Human rights? China won that Winter Olympics battle. Almost.
Britain's Gus Kenworthy falls during the men's halfpipe finals at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. When the three-time Olympian took the remarkable, perhaps even brave decision to speak out against “human rights atrocities” while still in China at the Winter Games, the self-proclaimed "loud and obnoxious” British skier also proved that other athletes, had they chosen, perhaps could have used their Olympic platform to pipe up, too. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
FILE- Gus Kenworthy, a freestyle skier who won a silver medal in Sochi, speaks in his home in Denver on Oct. 21, 2015. “We’re in China, so we play by China’s rules. And China makes their rules as they go, and they certainly have the power to kind of do whatever they want: Hold an athlete, stop an athlete from leaving, stop an athlete from competing,” Kenworthy said on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the 2022 Beijing Olympics. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
FILE- Nils van der Poel of Sweden reacts after breaking his own world record in the men's speedskating 10,000-meter race at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, in Beijing. Back in Sweden with his two gold medals in speedskating, the speedskater told the Aftonbladet newspaper that although he had “a very nice experience behind the scenes,” hosting the Games in China was “terrible.” He drew parallels with the 1936 Summer Olympics in Nazi Germany and Russia hosting the Sochi Olympics before seizing control of the Crimean peninsula in 2014. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)
FILE- Sanne In 't Hof of the Netherlands competes in the women's speedskating 5,000-meter race at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Beijing. On Twitter, the speedskater blocked, unblocked and then blocked again a Uyghur living in the Netherlands who posted critical comments of Olympians in what he called “genocide” Games. Mirehmet Ablet shared a screengrab with The AP showing that the skater had barred him from accessing her account, where she tweeted that she "enjoyed every second!' of her first Olympics. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
FILE- Brittany Bowe of the United States reacts after her heat in the women's speedskating 1,500-meter race at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in Beijing. “Nothing short of amazing,” said the U.S. speedskating bronze-medal winner, praising her China experience. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
FILE - China's Peng Shuai reacts during her first round singles match against Japan's Nao Hibino at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia on Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)
FILE- Noah Hoffman, of the United States, competes during the men's 15km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. “We have seen an effective silencing of 2,800 athletes, and that’s scary,” said Hoffman, a former U.S. Olympic skier and board member of the Global Athlete advocacy group pushing for Olympic reform, while speaking about the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)