Latest Winter Olympic games News

2008 Beijing Olympics vs. 2022: No lofty promises this time

Jan. 25, 2022 00:32 AM EST

The 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics showcased China's reemergence on the world stage. In awarding those Games to China, the International Olympic Committee predicted the Olympics could improve human rights, and Chinese politicians hinted at the same. Soaring promises are absent this...

US names 223 to Olympic team; 4 athletes are 5-timers

Jan. 24, 2022 23:58 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The 223-person U.S. Olympic roster revealed Monday includes four athletes making their fifth trip to the Games: Shaun White and Lindsey Jacobellis in snowboarding, Katie Uhlaender in skeleton and John Shuster in curling. There are 114 men, 108 women...

U.S. coach David Quinn gets second chance to go to Olympics

Jan. 24, 2022 14:10 PM EST

David Quinn walked into Boston University coach Jack Parker's office in the summer of 1987 and got news that destroyed his Olympic dream. Quinn learned he was a hemophiliac and was told his hockey-playing career was over. "It was a big blow," said Quinn, now 55. “It...

Chairmen of the boards: Japanese team powerful in halfpipe

Jan. 24, 2022 13:41 PM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — With Winter X Games medals in one hand and their snowboards in the other, the Hirano brothers — Ayumu and Kaishu — posed for picture after picture at the bottom of the halfpipe. Get used to it. They could be on the podium again at the Beijing Games, and it...

China tests 2M in Beijing, lifts COVID lockdown in Xi’an

Jan. 24, 2022 12:17 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Less than two weeks before the opening of the Winter Olympics, a few dozen COVID-19 cases in Beijing have prompted authorities to test millions of people in the capital and extend that to anyone buying cold medicine. The tough new measures came even as the city of...

Finding the 'happy bubble': Mental health key for Olympians

Jan. 24, 2022 11:11 AM EST

MIDWAY, Utah (AP) — Sean McCann peered at the targets through a spotting scope and used a hand-held magnetic board to mark where the bullets hit. He showed the results to the athlete as they left the range and then grabbed a broom to sweep shell casings off the mat before the next skier arrived....

The new guy: Marco Odermatt is the Next Big Thing in skiing

Jan. 24, 2022 07:44 AM EST

It’s like how Lindsey Vonn was inspired by Picabo Street when she met her idol as a 9-year-old kid at an autograph-signing session: When he was 10, Marco Odermatt won a junior race and benefitted from the coveted first-place prize — a day of skiing with his idol, Swiss downhill great Didier...

Olympic dreams come true for Kosovo skier Kiana Kryeziu

Jan. 24, 2022 04:49 AM EST

BROD, Kosovo (AP) — Competing in the giant slalom at the Beijing Olympics will be a giant step for 17-year-old Kiana Kryeziu and her country of Kosovo. Kryeziu is the first female athlete from Kosovo at the Winter Games after she met the qualifying standard during races held in...

AP PHOTOS: Olympics get Chinese hockey veterans back on ice

Jan. 23, 2022 22:02 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — For decades, Beijing resident Zhou Yunjie kept mum about his teenage years behind the puck. That all changed after Beijing won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, sparking a government-backed boom in enthusiasm for winter sports across the country. The Games...

44 Australians heading to Beijing for Winter Olympics

Jan. 23, 2022 21:33 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia will send 44 athletes to the Winter Olympics beginning Feb. 4 in Beijing — 23 women and 21 men in 10 disciplines. The Australian Olympic Committee said Monday that snowboarder Scotty James and mogul skier Britt Cox will compete at their fourth Olympics,...