Latest 2022 Beijing Olympic Games News

China skis: Olympics brings on boom in winter sports

Jan. 28, 2022 08:14 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Holding his skis beside a bunny slope, Li Wei enthuses over his winter job as a farmer-turned-ski coach on the northwestern outskirts of Beijing. The tall, tanned 36-year-old works December to March at a resort in the Yanqing district, which will host skiing, luge...

With tensions high, Russia aims for Olympic gold in Beijing

Jan. 28, 2022 07:31 AM EST

Russia is heading to the Beijing Olympics against a backdrop of international tension, and not for the first time. A build-up of Russian forces near neighboring Ukraine is causing concern in Washington and among the United States' NATO allies in Europe. Russia is...

Slovenia snowboarder tests positive for virus in Beijing

Jan. 28, 2022 07:04 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A snowboarder from Slovenia has tested positive for the coronavirus after landing in Beijing for the Olympics, the country’s national Olympic committee said Friday. Žan Košir, who had been chosen as one of Slovenia’s flag bearers for next Friday’s opening...

Activists urge athletes to speak out at Beijing Olympics

Jan. 28, 2022 06:13 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Human rights activists issued a call to action against the Beijing Olympics on Friday, imploring athletes and sponsors to speak out against what they call the “genocide games.” Speaking at an online press conference organized by the rights group Human Rights...

Where is Peng Shuai? Australian Open T-shirts grab attention

Jan. 28, 2022 00:28 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Even as he was being ejected from the Australian Open for wearing a white T-shirt with a “Where is Peng Shuai?” slogan in black letters, Max Mok saw an opportunity to amplify the message of concern for the Grand Slam doubles champion and Olympian from China whose...

Gold standard returns for Canada at Beijing Olympics

Jan. 27, 2022 12:51 PM EST

Canada's hockey swagger is back at the Olympics. Four years after walking away with bronze after the NHL did not participate in the Games, Canada's team in Beijing has remnants of the ones that won gold in 2010 and 2014 and a roster that looks capable of doing it again. Top player...

China finalizes men's hockey roster for Beijing Olympics

Jan. 27, 2022 12:45 PM EST

Host China has finalized its roster for the men’s hockey tournament at the Beijing Olympics, which includes a dozen players from North America. American Jeremy Smith is expected to be China's starter in goal. Fellow U.S. players on the roster include defenseman Jake Chelios and...

Entering Beijing's Olympics bubble is a surreal experience

Jan. 27, 2022 09:50 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — For the thousands of athletes, journalists and others descending on Beijing for the Winter Olympics, China’s strict pandemic measures are creating a surreal and at times anxious experience. China is isolating everyone coming from abroad from any contact with the...

China demands US halt Olympics 'interference'

Jan. 27, 2022 04:53 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is demanding the U.S. end “interference” in the Beijing Winter Olympics, which begin next week, in an apparent reference to a diplomatic boycott imposed by Washington and some of its allies. Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the demand in a phone call with U.S....

China spends billions on Olympics with longer-term goal

Jan. 27, 2022 04:15 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The finance model for the Winter Olympics calls for the host country to spend several billion dollars, the IOC to earn a couple billion, and sports bodies to share around hundreds of millions. Fortunately for China, turning a profit from the 2022 Beijing Games was not...