YANQING - From the night’s first run, Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi made it clear they were not to be caught this Olympics as the pair extended their lead over the several pursuing medallists behind them and soared to another German gold on Saturday.

And U.S. bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor extended her medal record. The German sliding domination of the Beijing Games continued Saturday night. Nolte drove to gold and Jamanka won the silver in the women’s bobsled competition. Germany is now up to eight gold medals in nine sliding events in Beijing. That’s more than any nation has ever won in sliding at any Olympics.

Meyers Taylor, in possibly her last race, grabbed the bronze for the fifth medal of her Olympic career. That’s more than any Black athlete in Winter Olympic history. It’s also the most by any women’s bobsledder at the Olympics and two more than any other Olympic bobsledder, male or female, has won for the U.S. The last Alpine skiing race of the Beijing Olympics was moved from Saturday to Sunday because of too-strong wind, making Mikaela Shiffrin wait to get one last chance to bring home a medal from China.

Gusts at up to about 40 mph led to the announcement of two one-hour delays for the mixed team parallel event, before the International Ski Federation eventually said it would not be possible to hold the competition at all on Saturday. About 75 minutes later, after what the ski federation called a meeting “to discuss the potential rescheduling of the event,” the race was shifted to Sunday at 9 a.m.

Nico Porteous of New Zealand overcame the swirling wind to win the Olympic halfpipe final on a day when many skiers struggled to land their best tricks because of strong gusts. Porteous scored a 93 in his opening run on a bitterly cold and breezy morning in the last event at the Genting Snow Park.

He was blown off course on another run and landed hard on his shoulder. Two-time Olympic champion David Wise of the United States took home the silver. Wise won the title at its Olympic debut in 2014 and again in ’18. American teammate Alex Ferreira earned the bronze.

China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong captured the Olympic gold medal that eluded them by a razor-thin margin four years ago, this time winning the pairs figure skating program by nearly as narrow an edge at the Beijing Games.

The two-time world champions, buoyed by the support of a carefully selected crowd of Chinese supporters, scored a world-record 239.88 points to edge Russia’s Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov by 63-hundredths of a point.

Sui and Han had to settle for silver in Pyeongchang by 43-hundredths of a point. Tarasova and Morozov were joined on the podium by Russian teammates Anastasia Mishina and AleskandrGalliamov, the reigning world champions, who scored 237.71 points to earn the bronze medal.

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