IOC president Bach discusses 'challenges' for 2026 Games
Costly construction delays, a leadership vacancy linked to a volatile political climate and a lack of sponsors amid a spreading financial crisis has prompted International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach to acknowledge the “challenges” facing organizers of the 2026 Winter Games in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
AP PHOTOS: Bye bye bubble — but 1 final zero-COVID reminder
Leaving the Winter Olympics brings one full circle with a final early morning visit to an eerily empty Beijing airport. Like a scene out of Steven Soderbergh's pandemic thriller “Contagion," masked travelers are greeted by an army of workers in full hazmat suits — white with blue stripes — with face shields or masks and goggles, a final, nondescript interaction after weeks inside the closed loop that kept Games participants separate from the general population. Whether checking in visitors for their flights or carrying an athlete's skis, these hermetically sealed workers facelessly run the airport.news.yahoo.com
Erin Jackson of US 1st Black woman to win speedskating gold
Erin Jackson has become the first Black woman to win a speedskating medal at the Winter Olympics. Jackson won the 500 meters Sunday with a time of 37.04 seconds, giving the American speedskating program its first medal of the Beijing Games and first individual medal since 2010. The 29-year-old Jackson, a former inline skater who switched to the ice shortly before the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, joined fellow American Shani Davis as the only Black athletes to win long-track speedskating medals at the Olympics.news.yahoo.com
Indian skier happy just to finish after snowy Olympic race
Indian skier Arif Khan set his sights on completing both runs of the men's giant slalom at the Olympics on Sunday, and he managed to do just that. Khan finished nearly 38 seconds behind gold medalist Marco Odermatt — an eternity in the speedy world of ski racing. Only one of the 46 skiers who completed both runs had a slower combined time than Khan – 38-year-old Benjamin Alexander, who races for Jamaica and only skied for the first time six years ago.news.yahoo.com
Canada's women's hockey reinvents itself after Olympic loss
The Canadians just finished making brisk work of Sweden in the quarterfinal round of the women’s Olympic hockey tournament, and yet coach Troy Ryan wasn’t prepared to assess just how dominant his team can be. It’ll take a little more to impress Ryan. “Honestly, we keep things pretty simple in our minds,” said Ryan on Friday, following an 11-0 win over Sweden in which Canada scored five times on six shots during a second-period span of 7:25.news.yahoo.com
Russia could invade Ukraine 'any time', including during Olympics says Blinken
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Russia is amassing yet more troops on Ukraine's border, and warns an invasion could come "any time", including during the Winter Olympics which end on February 20. "We're in a window when an invasion could begin at any time, and to be clear that includes during the Olympics," he says, brushing aside suggestions that Moscow would wait until after the Beijing Games to avoid upstaging its ally China.news.yahoo.com
Home of the huge: China's grandeur politics
Beijing's Winter Olympics remind us of how everything in China is big, bigger — and even bigger. Think of famous landmarks like Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Three Gorges Dam, and dozens of high-end malls in Beijing. China has thousands of years of doing things in a really big way, reinforcing its perceived place in the world and the political power of its leaders — from emperors to Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping.news.yahoo.com
While you were sleeping, this U.S. athlete brought the world to tears with the ultimate redemption story
Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States is one of the greatest snowboarders of all-time with five world championships and eight X-Games titles, but had been known more for a giant mess-up than all of her other accomplishments.
Several factors contribute to NBC's lower Olympic ratings
Through the first four nights of competition, NBC is on track for the lowest-rated Winter Games in history. Friday night’s coverage on NBC, USA Network and Peacock averaged 12.8 million viewers, significantly down from the 27.8 million average in Pyeongchang four years ago.news.yahoo.com
Chinese dissident Ai voices criticism as Winter Games open
The dissident Chinese architect behind the Beijing stadium hosting Friday’s opening ceremony of the Winter Games has scoffed at the head of the U.N. health agency, saying China should award him “a gold medal” for not asking hard questions about its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ai Weiwei, possibly China’s best-known dissident, aired criticism of Beijing’s human rights record and response to the pandemic, in an interview with The Associated Press Friday, in which he also took aim at World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.news.yahoo.com
Entering Beijing's Olympics bubble is a surreal experience
For the thousands of athletes, journalists and others descending on Beijing for the Winter Olympics, China’s strict pandemic measures are creating a surreal and at times anxious experience. China is isolating everyone coming from abroad from any contact with the general public for the duration of the Games, which open next week. “I know the only experience of Beijing I’m going to experience is the Beijing I will see out of my bus window and my hotel window,” said Associated Press photo editor Yirmiyan Arthur, who arrived this week.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.
Tokyo Olympics face another problem because of its president
Yoshiro Mori, right, the president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, bows his head after a news conference in Tokyo Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (Kim Kyung-hoon/Pool Photo via AP)TOKYO – The postponed Tokyo Olympics have yet another problem besides the pandemic. The local organizing committee issued a vague statement on Sunday saying it supports diversity. Nikai was challenged by Taro Aso, the 80-year-old deputy prime minister and a former prime minister himself. Mori was appointed under former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has been backed by the current prime minister, and has built strong ties with IOC President Thomas Bach.
San Antonio native named to 2020-2021 USA Bobsled National Team
USA Bobsled and Skeleton couldn't hit the road recruiting this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio man has named to the 2020-2021 USA Bobsled National Team. Members of the 2022 USA Men’s Bobsled National Team won’t be chosen until January 2022. Absolutely pumped to have been named to the USA Bobsled National Team! This is the first “national team berth” for Niederhofer, Team USA officials said.
6 Russian military officers charged in vast hacking campaign
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, pool)WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced charges Monday against Russian intelligence officers in cyberattacks that targeted a French presidential election, the Winter Olympics in South Korea and American businesses. The seven-count indictment is the most recent in a series of Justice Department prosecutions of Russian hackers, often working on behalf of the government. One of the six charged in the case announced Monday was among the Russian military intelligence officers charged with hacking in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference. The timing of the indictment was unrelated to the upcoming election in the U.S., said Assistant Attorney General John Demers. The indictment accuses the officers, for instance, of hacking into the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea after Russia was punished by the International Olympic Committee for a vast doping conspiracy.