Latest France Olympic Team News

In 3-week isolation, unvaccinated athlete waits for Olympics

Jan. 21, 2022 13:23 PM EST

Three weeks alone in a hotel room is hardly an ideal setting for a snowboarder preparing for the Olympics. Patrizia Kummer, a Swiss athlete who won a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, is unvaccinated against the coronavirus, so she is spending 21 days in isolation in China...

Russians heavy favorites for Olympic figure skating medals

Jan. 12, 2022 12:07 PM EST

Kamila Valieva began her run-up to the Beijing Olympics by heading to the lower-level Finlandia Trophy in early October, where the 15-year-old Russian superstar broke the world record for the free skate and total score. She continued it three weeks later by breaking those new marks...

Biathlon retirements mean new hopefuls take aim at Olympics

Jan. 10, 2022 10:29 AM EST

A flurry of retirements since the 2018 Winter Games left only a few athletes who will defend their Olympic biathlon titles, and the battle for gold will include a host of talented racers who have shown promise all season. Hanna Öberg of Sweden took gold in the women's 15-kilometer...

Chen, Zhou join Brown in making make US team for Olympics

Jan. 09, 2022 21:34 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three-time world champion Nathan Chen proclaimed 17-year-old Ilia Malinin to be the future of U.S. Figure Skating. Maybe so, but Malinin’s present won’t include the Beijing Olympics. That distinction belongs to Chen, who won his sixth...

Look for Norway to top medal table again at Winter Olympics

Jan. 05, 2022 04:28 AM EST

The Winter Olympics open in 30 days, and Norway is expected to head the medal standings for the second straight time, even topping its record haul of 39 medals in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This is the prediction of U.S.-based Gracenote Sports, which released its medal table...

Olympic swimming champion Agnel denies coercion in rape case

Dec. 13, 2021 10:12 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Two-time Olympic swimming champion Yannick Agnel has admitted to having a relationship with an underage girl but denied coercion, the prosecutor in the Frenchman’s rape case said Monday. Prosecutor Edwige Roux-Morizot said Agnel “recognizes the materiality of the...

EU has little appetite to join US diplomatic Games boycott

Dec. 13, 2021 07:10 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Several European Union nations have made it clear they have little appetite to join the U.S. initiative for a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Games because of concerns over China's human rights record. EU foreign ministers were seeking a united front on...

Germany warns Russia will pay a price if it enters Ukraine

Dec. 09, 2021 07:09 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Germany's foreign minister warned Russia on Thursday that it would pay a “high political and economic price” if it makes any militaristic moves against neighboring Ukraine. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock emphasized the need to coordinate a common European...

Lamine Diack, ex IAAF chief convicted of corruption, dies

Dec. 03, 2021 06:43 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Lamine Diack, the controversial long-time leader of track and field who was convicted of extorting money from athletes and accused of taking bribes in an Olympic hosting vote, has died, his family said Friday. He was 88. Awa Diack, niece of the...

Tennis players take on Communist Party: Where is Peng Shuai?

Nov. 20, 2021 19:55 PM EST

Some of the world's most famous tennis players, distraught by the disappearance of colleague Peng Shuai, are challenging China's Communist Party to get answers. So far it's a standoff with little visible impact as tennis greats like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal —...