandemic was never far away. The Russian and Canadian women’s ice hockey teams played with each other wearing medical masks because the results of their daily PCR tests were not in time.

Concerns about human rights dominated the accumulation, and the United States led a diplomatic boycott by its closest allies over China’s rights record, especially the fate of minority Islam in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. But their athletes competed. China warned in the turmoil that foreign athletes criticizing the authorities could face the consequences, but in the end, any protests against the host were very modest. There were many records-among them, American bobsleigher Elana Meyers Taylor became the most decorated black athlete in the history of the Winter Olympics.

Snowboarder Zoi Sadowski Sinot has built the history of New Zealand and won the gold medal of the first Winter Olympics in her country. With Gu winning two gold medals, the host enjoyed a big medal and finished third on the medal table with nine gold medals. It was their best performance at the Winter Olympics, where they won eight gold medals ahead of their geopolitical rival, the United States. Norway won 16 gold medals in two consecutive games. Germany was 12th and 2nd. -AFP

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