<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Tue, 24 May 2016 04:01:43 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ray Essick, 1st executive director of USA Swimming, dies]]> http://gazette.com/ray-essick-1st-executive-director-of-usa-swimming-dies/article/1576733?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ray-essick-1st-executive-director-of-usa-swimming-dies/article/1576733?custom_click=rss COLORADO SPRINGS — Ray Essick, the first executive director of USA Swimming, has died. He was 82.

He died Saturday at a care facility in Colorado Springs, according to USA Swimming, which learned of his death from a family friend. No cause was given Sunday.

Essick guided the sport's U.S. governing body from its formation in 1980 until his retirement in 1997, when Chuck Wielgus took over. Previously, Essick led the swimming committee for the AAU.

"Ray Essick led our sport through a period of enormous growth and prosperity," Wielgus said. "He brought his passion as a coach and his drive for success to his role as USA Swimming's first executive director. He was a mentor and a dear friend.

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Mon, 23 May 2016 16:23:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Brother of Brussels bomber to represent Belgium at Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/brother-of-brussels-bomber-to-represent-belgium-at-olympics/article/1576607?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brother-of-brussels-bomber-to-represent-belgium-at-olympics/article/1576607?custom_click=rss

Mourad Laachraoui, the brother of one of two suicide bombers who attacked the Brussels airport in March, will represent Belgium at the Rio Olympics in the Taekwondo competition.

Laachraoui, 21, won gold at the European Taekwondo Championships in Montreux, Switzerland, on Friday and will compete in the under-59 kg category in Brazil. He will be on a squad of 185 Belgian athletes bound for the August games.

His older brother, Najim, 24, was one of two suicide bombers who blew themselves up at Brussels airport in the March 22 terrorist attacks that left 32 people dead.

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Sat, 21 May 2016 22:17:38 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: Hoketsu misses chance to become oldest Olympian]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-hoketsu-misses-chance-to-become-oldest-olympian/article/feed/351216?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-hoketsu-misses-chance-to-become-oldest-olympian/article/feed/351216?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the Olympic world (all times local):


12:30 p.m.

A 75-year-old Japanese equestrian athlete will not be able to become the oldest competing Olympian of all time in Rio de Janeiro because of an illness to his horse.

Kyodo news agency reported that Hiroshi Hoketsu was unable to meet the criteria to join the qualifying trials for the Japanese team.

Hoketsu, who made his Olympic debut in Tokyo in 1964 and at 71 was the oldest athlete to compete at the 2012 London Games, has been training in the Netherlands and Germany but hadn't been able to take part in competitions after his horse fell ill.

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]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 06:31:20 -0600 <![CDATA[IOC: 31 caught in retests of 2008 Beijing Olympic samples]]> http://gazette.com/ioc-31-caught-in-retests-of-2008-beijing-olympic-samples/article/1576275?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ioc-31-caught-in-retests-of-2008-beijing-olympic-samples/article/1576275?custom_click=rss

LONDON — In a major doping crackdown stretching back eight years, 31 athletes in six sports were caught in retesting of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and other positive cases could emerge from the 2012 London Games, the IOC said Tuesday.

The International Olympic Committee opened disciplinary proceedings against the 31 unidentified athletes from 12 countries who competed in Beijing and were planning to take part in the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.

The positive cases emerged from the recent retesting of 454 doping samples from Beijing with "the very latest scientific analysis methods," the IOC said. The Olympic body stores samples for 10 years to allow for retesting with improved techniques.

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Tue, 17 May 2016 08:29:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Please, let's get real about our fear of Rio Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-please-lets-get-real-about-our-fear-of-rio-olympics/article/1576164?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-please-lets-get-real-about-our-fear-of-rio-olympics/article/1576164?custom_click=rss

David Higgins, a senior at the Air Force Academy, stared out his plane window at a sea of red. He was about to land at the Rio de Janeiro airport in late April, and was flying low over Copacabana Beach.

He saw a crowd of 10,000 gathered on the beach. Men and women wore red shirts while waving red flags to show support for embattled president Dilma Rousseff's Workers' Party.

We're scared, as Americans, about the Rio Olympics. There are mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus lurking down there in Brazil, and political unrest, and street crime, and filthy water and .

Each edition of the Olympics produces an overblown, yet valuable, circus of protest and concern. Please, let's stop this emphasis on extremes and the embrace of

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Mon, 16 May 2016 11:33:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs teens becoming forces for USA Shooting]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-teens-becoming-forces-for-usa-shooting/article/1576163?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-teens-becoming-forces-for-usa-shooting/article/1576163?custom_click=rss

After a full day of school at Colorado Springs Early Colleges, 15-year-old Will Shaner heads to the U.S. Olympic Training Center for hours of practice. Often times, he's nearly alone in the cavernous shooting ranges. Down time at home includes several hours positioned in front of a mirror, training his body and mind.

