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What we covered

  • The Court of Arbitration for Sport will hold a hearing on Sunday, with a decision expected on Monday, regarding Kamila Valieva’s positive drug test. Valieva, 15, failed a test taken in December ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
  • The US won gold in mixed team snowboard cross in the event’s Olympic debut, making 40-year-old American Nick Baumgartner the oldest-ever snowboard Olympic medalist.
  • The US beat Canada in men’s ice hockey at the Olympics for the first time in 12 years.
  • Take a look at the best photos from the Winter Olympics so far.

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Biathlon, hockey and ice dance: Some of the best pictures from Day 8 of Beijing 2022

As Saturday’s action comes to a close, take a look back at some of the best photos from Day 8 at Beijing 2022.

France's Simon Desthieux warms up before the men's biathlon 10km sprint on February 12.
Switzerland's women's ice hockey team prepares to take the ice against the Russian Olympic Committee on February 12.
Team USA figure skaters Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue compete in the ice dance rhythm dance event on February 12.
The United States' Lindsey Jacobellis grabs her board as she edges Italy's Michela Moioli to win the mixed team snowboard cross event on Saturday, February 12.
Canadian goaltender Eddie Pasquale can't get to a shot by the United States' Ben Meyers during the first period of their hockey game on February 12. The Americans won 4-2.

See more photos from the Winter Olympics here.

Orange truly is the new black

Orange you glad to see me? 😏

Look great, dance great.

Canadian figure skaters Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier compete in the ice dance rhythm dance event at the Capital Indoor Stadium – quite the eye-catching pair in sequinned orange unitards with natty feathered shoulder pads.

The reigning world bronze medalists placed sixth to qualify for the free dance later in the competition.

Have a look through the best photos from the Winter Olympics so far by heading here.

It's midnight in Beijing. Here's who won gold on Day 8 of the Winter Olympics

China's Gao Tingyu holds up his gold medal during the ceremony for the men's 500m short track speed skating event on February 12.

Day 8 of competition has wrapped at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and gold medals were awarded for six events today. Germany and Norway are tied at the top of the medal table with eight golds each, with the United States closely behind on five. These are the lucky winners of Saturday’s competition.

Biathlon: Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Bø took home the gold in the men’s 10km sprint, with his brother, Tarjei, winning bronze.

Cross-Country Skiing: The Russian Olympic Committee won the women’s 4x5km team relay in dramatic fashion.

Skeleton: Hannah Neise won the women’s skeleton a year after winning the junior world championships to continue Germany’s dominance in sliding sports.

Ski Jumping: Norway’s Marius Lindvik edged out Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi – who was going for the ski jumping double – in the men’s individual large hill.

Snowboard: Despite being the oldest pair in the competition, Americans Lindsey Jacobellis and Nick Baumgartner won the mixed team snowboard cross, making Baumgartner the oldest ever Olympic snowboarding medalist.

Short Track Speed Skating: Gao Tingyu gave the home fans something to cheer for as he won gold in the men’s 500m in an Olympic record time.

Hannah Neise wins gold for Germany in women's skeleton

Germany's Hannah Neise celebrates after capturing the gold medal in the women's skeleton on February 12.

Skeleton may have found its next star.

Hannah Neise, just 21 years old, wins gold for Germany in her first ever Winter Olympics.

Big things have certainly been expected of Neise, who was crowned junior world champion last year and won silver at the Youth Olympic Games in 2016.

Neise was shocked after her victory, telling reporters, “I can’t realize it now. I think it takes some time to realize it. I worked a lot on my mental health, and I think today, it worked very well.

“Yesterday, I wasn’t nervous at all,” she continued, “and today, I woke up at six in the morning and I felt very nervous. I was nervous the whole time, the whole day.

“The secret was the team and coaches behind my back. They all believed in me. I started to believe in myself and trust myself that I could a good job today.”

There was also some Olympic history for Australia’s Jaclyn Narracott in the silver medal position and the Netherlands’ Kimberley Bos in bronze, as both became the first women from their respective countries to medal in skeleton.

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron break their own rhythm dance world record

French ice skating duo Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis compete in the ice rhythm dance event on February 12.

There’s been a new world record in figure skating’s ice dance rhythm dance event and it belongs to Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France.

