Winter Olympics LIVE: Italy vs Norway curling result, luge and ice hockey

Follow the Winter Olympics live where Eileen Gu, the American-born skier who chose to represent China, has won gold for the country in the freestyle big air competition as she stunned Tess Ledeux of France, earning the first of what she hopes will be three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. Nicknamed the “Snow Princess”, the 18-year-old from San Francisco dropped to her knees when her score of 94.50 was announced after the third run.

Another skiing record was created on day 4 of the Winter Games as defending champion Matthias Mayer became the first man to win an Alpine skiing gold medal in three consecutive Olympic Games after he finished first in the super-G on Tuesday. Mayer, who won gold in downhill in Sochi in 2014 and super-G in Pyeongchang four years ago, finished the race in 1 minute 19.94 seconds, with American Ryan Cochran-Siegle just four hundredths of a second behind him.

In the men’s individual biathlon, World Cup leader Quentin Fillon Maillet took gold despite inaccuracies in his shooting, with his sheer speed on the skis enough to hold off challenges from defending champion Johannes Thingnes Boe. On the speed skating track, meanwhile, Dutchman Kjeld Nuis defended his gold from Pyeongchang in the 1500m and set an Olympic record along the way.

Natalie Geisenberger became the most decorated athlete in German Winter Olympic history when she won her third consecutive gold in the women’s luge, while Italy took gold in the mixed doubles curling by beating Norway in the final at the National Aquatics Centre.

Elsewhere, American skater Nathan Chen began his quest for gold against two-time Olympic champion and rival Yuzuru Hanyu in the men’s short programme with a stunning world record-breaking performance, and Team GB’s mixed curlers missed out on bronze in their playoff match after being comprehensively beaten by Sweden in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Winter Olympic results and latest updates

  • Ten medals to be won in Tuesday’s events in Beijing

  • Italy face Norway in mixed doubles curling final

  • Great Britain lose bronze medal game

  • Eileen Gu wins gold for China in Big Air

  • Team GB’s youngest member Kirsty Muir finishes fifth

Sweden top medal table at end of Thursday

15:01 , Dan Austin

As another excellent day of sport comes to a close in Beijing, Sweden are now top of the medal table with four golds. The Netherlands are just behind with three gold and three silvers.

China have the most medals of all with eight and sit third in the standings, while Germany and Norway also have three golds.

Lower down the rankings are Italy, the Russian Olympic Committee, Austria and Slovenia with two golds.

Team GB are yet to win a medal.

Women’s ice hockey to round off Tuesday in Beijing

14:42 , Dan Austin

The final sporting action in Beijing today is the preliminary round of the women’s ice hockey.

Finland are in full control against the Russian Olympic Committee, leading 5-0 at the National Indoor Stadium, while Sweden are 2-1 ahead Denmark.

Both matches are reaching the end of the second period, with one final 20 minute portion of play to come.

Geisenberger becomes most decorated German Winter Olympic athlete

14:28 , Dan Austin

What an incredible athlete Natalie Geisenberger is.

She was under so much pressure from her compatriot Emma Berreiter ahead of the final run, but delivered the kind of self-assured, speedy performance that has been the trademark of her entire career to take a fifth Olympic gold.

At 34 she is a good deal older than many of her rivals in the field and has become a mother since she won gold in Pyeongchang, but was at her absolute best hear to beat the competition by just under half a second and become Germany’s most decorated Winter Olympian.

The track in Beijing is one of the trickiest in the sport but Geisenberger made it look a piece of cake. A stunning performance from an all-time great luger.

Geisenberger wins luge gold for Germany!

14:19 , Dan Austin

Natalie Geisenberg is the Olympic champion in women’s luge! The 34-year-old delivers an immaculately controlled final run to maintain her advantage coming to this stage and defend the title she won in Sochi in 2014 and Pyeongchang in 2018. No woman has ever dominated this event to such an extent.

22-year-old Emma Berreiter takes silver at her maiden Olympic Games, while Tatyana Ivanova is the first Russian athlete to win a medal in the women’s luge for 42 years with bronze.

Austrians take top three in women’s luge standings

14:12 , Dan Austin

It’s all change at the top in the final of the women’s luge, with three Austrians now sitting in the medal positions.

Madeleine Egle is currently first, with Hannah Prock second and Lisa Schulte third.

The German favourites Berreiter and Geisenberger are still to run, as well as the ROC’s Tatyana Ivanova.

German favourites still to run in women’s luge finale

14:05 , Dan Austin

Six athletes are left to run in this women’s luge finale, and Germany’s Julia Taubitz is still at the top of the standings.

Her compatriots Emma Berreiter and Natalie Geisenberger have the best overall times going into their finals runs, though, and are the two favourites to take the top prize.

Last run of women’s luge final happening now

13:52 , Dan Austin

The Yanqing National Sliding Centre is the venue for the final runs of the women’s luge event, which is taking place right now.

20 athletes are competing to set the fastest time as they fly down the track on their backs, and the top three will take the medals. The winner is decided by adding together the times from all four of each athlete’s runs.

The current leaders is Germany’s Julia Taubitz with an overall time of 3:55:433, but 11 more women are still to take their final runs.

Constantini will defend curling title on home soil

13:48 , Dan Austin

Stefania Constantini has been in absolutely sensational form since arriving in Beijing, and has been the start of the show on Italy’s run to golden glory with some impeccable shot placement.

The next Games in 2026 will be held in Italy in the town of Cortina, where the 22-year-old was born.

So, not only is she about to collect a gold medal, but she has defending it on home turf to look forward to too.

Italy win gold in mixed doubles curling!

