Latest 2022 Beijing Olympic Games News

Bach says Russia ban is to protect athletes, not punish them

May. 20, 2022 09:17 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Russian athletes and officials who have been banned from international sporting events because of the war in Ukraine are being protected rather than punished, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Friday. Most sports bodies have followed the IOC...

IOC reveals more talks with Peng Shuai, plans Europe visit

May. 20, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has continued to speak with Olympic officials since the Beijing Winter Games and wants to visit Europe soon, IOC president Thomas Bach said on Friday. The fallout from Peng's allegations last November of being sexually...

Olympic luge champion Johannes Ludwig of Germany retires

May. 17, 2022 14:57 PM EDT

OBERHOF, Germany (AP) — Olympic champion Johannes Ludwig had the best luge season of his life, then decided that would be the perfect way to end his career. The German veteran has announced his retirement from competitive sliding, doing so after winning two gold medals — one in...

Asian Games in China postponed because of spread of COVID-19

May. 06, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

Less than three months after Beijing hosted the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the Olympic Council of Asia said Friday that this year's Asian Games in China are being postponed because of concerns about the spreading omicron variant of COVID-19 in the country. The OCA said it had...

Bidens to host 2020, 2022 US Olympic Teams at White House

May. 02, 2022 19:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to host the 2020 and 2022 U.S. Olympic Teams at the White House on Wednesday, celebrating athletes from the most recent winter Games while staging a much delayed, in-person celebration for participants of last summer's Tokyo Olympics. ...

Salt Lake, Sapporo head race to 2030 Olympics, and maybe '34

May. 02, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

Fraser Bullock, who leads Salt Lake City's bid to return the Winter Olympics to Utah, sounds very confident about success. “I believe we'll host a future Game(s). It's a question of when,” he said last week in a local television interview. But will it be in 2030,...

A luge stunner: Hackl leaves Germany for Austrian team

Apr. 21, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

Three-time Olympic champion Georg Hackl has left the German luge program for a job with rival Austria, announcing Thursday he has agreed to a four-year contract that runs through the 2026 Olympics. Hackl is one of Germany’s luge legends, a major part of the country's dominance in...

Figure Skating in Harlem: 25 years and growing

Apr. 18, 2022 01:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A quarter-century ago, Sharon Cohen founded an organization that, to some, made little sense. After all, how many figure skaters would she find in Harlem? Figure Skating in Harlem celebrates its 25th anniversary with a gala on April 25, and has become a success...

Allyson Felix says she's retiring after 2022 track season

Apr. 13, 2022 23:49 PM EDT

Allyson Felix, who closed the Tokyo Games last year with more Olympic medals than any U.S. track and field athlete in history, says she will retire after the 2022 season. “This season isn’t about the time on the clock, it’s simply about joy,” Felix said in an Instagram post...

EXPLAINER: The differences between Olympic & NCAA gymnastics

Apr. 13, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — For decades, college gymnastics lived in the shadow of elite competition. The Olympics were the Olympics. And what happened outside of that rarified air was ... not that. “When I started in collegiate gymnastics I think that at the elite...