<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:33:11 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Fredericks steps aside from IAAF work, to skip council meet]]> http://gazette.com/fredericks-steps-aside-from-iaaf-work-to-skip-council-meet/article/feed/451712?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fredericks-steps-aside-from-iaaf-work-to-skip-council-meet/article/feed/451712?custom_click=rss

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Frank Fredericks has stepped aside from all his duties at the IAAF and "indicated" he won't attend its council meeting in London next month while he's the subject of an ethics investigation, world athletics head Sebastian Coe said on Saturday.

Coe noted Fredericks had not resigned as a member of the IAAF's ruling council "but stepped aside to let all bodies investigate the matter."

Fredericks, who is also a voting International Olympic Committee member, is being investigated by the IOC ethics panel over a payment of nearly $300,000 he received from a now-banned athletics official around the time Rio de Janeiro was awarded the right to host the 2016 Olympics.

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]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:43:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Bettman: Concessions needed for NHL to go to Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/bettman-concessions-needed-for-nhl-to-go-to-olympics/article/feed/451595?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bettman-concessions-needed-for-nhl-to-go-to-olympics/article/feed/451595?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — The International Olympic Committee and hockey's governing body will have to make concessions before the NHL sends the world's best players to the Winter Games in South Korea next year, commissioner Gary Bettman said on Friday.

"As things stand today, you should assume we're not going," he said.

Bettman made it clear at a breakfast with Chicago business leaders that league owners don't want to stop their season for three weeks again and put their stars at risk of injury without what they consider a tangible return. The reluctance is not new, but the NHL has participated in every Winter Olympics since 1998.

"If nothing changes, I don't see anybody participating," Bettman said.

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]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:41:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Only way to fly: Caldwell will win or lose with triples]]> http://gazette.com/only-way-to-fly-caldwell-will-win-or-lose-with-triples/article/feed/451589?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/only-way-to-fly-caldwell-will-win-or-lose-with-triples/article/feed/451589?custom_click=rss

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — As a teenager, Ashley Caldwell never had problems hanging with the boys when it came to doing the biggest flips off the aerials ramp. Now in her 20s, she sees no reason for that to change.

Caldwell will make or miss her third U.S. Olympic team, then potentially win or lose the gold medal in South Korea, by doing triple flips off the kicker while most of the women are doing doubles. It's an all-or-nothing proposition that sets the bar high, and sends a certain message, regardless of whether she finishes first or last.

"It's not just about trying to be there by myself," Caldwell says.

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]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:15:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Caldwell Triples to Win Freestyle Skiing]]> http://gazette.com/caldwell-triples-to-win-freestyle-skiing/article/feed/451536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/caldwell-triples-to-win-freestyle-skiing/article/feed/451536?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2014, file photo, United States' Ashley Caldwell gets emotional after the women's freestyle skiing aerials final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Caldwell was eliminated after the final 1. Caldwell will make or miss her third U.S. Olympic team, then win or lose the gold medal, by doing triple flips off the ramp while most of the rest of the women are doing doubles. (AP Photo/Jae C.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:01:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Oshie beats Bobrovsky in shootout as Caps beat Blue Jackets]]> http://gazette.com/oshie-beats-bobrovsky-in-shootout-as-caps-beat-blue-jackets/article/feed/451522?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oshie-beats-bobrovsky-in-shootout-as-caps-beat-blue-jackets/article/feed/451522?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — T.J. Sochi was back for one night only.

Reprising his memorable performance at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, T.J. Oshie again beat Sergei Bobrovsky in a shootout as the Washington Capitals came back to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 Thursday night. After beating Bobrovsky four times in six chances in the United States-Russia Olympic showdown, Oshie only needed to score once in the shootout this time to give his team an important victory with the playoffs not far away.

