Entertainers and companies are condemning Russia's actions
Athletes around the world are reacting to Russia's attack. Ukranian soccer player Oleksandr Zinchenko was brought to tears when the country's national anthem played. Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev wrote "no war please" on a cameralens after a victory. Michael George has the story.news.yahoo.com
Olympic skicross medal changed on appeal 9 days after race
Nine days after the race at the Beijing Olympics, the bronze medal in women’s skicross was changed on appeal Saturday. Fanny Smith of Switzerland will now be awarded the bronze medal after she was wrongly demoted to fourth in China, the International Ski Federation (FIS) said in a statement. Smith was blamed for causing contact with other skiers during the Feb. 17 race and lost her third-place finish by a ruling of the FIS race jury.news.yahoo.com
Spanish figure skater Barquero fails Olympic drug test
Spanish figure skater Laura Barquero has become the fourth athlete to fail a doping test at the Beijing Olympics after testing positive for the banned steroid clostebol, the International Testing Agency said on Tuesday. Barquero and her partner Marco Zandron finished 11th in the pairs competition, which finished on Saturday. As well as Barquero's case, there were positive tests in Beijing for Iranian Alpine skier Hossein Saveh Shemshaki and two Ukrainians, cross-country skier Valentyna Kaminska and bobsledder Lidiia Hunko.news.yahoo.com
Sui, Han earn Olympic gold at last in pairs figure skating
Sui Wenjing and Han Cong exploded from their seats in the kiss-and-cry area, and a small and carefully chosen crowd of Chinese fans in the stands did the same, the moment their scores were read in the pairs event at the Beijing Olympics. Four years after a crushing disappointment at the Pyeongchang Games, when they lost the gold medal by the thinnest of margins, Sui and Han had flipped the script: They were the ones walking away as champions by a razor-thin margin. Sui and Han scored a world-record 239.88 points with a flawless free skate set to a rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” beating Russian rivals Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov by just 63 hundredths of a point.news.yahoo.com
Olympics Live: Bach notes 'coldness' of Valieva's entourage
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has criticized Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva's entourage for their “tremendous coldness” toward the 15-year-old skater after her mistake-filled free skate at the Beijing Olympics. Bach says it was “chilling” to see on television. Valieva, who has been at the center of a controversy over a positive doping test, finished fourth overall despite placing first in the women's short program earlier in the week.news.yahoo.com
CAS says Russian teen Valieva can skate at Olympics despite doping
Russian teenage figure skating sensation Kamila Valieva is cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to continue competing in the Beijing Olympics despite failing a doping test. CAS Director General Matthieu Reeb says that Valieva is considered a "protected person under the World Anti-Doping Code" and that "the panel considered that preventing the athlete to compete at the Olympic Games would cause her irreparable harm." The International Olympic Committee has announced that there will be no medal ceremony for the women's singles figure skating at the Beijing Olympics if Kamila Valieva finishes in the top three.news.yahoo.com
Spain and Portugal hit hard by winter drought
Portugal and Spain are experiencing some of the worst droughts in the last 20 years, according to climate scientists. Water reservoirs are drying out in plain sight, worrying local farmers and residents. Water reserves in some regions in Spain are already suffering from a "deficit" in their water supplies, which could make for a "worrying" situation come the summer months should the lack of rain continue.news.yahoo.com
Panda 'phenomenon' surprises Beijing Olympics mascot designer
Bing Dwen Dwen, the official mascot of the Games, has become the latest must-have item for keen fans with long queues at Olympic souvenir shops, and many willing to pay well over the official price to get their hands on one. Cao Xue, who led the design team, said he was surprised by the craze.news.yahoo.com
U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey team shoots to defend the gold medal in Beijing with new goals
The U.S. Olympic women's hockey team is taking the ice to defend the Gold Medal they won in dramatic shootout four years ago. Jamie Yuccas caught up with team in training and found that they are ready for a repeat but are shooting for even bigger goals than just their second-straight gold medal.news.yahoo.com
Young star skater's Olympic fate hangs in the balance over positive doping test, as U.S. and Russia disagree yet again
Moscow calls a scandal over Kamila Valieva's positive test for a banned drug a "misunderstanding." Others see abuse of a young athlete in a tainted "Russian state system."cbsnews.com
EXPLAINER: The drug behind Russia's Olympic skating case
The first big doping case at the Beijing Olympics involves one of its biggest stars. Here's a look at the drug that Kamila Valieva of the Russia Olympic Committee — the name under which Russia is competing because of previous doping violations — is suspected of taking, and how the situation might play out in coming days. The medication trimetazidine is a metabolic agent that helps prevent angina attacks and treats the symptoms of vertigo, according to the European Union’s medicines agency.news.yahoo.com
Judges gave Olympic big air gold medalist Birk Ruud a series of 69 scores after he took an epic victory lap as his final run
After he already had the Big Air gold medal secured, Norway's Birk Ruud took a victory lap with his country's flag in hand. Judges gave a winky score to the champion.news.yahoo.com
Olympic medals in team figure skating delayed by legal issue
The winners in the team figure skating competition at the Beijing Olympics still have not received their medals two days later because of what the IOC said Wednesday were “legal issues.” The ceremony to award the Russian team the gold medals, the United States silver and Japan bronze was pulled from its scheduled slot late Tuesday. Reporters asked the Kremlin about the issue later Wednesday amid speculation that the gold medals won by six Russian skaters could be at risk.news.yahoo.com
Why is Beijing hosting the Olympics for the second time in just 14 years?
Just 14 years after hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing is set to make history by becoming the first city to play host to both a Summer and Winter Olympics when it welcomes the world for the start of the 2022 Winter Olympics.
USOPC to Congress: Beijing Olympic boycott not the solution
The head of the U_S_ Olympic and Paralympic Committee is telling Congress that a boycott of the Beijing Olympics next year will not solve any geopolitical issues with China and will only place athletes training for the games under a “cloud of uncertainty.”.
Human rights, COVID at issue 1 year before Beijing Olympics
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will open a year from now. Beijing held the 2008 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)Building elaborate venues for Beijing's 2022 Winter Olympics is the easy part for China, just as it was for the city's Summer Olympics in 2008. Hanging over all of this is the COVID-19 pandemic that has already delays and still threatens the Tokyo Summer Olympics in six months. “We are full of confidence to hold an excellent and outstanding Winter Olympics,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said this week.