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Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Day 12: medal count by country | news summary 16 February

Ivona Fialkova of Team Slovakia skis during the first leg of the Women's Biathlon 4x6km Relay on day 12 of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics at National Biathlon Centre on February 16, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China.

Beijing Winter Olympics: Day 12 medal count as it happened

Beijing 2022: medal table

1. Norway: Gold 13 Silver 7 Bronze 8 (28)

2. Germany: Gold 10 Silver 6 Bronze 4 (20)

3. USA: Gold 8 Silver 7 Bronze 4 (19)

4. China: Gold 7 Silver 4 Bronze 2 (13)

5. Austria: Gold 6 Silver 7 Bronze 4 (17)

6. Sweden: Gold 6 Silver 4 Bronze 4 (14)

7. Netherlands: Gold 6 Silver 4 Bronze 4 (14)

8. Switzerland: Gold 5 Silver 0 Bronze 5 (10)

9. ROC: Gold 4 Silver 8 Bronze 12 (24)

10. France: Gold 4 Silver 7 Bronze 2 (13)

11. Canada: Gold 3 Silver 4 Bronze 11 (18)

12. Italy: Gold 2 Silver 7 Bronze 6 (15)

13. Japan: Gold 2 Silver 5 Bronze 7 (14)

14. Republic of Korea: Gold 2 Silver 4 Bronze 1 (7)

15. Slovenia: Gold 2 Silver 3 Bronze 2 (7)

17. Finland: Gold 1 Silver 2 Bronze 3 (6)

17. Australia: Gold 1 Silver 2 Bronze 1 (4)

18. New Zealand: Gold 1 Silver 1 Bronze 0 (2)

19. Hungary: Gold 1 Silver 0 Bronze 2 (3)

20. Czech Republic: Gold 1 Silver 0 Bronze 1 (2)

21. Slovakia: Gold 1 Silver 0 Bronze 0 (1)

22. Belarus: Gold 0 Silver 2 Bronze 0 (2)

23. Spain: Gold 0 Silver 1 Bronze 0 (1)

23. Ukraine: Gold 0 Silver 1 Bronze 0 (1)

25. Belgium: Gold 0 Silver 0 Bronze 1 (1)

25. Estonia: Gold 0 Silver 0 Bronze 1 (1)

25. Latvia: Gold 0 Silver 0 Bronze 1 (1)

25. Poland Gold 0 Silver 0 Bronze 1 (1)

Beijing 2022 Day 12 headlines:

- Italy's Fontana sets new Olympic medals record

- Clement Noel claims gold for France in men's slalom

-Team USA wins men's freeski slopestyle gold and silver

- Norway top of medal table after Day 11

- Kamila Valieva reportedly had three drugs for heart conditions in sample

- Russian skater Valieva posts top score in emotional return to rink

- China posts new record of Winter Olympic golds

- Canada wins women's team pursuit event

- Switzerland's Mathilde Gremaud bags gold in women's freeski slopestyle event

Winter Olympics news articles:

Choi retains 1,500 title; Fontana bags record 11th medal

South Korea's Choi Min-jeong retained her short track speed skating 1,500 metres title as Arianna Fontana bagged a record-breaking 11th Olympic medal at the Beijing Games on Wednesday.

Choi was a cut above in a tense final at the Capital Indoor Stadium, clocking two minutes 17.789 seconds with Fontana taking silver less than a second behind. The Italian threw her skate over the line to beat third-placed Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands by just 0.003 seconds.

It was Fontana's third medal in Beijing after gold in the 500 metres and silver in the mixed team relay. The 31-year-old, who started her collection at her home Games in Turin in 2006, is now two shy of the Italian Olympic record of fencer Edoardo Mangiarotti, who won his 13 medals across five Summer Games between 1936 and 1960. Behind Fontana is former cross country skier Stefania Belmondo, who won 10 medals in four Winter Games from 2006-18.

Finland outclass Switzerland to win women's bronze

Finland launched an offensive assault to overpower Switzerland 4-0 on Wednesday and claim the Olympic women's ice hockey bronze medal, their fourth in the event. Viivi Vainikka slipped the puck past Swiss goaltender Andrea Braendli midway through the first period to draw first blood for the Finns, who unleashed a barrage of 47 shots on goal throughout the affair.

