Latest Winter Olympic games News

Alibaba to run Olympic ticketing for Beijing, likely beyond

Jul. 19, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says top-tier sponsor Alibaba will run ticketing services for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, putting the Chinese online retail giant in line to do the same for future hosts Paris and Los Angeles. The International Olympic Committee says the Beijing contract to sell...

FIFA-backed students sent out to help run world sports

Jul. 19, 2019 1:41 AM EDT

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland (AP) — It's the Swiss finishing school that has prepared hundreds of post-graduate students to lead, manage and litigate world sports. Graduates have later headed campaigns to host soccer's World Cup, run Olympic sports federations, and prosecuted landmark cases in international...

A different era: Oda wins Japan's first Olympic gold in 1928

Jul. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Few paid much attention when Mikio Oda won Japan's first Olympic gold medal — and Asia's first individual gold medal — way back at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. There was no podium ceremony. That protocol was introduced in 1932 at the Winter Games in Lake Placid and the Summer...

1938 ski jump added to National Register of Historic Places

Jul. 17, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

MILAN, N.H. (AP) — The Nansen Ski Jump in Milan, New Hampshire, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1938, the 65-meter Nansen Ski Jump was the largest in the U.S. at the time, and it retains most of its original design. Officials said Wednesday it was placed on the...

Russian deputy PM Mutko wins Olympic doping appeal

Jul. 11, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Vitaly Mutko, who was Russia's Sports Minister during the doping-tainted Winter Olympics in Sochi, has won an appeal against his lifetime ban from the games. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled the International Olympic Committee didn't have the power to sanction Mutko...

Anti-doping advocate Beckie Scott receives Order of Canada

Jul. 5, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Olympic champion Beckie Scott has received the Order of Canada for her contributions to the fight against doping. The 2002 Olympic champion in cross-country skiing received the honor on Thursday. Scott received her gold medal after two Russians ahead of her were disqualified for doping....

IOC to change process of Olympic bid races, host elections

Jun. 26, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympics hosted in multiple cities or countries. Bidders pro-actively invited. Candidates recommended with possibly no opponents. Radical changes in how and when Olympic hosts are picked were voted in Wednesday as the International Olympic Committee looks to avoid negative...

Hayley Wickenheiser headlines 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame class

Jun. 25, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

Hayley Wickenheiser was a lock to make the Hockey Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility and is the headliner of the induction class of 2019. The Canadian hockey star was announced as part of the six-member class Tuesday that includes former NHL players Sergei Zubov and Guy Carbonneau, Czech hockey star...

IOC president cautions against profit-driven sports events

Jun. 25, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Seeking to protect sports bodies from independently run events, IOC President Thomas Bach asked local governments to resist promoting competitions he believes go against the Olympic ideal. The organizers of profit-driven sporting ventures are "cherry picking" events without...

Milan-Cortina triumph highlights Italy's north-south divide

Jun. 24, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Italy's winning bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics highlighted the growing gap between the north and the south of the country. Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo won the vote Monday to stage the Games as International Olympic Committee members voted 47-34 for the long-favored bid...