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Shiffrin leads US Olympic ski team nominations; Nyman out

Jan. 21, 2022 19:22 PM EST

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin leads the 17-member list for the U.S. Alpine skiing team nominated Friday for the Beijing Winter Games. There are nine first-time Olympians on the roster, which still awaits confirmation from the U.S. Olympic and...

Teen Kai Owens makes Olympic moguls team, returning to China

Jan. 21, 2022 18:19 PM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — American moguls skier Kai Owens has made her first Olympic team, giving the 17-year-old a chance to return to the country where she was born to compete for a gold medal. Owens was abandoned at a town square in a province of China as an infant. Taken to an...

Latin America, Asia latest to get hit with omicron surge

Jan. 21, 2022 17:34 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — In Costa Rica, officials are encouraging those infected with the coronavirus to skip voting in upcoming national elections. On the other side of the world, Beijing is locking down residential communities as the country anxiously awaits the start of the Winter Olympics...

Biden, Kishida talk China, nuclear weapons in first meeting

Jan. 21, 2022 17:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday used their first formal meeting to discuss concerns about China's growing military assertiveness that's causing increasing disquiet in the Pacific. Kishida said the two leaders spent a...

Arkansas prof pleads guilty to lying about China patents

Jan. 21, 2022 16:52 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A University of Arkansas professor pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about patents he had for inventions in mainland China. Simon Saw-Teong Ang pleaded guilty in federal court in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to one count from a 58-count federal...

McMorris in search of one more win: Olympic snowboard gold

Jan. 21, 2022 15:39 PM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Mark McMorris points to the top of his leg. “I have a femur rod here,” he says. Then, to the top of his arm. “A big plate in my humerus.” And at his face. “Plates put into my jaw but I had one of them removed.” McMorris...

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...

US Olympic downhill contender Johnson crashes again

Jan. 21, 2022 11:52 AM EST

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Breezy Johnson, one of the top American medal contenders for the upcoming Beijing Olympics, will miss a second straight World Cup downhill after her second crash in two weeks. Johnson fell during the second training session in Cortina on Friday and...

CAS judges 'lacked anti-doping expertise' at Tokyo Olympics

Jan. 21, 2022 11:41 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has been criticized for picking judges to work at the Tokyo Olympics who were not expert enough to handle doping cases. Days before the highest court in sports opens its special Olympic tribunals at the Winter Games in Beijing, it...

6 Czech players test positive ahead of Olympic training camp

Jan. 21, 2022 09:37 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Six players on the Czech Republic's Olympic hockey team have tested positive for the coronavirus, national team coach Filip Pešán said Friday. The six players, all unnamed, are among a group of 12 that came from the Russia-based KHL. “It’s a...