<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:50:34 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Move to Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center pays dividends for Rampart High School senior]]> http://gazette.com/move-to-colorado-springs-olympic-training-center-pays-dividends-for-rampart-high-school-senior/article/1601699?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/move-to-colorado-springs-olympic-training-center-pays-dividends-for-rampart-high-school-senior/article/1601699?custom_click=rss

Emily Stith’s decision to move to Colorado Springs has paid off in a big way for the Rampart High School senior.

The 18-year-old recorded her biggest win to date when she defeated the reigning NCAA champion and the Olympic gold medalist to garner gold in women’s air rifle at the Junior Olympics last week to earn a berth in the junior world championships in Suhl, Germany, this June.

Focusing on competitive shooting means she’s going to miss graduation, but then she moved to the region as a sophomore two summers ago to become an Olympic-caliber shooter.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:51:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Russia's Chernova stripped of 2008 Olympic bronze for doping]]> http://gazette.com/russias-chernova-stripped-of-2008-olympic-bronze-for-doping/article/feed/455541?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russias-chernova-stripped-of-2008-olympic-bronze-for-doping/article/feed/455541?custom_click=rss

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova has been stripped of her 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal for doping with an anabolic steroid.

Chernova's urine sample revealed traces of turinabol in a retesting program of Beijing and 2012 London Olympics athletes, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.

In a previous doping case involving the steroid, Chernova lost her 2012 Olympic bronze medal and was also stripped of the 2011 world title, which went to Jessica Ennis-Hill of Britain.

Another British athlete, Kelly Sotherton, who originally placed fifth in the Beijing heptathlon, could now be upgraded to bronze. The second-place finisher in Beijing, Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine, was disq

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]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:02:27 -0600 <![CDATA[David Ramsey: Brace yourself, Michael Phelps itching to return to pool]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-brace-yourself-michael-phelps-itching-to-return-to-pool/article/1601567?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-brace-yourself-michael-phelps-itching-to-return-to-pool/article/1601567?custom_click=rss

Michael Phelps is probably, if not certainly, going to swim in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He will probably add to his vast collection of gold medals. And he will probably promise - guarantee! - that he's retiring.

Then, about four years from now, he'll change his mind one last time and chase one last go-around at the 2024 Los Angeles Olympics.

On August, I stood among a big crowd of sports journalists in Rio de Janeiro, where Phelps had finished an astonishing Olympic performance. After a sluggish, far-below-his-standards performance at the 2008 London Games, Phelps splashed to five gold medals in Brazil, pushing his total to 23 golds. (He has 28 overall medals.)

With a straight face, and with apparent sincerity, Phelps



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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:01:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Beijing Olympics Doping]]> http://gazette.com/beijing-olympics-doping/article/feed/455537?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/beijing-olympics-doping/article/feed/455537?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2008 file photo Russia's Tatiana Chernova clears a hurdle in the heptathlon during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. IOC said Monday, April 24, 2017 that Chernova was stripped off her bronze medal after a re-analysis resulted in a positive drug test.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:10:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Russian marathon runner Mayorova banned for doping]]> http://gazette.com/russian-marathon-runner-mayorova-banned-for-doping/article/feed/455514?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russian-marathon-runner-mayorova-banned-for-doping/article/feed/455514?custom_click=rss MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's track and field federation says veteran marathon runner Albina Mayorova has been banned for four years for doping.

The All-Russia Athletics Federation said Monday that the suspension was handed down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after the two-time Olympian tested positive for excess testosterone in a test taken last year.

The ban is likely to spell the end of the 39-year-old Mayorova's competitive career.

Mayorova's best result at a major championship was eighth at the 2012 Olympics in London. She has also been a top-10 finisher at the London, Boston and Chicago marathons.

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]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:11:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Chuck Wielgus, head of USA Swimming for 2 decades, dies in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/chuck-wielgus-head-of-usa-swimming-for-2-decades-dies-in-colorado-springs/article/1601637?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chuck-wielgus-head-of-usa-swimming-for-2-decades-dies-in-colorado-springs/article/1601637?custom_click=rss

USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus, who led a federation that brought home 156 Olympic medals during his 20 years at the helm, died Sunday. He was 67.

