Latest Winter Olympic games News

2-time Olympic skiing medalist Weibrecht carves new life

Sep. 26, 2018 4:48 AM EDT

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Andrew Weibrecht steers his pickup truck off the main drag of the Olympic village where he grew up and heads down a narrow, wooded dirt road to water's edge, grabs a fishing pole and gazes out at windswept Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain looming in the distance like a giant...

WADA's Reedie defends Russian anti-doping reinstatement

Sep. 24, 2018 6:42 PM EDT

The leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency insisted he cares about athletes but admonished them nonetheless during a fierce, sometimes-personal defense of the decision to bring Russia's suspended drug-fighting operation back online. "My question to athletes is: What, in practice, is the alternative action to all...

West, Britcher successfully defend USA Luge start titles

Sep. 23, 2018 6:59 PM EDT

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Olympic veterans Tucker West and Summer Britcher successfully defended their USA Luge start championships Sunday. West won the men's title at the season-opening event contested on the ramp at USA Luge's indoor facility for the seventh time, and Britcher took the women's crown for...

WADA investigator says the agency got a bad deal from Russia

Sep. 21, 2018 1:38 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Canadian lawyer who investigated the state-backed doping scheme by Russia when it hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics said the World Anti-Doping Agency rushed into accepting a bad deal by reinstating the country's drug-testing program. Richard McLaren told The Associated Press...

Despite protests, Russia's anti-doping agency reinstated

Sep. 20, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

The World Anti-Doping Agency declared Russia's scandal-ridden drug-fighting operation back in business Thursday, a decision designed to bring a close to one of sports' most notorious doping scandals but one bitterly disputed by hundreds of athletes and described as "treachery" by the lawyer for the man who...

Pyeongchang Olympics: Costly venues may eventually be razed

Sep. 20, 2018 1:15 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closed seven months ago. Left behind are empty venues, feuding over who pays for upkeep, and an icy ski course that's now an abandoned dirt runway, strewn with rocks and unused gondolas. Rare trees once stood before the course was gouged out of a...

Russia's reinstatement after doping scandal goes to a vote

Sep. 19, 2018 1:07 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Should Russia be reinstated without publicly admitting wrongdoing for its state-sponsored doping scheme? That question has caused ferocious infighting at the World Anti-Doping Agency, the watchdog body tasked with stopping any repeat of the widespread drug use and cover-ups which tarnished a...

Anti-doping exec among many against Russia reinstatement

Sep. 18, 2018 6:50 PM EDT

Dozens of athletes, a key whistleblower and even a leader within the World Anti-Doping Agency's own ranks slammed that organization on Tuesday as it headed toward a decision that could end the nearly three-year suspension of Russia's anti-doping operation. On an extraordinary day of coordinated protests from...

With Turin out, Italy moves forward with Milan-Cortina bid

Sep. 18, 2018 10:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's three-pronged bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics has been reduced to a two-city candidacy featuring Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo. Following Turin's exclusion, the Italian Olympic Committee is sending a delegation featuring Milan and Cortina representatives to meet with IOC leaders on...

Samaranch approves Beijing's environmental outlook for 2022

Sep. 18, 2018 9:45 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Snow-making for the 2022 Beijing Olympics won't bring lasting damage to the environment in the parched region of northern China, IOC vice president Juan Antonio Samaranch said Tuesday. Samaranch told The Associated Press that Beijing's air and water quality are constantly improving and said...