Les Carpenter

Washington, D.C.

Olympics reporter

Education: University of Missouri, BA in political science, BJ in magazine journalism

Les Carpenter returned to The Washington Post in 2018 and writes about the Olympics and Olympics-related issues. Previously, he was a sports enterprise writer at The Washington Post from 2005 to 2010, focusing on the NFL, baseball and the Olympics. He also has been a columnist and feature writer at the Seattle Times, Yahoo! Sports and the Connecticut Post. Prior to coming back to the Post he covered American sports for the Guardian.
Latest from Les Carpenter

IOC delays decision on 2030 Winter Games host, citing climate concerns

Sapporo, Japan, and Salt Lake City have been considered the favorites.

December 6, 2022

With doping ban set to end, Russia finds itself even more of an outcast

The country's two-year suspension from global competition is scheduled to end Dec. 17, but it has a long way to go to regain the trust of the sports world.

November 29, 2022

Kamila Valieva’s case heads to court with WADA frustrated with Russia

Following months of apparent inactivity and with Olympic team medals in limbo, anti-doping officials appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

November 14, 2022

He built a volleyball power on optimism. He’s fighting cancer the same way.

Given a terminal diagnosis, Barry Goldberg went back to work at American University.

October 16, 2022

Boxing’s governing body nixes new election, jeopardizing Olympic future

Russia's Umar Kremlev remains president of the International Boxing Association.

September 27, 2022

Corruption charges and contested elections: The fight to save Olympic boxing

Will boxing get knocked out of the Games? This weekend's leadership vote may be key to its future.

September 23, 2022

U.S. figure skater Ilia Malinin lands first quad axel in competition

Rising American skating star Ilia Malinin landed the first quadruple axel ever in competition Wednesday during his first event of the season at Lake Placid, N.Y.

September 14, 2022

Despite objections, WADA set to keep ban on marijuana for Olympians

A year outrage in the wake of U.S. sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson's positive test keeping her from Tokyo, global doping agency is expected to maintain policy.

September 14, 2022

Nearly a redemption tale, Dwayne Haskins became a tragic mystery

Months later, questions still outnumber answers on quarterback's death.

August 24, 2022

IOC reinstates Jim Thorpe as sole winner of two golds from 1912 Olympics

After decades of advocacy and pressure, the IOC reversed its decision to strip Thorpe of two gold medals from 1912.

July 15, 2022