Olympics

Fireworks light up the sky over Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Olympics say goodbye to Asia after a star-crossed run

Earliest the Summer Games could return is 2036, and India might be the favorite

Fireworks light up the sky over Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
British Columbia’s Kimberly Newell, in her distinctive pads and helmet, was a star in net for Team China at the Beijing Games. Photo: Submitted

At the Beijing Games, B.C. goaltender Kimberly Newell is a Chinese sensation

Newell’s performance and love for her heritage have made her a star

British Columbia’s Kimberly Newell, in her distinctive pads and helmet, was a star in net for Team China at the Beijing Games. Photo: Submitted
Canada forward Emily Clark (26) scores on Switzerland goaltender Saskia Maurer during second period women’s ice hockey semifinals action Monday, February 14, 2022 at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

4 Olympians carry Penticton with them to Beijing

Olympic Women’s Hockey had 4 alumni from Penticton’s Okanagan Hockey Academy program

Canada forward Emily Clark (26) scores on Switzerland goaltender Saskia Maurer during second period women’s ice hockey semifinals action Monday, February 14, 2022 at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Canada’s Marielle Thompson celebartes winning a silver medal in women’s ski cross during the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, in Zhangjiakou, China, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s Thompson wins silver in women’s ski cross at Beijing Olympics

Canada’s women drop out of curling contention, men to play for bronze

Canada’s Marielle Thompson celebartes winning a silver medal in women’s ski cross during the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, in Zhangjiakou, China, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, trains at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Valieva tumbles out of the medals in Olympic figure skating

Valieva was permitted to skate despite failing a doping test weeks before the Beijing Games

Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, trains at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee,competes in the women’s short program during the figure skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Russian skater Valieva listed two legal oxygen boosters on Olympic forms

Valieva is considered a “protected person” under anti-doping rules and could escape major sanctions

Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee,competes in the women’s short program during the figure skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Team Sweden forward Lucas Wallmark (23) celebrates after scoring as Team Canada forward Mason McTavish (32) looks on during third period men’s quarter-final hockey action at the Beijing Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Sweden knocks Canadian men’s hockey team out of Olympic medal contention

Canada will go home without a medal in the sport for the first time in 16 years

Team Sweden forward Lucas Wallmark (23) celebrates after scoring as Team Canada forward Mason McTavish (32) looks on during third period men’s quarter-final hockey action at the Beijing Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Charles Hamelin (6) of Canada after winning gold in the men’s 5,000-metre short-track speedskating relay final at the Beijing Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Hamelin becomes Canada’s most decorated male Winter Olympian with 5,000m relay gold

Hamelin now tied with sprinter Andre De Grasse for most Olympic medals won by any Canadian man

Charles Hamelin (6) of Canada after winning gold in the men’s 5,000-metre short-track speedskating relay final at the Beijing Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
United States’ Cayla Barnes (3) and Canada’s Sarah Nurse (20) chase the puck during a preliminary round women’s hockey game at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Superpowers of women’s hockey set for another gold medal Olympic collision

Canada and the US ready to stage another clash of the titans Wednesday in Beijing

United States’ Cayla Barnes (3) and Canada’s Sarah Nurse (20) chase the puck during a preliminary round women’s hockey game at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Canada’s Laurie Blouin falls on her first jump during the women’s snowboard big air final at the Beijing Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. Blouin fell on two of her three jumps to finish eighth in the women’s snowboarding big air event at the Beijing Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot wins second medal in Beijing with bronze in big air

Parrot won slopestyle on Feb. 7, three years after chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin lymphoma.

Canada’s Laurie Blouin falls on her first jump during the women’s snowboard big air final at the Beijing Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. Blouin fell on two of her three jumps to finish eighth in the women’s snowboarding big air event at the Beijing Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Valerie Maltais (right) Ivanie Blondin (left) and Isabelle Weidemann of Canada celebrate with their gold medals during a medal ceremony for the speedskating women’s team pursuit at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jae C. Hong

Women’s pursuit speedskating team gives Canada elusive second Olympic gold

Eight days later, Canada steps back up to the top of the podium in Biejing

Valerie Maltais (right) Ivanie Blondin (left) and Isabelle Weidemann of Canada celebrate with their gold medals during a medal ceremony for the speedskating women’s team pursuit at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jae C. Hong
Kaillie Humphries, of the United States, sings the national anthem after winning the gold medal in the women’s monobob at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in the Yanqing district of Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Former Canadian bobsledder wins 3rd gold, this time in U.S. colours

U.S. teammates overcome numerous challenges on way to one-two monobob finish

Kaillie Humphries, of the United States, sings the national anthem after winning the gold medal in the women’s monobob at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in the Yanqing district of Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, leaves the ice after a training session at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Russian skater can compete, but Olympic medal ceremony won’t be held

Panel rules Valieva does not need to be provisionally suspended ahead of a full investigation

Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, leaves the ice after a training session at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Christine De Bruin, of Canada, drives during the women’s monobob heat 3 at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in the Yanqing district of Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Dmitri Lovetsky

De Bruin wins monobob bronze, Canada roars into women’s hockey final

Canada, US will stage latest chapter of great international hockey rivalry Wednesday

Christine De Bruin, of Canada, drives during the women’s monobob heat 3 at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in the Yanqing district of Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Dmitri Lovetsky
Silver medalist China’s Su Yiming, left, embraces gold medalist Canada’s Max Parrot during a medals ceremony for the men’s snowboard slopestyle event at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Queries on doping, harassment, ineptitude at Olympics

Even the oh-so-friendly Canadians have stepped into controversy

Silver medalist China’s Su Yiming, left, embraces gold medalist Canada’s Max Parrot during a medals ceremony for the men’s snowboard slopestyle event at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A man wearing a face mask to help protect from the coronavirus teaches a masked child how to take smartphone picture near the Beijing Winter Olympics decorations at the Wangfujing pedestrian mall in Beijing, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Restrictive coronavirus countermeasures seem to be working at Olympics

Organizers report 407 cases among athletes, team officials, media and others inside the bubble

A man wearing a face mask to help protect from the coronavirus teaches a masked child how to take smartphone picture near the Beijing Winter Olympics decorations at the Wangfujing pedestrian mall in Beijing, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A child reacts near the Winter Olympics and Paralympics mascots, Bing Dwen Dwen, and Shuey Rhon Rhon along a lake in Beijing, China, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Defined by controversy abroad, Beijing Olympics spurring pride at home

Chinese following favourite athletes, copping tickets and scouring stores for merchandise

A child reacts near the Winter Olympics and Paralympics mascots, Bing Dwen Dwen, and Shuey Rhon Rhon along a lake in Beijing, China, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Canada’s Ted-Jan Bloemen catches his breath after competing in the men’s 10,000 metre speedskating race at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Friday, February 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Canada’s Ted-Jan Bloemen catches his breath after competing in the men’s 10,000 metre speedskating race at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Friday, February 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Teal Harle of Campbell River crashes as he lands during the men’s freestyle skiing big air qualification round of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Vancouver Island skier primed for 2nd Olympic event after crashing out in first

Teal Harle looking forward to slopestyle event next week

Teal Harle of Campbell River crashes as he lands during the men’s freestyle skiing big air qualification round of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
FILE PHOTO - Then-Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien, goes over a drill with forward Nick Suzuki during practice Friday, July 17, 2020 in Brossard, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Claude Julien set to rejoin Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey team

Veteran bench boss back from broken ribs, will re-take the helm after 5-1 opening win over Germany

FILE PHOTO - Then-Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien, goes over a drill with forward Nick Suzuki during practice Friday, July 17, 2020 in Brossard, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz