<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:35:22 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AP Source: NHLPA rejects offer to extend CBA for Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/ap-source-nhlpa-rejects-offer-to-extend-cba-for-olympics/article/feed/427984?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-nhlpa-rejects-offer-to-extend-cba-for-olympics/article/feed/427984?custom_click=rss A person with direct knowledge of the decision says the NHL Players' Association has rejected the league's offer to extend the current collective bargaining agreement three years in exchange for participation in the 2018 Olympics.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because it wasn't being formally announced.

The Canadian Press first reported the NHLPA rejected the offer, which was made by the NHL amid talks with the International Ice Hockey Federation and International Olympic Committee about players going to Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018.

NHL players have participated in the past five Olympics dating to 1998, but there's doubt about 2018 because of the IOC's reluctance to p

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:18:35 -0700 <![CDATA[Bolt says 200-meter world record now likely beyond him]]> http://gazette.com/bolt-says-200-meter-world-record-now-likely-beyond-him/article/feed/427812?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bolt-says-200-meter-world-record-now-likely-beyond-him/article/feed/427812?custom_click=rss

MONACO (AP) — The world's fastest man is slowing down.

Usain Bolt again said he doesn't plan to run the 200 meters in his final season, realizing that his world record of 19.19 seconds is now likely beyond him.

Speaking Friday in Monaco before picking up the IAAF's male athlete of the year award for a sixth time, the 30-year-old Bolt said he thought he could dip under the 19-second barrier at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. But coming off the bend in the final, he felt his legs didn't have a record-beating performance in them.

"After last season, I kind of figured out that no matter how hard I work at this point, it probably is going to be hard to get the 200-meter world record," Bolt said.

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:08:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Bolt is IAAF athlete of year; Ayana wins women's award]]> http://gazette.com/bolt-is-iaaf-athlete-of-year-ayana-wins-womens-award/article/feed/427937?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bolt-is-iaaf-athlete-of-year-ayana-wins-womens-award/article/feed/427937?custom_click=rss

MONACO (AP) — Usain Bolt is track and field's male athlete of the year, winning the award from the sport's governing body for a sixth time.

Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia won the women's award, after her world-record run to win Olympic gold in the 10,000 meters.

The awards were handed out Friday by the IAAF at a gala ceremony in Monaco. The winners were chosen by athletics officials, athletes, journalists and an online public poll.

Bolt won golds in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100 meters at the Rio Olympics, repeating his feats of the 2012 London Games and in Beijing in 2008.

Ayana smashed the world record in the Olympic 10,000m. Her time of 29:17.45 shaved more than 14 seconds off the previous best.

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:06:23 -0700 <![CDATA[LA 2024 releases $5.3 billion budget; no new stadiums needed]]> http://gazette.com/la-2024-releases-5.3-billion-budget-no-new-stadiums-needed/article/feed/427816?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/la-2024-releases-5.3-billion-budget-no-new-stadiums-needed/article/feed/427816?custom_click=rss

The Los Angeles bid committee for the 2024 Olympics released details of a nearly unheard-of budget plan Friday, insisting $5.3 billion will be enough to cover both operational and infrastructure costs for an Olympics that won't need any new, permanent stadiums.

The cost would be less than half that of the recently completed Rio Games and about a quarter of Tokyo's ballooning budget for the 2020 Olympics.

It also defies convention in the Olympic bidding business, in which cities traditionally deal with two figures — one for operational costs and one for "non-Olympics" costs that cover capital and infrastructure.

Bid officials say they can do this because more than 30 venues already exist in the L.A. area and those that

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:46:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Bach: 'Rational arguments' favor NHL going to Pyeongchang]]> http://gazette.com/bach-rational-arguments-favor-nhl-going-to-pyeongchang/article/feed/427879?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bach-rational-arguments-favor-nhl-going-to-pyeongchang/article/feed/427879?custom_click=rss LONDON (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says it is in the interest of all parties for NHL players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The NHL and International Ice Hockey Federation have been negotiating over travel and insurance costs for the top players to go to the games. The International Olympic Committee does not want to cover those costs as it has at the previous five Winter Games.

