Australian speed-skater Brendan Corey ended up committing the reverse Bradbury – while trying to repeat Steven’s feat from 20 years earlier.
Corey crashed out of the 1000m short-track speedskating quarter-finals on Monday night in Beijing, taking out Dutchman Itzhak de Laat in the process.
They were going into the final corner on the last lap when Corey, running third, tried to push de Laat out for second – with the top two racers making the semi-finals.
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Instead the Aussie collected his rival and watched as Turkey’s Furkan Akar – a virtual unknown – skated through to victory.
“You wouldn’t believe it!” commentator Matt Hill proclaimed.
On Seven, Steven Bradbury said: “He (Akar) just stayed out the back, he knew he wasn’t as strong as the other skaters.
“Unfortunately that was a really late move (by Corey) … he was trying to go through a gap that wasn’t really there.”
Hill added: “The Turkish athlete, he’s done a Bradbury.”
Hungarian John-Henry Krueger, who won silver at PyeongChang 2018, crossed the line first but was disqualified for an early-race penalty.
“If he’d (Corey) just sat in third and crossed the line, he would’ve been advanced to the next round,” Bradbury explained.
De Laat was advanced into the semi-finals because Corey took him out.
Corey had set an Australian record 1:23.908 in the heats and came into the Games ranked 11th in the world.
“He (Corey) is an outside shot for a medal,” Bradbury said before the finals.
Brendan Corey crashes out of the short track speedskating, as Turkey’s Furkan Akar (top left) comes from nowhere to win his quarter-final.Source: FOX SPORTS
SLALOM STAR STRETCHERED OFF AFTER ‘BRUTAL’ CRASH
Female American slalom skier Nina O’Brien has been stretchered off the hill after she’d crashed with only a handful of gates until the finish line.
O’Brien had flown through the majority of the course but came unstuck towards the end.
Her skis came loose as she remained on the ground, with her giant slalom peers looking on in horror.
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USA’s Nina O’Brien falls in the second run of the women’s giant slalom during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre in Yanqing on February 7, 2022. (Photo by FranÃ§ois-Xavier MARIT / AFP)Source: AFPTOPSHOT – USA’s Nina O’Brien falls in the second run of the women’s giant slalom during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre in Yanqing on February 7, 2022. (Photo by Joe KLAMAR / AFP)Source: AFPUSA’s Nina O’Brien falls in the second run of the women’s giant slalom during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre in Yanqing on February 7, 2022. (Photo by Joe KLAMAR / AFP)Source: AFPUSA’s Nina O’Brien receives medical assistance after a bad fall in the second run of the women’s giant slalom during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre in Yanqing on February 7, 2022. (Photo by Joe KLAMAR / AFP)Source: AFP
O’Brien’s crash provided further ammunition for the critics of the snow in Beijing.
Given that the snow is almost entirely man-made, it means there’s only a thin cover of snow for the athletes to ski on, causing it to wear out quickly as they try and use all of their carving ability to complete the tight turns.
While the crash saw many fans collectively gasp in horror, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team confirmed O’Brien was alert and responsive.
O’Brien’s crash wasn’t the only one of the day to halt proceedings.
German skier Dominik Schwaiger had a scary crash of his own in the men’s downhill.
Schwaiger collided with the safety netting on the side of the run and came to a halt in the middle of the piste, writhing in pain with what appeared to be a nastily injured forearm and losing a ski in the process.
Germany’s Dominik Schwaiger (C) is taken off the course with a stretcher after he crashed in the menâ€™s downhill final during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre in Yanqing on February 7, 2022. (Photo by Joe KLAMAR / AFP)Source: AFP
At the moment he crashed, Schwaiger was skiing at around 130km/h and forced the course to be closed for over 10 minutes as medical officials came under fire for the time it took to reach him.
KIWI DAD’S ALL-TIME INTERVIEW
Snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott claimed New Zealand’s first-ever Winter Olympic gold medal with victory in the women’s slopestyle – only for her dad to steal the limelight with a hilarious interview.
