2022 Winter Olympics LIVE: Opening Ceremony unfolds in Beijing as curling continues

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The 2022 Winter Olympics will officially begin with the opening ceremony to be held Friday in Beijing.

The ceremony takes place at Bird’s Nest Stadium, built and used for the 2008 Summer Olympics, as Beijing becomes the first city to host both editions of the games.

The stadium also served as a venue for athletics as well as the men’s gold medal football game in 2008, but will not host any sporting events in 2022.

The opening ceremony will be directed by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Zhang Yimou, who directed the opening and closing ceremonies in 2008.

Chinese state television says Zhang will use technology to create an “ethereal and romantic” event.

The Parade of Nations is expected to follow the same order as Beijing 2008, with countries entering the stadium according to the strokes used in the Chinese characters of their names.

Greece, as tradition dictates, will enter first as the first host of the Olympics, and China as the host country will enter last.

Outside the ceremony, British curlers Jen Dodds and Bruce Mouat will face Australia in mixed doubles.

Figure skating also began on Friday with the team event, including the men’s short program, where American star Nathan Chen, 22, topped the leaderboard setting a new personal best of 111.71 while missing a one-tenth the world record of Japanese Hanyu Yuzuru.

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Nathan Chen sets new personal best in men’s singles skating

Nathan Chen of Team USA set a new personal best of 111.71 as he topped the men’s individual skating standings. He beat his final 2019-20 Grand Prix score of 110.38, while missing Japan’s Hanyu Yuzuru’s world record by around a tenth.

He was followed by Japan’s Shomu Uno, who scored 105.46 points and Mark Kondratiuk of the Russian Olympic Committee, who secured third place with a distant 95.81 points.

Thus, the classification after a segment in the team event:

Team USA 10 points, Japan 9, ROC 8, Georgia 7, Italy 6, China 5, Czech Republic 4, Canada 3, Germany 2, Ukraine 0

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Strong wind delays men’s ski training session

High winds delayed the men’s second alpine ski practice on Thursday. While the session was due to start at 11 a.m. in Beijing, organizers will decide when it can start in the afternoon.

The best skiers in the world only had the chance to see the Rock course up close on Thursday for the first time. A third training session is scheduled for Saturday before the men’s downhill opens the alpine competition the following day.

Team USA’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle skis during the 1st men’s downhill training session ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

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This is what opening ceremony rehearsals looked like

Fireworks were launched over the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing on Sunday January 30 during a rehearsal for Friday’s opening ceremony.

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Who does not attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics

The United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and India are not sending dignitaries to the Beijing Winter Games as part of a diplomatic boycott.

Elaborating on the reason for the boycott, the Canadian Prime Minister said, “We are extremely concerned about the Chinese government’s repeated human rights abuses.

India decided to stay away from the event following reports that a Chinese military commander involved in deadly clashes with Indian border forces in 2020 had been chosen as one of the bearers of the Olympic torch in Beijing.

Kosovo and Lithuania, whose relations with China have plunged to the detriment of their ties with Taiwan, are also participating in the boycott.

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Six German athletes tested positive for Covid

Six German athletes tested positive on Thursday after arriving in Beijing on Thursday, bringing the team’s total number of Covid-19 cases to seven.

“Three teams from Team D (Germany) are affected,” the Germany team said in a statement on Friday, without naming the people or sports teams affected.

“Team members are showing no symptoms and were initially separated from the rest of the team. There will be further PCR tests to confirm the results. The process from now on will be decided by the results.

The other 78 athletes arriving on the same flight tested negative.

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Canada records victory over Switzerland in mixed doubles curling

Canada’s Rachel Homan and John Morris recorded a 7-5 win over Switzerland’s Jenny Perret and Martin Rios in mixed doubles curling. The team started with a 4-1 lead against Switzerland, the latter bouncing back to reduce the winning margin, but eventually the hat tipped in favor of the Canadians.

Rachel Homan and John Morris of Team Canada chat during the mixed doubles curling round robin against Team Switzerland

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Italy beat Norway in mixed doubles curling

Italy continued their winning streak on Friday with an 11-8 win over Norway in mixed doubles curling.

Team Italy’s Amos Mosaner and Team Italy’s Stefania Constantini take on Team Norway in the mixed doubles curling

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Australia lose to Sweden in mixed doubles curling

Sweden beat Australia 7-6 in the mixed doubles curling event at the National Aquatics Centre, the latter falling to an 0-3 record at the Games.

Team Australia’s Dean Hewitt and Team Australia’s Tahli Gill take on Team Sweden in mixed doubles curling on February 4, 2022

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A look back at the opening ceremony in PyeongChang in 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics were officially opened at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

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The White House lights up for Team USA

The North Portico of the White House is illuminated in red, white and blue to honor the athletes representing the United States at the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Thursday night in Washington DC.

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