The 2022 Winter Olympic Games officially began this week in Beijing.

These Games have been fired by the usual energy and excitement, but they are tempered by concern about the behavior of the host country and some fear about what could happen to athletes that draw attention to it. Usually, as occurred during last year’s Tokyo Summer Olympic Games, the controversies will be overshadowed by performances once the competition begins. This year, however, they may endure, shaping perceptions of the Games themselves.

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