<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:48:29 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Rio officials probe source of fish die-off in Olympic waters]]> http://gazette.com/rio-officials-probe-source-of-fish-die-off-in-olympic-waters/article/feed/208328?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rio-officials-probe-source-of-fish-die-off-in-olympic-waters/article/feed/208328?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's state environmental agency says it is investigating a fish die-off that has left thousands of carcasses floating in waters where sailing events are to be held when Brazil hosts next year's Olympics.

The dead twaite shad, small whitish gray fish, were discovered Tuesday by inspectors conducting routine water testing in Rio's sewage- and trash-filled Guanabara Bay. The agency was conducting tests to determine the cause of the die-off, with results expected in a week, it said in a statement Tuesday.

The discovery of the fish, which were washing up on the coastline outside Rio's international airport and about 12 kilometers (7.

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]]> RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's state environmental agency says it is investigating a fish die-off that has left thousands of carcasses floating in waters where sailing events are to be held when Brazil hosts next year's Olympics.

The dead twaite shad, small whitish gray fish, were discovered Tuesday by inspectors conducting routine water testing in Rio's sewage- and trash-filled Guanabara Bay. The agency was conducting tests to determine the cause of the die-off, with results expected in a week, it said in a statement Tuesday.

The discovery of the fish, which were washing up on the coastline outside Rio's international airport and about 12 kilometers (7.]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:05:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Michael Phelps takes plunge, gets engaged]]> http://gazette.com/michael-phelps-takes-plunge-gets-engaged/article/feed/207198?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/michael-phelps-takes-plunge-gets-engaged/article/feed/207198?custom_click=rss

Michael Phelps has taken the plunge and gotten engaged.

The 18-time Olympic gold medalist announced on Twitter he's marrying Nicole Johnson, who was Miss California in 2010 and has dated the swimmer on and off the past few years.

Phelps tweeted early Sunday: "She said yes." He also posted a photo of the couple, hugging in the snow, taken by teammate Allison Schmitt.

Phelps sister, Hilary, wrote on Facebook, "CONGRATULATIONS to these two lovebirds on their engagement! Couldn't be happier for my brother and thrilled to gain a sister, who I adore and love already!"

The engagement comes as Phelps is finishing a six-month suspension from USA Swimming for his second drunken-driving arrest.

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The 18-time Olympic gold medalist announced on Twitter he's marrying Nicole Johnson, who was Miss California in 2010 and has dated the swimmer on and off the past few years.

Phelps tweeted early Sunday: "She said yes." He also posted a photo of the couple, hugging in the snow, taken by teammate Allison Schmitt.

Phelps sister, Hilary, wrote on Facebook, "CONGRATULATIONS to these two lovebirds on their engagement! Couldn't be happier for my brother and thrilled to gain a sister, who I adore and love already!"

The engagement comes as Phelps is finishing a six-month suspension from USA Swimming for his second drunken-driving arrest.]]> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:37:25 -0700 <![CDATA[WATCH: US hockey team's 'Miracle' gold medal was 35 years ago]]> By John Kekis, Associated Press http://gazette.com/watch-us-hockey-teams-miracle-gold-medal-was-35-years-ago/article/1546515?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-us-hockey-teams-miracle-gold-medal-was-35-years-ago/article/1546515?custom_click=rss

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — It's been more than three decades since his landmark goal became the centerpiece of the U.S. Olympic hockey team's Miracle on Ice. For 60-year-old Mike Eruzione, it still seems like only yesterday.

"It was a long time ago, but for me it's different," said Eruzione, whose game-winning goal against the Soviet Union in the medal round at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics still sends chills down an awful lot of spines. "I deal with it so often it's hard to believe it's been 35 years. Every week I'm doing something or going somewhere that's associated with 1980."

With his inimitable deft touch, Hall of Fame coach Herb Brooks guided Eruzione and his fuzzy-faced teammates, college kids matched up



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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — It's been more than three decades since his landmark goal became the centerpiece of the U.S. Olympic hockey team's Miracle on Ice. For 60-year-old Mike Eruzione, it still seems like only yesterday.

"It was a long time ago, but for me it's different," said Eruzione, whose game-winning goal against the Soviet Union in the medal round at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics still sends chills down an awful lot of spines. "I deal with it so often it's hard to believe it's been 35 years. Every week I'm doing something or going somewhere that's associated with 1980."

