<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:03:05 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ledecky prepares for another big week at world championships]]> http://gazette.com/ledecky-prepares-for-another-big-week-at-world-championships/article/feed/478231?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ledecky-prepares-for-another-big-week-at-world-championships/article/feed/478231?custom_click=rss

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky shrugs off the notion that she's doing anything special over the next week.

For the 20-year-old American star, the improbable has become the expected.

"It's really just putting in the work, putting in the training," Ledecky said Friday, sounding so nonchalant that she might as well have been describing a leisurely afternoon swim in one of those thermal baths along the Danube.

Of course, there's nothing restful about her plans for the world championships in Budapest, where the swimming competition begins on Sunday.

Ledecky will race every day for seven straight days, a total of 6,300 meters if all goes according to plan.

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]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:19:34 -0600 <![CDATA[2 mighty dynasties on display at world championships]]> http://gazette.com/2-mighty-dynasties-on-display-at-world-championships/article/feed/478060?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-mighty-dynasties-on-display-at-world-championships/article/feed/478060?custom_click=rss

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — They're the New England Patriots of the pool, two of the greatest dynasties in sports history, both on display this week in an elegant European capital.

When it comes to diving at the world aquatics championships, no one can match the twists and turns of the mighty Chinese.

Over at the synchronized swimming venue, it's the Russians who dominate with their dazzling routines.

"There is no limit to perfection," said Svetlana Kolesnichenko, who has won four synchronized golds in Budapest.

The United States once ruled these two sports.

For the better part of the 20th century, stars such as Greg Louganis kept the Americans on top of the diving world. After synchronized swimming was added

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]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:47:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Synchronized swimmers struggle for appreciation at worlds]]> http://gazette.com/synchronized-swimmers-struggle-for-appreciation-at-worlds/article/feed/478052?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/synchronized-swimmers-struggle-for-appreciation-at-worlds/article/feed/478052?custom_click=rss

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Synchronized swimmers are unanimous in saying their sport doesn't get the respect or attention it truly deserves.

Despite the tremendous effort, discipline, physical strain and skill involved, many people still look down on a sport which is like a form of under and over water-ballet combining gymnastics, yoga and acrobatics.

"We wish for more attention," said Ukraine's Anna Voloshyna, who has won four bronze medals at the world championships this week.

After her fourth gold medal on Thursday, Svetlana Kolesnichenko revealed synchronized swimmers train for up to 12 hours each day.

"All our attempts weren't in vain," the 23-year-old Russian said after winning the duet free routine with Ale

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]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:41:34 -0600 <![CDATA[British foreign secretary in Japan for security, trade talks]]> http://gazette.com/british-foreign-secretary-in-japan-for-security-trade-talks/article/feed/477817?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/british-foreign-secretary-in-japan-for-security-trade-talks/article/feed/477817?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson mingled with robots on Thursday before meeting with Japanese officials.

Johnson visited the Research Institute for Science and Engineering at Tokyo's prestigious Waseda University, where he was introduced to cutting-edge Japanese robots.

He beamed when he was approached by the "Wabian 2" walking robot and shook hands with it. University scientists say the robot can run, hop and may even get to carry the Olympic torch for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

"He looks as though he is about to do martial arts," Johnson said as the robot walked. "I don't believe it, I just don't believe it."

He also saw a disaster response robot called "Octopus," which he said reminded him of t

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]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:02:16 -0600 <![CDATA[AHL allowing players on minor league deals to go to Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/ahl-allowing-players-on-minor-league-deals-to-go-to-olympics/article/feed/477759?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ahl-allowing-players-on-minor-league-deals-to-go-to-olympics/article/feed/477759?custom_click=rss

Players on American Hockey League contracts will be eligible to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

President and CEO David Andrews confirmed through a league spokesman Wednesday that teams were informed they could loan players on AHL contracts to national teams for the purposes of participating in the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The AHL sent a memo to its 30 clubs saying players could only be loaned for Olympic participation from Feb. 5-26.

