Former NBA great Yao Ming says he and others had a pleasant talk when they met last month with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai

  • Ken Moritsugu | AP
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Defending Olympic champions Sofia Goggia and Michela Moioli both come from the Bergamo area that was the first epicenter of COVID-19 in Europe

  • Andrew Dampf | AP
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USA Bobsled has chosen 12 sliders to be part of the team headed to the Beijing Olympics

  • Tim Reynolds | AP
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Opportunity came knocking twice over the span of two months last year, leaving Joel Johnson no choice but to say yes to juggling two women’s hockey coaching jobs

  • John Wawrow | AP
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China had gone to extraordinary lengths to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible new variant in recent weeks, locking down entire cities.

For two years, campaigners representing the people of Hong Kong, Tibet and China’s Xinjiang region have been pushing U.S. and Western companies to drop their sponsorships of the Games, which start Feb. 4. None have.

Pita Taufatofua, who lives in Australia, has been cut off from communicating with his family.

Martins Dukurs of Latvia and Kimberley Bos of the Netherlands will likely be the favorites in the Olympic skeleton races at the Beijing Games

  • Tim Reynolds | AP
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Shaun White finished third at the Laax Open in Switzerland, marking his first podium finish since he won his third Olympic gold medal in 2018 and all but cementing his spot at next month’s games in Beijing

  • Eddie Pells | AP
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Athletes will need to be vaccinated and tested daily at the Winter Olympics in Beijing next month

  • Candice Choi | AP
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Katie Uhlaender now has made five of the six U.S. Olympic women’s skeleton teams

  • Tim Reynolds | AP
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Claude Julien has been named coach of Canada’s men’s hockey team for the Beijing Olympics on Friday, and Shane Doan has been named general manager

  • Associated Press
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Short track speedskating is already thrilling with its high-speed crashes and elbows flying

  • Beth Harris | AP
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The Netherlands typically dominates speedskating at the Winter Olympics

  • Beth Harris | AP
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Three-time Olympic ski jumping champion Kamil Stoch has an injured left leg that is knocking him out of World Cup competition this week in his native Poland

  • Larry Lage | AP
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Two-time Olympic champion Ester Ledecka will spearhead a record number of Czech athletes at the Winter Games in Beijing

  • Associated Press
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Claudia Pechstein is decades into a decorated speedskating career and she’s still achieving firsts

  • Beth Harris | AP
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College players make up almost two-thirds of the U.S. Olympic hockey roster for Beijing

  • Stephen Whyno | AP
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After the NHL opted out of the Beijing Games, the U.S. squad will feature players competing in the NCAA, in European leagues or on minor league teams.

Two-time curling gold medalist John Morris will return to the Olympics to try to win a second straight mixed doubles title for Canada

  • Associated Press
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