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Beijing Winter Olympics

China closes Winter Olympics, claiming win as divide with West grows

Beijing organizers keep COVID-19 outbreak at bay, shrug off boycott

Fireworks explode over the National Stadium, during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics closing ceremony, Feb. 20.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- The 24th Winter Olympics concluded Sunday after a 16-day extravaganza that saw top athletes shatter world records in the shadow of a doping scandal, but the biggest winner on and off the slopes may be China.

The host country shrugged off a U.S.-led diplomatic boycott and struck a fresh alliance with Russia that has set the stage for a new geopolitical order, as Chinese athletes took home a record 15 medals.

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