China’s Olympics: Day 1 review, Day 2 preview

Despite starting the second day of the figure skating team event in bronze medal position, a disastrous ice dance by Huang Xintong and Zheng Xun in the team competition saw China ranked last out of the ten teams, gaining just a single point. Zhang Kexin didn’t do much better in the ladies short program, ranking 7th and earning four points, meaning that China finished qualification in 7th overall and missed out on a place in the final by three points.

There was better news in ladies moguls where a strong run by Ning Qin in the second round of qualification saw her win a place in the final. The 22-year-old finished in 18th position overall, making her Canadian coach “extremely happy”, according to his pre-race hopes last week. Canadian sisters Justine (19) and Chloe (22) Dufour-Lapointe won gold and silver, while a third sister Maxine (24) was 12th.

Li Hongxue finished 50th out of 61 competitors in the ladies skiathlon cross-country event, while Ren Long beat a Spaniard by a fraction of a second to come 83rd out of 87 racers in the men’s biathlon sprint 10 km. Norway won both events. Elsewhere the Dutch swept the medals in the men’s 5,000m speed skating, while American Sage Kotsenburg won the men’s slopestyle final.

Day 2 preview

Not a whole basket of hope for China in Day 2 either, where Xu Wenlong will compete in the men’s biathlon and four Chinese women will race in the biathlon 7.5 km sprint, but things will get better on Monday when short track starts.

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