The Olympic men's hockey tournament runs from Feb. 9-25. Like the NHL, which is not having its players participate for the first time since 1994, the AHL does not have an Olympic break in its schedule.

The AHL's decision does not affect players assigned to that league on NHL one- or t

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]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:36:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Medals all around! Plenty of gold, silver, bronze at worlds]]> http://gazette.com/medals-all-around-plenty-of-gold-silver-bronze-at-worlds/article/feed/477760?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medals-all-around-plenty-of-gold-silver-bronze-at-worlds/article/feed/477760?custom_click=rss

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Not everyone gets a medal at the world aquatic championships. It only seems that way.

A plethora of titles are being handed out along the banks of Danube, far more than are available at the Olympics, though there are some downright puzzling events.

Anyone up for some solo synchronized swimming?

"I get many questions online," Russia's Svetlana Kolesnichenko said through a translator, after capturing the gold medal Wednesday in the solo free event. "The question is: What is the synchronicity in (solo) synchronized swimming? My answer would be: It's a different type of work. When you synchronize to the music, you have your own vision, your own interpretation of the music.

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]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:47:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Swimming body clears Kuwaiti official for re-election]]> http://gazette.com/swimming-body-clears-kuwaiti-official-for-re-election/article/feed/477622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/swimming-body-clears-kuwaiti-official-for-re-election/article/feed/477622?custom_click=rss

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Though linked to a bribery case, Kuwaiti official Husain al-Musallam has been cleared to be re-elected unopposed Saturday as the senior vice president of swimming's governing body.

"There was no case to answer based on the information that is available to FINA at this time," the governing body of world swimming said Wednesday in a statement.

FINA said in May it would "take all measures deemed necessary" after al-Musallam was identified in United States federal documents as "co-conspirator #3" in a FIFA bribery case.

In Brooklyn federal court, FIFA audit committee member Richard Lai of Guam said he was paid six-figure bribes through the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to advance the soccer intere

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]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:37:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Weertman edges Wilimovsky for 10K open water title at worlds]]> http://gazette.com/weertman-edges-wilimovsky-for-10k-open-water-title-at-worlds/article/feed/477323?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/weertman-edges-wilimovsky-for-10k-open-water-title-at-worlds/article/feed/477323?custom_click=rss

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — After swimming for almost two hours in open water, Olympic champion Ferry Weertman edged defending champion Jordan Wilimovsky by one tenth of a second for the 10-kilometer title at the world championships on Tuesday.

Weertman earned the Netherlands' first medal of the championships, on Lake Balaton, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of Budapest.

"I just love swimming ... I haven't stopped for a moment, and this hard work paid off," said the 25-year-old Weertman, who began swimming at age 6 because his brother made it look like fun.

Wilimovsky had no regrets, despite the closest of finishes.

"I cannot complain about my swim. I tried everything I could.

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]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:47:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Tokyo 2020: Budget uncertainty will continue to 2019]]> http://gazette.com/tokyo-2020-budget-uncertainty-will-continue-to-2019/article/feed/477312?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tokyo-2020-budget-uncertainty-will-continue-to-2019/article/feed/477312?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — Uncertainty over the final budget for the 2020 Olympic Games will continue until 2019, the head of the Tokyo Organizing Committee said on Tuesday.

"We will continue to explore more cost efficiencies," Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto told the foreign media amid concerns regarding the higher-than-projected costs.

The estimated cost of hosting the games has doubled to 1.4 trillion yen ($12.6 billion) from the 730 billion yen ($6.6 billion) that was proposed when Tokyo won the bid in 2013.

Tokyo has cut some costs by shifting to temporary facilities and pre-existing ones, including some outside Tokyo, instead of building new facilities.

