Winter Olympics round-up: Lindsay Vonn ‘thankful’ for bronze medal, Marit Bjoergen makes history

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Lindsay Vonn said her bronze medal in the women’s downhill felt like gold. (AFP)
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Sarah Murray is said to be proud to have coached the combined North and South Korean women’s ice hockey squad. (AFP)
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Norway’s Marit Bjoergen became the most successful athlete in Winter Olympic history after a bronze in cross-country skiing. (AFP)
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Germany advanced to face Canada in the semifinals in a shock result over Sweden. (AFP)
Updated 21 February 2018

Winter Olympics round-up: Lindsay Vonn ‘thankful’ for bronze medal, Marit Bjoergen makes history

DOWNHILL SKIING: Lindsay Vonn said her bronze medal in the women’s downhill felt like gold as the American ace signed off from the event with a podium finish. Italy’s Sofia Goggia took the gold, with Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel taking the silver. But much of the attention was on Vonn as she said it was her last Olympic downhill race. “It’s been a fun ride,” Vonn said. “It’s sad. It’s my last downhill. I wish I could keep going. I’m not beaten — I won the bronze medal but I feel like I’ve won the gold medal,” added Vonn, 33, who also won a bronze medal in the super-G at the 2010 Winter Games and now becomes the third American Alpine skier to win three Olympic medals. “I’m so thankful to be here and to be on an Olympic podium with the next generation of my sport.”

ICE HOCKEY: Sarah Murray is proud to have coached the combined North and South Korean women’s ice hockey squad in Pyeongchang but is unsure whether the unified team will ever take the ice again. Murray had to reshape her squad just weeks before the Games after the two Koreas agreed to field a combined team, taking 12 players from the North and incorporating them into the South’s 23-player roster. “This situation that we were in was out of our control and we did a great job in the situation,” Murray said of the team that lost all five of its matches but won the hearts of many. “So it is hard to comment on the combined team, because in this situation it worked, but it was out of our control, so I can’t really comment on the future at this time.”

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Norway’s Marit Bjoergen became the most successful athlete in Winter Olympic history as she took bronze behind a stunning win for the US in cross-country skiing’s women’s team sprint free. Bjoergen’s bronze with Maiken Caspersen Falla put her on 14 Olympic medals, outstripping fellow Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who has 13 in biathlon. “It’s hard to understand, actually,” Bjoergen said. “I think I’ll need to have time to myself and look behind me and look how I’ve been able to do this. It’s still hard to understand it when I’m standing here.” Bjoergen, 37, is also the second most successful woman at either the summer or winter Games, trailing only Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina with 18 medals. Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins edged Sweden by 0.19sec to win the first Olympic cross-country title for the US.

ICE HOCKEY: Patrick Reimer scored in overtime and Danny aus den Birken made 31 saves to put Germany into the Olympic semifinals with a stunning 4-3 upset of top-seeded Sweden in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night. Germany advanced to face Canada in the semifinals and have a chance to win their first Olympic medal since 1976 in Innsbruck — when it was West Germany. By pulling off the biggest surprise of the tournament, Germany improved to 2-14 all-time against Sweden at the Olympics and world championships. Aus den Birken was a star, facing 34 shots and keeping Germany in the game when the shots were lopsided in Sweden's favor. Christian Ehrhoff, Marcel Noebels and Dominik Kahun scored in regulation for Germany, who went up 2-0 and 3-1 before Sweden fought back.
Projected No. 1 NHL draft pick Rasmus Dahlin assisted on Anton Lander's goal and gave the puck away on the play that led to Kahun's score. Patrik Hersley and Mikael Wikstrand scored and Viktor Fasth allowed four goals on 25 shots for Sweden.


Saudi bowlers off to QubicaAMF World Cup

Updated 18 November 2019

Saudi bowlers off to QubicaAMF World Cup

  • First woman from the Kingdom to compete in the championship in Indonesia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is sending its first woman to compete in the 55th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup that begins in Indonesia.

Mashael Alabdulwahid will join her male teammate Abdulrahman Al-Khilaiwi, under the supervision of coach, Mario Joseph, to take part in the contest in Palembang.

Both players underwent training at a camp in Riyadh to prepare for the event. The training program included participating in the Asian Championship in Kuwait for Abdulrahman, and participating in the GCC 6th women’s bowling tournament for Mashael.

The men’s competition started Sunday at 9 p.m.

The women’s competition will begin at 3 p.m. today, where Mashael will take part in six rounds. The competition will run until Nov. 24.

HIGHLIGHT

  • Mashael Alabdulwahid will join her male teammate Abdulrahman Al-Khilaiwi, under the supervision of coach, Mario Joseph, to take part in the contest in Palembang.
  • Both players underwent training at a camp in Riyadh to prepare for the event. The training program included participating at the Asian Championship in Kuwait for Abdulrahman, and participating at the GCC 6th women’s bowling tournament for Mashael.

The competition continues on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and after completing 24 rounds, the top 24 players will be selected to compete for the top eight positions by playing eight runs on Friday. On Saturday, the best four female players and four male players will be chosen to compete in the finals.

Abdulrahman said that he is looking forward to the world cup. “This year there is a new advantage and that is having teammate Mashael joining me for the first time. I’m proud of her! It’s a big thing for Saudi women and for us in the team because this world exposure will help them to learn and give them an incentive to develop their skills,” he said.

The 20-year-old player has been bowling for the past 10 years. Despite his young age, thanks to his perseverance and sense of discipline he managed to win many victories, but the most distinguished were those in 2018. He delivered the bronze medal at the World Cup in Detroit, and two bronzes at the Asian Bowling Championship in the Philippines in the same year, and a gold medal for the trio event at the Arab Bowling Championship in Oman.

Mashael, 32, was only able to play officially last year in February 2018 when the Saudi Bowling Federation (SBF) received the decree to allow women to play in sports. However, she has been playing for fun since early childhood when she used to travel to Egypt with her family and where she managed to learn from the professionals and get hooked on the game. Mashael was chosen to take part in the Egypt Arab Championship and World Bowling Women’s Championship in Las Vegas in August 2018.

Mashael said: “Playing for fun is definitely enjoyable but when you wear your country’s flag that’s a huge responsibility put on your shoulder. You become an ambassador and a role model and when I’m put in that situation, I definitely want to give my all to be fit for that honor, and give the best image worthy of our beloved country.”

The bowlers expressed their gratitude to the Saudi Bowling Federation and its president Bader bin Abdullah Al-Alsheikh for his support and for creating opportunities for them so that they can progress, enrich their experiences and win awards and achievements.