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Entering Beijing's Olympics bubble is a surreal experience, 2022 January 27

BEIJING (AP) — 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 ...

Olympic champion Maren Lundby advocates for change in eating disorder-plagued ski jump, 2022 January 27

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 demands U.S. halt Olympics 'interference', 2022 January 27

BEIJING (AP) — China is demanding the U.S. end “interference” in the Beijing Winter Olympics, which begin next month, in an apparent reference to a diplomatic boycott imposed by Washington and its allies.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the demand in a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State Antony ...

From Tiananmen to Hong Kong, China's crackdowns defy critics, 2022 January 27

BEIJING (AP) — From the deadly crushing of Beijing’s 1989 pro-democracy protests to the suppression of Hong Kong’s opposition four decades later, China’s Communist Party has demonstrated a determination and ability to stay in power that is seemingly impervious to Western criticism and sanctions.

As Beijing prepares to hold the ...

China blasts U.S. over reports of withdrawing diplomatic staff, 2022 January 26

BEIJING — China on Wednesday expressed “serious concerns and dissatisfaction” with the United States over reports of an internal State Department request to allow the departure of diplomats and their families from China amid tightening anti-pandemic measures.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China’s anti-virus regulations were in line with ...

Snowboarder Jamie Anderson sees Beijing Olympics as 'gift to be on that world stage', 2022 January 26

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — 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.

Even ...

China's Olympics COVID measures test residents' patience, 2022 January 26

BEIJING — Repeated COVID-19 testing of millions of Beijing residents is starting to test the patience of some as the city clamps down on the virus ahead of the coming Winter Olympics.

A third round of mass testing for the 2 million residents of Fengtai district got underway Wednesday. Residents ...

Adam Rippon boosts Mariah Bell's Olympic chase with advice and support, 2022 January 26

As Mariah Bell ripped through two brilliant routines to win her first national championship earlier this month, the guy by the end boards wildly celebrating drew almost as much attention.

That was simply Adam Rippon being himself. And being so satisfied to see Bell being herself.

Rippon has been a ...

South Korean minister, assembly speaker to attend Beijing Olympic Games, 2022 January 25

Navigating between its crucial military ally and its biggest foreign market, South Korea announced Tuesday it will send a mid-level Cabinet minister and the speaker of its National Assembly to head its delegation to the Winter Olympics in Beijing next month.

The Biden administration and a small number of close ...

Russian skater Mikhail Kolyada out of Olympics with coronavirus, 2022 January 25

MOSCOW — Russian figure skater Mikhail Kolyada has been ruled out of next month's Beijing Olympics after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Russian Figure Skating Federation said Tuesday that Kolyada tested positive ahead of traveling to a pre-Olympic training camp and has been replaced by Evgeni Semenenko.

“Several days ...