► New medal in biathlon
Biathlon continues to fill the basket of French medals. Out of twelve awards obtained by France since the start of the Games, six have been won by the clan of skiers armed with a rifle. The latest was gleaned by the four musketeers of the relay, who took silver in 4 x 7.5 km, Tuesday February 15. The Blues had never managed to do better than third place in this exercise, the last time at the Turin Games in 2006.
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Last to set off for the French team, Quentin Fillon Maillet pocketed his fifth medal in Beijing, after gold in the individual and in the pursuit, silver in the sprint and in the mixed relay. He thus becomes the fifth male athlete in history to win five medals at the same Winter Olympics and could even make the grand slam at the end of the Mass-start on Friday 18.
► The positive controlled skater in the lead
Russian skater Kamila Valieva, favorite for Olympic gold at 15, but at the heart of a doping case that arose in the middle of the Games, occupies first place in the women’s event after the short program, Tuesday, February 15. She had only been authorized to compete on Monday 14, the day before the competition, by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This body, the highest sports court, did not rule on the merits of the case because it was taken aback. The positive result of the control, carried out on a competition at the end of December, was not known until Tuesday, February 8.
→ THE FACTS. Skater Kamila Valieva cleared to continue competing
In the event of a possible victory at the end of the free program, Thursday 17, the young Russian would not be awarded a medal, any more than the other medal-winning competitors. Pending the appeal procedure initiated with the Sports Court and the analyzes filed during the December inspection, no ceremony will be organised.
► No podium for Tess Ledeux
The Savoyard Tess Ledeux, Olympic vice-champion in big air skiing, did not double the stake in the slopestyle final, won by the Swiss Mathide Gremaud, ahead of the Chinese star Eileen Gu, crowned in big air. Very tired, the Frenchwoman, heroine of the last X Games (unofficial freestyle skiing world championships) and silver medalist last week, settled for a seventh place in the final.
► Severe downhill injury for Camille Cerutti
The French Camille Cerutti fell heavily during the descent on Tuesday 15 and suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament and a meniscus injury. Leaving with a modest bib for her first Olympics, the Frenchwoman missed her reception after a jump, before sliding several dozen meters to the safety nets. Laura Gauché and Romane Miradoli, the two best French women in this downhill won by Switzerland Corinne Suter rank in 10and and 13and ranks.
► Time for the big meeting for Clément Noël
The 24-year-old alpine skier Clément Noël is on track for a medal in slalom, this Wednesday, February 16. Fourth in PyeongChang four years ago by four hundredths of a second, Clément Noël remains on a series of average races.
→ PORTRAIT. Beijing Olympics: Clément Noël, the quiet passion
But he will rely on his last great coup, a victory in the World Cup in December at Val d’Isère, his adopted resort, to play a winner in his only race in Beijing. Unless he is selected for the team event on Saturday 19, which will depend on his performance on Wednesday 15 and the route, more or less adapted to this pure slalomer who only likes very tight poles and does not never lines up in giant.
The program for Wednesday, February 16
3:15 a.m. men’s slalom (second run from 6:45 a.m.). 5:10 a.m., ice hockey, United States-Slovakia in the quarter-finals and at 12:30 p.m. Switzerland-Finland, small final for the women’s bronze medal. 8:45 a.m. women’s 4 x 6 km relay biathlon.