5 stand-out moments from the Beijing Winter Olympics
A look back at the action in Beijing
A Russian figure skater threatened to dazzle before a shocking truth emerged, a Rocket Man also ruled the ice, and a final-day surge ensured the last weekend was all about Eve.
Here we pick out five highlights from the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Fifteen-year-old Kamila Valieva dazzled on her debut on Olympic ice, threatening to eclipse her own world record in the short program. Many were already calling her the greatest ever – before a positive dope test that evolved into one of the biggest scandals in Olympic history.
Four years ago in Pyeongchang, Nathan Chen blew his chance of gold with a series of falls in his short program.
At the Beijing Winter Olympics, as his great rival Yuzuru Hanyu faltered, Chen brought the house down with a glorious skate to Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ – taking gold and receiving a tribute from Elton himself into the bargain.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 21, 2022
Muir the merrier
Amid a wholly forgettable Games for Great Britain – curling apart – 17-year-old Scot Kirsty Muir shone out, securing a brilliant fifth place in the ski Big Air and another top 10 finish later in the slopestyle. Muir will head back for her Highers having inspired a new generation of freestyle stars.
All about Eve
Twenty years after Rhona Martin delivered her famous ‘Stone of Destiny’, curling finally came home as Eve Muirhead staged a great escape against Sweden in the semi-finals then thumped Japan in the final to earn Olympic gold at the fourth time of asking.
A silver for Bruce Mouat’s men helped put the sport firmly back on the map.
Known for her mistake on the final jump that cost her gold in Turin in 2006, Jacobellis, now 36, spectacularly exorcised those demons by storming to an unexpected and long-awaited gold in the women’s snowboard-cross at the Beijing Winter Olympics.
She later teamed up with Nick Baumgartner to also win gold in the team event.