The 29-year-old Jackson, a former inline skater who switched to the ice shortly before the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, joined fellow American Shani Davis as the only Black athletes to win long-track speedskating medals at the Olympics.
Shaun White’s brilliant and transcendent Olympic career is over. It ended with a fall on his final run down the halfpipe, a heartfelt ovation from the crowd and then a tearful farewell to a sport he helped define.
Both the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Testing Agency — on behalf of the IOC -- said Friday they would fight the decision by Russia’s anti-doping agency to allow the 15-year-old Kamila Valieva to skate.
During a reflective, sometimes emotional news conference Saturday, not far from the halfpipe where he’ll take his last competitive ride, the 35-year-old said that, yes, he’ll be hanging ‘em up for good.
Chinese President Xi Jinping declared the Games open during an opening ceremony heavy on ice-blue tones and winter imagery that was held in the same lattice-encased National Stadium that hosted the inaugural event at the 2008 Olympics.
Stacker compiled roster data from Team USA and the U.S. Census Bureau to break down how many Olympians hail from each state, based on what athletes named as their home states for every Olympic year data was available.
A total of 32 new cases — 15 in tests of people arriving at the airport and 17 within the Olympic bubbles — were reported by the Beijing organizing committee on Wednesday, two days before the opening ceremony.
Organizers want to keep any infections from getting out of the bubble, as well as spreading within the bubble, a heightened concern with the easily transmissible omicron variant. Everyone is tested daily — failing to get tested the previous evening means being stuck in your hotel the next day.
Now, figure skating’s latest rivalry will climax at the Beijing Games next month, when three-time reigning world champion Nathan Chen once more faces two-time defending Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu at the Capital Indoor Stadium.