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FILE - Nathaniel Coleman, of the United States, competes during the bouldering portion of the men's sport climbing final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, on Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. Sport climbing's popularity has risen in recent years as more climbers have turned out to scale walls indoor and out. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Sport climbing gets a boost with Olympic debut

FILE - The China Ice Sports College hockey team practices on the ice during the Experience Beijing Ice Hockey Domestic Test Activity, a test event for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, at the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, Nov. 10, 2021. China's men's team is ranked 32nd in the world and is in a group with the United States and Canada, two of the medal favorites among the 12 teams going to the Winter Games in February. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Officials worry China’s men’s hockey team not Olympics ready

FILE - Vincent Zhou performs during the men's short program at the Skate America figure skating event Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, in Las Vegas. Zhou nailed just about everything at Skate America in October, the first of six Grand Prix series events, the main competitions leading up to February's Beijing Olympics. (AP Photo/David Becker, File)

Vincent Zhou's rise coming at the right time in Olympic year

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FILE - United States head coach Adam Krikorian, right, directs players during a quarterfinal round win over Canada in a women's water polo match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. Right after the Summer Olympics, Krikorian was done. Worn down by coaching the U.S. women's water polo team through a pandemic, he thought it might be time to try something new. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

US water polo coaches returning for Paris Olympics

CHICAGO (AP) — Right after the Summer Olympics, Adam Krikorian was done. Worn down by coaching the U.S.

Security guards patrol near the logos for the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. China on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 accused the United States of violating the Olympic spirit by announcing an American diplomatic boycott of February's Beijing Winter Games. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China says US diplomatic boycott violates Olympic spirit

BEIJING (AP) — China accused the United States of violating the Olympic spirit on Tuesday after the Biden administration

FILE - Participants wave flags with the logos of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics before a launch ceremony to reveal the motto for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing on Sept. 17, 2021. The Beijing Winter Olympics open in just under two months and are now the target to a diplomatic boycott by the United States with others likely to follow. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

EXPLAINER: Why does Beijing have the Olympics again?

The Beijing Winter Olympics open in just under two months and are the target of a diplomatic boycott by the United States, with others likely to follow.

FILE - A police officer wearing a face mask and goggles to protect against COVID-19, stands near a poster of a skier on the wall at a train station in Zhangjiakou in northern China's Hebei Province, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. China is threatening to take “firm countermeasures" if the U.S. proceeds with a diplomatic boycott of February's Beijing Winter Olympic Games. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Monday accused U.S. politicians of grandstanding over the issue of not sending dignitaries to attend the events that China hopes will showcase its economic development. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Column: US dignitaries shun Olympics. What about sponsors?

Refusing to send an official U.S. delegation while U.S. athletes compete at the Beijing Olympics is like dropping off dessert at a party you plan to protest by staying away.