Bach tells The Olympic Channel in an interview that "all the rational arguments are speaking in favor of participation."

He says "it is in the interest of both (the IIHF and NHL) and also of the IOC to have the best players at the Olympic Games.

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:44:47 -0700 <![CDATA[LA 2024 budget]]> http://gazette.com/la-2024-budget/article/feed/427864?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/la-2024-budget/article/feed/427864?custom_click=rss FILE - This Feb. 13, 2008, file photo shows the facade of The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles bid committee for the 2024 Olympics is projecting a $5.3 billion budget, a number that would be less than half the cost of the recently completed Rio de Janeiro Games and about a quarter of where Tokyo’s ballooning budget for 2020 currently stands. Bid officials say they can do this because more than 30 venues already exist and those that don't will be built as temporary structures.

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:34:28 -0700
<![CDATA[FIFA Awards]]> http://gazette.com/fifa-awards/article/feed/427838?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fifa-awards/article/feed/427838?custom_click=rss FILE -In this Aug. 19, 2016 file picture Germany's Melanie Behringer, front, challenges for the ball with Sweden's Lisa Dahlkvist during the final of the women's Olympic football tournament between Germany and Sweden at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. FIFA says Friday Dec. 2, 2016 Behringer is on the three player shortlist for best woman soccer player of the year award.

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:12:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Cost reductions, venue plans dominate Tokyo 2020 meetings]]> http://gazette.com/cost-reductions-venue-plans-dominate-tokyo-2020-meetings/article/feed/427685?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cost-reductions-venue-plans-dominate-tokyo-2020-meetings/article/feed/427685?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — Further efforts to cut costs and the venues for five new sports were the focus of a coordination commission review of the Tokyo Olympics that wrapped up on Friday.

IOC vice president John Coates led the two-day meetings, held amid concerns about the budget for the 2020 Games. Construction costs have soared in part due to shortages in labor and materials as Japan also continues recovery from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Coates, who was a vice president of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, said the IOC would not accept an $18 billion budget put forth by Tokyo organizers, emphasizing the games could be delivered for less and the figure could scare off cities considering bids for future games.

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:35:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Olympic hero Michael Phelps looks to dip his toes in tech]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-hero-michael-phelps-looks-to-dip-his-toes-in-tech/article/feed/427232?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-hero-michael-phelps-looks-to-dip-his-toes-in-tech/article/feed/427232?custom_click=rss

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Michael Phelps wants to dive into Silicon Valley's investment opportunities as he tries to make the transition from Olympic swimming star and product pitchman to entrepreneur.

"I would love to get involved, whether it's in a couple little startups here and there, take a little risk, have some fun and see where it goes," Phelps said in an interview during a recent visit to San Jose, California, while appearing at Intuit's QuickBooks software conference.

For now, Phelps isn't providing any details about what he is going to do, though he says he has been getting advice from venture capitalists and other experienced investors in Silicon Valley startups.

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]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:59:33 -0700 <![CDATA[USA Track and Field agrees to 8-year deal with NBC]]> http://gazette.com/usa-track-and-field-agrees-to-8-year-deal-with-nbc/article/feed/427330?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-track-and-field-agrees-to-8-year-deal-with-nbc/article/feed/427330?custom_click=rss USA Track and Field has cut an eight-year deal for NBC to present the federation's key events on its main broadcast network, cable and digital platforms.

The deal is considered groundbreaking for Olympic sports, many of which pay the network's production costs in exchange for the air time.

The arrangement greatly reduces USATF's costs, which have reached nearly $2 million a year, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because financial details of the agreement were not public.

The agreement calls for at least 18 hours of live coverage of USATF events, including national championships and the Prefontaine Classic, with at least eight of those hours on NBC.

