The 2022 Winter Olympics What you need to know about this year's Winter Games
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The 2022 Winter Olympics

President of Ukraine's Paralympic Committee Valerii Sushkevych and members of Team Ukraine hold a banner up reading "Peace for All" in the Athletes Village during day six of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics. Alex Davidson/Getty Images for International Paralympic Committee hide caption

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People attend the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games 100 Day countdown event at the National Aquatic Center in Beijing, China, on Nov. 24, 2021. Wang Zhao/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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China is a Paralympics star, but its people with disabilities face high hurdles

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Reports released Monday indicate there was an average total audience of 11.4 million viewers for the 2022 Beijing Olympics. That is a sharp decline from the 19.8 million average for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Ashley Landis/AP hide caption

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Russia's Kamila Valieva reacts after competing in the women's free skate on Feb. 17. A doping scandal dominated headlines around figure skating. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Jessie Diggins competes during the women's 30km mass start free cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics on Feb. 20, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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A firework display is seen during the closing ceremony on Day 16 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Beijing National Stadium on Feb. 20, 2022. Catherine Ivill/Getty Images hide caption

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Olympic athletes experience the highest of highs and lowest of lows. After training for years, the spotlight shines brightly during almost three weeks of competition. Then it's time to go home and that return can be difficult. Sebastien Bozon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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'A deep depression after the Olympics.' The challenges facing athletes at home

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Team USA's silver medalists pose during the flower ceremony of the figure skating team event last week. They had asked to have the medal ceremony before they leave Beijing. Sebastien Bozon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A medical helper takes a photo of the Zhangjiakou National Ski Jumping Center during the Winter Olympics on Feb. 14. Christof Stache/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Skier Eileen Gu of Team China has been a breakout star of the Beijing Winter Olympics. She won three medals — two gold and one silver — and has been a voice for women's equality at the Games. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images hide caption

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Women are the stars (and the victims) of the Beijing Olympics

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Elana Meyers Taylor says it's "humbling" to carry the flag for Team USA, after not being able to be the flag bearer for the opening ceremony. She's seen here posing with her silver medal from the women's monobob competition. The Beijing Olympics' closing ceremony takes place on Sunday. Adam Pretty/Getty Images hide caption

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Kamila Valieva of Team ROC reacts after skating during the women's individual figure skating final on Thursday in Beijing. Catherine Ivill/Getty Images hide caption

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Russia's Kamila Valieva leaves the ice after a disappointing performance in the women's figure skating event during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Antonin Thuiller/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. competes during the Women's alpine combined at the Olympics on Thursday in Yanqing, China. After losing her last shot at an individual medal, she will compete in a team event on Saturday. Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images hide caption

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Team Canada beat defending champion Team USA in the women's ice hockey gold medal match at Wukesong Sports Centre in Beijing on Thursday. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

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Russia's Anna Shcherbakova won gold in the women's free skating event during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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2 Russians medal at the Olympic figure skating final, but not Kamila Valieva

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The Olympic Rings logo is seen on the top of a tower as the sun rises on Feb. 7, 2022 at the Beijing Winter Olympics. David Ramos/Getty Images hide caption

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China's politics — not sports — spill out during heated Olympic news conference

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The Big Air Shougang venue in Beijing has drawn stares because of the large cooling towers at the site, which stands where a huge steel plant once operated. The steel plant was idled to help ease pollution — but China's reliance on coal for energy continues. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Kamila Valieva of Team ROC skates during the Women Single Skating Short Program on day eleven of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Capital Indoor Stadium on February 15, 2022 in Beijing, China. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images hide caption

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In the midst of scandal, 3 Russian figure skaters hope to elevate their sport

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Team USA reacts after losing to team Slovakia in a penalty-shot shootout during the men's ice hockey quarterfinal match against Team Slovakia at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images hide caption

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