ROK was leading Japan 5-2 in women's curling, but Japan just scored two points in the 5th to make the score 5-4. I just started watching it on a free temp. use of Peacock. SBS Sports is showing LIVE women's hockey (USA vs. Finland) ... obviously, there must be some other Korean channel showing the curling LIVE. Japan just botched its last throw, giving Korea and easy two points with its last rock in the 6th, now has a 7-4 lead. Peacock access just expired ... and maybe this match, too.
The Garlic Girls got their groove back with 3 stolen ends, winning 10-5. Japan conceded after 9 ends.
During the match, the world feed announcer was duly impressed with Team Kim's steam-rolling performance: "How is this team just 2 and 3?"
During one hopeless moment for Japan late in the 8th end with no stones on the target, the announcer translated the conversation between two Japanese players: "What do we do now?" "I don't know...got any ideas?"
Korea is now 3-3, Japan falls to 4-2. Top four teams in the round-robin make it to the medal round.
She might win medal(s), but will she keep them? I read somewhere that there was a concerted effort that might take 'months' to challenge her results, current and upcoming. I guess they would rather make the mistake of letting a dirty athlete compete and correct it later than ban a "clean" athlete only to learn of their mistake when it's too late.
Of course, they didn't strip many Russians of medals when they learned of the country-wide doping at Sochi, or we'd be talking about two-time gold medalist Yuna Kim right now...
I recall back in the 80s when they were doing those record parental warning hearings in Congress, and John Denver testified against it. Frank Zappa later said, 'If even John Denver comes out against you, you know you have your head up your a*$'.
Today Queen Yuna Kim descended briefly from Mt Olympus and dropped a bomb on the Russian Olympic Committee and their dirty tactics. Having said her piece, she returned to the clouds.
The Garlic Girls are hanging on by the skin of their teeth. They are going to need a Jin Young Kovian effort to get into the final four. When they've been good this Olympics, they've been fantastic. They have to remember that and reach for their best these next few games. HWAITING!!!
I watched the short program early this AM for the last six women skaters.
Valieva's reaction after a performance that put her into 1st place ... the latest story is that Grandpa's medicine "contaminated" her.
The other big story is Japan's Kaori Sakamoto, who put a dent in the presumed ROC monopoly by crashing into 3rd place ... she's like a truck with no brakes.
America's "other" Chen assumed the position.
Based upon pictures I queried, it appears that Zhu Yi was upright during her performance for a change ... but couldn't crack the top-25, so she won't skate the long program ... that'll give her more time to learn Chinese.
During the opening ceremony, a woman on stage appeared to be wearing a traditional Korean hanbok dress, which South Koreans have long been irked about, deeming China to be passing off South Korean culture as its own. On the following day, South Korea's ruling Democratic Party released a statement criticizing China and demanding it stops "stealing" its "culture." South Korean people also expressed their outrage online. "I'm mad that they've introduced a person wearing hanbok on an international Olympic stage as a Chinese person! I'm mad that they are introducing Korean culture as Chinese to the world," one wrote on Twitter.
The Chinese Embassy in Seoul said on Wednesday that China is composed of 56 ethnic groups, and it is "not only their wish but also their right" to wear ethnic clothes during the Games. "The Korean ethnic group in China and the North and South of the Korean Peninsula are of the same origin and share a common traditional culture, including clothing," the embassy said.
"The so-called 'cultural project' and 'cultural appropriation' are completely untenable."
Down by one in the final end, the Garlic Girls had their backs against the wall in their penultimate round-robin game against Denmark. Team Kim had the hammer and it came down to the last stone to keep their medal dreams alive. Two points! And Korea wins by one!
At the moment, the Garlic Girls are tied for fifth in the standings (top four make the medal round) with their final round-robin game against Sweden tonight.
Choi Min Jeong had collected two silvers en route to the final event of the Games in her sport, the 1500 m. She was the defending champion, and threw down the gauntlet with an Olympic record in the semis. But she would be facing Suzanne Schulting, who had twice touched her out this Games.
Not this time. With a couple of laps to go, Choi made her move, grabbing a slim but decisive lead that she held onto until the end. Ariana Fontana, the other woman who had won an individual event this Games, got silver, with Schulting getting bronze.
The men finished the Games with the 5000 m relay. It was a good battle, but in the end, the Canadians outraced Korea, who got silver. That's better than the last few games, where they amazingly got no medal at all in this event.
For you insomniacs, the link above is showing LIVE women's curling, Japan vs. Team Swiss Miss. Japan had the last rock in the 4th for an easy point, but completely missed everything and lost the point ... they trail 3-2 in the 5th. Japan has five wins and three losses ... a win definitely sends them to the medal rounds. If they lose, some tie-breakers may come into play to determine their fate. I'm no expert, but it looked like Japan threw another lousy one in the 5th and now trail 5-2 in the 6th.
I don't know what the Swiss are speaking ... Wikipedia says Romansh is one of the four official languages there ... have no clue what that sounds like.
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 17: Alina Paetz of Team Switzerland looks on against Team Japan during the Women’s Curling Round Robin Session on Day 13 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at National Aquatics Centre on February 17, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)