Muto said 60 percent of the venues are existing ones, and 40 percent ar

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]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:28:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Japan Olympics Tokyo 2020]]> http://gazette.com/japan-olympics-tokyo-2020/article/feed/389228?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/japan-olympics-tokyo-2020/article/feed/389228?custom_click=rss Tokyo Organizing Committee of Tokyo 2020 Olympics CEO Toshiro Muto speaks during a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Muto said that uncertainty over the final budget will continue until 2019, the year before the Summer Games. “We will continue to explore more cost efficiencies,” Muto told the foreign media amid concerns regarding the higher-than-projected costs.

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Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:06:05 -0600
<![CDATA[USA Luge adds German medalist Florschuetz as consultant]]> http://gazette.com/usa-luge-adds-german-medalist-florschuetz-as-consultant/article/feed/477128?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-luge-adds-german-medalist-florschuetz-as-consultant/article/feed/477128?custom_click=rss LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — USA Luge has hired 2006 Olympic medalist Andre Florschuetz as a technology consultant, with hopes the move will provide the Americans another boost going into this winter's Pyeongchang Games.

Florschuetz teamed with Torsten Wustlich to give powerful Germany a silver medal in doubles at the Turin Games. He's also a former world championships medalist.

Florschuetz will be with USA Luge through the 2019-20 season. His hiring was announced Monday.

The top U.S. doubles team of Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman finished a team-high third in the final World Cup doubles standings last season, and did so on a sled built by Florschuetz.

The U.S. team is expected to start on-ice work for the comin

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]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:25:46 -0600 <![CDATA[IAAF provisionally suspends Fredericks in payment probe]]> http://gazette.com/iaaf-provisionally-suspends-fredericks-in-payment-probe/article/feed/477098?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iaaf-provisionally-suspends-fredericks-in-payment-probe/article/feed/477098?custom_click=rss

MONACO (AP) — Four-time Olympic medalist Frank Fredericks has been suspended from duty by track and field's governing body, the IAAF, while he is investigated for alleged corruption suspected of being linked to the 2016 Olympics hosting vote.

The independent Athletics Integrity Unit said Monday that its request for an interim ban on Fredericks, a former sprinter from Namibia, was granted by the IAAF disciplinary panel.

Fredericks, who is also an International Olympic Committee member, is separately being investigated by the IOC ethics commission over a near-$300,000 payment he received on Oct. 2, 2009 — the same day Rio de Janeiro won the 2016 Olympic hosting vote in a four-city contest.

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]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:50:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Ross tops Walsh Jennings in first matchup since beach split]]> http://gazette.com/ross-tops-walsh-jennings-in-first-matchup-since-beach-split/article/feed/477033?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ross-tops-walsh-jennings-in-first-matchup-since-beach-split/article/feed/477033?custom_click=rss LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — April Ross topped former partner Kerri Walsh Jennings in their first head-to-head matchup since winning the beach volleyball bronze medal together at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Ross and new teammate Lauren Fendrick took silver at the World Series of Beach Volleyball, losing in the final to Brazil's Larissa and Talita. Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and Nicole Branagh were eliminated in pool play, including a 22-20, 21-18 loss to Ross and Fendrick in their opener on Thursday.

Three-time Olympian Phil Dalhausser and partner Nick Lucena won the men's title. They beat Canada's Sam Pedlow and Sam Schachter in straight sets in the final.

The World Series of Beach Volleyball i

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]]> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 19:12:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Brazil court dismisses Ryan Lochte false report case]]> http://gazette.com/brazil-court-dismisses-ryan-lochte-false-report-case/article/feed/476852?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brazil-court-dismisses-ryan-lochte-false-report-case/article/feed/476852?custom_click=rss SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian court has dismissed the criminal case against U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, who had been charged with filing a false robbery report during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The court confirmed in a statement this week that it tossed out the case after determining that Lochte's robbery claim made to NBC did not constitute the filing of a fake report, a crime punishable in Brazil by up to 18 months in prison.

"We are pleased that the court has finally dismissed the criminal prosecution against Mr. Lochte, while also acknowledging that he committed no crime while in Brazil.