13:42 , Dan Austin

Stefania Constantini and Amos Mosaner have won the Olympic gold for Italy in the mixed doubles curling!

This high-quality match ended on a scruffy note with both sides making big errors with their final few stones. Amos Mosaner completely missed with his first shot of the end after seeming to rush things, before Magnus Nedregotten wasted his opportunity to capitalise by overshooting a stone of his own.

Mosaner later knocks a Norwegian yellow out of the house to put his own stone on the button, and after that one is sent flying by Kristin Skaslien, Constantini seals it with a final shot to add a point to Italy’s tally and take the win 8-5.

Italy have been sensational all competition long and are fully deserving Olympic champions.

Norway back in contention before final end

13:34 , Dan Austin

Norway have clawed themselves back into contention in this mixed doubles curling final before the final end against the run of play.

Husband and wife pair Magnus Nedregotten and Kristin Skaslien played their strongest end of the game so far with some smart shot selections to steal two points and reduce the deficit to margin which now seems recoverable.

The Italians still lead 7-5 and remain strong favourites, but the Norwegian resurgence could have placed a seed of concern in the back of Stefania Constantini and Amos Mosaner’s minds before the final end.

Italy close to gold in curling final

13:19 , Dan Austin

Italy are edging closer and closer to the gold medal in the National Aquatics Centre after taking another point in the mixed doubles final against Norway.

Magnus Nedregotten plays a sublime penultimate shot, probably the best of the game so far, which slices millimetres past another of Norway’s yellow stone and lands perfectly on the button. But and error from his team-mate and wife Kristin Skaslien leaves the stone unprotected, and with the final attempt of the end, Stefania Constantini is able to knock it clean away and secure a point for Italy.

The Italians are 7-3 ahead with just two ends left to play.

Norway reduce Italy lead in curling final

13:06 , Dan Austin

Norway opt to use their power play in the fifth end in the hopes of scoring big and bringing themselves back into the match, but they simply aren’t playing well enough at the moment and are quickly on the back foot again.

With one Norwegian shot remaining, Italy have four stones in scoring positions. Kristin Skaslien is able to place their final stone right on the button, though, and take one point for themselves.

Norway had not scored a single point since the opening end of the match before that shot, and taking just one point after using a power play is unlikely to be enough.

With three ends remaining, Italy lead 6-3.

Kersten reacts to first Olympic appearance in speed skating

12:56 , Dan Austin

Team GB’s Cornelius Kersten made his Olympic debut earlier today as one of the skaters in the men’s speed skating 1500m final.

The 27-year-old finished 19th in the standings as Kjeld Nuis took gold while setting an Olympic record for the Netherlands, with Kersten becoming the first British figure skater to appear at the Games since 1992 in Albertville.

Reacting afterwards, he said: “It felt good. In the last few days I was feeling ready and then when you get here you’re soaking up the experience. Then I was like ‘It’s game time now, get ready to go’. We had a game plan for the race and we set that out, and most of that worked out. It was just a really nice way to start off my races at these Games. For what I’d planned, that all worked out so I was really happy about that.”

Kersten will also take part in the 1000m, which is his strongest event.

Italy take big points to strengthen grip on curling final

12:51 , Dan Austin

We’re at the halfway stage in the mixed doubles curling final now and the Italians have what could be unassailable lead now.

A pristine shot from Stefania Constantini puts a second stone on the button for Italy before Norway’s final attempt, which Kristin Skaslien makes a total hash of to gift three points to the opposition.

It’s beginning to feel like the Italians are setting the pace now, and Constantini in particularly is placing her shots superbly.

With four ends left to go it’s Italy 6-2 Norway.

Italy ahead in curling final against Norway

12:37 , Dan Austin

After going behind in the first end, Italy now lead their mixed doubles curling final against Norway.

A couple of strong early shots put them in control, before the Norwegians tried a risky penultimate shot to shift both opposition stones but ended up knocking away one of their own instead.

Stefania Constantini placed the final red stone impeccably in the house to put the Italians on track for three points, but Kristin Skaslien managed to knock two away excellently and reduce the damage.

Italy are 3-2 up with five ends left to play.

Italy level scores in curling final

12:27 , Dan Austin

A much better end from the Italians in the National Aquatics Centre sees them level the scores in the mixed doubles curling final with Norway.

A gorgeous shot penultimate shot from Amos Mosaner blocks Norway off and leave two of his own red stones protected in the house, and that’s how the end comes to a close.

This is a really tense affair.

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo is double Olympic champion in cross-country!

12:21 , Dan Austin

After winning the gold in Pyeongchang four years ago Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo has successfully defended his crown in the men’s free sprint cross-country skiing.

He set the pace throughout the 1500m dash around Zhangjiakou and held off a late burst of pace from Federico Pellegrino to secure the medal for Norway.

Pellegrino followed closely behind in second while Alexander Terentev of the Russian Olympic Committee came home in third for the bronze medal.

Men’s free sprint cross-country final begins

12:16 , Dan Austin

After Joanna Sundling won the women’s event for Sweden, the start of the men’s free sprint cross-country final has now begun.

Among the favourites are Italy’s veteran Federico Pellegrino and Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway.

It’s a 1500m race for gold!

Norway take early lead in mixed doubles curling final

12:14 , Dan Austin

The final of the mixed doubles curling tournament has begun with Italy facing Norway at the National Aquatics Centre.

Team GB’s Jennifer Dodds and Bruce Mouat were hoping to be contenders in this match but were knocked out by the Norwegians in the semis and then lost the bronze medal play-off to Sweden earlier this morning.

The Norwegians lead 2-0 at the culmination of the first of eight ends after Stefania Constanini’s final stone fails to dislodge the opposition’s yellows.

