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A Collection of Rumors About Olympic Games

For years, corners of the internet have focused on the international games — sometimes absent of facts.

Published Feb 4, 2022

BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 03: Sarah Nurse of Canada, Nicole Valario of Switzerland fight for the puck during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A match between Team Canada and Team Switzerland at National Indoor Stadium on February 03, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images) (Getty images)
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On Feb. 4, 2022, the 2022 Winter Olympics will begin in Beijing. Here's a graphic depicting the games' schedule over the course of weeks, designed by The Associated Press (AP):

As the world watches, rumors about the event's some 2,900 athletes and numerous competitions will likely surface online.

We, in the Snopes newsroom, have seen the media trend before. Before and during the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, for instance, we debunked a viral rumor that athletes had to sleep on “anti-sex” beds in the Olympic Village, as well as a claim that city officials had set off fireworks early because they supposedly could no longer store them.

Below, we compiled other fact checks and news stories by Snopes related to the Olympics over the years.

[See also from AP: Shuster to Become 1st Curler to Carry US Flag at Olympics.]

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We looked into rumors that the International Olympic Committee banned "Black Lives Matter" apparel at the 20 Olympic Games.
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The claim is that anti-sex beds made out of cardboard have been installed in Olympic Village ahead of the 2020 games.
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Jessica Lee is Snopes' Senior Assignments Editor with expertise in investigative storytelling, media literacy advocacy and digital audience engagement.

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