<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:35:53 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[USA Table Tennis picks new chairman]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/usa-table-tennis-picks-new-chairman/article/1545415?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-table-tennis-picks-new-chairman/article/1545415?custom_click=rss

The Board of Directors of USA Table Tennis elected Peter Scudner as its new chairman for the next two years. Scudner, who returns to the position he held from 2008-12, succeeds the outgoing Michael Baubin, who completed his two year term.

Scudner is a senior vice president/wealth management with Janney Montgomery Scott, where he specializes as a strategic adviser for high net-worth individuals and business owners and consultant to his team's corporate clients.

“This is an exciting time for USA Table Tennis, with a generation of talented youth emerging in our sport.” Scudner said. "I look forward to working with our new CEO, Gordon Kaye, and the entire board, as we work to grow the sport of table tennis in the



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The Board of Directors of USA Table Tennis elected Peter Scudner as its new chairman for the next two years. Scudner, who returns to the position he held from 2008-12, succeeds the outgoing Michael Baubin, who completed his two year term.

Scudner is a senior vice president/wealth management with Janney Montgomery Scott, where he specializes as a strategic adviser for high net-worth individuals and business owners and consultant to his team's corporate clients.

“This is an exciting time for USA Table Tennis, with a generation of talented youth emerging in our sport.” Scudner said. "I look forward to working with our new CEO, Gordon Kaye, and the entire board, as we work to grow the sport of table tennis in the

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:48:29 -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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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 <![CDATA[Dave Schultz wrestling tourney in Colorado Springs this week is big international step]]> By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/dave-schultz-wrestling-tourney-in-colorado-springs-this-week-is-big-international-step/article/1545333?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dave-schultz-wrestling-tourney-in-colorado-springs-this-week-is-big-international-step/article/1545333?custom_click=rss

This week's Dave Schultz Memorial Invitational cannot be overlooked by a U.S. women's national wrestling team eager to take that final step.

The freestyle squad, which includes many who live in the area or train at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, has placed third at the world championships for three years in a row.

That final move up to world gold and perhaps 2016 Olympic gold will take a little extra - one more win for a couple of wrestlers; maybe placing third instead of fifth. The work renewed in earnest last week with training camp.

"To win a world championship you have to be dedicated and work harder as an individual to help the team," national team coach Terry Steiner said. "They need to pay

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]]> This week's Dave Schultz Memorial Invitational cannot be overlooked by a U.S. women's national wrestling team eager to take that final step.

The freestyle squad, which includes many who live in the area or train at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, has placed third at the world championships for three years in a row.

That final move up to world gold and perhaps 2016 Olympic gold will take a little extra - one more win for a couple of wrestlers; maybe placing third instead of fifth. The work renewed in earnest last week with training camp.

"To win a world championship you have to be dedicated and work harder as an individual to help the team," national team coach Terry Steiner said. "They need to pay]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:10:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Curling seniors battle for U.S. titles]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/curling-seniors-battle-for-u.s.-titles/article/1545268?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/curling-seniors-battle-for-u.s.-titles/article/1545268?custom_click=rss Curl Mesabi, an eight-sheet curling club in the heart of Minnesota curling country, is set to host the 2015 USA Curling senior national championships this week.

The competition gets underway Wednesday in Eveleth, Minn., featuring eight women's and 20 men's teams. The winners move on to represent the U.S. at the 2015 World Senior Championships April 18-25 at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi, Russia. The senior championship is for athletes age 50 and over.

The eight competing women's teams will play a single round robin with a double knockout provision. If needed, tiebreaker games will be played. The 20 men's teams will play in a divisional round robin followed by a playoff round



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Curl Mesabi, an eight-sheet curling club in the heart of Minnesota curling country, is set to host the 2015 USA Curling senior national championships this week.

The competition gets underway Wednesday in Eveleth, Minn., featuring eight women's and 20 men's teams. The winners move on to represent the U.S. at the 2015 World Senior Championships April 18-25 at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi, Russia. The senior championship is for athletes age 50 and over.