USA Swimming said Wielgus died in Colorado Springs, Colorado, of complications from colon cancer. The cancer was first diagnosed in 2006 and Wielgus underwent regular chemotherapy while leading USA Swimming to record growth. He was due to retire in August.

He had announced his planned retirement in early January on the same day he learned he'd been approved to use a new cancer drug that's in clinical trial.

"Chuck fought a long and hard battle with amazing grace and optimism, and will be missed," U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said.

Wielgus was



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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:05:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Wielgus, head of USA Swimming for 2 decades, dies at 67]]> http://gazette.com/wielgus-head-of-usa-swimming-for-2-decades-dies-at-67/article/feed/455438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wielgus-head-of-usa-swimming-for-2-decades-dies-at-67/article/feed/455438?custom_click=rss

USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus, who led a federation that brought home 156 Olympic medals during his 20 years at the helm, died Sunday. He was 67.

USA Swimming said Wielgus died in Colorado Springs, Colorado, of complications from colon cancer. The cancer was first diagnosed in 2006 and Wielgus underwent regular chemotherapy while leading USA Swimming to record growth. He was due to retire in August.

He had announced his planned retirement in early January on the same day he learned he'd been approved to use a new cancer drug that's in clinical trial.

"Chuck fought a long and hard battle with amazing grace and optimism, and will be missed," U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said.

Wielgus was

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]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:35:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Uzbek gold medalist wins pro debut after 1st-round knockdown]]> http://gazette.com/uzbek-gold-medalist-wins-pro-debut-after-1st-round-knockdown/article/feed/455395?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uzbek-gold-medalist-wins-pro-debut-after-1st-round-knockdown/article/feed/455395?custom_click=rss CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov bounced back from a first-round knockdown to win his professional debut in a second-round stoppage Saturday.

Gaibnazarov finished Puerto Rico's Viktor Vazquez 1:28 into the second round at StubHub Center in the famed outdoor ring south of downtown Los Angeles.

Gaibnazarov won gold for Uzbekistan as a light welterweight at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. He subsequently moved to Southern California and turned pro, signing with promoter Top Rank and training in the same gym where Ukrainian Olympic gold medalists Vasyl Lomachenko and Aleksandr Usyk are based.

But Gaibnazarov hit the canvas roughly 20 seconds into his debut when Vazquez stunned him.

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]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:29:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Taking the plunge: US diving moves forward without Boudia]]> http://gazette.com/taking-the-plunge-us-diving-moves-forward-without-boudia/article/feed/455375?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/taking-the-plunge-us-diving-moves-forward-without-boudia/article/feed/455375?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA (AP) — These days, the pool deck seems a little empty for the U.S. diving team.

Someone's missing.

David Boudia.

He was the stalwart of the American program for the better part of the decade, the guy who usually came through at the biggest meets.

"It's going to be weird ... not having David there," said Steele Johnson, a good friend of Boudia's and former synchronized partner. "But at the same time, it's a new generation."

After winning two more Olympic medals in Rio, Boudia decided to take a year off and may be done for good. His wife is having their second child and there's not much left to accomplish at age 27.

With a little over three years to go before the Tokyo Olympics, the U.S.

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]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:29:56 -0600 <![CDATA[US Without Boudia Diving]]> http://gazette.com/us-without-boudia-diving/article/feed/455376?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-without-boudia-diving/article/feed/455376?custom_click=rss In this Friday, April 14, 2017 photo, Steele Johnson wears the Olympic rings on his finger after diving in the 10-meter platform during the U.S. Diving Synchronized National Championships at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Synchro diving has become a huge emphasis for the U.S., contributing heavily to its renewed success at the last two Olympics. The Americans were shut out in both 2004 and 2008, an embarrassing fall for a program that once dominated the international scene with stars such as Greg Louganis. But synchro, in which only eight teams compete in a single round of competition, provides a much better chance of reaching the medal stand.

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:38:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Granted UK asylum after 2012 Olympics, Somali to run again]]> http://gazette.com/granted-uk-asylum-after-2012-olympics-somali-to-run-again/article/feed/455060?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/granted-uk-asylum-after-2012-olympics-somali-to-run-again/article/feed/455060?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Glancing at the Olympic Stadium for the first time in five years, Zamzam Farah's troubles momentarily wash away and she fondly reminisces about competing in the London Games.