The four-time world champions got a standing ovation from onlookers as they scored 90.83 points for their routine, beating their own previous record of 90.03 points.

No medals are up for grabs at this stage with the top 20 couples qualifying for the free dance portion, but it’s an early statement of intent from Papadakis and Cizeron.

The couple are competing in their first full season together in almost two years having taken a break from competition.

From chirp to roof: Explaining the ice hockey jargon you might not understand

Switzerland's Mirco Muller skates with the "biscuit" away from Denmark's Frans Nielsen during a preliminary round men's hockey game on Saturday, February 12.

From brushing ice in curling to flying down an ice track headfirst in skeleton, the Winter Olympics is home to some interesting sports. 

And with new sports comes new terms or nicknames for tactics, maneuvers or objects that beginner fans might not be familiar with. 

Even in ice hockey – a sport that is extremely popular around the world – there are terms used by commentators or pundits that you might not be accustomed to hearing. 

So below, we look at some of the key ones and explain what they mean so you’ll be ready to impress your friends and follow the action in Beijing. 

Bar down: when the puck strikes the crossbar from a shot and ends up in the goal.

Biscuit: the puck.

Celly: a celebration after a goal.

Cherry picker: a player who stays in the middle of the ice rink while play is back near their defensive end, in case a breakaway attack becomes possible. 

Chirp: to trash talk the opposing team.

Deke: a skill where a player feints to draw an opposing player out of position or to skate by an opponent while maintaining possession and control of the puck.

Lid: a player’s helmet.

Roof: to score a goal by shooting the puck in the upper part of the net.

Find out more hockey terms to sound the part of an expert here.

"It's pretty sick": Marius Lindvik wins gold medal No. 8 for Norway

Norway's Marius Lindvik competes in the men's ski jumping large hill on February 12.

Marius Lindvik clinched Norway’s eighth gold medal of Beijing 2022 with victory in the men’s ski jumping large hill.

The 23-year-old edged out Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi – who was going for the ski jumping double after gold in the normal hill earlier this week – with a huge second jump to take his total score to 296.1.

Karl Geiger of Germany took the bronze.

“It was probably two of my best jumps,” Lindvik said. “It’s pretty sick that I managed to perform two good jumps when it counts.”

Lindvik dedicated his medal to “everyone who supported me and helped me to be where I am today.”

Norway is top of the medal table in Beijing, boasting 17 medals in total after the Bø brothers bagged an additional gold and bronze in the biathlon earlier on Saturday.

Picture perfect synchronicity

Double might be trouble, but treble makes you tremble.

After me: left, right, left, right…

Japan’s Miho Takagi leads her team off in perfect harmony in the women’s speed skating team pursuit quarterfinals at the National Speed Skating Oval.

It did the trick, too, as Japan set a new Olympic record of 2:53.61 and qualified fastest for the semifinals ahead of Canada, the Netherlands and the Russian Olympic Committee.

For the best photos from the Winter Olympics so far, head here.

Hear Shaun White reflect on the "crazy ride" that’s been his snowboarding career

US snowboarding great Shaun White called time on his Olympic career earlier in the Games as he finished fourth in the men’s halfpipe following a fall on the final run.

White, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and a man widely credited with revolutionizing the sport of snowboarding, has been speaking to CNN’s Coy Wire about the emotions of his retirement.

“It’s been this crazy ride and I’ve loved every bit of it,” he said. “Sad to hang up the competitive side of my life, but I’m so excited for the rest of it.”

Watch the interview here:


Bø brothers win gold and bronze for Norway in men's biathlon 10km sprint

From left, Norway's Johannes Thingnes Bø looks at his brother, Tarjei Bø, during the flower ceremony following the men's biathlon 10km sprint on February 12.

Saturday turned out to be a brilliant day for the Bø family, as brothers Johannes Thingnes and Tarjei won gold and bronze respectively in the men’s biathlon 10km sprint.

Johannes Thingnes, the younger sibling by five years, picks up his second gold of Beijing 2022 after victory in the mixed relay.

Tarjei was also part of that mixed relay team, taking the Bø brothers’ medal tally in Beijing to five – Johannes Thingnes also won a bronze in the 20km individual – a total most countries would be delighted to have all Olympics!

“I’m so proud. I’m more proud of him than I am of myself,” Johannes Thingnes said of his older brother. “A bronze medal means gold to him.”