"I thought about it for 5 seconds maybe," Oshie said of his shootout dominance of Bobrovsky three years ago. "I was going to come in and do something else and saw something different and decided to go five-hole. It worked out.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:17:13 -0600 <![CDATA[NHL asked for decision on Olympics by end of April]]> http://gazette.com/nhl-asked-for-decision-on-olympics-by-end-of-april/article/feed/451503?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nhl-asked-for-decision-on-olympics-by-end-of-april/article/feed/451503?custom_click=rss

The NHL may be nearing a deadline to decide whether to allow the world's best hockey players to participate in the Winter Olympics next year in South Korea.

"I hope we can find a compromise in the next two or three weeks," International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel told The Associated Press on Thursday in a telephone interview from Russia. "We need to know by the end of April if they're coming, or not."

Fasel said leaders of national teams, including those in Canada and Russia, have recently told him they need to know next month if it is time for them to assemble their Plan B rosters. The IIHF is the game's international governing body and runs hockey tournaments, including those at the Olympics.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:59:50 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Dozens of French teenagers return to homeland]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-dozens-of-french-teenagers-return-to-homeland/article/feed/451391?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-dozens-of-french-teenagers-return-to-homeland/article/feed/451391?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — The latest on the attack outside Britain's Parliament (all times local):

11 p.m.

Dozens of French teenagers have returned to their homeland after a traumatic school trip to London during which some of them witnessed the attack on Westminster Bridge.

A plane chartered by their insurance company landed Thursday night at an airport in Quimper, in France's western Brittany region.

Some 90 students from the Saint-Joseph high school in nearby Concarneau were then driven to the town of Tregunc, also in Brittany, where French Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and her colleague in charge of victims' assistance Juliette Meadel welcomed them back.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:59:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Correction: IAAF-Fredericks story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-iaaf-fredericks-story/article/feed/451258?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-iaaf-fredericks-story/article/feed/451258?custom_click=rss LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — In a story March 22 about Frank Fredericks, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Fredericks has retained all his IAAF duties. While Fredericks is still on the IAAF Council, he has stepped down from the IAAF Taskforce.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Under suspicion, Fredericks urged to step aside from IAAF

IAAF Council member Frank Fredericks has been urged by a colleague to step aside from the governing body's work

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Under investigation by an Olympic ethics panel over a $300,000 payment he received, IAAF Council member Frank Fredericks has been urged by a colleague to step aside from the governing body's work.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:16:16 -0600 <![CDATA[US Speedskating to hold long track trials in Milwaukee]]> http://gazette.com/us-speedskating-to-hold-long-track-trials-in-milwaukee/article/feed/451455?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-speedskating-to-hold-long-track-trials-in-milwaukee/article/feed/451455?custom_click=rss KEARNS, Utah (AP) — The United States will hold its Olympic long track speedskating trials at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee.

US Speedskating announced Thursday the trials are set for Jan. 2-7 in 2018 to determine the American team for the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Up to 20 athletes — 10 men and 10 women — could earn spots over 12 individual events and two team races.

US Speedskating notes that 34 Olympic medals have been won by skaters born and raised in Wisconsin. The trials will be held in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Pettit Center's opening.

The U.S. short track trials are Dec. 15-17 at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, a suburb of Salt Lake City.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:52:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Kristi Yamaguchi tweets 'break a leg' to Nancy Kerrigan]]> http://gazette.com/kristi-yamaguchi-tweets-break-a-leg-to-nancy-kerrigan/article/feed/451452?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kristi-yamaguchi-tweets-break-a-leg-to-nancy-kerrigan/article/feed/451452?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A good luck tweet from Kristi Yamaguchi to former Olympic figure skating teammate Nancy Kerrigan is drawing online attention.

Kerrigan is competing on the current season of "Dancing with the Stars." Yamaguchi tweeted to Kerrigan on Monday, "Can't wait to see you grace that ballroom floor," before adding "break a leg."

Ahead of the 1994 Winter Olympics, Kerrigan was hit in the leg with a crowbar by a man hired by the ex-husband of fellow Team USA skater Tonya Harding.

Social media users quickly took notice of the wording and responded with memes to express disbelief at Yamaguchi's words.

