With the Winter Olympics set to come to an end this weekend, this year’s tournament has been extremely entertaining and there are still plenty of medals up for grabs until the closing ceremony gets underway.
Here at Champions Olympic Speakers we have compiled an update of all the latest goings on from Pyeongchang.
GB Women Defeated In Curling Semi-Final
Great Britain’s women’s curling team will see their Olympics end in disappointment after their quest for a gold ended at the hands of Sweden. Losing 10-5 in the semi-final in what was a dramatic match, Britain will now head into the bronze medal match where they will face either Japan or South Korea this weekend.
Should Eve Muirhead’s team come away with the bronze medal then it would mean Team GB would have matched their best ever medal tally at the winter Games. There was also heartbreak for the men’s curling team this week when they lost their tie-break match 9-5 against Switzerland.
OAR Win First Gold With 15-Year-Old Figure Skater
Prior to the Games getting underway there was lots of debate regarding whether Russian athletes should be allowed to compete or not. In the end it was decided that those athletes who could prove they were clean would be allowed to compete but only under the Olympic athletes from Russia flag.
So far, they have won 14 medals but had to wait until today for their first gold. This came in the form of 15-year-old figure skater Alina Zagitova whose stunning performance saw her clinch the main prize. Scoring a world record 82.92 in her short programme she followed this up with an exceptional 156.65 in the free dance. Fellow Russian Evgenia Medvedeva performed before her and looked to have done enough to win the gold but Zagitova’s performance won over the judges. Bronze went to Canadian Kaetlyn Osmond.
Kelsey Serwa Takes Gold In Women’s Ski Cross
Canada added yet another medal to their ever-growing list with Kelsey Serwa taking gold in the ski cross event. Finishing ahead of compatriot Brittany Phelan and Switzerland skier Fanny Smith, Serwa was delighted to win her first winter Olympic gold.
Following the victory, she said: “It is very surreal to be the best in the world at something you put your heart into. I had a plan and executed it and was so fired up.” Canadians are experts in this event and have won the gold medal at every Olympics it has appeared in. British skier Emily Sarsfield crashed out in the quarter-finals.
Preparations For Closing Ceremony Underway
Political figures from some of the world’s biggest nations have flown in ahead of the closing ceremony this weekend. President Trump’s daughter Ivanka has arrived in Pyeongchang to represent the USA after being invited by the Olympic Committee.
Relations between the two Korean nations have dominated headlines throughout these Games, particularly with the female hockey team joining forces to compete as a united Korean team. One of the highest ranking officials from North Korea, Kim Yong-Choi, will also be flying in for the event.
Ms trump will is set to have dinner with South Korea President Moon Jae-in before the ceremony occurs on Sunday.
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