As kids, Johannes Thingnes said Trjei “was a pain in the butt until he moved out when he was 16.”

“The first years, I promise you (he was a pain), that’s why I can race so hard here because there’s been a lot of fighting with him.

France’s Quentin Fillon Maillet claimed the silver to add to the gold he won in the 20km individual event.

CAS to hold Kamila Valieva hearing on Sunday, with a decision expected on Monday

A general view of the entrance to the Court of Arbitration for Sport's headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has announced that a hearing regarding Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva’s positive drug test will be held on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Beijing time (7:30 a.m. Eastern time).

This comes after CAS received a third application, filed by the International Skating Union (ISU), regarding the case of the 15-year-old Valieva, who tested positive for heart drug trimetazidine in December.

The International Testing Agency (ITA) – on behalf of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the ISU – said on Friday they would be appealing the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) decision to lift a provisional suspension on Valieva.

According to CAS, a decision on what sanctions Valieva could face will be made on Monday afternoon.

Valieva helped the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) win gold in the figure skating team event earlier this week, a day before reports of the positive test emerged.

She is due to compete in the short program of the women’s singles event on Tuesday.

CNN's guide to Winter Olympic events: Bobsled

Dutch bobsledders slide during training for the two-man event on February 11.

A form of transport for centuries, the bobsled was introduced at the first Winter Olympics in 1924 in Chamonix, France, where it started off as a four-man event. 

Teams of two or four compete by zooming down an icy track four times over two days in a curved, cone-like sled, with the fastest cumulative time earning the gold. The sport is a bit like Formula One on ice because it involves turbulent speeds, consistent pacing and high power, according to the Olympics website

The addition of a two-man competition was made at the Winter Games in 1932 in Lake Placid, and the two-woman event was added at Salt Lake City 2002. Since then, the sport has found a place in popular culture, largely due to the film “Cool Runnings,” which followed the Jamaican bobsled team as they trained to compete at the 1988 Winter Olympics. 

This year, there will be 12 medals up for grabs across four events including the two-man, two-woman and the four-man. For the first time, there will also be a women’s monobob event. The track has 16 curves and a maximum gradient of 18%. At 1,615 meters (one mile) in length, it will be the first track of its kind in the world to feature a 360-degree turn.

The event is set to take place from February 13 until February 20.

Find out more about every Winter Olympic event in CNN’s guide.

After testing positive for Covid-19, athletes must "hope for a miracle"

Norway's Jarl Magnus Riiber tested positive for Covid-19 in Beijing.

It’s the biggest fear of every athlete at the Winter Olympics: you arrive in Beijing for the pinnacle of your sporting career, only to test positive for Covid-19 and be whisked away to an isolation facility.

That was the case for Norway’s Jarl Magnus Riiber, who competes in the Nordic combined and won a silver medal in the men’s team event at the 2018 Games.

The 24-year-old Riiber resorted to running laps of the room he was confined to in order to stay in shape as he held out hopes of still competing in Beijing. To do so, he would need to produce two negative PCR tests 24 hours apart.

“I hope for a miracle. It destroys a lot because you have tuned your shape so much into this event,” Riiber told CNN’s Selina Wang.

He’s one of a number of people whose Olympics have been derailed by Covid-19 – either before or after arriving in Beijing. See how positive tests are affecting athletes in the video below:


Chinese skater Gao Tingyu wins 500m speed skating gold in Olympic record time

China's Gao Tingyu on the way to setting a new Olympic record time of 34.32 during the men's 500m speed skating on Saturday.

Chinese speed skater Gao Tingyu won gold in the men’s 500m speed skating in an Olympic record time on Saturday.

The 24-year-old finished in 34.32 seconds, breaking the record set by Norwegian Håvard Lorentzen at the 2018 PyeongChang Games and claiming his first ever Olympic gold medal. He won bronze in this event in 2018.

“I just want to say that I made it, I said four years ago that I will win gold in Beijing 2022, and, today, I made it,” Gao said after the race.

Gao is the first Chinese man to win an Olympic speed skating gold medal in the men’s 500m. 

This is China’s fourth gold medal and eighth overall at the 2022 Winter Games.

Silver went to Cha Min-kyu of the Republic of Korea for the second straight Winter Games, while Japan’s Wataru Morishige earned bronze.

