Tchaikovsky music replaces Russia anthem at Olympics in Tokyo, Beijing – Home of the Olympic Channel

Music by 19th-century composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky has been approved by the IOC to replace the Russian national anthem at the Olympics in Tokyo and Beijing.
Music from Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 will play in medal ceremonies when Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) athletes or teams win gold at the Olympics this summer and next winter, according to the ROC.
In December, Russia was banned for two years from displaying its country name alone on uniforms, using its anthem and displaying its flag at senior world championships and the Olympics.
Russian athletes will compete under the acronym ROC for the Russian Olympic Committee.
Russian officials said in the winter that they wanted to use music from Tchaikovsky to replace the anthem.
Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 was also approved by the International Skating Union to replace the Russian anthem at speed skating and figure skating world championships earlier this year.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport blocked Russia’s first choice for the Olympics, the patriotic folk song “Katyusha.” It cited a provision in the December ruling that the team couldn’t use “any anthem linked to Russia.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Mikaela Shiffrin became the first woman to win the first two races of the Alpine skiing World Cup season in 29 years, taking back-to-back slaloms this weekend and bouncing back from her worst string of slalom results to end last season.
Shiffrin followed her 75th World Cup victory on Saturday with another one on Sunday in Levi, Finland. She won consecutive races for the first time since 2019 and extended her record for the most wins for any man or woman in a single discipline with her 49th in slalom.
Shiffrin won Sunday with the fastest times in both runs, prevailing by .28 of a second over Swiss Wendy Holdener. Olympic champion Petra Vlhova of Slovakia was third.
“I was actually really surprised,” Shiffrin said. “After the first run, if I was going to bet on someone, I was actually going to bet on Petra, and then maybe Wendy [and German Lena Duerr] next. … If I had a list, I would be fourth.”
She will go for her 50th World Cup slalom victory next Sunday in Killington, Vermont after the season’s first giant slalom on Saturday (both on NBC Sports and Peacock).
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Shiffrin, who trails Lindsey Vonn by six wins for the career women’s record across all disciplines, became the first man or woman to win the first two races of the season since Bode Miller in 2004 (and 2003). The last woman to do so was Austrian Anita Wachter in 1993.
A caveat is that most seasons do not start with two races in the same discipline, let alone at the same venue and on back-to-back days.
Nevertheless, Shiffrin eased doubts coming out of how her slalom season ended last winter — skiing out early in the first run at the Olympics, then ninth- and eighth-place finishes in the last two World Cups. That marked her worst string of slalom results since she was a World Cup rookie as a 17-year-old.
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And just like that, @MikaelaShiffrin sweeps the weekend with back to back World Cup wins in Levi 🙌#StifelUSAlpineTeam
— U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) November 20, 2022

Mikaela Shiffrin won the season-opening slalom for her 75th career World Cup victory and broke the female record she shared with Lindsey Vonn for the most podiums in a single discipline.
“It’s a bit hard to explain what it means because it’s a pretty big number, actually,” said Shiffrin, who is third all-time in World Cup wins behind Ingemar Stenmark (86) and Vonn (82). “So many years I’ve been racing now. Every single race that I won had some special meaning. I don’t think, as a human, I can feel that many emotions at one time. Actually, I don’t think about 75. I just think about this one.”
Shiffrin, third after the first of two runs in Levi, Finland, had the best second run to prevail by .16 of a second over Swede Anna Swenn Larsson combining times from both runs.
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The winner’s prize in Levi is a reindeer. Shiffrin “won” her fifth reindeer, though the animals stay in Europe.
German Lena Duerr, the first run leader, was last to go in the second run. She still held a lead of .38 over Shiffrin halfway through her second run, but lost nearly a second to the next split and finished in fourth place behind Olympic champion Petra Vlhova of Slovakia.
“Everybody’s like, ‘Who’s better, Petra or Mikaela?’” Shiffrin said of Vlhova, who in the last Olympic cycle overtook Shiffrin as the top-ranked slalom skier. “To be honest, I think when we both push on our very, very best skiing, you actually don’t know who’s going to win. I think that’s what makes it exciting. I would like to say I’m always going to win if I’m skiing the best, but it’s not really true. It’s just who pushes a little bit harder and who hits the timing exactly right.”
Shiffrin, who ended last season with her worst run of slalom results since she was a 17-year-old rookie (DNF at the Olympics, ninth, eighth), earned her 67th World Cup slalom podium. Vonn made 66 downhill podiums. Stenmark holds the overall record with 81 slalom podiums, plus 72 giant slalom podiums.
Shiffrin’s 48 World Cup slalom wins are most for any Alpine skier in any discipline.
She has started 100 career slaloms among the Olympics, world championships and World Cup and won 53 of them, all in her last 87 starts.
The women race another slalom in Levi on Sunday.
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Best. In. The. World.🔥 Mikaela Shiffrin wins today’s World Cup in Levi to secure World Cup win number 75 AND to become the record holder for the most World Cup podiums in a single discipline🏆
Highlights (free) are available NOW on🙌#stifelusalpineteam
— U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) November 19, 2022


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