Sundling takes free sprint cross-country gold!

12:09 , Dan Austin

World champion Joanna Sundling has won the Olympic gold medal in the women’s free sprint cross-country!

The 27-year-old set the pace early doors and maintained excellent pace to keep her rivals at bay and take her maiden Olympic medal with a margin of over 2.5 seconds.

The three Swedes led from the outset until just after the halfway stage but, although Maja Dalqvist held on for second, it wasn’t quite a clean sweep with Jessie Diggins of the United States taking bronze.

Women’s free sprint cross country skiing final set to start

11:59 , Dan Austin

We’re now just a couple of minutes away from the final of the women’s free sprint cross country skiing.

Sweden could complete a clean sweep of the medals here, with Joanna Sundling, Emma Ribom and Maja Dahlqvist among the contenders.

Six skiers are taking part in the final, which is a 1500m sprint.

Nuis wins gold for Netherlands in men’s speed skating 1500m!

11:49 , Dan Austin

That’s it, Kjeld Nuis has taken gold in the men’s speed skating 1500m with a new Olympic record time!

His 1:43:21 effort simply could not be matched by all the skaters who followed, and he has successfully defended the title he won in Pyeongyang four years ago.

The silver medal goes to his Dutch compatriot Thomas Krol, who briefly held the Olympic record himself before Nuis set his time on track, while South Korea’s Kim Min Seok has done enough for bronze.

Nuis still leads with one pair left to skate

11:45 , Dan Austin

Kjeld Nuis still holds top spot in the men’s speed skating 1500m final after two more pairs of skaters have tried and failed to beat his time.

Compatriot Thomas Krol remains second too, with Allan Dahl Johansson of Norway and Connor Howe of Canada the final pair left to skate.

Nuis will be very nervous now...

Nuis takes speed skating lead with another new Olympic record!

11:35 , Dan Austin

The speed skating 1500m Olympic record just keeps going in Beijing!

Dutchman Kjeld Nuis beats his compatriot Thomas Krol’s time, which held the record for all of about four minutes, by 0.34 seconds to move into first position in the standings.

Nuis is also the world record holder, having set a time of 1:40:17 in 2019.

Krol goes into gold medal position with Olympic record in speed skating

11:30 , Dan Austin

The Netherland’s Thomas Krol is making his Olympic debut after being left out of the speed skating squad for the Pyeongchang Games four years ago, and the world champion has put down a very impressive marker in the final of the 1500m event here.

The 29-year-old has set an Olympic record with a time of 1:43:5, beating Maxim Trfimov’s time by almost two seconds.

The other skater in this duo, 20-year-old Peder Kongshaug, goes into the silver medal position less than a second behind Krol.

Trofimov takes lead of speed skating 1500m final

11:26 , Dan Austin

The men’s 1500m speed skating final is back underway again and the next pair up have set some very impressive times.

Sergei Trofimov has gone fastest of all after posting a time one tenth of a second better than that of Marcel Bosker, while Emery Lehman moves into the bronze medal position as things stand.

Some very fast skaters left to run in the final six pairs, though.

Plenty of medals still to come in Beijing

11:18 , Dan Austin

The action at the speed skating track will be back underway for the final seven pairs of racers in the men’s 1500m speed skating final shortly, and there is plenty of other action still to come from Beijing this morning and into early afternoon.

The men’s and women’s free sprint cross-country skiing finals being at around about 12:00, with the women going first, as athletes try their best to qualify in the quarter-finals and semis as we speak.

Italy face Norway in the mixed doubles curling gold medal match just after midday, meanwhile, while the final of the women’s luge is to come at around 13:30.

Japan beat Czechs on penalties in ice hockey

11:11 , Dan Austin

We’ve had an absolute thriller of an ice hockey match at the Wukesong Sports Centre this morning, and Japan’s women have taken the win over the Czech Republic after coming out on top in a penalty shootout.

The score was level at 2-2 after three periods of play, before Nana Fujimoto saved four Czech penalties to secure a third win from four matches for the Japanese.

They now lead the standings in Group B, two points ahead of the Czechs in second and four ahead of China in third.

Bosker in speed skating 1500m gold medal position after halfway mark

11:03 , Dan Austin

Over half of the pairs have raced in the men’s 1500m speed skating final now and the Netherland’s Marcel Bosker is still in the gold medal position with a time of 1:45:42.

Other skaters have been ahead of his time during their attempts but all have tailed away in the final stages, whereas Bosker paced himself early doors and unleashed a superb final burst of speed on the final lap.

There is no a brief pause while the ice is treated, before the final seven pairs race for the medals.

Dawson last in speed skating ranking after Covid chaos

10:59 , Dan Austin

The United States’ Casey Dawson has gone last after his attempt in the 1500m speed skating final, but the fact that he was able to compete at all is quite incredible.

He only landed in Beijing earlier this morning after chaos caused by contracting Covid-19 before he was originally due to depart for China. Dawson had to post four negative test results before being allowed to leave the US, and then had to travel via Paris in order to be able to compete.

A great effort in difficult circumstances.

Bosker stays top in speed skating standings

10:53 , Dan Austin

We’ve had two more pairs since Cornelius Kersten’s pair, but Marcel Bosker remains at the top of the standings thanks to a very strong finish in his run.

Haotian Wang and Alessio Trentini have just set a fast pace in the early part of their duel but tailed off towards the end owing to fatigue.

Kersten’s time is still holding up well and he remains fourth in the standings, with eight pairs left to race.

Kersten set to miss out on medal in men’s 1500m speed skating

10:45 , Dan Austin

Cornelius Kersten looks likely to miss out on a medal in the men’s 150m speed skating in Beijing.