With his inimitable deft touch, Hall of Fame coach Herb Brooks guided Eruzione and his fuzzy-faced teammates, college kids matched up

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Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:03:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Olympian Missy Franklin nears collegiate farewell with Cal]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/olympian-missy-franklin-nears-collegiate-farewell-with-cal/article/1546463?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympian-missy-franklin-nears-collegiate-farewell-with-cal/article/1546463?custom_click=rss

BERKELEY, Calif. — Missy Franklin is downright giddy about her two seasons swimming collegiately for California, even if it meant the delay of big-money endorsement deals that will come in a matter of months as she turns pro and gears up for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Franklin will soon wrap up her sophomore season in Berkeley with the Pac-12 meet and NCAAs, then quickly turn her attention toward training for this summer's world championships in Russia and another Olympics after she captured four gold medals in her Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games while just 17.



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BERKELEY, Calif. — Missy Franklin is downright giddy about her two seasons swimming collegiately for California, even if it meant the delay of big-money endorsement deals that will come in a matter of months as she turns pro and gears up for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Franklin will soon wrap up her sophomore season in Berkeley with the Pac-12 meet and NCAAs, then quickly turn her attention toward training for this summer's world championships in Russia and another Olympics after she captured four gold medals in her Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games while just 17.

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Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:47:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Americans end home world championships with 5 medals]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/americans-end-home-world-championships-with-5-medals/article/1546393?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/americans-end-home-world-championships-with-5-medals/article/1546393?custom_click=rss

BEAVER CREEK — Bode Miller crashing and slicing his leg in what possibly could be his last race. Lindsey Vonn breaking into tears with all the pressure weighing on her. Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin coming through with gold medals as expected.

This was a wild world championships for the Americans, featuring wipeouts, wounds and even some weeping.

In the end, the United States produced five medals, tying its second-best showing at worlds. That was still way behind Austria, which finished with nine.

Austria, the powerhouse of Alpine skiing, just had that kind of championships — the kind the Americans were envisioning, especially with a home-snow advantage.



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BEAVER CREEK — Bode Miller crashing and slicing his leg in what possibly could be his last race. Lindsey Vonn breaking into tears with all the pressure weighing on her. Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin coming through with gold medals as expected.

This was a wild world championships for the Americans, featuring wipeouts, wounds and even some weeping.

In the end, the United States produced five medals, tying its second-best showing at worlds. That was still way behind Austria, which finished with nine.

Austria, the powerhouse of Alpine skiing, just had that kind of championships — the kind the Americans were envisioning, especially with a home-snow advantage.

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Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:37:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Grange storms back to win slalom in final event at worlds]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/grange-storms-back-to-win-slalom-in-final-event-at-worlds/article/1546392?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/grange-storms-back-to-win-slalom-in-final-event-at-worlds/article/1546392?custom_click=rss

BEAVER CREEK — For the longest time, Jean-Baptiste Grange of France absolutely loved this course. Then, he wrecked his knee here.

Now his feelings have flip-flopped again. Funny how a win — a big win at that — can change perceptions.

Skiing into heavy snowfall, Grange won the slalom title Sunday at the world championships after first-run leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria straddled a gate in the deteriorating conditions.

Trailing by 0.88 seconds heading into the final run of the last race, Grange had no trouble with the low visibility and snow sticking to goggles as he finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 57.47 seconds. Fritz Dopfer of Germany was second, 0.35 seconds behind, and teammate Felix



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BEAVER CREEK — For the longest time, Jean-Baptiste Grange of France absolutely loved this course. Then, he wrecked his knee here.

Now his feelings have flip-flopped again. Funny how a win — a big win at that — can change perceptions.

Skiing into heavy snowfall, Grange won the slalom title Sunday at the world championships after first-run leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria straddled a gate in the deteriorating conditions.

Trailing by 0.88 seconds heading into the final run of the last race, Grange had no trouble with the low visibility and snow sticking to goggles as he finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 57.47 seconds. Fritz Dopfer of Germany was second, 0.35 seconds behind, and teammate Felix

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Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:29:57 -0700
<![CDATA[American Mikaela Shiffrin defends slalom title at worlds]]> By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer http://gazette.com/american-mikaela-shiffrin-defends-slalom-title-at-worlds/article/1546339?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/american-mikaela-shiffrin-defends-slalom-title-at-worlds/article/1546339?custom_click=rss

BEAVER CREEK - American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin defended her slalom title at the world championships Saturday with a strong burst near the end of a choppy course.

