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Weather, protest cloud Beijing flame-lighting rehearsal

Oct. 17, 2021 07:24 AM EDT

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — A sunburst at the overcast birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games in Greece was too short-lived to light the backup flame for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Sunday’s dress rehearsal. It was the second blip of the day, after two...

2 arrested in Athens for protesting Beijing Olympics

Oct. 17, 2021 04:42 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Two women attempted to hang a banner from the Acropolis in Athens Sunday morning in protest at the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics, and were detained by Greek police. The activists, 18-year-old Tibetan student Tsela Zoksang and 22-year-old exiled...

Japanese figure skaters win Olympic test event in Beijing

Oct. 16, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama and Mai Mihara have won the men's and women's singles titles at the Asia Open figure skating event. The 18-year-old world silver medalist Kagiyama scored 179.98 in the free skate for a 277.78 total in the 2022 Beijing Olympics test...

Ski racer Shiffrin eyes 5-event Olympics after 3 last time

Oct. 15, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

First things first for Mikaela Shiffrin: She is certain she wants to participate in every individual women’s Alpine ski race at the Beijing Olympics. The 26-year-old from Colorado also knows that was her aim for the last Winter Games — and things did not quite work...

USA Luge gets 1st runs of the season on Lake Placid track

Oct. 14, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

For USA Luge, the Olympic season is here. The team’s home track in Lake Placid, New York, opened for training Thursday, with two-time Olympic luge qualifier Tucker West getting the distinction of taking the first official run down the icy chute at Mount Van Hoevenberg....

IOC VP: Chinese human rights not a concern before 2022 Games

Oct. 14, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates says challenging China on its human rights record as Beijing prepares to host the 2022 Winter Games is “not in our remit." There has been widespread criticism of Beijing’s...

Harvard language program relocates from China to Taiwan

Oct. 13, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — An intensive summer language program hosted by Harvard University in Beijing will relocate to Taiwan in summer of 2022, as the U.S.-China relationship remains strained. The program is moving to Taipei and will kick off next summer with about 60...

Olympic champion cut from Korean team amid tripping probe

Oct. 13, 2021 02:13 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee has been cut from South Korea’s short track speedskating team after a reported text message exchange that suggested she may have intentionally tripped a teammate during the 2018 Winter Games. The Korea...

Canadian women to play male junior teams in Olympic prep

Oct. 08, 2021 23:32 PM EDT

CALGARY. Alberta (AP) — The Canadian women’s hockey team will play four male Alberta Junior Hockey League teams as part of its preparation for the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February. Canada will play at the Drumheller Dragons on Oct. 18, the Olds Grizzlies on Oct....

Italy's Turin to host next Eurovision Song Contest in May

Oct. 08, 2021 08:17 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The northern Italian city of Turin will host the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in the spring. Turin Mayor Chiara Appendino tweeted on Friday that “we have brought to Turin the most followed musical event in the world.” ...