"It's all I pretty much do," Will said.

"His two full-time jobs are school and shooting," Shaner's dad, coach and chauffeur, Gregory, added. "I'm kind of hoping he starts driving soon."

If he navigates the roads around the OTC with the same focus he gives the sport he loves, Shaner's father has nothing to worry about.

Shaner is one of USA Shooting's rising stars.

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]]> Sun, 15 May 2016 20:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Olympic gold medalists from Russia deny doping claims]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-gold-medalists-from-russia-deny-doping-claims/article/1576030?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-gold-medalists-from-russia-deny-doping-claims/article/1576030?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW — Two Olympic gold medalists from Russia denied doping Friday, a day after they were identified in a newspaper report detailing state-sponsored cheating at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Bobsled champion Alexander Zubkov and cross-country skier Alexander Legkov were among the athletes accused of doping by the former head of the Russian national drug-testing laboratory in a New York Times article .

"I considering it an accusation not supported by anything," Zubkov said, calling the story "simply lunacy."

At a news conference in Moscow, Zubkov and Legkov sat on either side of deputy Sports Minister Yuri Nagornykh, who denied Russia had ever operated a state doping program.

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Fri, 13 May 2016 14:31:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Lochte having too much fun right now to think about retiring]]> http://gazette.com/lochte-having-too-much-fun-right-now-to-think-about-retiring/article/1575976?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lochte-having-too-much-fun-right-now-to-think-about-retiring/article/1575976?custom_click=rss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ryan Lochte is having too much fun preparing for Rio Games in three months to even think about competing in his fifth Olympics in 2020.

The 31-year-old Lochte, who has won 11 Olympic medals including five golds, said Thursday at the Arena Pro Swim Series that he thought about quitting "a few times" since the last Olympics four years ago because he stopped having fun.

That has since changed, and retirement is the furthest thing from his mind right now.

"I will stop swimming the day that I stop having fun," Lochte said. "... I found that fun again. I found it back in my swimming. So I can't say that this will be my last Olympics and I can't say that I will go to another one (in four years).

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Thu, 12 May 2016 16:42:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Olympic wrestling body strips Rio entries in meldonium cases]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-wrestling-body-strips-rio-entries-in-meldonium-cases/article/1575893?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-wrestling-body-strips-rio-entries-in-meldonium-cases/article/1575893?custom_click=rss

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland — Wrestling's governing body has stripped Olympic places from countries whose athletes tested positive for meldonium at qualifying tournaments.

United World Wrestling says the United States and India are among teams gaining extra places in Rio de Janeiro Olympic lineups.

In the men's 65-kilogram freestyle class, Armenia and the U.S. now qualify athletes after wrestlers from Poland and Ukraine tested positive at a European tournament in Serbia.

In the 125-kilo class, Bulgaria and Kyrgyzstan replace Ukraine and Belarus.

India gained qualifying places in 85-kilo Greco-Roman and 53-kilo women's classes after doping cases for Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia, respectively.

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Wed, 11 May 2016 15:04:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Swimming trailblazer Maritza Corriea McClendon appears at Olympic Training Center in support of diversity]]> http://gazette.com/swimming-trailblazer-maritza-corriea-mcclendon-appears-at-olympic-training-center-in-support-of-diversity/article/1575585?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/swimming-trailblazer-maritza-corriea-mcclendon-appears-at-olympic-training-center-in-support-of-diversity/article/1575585?custom_click=rss

The first African-American woman to earn an Olympic swimming medal, Maritza Corriea McClendon, only took up the sport to battle scoliosis.

The Puerto Rico native's mother only chose swimming over gymnastics - the doctor's other recommendation - since there was plenty of pools on the island. That six-year-old girl went on to make history as the first African-American to make the U.S. Olympic swim team and become an American and world record holder.

Now, McClendon and USA Swimming are working to make her story no longer so unique by bringing more athletes of color into the sport.

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Wed, 11 May 2016 07:20:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Rio Olympic Spread: Anything from Halal to Kosher to Kimchi]]> http://gazette.com/rio-olympic-spread-anything-from-halal-to-kosher-to-kimchi/article/feed/347337?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rio-olympic-spread-anything-from-halal-to-kosher-to-kimchi/article/feed/347337?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The dining room for the athletes village at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be bigger than two football fields, and the kitchen being built in the same massive tent will be as large as one.

The setting hints at quite a spread when the games open in just under three months.

"We want to make sure when there is a medal or a record, part of that record also goes to our food team," said Marcello Cordeiro, Rio's director of food and beverages, in an interview with The Associated Press.