Shiffrin finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 38.48 seconds, edging Frida Hansdotter of Sweden by 0.34 seconds. Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic earned bronze.

The results are unofficial as lower-tier racers still compete.

With Lindsey Vonn done for these championships, the 19-year-old Shiffrin, who's from nearby Eagle-Vail, slipped into the role of hometown favorite and didn't disappoint.

Leading after the first run, Shiffrin fell behind in her final pass, only to make up ground on the last few gates in softer snow.

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Shiffrin finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 38.48 seconds, edging Frida Hansdotter of Sweden by 0.34 seconds. Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic earned bronze.

The results are unofficial as lower-tier racers still compete.

With Lindsey Vonn done for these championships, the 19-year-old Shiffrin, who's from nearby Eagle-Vail, slipped into the role of hometown favorite and didn't disappoint.

Leading after the first run, Shiffrin fell behind in her final pass, only to make up ground on the last few gates in softer snow.]]> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:10:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Vonn races her last event at worlds, finishes 14th in GS]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/vonn-races-her-last-event-at-worlds-finishes-14th-in-gs/article/1546250?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vonn-races-her-last-event-at-worlds-finishes-14th-in-gs/article/1546250?custom_click=rss

BEAVER CREEK — Finally, Lindsey Vonn figured out a tricky course that had given her so much difficulty for nearly two weeks. She even took a momentary lead.

The crowd erupted. She threw her head back in celebration and then blew kisses at the fans. Even boyfriend Tiger Woods smiled from the sideline.

But the lead didn't last — too many racers still to go. Vonn dropped to 14th in the giant slalom Thursday at the world championships in an event won by Austria's Anna Fenninger. Still, Vonn said she wound up her last race in front of a hometown crowd on a "positive note."

"I tried my best these whole championships," the 30-year-old Vonn said. "Not every run worked out.



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BEAVER CREEK — Finally, Lindsey Vonn figured out a tricky course that had given her so much difficulty for nearly two weeks. She even took a momentary lead.

The crowd erupted. She threw her head back in celebration and then blew kisses at the fans. Even boyfriend Tiger Woods smiled from the sideline.

But the lead didn't last — too many racers still to go. Vonn dropped to 14th in the giant slalom Thursday at the world championships in an event won by Austria's Anna Fenninger. Still, Vonn said she wound up her last race in front of a hometown crowd on a "positive note."

"I tried my best these whole championships," the 30-year-old Vonn said. "Not every run worked out.

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Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:09:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Mountain bike series stops in Colorado Springs]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/mountain-bike-series-stops-in-colorado-springs/article/1546234?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mountain-bike-series-stops-in-colorado-springs/article/1546234?custom_click=rss USA Cycling announced the nine-stop American Mountain Bike Challenge calendar which includes a June 27-28 stop in Colorado Springs.

Launching in March, the 20th installment of the AMBC will feature nine contests in eight states, which will span 15 days of competition between March and November. Each stop on the series offers cross-country races, while some events may host short-track cross country, downhill, observed trials, or super D competitions as well.
The AMBC was created in 1996 to provide opportunities for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities.
Pro events feature a minimum $1,500 purse.


2015 American Mountain Bike Challenge
March 22 – Chickasaw Trace Classic,Columbia,



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USA Cycling announced the nine-stop American Mountain Bike Challenge calendar which includes a June 27-28 stop in Colorado Springs.

Launching in March, the 20th installment of the AMBC will feature nine contests in eight states, which will span 15 days of competition between March and November. Each stop on the series offers cross-country races, while some events may host short-track cross country, downhill, observed trials, or super D competitions as well.
The AMBC was created in 1996 to provide opportunities for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities.
Pro events feature a minimum $1,500 purse.


2015 American Mountain Bike Challenge
March 22 – Chickasaw Trace Classic,Columbia,

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Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:43:07 -0700
<![CDATA[US skier Shiffrin defends world slalom title in hometown]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/us-skier-shiffrin-defends-world-slalom-title-in-hometown/article/1546167?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-skier-shiffrin-defends-world-slalom-title-in-hometown/article/1546167?custom_click=rss

BEAVER CREEK — Olympic and world slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin had to wait a week, but she's finally set for the world championships competition in her backyard.

