Winter Olympics: Live Updates | PA News

BEIJING (AP) – The latest news on the Beijing Winter Olympics:

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Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai met with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Beijing.

The IOC says the meeting took place over dinner on Saturday and IOC member Kirsty Coventry was also present. Coventry and Peng attended the mixed China-Norway curling match that evening.

Peng briefly disappeared from public view in November after accusing a Chinese official of sexual assault on his verified Weibo social network. The post was quickly removed.

Peng told a French newspaper in an interview published on Monday that international concern over his well-being was based on “a huge misunderstanding”. She denied accusing the Chinese official of sexual assault.

L’Equipe, which specializes in sports news, published the interview on Monday. The publication said it spoke to the tennis player a day earlier at a hotel in Beijing during an hour-long interview hosted by the Chinese Olympic committee.

The newspaper said it had to submit questions in advance, and a Chinese Olympic committee official participated in the discussion and translated his comments from Chinese.

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The Russians cemented their hold on the gold medal in team figure skating, despite an unexpected fall from their pair Anastasia Mishina and Aleksander Galliamov, with two disciplines remaining at Capital Indoor Arena.

Mishina and Galliamov’s score of 145.20 gave their team the maximum 10 points, while a disappointing program from the American duo Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier left a tie for the silver medal..

Knierim did a single toe loop instead of the intended double on their opening combination, then landed his hand on a triple salchow and came out on their triple flip throw. It was enough to give the Americans just six points, while Japan got a solid program from Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara to tie with the American team in second place.

Later on Monday there will be the free dance, followed by the final women’s free skate.

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Mike Tirico, host of the NBC primetime Olympics, will have a shorter stay in Beijing than originally planned.

Tirico’s last concert from Beijing will be on Monday evening. He will fly from China to NBC Sports headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, to host Wednesday and Thursday before heading to Los Angeles on Friday to anchor Olympics and Super Bowl coverage through Sunday.

Tirico will then return to Stamford for the final week of Olympics coverage. The Games end on February 20.

Maria Taylor, who signed with NBC on the eve of the Tokyo Olympics last July, will host Tuesday night’s show while Tirico returns.

Tirico was originally scheduled to stay in Beijing until Thursday before heading to Los Angeles. NBC officials, however, reiterated that Tirico’s schedule was subject to change depending on COVID-19 and other factors.

NBC said in January it would not send its announcers and most hosts at the Beijing Olympics due to continued concerns about rising COVID-19 cases worldwide and China’s strict policy regarding people who test positive.

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Defending Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin missed a gate early in the first run of the giant slalom at the Beijing Games on Monday and was disqualified from the event.

While rounding a left turn gate, she lost control, slipped and fell to the side.

Shiffrin, 26, is trying to become the first alpine ski racer from the United States to win three Olympic gold medals in his career.

She arrived in China as one of the most watched athletes in any sport at the Winter Olympics, a superstar who has dominated ski racing for long stretches in recent years. She said she hoped to compete in the five individual events at the Yanqing Alpine Skiing Center.

His next race is Wednesday’s slalom. Shiffrin won it aged 18 at the 2014 Sochi Games.

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