SPORTS DAY: A nip in the air on the Olympic skating rink
Your roundup of the latest sporting news
‘Worst nightmare’ after dress mishap
Tearful French figure skater Gabriella Papadakis called it her “worst nightmare” after she suffered an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction on Monday in the Olympic ice dance competition. A heavy title favourite along with partner Guillaume Cizeron, Papadakis’s dress slipped during their routine in Pyeongchang but the French pair demonstrated remarkable composure and were in second place behind Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. The mishap happened early on when Cizeron inadvertently unclipped the back of her green costume; her halter-top, complete with tassles and spangles, edged sideways to briefly expose her left breast. The duo were still able to finish their short dance as Papadakis tried to keep her chest covered, but she left the ice in tears. Compounding her embarrassment, the incident was replayed in slow motion on screens at the arena. “It was pretty distracting, my worst nightmare at the Olympics,” Papadakis said after drying her eyes.
Frenchman kicked out for lack of team spirit
French Alpine skier Mathieu Faivre, the boyfriend of Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin, has been sent home from the Games after saying he did not care about medals won by his team mates and was only concerned with his own success. The French Alpine team confirmed on Monday that Faivre had been kicked out of the Games for the comments he made to reporters after finishing seventh in the men’s giant slalom on Sunday. Faivre, who won a gold in the team event at last year’s world championships, apologised later for his outburst on Facebook.
Televised gay kiss lights up Olympics
Gay freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy said it was a moment that he “never dreamed” possible as a child after he was filmed kissing his partner on live television at the Olympics. It has been hailed by some as a landmark moment in Games history and the footage went viral on social media. The 26-year-old American finished 12th in the slopestyle on Sunday but still found himself making headlines after kissing his boyfriend at the bottom of the slope while the TV cameras were on him. Thrust into the global spotlight, Kenworthy tweeted on Monday alongside a still image of the now-famous kiss: “Didn’t realise this moment was being filmed yesterday but I’m so happy that it was. My childhood self would never have dreamed of seeing a gay kiss on TV at the Olympics but for the first time ever a kid watching at home CAN! Love is love.”
‘Russian Olympic doping case is provocation’
Russia’s curling federation chief said on Monday the doping case involving a Russian curler at the Winter Olympics was a “provocation” and a “subversive act”. Alexander Krushelnitsky, who won bronze in the mixed doubles curling with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova, has tested positive for a substance believed to be meldonium, which increases endurance and helps recovery. “I’m confident it’s a provocation, a subversive act,” curling federation president Dmitry Svishchev told Russia’s 360TV channel. He added that curling, a game of skill and not power, is the kind of sport where doping is pointless.
World record highlights US indoor champs
Christian Coleman made sure the world record was his this time. After being denied ratification last month for the fastest ever 60m when he clocked 6.37 seconds in a race that did not use electronic starting blocks, the world outdoor silver medallist ran even faster on Sunday. Turning on the afterburners following his trademark fast start, Coleman breezed home in 6.34 seconds at the US indoor track and field championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, wiping out Maurice Greene’s 20-year-old 6.39 record. Coleman will lead a talented US team to next month’s world indoor championships. “I just love racing in the big races, when everybody’s watching,” Coleman said. “I just flourish in those moments. It’s not really in my personality, but when the lights are on, it just comes out.”
Red Bull launch new F1 car with temporary livery
Red Bull became the first of Formula One’s top three teams to lift the covers off their new-look car on Monday, a week before pre-season testing starts in Spain, but kept some secrets under wraps. The four-times world champions, third overall last year after winning three of the 20 races, are hoping to be back in the championship mix for the first time since Mercedes began to dominate in 2014. Images of the RB14 car were revealed online, with a temporary blue and black livery and branding for new title sponsor Aston Martin prominent.TENNIS
Anderson moves up to No 9
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson moved to a career ranking of No 9 after winning the ATP New York event against old adversary Sam Querrey on Sunday. In the open era the only other South Africans to have been ranked higher are Johan Kriek (No 7)‚ Kevin Curran (No 5) and Wayne Ferreira (No 6). Anderson himself reached the top 10 for a week in 2015‚ but this victory underlines his massive improvement in the past six months.
Ten detained in match-fixing raids
At least 10 people were detained on Monday as part of a police operation against match-fixing in Spain’s third and fourth tier, police sources said. The investigation is led by a court in Zafra in the autonomous community of Extremadura, and the National Police’s Specialised and Violent Crime unit. However, sources say that arrests have been carried out across the country. “There’s 10 who have been detained and more are expected,” a source who asked to remain anonymous said. “They were rigging matches for the Chinese betting market.”