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

Why two Canadian ice dancers brought orange spandex and sequins to the Olympics

Two Canadian ice dancers needed costumes worthy of Elton John. They, uh, succeeded.

February 12, 2022

What it’s like inside the Beijing Olympics

Washington Post reporter Les Carpenter takes us inside the bubble at the Beijing Olympics, known as the “closed loop,” with a video diary throughout the Games.

February 11, 2022

Shaun White finishes fourth in last Olympics, ceding halfpipe to the next generation

Shaun White, winner of three gold medals, narrowly misses the podium in his fifth Games.

February 11, 2022

For Nathan Chen, the journey to redemption is complete

After a long, long time, U.S. figure skater vanquished the memory of his 2018 disappointment.

February 10, 2022

After a long, long time, Nathan Chen finally has his Olympic moment

Nathan Chen became the first American to win an individual figure skating gold since Evan Lysacek in 2010.

February 10, 2022

A McTwist of fate: Shaun White saves his Olympics with clutch qualifying run

Snowboarding legend nearly failed to qualify for the halfpipe final.

February 9, 2022

Highlights from Day 5 at the Beijing Winter Olympics

After American star Mikaela Shiffrin had another shocking letdown, snowboard cross veteran Lindsey Jacobellis finally won a gold medal, the first for the United States at these Games.

February 9, 2022

Born in the U.S.A., skiing for China

What it means for a star American athlete to compete for China in the Beijing Olympics. Plus, how an anonymous Instagram account called “Dear White Staffers” is exposing what it can be like working for lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

February 8, 2022

    It's Shaun White's last Olympic Games. Here's what he's up against.

    Sports writer Les Carpenter breaks down what’s at stake for snowboarder Shaun White as he enters his fifth and final Olympic Games in Beijing.

    February 8, 2022

    With a cathartic performance, Nathan Chen exorcises four-year-old demons

    American figure skating star is in prime position after dominant short program while rival Yuzuru Hanyu stumbles.

    February 8, 2022