Recap: Olympic Winter sports today

Martins Dukurs and Antoinette de Jong were just some of the stars competing today (Friday 7 January) as the Winter World Cup season continued across the globe. Relive all the action live on Olympics.com as the build-up to the Olympic Winter Games gathers pace. Beijing 2022 starts on 4 February 2022.

By William Imbo
Picture by 2022 Getty Images

Martins Dukurs and Antoinette de Jong were in action this Friday (7 January) as the busy winter season continued with competitions in skeleton, biathlon, snowboard, Nordic combined and freestyle skiing.

Read on for the latest news and results from each competition as athletes continued with their quest to qualify for Beijing 2022.

IBSF Skeleton World Cup: Martins Dukurs earns 60th race win; Kimberley Bos on verge of maiden World Cup title

The penultimate event of the 2021/22 IBSF Skeleton World Cup is underway in Winterberg, Germany, with competition in the men's discipline.

Sochi 2014 gold medallist Alexander Tretiakov currently leads from six-time world champion Martins Dukurs after the first heat with a top time of 57.30.

Christopher Grotheer, who currently sits in first place in the overall standings with 1195 points, is in 10th.

But hang on! There's some drama here as the German team have protested, claiming the track hasn't been swept according to regulations, and the IBSF have confirmed that Heat 1 has been cancelled due to non-compliance with the sweeping protocol!

READ MORE: Top things to know about the 2021/2022 ISBF Skeleton World Cup

The competition has now resorted to a one-heat race, and Dukurs has taken advantage of the restructured format to claim his 60th World Cup race win with a time of 56.36! Tretiakov, who was leading prior to the protest, slips to third, with Axel Jungk climbing into second.

IBSF World Cup Winterberg 2 results

  1. Martins Dukurs (LAT): 56.36
  2. Axel Jungk (GER): 56.37
  3. Alexander Tretiakov (RUS): 56.41

World Cup standings

  1. Martins Dukurs (LAT): 1398 points
  2. Axel Jungk (GER): 1359 points
  3. Christopher Grotheer (GER): 1347 points

The first heat of the women's competition has just started, and World Cup leader Kimberley Bos is currently in first place with a time of 57.88 midway through the first heat.

In fact, Bos' run is still the time to beat as we get set for the second heat in the women's competition; Jacqueline Loelling and Yulia Kanakina complete the top three as it stands.

And the Dutchwoman holds on to win the race! Bos' second heat time of 58.16 was only the ninth-fastest of the heat, but her blistering first run (57.88) was enough to secure her a second World Cup win of the season. With only one race left in the season, Bos appears to be on course for her first World Cup title.

IBSF World Cup Winterberg 2 results

  1. Kimberley Bos (NED): 1:56.04
  2. Jacqueline Loelling (GER): +0.24
  3. Elena Nikitina (RUS): +0.43

World Cup standings

  1. Kimberley Bos (NED): 1390 points
  2. Elena Nikitina (RUS): 1322 points
  3. Tina Hermann (GER): 1292 points

IBU Biathlon World Cup: Alexandr Loginov & Marte Olsbu Røiseland claim dramatic sprint wins

The fifth stage of the 2021–22 Biathlon World Cup takes place this weekend in Oberhof, Germany, with competition in the sprint, pursuit, mixed relay and team relay events.

In the first race of the day, four-time world champion Sturla Holm Lægreid looked to have earned another World Cup race win in the men's 10km sprint before some sublime shooting from Émilien Jacquelin saw the Norwegian drop into second.

But there was more drama to come, as Alexandr Loginov turned on the afterburners to steal victory with a winning time of 27:00.8!

IBU Biathlon World Cup Oberhof men's 10km sprint results

  1. Alexandr Loginov (RUS): 27:00.8
  2. Émilien Jacquelin (FRA): +6.5
  3. Sturla Holm Lægreid (NOR): +15.1

World Cup overall standings

  1. Émilien Jacquelin (FRA): 425 points
  2. Quentin Fillon Maillet (FRA): 401 points
  3. Vetle Sjåstad Christiansen (NOR): 372 points

READ MORE: Olympic biathlon at Beijing 2022: Top five things to know

The women's 7.5km sprint was equally exciting, with Hanna Sola and Julia Simon sharing second place after both athletes finished the race with the same time (23:37.2).

However, the day belonged to Marte Olsbu Røiseland; the 11-time world champion and double Olympic silver medallist extended her lead at the top of the overall World Cup standings after finishing first in a time of 23:30.1.

IBU Biathlon World Cup Oberhof women's 7.5km sprint results

  1. Marte Olsbu Røiseland (NOR): 23:30.1
  2. Hanna Sola (BLR): +7.1/ Julia Simon (FRA): +7.1

World Cup overall standings

  1. Marte Olsbu Røiseland (NOR): 477 points
  2. Elvira Öberg (SWE): 413 points
  3. Hanna Sola (BLR): 374 points

FIS Nordic combined World Cup: Norway win historic mixed team event

Norway have made history in Val di Fiemme, Italy after becoming the first team to win the inaugural Nordic combined World Cup mixed team event!

The event saw two women and two men per national team each complete one jump on the normal hill, before moving on to a cross-country relay race over 15 kilometres (the women's pair completed a single 2.5km loop, while each man skied two 2.5km laps).

The Norwegian quartet of Jens Lurås Oftebro, Mari Leinan Lund, Gyda Westvold Hansenand double Olympic gold medallist Jørgen Nyland Gråbaktook the victory 10.5 sec ahead of Team Austria, while Germany placed third (+23.9 sec).

Snowboard: Shaun White cleared to compete at U.S. Grand Prix

Three-time Olympic snowboard champion Shaun White has shared that he tested positive for Covid but is able to take part in the final qualifying event for Beijing 2022 this weekend.

The American told Olympics.com in an interview on Thursday (6 January) that he had experienced symptoms of the virus but was now recovering.

White revealed that the positive result came after competing in the Dew Tour event which finished on 19 December 2021, but that he was now cleared to compete at the U.S. Grand Prix Mammoth Mountain event, with snowboard halfpipe qualifiers starting on Friday (7 January).

READ MORE: Shaun White reveals he tested positive for Covid, can compete at U.S. qualifiers

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