Latest Winter Olympic games News

IOC's large role in anti-doping creates conflict of interest

Nov. 5, 2019 3:32 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The idea made sense. Given the rampant amount of drug abuse in Olympic sports, the sports world needed a global watchdog. But who would pay for that sort of operation? The International Olympic Committee decided it would split the bill with governments. That's how the World...

Skaters Kostornaia, Chen win at Internationaux de France

Nov. 2, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

GRENOBLE, France (AP) — Alena Kostornaia left no doubt there's a new era in women's figure skating by a convincing win over Olympic gold medalist Alina Zagitova at the Internationaux de France, while Nathan Chen won the men's event on Saturday. In a battle between the two Russians, 16-year-old Kostornaia...

US Figure Skating awards nationals to San Jose, Nashville

Oct. 30, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The final qualifying event for the U.S. figure skating team headed to the 2022 Beijing Olympics will take place in Nashville, Tennessee, after the city was awarded that year's national championships. U.S. Figure Skating announced Wednesday its signature event will take place...

Family cites hockey as factor in Pavelich legal woes

Oct. 29, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. (AP) — The family of a player on the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" Olympic champion men's hockey team says concussions and blows he received during his playing career have contributed to his current legal troubles. Mark Pavelich, 61, was found incompetent to stand trial by a judge in...

'Miracle on Ice' player Pavelich found incompetent in attack

Oct. 28, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. (AP) — A forward on the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic gold-medal hockey team has been found incompetent to stand trial on charges he beat a neighbor with a metal pole. A Minnesota judge Monday told 61-year-old Mark Pavelich of Lutsen a psychologist's report indicates Pavelich...

Former Vonn coach helps Robinson, 17, beat Shiffrin in GS

Oct. 26, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — A coach who helped Lindsey Vonn become the winningest female skier of all time guided one of the sport's biggest prospects to her first World Cup victory on Saturday. Led by Chris Knight, New Zealand teenager Alice Robinson edged Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin to win the...

Siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani launching book series

Oct. 24, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Shib Sibs are writing Kid Lit. Maia and Alex Shibutani, the sibling ice dancers and Olympic bronze medalists, are collaborating on a middle grade book series, Penguin Young Readers announced Thursday. The first book is called "Kudo Kids: The Mystery of the Masked Medalist." It's...

Feds detain ex Russian Olympic official in South Florida

Oct. 23, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former Russian Olympic Committee official who claimed his office was poisoned after being criticized by Russian President Vladimir Putin over preparations for the 2014 Winter Games has been arrested in Florida for an alleged immigration violation. Real estate developer Akhmed Bilalov, 48,...

House passes bill to make doping conspiracies a crime

Oct. 22, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

The House has passed a bill that would criminalize international doping conspiracies, the likes of which tainted the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. The bill, passed Tuesday on a voice vote, was named after Grigory Rodchenkov, the Moscow anti-doping lab director who helped authorities uncover Russia's methods in a...

Tale of 2 Cities: Sapporo likes race move; Tokyo not much

Oct. 17, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Sapporo officials are thrilled with a proposal to move next year's Tokyo Olympic marathons to the northern Japanese city to avoid the summer heat in the city. That was not the case in Tokyo, where the reaction to the move seemed to catch city and organizing committee officials by surprise. "We...