Why Eileen Gu is luxury fashion's dream model

Eileen Gu is one of the breakout stars of Beijing 2022.

For followers of freestyle skiing and fashion alike, the buzz surrounding Winter Olympian Eileen Gu at this year’s Games has come as little surprise.

The 18-year-old’s gold medal performance in the big air competition thrust her into the global spotlight Tuesday, sparking such a furor in China that social media platform Weibo crashed under the weight of interest. But Gu has spent years establishing herself as both a top athlete and a hugely bankable model who appeals to brands in both Asia and the West.

In 2021, as she won gold medals at the skiing World Championships and Winter X Games, Gu was also forging lucrative partnerships with fashion houses and luxury labels. Signing for IMG Models, the agency representing Bella Hadid, Kate Moss and Hailey Bieber, she has penned deals with Louis Vuitton, Victoria’s Secret and Tiffany & Co., as well as the luxury Swiss watchmaker IWC and cosmetics brand Estée Lauder, among others.

In fact, the California-born athlete is among the most heavily sponsored athletes at these Olympics. She arrived in Beijing with more than 20 commercial partnerships, ranging from Beats by Dre headphones to Cadillac.

But it is Gu’s mass appeal in China, where she is known by her Chinese name Gu Ailing and has been nicknamed the “Snow Princess,” that makes her especially valuable to brands.

Having switched her sporting allegiance to her mother’s home country in 2019, Gu’s fluency in Mandarin has helped secure her place on Chinese TV ads, billboards and even milk cartons (as the face of Inner Mongolia-based Mengniu Dairy). E-commerce giant, cafe chain Luckin Coffee and telecoms firm China Mobile are among the growing list of mainland brands that she’s modeled for in recent months.

China is on track to become the world’s largest luxury market by 2025, according to consulting firm Bain. The Asian edition of marketing and advertising industry magazine Campaign estimated that new endorsements there could be earning the athlete around 15 million yuan ($2.5 million) apiece — and that was before her gold-medal success.

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in China newsletter, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country’s rise and how it impacts the world. Sign up here.

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Why Eileen Gu is luxury fashion's dream model

How 'absolutely fearless' Jamaican went from being a DJ to his country's first Olympic alpine skier

Benjamin Alexander is Jamaica's first ever alpine skier.

He is Jamaica’s first Olympic alpine skier, but Benjamin Alexander was a late developer when it came to spending time on the slopes.

A former DJ who has graced the stage at the Burning Man festival, the 38-year-old only discovered his love for the sport at 32, after a chance encounter with friends.

That was in 2015 when Alexander was invited to DJ in Canada and found himself at the top of a mountain with a group of friends.

“I never skied before at that time,” Alexander told CNN. “They flew us up in the helicopters at the top of the mountain to meet the skiers for lunch. And growing up in England and spending most of my DJ career in warmer climates.

“I’d never experienced anything like this before, I was just taken aback by the surroundings.”

In just 22 months, Alexander shaved down his FIS race points from over 600 to under the required 160 point minimum.

By January, he had secured the last of the 160 International Ski Federation (FIS) points needed to qualify for the Games by finishing seventh in the giant slalom at the Cape Verde National Ski Championships in Liechtenstein.

Fast forward to 2022 and Alexander will on Sunday represent Jamaica in the Winter Games.

Find out more about Alexander here or watch the video below.


More than 220 pounds of dumplings and 80 Peking ducks eaten in Olympic bubble each day, according to CCTV

A chef wears a protective face mask with a shield as he prepares breakfast at a hotel in the "closed loop" on February 4.

More than 100 kilograms — or about 220 pounds — of dumplings and 80 Peking roast ducks are consumed during the peak period from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beijing time every day at the athletes’ restaurant at the Beijing Winter Olympics, based on statistics of the athletes’ restaurant in the Olympics Village, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Saturday.

“The Olympic Village caters for more than 1,700 athletes and delegates 24 hours a day,” the report said adding that the catering team began working on the menu in June 2018.

“After three years, the sixth version of the menu was finally approved by the International Olympic Committee,” CCTV report said.

ROC takes gold in tense women's cross-country 4x5km relay

Team ROC's Veronika Stepanova celebrates after a stunning final leg to win gold in the women's cross-country 4x5km relay on February 12.

