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As USA Games near, some Special Olympics athletes in limbo over COVID-19 vaccination policy

Sports / Olympics /

ORLANDO, Fla. — Isabella Valle cried in joy last summer when she learned she’d earned a spot at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, being held in Orlando. But with opening ceremonies less than a month away, the 25-year-old golfer’s tears are now out of frustration and disappointment.

Her mother, Elaine Valle, received an April 22 email ...Read more

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Sixers' Joel Embiid considering playing for France at 2024 Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

While Joel Embiid is sidelined from the Sixers’ opening playoff games in Miami, he’s apparently passing part of the time by looking into the future.

French TV and radio network RMC Sport reported that Embiid has opened discussions with France’s national basketball team about changing his nationality to play for France, which could ...Read more

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La Velle E. Neal III: China should never have been allowed to hold these Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

BEIJING – Sports fans have been forced to gaze toward China this month as it held a Winter Olympics it should have never been allowed to hold.

China's authoritarian government, its human rights violations, its suppression of cultures, its denial of free speech, and its oppression directed toward the Uyghurs, a Chinese Muslim ethnic group, is ...Read more

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Xi counts some diplomatic wins after polarizing Winter Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

The Beijing Winter Olympics ended Sunday without a major protest, diplomatic incident, virus debacle or war in Ukraine. For Chinese President Xi Jinping, that’s about as good as could be expected.

A U.S.-led diplomatic boycott had raised the stakes for governments around the world, with attendance framed as a choice between respecting human ...Read more

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Olympics contrasted success, safety, shortcomings, controversy

Sports / Olympics /

BEIJING – At Sunday's Closing Ceremony for the Beijing Olympics, the keynote speeches were stuffed with words like unity and togetherness and solidarity. While that wasn't surprising at an event that promotes shared ideals, it didn't reflect what made these Winter Games unique.

The Beijing Games were ushered out the same way they began: from ...Read more

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Diggins makes U.S. Olympic history winning silver in 30-kilometer freestyle

Sports / Olympics /

BEIJING — Jessie Diggins didn't cry when she lay in bed with food poisoning. She admitted she had a moment of self-pity, but with her final race at the Beijing Olympics only hours away, that wasn't going to do any good.

She bit her lip Sunday, too, when her legs began cramping during the brutal 30-kilometer freestyle. And when a sharp wind ...Read more

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Despite containing the coronavirus, Beijing Games could never escape other problems

Sports / Olympics /

BEIJING — After nearly three weeks, both joyous and problematic, this city had reason to celebrate with golden fireworks exploding across the black sky above the stadium known as the Bird’s Nest.

The Winter Olympics had delivered Nathan Chen’s redemptive victory in figure skating and Norway’s record-breaking run, among other highlights....Read more

Finland defeats Russian Olympic Committee in historic upset for men's hockey gold

Sports / Olympics /

BEIJING — Finland ended the Olympic hockey tournament with a historic upset, as its men’s team won gold for the first time on the strength of a fiercely contested 2-1 victory over the Russian Olympic Committee on Sunday at National Indoor Stadium.

Hannes Bjorninen’s tip of a shot by Marko Anttila 31 seconds into the third period proved ...Read more

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Mikaela Shiffrin and U.S. miss out on medal in mixed parallel team event

Sports / Olympics /

BEIJING — Mikaela Shiffrin’s forgettable Winter Olympics ended just short of a medal Sunday.

Competing as part of the U.S. squad in the mixed parallel slalom event, Shiffrin and three teammates lost to Norway in the bronze medal match at the Yanqing National Alpine Centre.

Shiffrin’s sixth event at the Games — only one other woman has ...Read more

How Team USA made these Beijing Olympics as fun as possible

Sports / Olympics /

BEIJING — Life inside the Beijing Olympics bubble comes with a long list of rules. Wear a high-grade mask at all times. Disinfect your hands. Don't stand within 6 feet of anyone, and don't forget the daily COVID-19 test.

Phill Drobnick has been able to live with all those things during his time in China with the U.S. curling teams. But he ...Read more

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China to turn steel-mill Olympic ski jump into giant water slide

Sports / Olympics /

The Shougang Big Air ski jump, built on the site of a decommissioned steel mill, has been the most talked-about venue of the Winter Olympics. While there’s been praise, it has also been criticized as dystopian and dreary. Beijing hopes not to add white elephant to that list as well.

To keep the structure viable after the closing ceremony ...Read more

American Elana Meyers Taylor adds to medal haul, takes bronze in two-woman bobsled

Sports / Olympics /

BEIJING — After winning silver in the Olympic debut of women’s monobob, Elana Meyers Taylor gave her medal to her son, Nico. The 2-year-old wore the red lanyard around his neck and turned the silver medal over in his hands as he rolled onto his back in a heartwarming video Meyers Taylor shared on Twitter. With two Olympic medals in tow, ...Read more

Sui Wenjing and Han Cong win gold for China in pairs figure skating

Sports / Olympics /

BEIJING — Sui Wenjing and Han Cong won the pairs figure skating gold medal in their home country Saturday night, performing a smooth and elegant free skate program to "Bridge Over Troubled Water" to top three duos from the Russian Olympic Committee.

The Chinese couple, who won the silver medal four years ago at the Pyeongchang Games, beat a ...Read more

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China's 'closed loop' Olympics limited coronavirus, even with some head-scratching measures

Sports / Olympics /

BEIJING — On a recent morning, the sound of gagging from credential-holders undergoing their daily coronavirus throat swab from a woman in a hazmat suit echoed off the marble floors of a hotel inside the Winter Olympics bubble.

Nearby, two workers wearing face shields, protective aprons and booties wiped down the temperature sensor that ...Read more

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Paul Zeise: Olympics' time in the spotlight has come and gone

Sports / Olympics /

The Olympics are just about to wrap up. Actually, maybe they did wrap up and I missed it.

It wouldn't shock me because I've missed most of it. And judging by the ratings for the Olympics, most of you have missed it, too. These Olympics are well on their way to set record lows for viewership and that's never a good thing for the people who ...Read more

 

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