Figure skating age debate also exposes body image challenges
Some figure skaters are hoping an Olympic doping scandal that is fueling a push to raise the minimum age of competitors will also focus attention on what they see as the sport’s most pressing issue: body image, body shaming and disordered eating.
Lows far outweigh highs in Olympic figure skating program
The Olympic figure skating program at the Beijing Games probably won't be remembered for the soaring performances of American gold medalist Nathan Chen, French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron or the Chinese pairs team of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong.
2022 Olympic cross-country skiing in review: Diggins writes U.S. history
U.S. cross-country skiing star Jessie Diggins rewrote history at the 2022 Winter Olympics going up against some of the biggest names in skiing like Jonna Sundling of Sweden and Therese Johaug of Norway. The women's 30km mass start free closed the curtain on the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Ukrainian athlete who held up 'no war' sign at the Olympics is now back in Kyiv, where he says the streets are empty and people are 'really nervous' over a possible Russian invasion
Ukrainian skeleton athlete Vladyslav Hareskevych said he was still hopeful that a Russian invasion could be avoided, but the atmosphere is tense.news.yahoo.com
At 40, U.P.’s Nick Baumgartner still a tough contender in Olympic snowboardcross
FILE - Glenn de Blois, of the Netherlands, from left, Nick Baumgartner of the United States, and Jakob Dusek of Austria compete during a semifinal of men's snowboard cross at the FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup, a test event for the 2022 Winter Olympics, at the Genting Resort Secret Garden in Zhangjiakou in northern China's Hebei Province, Nov. 28, 2021. On Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, Baumgartner, 40, will kick off action at his fourth Olympics. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)APmlive.com
2022 Winter Olympics: See athletes with Michigan ties who are headed to Beijing
The 2022 Winter Olympics are almost here and athletes are descending on Beijing, China to compete for the chances at medal glory. He moved to the United States at four years old and moved to the Detroit area after graduating high school. -- Jared PurcellEVAN BATESSport: Figure Skating - Ice DancingAge: 32Hometown: Ann Arbor, Mich.High School: Ann Arbor Huron High SchoolCollege: Michigan ‘13This will be Bates’ fourth Winter Olympics. High School: Milton AcademyCollege: Michigan ‘24The Michigan forward has already had a pretty extensive international career with Team USA Hockey. Marie, Mich.High School: Sault Area High School Blue DevilsCollege: University of Wisconsin-MadisonThe Sault Ste.mlive.com
How to Watch “American Rock Stars” documentary premiere
American Rock Stars premieres today, January 26th, on Peacock. American Rock Stars takes viewers behind the scenes as captain John Shuster and team members Matt Hamilton, Chris Plys, and John Landsteiner brace themselves for the trials. Narrated by Nick Offerman, American Rock Stars offers an in-depth look at an Olympic team hoping to take home the gold this winter. Where to watch:You can stream American Rock Stars with a Peacock subscription. American Rock Stars will premiere on January 26th.” -Peacock on YouTubemlive.com
Several Red Wings denied Olympic opportunity with NHL’s decision to withdraw from Games
The decision denies many Detroit Red Wings with the opportunity to play in their first Olympics. The NHL will reschedule postponed games during the Feb. 6-22 window that originally was reserved for the Olympic break. The Red Wings have had two games postponed thus far – this past Monday at home against Colorado and Thursday at Minnesota. NHL Players Association executive director Don Fehr said in a statement: “Since the CBA extension was reached 17 months ago, NHL players have looked forward with great anticipation to once again participating in the Winter Olympics. We expect that NHL players will return to the Olympics in 2026.”More: Red Wings COVID protocol list continues to growmlive.com
Report: NHL opts out of 2022 Winter Olympics
The NHL and NHL Players Association have agreed not to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, according to ESPN. The league will use the February break to reschedule games postponed due to COVID-19. The league could also move games scheduled in late April into February in order to end the regular season and start the playoffs sooner. That was the case in 2018, when the NHL did not take part in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, after sending players to every Olympics from 1998 to 2014. More: Red Wings’ COVID protocol list continues to growmlive.com
U.S. protest of the Olympics is nothing new. Politics have been mixed with sports for decades.
President Joe Biden announced last week that the United States will not send any diplomats to the 2022 Winter Olympics that will start in Beijing, China, in February. Biden is doing this to protest China’s harsh treatment of a religious group (the Uyghurs -pronounced wee-goorz) as well as China’s anti-democratic crackdown against the people of Taiwan. (Taiwan is an island that China considers to be one of its provinces.)washingtonpost.com
NHL announces 2022 Winter Olympic participation
NHL players are returning to the Olympics for the first time since 2014. The league and the NHL Players Association announced Friday that they have reached an agreement with the International Ice Hockey Federation to accommodate the participation of NHL players in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. “We understand how passionately NHL Players feel about representing and competing for their countries,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement. This agreement allows for the possibility of a later decision to withdraw in the event evolving COVID-19 conditions are deemed by the NHL and NHLPA to render participation by NHL Players to be impractical or unsafe, the release said. More: Which Red Wings could be poised for a breakout season?mlive.com
Tory party wants Canada PM to push China Olympic relocation
Canada’s official opposition party wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to use his time at the G7 Leaders’ Summit to take a stand against China and call for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be moved from Beijing. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole sent the letter Friday as Trudeau is set to convene with other world leaders in the United Kingdom next week. As the leader of the host nation, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to focus the meeting on efforts to fight COVID-19 and making an economic comeback from the pandemic.news.yahoo.com
Japan says US travel warning for virus won't hurt Olympians
The Japanese government Tuesday was quick to deny a U.S. warning for Americans to avoid traveling to Japan would have an impact on Olympians wanting to compete in the postponed Tokyo Games. U.S. officials cited a surge in coronavirus cases in Japan caused by virus variants that may even be risky to vaccinated people. Most metro areas in Japan are under a state of emergency and expected to remain so through mid-June because of rising serious COVID-19 cases that are putting pressure on the country's medical care systems.news.yahoo.com
2022 Winter Olympics should not be held in China, GOP Sen. Rick Scott says
The 2022 Winter Olympics shouldn't be held in China, Sen. Rick Scott said Tuesday, referring to the recent standoff between Beijing and the NBA as well as the Chinese regime's human rights violations. The Hong Kong protests, which have escalated over the past four months, began in response to a now-withdrawn proposed extradition bill that activists said would threaten judicial protections. "Human rights are important to us in America," the senator said. "There's no human rights over there. They're trying to take them away from China, or from Hong Kong."cnbc.com