Skiers from the Russian Olympic Committee took the gold medal in a time of 53:41.0 after a thrilling finale to the women’s cross-country 4x5km relay.

Veronika Stepanova — just 21 years old and a current junior world champion — led the Russians home with brilliant final leg, leaving the field in her wake and finishing 18.2 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.

After the race, Stepanova told the media, “It is a special day. It was really tough because we had a (4x5km relay) win in the World Cup (in Lillehammer), and a lot of people knew we could win.

“They were saying, ‘You must win, you must win.’ So I was like, ‘OK, we need a good result,’ and I did what I could do.”

There was a tense sprint behind Stepanova for the silver and bronze medals, with Germany narrowly taking second place and Sweden pipping Finland on the line for third.

After bronze four years ago in PyeongChang, the ROC are now atop the relay podium — and Stepanova will certainly be a name to watch in future Winter Olympics.

Beijing 2022 mascot Bing Dwen Dwen was a big hit... until it spoke

Olympic mascot Bing Dwen Dwen seen here with a group of children dressed as pandas.

Mascots are a huge part of any Olympic Games and Beijing 2022 appeared to have struck gold with its playful panda design.

Fans were loving the character known as Bing Dwen Dwen as it danced around venues and appeared on posters across the world.

But Bing Dwen Dwen supporters got quite the shock after hearing it speak with a deep male voice on a program aired Tuesday by state broadcaster CCTV.

“I have been hurt… when I opened (the online shopping platform) Taobao and wanted to buy a Bing Dwen Dwen key ring, I would think of the voice of a middle-aged man,” one social media user wrote.
“I don’t want to hear the ‘uncle’ voice of the Bing Dwen Dwen. It’s just a little cute panda,” said another.

Olympic mascots are not meant to talk under International Olympic Committee (IOC) guidelines in order to maintain a gender neutral status and, after the latest backlash, you can understand why…

Read more about the Bing Dwen Dwen drama below:

Bing Dwen Dwen mascot of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

Beijing's cute Olympic mascot was a crowd favorite in China -- until it started talking

Russia's Figure Skating Federation stands by Kamila Valieva, says it doesn't 'doubt the honesty of our athlete'

The ROC’s Kamila Valieva training on Saturday.

The president of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, Olympic champion Alexander Gorshkov, said on Saturday the organization doesn’t “doubt the honesty” of figure skater Kamila Valieva after she tested positive for a banned heart drug. 

“We do not doubt the honesty of our athlete. This matter requires careful consideration because this whole wild story raises too many questions,” Gorshkov said. 

“It is necessary to sort out, on the one hand, the circumstances of what happened, and, on the other hand, what happened to the doping sample taken on December 25, almost a month and a half after it was sent to a foreign laboratory,” Gorshkov added. 

He went on to say the federation would stand by its athlete in giving Valieva the support she needed “to protect her rights and interests.”

“For our part, we will provide the athlete with comprehensive assistance. To protect her rights and interests, qualified lawyers have been involved in this case,” Gorshkov said. 

The 15-year-old Valieva, a breakout star of the Games who helped the Russian Olympic Committee take home gold in the figure skating team event, tested positive for the banned heart drug trimetazidine in late December ahead of the Winter Olympics, the International Testing Agency said Friday. 

The failed test results, however, only came back on February 8, one day after the figure skating team competition was concluded. 

It remains unclear if the drug test controversy will see the medal revoked.

It's 4:30 p.m. in Beijing. Here's where things stand on Day 8 of the 2022 Winter Olympics

It’s been another exciting day at the Winter Olympics. Here’s what’s happened so far:

🏒 Clash of the giants: The United States won against Canada in men’s ice hockey in the US men’s team’s first Olympic ice hockey win against Canada in 12 years.

🏂 World record at mixed-team snowboard debut: 40-year-old United States snowboarder Nick Baumgartner has become the oldest snowboard Olympic medalist.

⛸️ ROC controversy rumbles on: International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams said Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva’s doping case will be resolved by February 15. The banned drug in question is trimetazidine, which is commonly used to treat people with angina.

Sexual assault allegations: United States Ski & Snowboard says it has opened an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior involving longtime head coach Peter Foley. The allegations were brought to the surface in Instagram posts made by former athlete Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, a member of the 2010 US Olympic snowboard team. 