At its peak, the athletes village kitchen will prepare 60,000 meals daily, produced from daily shipments of 210,000 kilograms (460,000 pounds) of raw ingredients — all served up on 4 million biodegradable plates for 1

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]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 11:30:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Former Brazil soccer great tells tourists to skip Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/former-brazil-soccer-great-tells-tourists-to-skip-olympics/article/1575722?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-brazil-soccer-great-tells-tourists-to-skip-olympics/article/1575722?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil soccer great Rivaldo is telling tourists to stay away from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of the danger of endemic violence.

Rivaldo posted the warning on his Instagram account and alluded to the case of a 17-year-old woman killed on Saturday in a shootout.

"Things are getting uglier here every day," Rivaldo wrote. "I advise everyone with plans to visit Brazil for the Olympics in Rio — to stay home. You'll be putting your life at risk here. This is without even speaking about the state of public hospitals and all the Brazilian political mess. Only God can change the situation in our Brazil."

The Olympics open in just under three months.

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Mon, 09 May 2016 17:28:02 -0600
<![CDATA['60 Minutes:' WADA received 200 emails from whistleblower]]> http://gazette.com/60-minutes-wada-received-200-emails-from-whistleblower/article/1575683?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/60-minutes-wada-received-200-emails-from-whistleblower/article/1575683?custom_click=rss

A whistleblower who uncovered systemic doping inside Russia's track team told "60 Minutes" he sent 200 emails and 50 letters about the cheating to the World Anti-Doping Agency, which told him it didn't have the power to investigate inside the country.

In an interview that aired on the CBS news show Sunday night, Vitaly Stepanov, a former worker at the Russian anti-doping agency, said after three years of correspondence, WADA eventually steered he and his wife, 800-meter runner Yulia, to a German TV network that produced the 2014 documentary that preceded WADA's investigation.

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Mon, 09 May 2016 09:45:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Williams sisters aiming for another Olympic gold in Rio]]> http://gazette.com/williams-sisters-aiming-for-another-olympic-gold-in-rio/article/feed/346688?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/williams-sisters-aiming-for-another-olympic-gold-in-rio/article/feed/346688?custom_click=rss

ROME (AP) — The Williams sisters are making another run for Olympic gold.

The winningest team in Olympic tennis history has entered the doubles draw at this week's Italian Open to kick off their preparations for the Rio de Janeiro Games.

It will mark the first time that Serena and Venus Williams have played doubles together since the 2014 U.S. Open.

"Obviously we would love to play in the Olympics. I love playing with Venus. She's the best partner, and hopefully she feels the same about me. We make a great team," Serena said Sunday. "Hopefully we'll be able to at least win a couple of matches here, just shake off the dust and keep playing."

The Williams sisters already have three golds in doubles, from the 2000,

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]]> Sun, 08 May 2016 09:14:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Three elite athletes talk Olympics and motherhood]]> http://gazette.com/three-elite-athletes-talk-olympics-and-motherhood/article/1575641?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/three-elite-athletes-talk-olympics-and-motherhood/article/1575641?custom_click=rss

Training for the Olympics is hard work, but doing it while getting into shape after giving birth, then juggling little kids, adds an entirely different element.

In the lead-up to the Rio de Janeiro Games starting Aug. 5 - and Sept. 7 for the Paralympics - we asked three Team USA hopefuls who also happen to be moms how they're doing it all:

Melissa Stockwell

She was the first female soldier in U.S. history to lose a limb in active combat. Just three weeks after deploying to Baghdad in 2004, a blast from a roadside bomb struck her Humvee, leaving her without her left leg above the knee.

Since, the University of Colorado graduate has triumphed as a competitive athlete and motivational speaker.

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Sun, 08 May 2016 07:31:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Happy Mother's Day from Missy Franklin]]> http://gazette.com/klee-happy-mothers-day-from-missy-franklin/article/1575612?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-happy-mothers-day-from-missy-franklin/article/1575612?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The bottle cap tumbled from her hand, bouncing off a size-13 summer sandal and across the carpeted floor. Before a stranger's arm scooped it back into her possession, Missy Franklin had her "thank you" ready.

She thanked a tiny, adoring fan for requesting a photo. She thanked a cameraman for his time, a PR rep for her time, God for the May sunshine.

Hers is the ascension that spawned 10,000 thank yous. They are Missy's go-to words, repeated over and over in a day. But what is she most thankful for?

"She got me into a 'Mommy and Me' swimming class when I was six months old," Missy said of her own mother, D.A. Franklin.

Here, on behalf of those of us who believe your daughter is the coolest athlete Colorado

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Sat, 07 May 2016 23:05:01 -0600
<![CDATA['Bonus mom' caters to needs of training Olympians]]> http://gazette.com/bonus-mom-caters-to-needs-of-training-olympians/article/1575615?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bonus-mom-caters-to-needs-of-training-olympians/article/1575615?custom_click=rss

Sherry Von Riesen collects the kids' mail and forgotten laundry when they're away from home. She dries tears, real and metaphorical, and keeps Kleenex, Band-Aids and other mom-to-the-rescue stuff close at hand. As the single, if honorary, parent to 130 or so world-class athletes living and training for the Olympics in Colorado Springs, she's equipped to handle pretty much any request or crisis, be they medal concerns or messy rooms.

