Latest Winter Olympic games News

German luge star Geisenberger says she's going to Olympics

Jan. 17, 2022 13:45 PM EST

Natalie Geisenberger has made it official: She’s heading to the Beijing Games and seeking a third consecutive Olympic women’s luge gold medal. The German slider, generally considered the best in the history of her sport, had considered skipping the Olympics for a multitude of...

Beijing to offer Olympic tickets to 'selected' spectators

Jan. 17, 2022 09:11 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Only “selected” spectators will be permitted at next month's Beijing Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Monday. Beijing had already announced that no fans from outside the country would be permitted at the events, and had not offered...

Former NBA great Yao Ming addresses Peng Shuai, Olympics

Jan. 17, 2022 06:44 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Former NBA great Yao Ming said Monday he and others had a pleasant talk when they met last month with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, whose disappearance after making a sexual assault allegation against a former government official raised international concern. He...

USA Bobsled reveals 12-person team for Beijing Olympics

Jan. 17, 2022 03:50 AM EST

Elana Meyers Taylor is a U.S. Olympian for the fourth time. Kaillie Humphries is headed to her fourth Olympics as well, her first as an American. They were expected to be at the Beijing Games. The rest of the U.S. bobsled roster has some surprises. A...

US women's hockey coach Joel Johnson deftly juggles 2 jobs

Jan. 17, 2022 01:59 AM EST

It’s not often someone gets to experience two chances of a lifetime. For Joel Johnson, opportunity came knocking a mere two months apart. In April, he was promoted to become the U.S. women’s national hockey team coach following Bob Corkum’s abrupt resignation over COVID-19...

Chinese city Xi'an lifts some restrictions after lockdown

Jan. 16, 2022 08:56 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese city of Xi’an has gradually begun lifting restrictions after over three weeks of lockdown, as authorities sought to stamp out a local outbreak before the Beijing Winter Olympic Games are due to start. State-owned broadcaster CCTV reported Sunday that...

Skeleton preview: Dukurs, Bos head to Olympics with momentum

Jan. 15, 2022 14:17 PM EST

There wound up being five sliders chosen as part of the U.S. Olympic skeleton team that competed in the 2006 Turin Games. Of those, four are long retired. Chris Soule stopped sliding after those Olympics. Kevin Ellis stopped in 2009. Zach Lund and Eric Bernotas both last raced in...

Clap, don't chant: China aims for 'Zero COVID' Olympics

Jan. 15, 2022 12:25 PM EST

Athletes will need to be vaccinated — or face a long quarantine — take tests daily and wear masks when not competing or training. Clapping is OK to cheer on teammates, not chanting. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be sent into isolation and unable to compete until cleared for...

Americans win monobob race, points title in Switzerland

Jan. 15, 2022 10:15 AM EST

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — American Kaillie Humphries got a win. Elana Meyers Taylor got an overall title. And the U.S. bobsled team got more momentum to take into the Beijing Olympics. Humphries prevailed in the final women’s monobob race of the season on Saturday, with...

Give me 5: Uhlaender makes 5th US Olympic skeleton team

Jan. 15, 2022 02:32 AM EST

There have now been six U.S. Olympic women’s skeleton teams. Katie Uhlaender has made five of them. Uhlaender officially became the first American woman from any sliding sport to make five Olympic teams after being named Saturday to the three-person squad that will be heading to...