"It was overwhelming," the Somali runner says. "It wasn't like anything I had experienced before. The whole world was coming together."

The London Olympics felt like a sanctuary from the suffering in Mogadishu, from the violent threats that failed to deter her from running those 400 meters in the 80,000-seat stadium as half of the two-person 2012 Somalia team.

Then came a knock on her bedroom door in the athletes' village late one evening. A 21-year-old Farah was woken by a team official with disturbing information: Islamist extremi

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]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:46:51 -0600 <![CDATA[To Mars? The Eatons have elaborate plans in retirement]]> http://gazette.com/to-mars-the-eatons-have-elaborate-plans-in-retirement/article/feed/455334?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/to-mars-the-eatons-have-elaborate-plans-in-retirement/article/feed/455334?custom_click=rss

Items on the to-do list for two-time Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton now that he's retired: Play with the puppy. Sharpen his snowboarding skills. Take a space shuttle to Mars.

That's right, warp speed to the Red Planet.

Not tomorrow or anything, but it remains on the agenda. He's also trying to get his wife, Canadian heptathlon bronze medalist Brianne Theisen-Eaton, on board with the futuristic excursion.

"Not as interested," she laughed. "Too big of a lifestyle change."

The first couple of multi-events have down-to-earth retirement plans as well.

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]]> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:02:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Eatons After Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/eatons-after-olympics/article/feed/455333?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eatons-after-olympics/article/feed/455333?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2016, file photo, Ashton Eaton, right, and his wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, participate in a news conference in New York. What are the Eatons doing after retirement? Staying busy. An urge to compete? They insist it's no longer there.

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:00:24 -0600
<![CDATA[US Without Bouda Diving]]> http://gazette.com/us-without-bouda-diving/article/feed/455243?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-without-bouda-diving/article/feed/455243?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2016, file photo, United States' David Boudia competes during the men's 10-meter platform diving final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The deck seems a little empty these days for the U.S. diving team. Boudia isn't there. The winner of four medals at the last two Olympics is taking the year off and may be done for good, leaving the program to search for its next potential star.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:23:02 -0600
<![CDATA[NOCs impressed by what they see of Tokyo's 2020 plans]]> http://gazette.com/nocs-impressed-by-what-they-see-of-tokyos-2020-plans/article/feed/455194?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nocs-impressed-by-what-they-see-of-tokyos-2020-plans/article/feed/455194?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — With just over three years to go, sports administrators from around the world are already visiting Tokyo to check on the city's Olympic preparations for the 2020 Games.

While Tokyo has had to overcome some initial setbacks, such as the delay of the new national stadium and a plagiarism scandal involving the official 2020 logo, local organizers are confident their plans reinforce the Japanese capital's reputation for being highly organized and efficient.

The Canadian Olympic Committee just wrapped up a weeklong visit. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, and Denmark are among the other countries which have sent delegations to survey the progress.

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]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:13:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Japan Tokyo 2020 Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/japan-tokyo-2020-olympics/article/feed/455191?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/japan-tokyo-2020-olympics/article/feed/455191?custom_click=rss In this Thursday, April 20, 2017 photo, Andrew Baker, Games Director of the Canadian Olympic Committee, speaks at Odaiba Seaside Park, the venue of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, during an interview with The Associated Press in Tokyo. With just over three years to go, National Olympic Committees are already visiting Tokyo to survey the city's Olympic plans and ensure their athletes will compete under the best possible conditions at the 2020 Games. "There is a high level of confidence in what Tokyo 2020 will deliver," said Baker. "You expect a high level of organization and I would say from what we've seen with the planning so far they are living up to that reputation.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:46:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Fiji issues $7 note to commemorate Olympic sevens win]]> http://gazette.com/fiji-issues-7-note-to-commemorate-olympic-sevens-win/article/feed/455167?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fiji-issues-7-note-to-commemorate-olympic-sevens-win/article/feed/455167?custom_click=rss

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — The government of Fiji is issuing two million $7 banknotes to commemorate the Pacific island nation's Olympic gold medal victory in rugby sevens last year in Rio de Janeiro.

The banknotes, which are legal tender, were released through bank branches on Friday.

