► Johan Clarey, Olympic Dean
At 41, downhiller Johan Clarey has become the oldest medalist in the history of alpine skiing at the Winter Olympics. He was overtaken on the Beijing track by another veteran, the Swiss Beat Feuz, soon to be 35 years old. He is the fourth silver medalist in downhill skiing in France, which also has five Olympic champions, Henri Oreiller, Jean Vuarnet, Jean-Claude Killy, Jean-Luc Crétier and Antoine Dénériaz. It had been sixteen years since France had won a medal in the downhill.
→ EXPLANATION. Beijing Olympics: downhill, priority for “old people”
The consecration of Johan Clarey came shortly before the second round of the giant, where Tessa Worley, standard bearer and double world champion, crashed. At the age of 32, she said goodbye to the Games which have never been very successful for her (16th in 2010, package in 2014 and 7th in 2018).
► Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet, the best in shooting
A little later in the morning of Monday February 7, Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet added silver to the field of biathletes, who had mounted the second step of the podium in the mixed team relay on Saturday 5. Not necessarily the fastest on on skis, the biathlete from Sept-Laux largely made up for it in shooting, speed and precision, scoring 19/20.
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She missed the last target on a bad gust of wind, which deprived her of the gold which seemed to her promised and which went to the German Denise Herrmann. The French has an atypical career, since she had given up the entire 2019-2020 season to give birth to her daughter.
► In mixed, the first controversy
This third day of the Winter Games will go down in history for having offered two firsts in mixed competition: mixed ski jumping (2 girls and 2 boys from the same nation jump alternately) and mixed pair curling (a boy pair -girl by nation).
The mixed jumping competition, won by Slovenia, was the subject of the first controversy of the Games: three jumpers from three different teams, Germany, Norway and Japan, saw their jump not taken into consideration in the final count due to non-compliant suits, deemed too wide and therefore too load-bearing.
► Five Chinese in the final, including two Hungarians
The 1,500m final, the queen race of short track speed skating, turned into a Chinese demonstration, since the five finalists were born in China. Two of the participants nevertheless competed under the Hungarian flag, the nationality of their mother.
Crowned in the 1500m, Dutchwoman Ireen Wüst now has six Olympic gold medals (twelve in total) in speed skating. At 35, she is the first athlete to win an individual title in five different Games.
► The program for Tuesday, February 8
– The harvest of medals for the French team, fifteenth in the nations ranking, could well be further enriched if the hopes placed on the super-G (4 hours) materialize, with the entry into the running of Alexis Pinturault .
→ TO REREAD. Beijing Olympics: the great ambitions of a reduced French team
– In biathlon, we count on Quentin Fillon Maillet, who can aim for a medal in the 20 km (9:30 a.m.).
– Another sensation to come, the final passage in the final for a medal announced by Tess Ledeux (3 hours) in Big Air (springboard). Note the entry into the running of Kevin Aymoz and Adam Siao Him Fa, the only French representatives in individual skating for the short program (from 2:20 a.m.).