The 27-year-old started in the inside lane and showed very strong early pace, but was beaten by Dutch rival Marcel Bosker to the finish line in the end.

Kersten is the first British competitor in this event since Albertville in 1992, and posted a team which has provisionally put him third in the standings, but will likely see him fall further down the order.

There are still 11 pairs left to skate, and with this being a seeded event, the times should continually improve as we progress through the running order.

Men’s 1500m speed skating final underway with British interest

10:38 , Dan Austin

Next up in Beijing is the final of the men’s 1500m speed skating event.

This competitions sees ten pairs of athletes race one another around the ice as they compete to set the fastest time. Canada’s Antoine Gelinas-Beaulieu was the fastest of the second pair to set off and has set the time to beat so far at 1:48:00.

Team GB’s Cornelius Kersten will race in the fourth pair in a just a few minutes’ time.

Japan and Czech Republic level in final ice hockey period

10:28 , Dan Austin

It’s all going on in the final period of the women’s ice hockey match between Japan and the Czech Republic at the Wukesong Sports Centre!

Japan had briefly re-taken the lead when the immensely impressive Haruka Toko, arguably the player of the tournament so far, scored once again, finding the net with the re-bound after her original shot had cannoned back off the post.

But Natalie Mlynkova’s replay means we’re back level at 2-2 with just a few minutes remaining. This has been an excellent match,

Kirsty Muir’s dream comes true at Winter Olympics after eclipsing idol in ‘insane’ Big Air

10:19 , Dan Austin

17-year-old Kirsty Muir ended up fifth in the Women’s Freeski Big Air final in Beijing earlier this morning, after taking a tumble as she tried to land her final trick.

China’s Eileen Gu took gold in the end but Muir was delighted with her performance despite missing out on a medal.

“It was an amazing competition and the level was just insane,” she said. “The energy of the crowd and the atmosphere was absolutely amazing. This was so different from anything else I’ve ever done, I was just so excited and I’m relieved everything went well. I’ve got so much time to come again, train and get better. It feels amazing to be competing against these girls because their level is so high and that’s inspiring. It’s a dream come true just to come to the Olympics, I’m super happy.”

Team GB curlers ‘gutted’ after missing out in bronze medal match

10:08 , Dan Austin

Curlers Bruce Mouat and Jennifer Dodds have gripped the nation but the Olympic spotlight was a bad place to be when they bombed out of their bronze medal match with Sweden.

“It’s nice to be on the TV so much back home but to be 9-1 down in a game like that isn’t exactly a fun situation to be in,” said Mouat. “It’s pretty raw.”

A sloppy second half proved Britain’s undoing in their 6-5 semi-final loss to Norway, but this time it was a horrific start that saw them 7-1 down after three ends.

You can read the full story here:

Team GB curlers ‘gutted’ after missing out in bronze medal match

Japan and Czech Republic level in ice hockey

09:58 , Dan Austin

Women’s ice hockey is taking place at the Wukesong Sports centre, with Japan taking on the Czech Republic in Group B in the preliminary round.

The score is currently tied at 1-1 in the second period, with Denisa Krizova levelling things up for the Czechs after Haruka Toko had opened the scoring.

These two sides led the standings going into this match.

Quentin Fillon Maillet takes biathlon gold!

09:44 , Dan Austin

30 athletes are still to finish in the biathlon but it is now confirmed that nobody can realistically catch those currently in the podium places, meaning Quentin Fillon Maillet is the Olympic champion!

He finished 14s ahead of Belarus’ Anton Smolski despite taking two minutes’ worth of penalties for misses at the shooting range, thanks to his simply stunning speed on the skis on his five tours of the 4km course.

Johannes Thingnes Boe’s third-place also seems secure, meaning he has a bronze to add to the gold he helped secure in the mixed relay event last Saturday.

Seppala misses at range, Fillon Maillet set for gold

09:38 , Dan Austin

The final biathlete to take to the course is Tero Seppala, and the early finishers have been unable to relax as the Finn posed a significant threat to their medal positions.

The 26-year-old, though, misses twice on his second visit to the range and it now seems impossible for him to make the podium.

Only the very fastest athletes are capable of atoning for misses with the rifle, and Quentin Fillon Maillet’s sheer speed means he is now pretty much guaranteed the gold. What a turnaround.

Smolski goes onto podium behind Fillon Maillet

09:34 , Dan Austin

And there it is! The unfancied Belarussian Anton Smolski has gone onto the podium, and is ahead of Johannes Thingnes Boe for second.

Smolski skiing was not especially quick but he shot cleanly and his position now just goes to show the power of hitting the targets at the range.

Fillon Maillet missed twice but displayed frankly incredible speed on the skis to counterract that.

Smolski in contention with short run left to go

09:32 , Dan Austin

Anton Smolski’s accuracy with the rifle has brought him right into contention here.

The 25-year-old is 12 seconds behind Quentin Fillon Maillet’s time with just over a kilometre left to go, and has a 20 second advantage over Johannes Thingnes Boe in second as things stands.

Gold is probably unrealistic at this stage but the Belarussian should put himself into at least the silver medal position.

Fillon Maillet crosses line after superb final ski

09:27 , Dan Austin

Having at one stage looked unlikely to even pick up a medal, Quentin Fillon Maillet has recovered from two missed targets at the shooting range with a sensational final lap of skiing and is 31.1 seconds faster than Johannes Thingnes Boe.

The Belarussian Anton Smolski has shot cleanly over all 20 targets and is on his final ski. He is not as fast a skier as Fillon Maillet, but his lack of penalties is bringing him into contention for gold.