A $7 Fijian banknote is worth approximately $3.35.

Fiji's reserve bank will also issue one million 50-cent coins with the image of England-born Ben Ryan, who coached Fiji to its first Olympic gold medal, on one side, and Fiji players hoisting the Olympic trophy on the other.

Announcing the release of the notes and coins on Friday, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said Fiji's gold medal success showed that despite its small size, it could c

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]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:45:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Shakur Stevenson poised for pro boxing debut]]> http://gazette.com/shakur-stevenson-poised-for-pro-boxing-debut/article/feed/455165?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shakur-stevenson-poised-for-pro-boxing-debut/article/feed/455165?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Shakur Stevenson doesn't usually watch film of his opponents, he never tires of studying the greats of boxing.

During the long idle hours in his hotel room this week while he waits for his professional debut Saturday night, he might check out Sugar Ray Leonard, Pernell Whitaker, Sugar Ray Robinson, Floyd Mayweather or Andre Ward.

"I'm a student of the game," Stevenson said. "That's a big part of my preparation."

The 19-year-old Stevenson is only at the start of a long climb to secure his place atop the sport that has been the central focus of his entire life.

He insists he has the patience for the steady rise to stardom envisioned by his promoters, managers and trainers.

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]]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:52:08 -0600 <![CDATA[David Ramsey: L.A., armed with economic sanity, leads Paris in race to host 2024 Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-l.a.-armed-with-economic-sanity-leads-paris-in-race-to-host-2024-olympics/article/1601073?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-l.a.-armed-with-economic-sanity-leads-paris-in-race-to-host-2024-olympics/article/1601073?custom_click=rss

Scott Blackmun, CEO of the United States Olympic Committee, spoke revolutionary words this week as he led cheers for the Los Angeles bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Blackmun said the 2024 LA Games would cost $5.325 billion.

If you stacked $5.325 billion George Washingtons, the result would be a mountain of cash approximately as tall as Pikes Peak. It's a lot of money. I get that.

But $5.325 billion is a pittance by Olympic standards. The price tag of the 2008 Beijing Games soared to $44 billion, topped by the 2014 Sochi Games that cost Russian dictator Vladimir Putin $51 billion.

"It's an amazingly fiscally responsible bid," Blackmun said Wednesday at a SportsCorp luncheon.



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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:25:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Agreement with Colorado Springs agency clears way for Olympic Museum groundbreaking]]> http://gazette.com/agreement-with-colorado-springs-agency-clears-way-for-olympic-museum-groundbreaking/article/1600599?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/agreement-with-colorado-springs-agency-clears-way-for-olympic-museum-groundbreaking/article/1600599?custom_click=rss

The U.S. Olympic Museum could break ground in the next several weeks after a Colorado Springs redevelopment agency agreed Friday to issue bonds that will provide a crucial piece of funding for the $75 million project.

The action by the city's Urban Renewal Authority was heralded as a milestone by museum and urban renewal officials, who envision the venue as a tourism magnet and a catalyst for the long-sought revitalization of southwest downtown.

"We just made history," said Chairwoman Wynne Palermo, after the authority overwhelmingly approved the bond issue.

The authority expects to receive bond proceeds Wednesday, which will be added to tens of millions of dollars in private donations and commitments raised by museum



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Sat, 08 Apr 2017 15:57:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Journey to Haydenettes for 2 Colorado women could lead to world synchronized skating championship]]> http://gazette.com/journey-to-haydenettes-for-2-colorado-women-could-lead-to-world-synchronized-skating-championship/article/1600528?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/journey-to-haydenettes-for-2-colorado-women-could-lead-to-world-synchronized-skating-championship/article/1600528?custom_click=rss

With one dream already realized, Parker's Sarah Checkosky and Katey Nyquist now envision another - being on the first American team to win a world synchronized skating championship.

The longtime friends get another chance this Friday and Saturday at the Broadmoor World Arena competing on the U.S. national champion Haydenettes -- one of 24 teams from 19 countries competing in the non-Olympic discipline's premier competition.

"When you're growing up at all the competitions, you see the Haydenettes and it's like 'Wow that would be so awesome," Checkosky said. "It's such a big goal. World championships gold would be even better.



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