The American teenager from the Eagle-Vail area will race in the giant slalom on Thursday and the slalom, her signature event, on Saturday.

It's Lindsey Vonn's backyard, too, and she'll be competing in the GS on Thursday. But Shiffrin is eager for the challenge.

"I feel like a little kid. It's a special atmosphere, being home," said Shiffrin, who has a road in the area named in her honor. "I'm at home with my mom and dad. It's amazing to sleep in my own bed."

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BEAVER CREEK — Olympic and world slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin had to wait a week, but she's finally set for the world championships competition in her backyard.

The American teenager from the Eagle-Vail area will race in the giant slalom on Thursday and the slalom, her signature event, on Saturday.

It's Lindsey Vonn's backyard, too, and she'll be competing in the GS on Thursday. But Shiffrin is eager for the challenge.

"I feel like a little kid. It's a special atmosphere, being home," said Shiffrin, who has a road in the area named in her honor. "I'm at home with my mom and dad. It's amazing to sleep in my own bed."

The 19-year-old Shiffrin has spent plenty of training for the biggest event of the

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Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:40:45 -0700
<![CDATA[USOC scores win for athletes under new deal with Dick's Sporting Goods]]> The Associated Press - http://gazette.com/usoc-scores-win-for-athletes-under-new-deal-with-dicks-sporting-goods/article/1546107?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usoc-scores-win-for-athletes-under-new-deal-with-dicks-sporting-goods/article/1546107?custom_click=rss Soon, it could be a future Olympic gold medalist helping people pick out their soccer balls, bows and arrows and swimsuits.

The U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs signed a sponsorship deal with Dick's Sporting Goods, part of which involves giving jobs at the stores to athletes training for the Olympics.

The Dick's Team USA Ambassador Program is an important component of the partnership for the USOC, which has been looking to reinvent a program that put as many as 200 athletes to work at Home Depot until the big box store ended its long-running sponsorship in 2009.

The first athlete-employees will go to work this month at stores in Colorado Springs.



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Soon, it could be a future Olympic gold medalist helping people pick out their soccer balls, bows and arrows and swimsuits.

The U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs signed a sponsorship deal with Dick's Sporting Goods, part of which involves giving jobs at the stores to athletes training for the Olympics.

The Dick's Team USA Ambassador Program is an important component of the partnership for the USOC, which has been looking to reinvent a program that put as many as 200 athletes to work at Home Depot until the big box store ended its long-running sponsorship in 2009.

The first athlete-employees will go to work this month at stores in Colorado Springs.

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Wed, 11 Feb 2015 04:15:14 -0700
<![CDATA[USA Swimming conference focuses on Safe Sport and culture throughout organization]]> by JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/usa-swimming-conference-focuses-on-safe-sport-and-culture-throughout-organization/article/1546071?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-swimming-conference-focuses-on-safe-sport-and-culture-throughout-organization/article/1546071?custom_click=rss USA Swimming's Safe Sport program took another step in its efforts to create an organizationwide culture that would prevent the sex abuse that rocked the national governing body five years ago.

The second Safe Sport Leadership Conference concludes Tuesday morning at the Colorado Springs Marriott. It marked the organization's continuing effort to go from reacting to the scandal to developing a club-based proactive approach to prevention.

For that to succeed, Safe Sport officials and attendees point to the 150 coaches and club leaders from around the nation attending the three-day event. They will bring their new training back to their state and local organizations.



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USA Swimming's Safe Sport program took another step in its efforts to create an organizationwide culture that would prevent the sex abuse that rocked the national governing body five years ago.

The second Safe Sport Leadership Conference concludes Tuesday morning at the Colorado Springs Marriott. It marked the organization's continuing effort to go from reacting to the scandal to developing a club-based proactive approach to prevention.

For that to succeed, Safe Sport officials and attendees point to the 150 coaches and club leaders from around the nation attending the three-day event. They will bring their new training back to their state and local organizations.

