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HAPPENING IN BEIJING

Frigid winds were the story of the day, forcing the cancellation of men’s alpine ski training and hampering entrants in the women’s downhill style qualifying round. But weather conditions didn’t stop Theresa Johaug from winning the first goal medal of the Beijing Olympics in women’s cross-country skiing.

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TRENDING NEWS

OLY-BEIJING-SNAPSHOT-TOGETHER-APART — The ubiquitous motto that governs these Winter Olympics is meant to evoke the ideal of one world. Actually, there are two. SUBMITTED: 300 words, photos.

OLY-BEIJING OUT OF THE BUBBLE (AP) — Beijing residents gathered outside en masse Friday night below freezing to try to see the illuminated Olympic stadium and fireworks during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Games. SENT: 426 words, photos.

OLY-SPD-BRITTANY-BOWE — Brittany Bowe is having an Olympics before she hits the ice. By Paul Newbery. SUBMITTED: 430 words, photos.

OLY-XXC–WOMEN’S SKIATHLON – Therese Johaug won the first gold medal of the Beijing Olympics in the women’s 15km cross-country skiathlon. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 243 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

OLY: AUTHORITARIAN OLYMPIC GAMES? — The Olympic mission is clear, said his boss: “Always building bridges, never building walls.” But critics of Bach and the IOC say such ideals are meaningless, and talk of respect and bridge-building is overshadowed by Olympic officials reaching out to some of the world’s most powerful authoritarian rulers and celebrating milestones. This year’s Games in a country accused of widespread human abuse. rights violations By Tim Sullivan. SUBMITTED: 1,100 words, photos.

OLY, UYGUR TORCH BEARER — Facing international criticism for its treatment of minorities, China’s choice of a member of the Muslim Uyghur ethnic group to help hand over the Olympic flame was a show of defiance, a message from the communist authorities that they will not be influenced. . By John Leicester. SENT: 886 words, photos.

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OLY-NORTH KOREA-ABSENCE — North Korea enjoyed the spotlight during the last Winter Games in South Korea. Due to coronavirus fears, no North Korean athletes or officials will attend these Games in Beijing, and some observers believe the North will continue its recent belligerence, even amid rhetoric of Olympic peace. By Kim Tong-Hyunh and Kim Hyunh-jin. SUBMITTED: 1,200 words, photos.

OLY-SKI-SHIFFRIN SKIING — Mikaela Shiffrin will defend her giant slalom gold medal in the first women’s alpine skiing event of the Beijing Olympics. The 26-year-old from Colorado has already won three Olympic medals for the US and three overall World Cup titles. By Howard Fendrich and Pat Graham. SENT: 1,023 words, photos.

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EXPLANATIONS

OLY-BEIJING-SNOWFAKING — Dry Beijing gets hardly any winter precipitation, making this year’s Winter Games the first to rely almost entirely on artificial snow. Here’s a closer look at the Olympic snowmaking operation. By Kelvin Chan. NEXT: 860 words, photos.

OLY-JUM-SKI-JUMPING EXPLAINED: Ski jumping captivates viewers every four years, when they fly fearlessly across a football field plus end zones. Associated Press is here to help. Here’s a look at what to watch when women pan for gold. By Larry Lage. SENT: 698 words, photo.

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THE ATHLETES

OLY–LUG-US-BRITCHER — In luge, the output is critical. The sliders, wearing tiny spiked gloves, dig their fingers into the ice at the start and paddle to get the momentum they need to move down the track. And a broken finger is forcing US’s Summer Britcher to get creative. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 754 words, photos.

OLY-SKI: THE COCHRAN CONNECTION – For a member of the Vermont Skiing Cochrans family, competing in an Olympiad is a right of passage. Fifty years after his mother, Barbara Ann, won gold in the slalom, Ryan Cochran-Siegle is a legitimate contender for a medal in the men’s downhill who will open the alpine skiing program at the Beijing Games on Sunday. By Andrew Dampf. NEXT: 700 words at 7 am, photos.

