Olympics Live: White House backs Team USA despite boycott

Medical workers wearing protective gear prepare swabs for people participating in Beijing Winter Olympics Torch Relay activities at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. With more than 30 new COVID-19 cases detected daily ahead of the Beijing Olympics, organizers said Wednesday they were not worried and expected the numbers to drop within days.  (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Medical workers wearing protective gear prepare swabs for people participating in Beijing Winter Olympics Torch Relay activities at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. With more than 30 new COVID-19 cases detected daily ahead of the Beijing Olympics, organizers said Wednesday they were not worried and expected the numbers to drop within days. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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The latest news on the Beijing Winter Olympics:

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki wore a Team USA pin and brought a bottle of Team USA water to the daily White House briefing.

She noted that the administration did not send a diplomatic delegation to the Olympics due to the “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses.”

“At the same time, we wanted to emphasize that Team USA has our full support. We are behind them. We are watching from home. We want to thank them and their families for all they have sacrificed over the years. .

PSAKI described herself as an “Olympic-obsessed person”, and she mentioned figure skater Nathan Chen – “we’re going to watch it” – snowboarder Chloe Kim and skier Mikaela Shiffrin, who fell during her first event, the giant slalom, and was disqualified, but expects to compete in additional races.

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A second Finnish male hockey player has been taken to an isolation hotel after testing positive for coronavirus in Beijing.

Goalkeeper Jussi Olkinuora joined striker Marko Anttila in isolation. The Finnish Olympic Committee confirmed that Olkinuora was taken on Monday and that Anttila remains there.

A Finnish Olympic Committee spokesman said Olkinuora and Anttila recovered from COVID-19 last month and tested negative to travel to Beijing. Neither Olkinuora nor Anttila reported any symptoms.

The Finnish Olympic Committee does not know when either player might be released. The team plays its first game on Thursday.

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