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Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:27:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Tina Maze captures Alpine combined title for 3rd medal at worlds, Lindsey Vonn in tears]]> By Pat Graham, Associated Press http://gazette.com/tina-maze-captures-alpine-combined-title-for-3rd-medal-at-worlds-lindsey-vonn-in-tears/article/1546034?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tina-maze-captures-alpine-combined-title-for-3rd-medal-at-worlds-lindsey-vonn-in-tears/article/1546034?custom_click=rss

BEAVER CREEK — Tina Maze pulled off an impressive feat on soft snow — a cartwheel in ski boots. Her skiing wasn't too bad, either.

Maze captured gold in the Alpine combined Monday, earning her third medal of the world championships on a warm afternoon when Lindsey Vonn failed to finish the slalom.

Leading after the downhill portion, the Slovenian standout used a clean slalom run to finish in a combined time of 2 minutes, 33.37 seconds. Nicole Hosp of Austria was second, 0.22 seconds behind, and fellow Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser earned third.

Vonn struggled in the downhill with the icy surface bothering her surgically repaired right knee. Later, in the slalom, she straddled a gate just before the first



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BEAVER CREEK — Tina Maze pulled off an impressive feat on soft snow — a cartwheel in ski boots. Her skiing wasn't too bad, either.

Maze captured gold in the Alpine combined Monday, earning her third medal of the world championships on a warm afternoon when Lindsey Vonn failed to finish the slalom.

Leading after the downhill portion, the Slovenian standout used a clean slalom run to finish in a combined time of 2 minutes, 33.37 seconds. Nicole Hosp of Austria was second, 0.22 seconds behind, and fellow Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser earned third.

Vonn struggled in the downhill with the icy surface bothering her surgically repaired right knee. Later, in the slalom, she straddled a gate just before the first

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Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:25:26 -0700
<![CDATA[USOC appoints council to oversee sex-abuse claims in Olympic sports]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/usoc-appoints-council-to-oversee-sex-abuse-claims-in-olympic-sports/article/1546041?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usoc-appoints-council-to-oversee-sex-abuse-claims-in-olympic-sports/article/1546041?custom_click=rss The U.S. Olympic Committee appointed a seven-person advisory council to help with the startup of an independent agency that will investigate sex-abuse claims inside Olympic sports.

Last year, the USOC approved the creation of the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, an independent entity that will provide education and also investigate claims of misconduct in sports managed by USOC-sanctioned sports programs.

The USOC approved $5.2 million in funding over five years beginning this year; national governing bodies will match that and the USOC is looking for outside contributors to provide the final $5 million it will take to run the program.



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The U.S. Olympic Committee appointed a seven-person advisory council to help with the startup of an independent agency that will investigate sex-abuse claims inside Olympic sports.

Last year, the USOC approved the creation of the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, an independent entity that will provide education and also investigate claims of misconduct in sports managed by USOC-sanctioned sports programs.

The USOC approved $5.2 million in funding over five years beginning this year; national governing bodies will match that and the USOC is looking for outside contributors to provide the final $5 million it will take to run the program.

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Mon, 09 Feb 2015 14:52:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Marcel Hirscher fast in slalom, wins Alpine combined at worlds; Ted Ligety third]]> By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer http://gazette.com/marcel-hirscher-fast-in-slalom-wins-alpine-combined-at-worlds-ted-ligety-third/article/1546002?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marcel-hirscher-fast-in-slalom-wins-alpine-combined-at-worlds-ted-ligety-third/article/1546002?custom_click=rss

BEAVER CREEK - Well behind after the downhill, Marcel Hirscher of Austria doubted he had much of a chance. He couldn't have been more mistaken.

Hirscher made up a staggering 3.16 seconds in the slalom portion of the Alpine combined to win the gold medal at the world championships Sunday, with downhill leader Kjetil Jansrud of Norway hanging on for silver.

Starting first in the afternoon slalom session, Hirscher took advantage of a rut-free course to finish in a combined time of 2 minutes, 36.10 seconds. Jansrud, the 30th skier to go and with big grooves on the hill, wound up 0.19 seconds back. American Ted Ligety, the defending champion, earned bronze after going right after Hirscher, when the course was still fresh.



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BEAVER CREEK - Well behind after the downhill, Marcel Hirscher of Austria doubted he had much of a chance. He couldn't have been more mistaken.