These restaurants are using technology to break down language barriers — and allow visitors to order their lunch

At the mountain resorts near Zhangjiakou in northern China, where all the skiing events of the Beijing Games are taking place, there’s both Chinese and Western food on the menu.

Some of the hotels even have KFC and Pizza Hut outlets.

But regardless of the cuisine, there’s a common feature: the language barrier between local Chinese staffers and their largely English-speaking clientele.

Luckily, technology has come to the rescue.

Restaurants are using a device that at first glance looks like a cellphone from the early 2000s. Instead, it’s an iFLYTEK Jarvisen — an AI smart translator developed in China.

Staff speak into the device which then translates what they’ve said into English — and it also works the other way around for visitors to communicate with Mandarin-speaking staff.

Shaun White set to leave Beijing after crashing out in his final Olympic run

Shaun White interviews with CNN's Coy Wire after competing in his 5th and final Winter Olympics.

United States snowboarding great Shaun White is set to leave Beijing after his disappointing finish in the men’s snowboard halfpipe final at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic games.

White, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and snowboarding icon, just missed the podium for a fourth-place finish at Friday’s event.

“I’m going home,” he told CNN’s Coy Wire in the northern city of Zhangjiakou on Saturday.

But there’s something to look forward to – White will be heading to the Super Bowl. When asked what advice he would give to the two teams competing, White said:

“I think the thing that I’d do is I let all the thoughts happen. Trying to block them out is impossible… You’ve got to just push that out of your mind.
“I’ll have a song going in my head or I’ll really just remember that I’ve been doing this my entire life… I’m ready and let’s do what I came here to do. I just enjoy the moment. It’s hard to do though. It’s taken me a lot of failures to get to that point.”

The star, who has dominated the sport for two decades, was up against a formidable field of younger contenders. Two-time silver-medalist Ayumu Hirano, 23, took Japan’s first gold in the event.

“There were so many thoughts going through my head,” White said.
“I’ve come this far and I deserve the rest. The anxiety and the fear, and all these things you have to deal with… especially with snowboarding… there’s consequences, and you’re riding this fine line of that danger,” he said.
“I remember sliding into the bottom and this rush of relief and then seeing all my competitors lined up with some really kind words to say to me… I just broke down.”

How China is responding to US-born Olympians of Chinese descent

In the span of a week, three American-born athletes of Chinese descent have been thrust into the spotlight at the Beijing Winter Olympics – to very different reactions in China.

All three were trained in the United States and are only a few years apart in age, but their paths diverged on the way to the Games: freestyle skier Eileen Gu and figure skater Zhu Yi chose to compete for China, while Nathan Chen, another figure skater, opted for Team USA.

Gu and Chen both won gold, while Zhu faltered on the ice during two consecutive showings. The public responses they’ve received in the Olympic host nation also took different turns.

Gu was hailed as a national hero, winning hearts, fame and fortune; Zhu was abused online, accused of being bringing “shame” to her adopted country; and Chen was labeled a “traitor,” coming under nationalistic wrath for “insulting China.”

The young athletes have found themselves embroiled in deteriorating US-China relations, during one of the most divisive, tightly controlled and politically fraught Olympic Games in history.

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Fame and fury: China's wildly different reactions to US-born Olympians

US beats Canada in men's ice hockey at the Olympics for first time in 12 years

Team USA celebrates after scoring a goal in the men's ice hockey preliminary round group A match between Canada and the United States on Feb. 12. They ended up winning 4-2 against Canada, marking the US men's team's first Olympic ice hockey win against Canada in 12 years.

The United States has won 4-2 against Canada in ice hockey, marking the US men’s team’s first Olympic ice hockey win against Canada in 12 years.

The rival teams squared off in pool play Saturday.

The US next faces Germany on Sunday having won both its preliminary matches so far. After that, the top-ranked teams in the competition will progress to the play-offs in pursuit of medals.

The background: On December 22, the National Hockey League (NHL) announced that league players would not participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics.

At the time of the announcement, the regular-season schedule had been disrupted by increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases and postponed games.

With a revised regular-season schedule, it’s expected that the 82-game season schedule will be completed as usual.

As the US and Canada face off in ice hockey, spectators are being told to bust a move