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Beijing Winter Olympics

Beijing Winter Olympics set sail: 5 things to know

China hopes to boost winter sports participation and boast of COVID success

Team Netherlands speed skaters train in Beijing on Jan. 28. Some countries' governments have warned their athletes about Beijing's digital surveillance capabilities and that their data could be compromised.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- Beijing opens the 24th Winter Olympics on Friday as the host nation shrugs off so-called diplomatic boycotts and braces against possible COVID-19 outbreaks.

The lead-up to Beijing 2022, which runs through Feb. 20, has been marred by controversy from the very beginning, even before Beijing in 2015 was selected as the host city. By that time, several European nations had already withdrawn their bids, allowing Beijing to win over Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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