Latest United States Olympic Team News

Dissed: Olympic snowboarders still irked by secondary status

Jan. 28, 2022 11:48 AM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — The wind-whipped ice pellets slammed against their faces and made their cheeks feel like frozen sandpaper. On another part of the mountain, the Alpine skiers had been sent back to their hotels, told the conditions were too dangerous for racing that day. But for...

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...

The age-old question in figure skating: How old is too old?

Jan. 27, 2022 22:52 PM EST

Tara Lipinski was a sprightly 15-year-old ballerina-on-ice when she won figure skating gold at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. Sarah Hughes was but a year older when she did the same thing four years later in Salt Lake City. In fact, six of the past seven Olympic champions...

Olympic champion Lundby laments ski jumping's weight issues

Jan. 27, 2022 16:39 PM EST

Maren Lundby was the world's best female ski jumper for three years, starting in 2018 when she won Olympic gold in South Korea. At the Beijing Games, the Norwegian had a chance to become the first two-time Olympic champion in her sport. Instead, she decided to skip the World Cup...

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...

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...

Norwegian skiers, other Olympic hopefuls positive for virus

Jan. 26, 2022 16:42 PM EST

OSLO (AP) — Two members of Norway's women's cross-country ski team have tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of next month's Beijing Olympics, the team said Wednesday, as other countries also face tense waits to see whether their own infected athletes can recover in time. ...

Tough trip to China ahead, Anderson sees gift of world stage

Jan. 26, 2022 12:24 PM EST

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) — There is part of Jamie Anderson that wishes these upcoming Olympics weren't in China. The two-time snowboard gold medalist knows she's not the only Olympian who thinks that. One of the many things that makes her unique is that she is willing to say it....

No instant testing for toxic ski waxes at the Olympics

Jan. 26, 2022 10:48 AM EST

The on-again, off-again ban on high-end but toxic waxes that help cross country skis glide smoothly over the snow is on in some places — but not the World Cup circuit or 2022 Beijing Olympics. “It was supposed to be in effect this season,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard cross...

For Nodar: Georgian luge family makes a return to Olympics

Jan. 26, 2022 02:31 AM EST

Luge is Saba Kumaritashvili’s family business. His great-grandfather is credited with bringing the sport to their homeland, the former Soviet republic of Georgia, more than a half-century ago. His father runs the national federation, as his relatives have for decades. At home, his...