Boe crosses finish line in men’s biathlon

09:23 , Dan Austin

Johannes Thingnes Boe has crossed the finish line in Zhangjiakou with a time of 49:18.5.

With Quentin Fillon Maillet’s 20 second advantage after the fourth shoot, that likely won’t be enough for the Norwegian to take gold.

Boe picking up pace as Fillon Maillet leads

09:21 , Dan Austin

Quentin Fillon Maillet currently leads after the final visit to the range for the leaders, but Johannes Thingnes Boe is decimating the Frenchman’s advantage and has cut the gap by nine seconds already.

The interval is still over 20 seconds, though, so it will be very tough for Boe to defend his title now.

Maxim Tsvetkov was performing excellently for the first few laps but has tired significantly on his final tour of the course and is out of contention.

Boe makes second big mistake at shooting range

09:11 , Dan Austin

Just as it was looking as though Johannes Thingnes Boe was becoming a contender for gold again, he misses a second target in his final visit to the range and costs himself a shot at defending his crown.

Leader Maxim Tsvetkov, who had shot cleanly for the first 19 targets of the day, misses on his final attempt and will have a minute of his own added to his time.

Boe missed two targets on his way to winning gold four years ago and it is not impossible he could do the same here, but it would take a monumental final lap of skiing and errors from rivals to make it happen now.

Huge miss from Fillon Maillet sees gold chances diminish

09:06 , Dan Austin

The World Cup leader Quentin Fillon Maillet’s quest for gold looks to be over after he missed a target in the second prone shoot and will now have at least two minutes added to his time at the end of his run.

It could be possible for athletes to medal with one miss, but coming back from a two minute deficit is unlikely.

Boe coming back into biathlon gold contention

09:03 , Dan Austin

A third stop at the shooting range proves fruitful for Johannes Thingnes Boe, who hits all five targets and is dragging himself back into contention for the gold with excellent speed on the skis.

The Frenchman Emilien Jacquelin is struggling now after a nightmare prone shoot, missing three targets. That will mean there minutes added to his overall time and renders a medal impossible.

Tsvetkov takes lead as Fillon Maillet misses

08:57 , Dan Austin

Quentin Fillon Maillet has missed a target on his second visit to the shooting range and will have a minute added to his overall time.

Having started first of all, the Russian Olympic Committee athlete Maxim Tsvetkov leads as things stand after setting a strong pace and shooting flawlessly so far.

Boe successful on second range visit

08:52 , Dan Austin

Johannes Thingnes Boe is at the range for a second shoot, this time from the standing position, and takes the pressure off a touch by nailing all five targets in quick succession.

No man has successfully defended the individual biathlon gold for 50 years, and Boe needs to maintain that flawless shooting performance in his next two attempts if he is to do so here.

Quentin Fillon Maillet still leads, with just over half of the athletes having set off. One of the favourites, Finland’s Tero Seppala, will be the last of the 92 skiers to get underway.

Fillon Maillet takes biathlon lead

08:47 , Dan Austin

An impeccable start to the biathlon has seen Quentin Fillon Maillet take the lead after the first visit to the shooting range.

The 29-year-old was precise with the rifle in the prone position, hitting all five targets, and now has a lead of roughly two seconds over Maxim Tsvetkov in second place.

Johannes Thingnes Boe is down in seventh with his extra minute added on.

Big blow for Boe at shooting range

08:42 , Dan Austin

Johannes Thingnes Boe arrives at the shooting range as the fastest man out their way but siuffers a big blow as he hits only four of the five targets cleanly.

Every time an athlete misses a shot in the individual biathlon, a whopping one minute is added to their time at the end of the race. 92 skiers are taking part, and the man with the quickest time at the end of it all will take gold.

Boe cannot realistically afford another miss during the four laps to come.

French contender underway in biathlon

08:39 , Dan Austin

Quentin Fillon Maillet, who currently leads the World Cup standings, has set off on his way around the circuit in Zhangjiakou.

The course is 4km long, meaning the athletes ski around it for five laps. During each lap, they will stop to shoot the rifle they are carrying at five targets at a firing range, alternating between standing and prone shoots.

Thingnes Boe going for big record in men’s biathlon

08:34 , Dan Austin

If Johanne Thingnes Boe can defend the title he won in Pyeongchang four years ago, he will become the first man to take consecutive golds in the men’s individual biathlon for 50 years.

Among the the rest of the field is his brother Tarjei Boe, who is a former world champion in this event.

92 skiers are taking part in this final.

Men’s biathlon final about begin

08:30 , Dan Austin

We’re just minutes away from another gold medal event, as the men’s individual biathlon 20km gets underway at the Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Centre.

Favourites include Johannes Thingnes Boe, whose stunning fightback on the anchor leg of the mixed relay gave Norway gold last weekend.

He will be competing for the crown against the likes of France’s Quentin Fillon Maillet and Emilien Jacquelin.

Shaun White preparing for final halfpipe appearance

08:18 , Dan Austin

Legendary United States snowboarder Shaun White has already announced that he will retire at the end of the Games in Beijing, bringing to an end a glorious career in which he has won three Olympic golds so far.

The 35-year-old California native has struggled with injuries in the latter stages of his career but is looking to go out with a bang when the event gets underway tomorrow at around 4:30am.

He has been posting updates as he undertakes training at the Genting Snow Park.

Teenage sensation Eileen Gu reacts to gold for China at Winter Olympics

07:51 , Jack Rathborn

“That was the best moment of my life. The happiest moment, day, whatever -- of my life. I just cannot believe what just happened,” Eileen Gu said after her win.