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]]> Sat, 15 Jul 2017 16:43:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Salt Lake City's Winter Games chances improved, expert says]]> http://gazette.com/salt-lake-citys-winter-games-chances-improved-expert-says/article/feed/476844?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/salt-lake-citys-winter-games-chances-improved-expert-says/article/feed/476844?custom_click=rss SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The International Olympic Committee's decision this week to pick both Paris and Los Angeles as the next two Summer Games' hosts is a break from tradition that one expert feels could improve Salt Lake City's chances to host another Winter Games.

Ed Hula, founder and editor of Olympics business news source Around the Rings, said Salt Lake City has a better chance of hosting the 2030 Winter Games now that the committee has shown it's willing to go against the norm, The Deseret News (http://bit.ly/2uo4rw9 ) reported.

Hula expects Paris to land the 2024 Summer Games and Los Angeles the 2028 Summer Games, he said.

The committee does not typically pick the location of two games at once, as it will do in

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]]> Sat, 15 Jul 2017 14:47:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Ryan Lochte cleared of criminal charge stemming from Rio Olympics incident]]> http://gazette.com/ryan-lochte-cleared-of-criminal-charge-stemming-from-rio-olympics-incident/article/1607142?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ryan-lochte-cleared-of-criminal-charge-stemming-from-rio-olympics-incident/article/1607142?custom_click=rss

An appellate court in Brazil has dismissed a criminal case against U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, concluding that Lochte did not break the law in exaggerating the details of an incident at a gas station during the Rio Olympics in August.

Lochte had been charged with falsely communicating a crime to authorities after he gave an interview to NBC in which he said he and three other members of the U.S. swim team had been stopped and robbed at gunpoint as the cab they were in tried to pull away from the service station. Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen had been out celebrating after the conclusion of the swimming competition at the Rio Games.

The swimmers, who were returning to the Olympic Village from a party,

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Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:11:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Summer Olympics likely coming to Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028]]> http://gazette.com/summer-olympics-likely-coming-to-paris-in-2024-and-los-angeles-in-2028/article/1606893?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/summer-olympics-likely-coming-to-paris-in-2024-and-los-angeles-in-2028/article/1606893?custom_click=rss

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — If they can agree who goes first, Paris and Los Angeles will be awarded the 2024 and 2028 Olympics.

International Olympic Committee members voted unanimously to seek a consensus three-way deal between the two bid cities and the IOC executive board. Talks will open with Paris widely seen as the favorite for 2024.

If a deal falls through, only the 2024 hosting rights will be voted on when the  IOC next meets, on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru.

However, an agreement seemed assured by the reaction of the two mayors. Eric Garcetti of LA and Anne Hidalgo of Paris emerged on stage holding hands to welcome the decision.

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Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:06:25 -0600
<![CDATA[U.S. Olympic Committee sued by gymnast in sex-abuse scandal]]> http://gazette.com/u.s.-olympic-committee-sued-by-gymnast-in-sex-abuse-scandal/article/1606846?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-olympic-committee-sued-by-gymnast-in-sex-abuse-scandal/article/1606846?custom_click=rss

The sex-abuse scandal roiling the gymnastics world has taken a new turn with the parents of an elite athlete filing a lawsuit against the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Olympic Committee.

The unnamed gymnast's family is being represented by famed attorney Gloria Allred, who is making her first foray into the ever-expanding case, and by John Manly, who has more than 100 clients who say they were molested by former team doctor Larry Nassar.

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Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:08:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Through plea deal, USA Gymnastics doctor Nassar may avoid charges for alleged abuse at Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/through-plea-deal-usa-gymnastics-doctor-nassar-may-avoid-charges-for-alleged-abuse-at-olympics/article/1606860?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/through-plea-deal-usa-gymnastics-doctor-nassar-may-avoid-charges-for-alleged-abuse-at-olympics/article/1606860?custom_click=rss

Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team physician accused by more than 100 women of sexual assault, has agreed to a plea deal that could mean he won’t ever face criminal charges stemming from allegations he assaulted Team USA gymnasts overseas at the Olympics and other international events.

