Shaoang Liu Wins Speed Skating Gold For Hungary, US Fails To Podium

Feb 13, 2022, 5:38 AM
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 13: Shaoang Liu of Team Hungary celebrates winning the Gold medal as Kons...
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 13: Shaoang Liu of Team Hungary celebrates winning the Gold medal as Konstantin Ivliev of Team ROC celebrates winning the Silver medal during the Men's 500m Final A on day nine of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Capital Indoor Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Beijing, China.

SALT LAKE CITY – Shaoand Liu went wire to wire on his way to winning his first Olympic gold medal in men’s speed skating 500 meters.

The men’s speed skating 500 meter final was held on Sunday, February 13 at Capital Indoor Stadium.

It was the first winter Olympic individual medal for Hungary and his third medal in Beijing with two team event bronzes already in pocket.

Russian Olympic Committee athlete Konstantin Ivliev takes home silver while Canadian Steven Dubois wins bronze.

American and Salt Lake resident Ryan Pivirotto did not qualify for the final after finishing fourth in his quarterfinal heat.

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Just a year after Japan’s summer Olympics, the Games are back for a winter show in Beijing, China. The unusually short gap between Games is due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Strict precautions and enforced virus prevention protocol are in place to help keep athletes, coaches and personnel safe. 

Beijing is the capital of China, with a population of more than 20 million people and the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Olympic games. It is one of the largest cities in the world and 15 hours ahead of Mountain Time. There are 13 different venues in and around Beijing that will be used for the Winter Olympics. A total of 109 events will be held in 15 different sports, and there will be a lot of Utah locals competing for medals. Keep up to date with them at our Olympic headquarters.

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