“Even if I didn’t land it, I felt it would send a message out to the world and hopefully encourage more girls to break their own boundaries.

“That was my biggest goal going into my last run. I reminded myself to have fun and enjoy the moment and that, no matter what, I was so grateful to even have this opportunity to even be here.”

Eileen Gu profile: California-born superstar freestyle skier wins gold for China

07:50 , Jack Rathborn

Earlier on today Eileen Gu, the American-turned-Chinese skiing sensation, elevated her growing status in the sport to take gold.

The 18-year-old won the women’s big air competition in dramatic fashion with her third run, adding a score of 94.5 with a 1620 and a perfect landing to her total score of 188.25 to become the event’s first champion in its debut at the Games.

Here’s Gu in profile after her sensational win:

Eileen Gu: The California-born skier aiming to win gold for China?

Jen Dodds reacts after Team GB miss out on curling bronze

07:41 , Jack Rathborn

“I don’t think either of them made a mistake - the only thing I can think of is that Oscar [Eriksson] made that run back at the end and that was it,” Jen Dodds says on BBC One.

“It’s hard to fight back when your opposition is playing that well. Congratulations to them for winning the bronze they played amazing today.

“We can feed back what the ice is like - its tendencies and things like that - it might be slightly different in a four-person game but I can’t see it being massively different.

The stones are going to be different for next week so our information there is irrelevant but we can give an assessment on the ice and each sheet - there is nuances that could help us.”

Bruce Mouat reacts after Team GB miss out on curling bronze

07:40 , Jack Rathborn

“It got off to a bad start and that punished us the most and we had to fight back from there,” Bruce Mouat tells BBC One.

“Almida [de Val] made a really good shot for four which fair play to her in such a game to make those shots I bet it’s a great feeling for her.

“We’re going to have to console ourselves because we’re got a big week with both of our teams. We’re both ready for that but, it’s a quick turnaround for tomorrow anyway.

“The biggest thing I will take away is that we are able to achieve great things when we come onto such a big stage like the Olympics.

“The fact we had to grind through the round-robin and we made it through to the play-offs is going to be a really proud achievement for me and Jen. And I’m really proud of how we dealt with yesterday and came into this morning.

“We were obviously disappointed last night but we felt we were in a good spot to win that bronze, so we’re just going to have to rebound as quickly as possible because both of us have really big weeks next week.”

07:25 , Jack Rathborn

Curling mixed doubles: Sweden beat Great Britain 9-3 to win bronze medal

07:18 , Jack Rathborn

De Val magic again, beautiful angle and the weight to cannon off one yellow, which knocks another out of the house.

Three yellows down to one, Sweden reducing the potential damage, amazing.

Dodds makes sure GB pick up two for some pride, but they shake!

Sweden emerge victorious, they take the bronze 9-3.

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Curling mixed doubles: Sweden 9-1 Great Britain - bronze medal match

07:14 , Jack Rathborn

Beautiful from De Val again, you could fit a piece of paper between the red stone moving at real pace and the stationary red it races past.

It cannons off the yellow to hand back the advantage to Sweden in this sixth.

Ooh, a rare error from the Swede, a glimmer of hope for GB, Mouat releases, looking for a third yellow in the house.

It’s slightly short on weight, but one stone left each, GB looking on for something here.

07:12 , Jack Rathborn

Curling mixed doubles: Sweden 9-1 Great Britain - bronze medal match

07:11 , Jack Rathborn

This could be the last end.

A hand shake is imminent... It’s been four ends without a point for GB.

De Val magic! She’s done it again first up in the sixth.

Curling mixed doubles: Sweden 9-1 Great Britain - bronze medal match

07:09 , Jack Rathborn

De Val can’t miss, what a performance from the Swede!

A bronze at the last world championships, they’re in prime position to replicate that achievement.

Dodds’ last stone is heavy and cannons off a red but leaves another in the house.

Mouat and Dodds let another slip away, 9-1 after five ends.

Curling mixed doubles: Sweden 8-1 Great Britain - bronze medal match

07:07 , Jack Rathborn

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Curling mixed doubles: Sweden 8-1 Great Britain - bronze medal match

07:02 , Jack Rathborn

It’s an uphill battle here, Mouat looking for a takeout in the fifth end.

He pushes the red back, it’s not exactly to plan, but GB well in this end.

Eriksson with a simple but effective stone to take out GB’s best-placed yellow stone.

The entrance to the house for GB is blocked partially by two yellows. This is tough!

Better, Mouat’s stone catches the red and opens up the house nicely with two stones left for each team. Sweden’s red closest still.

Curling mixed doubles: Sweden 8-1 Great Britain - bronze medal match

06:50 , Jack Rathborn

Sweden in fine form here and now Eriksson with a lovely shot to take command of this third end.

Real pressure now on GB, this one is getting away from them.

But that’s a superb response from Mouat, and with one stone left each this end is in the balance, imperative for GB to get one here and stop the bleeding.

Another point slips away, 8-1 to Sweden after four ends, GB need a miracle at the half-way stage.

Curling mixed doubles: Sweden 7-1 Great Britain - bronze medal match

06:38 , Jack Rathborn

Super shot from Mouat! It’s clipped the red and it sails through the gap and out.

Well played! Great Britain back in this end. De Val with another excellent shot, one more for GB...

A horrendous outcome there, Dodds overcooks it and this could be curtains, it’s 7-1 after three ends.

06:35 , Jack Rathborn

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Curling mixed doubles: Sweden v Great Britain - bronze medal match

06:33 , Jack Rathborn

Eriksson with a fine shot there to nestle two reds onto the Olympics logo.

GB in trouble here early on in the third end.