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]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:30:48 -0700 <![CDATA[Olympic body loans Hickey money to meet Brazilian bail]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-body-loans-hickey-money-to-meet-brazilian-bail/article/feed/427494?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-body-loans-hickey-money-to-meet-brazilian-bail/article/feed/427494?custom_click=rss RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Association of National Olympic Committees says it loaned former IOC member Patrick Hickey bail money so he can be released from legal custody in Brazil.

Hickey was arrested three months ago during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on ticket scalping charges.

A Brazilian judge two weeks ago set bail at 1.5 million reals ($430,000).

In a statement on Thursday, ANOC says "the payment was made as a temporary loan" so Hickey can receive medical treatment in Ireland. ANOC says it must be repaid "in full."

Hickey is reported to have a heart condition. He has temporarily stepped down from all of his Olympic positions.

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]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:57:22 -0700 <![CDATA[No immediate return for Russia to athletics events]]> http://gazette.com/no-immediate-return-for-russia-to-athletics-events/article/feed/427441?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-immediate-return-for-russia-to-athletics-events/article/feed/427441?custom_click=rss

MONACO (AP) — Russia will stay stuck in track and field's doghouse, its athletes banned from competing under their own flag, until February at the earliest.

In his latest update on Russian anti-doping efforts, Rune Andersen said on Thursday there has been progress but that his taskforce which is monitoring the situation for the IAAF is not yet ready to give Russia a clean bill of health.

The taskforce wants to return to Moscow in January, and also is waiting for a report next week that is expected to detail how Russian authorities subverted drug testing at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the Norwegian anti-doping expert said.

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]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:32:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Trump speaks with Bach to express support for LA Olympic bid]]> http://gazette.com/trump-speaks-with-bach-to-express-support-for-la-olympic-bid/article/feed/427395?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-speaks-with-bach-to-express-support-for-la-olympic-bid/article/feed/427395?custom_click=rss President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with the head of the International Olympic Committee to voice his support for Los Angeles' bid to host the 2024 Games.

The Los Angeles bid committee says on Twitter that Trump spoke with IOC President Thomas Bach "to express his strong support" for the Olympics and for the city's "plans to host a great Games."

Los Angeles, which is competing against Paris and Budapest, Hungary, is seeking to bring the Summer Olympics back to the U.S. for the first time since Atlanta hosted the 1996 Games. The IOC will select the host city on Sept. 13, 2017, in Lima, Peru.

Trump spoke with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti last week and told him he supported the Olympic bid.

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]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:15:20 -0700 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Soccer Olympian Mia Hamm keynotes Peak Vista's Breakfast of Champions]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-soccer-olympian-mia-hamm-keynotes-peak-vistas-breakfast-of-champions/article/1591368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-soccer-olympian-mia-hamm-keynotes-peak-vistas-breakfast-of-champions/article/1591368?custom_click=rss

One of the favorite nonprofit events each fall is the Peak Vista Breakfast of Champions and the big question in advance is always which Wheaties box Olympic great will be the keynote speaker.

Filling that role this year, thanks to the USOC's Olympians and Paralympians Association, was Olympic soccer great Mia Hamm.

Almost 700 people, a number of them young soccer players, were at The Broadmoor Nov. 8-9 to meet and hear Hamm and help raise $255,000 for the community health centers.

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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:37:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Asia adopts FIFA election rule, clears Sheik Ahmad to stand]]> http://gazette.com/asia-adopts-fifa-election-rule-clears-sheik-ahmad-to-stand/article/feed/427255?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asia-adopts-fifa-election-rule-clears-sheik-ahmad-to-stand/article/feed/427255?custom_click=rss ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Asian Football Confederation has confirmed a rule for elections to FIFA Council seats, allowing Olympic powerbroker Sheik Ahmad of Kuwait to be a candidate.