Yamaguchi's spokeswoman says in a statement that "Kristi loves Nancy" and "no ill will was intended.

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]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:23:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Olympic Museum project nearing final hurdles]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-olympic-museum-project-nearing-final-hurdles/article/1599514?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-olympic-museum-project-nearing-final-hurdles/article/1599514?custom_click=rss

Faced with an end-of-the-month deadline to complete fundraising for their $75 million project and still short of donations, U.S. Olympic Museum officials say they've obtained financial help from major contributors and expect to start site work in the next two weeks.

The museum, designed as a showcase for the nation's Olympic and Paralympic movements through exhibits and displays, is being counted on by community leaders to boost area tourism and inject life into southwest downtown Colorado Springs.

Museum officials conceded Wednesday they're still raising funds for the project, planned for 1.7 acres at Vermijo Avenue and Sierra Madre Street.



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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:05:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Russia says 3 disqualified from 2012 Olympics for doping]]> http://gazette.com/russia-says-3-disqualified-from-2012-olympics-for-doping/article/feed/451247?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russia-says-3-disqualified-from-2012-olympics-for-doping/article/feed/451247?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW (AP) — Three Russian athletes have been disqualified from the 2012 Olympics after failing doping retests, the country's track federation said.

Hammer throwers Maria Bespalova and Gulfiya Khanafeeva, and triple jumper Viktoria Valyukevich were all disqualified. None of them were medalists.

The disqualifications of Bespalova and Khanafeeva mean all three Russian women who competed in the hammer throw in 2012 have tested positive for doping. Tatyana Lysenko was the original winner, but was stripped of her gold medal in October.

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]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:34:08 -0600 <![CDATA[South Korea's Olympic ringers sing their way onto the team]]> http://gazette.com/south-koreas-olympic-ringers-sing-their-way-onto-the-team/article/feed/451261?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-koreas-olympic-ringers-sing-their-way-onto-the-team/article/feed/451261?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW (AP) — To earn a place on South Korea's team for next year's Olympics, you may need to brush up on your singing.

A rendition of the national anthem in front of immigration officials is a daunting but necessary hurdle faced by the many foreign-born athletes seeking to represent the home team at the Pyeongchang Games.

Alexander Gamelin, an ice dancer from Boston, has the anthem memorized and is reading up on Korean culture and history ahead of his immigration interview. The aim is to become a naturalized citizen, then a South Korean Olympian.

"He's smart. He catches on pretty quick," said Gamelin's dance partner, California-born South Korean citizen Yura Min. "Honestly, I think Alex does know more than I do at th

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]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:28:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Russia Doping Retests]]> http://gazette.com/russia-doping-retests/article/feed/451265?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russia-doping-retests/article/feed/451265?custom_click=rss FILE In this Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 file photo Russia's Victoria Valyukevich makes an attempt in the women's Triple Jump qualification during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. Russian officials say three of the country's athletes have been retroactively disqualified from the 2012 Olympics after failing doping retests. The Russian track and field federation says hammer throwers Maria Bespalova and Gulfiya Khanafeeva and triple jumper Viktoria Valyukevich have been disqualified. (AP Photo/David J.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:21:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Athletics IAAF Fredericks]]> http://gazette.com/athletics-iaaf-fredericks/article/feed/451266?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/athletics-iaaf-fredericks/article/feed/451266?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Tuesday, March 29, 2011 file photo, former British athlete and head of the LOCOG, Sebastian Coe, right, speaks to former Namibian athlete and Chairman of the IOC Athletes' Commission Frank Fredericks in the London 2012 Olympic stadium, London. Under investigation by an Olympic ethics panel over a $300,000 payment he received, IAAF Council member Frank Fredericks has been urged by a colleague to step aside from the governing body’s work. European Athletics president Svein-Arne Hansen’s call to Fredericks on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 came three weeks before track and field’s ruling council meets in London under the chairmanship of IAAF President Sebastian Coe.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:18:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Paris Olympic bid team tells IOC it doesn't want 2028 Games]]> http://gazette.com/paris-olympic-bid-team-tells-ioc-it-doesnt-want-2028-games/article/feed/451153?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paris-olympic-bid-team-tells-ioc-it-doesnt-want-2028-games/article/feed/451153?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — The Paris bid team issued an ultimatum to the IOC on Tuesday: It's the 2024 Olympics or nothing.