Sean Synott dropped two f-bombs on live TV in NZ, telling Newshub: “The only thing I looked for was her younger sister’s reaction. She was (going) f***ing crazy, she was going off the roof.
“I’m pretty f***ing excited, to be honest, and I’m really happy to see all the investment from all of these people has turned out.”
Things got even weirder when the interviewer asked how hard Zoi had worked to reach the top.
“Well the toilet blocked up this morning, ah, yesterday morning,” Sean Synott said bizarrely.
Zoi’s brother also took to TV later in the day for a brilliant interview of his own, proudly declaring: “I’m at totally new levels of stokedness!”
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SKELETON STARS IN ACTION
31-year-old Jaclyn Narracott has kicked off her Olympics campaign in the women’s skeleton, laying down a great first training run of 1:03.09s, topping out at 122.8km/h to finish the run 11th.
In her second run, she topped out at 125.4km/h and improved her time by nearly half a second to finish in 1:02.62s, which was good enough for a stunning third in the second runs.
China’s Dan Zhao had the best time of the day with 1:02.18s, while four other sliders went faster than Narracott’s best over the two sessions.
Each competitor has six training runs in the next couple of days before the competition proper begins on the 11th.
Narracott finished 16th on debut in 2018, the same Olympics that her husband and fellow skeleton slider Dom Parsons of Great Britain claimed bronze.
Her uncle, Paul Narracott, is also a legendary slider. He was the first Australian to compete at both the Summer (Los Angeles, 1984) and Winter Olympic Games (Albertville, 1992), in athletics and bobsleigh respectively.
Australia’s Nicholas Timmings also took his first two official training runs, with his second from 5.10pm AEDT.
Timmings’ first run saw him come in 24th of 25 competitors, with a time of 1:03.18s. He was then 22nd of 24 in his second run, improving with a 1:03.06s.
The 31-year-old Timmings is coming off a best-ever World Cup result of 19th in Altenberg in December 2021.
He also has a twin brother Dean, who competed in skeleton in World Championships in 2016 and 2017.
US STAR’S SHOCK UPSET
One of the biggest names of the Winter Olympics, US star Mikaela Shiffrin, saw her campaign get off to a horror start when she failed to complete her run in the women’s giant slalom
The defending champion managed just a couple of gates before running wide and failing to finish. Skiers make two runs in the giant slalom, with their score based on the combined times of both runs – meaning Shiffrin is out of the running.
Shiffrin has four more races these Olympics, including her best event, the slalom.
But she was seen as a strong chance to medal – if not claim gold – in the giant slalom.
It is a hammer blow for Shiffrin, who also won slalom gold at the 2014 Sochi Games, and the 26-year-old will now have to quickly refocus on Wednesday’s slalom.
The American had complained before the race that she had just two days of giant slalom training in the three months between the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, and the meet in the French resort of Courchevel in December.
Mikaela Shiffrin crashes. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
“I got the bulk of my GS training for the entire season in the last four days here in Beijing,” she said.
“That’s not ideal but I think my skiing’s in a pretty good place.”
Australian alpine skier Katie Parker was forced to miss the women’s giant slalom after Covid-19 delayed her departure.
“Parker had previously contracted Covid in the United States prior to her planned departure for Beijing,” an AOC statement read.
“Ongoing positive tests delayed her departure until she was able to complete two negative tests at 96 and 72 hours and will be flying out to arrive Tuesday.”
Parker will contest the women’s slalom on Wednesday.
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SKELETON: Women’s training runs one and two from 12.40pm.
Men’s training runs one and two from 3.25pm.
SPEED SKATING: 10:44pm – Men’s 1000m quarter-finals (Brendan Corey quarter-final three)
– Followed by semi-finals from 11.20pm then Final B at 11.52pm or Final A at 11.58pm.
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