Elections in May for FIFA positions will be "conducted under the terms of the FIFA regulations which allows any member association to nominate a candidate," the AFC said on Thursday after an executive committee meeting.

That is different from AFC election rules which require that candidates "shall be proposed by his football association."

Kuwait's national soccer body is barred from nominating candidates while suspended by FIFA in a dispute over government interference.

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]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:02:39 -0700 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Paralympians share Rio stories at Association of Blind Athletes breakfast]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-paralympians-share-rio-stories-at-association-of-blind-athletes-breakfast/article/1591369?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-paralympians-share-rio-stories-at-association-of-blind-athletes-breakfast/article/1591369?custom_click=rss

Vibrant Olympic colors and revolving videos of Olympic/Paralympic greats circling the Hall of Fame Rotunda set the theme for U.S. Association of Blind Athletes' Breakfast with Champions fundraiser where Rio 2016 athletes shared their medal achievements and adventures with guests, sponsors and fellow athletes.

Held at the Olympic Training Center Nov. 4, the breakfast featured speakers with their goals firmly focused on Tokyo 2020.

For Rio Paralympic track and field medalist Lex Gillette it's following his mantra "No need for sight if you have a vision." Someday he'll put it all in a book, including his trip to the White House where he spent time with "a cool dude," President Barack Obama.

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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:44:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Clean athletes still waiting for prize money from dopers]]> http://gazette.com/clean-athletes-still-waiting-for-prize-money-from-dopers/article/feed/427267?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clean-athletes-still-waiting-for-prize-money-from-dopers/article/feed/427267?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW (AP) — Seven years after the race of her life at the world track and field championships, Olive Loughnane is still waiting for her prize money.

That's because the first woman across the finish line in the 20-kilometer walk in Berlin in 2009 wasn't the Irish athlete. It was Russia's Olga Kaniskina, who was later banned for doping but hasn't returned the gold medal or the $30,000 in cash owed to Loughnane.

"I've three young children," Loughnane said. "They will be going to college. It's not an insignificant amount. I didn't earn anywhere near the amount of money as an athlete that would allow me to retire.

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]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:57:16 -0700 <![CDATA[Athletes using power of the selfie to clean sports of doping]]> http://gazette.com/athletes-using-power-of-the-selfie-to-clean-sports-of-doping/article/1590577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/athletes-using-power-of-the-selfie-to-clean-sports-of-doping/article/1590577?custom_click=rss

BOSTON — It resembles the symbol for infinity: a sideways "S'' that Kara Goucher, Molly Huddle and other elite U.S. athletes suddenly are sporting on biceps, wrists and shins.

The tattoos are temporary. But the campaign they represent is an all-out attempt to permanently purge competitive athletics of doping.

"People are getting the impression that everyone's dirty," Goucher, a top-ranked marathoner based in Boulder, Colorado, told The Associated Press. "We need to build the sport back up in a positive light."

That's the goal of the Clean Sport Collective , a new anti-doping initiative making a splash on social media.

It launched this month with an aggressive campaign on Facebook, Twitter and

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Sat, 19 Nov 2016 16:59:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Retired Gen. Martin Dempsey elected USA Basketball chairman]]> http://gazette.com/retired-gen.-martin-dempsey-elected-usa-basketball-chairman/article/1590238?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/retired-gen.-martin-dempsey-elected-usa-basketball-chairman/article/1590238?custom_click=rss

COLORADO SPRINGS — Retired Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been elected chairman of USA Basketball.

Dempsey replaces Jerry Colangelo, who held the position for two terms but will focus now on his role as managing director of the U.S. men's national team.

Dempsey was elected during a meeting of USA Basketball's board of directors on Monday. His term is from 2017-2020.

He retired last year after 41 years in the military, the last four as the senior officer in the Armed Forces and the military adviser to the secretary of defense and to the president. He was appointed special adviser to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in January.

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Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:06:18 -0700