Hirscher made up a staggering 3.16 seconds in the slalom portion of the Alpine combined to win the gold medal at the world championships Sunday, with downhill leader Kjetil Jansrud of Norway hanging on for silver.

Starting first in the afternoon slalom session, Hirscher took advantage of a rut-free course to finish in a combined time of 2 minutes, 36.10 seconds. Jansrud, the 30th skier to go and with big grooves on the hill, wound up 0.19 seconds back. American Ted Ligety, the defending champion, earned bronze after going right after Hirscher, when the course was still fresh.

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Sun, 08 Feb 2015 17:54:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Boston bid has New England states dreaming of Olympic gold]]> http://gazette.com/boston-bid-has-new-england-states-dreaming-of-olympic-gold/article/feed/200956?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boston-bid-has-new-england-states-dreaming-of-olympic-gold/article/feed/200956?custom_click=rss PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — If Boston successfully lands the 2024 Olympic Summer Games, some of its New England neighbors hope there's enough gold, silver and bronze to go around.

Officials in Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut say a winning Boston bid could mean a huge economic boon to the states, each near enough to attract visitors, foreign competitors, and maybe even some specialized Olympic events.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she hopes Boston gets the Olympics because it will bring economic development to the entire region.

Tourism officials in Rhode Island hope Newport could host Olympic sailing or tennis. Connecticut officials are offering up facilities too.

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Officials in Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut say a winning Boston bid could mean a huge economic boon to the states, each near enough to attract visitors, foreign competitors, and maybe even some specialized Olympic events.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she hopes Boston gets the Olympics because it will bring economic development to the entire region.

Tourism officials in Rhode Island hope Newport could host Olympic sailing or tennis. Connecticut officials are offering up facilities too.]]> Sun, 01 Feb 2015 11:31:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth]]> http://gazette.com/beijing-winter-olympics-bid-highlights-skiing-hockey-growth/article/feed/200734?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/beijing-winter-olympics-bid-highlights-skiing-hockey-growth/article/feed/200734?custom_click=rss

CHONGLI, China (AP) — Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The 28-year-old escapes his office job in the Chinese capital for the skiing mecca of Chongli, nestled in mountains near the Great Wall where Beijing hopes to stage Nordic skiing and other events in its bid to become the first city to hold both winter and summer Olympics.

"Snowboarding is just such an awesome feeling," He said, as a rare snow storm swirled around him and frigid wind gusts whistled along the edges of his ski lift's wind shield. "I can only imagine how much fa

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The 28-year-old escapes his office job in the Chinese capital for the skiing mecca of Chongli, nestled in mountains near the Great Wall where Beijing hopes to stage Nordic skiing and other events in its bid to become the first city to hold both winter and summer Olympics.

"Snowboarding is just such an awesome feeling," He said, as a rare snow storm swirled around him and frigid wind gusts whistled along the edges of his ski lift's wind shield. "I can only imagine how much fa]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:09:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Sochi hockey team thriving a year after Winter Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/sochi-hockey-team-thriving-a-year-after-winter-olympics/article/feed/199720?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sochi-hockey-team-thriving-a-year-after-winter-olympics/article/feed/199720?custom_click=rss

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Many Russians laughed when Sochi was selected to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Not only was Sochi one of the warmest places in Russia, it also had no history of winter sports.

But against all odds, Sochi now boasts a professional ice hockey team and a steady following of fans who turn the otherwise deserted Olympic Park into the noisy, busy place it was a year ago during the games.

Russia spent a total of $51 billion on the Sochi Games, much of it on long-term infrastructure projects. Critics questioned the expediency of much of the spending and many fans and sports journalists inside Russia wondered what would happen to the gleaming arenas in a city where sub-zero temperatures make top news.

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]]> SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Many Russians laughed when Sochi was selected to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Not only was Sochi one of the warmest places in Russia, it also had no history of winter sports.

But against all odds, Sochi now boasts a professional ice hockey team and a steady following of fans who turn the otherwise deserted Olympic Park into the noisy, busy place it was a year ago during the games.

Russia spent a total of $51 billion on the Sochi Games, much of it on long-term infrastructure projects. Critics questioned the expediency of much of the spending and many fans and sports journalists inside Russia wondered what would happen to the gleaming arenas in a city where sub-zero temperatures make top news.]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:21:25 -0700