Curling mixed doubles: Sweden v Great Britain - bronze medal match

06:28 , Jack Rathborn

A big call here, do Sweden go for two? If it goes wrong they could hand GB one.

Their final stone... It’s superb! It knocks the yellow stone out and it’s turned out brilliantly for them.

They snatch the lead after two ends, Sweden up 4-1. Huge.

Curling mixed doubles: Sweden v Great Britain - bronze medal match

06:27 , Jack Rathborn

A powerful stone from Sweden knocks the blocking yellow out for GB.

But now the two reds are exposed.

Just one stone left each. Advantage Sweden here.

Curling mixed doubles: Sweden v Great Britain - bronze medal match

06:19 , Jack Rathborn

Great Britain first now in the second end...

Dodds releases, excellent weight. And a hard curl on their second stone crowds the Swede’s red one two to one, advantage GB here.

Oskar Eriksson and Almida De Val well in this end, it’s delicately balanced here with three stones left for the Swedes.

Curling mixed doubles: Sweden v Great Britain - bronze medal match

06:17 , Jack Rathborn

And Great Britain lead Sweden after one end.

A solid start from Mouat and Dodds and the nerves will settle.

Curling mixed doubles: Sweden v Great Britain - bronze medal match

06:16 , Jack Rathborn

Bruce Mouat with some smart work early on here in the opening end.

Now the pressure switches to Oskar Eriksson, who will look to clip the British pair’s yellow stone out.

Curling mixed doubles: Sweden v Great Britain - bronze medal match

06:11 , Jack Rathborn

And we’re underway in the bronze medal match, Great Britain have been excellent all week, can they cap it off with a medal?

Canadian media question whether Chinese skater deliberately took out fellow competitor at Olympics

06:08 , Namita Singh

In the latest controversy to hit the Beijing Winter Olympics, questions are being raised about alleged foul play by a Chinese skater during a race on Monday.

Chinese skater Fan Kexin is being accused of flicking a marker placed on the ice rink into the skates of Canadian competitor Alyson Charles during the chaotic quarterfinal of the women’s 500-metre race.

More details in this report by Shweta Sharma.

Canadian media question whether Chinese skater deliberately took out competitor

‘I was just elated,’ says Chen after record-breaking performance

06:01 , Namita Singh

Nathan Chen, who shattered the world record during his short programme at the Beijing Olympics, said he was “just elated”.

“At the last Olympics, both of the short programmes didn’t go the way I wanted. To finally get an opportunity to skate the programmes I wanted feels really good,” he said.

Now, all that’s left is a strong free skate Thursday for the charismatic Chen to become an Olympic champion. “Every opportunity I get at competitions I should be grateful for,” he said, “and especially the Olympics.”

Nathan Chen sets world record in men’s short programme

05:51 , Namita Singh

Skating for the second time this Olympic Games to Charles Aznavour’s La Bohème, Nathan Chen did a quad flip, triple axel, a quad Lutz and triple toe combination setting a world record in the men’s short programme as he earned 113.97.

He progressed to free skating along with 23 other skaters as he topped the chart. Chen was followed by Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama who came in second spot with 108.12 points, also his personal best.

Two-time Olympic champion Hanya Yuzuru is in eighth spot with 95.15 points.

05:34 , Namita Singh

Eileen Gu: Who is the California-born superstar freestyle skier aiming to win three gold for China?

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Eileen Gu: The California-born skier aiming to win gold for China?

Mayer wins gold in super G alpine skiing

05:06 , Namita Singh

Austria’s Matthias Mayer successfully defended his super-G Olympic title as he completed the race in 1 minute 19.94 seconds. He was closely followed by Team USA’s Ryan Cochran-Seigle who was trailing behind by 0.04 seconds, landing the second spot on the podium.

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway took bronze.

04:58 , Namita Singh

San Francisco-born Eileen Gu secured her first gold medal for China on Tuesday in dramatic fashion, landing a first 1620 on her final jump in women’s freestyle big air event.

Arpan Rai reporting the details:

Eileen Gu takes gold with dramatic final run in Beijing

Uno Shoma leading the figure skating short programme

04:50 , Namita Singh

Uno Shoma of Japan bettered his personal best as he earned 105.90 points in the figure skating short programme to top the leaderboard.

Meanwhile, two-time defending champion Hanyu Yuzuru earned a 95.15, thanks to his quad toe, triple toe and triple axel.

Shoma Uno of Team Japan skates during the Men Single Skating Short Program on day four (Getty Images)
Shoma Uno of Team Japan skates during the Men Single Skating Short Program on day four (Getty Images)

Ski jumpers disqualified over too-big suits

04:32 , Namita Singh

The International Ski Federation says five jumpers were disqualified from the mixed team competition at the Beijing Olympics because their jumpsuits were too big and offered an aerodynamic advantage.

FIS says no one filed an official protest after the jumpsuits were inspected during the competition.

German silver medalist Katharina Althaus and Japanese star Sara Takanashi were among the five women whose suits violated rules in the Olympic debut of an event that featured two women and two men on each team.

FIS says the suits that violated rules were produced exclusively for the Olympics and were not tested in advance, an opportunity that just a few nations took advantage of before arriving in Beijing.

Norway had two jumpers, Silje Opseth and Anna Odine Stroem, with jumpsuits that didn’t pass inspection. Austria’s Daniela Iraschko Stolz was also disqualified.

Silje Opseth of Team Norway jumps during Mixed Team Ski Jumping final round (Getty Images)
Silje Opseth of Team Norway jumps during Mixed Team Ski Jumping final round (Getty Images)

Donovan Carrilo: First Mexican figure skater in 30 years qualifies for free skate

04:15 , Namita Singh

Mexico’s flag-bearer during the Opening Ceremony and his country’s first Olympic figure skater in 30 years, Donovan Carrilo, 22, has qualified for the free skate after a solid short programme.