Finland netminder Anni Keisala faced just 15 shots but turned away all of them to record her second shutout of the Games. Finland added to their advantage in the third period as three-times Olympian Susanna Tapani scored a short-handed goal, defenceman Nelli Laitinen converted on a powerplay chance and four-times Olympian Michelle Karvinen completed the scoring in the final minute.


IOC denies double standards in Richardson and Valieva doping cases

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has denied applying double standards towards American and Russian athletes amid the Kamila Valieva doping scandal, as Sha'Carri Richardson, banned in Tokyo after smoking cannabis, raised concerns over the process.

Photo by REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Germany add another gold

Meanwhile, in the women's event, Germany secured a 10th gold of the Games.

Norway win men's team sprint classic

Norway extend their lead at the top of the medal table with men's team sprint classic gold.

Sweden take biathlon women's 4x6km relay gold

The Swedish team - Hanna and Elvira Öberg, Linn Persson and Mona Brorsson - secure a first gold for the country in the 4x6km relay event ahead of ROC and Germany.

Johannes Strolz to second medal

The Austrian lands his second medal of the 2022 Games in the men's slalom to add to his gold in the men's combined.


Murase sets sights on 2026

Some Olympians may be disappointed with less than gold, but Big Air medallist Kokomo Murase was delighted to win bronze in her debut Olympics and become the youngest Japanese woman to stand on the podium at the Winter Games.

The 17-year-old snowboarder, however, is not ready to finish her career with a bronze and has set her sights on the 2026 Games.

"I want to aim for the top and win a gold medal. And of course I want to go to the next Games with my sister, not just by myself," Murase said at a news conference on Wednesday.

Her combined score of 171.50 at the Beijing Olympics Big Air event put her in third place, behind gold medallist Austrian Anna Gasser and New Zealand's Zoi Sadowski-Synnott who walked away with silver on Tuesday.

"At first it didn't feel real, it felt like a dream," Murase said. "I've received so many messages from everyone overnight and it hit me. I'm wearing my medal now, it's really heavy and ... I'm just really glad that I won this medal."

"Anna Gasser was my hero since I was small ... To be able to stand on the same podium as my hero is like a dream come true," she said. The 30-year-old Gasser was the inaugural champion when the Big Air event made its Games debut in Pyeongchang in 2018.

Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP

It’s a massive upset as Slovakia beat Team USA in men’s ice hockey.

The quarterfinal playoff ended in a tie and the two teams headed to a penalty shootout.

Slovakian goaltender Patrik Rybear was the hero of the night, saving US team captain Andy Miele’s penalty, bringing Slovakia into the semi-finals.

Frenchman Clement Noel grabs the gold in the men’s slalom event!

Noel's  opponents simply could not keep up with his speed, as he posted 1.44.09 on the back of a second run of 49.79 seconds.

Congratulations are in order as well for silver medalist Johannes Strolz of Austria, and bronze medal winner Sebastian Foss-Solevaag of Norway.

A round of applause for two of Beijing 2022’s biggest stars!

The ubiquitous mascot of the Winter Games is a big hit with Olympic fans, with many camping overnight just to get their hands on Bing Dwen Dwen merchandise.

The adorable panda’s elements are a nod to aspects of the Olympics. The ring around Bing Dwen Dwen’s face is inspired by the national speed skating hall, the heart on the panda’s palm welcomes athletes from all over the globe, and the “shell” worn helps the panda to participate in winter sports alongside the athletes.

Shuey Rhon Rhon, an anthropomorphic Chinese lantern, will take centerstage in March, when the Paralympic Games begin.


Olympics organizer says 2 new covid-19 cases detected among personnel

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee said that two new covid-19 cases have been detected among games-related personnel.

One of the cases was found among new airport arrivals, according to a notice on the Beijing 2022 official website.

Another case was among those already in the "closed loop" bubble that separates all event personnel from the public, the notice said.

Canada edges out Team USA 7-6 in women’s curling round robin

Led by Jennifer Jones, Canada stretches their winning streak to three, beating the US in the women’s curling round robin. They are now tied with Japan for third place.

The top four of the 10 competing countries will move on to the semifinals.


Kamila Valieva reportedly had three drugs for heart conditions in sample

Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, whose doping case has rocked the Beijing Olympics, had three drugs that could be used to treat heart conditions in the sample she provided last December, according to the New York Times.

In addition to testing positive for the banned angina drug trimetazidine, the New York Times report said the Stockholm laboratory that analyzed Valieva's sample also found evidence of two other heart medications that are not on the banned list: hypoxen and L-Carnitine.

