Kilde is the fastest in practice with Etxezarreta seventh

The Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, leader of the World Cup in the discipline, was the fastest this Friday in the second practice for the Olympic downhill alpine skiing at the Beijing Games, which will be held next Sunday in Yanqing.

Kilde covered, on a windy day, the 3,152 meters of the ‘Rock’, the Yanqing track -starting at an altitude of 2,179 meters and a drop of 894- in one minute, 43 seconds and 72 hundredths, six less than the Austrian Max Franz -who in these training sessions is playing the internal qualification against his compatriot Otmar Striedinger, twenty-third this Friday- and with a 20 advantage over the Canadian Broderick Thompson; third in an essay in which the Gipuzkoan Adur Etxezarreta, the only Spanish participant, who had been second on Thursday, set the seventh time, 54 hundredths behind the Norwegian.

Among the favorites to win the queen event of alpine skiing, those who set the best times this Friday were the Italian Dominik Paris -with the fifth beat, at 47 hundredths- Swiss Beat Feuz – tenth, to 58- and the Austrians Matthias Mayer -twelfth, to 62- and Vincent Kriechmayr -fifteenth, to 71-.

The United States leads in team figure skating and Italy in mixed curling

The United States, with 28 points, took the lead in the provisional team figure skating classification of the Beijing Games, ahead of the favorite Russia, which added 26, after the execution of the first three programs.

China and Japan, with 21 and 20 points, occupy the third and fourth position. In the pairs short program, locals Sui Wenjing and Han Cong broke the world scoring record with a score of 82.83.

The Americans took the lead in the standings thanks to tops for Nathan Chen in the men’s short program and for Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue in the rhythm dance and the third place in pairs of Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier.

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Once the women’s short program is played, this Sunday, the top five teams will advance to the final -The United States has already assured it-, in which the skaters will present their free programs. Up to three changes can be made to the selection.

Canadateam that won gold in 2018, marches in sixth position, with 16 points.

Russia and the United States completed the podium four years ago.

On this opening day of the Games curling and women’s hockey matches were also played.

In mixed doubles curling Italy continues to lead the tablewith four victories in as many games, the only undefeated team.

Today they beat Norway 11-8 and the Czech Republic 10-2.

The Italians are followed by Canada, current Olympic championand Great Britain, current world champion, with three wins and one loss.

The Swiss, with the sweeper of Galician origin Martín Ríos, lost 7-5 against Canada in their only game this Friday and, eighth with only one victory, the defense of the silver medal they won in PyeongChang 2018 is complicated.

After a phase of all against all between the ten double participants, The top four will advance to the semifinals.

In the preliminary phase of hockey the Russian women’s team defeated Switzerland 5-2 and that of China by 3-1 to Denmark.

Canada leads group A and Japan B.

After the opening ceremony this Friday, the first medal tests will be held on Saturday in cross-country skiing (women’s skiathlon), speed skating (women’s 3,000 m), biathlon (4×6 km mixed relay), ski jumping (women’s normal springboard), acrobatic skiing (men’s potholes) and short track skating (mixed relay by teams, a test that debuts in the Olympic program).

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