One of four athletes representing Mexico at the Winter Olympics, he said he is very “grateful”.

“Being the first Mexican after 30 years to have the opportunity to represent my country in the Olympic Games is something for which I am very grateful and motivated. I hope that during my journey in these Games more boys and girls from my country are inspired and find my story as a motivation.”

Mexico's Donovan Carrillo competes in the men's single skating short program of the figure skating event during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games (AFP via Getty Images)
Mexico's Donovan Carrillo competes in the men's single skating short program of the figure skating event during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games (AFP via Getty Images)

Mayer in the lead for super G alpine skiing

03:55 , Namita Singh

Defending champion Matthias Mayer of Austria has taken a lead in the medal event of the alpine skiing. He was nearly displaced by Team USA’s Ryan Cochran-Siegle, who is trailing him by just 0.04 seconds.

Matthias Mayer of Team Austria reacts following his run during the Men's Super-G (Getty Images)
Matthias Mayer of Team Austria reacts following his run during the Men's Super-G (Getty Images)

Eileen Gu takes gold for China

03:17 , Namita Singh

It’s gold for Gu. The skier bounced back in the third run, outdoing France’s Tess Ledeux best two-run score of 187.50, as Gu earned a total score of 188.25 points.

The competition was initially thought of as a run between Gu and Switzerland’s Mathilde Gremaud for the second spot. However, the results became clear after Gu delivered a stunning performance earning herself 94.50 points while the others failed to repeat their previous runs.

Ledeux won silver, while bronze went to Gremaud of Switzerland.

Ailing Eileen Gu of Team China reacts during the Women's Freestyle Skiing Freeski Big Air Final (Getty Images)
Ailing Eileen Gu of Team China reacts during the Women's Freestyle Skiing Freeski Big Air Final (Getty Images)

Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu set to take the stage in figure skating

03:03 , Namita Singh

Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu is set to take the stage in the women’s short program figure skating event that is currently underway. The two-time Olympic champion and two-time world champion has broken 19 scoring records and is among the favourites once again in Beijing.

Yuzuru Hanyu of Team Japan looks on during a practice session for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games (Getty Images)
Yuzuru Hanyu of Team Japan looks on during a practice session for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games (Getty Images)

France’s Tess Ledeux on top

02:46 , Namita Singh

As the second run ends, Tess Ledeux of France maintains her lead as she earns the best total score of 187.50. While Switzerland’s Mathilde Gremaud outdid her French counterpart in the second run earning 93.25 points, she is currently trailing behind Ledeux by five points in total. Gu is a close third, with a score of 182.25.

Tess Ledeux of Team France reacts during the Women's Freestyle Skiing Freeski Big Air Final (Getty Images)
Tess Ledeux of Team France reacts during the Women's Freestyle Skiing Freeski Big Air Final (Getty Images)

Big Air final: How does it work?

02:38 , Namita Singh

How does it work? All the skiers get three runs in the game. They must do at least two different tricks on their runs.The best two scores from runs in which different tricks were performed will count for their total. Our current leader is Tess Ledeux of France, who put down a brilliant 1620 in her first attempt to earn 94.50 points.

Tess Ledeux of Team France on a practice run ahead of the Women's Freestyle Skiing Freeski Big Air Final (Getty Images)
Tess Ledeux of Team France on a practice run ahead of the Women's Freestyle Skiing Freeski Big Air Final (Getty Images)

Eileen Gu aims for gold!

02:34 , Namita Singh

China’s Eileen Gu, a big home favourite in the women’s freeski big air final, currently stands at a score of 93.75 trailing behind France’s Tess Ledeux, who outscored her earning the top spot at the end of the first run with 94.50 points.

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Olympic snowboarder’s dad gives hilarious expletive-filled interview after her gold medal win: ‘F***ing crazy’

02:15 , Graeme Massie

The father of an Olympic snowboarder set social media alight with his curse-filled reaction to her gold medal win.

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott made history over the weekend as she secured New Zealand’s first-ever gold medal at the Winter Olympics in the women’s slopestyle event in Beijing.

Her father, Sean Synnott, couldn’t contain his excitement when approached by a reporter immediately after the 20-year-old’s victory.

Olympic snowboarder’s dad gives hilarious curse-filled interview after gold medal win

Ten medals to be won in Tuesday’s events in Beijing

02:02 , Graeme Massie

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Medal events on Tuesday in Beijing.

Alpine Skiing

Men’s super G.

Biathlon

Men’s 20km individual

Cross-country skiing

Women’s sprint freestyle quarter-finals, semi-finals, final; Men’s sprint freestyle quarter-finals, semi-finals, final

Curling

Mixed doubles bronze medal game; Mixed doubles gold medal game

Freestyle skiing

Women’s freeski big air final

Luge

Women’s singles run 4

Snowboard

Women’s parallel giant slalom 1/8 finals, quarter-finals, semi-finals, small final, big final; Men’s parallel giant slalom 1/8 finals, quarter-finals, semi-finals, small final, big final

Speed skating

Men’s 1500m

Big Air freeskier goes back up slope after dropping wallet

01:49 , Graeme Massie

An Olympic Big Air freeskier had to go back up the slope after an acrobatic jump to collect his wallet after it flew out of his pocket..

The skier, Kim Gubser of Switzerland, launched himself backwards off the ramp and spun multiple times as he flew through the air before landing.

More details below.

Winter Olympics skier goes back up slope after dropping wallet