The New York Times cited documents filed in Valieva's recent arbitration hearing and confirmed by someone who took part in the hearing.

"It's a trifecta of substances — two of which are allowed, and one that is not allowed," United States Anti-Doping Agency Chief Executive Officer Travis Tygart said in the report.

Tygart added that the benefits of such a combination "seem to be aimed at increasing endurance, reducing fatigue and promoting greater efficiency in using oxygen."

The Russian Olympic Committee did not immediately respond to requests for a comment.

The US men’s hockey team is up!

The puck has been dropped and the undefeated US squad is squaring off with Slovakia in a bid for a semifinals slot.

Will team captain Andy Miele lead them to victory?

A shout-out to Team USA’s Nick Goepper

27-year-old Nick Goepper won silver at the men’s freeski slopestyle, bagging his third Olympic medal in his third Winter Games appearance.

Team USA’ s Alexander Hall wins the gold for men's freeski slopestyle!

Alexander Hall racked up an impressive 90.01 first score that earned him the medal.

His team-mate Nicholas Goepper wins second place, while Jesper Trader of Sweden takes home the bronze medal.

Bobsleigh competitor files gender discrimination complaint

Elite Nigerian monobob and skeleton competitor Simidele Adeagbo has lodged a formal complaint with the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF), alleging gender discrimination in the spots allocated to men and women at the Beijing Games.

In a letter to the IBSF, lawyers for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympian said she was excluded from the 2022 Olympic monobob event by a single spot due to "an insidious and willful gender disparity in the number of sled spots made available for men and women."

IBSF did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"It is only because of this gender discrimination that Ms. Adeagbo was deprived of the opportunity to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics," attorneys Jeffrey L. Kessler and Cardelle Spangler wrote.

The monobob was introduced to the Olympic program for the Beijing Games with the intention of bolstering the number of women who can compete in the bobsleigh events in Beijing.

Men are allocated 28 sled spots in the four-man bobsleigh event and 30 spots in the two-man, while women are allotted 20 spots in the monobob and 20 in the two-person bobsleigh.


IOC's Oswald reveals Valieva's grandfather theory after failing drugs test

Was Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva’s positive drug test for a banned substance caused by a simple mistake?

Here’s more on the theory that the 15-year-old put forward to explain the test result.

Team USA faces Canada in women's curling.

The US women’s curling team goes up against Canada in a round robin matchup. They’re hoping to do better against their North American neighbors than their male counterparts, who earlier lost to Canada, 10-5.

Team USA is gunning to clinch a semifinals berth in men's ice hockey.

The US men’s hockey team will do its best to reach the semifinals at the 2022 Winter Olympics as it goes up against Slovakia in the quarterfinal playoffs.

Team USA has fielded a young roster with many college players, after some athletes had to back out of the event due to positive covid-19 tests.

The underdog team is hoping to spring a surprise and bring home a medal.


What is trimetazidine, the drug at the heart of the Valieva scandal?

15-year old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva has been in the middle of a controversy after testing positive for a banned substance, and then being allowed to compete.

What exactly is this drug that was found in her system? AS USA-s William Allen tells us more about trimetazidine.

Two-time Japanese champion skates through the pain.

Japanese figure skater Hanyu Yuzuru doesn’t intend to lose his chance to be part of the finale of the 2022 Beijing Winter Games.

He has already shown his unbreakable determination- he hurt his ankle and bloodied his face after a collision during a warm up for free skating, then went on to finish second.

For Sunday’s gala, he intends to take painkillers for his sprain, so that he can enjoy skating for the event.

Hello everyone and welcome to Beijing for Day 12 of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Following Tuesday's events, Norway continues to have a solid hold on the number one position with 12 golds and a total medal haul of 26. Germany is at second place with eight golds, and the US is close behind with seven.

Austria, the Netherlands, and China all have six gold medals each, also the largest haul in the history of the host country for the Winter Olympics.

There are medal events today in the men’s slalom run, women’s 4x6 biathlon relay, women’s team sprint classic cross-country skiing, men’s team sprint classic cross-country skiing, men’s freeski slopestyle, men’s aerials in freestyle skiing, men’s 5000m short track speed skating relay, women’s 1500m short track speed skating, and a battle for the bronze in women’s ice hockey.

Plus plenty of non-medal action including bobsleigh, curling, men's ice hockey play-offs quarterfinals, and the Nordic combined large hill event.


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