Garbine Muguruza hits the beach.
Sky Brown 'hangs ten'.
Huang Xuechen provides snippets of her life.
Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk brings the heat again.
Quentin Fillon takes an autumn stroll.
Happy Thanksgiving Edition!
Rio 2016 Olympic gymnast Arthur Nory comes out as LGBT via a social post.
Fencer Ysaora Thibus voices her concern alongside swimmer Ganesh Pedruand regarding the riots in Guadalupe over vaccination measures. (in French)
Moscow 1980 swimming medalist Sharon Davies eager to hear more of the International Swimming Federation's work to "right some serious wrongs" regarding East Germans results.
Swimmer Penny Oleksiak: Find out the "recipe behind her success" as Canada's most decorated Olympian.
Table tennis star Hugo Calderano likes 'mental arithmetics' to 'push his brain' as part of training.
Canadian diver Jennifer Abel makes an open-letter retirement announcement.
Hayley's Ribbon: Team Australia's soccer star Hayley Raso is now a children's book author.
Six ice dancing teams training together in Montreal are the subjects on a new "On Edge" video series from Olympics.com.
On the heels of a breakout NHL season, can Leon Draisaitl add an Olympic podium to his resume?
Details of an April police incident with Peter Sagan emerge, as the star road cyclist makes a statement.
Can Daniel Ortiz help lead Costa Rica to a historic Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 appearance?
Tennis: Is Rune vs Alcaraz the next great rivalry after Federer vs Nadal?
Wrestler Aisuluu Tynybekova: "Her inspiring journey to Kyrgyz sports history".
Ehtiopia's brewing civil war embroils Olympic heroes Haile Gebreselassie and Feyisa Lilesa.
World Athletics checks in with distance runner Geoffrey Kamrowor, looking to improve his marathon success in earnest.
Australian middle-distance runner Stewart McSweyn sees room for improvement after a busy ans rewarding 2021 season.
Sport climbing documentary The Wall - Climb for Gold, highlighting four Tokyo 2020 Olympians, hits the premiere circuit.
UCI Track Champions League leaders Harri Lavreysen and Emma Hinze look to the next round to continue their winning ways.
Olympic triathlon champion Kristian Blummenfelt reiterates his case for the best at it.
More triathlon: Sika Henry pushes to still compete to represent her community even after injury.
Team USA skeleton racing veteran John Daly hits a Covid-related snag on his return to competition.
Meanwhile, Tina Hermann continues to navigate a unique estrangement from her national teammates on her own skeleton road to Beijing 2022.
A Futuristic Panda Bear Is The Latest In A Line of Winter Olympic Mascots
Bing Dwen Dwen was unveiled as Beijing 2022's mascot in 2019, and its lead designer Cao Xue recently shared some background on his creation, chosen amongst a competition featuring 5,816 global submissions.
According to an interview with CGTN's Sports Scene, Cao asked his then 9-year-old son for input on the final three choices for a mascot, as he knew the final character would need to be "cuddly and attractive to kids". Not mentioned is what the other finalist options were, but choosing an iconically Chinese - and cute - animal like a panda bear was surely a safe bet.
More inspiration came from the clear coating of a traditional Chinese snack, tanghulu, which resulted in Bing Dwen Dwen's own outer shell.
Who is Bing Dwen Dwen?
Bing Dwen Dwen's introduction video showcases the origin story of this cosmically-enhanced panda.
Bing Dwen Dwen (in Mandarin, "ice/purity children/lively") is meant to to embody "the strength and willpower of athletes" as it serves as an "ambassador for winter sports".
The mascot carries a "suit of ice, a heart of gold, and a love for all things winter sports".
The outer shell represents technology and future possibilities with a resemblance to an astronaut's suit. Bing Dwen Dwen also uses the suit to help play in sport. The 'Ice Ribbon' speed skating venue inspired the colored halo around the suit's face.
The heart on the left palm conveys a warm welcome to visitors.
Other Winter Olympic Mascots
There have been 13 other official Winter Olympic mascots, including Grenoble 1968's originally-unofficial 'Schuss' figure.
Take a look at the previous Winter Olympic mascot characters in the slideshow below, and click on any image to read more background on Olympics.com.
Which one is your favorite?
After a strong compound career, is Savannah Vanderweir a future recurve archery star?
Can Dean Hewitt and Tahli Gill make Olympic history for Australia in curling?
Just 8 points away from Tokyo 2020, fencer Kabita Devi is determined to reach Paris 2024.
Can Brolin Mawejje become the first African Olympic snowboarder?
JC Pretorius is making waves.
Carissa Moore celebrates an honor.
Katie Zaferes enjoys some fall running.
Tom Daley hides in the shadows.
Felix Dolci serves a fall look.
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