"I've had someone call me in a blizzard to come pick them up, or they missed a flight, or they want me to go find their passport and overnight it," said Von Riesen, who, like most of her charges, lives on-site at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. "I take care of the weird things, like any mom.

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Sat, 07 May 2016 17:14:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Michael Phelps jumps into gene pool, becomes father]]> http://gazette.com/michael-phelps-jumps-into-gene-pool-becomes-father/article/1575608?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/michael-phelps-jumps-into-gene-pool-becomes-father/article/1575608?custom_click=rss

Michael Phelps is a first-time father.

The 18-time Olympic gold medalist and fiancé Nicole Johnson welcomed Boomer Robert Phelps on Thursday night in Arizona, where Phelps has been training in preparation for the upcoming Rio Olympics.

"Healthy and happy!!! Best feeling I have ever felt in my life!!!" Phelps posted on Instagram Saturday in announcing his son's name and arrival date and time. A black-and-white photo showed a shirtless Phelps cradling his son and planting a kiss on his head while Johnson looked on from her hospital bed.

Phelps also had been training at high altitude in Colorado and left the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to return to Johnson's side.

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Sat, 07 May 2016 14:13:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Rousseff lights Olympic flame as protesters hit the streets]]> http://gazette.com/rousseff-lights-olympic-flame-as-protesters-hit-the-streets/article/feed/344595?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rousseff-lights-olympic-flame-as-protesters-hit-the-streets/article/feed/344595?custom_click=rss

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's embattled President Dilma Rousseff ignited the Olympic flame on Tuesday, as a nationwide torch relay got underway with protests highlighting the country's deep political and economic crisis.

Rousseff presided over the flame ceremony in Brasilia, even though she faces impeachment and is unlikely to be in office when South America's first Olympics open in less than three months.

"Brazil is ready to host the most successful Olympics in history," Rousseff said in a speech to off the torch relay, which will reach 329 Brazilian cities and end on Aug. 5 at the opening ceremony in Rio's Maracana stadium.

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]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 13:55:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Taurasi, Catchings, Bird headline US women's Olympic team]]> http://gazette.com/taurasi-catchings-bird-headline-us-womens-olympic-team/article/feed/342199?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/taurasi-catchings-bird-headline-us-womens-olympic-team/article/feed/342199?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Four-time Olympians Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings headline the U.S. women's national team roster heading to Brazil for the Rio Games this summer.

The trio will be joined by newcomers Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner and Breanna Stewart.

Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen, Angel McCoughtry, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles round out the American squad announced Wednesday morning.

The roster gives coach Geno Auriemma plenty of options as the U.S. goes for its sixth consecutive gold medal.

"When you look at the team there's a little bit of everything. A little bit of youth, a little bit of the middle and then there is the veterans," Auriemma told The Associated Press.

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]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:42:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Rio gets Olympic flame 100 days before games]]> http://gazette.com/rio-gets-olympic-flame-100-days-before-games/article/feed/342303?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rio-gets-olympic-flame-100-days-before-games/article/feed/342303?custom_click=rss

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Olympic flame was handed to organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Games in Athens on Wednesday, 100 days before the opening ceremony in Brazil.

Dressed as a high priestess, actress Katerina Lehou led the brief ceremony at the Panathenian Stadium, a horseshoe-shaped marble venue where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.

Lehou, who lit the flame in Ancient Olympia last week, used a torch to light a cauldron inside the Athens stadium.

The flame, placed in a lantern, was handed over to Greek Olympic Committee president Spyros Kapralos, who, in turn, passed it to Rio Games organizing head Carlos Nuzman.

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]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:29:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Organizers go for harmony in new Tokyo 2020 logo]]> http://gazette.com/organizers-go-for-harmony-in-new-tokyo-2020-logo/article/feed/341161?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/organizers-go-for-harmony-in-new-tokyo-2020-logo/article/feed/341161?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — A ring of interconnected indigo blue rectangular shapes is the new symbol of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Opting for simplicity and harmony, organizers unveiled the new official logo on Monday, seven months after an initial design was scrapped over allegations of plagiarism.

The winning logo, by Japanese designer Asao Tokolo, is entitled Harmonized Checkered Emblem. It features three varieties of indigo blue rectangular shapes to represent different countries, cultures and ways of thinking.

"My mind has gone blank as I just found out my design won," Tokolo said. "I put a lot of time and effort into this design as though it was my own child.

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