Winter Olympics LIVE: Figure skater Kamila Valieva, 15, faces doping ban as GB lose curling match to Korea




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Kamila Valieva faces an uncertain Olympic future (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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Britain’s men have suffered their first defeat in the curling round robin stage, losing 9-7 to defending gold medalists Team USA. Bruce Moaut’s men will have an opportunity to bounce back from the loss as they will be regrouping for their match against Norway later today. American snowboarding star Shaun White narrowly missed him out on the podium, the three-time Olympic champion taking fourth spot in what he said was his final Games.

Meanwhile, Mikaela Shiffrin, who returned to the slopes to compete in the super-G after dramatically failing to complete runs in both the giant slalom and slalom, earned ninth spot in the race. The three-time Olympian and two-time Olympic Alpine gold medalist finished the race 0.79 seconds behind Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami, who takes the Olympic gold medal.

And Kamila Valieva’s Olympic dreams are hanging by a knife-edge as the bewildered teenager was pitched into a battle between the International Olympic Committee and Russia. Valieva, just 15, was meant to be the face of these Games but news that she had tested positive for banned substance Trimetazidine, which is used to treat angina, sent shockwaves through the Games though the case was complicated by a lack of details and her minor status. Follow the latest update below.

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morning round-up

So if you are just joining us then welcome to this morning’s live coverage of the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

The biggest headline from this morning is the confirmation of Russian Olympic Committee athlete Kamila Valieva’s failed drug test from December.

Team GB’s men’s curling were beaten 9-7 by USA, but they will go again at 12:05pm GMT as they look to bounce back against Norway. Meanwhile, the women’s GB team have been beaten 9-6 by South Korea – their second defeat in three match-ups in the round robin format.

American snowboarder Shaun White finished his career with a fourth place finish in the half pipe as Japan’s Ayumu Hirano struck gold.

But in the women’s super-G skiing event Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin could only manage ninth.

Dylan Terry11 February 2022 09:00

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South Korea beat Great Britain 9-6

A tit-for-tat end doesn’t offer GB the opportunity to pick up more than one point, and Britain concedes the match without playing their final stone.

A tight match is lost, and that leaves their round-robin record at won one, lost two from three matches played. Still six matches to go and plenty of time to fight back into the semi-final places, but that was a disappointing result after such a dominant win over Sweden yesterday.

Lawrence Ostlere11 February 2022 08:53

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Winter Olympics 2022: Women’s curling – South Korea 9-6 Great Britain (9th end)

So Britain need three points to force an extra end, and the first few stones are promising. Vicky Wright has a tricky chance to knock out two Korean stones and take total control of the house, but she does not quite hit her mark on her. Three stones remaining each and this well balanced…

Lawrence Ostlere11 February 2022 08:44

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Winter Olympics 2022: Women’s curling – South Korea 9-6 Great Britain (9th end)

Beautifully played – that timeout was well used by Korea who knocked out GB’s most central stone. Muirhead hits back by pushing out one Korean stone, but now GB are in trouble. The Koreans have one final throw of the dice and if they can clean out Britain’s central stone, they could pick up four or five points… it’s well played, and it’s four points! A huge moment and Korea just need to play defensively in the final end to clinch victory here.

Lawrence Ostlere11 February 2022 08:35

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Winter Olympics 2022: Women’s curling – South Korea 5-6 Great Britain (9th end)

Korea are dominating this penultimate end, with control of the center of the house. With two stones left they call a timeout to discuss strategy. This is a tense match and this is a crucial juncture with GB leading by a point…

GB skip Eve Muirhead in action

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Lawrence Ostlere11 February 2022 08:30

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Winter Olympics 2022: Women’s curling – South Korea 5-6 Great Britain (8th end)

A huge mistake by Korea’s skip EunJung Kim who holds on too long before releasing the stone and crosses the hog line – a foul, essentially. A huge gift to GB who clinch two points to take the lead. Two ends remain.

Lawrence Ostlere11 February 2022 08:25

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Winter Olympics 2022: Women’s curling – South Korea 5-4 Great Britain (7th end)

Perfect by Eve Muirhead! Her crucial final stone from her drops into the center and picks up an important point to keep this match very alive. Three ends to go…

Lawrence Ostlere11 February 2022 08:04

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Winter Olympics 2022: Women’s curling – South Korea 5-3 Great Britain (7th end)

Two stones left for both sides and it’s Korea who have the advantage with a stone close to the center of the house, one that GB need to find a way to disrupt. An intriguing finish to this end and a key moment in the match…

Lawrence Ostlere11 February 2022 07:54

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Winter Olympics 2022: Women’s curling – South Korea 5-3 Great Britain (7th end)

Muirhead looking to make an aggressive move with time running out.

Dodds drags the stone down into the house, landing on the blue.

jack ratborn11 February 2022 07:47

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Kamila Valieva’s failed drugs test exposes Russia and IOC’s broken relationship

Valieva, just 15, was meant to be the face of these Games and was already being hailed as the greatest women’s skater of all time, guiding Russia to team gold and becoming the first woman to land a quadruple jump at the Olympics.

But as she practiced twice today at the Capitol Indoor Arena, her future was being decided in an unedifying legal wrangle that exposed the fissures and fault lines in the relationship between Russia and the IOC.

jack ratborn11 February 2022 07:45


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