With only Paris and Los Angeles left as 2024 bidders after rivals dropped out, IOC President Thomas Bach has raised the prospect of one city being awarded 2024 and the other taking 2028 to avoid there being a loser.

But with less than six months until the vote, the International Olympic Committee is still hesitating over whether to go through with a sudden bidding change.

And Bach's vision to lock up Summer Games hosts for the next 11 years could be derailed by the insistence of both LA and Paris that they are only focused on 2024.

"We can't accept '28," Paris bid co-chairman Tony Estanguet said during

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]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:22:35 -0600 <![CDATA[USA gymnastics president resigns amid sexual abuse scandal]]> http://gazette.com/usa-gymnastics-president-resigns-amid-sexual-abuse-scandal/article/1599064?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-gymnastics-president-resigns-amid-sexual-abuse-scandal/article/1599064?custom_click=rss

Steve Penny has resigned as president of USA Gymnastics following intensified pressure on the organization for its handling of sex abuse cases.

The resignation came a week after the Colorado Springs-based United States Olympic Committee's board sent a recommendation to USA Gymnastics chairman Paul Parilla requesting Penny step down.

The organization said Penny informed them of the decision in a conference call.



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Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:24:52 -0600
<![CDATA[AP source: USOC to discuss USA Gymnastics president's fate]]> http://gazette.com/ap-source-usoc-to-discuss-usa-gymnastics-presidents-fate/article/1598511?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-source-usoc-to-discuss-usa-gymnastics-presidents-fate/article/1598511?custom_click=rss

U.S. Olympic Committee officials will consider recommending the ouster of USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny at their board meeting Thursday amid the fallout from a sexual assault scandal surrounding a former team doctor, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Penny is a co-defendant in a civil lawsuit filed by 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, who has accused former volunteer team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the USOC's discussions regarding Penny's future have been private.

USA Gymnastics has denied wrongdoing.



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Thu, 09 Mar 2017 06:38:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Air Academy's Abby Farrell to play wheelchair basketball at Illinois]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-air-academys-abby-farrell-to-play-wheelchair-basketball-at-illinois/article/1598367?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-air-academys-abby-farrell-to-play-wheelchair-basketball-at-illinois/article/1598367?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The really funny part is when somebody tells Abigail Farrell she can't do something.

Good luck with that.

The first time she was told no, Abby couldn't say anything back. She was still in the womb, about five months from being born to Matt and Michelle, when doctors said Abby had something called spina bifida. It's a stupid birth defect that can cause severe physical limitations in the lower body. So she waited a few years to prove them wrong.

"When she was born we never thought this was possible," says Michelle Farrell (Dusserre), her mom, a silver medal-winning gymnast alongside Mary Lou Retton at the 1984 Olympics.



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Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:43:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Ex-NHL goalie Robb Stauber to coach US women at worlds]]> http://gazette.com/ex-nhl-goalie-robb-stauber-to-coach-us-women-at-worlds/article/1598342?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-nhl-goalie-robb-stauber-to-coach-us-women-at-worlds/article/1598342?custom_click=rss

Former NHL goalie Robb Stauber will coach the U.S. women's hockey team at the world championships, which start March 31 in Plymouth, Michigan.

"We look forward to having Robb continue leading our team at the world championship," Reagan Carey, director of women's hockey, said in a statement Monday. "We have a strong coaching staff overall and I know everyone is excited about the challenge ahead, particularly the chance to defend our gold medal on home ice."

The players for the worlds will be announced Tuesday.

The U.S. is the three-time defending world champion and has played Canada for the gold medal in all 17 of the previous events.



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