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THE GAMES WE PLAY

OLY–JUM-MIND GAMES — The women and men who soar fearlessly through the air at ski jumps aren’t old enough to remember seeing Vinko Bogataj fall. Former Olympian Nick Fairall was paralyzed by a spinal cord injury in more recent years. And yet, brave athletes around the world head down a steep incline at speeds of up to 100 kph (62 mph) and essentially ski down a cliff for the thrill of a possible victory. By Larry Lage. SENT: 760 words, photos.

WOMEN’S OLY–JUM-SKI JUMPING – Norway’s Maren Lundby decided not to defend her Olympic gold in women’s ski jumping, improving Japan’s Sara Takanashi’s chances of winning. By Larry Lage. NEXT: 650 words, photos. The competition starts at 5:45 am

OLY-CUR-US-CURLERS — About the only way the US men’s curling team can top their entry into the Beijing Olympics is by winning another gold medal. Skip John Shuster carried the American flag to the Bird’s Nest for the opening ceremony along with speed skater Brittany Bowe. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 736 words, photos.

OLY–SBD-WOMEN’S SLOPESTYLE QUALIFYING: Jamie Anderson and the rest of the female snowboarders slid across the rails and jumped through blustery conditions and bone-chilling temperatures during the Olympic Slopestyle qualifying round. By Pat Graham. SENT: 770 words, photos.

OLY–SPD-SPEED SKATING —Irene Scouten gave the mighty Dutchman a gold medal in the first speed skating event of the Beijing Games. She broke a 20-year Olympic record in the women’s 3,000 meters. SUBMITTED: 590 words, photos.

OLY: DOWNHILL TRAINING FOR SKI MEN. Downhill Olympics favorite Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was one of only three skiers to land a third run on the track after the final training session for the men’s race at the Beijing Games was stopped on Saturday. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 332 words, photos.

OLY–FIG-TEAM COMPETITION — The pairs short program and men’s free skating are held for the figure skating team competition at the Beijing Games. By Sally Ho. NEXT: 700 words, photos. The competition starts at 8:30 p.m.

OLY–SPD-SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING — Short track speed skating kicks off at the Beijing Olympics with medals awarded in the mixed team relay. NEXT: 600 words, photos. Starts at 6 a.m.

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OLY–HKW-GROWING — Any faint hope that the rest of the world would close the gap on the Canadian and United States women’s hockey teams is fading fast three days after the Beijing Winter Games. Canada recorded its second consecutive 11-1 win by beating Finland, and the Finns fared little better losing their opening match against the Americans. By hockey writer John Wawrow. NEXT: 800 words at 8 am, photos.

OLY–FREE MEN’S MOGULS – Moguls skier Mikael Kingsbury defends his Olympic title on Saturday night. The Canadian standout is bidding to become only the second male mogul skier to win consecutive gold medals, joining fellow Canadian Alexandre Bilodeau, who accomplished the feat in 2010 and 2014. By Pat Graham. NEXT: 500 words, photos. The final race starts at 8:40 p.m.

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AT THE MINUTE

— OLYMPIC GAMES SUMMARY — Highlights of the day from the 2022 Winter Games.

— BEIJING OLYMPIC GAMES: THE LATEST — Real-time updates and photos from all around the Winter Games.

— BEIJING OLYMPICS: WHAT TO SEE — A guide to the key stories of each day. Move-ins after 1 am

— MEDAL BRIEF — A summary of the day’s gold medals. It starts on Saturday.

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FEATURED IMAGES

OLYJL126 — Norway’s Therese Johaug celebrates after winning the gold medal in the 7.5km + 7.5km Skiathlon women’s cross-country skiing competition.

OLYJL107 — Frost covers a volunteer’s face shield before the start of the women’s 7.5km + 7.5km skiathlon cross-country skiing competition.

OLYVT183 — Japan’s Miyabi Onitsuka competes during the women’s slope qualification.

OLYFF156 — Turkey’s Fatih Arda Ipcioglu soars through the air during the men’s normal round of individual hill ski jumping qualifying.

XHG116 — Residents pose for photos with a cutout showing Olympic mascot Bing Dwen Dwen on a popular shopping street,

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GRAPHICS

Beijing Winter Games Schedule – The complete discipline schedule of competition events, including medal and ceremony days for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Print chart. Now available.


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