Under the agreement, Nassar has agreed to plead guilty to three federal charges related to possession of child pornography. Each charge carries a potential sentence of up to 20 years. According to the agreement, U.S. attorneys will recommend a combined prison sentence of about 22 to 27 years for Nassar, a 53-year-old osteopathic physician and father of three.

In exchange for Nassar’s admissions of guilt, U.S.

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Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:05:07 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Coronado grad Kyle Snyder prepares to tangle with 'The Russian Tank']]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-coronado-grad-kyle-snyder-prepares-to-tangle-with-the-russian-tank/article/1606744?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-coronado-grad-kyle-snyder-prepares-to-tangle-with-the-russian-tank/article/1606744?custom_click=rss

Everyone, Kyle Snyder says, is surprised by the heft of his gold medal.

Visitors to his apartment in Columbus, Ohio, want to see the gold he won as a wrestler at the Rio Olympics, and Snyder never says no. He heads to top of his dresser, where he keeps his gold medal. It’s not in some security deposit box. It’s on display in his bedroom.

When you visit Snyder’s place, you get a chance to wear the medal around your neck.

 “Everyone says it’s heavier than they would think it would be,” Snyder says as he takes a break from a workout at the Olympic Training Center, where he’s preparing for the August 1-7 World Championships in Finland.

He brings the medal along for

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Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:05:12 -0600
<![CDATA[IOC completing 1,000 retests of Vancouver Olympic samples ]]> http://gazette.com/ioc-completing-1000-retests-of-vancouver-olympic-samples/article/1606778?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ioc-completing-1000-retests-of-vancouver-olympic-samples/article/1606778?custom_click=rss

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The IOC expects to complete retesting of more than 1,000 doping samples from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics next month.

Hundreds of results have already been obtained in the reanalysis program, said Richard Budgett, the Olympic body's medical director. He declined to provide details Sunday at a news conference after an IOC executive board meeting.

Any positive tests would allow the IOC to remove athletes who are still active from the Pyeongchang Winter Games, which open Feb. 9 in South Korea.

All samples from more than 170 Russian athletes who competed in Vancouver are being retested.

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Sun, 09 Jul 2017 13:50:48 -0600
<![CDATA[USA Women's U19 basketball team practicing in Colorado Springs for World Cup]]> http://gazette.com/usa-womens-u19-basketball-team-practicing-in-colorado-springs-for-world-cup/article/1606687?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-womens-u19-basketball-team-practicing-in-colorado-springs-for-world-cup/article/1606687?custom_click=rss

The USA U19 Women's World Team is beginning its preparation to defend its FIBA U19 World Cup title this upcoming week in Colorado Springs.

USA will begin its training at 9 a.m. Saturday. The team will train twice a day through Friday, with the exception ofMonday, when it will only practice at 11 a.m. Also, every night practice will be open to the public at the Olympic Training Center.

The team is a six-time defending FIBA U19 gold medalists and is looking to make it seven in a row July 22-30 in Cividale, France, and Udine, Italy.

Prior to the World Cup play, the team will participate in a three-game invitational against Italy, Latvia and Spain from July 17-19.

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Fri, 07 Jul 2017 17:43:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Injured Olympian defies doctors to walk for his wedding]]> http://gazette.com/injured-olympian-defies-doctors-to-walk-for-his-wedding/article/1606488?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/injured-olympian-defies-doctors-to-walk-for-his-wedding/article/1606488?custom_click=rss

On good days, American high jumper Jamie Nieto can shuffle 130 steps without a cane or walker.

It’s an important distance — about the length from the altar to the church door. His vow: Make it all the way, under his own power, when he’s married on July 22.

The two-time Olympian is recovering from a spinal cord injury he suffered on a misjudged backflip in April 2016. The accident initially left him with no feeling in his hands and feet. Walking? Doctors couldn’t predict if he would take more than a few steps — or any at all.

“People keep saying my recovery is really fast,” said the 40-year-old Nieto, who lives in Los Angeles. “I feel like it’s not fast

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Wed, 05 Jul 2017 09:37:47 -0600