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Distance is the name of the game when it comes to venues at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

Life in the Loop: Inside the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

“Together for a Shared Future” is the slogan for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, however, there is not much physical togetherness in Beijing. But hopefully the shared admiration and respect for all the athletes competing brings the world closer together. Life in the so-called close loop that has been established for […]

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Vincent Zhou competes in the men's team free skate program during the figure skating competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics on February 6, 2022, in Beijing. Zhou announced the following day that he had tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

COVID Remains Dominant Storyline During Early Competition at Beijing Games

U.S. men’s figure skater Vincent Zhou, less than 24 hours after winning a silver medal in the team figure skating competition, announced that he will miss the singles competition after testing positive for COVID-19 at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. Zhou was often in tears during his Instagram video announcement. He had tested […]

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In this Feb. 13, 2018, file photo, Chloe Kim, of the United States, jumps during the women's halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

What to Watch for at the Beijing Winter Olympics

Between the controversies surrounding the host to a pandemic still ongoing after two years, there has never been an Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games like this. In the Olympic coverage preceding this year’s Games, very little of it has been focused on the athletes. Even NBC has been downgrading some of its ratings guarantees to […]

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Maame Biney is Done Being Comfortable — And Ready for the Olympic Spotlight

After cruising to victory in the women’s 500 meters, a visibly relieved and emotional Maame Biney met the assembled media at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for short-track speedskating. “I’m super excited to be racing again,” said Biney that December afternoon at the Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah, having had an injury in the early […]

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How U.S. Ski & Snowboard Prepares for the Beijing Olympics: Sophie Goldschmidt on COVID Testing and Breaking Barriers

 Skiing and snowboarding have always been among the spotlight sports at the Olympic Winter Games and the 2022 Games in Beijing will be no different with Mikaela Shiffrin and Chloe Kim being among the biggest names for Team USA. But getting to Beijing and passing strict COVID protocols has been a hot topic in the Olympic […]

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Workers deliver a cart loaded with equipment to a commercial plaza at the Winter Olympic Village in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
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No Decision Yet on Spectators at Olympic Games

Three weeks out from the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games, no decision has been made yet on whether domestic spectators will be allowed at the venues, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday. But IOC officials said the “closed loop” system of testing and keeping Olympic athletes and officials isolated from the Chinese […]

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Mikaela Shiffrin prepares to start of the women's World Cup giant slalom race in Courchevel, France on December 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Giovanni Maria Pizzato)

Olympic Notebook: Shiffrin Among Latest to Test Positive for COVID as Beijing Protocol Fears Grow

Two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States is the latest elite skier to test positive for COVID-19 with the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games less than six weeks away in Beijing, which has so far refused to yield on its strict protocols with the easily transmissable omicron variant spreading throughout the world. […]

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The U.S. delegation walks into Rice-Eccles Stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. AP File Photo

USOPC Making Progress on Potential 2030 Olympic Winter Games Bid

The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee says it will work with the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games to work toward a potential 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid. The USOPC board approved a resolution saying it will continue work on the feasibility of a 2030 bid during its meeting this week […]

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Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen (86) celebrates his goal with teammates Brendan Smith (7), Maxime Lajoie (42) and Nino Niederreiter (21) during the second period of an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres in Raleigh, North Carolina, on December 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

NHL Players Concerned About Beijing’s COVID Protocols

One of the spotlight events for the upcoming 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, the return of NHL players to the men’s hockey competition, has been overshadowed the past week by another team shutdown and questions from several players about what China has planned for potential positive tests. The realization that — according to China’s […]

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