The eight competing women's teams will play a single round robin with a double knockout provision. If needed, tiebreaker games will be played. The 20 men's teams will play in a divisional round robin followed by a playoff round

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:39:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Jason Brown wins first US skating title, holding off Adam Rippon]]> By RACHEL COHEN AP Sports Writer http://gazette.com/jason-brown-wins-first-us-skating-title-holding-off-adam-rippon/article/1545220?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jason-brown-wins-first-us-skating-title-holding-off-adam-rippon/article/1545220?custom_click=rss

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Monument's Jason Brown won his first U.S. title, holding off Adam Rippon thanks to his big lead after the short program.

Joshua Farris, skating last for The Broadmoor Skating Club, had a chance to overtake Brown on Sunday, but one of his triple-jump combinations didn't count because he did a double toe loop three different times. It was still a successful event for Farris, who finished third to earn a chance to go to the world championships.

Rippon became the first man to win back-to-back world junior titles in 2009, but had struggled to live up to that promise in the senior ranks. He had just one medal at the U.S. Championships before Sunday, a silver in 2012, and was eighth last year.

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Monument's Jason Brown won his first U.S. title, holding off Adam Rippon thanks to his big lead after the short program.

Joshua Farris, skating last for The Broadmoor Skating Club, had a chance to overtake Brown on Sunday, but one of his triple-jump combinations didn't count because he did a double toe loop three different times. It was still a successful event for Farris, who finished third to earn a chance to go to the world championships.

Rippon became the first man to win back-to-back world junior titles in 2009, but had struggled to live up to that promise in the senior ranks. He had just one medal at the U.S. Championships before Sunday, a silver in 2012, and was eighth last year.

Brown finished

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:58:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Yoga, wrestling can't slow Ben Provisor enough in Colorado Springs as U.S. team dominates at Pinto Cup]]> by KEVIN CARMODY sports@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/yoga-wrestling-cant-slow-ben-provisor-enough-in-colorado-springs-as-u.s.-team-dominates-at-pinto-cup/article/1545227?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/yoga-wrestling-cant-slow-ben-provisor-enough-in-colorado-springs-as-u.s.-team-dominates-at-pinto-cup/article/1545227?custom_click=rss

Next time, maybe Ben Provisor won't combine yoga with wrestling. Not in the same day, anyway.

The 2012 Olympian had just enough to hold off his competitor from Kazakhstan for a 3-2 decision, one of nine victories by American wrestlers at the Jack Pinto Cup - The Springs at the Antlers Hilton.

"I did high yoga and added core power to recover after a long week, and I knew I'd be tired," said Provisor, competing at 176 pounds. "Some people view that as a workout, but I view it as a way to relax, and was something I needed to do before my tournament here. It was a friendly tournament this time. In the future, I'd probably avoid yoga before a big match.



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Next time, maybe Ben Provisor won't combine yoga with wrestling. Not in the same day, anyway.

The 2012 Olympian had just enough to hold off his competitor from Kazakhstan for a 3-2 decision, one of nine victories by American wrestlers at the Jack Pinto Cup - The Springs at the Antlers Hilton.

"I did high yoga and added core power to recover after a long week, and I knew I'd be tired," said Provisor, competing at 176 pounds. "Some people view that as a workout, but I view it as a way to relax, and was something I needed to do before my tournament here. It was a friendly tournament this time. In the future, I'd probably avoid yoga before a big match.

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:42:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Broadmoor duo and engaged couple Alexa Scimeca, Christopher Knierim win U.S. pairs figure skating title]]> By RACHEL COHEN AP Sports Writer http://gazette.com/broadmoor-duo-and-engaged-couple-alexa-scimeca-christopher-knierim-win-u.s.-pairs-figure-skating-title/article/1545172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broadmoor-duo-and-engaged-couple-alexa-scimeca-christopher-knierim-win-u.s.-pairs-figure-skating-title/article/1545172?custom_click=rss

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Broadmoor Skating Club's Alexa Scimeca and Christopher Knierim won their first pairs title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Scimeca and Knierim, who are engaged to be married, totaled 210.49 points, a record for the event, to beat Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier by 10.57.

Scimeca and Knierim were the runners-up at nationals in 2013 and were fourth a year ago. But the three teams that finished ahead of them are no longer competing.

Scimeca and Knierim successfully completed a quad twist to earn 136.48 points for their long program, also a U.S. Championships record.

The Americans send two pairs teams to the world championships.



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GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Broadmoor Skating Club's Alexa Scimeca and Christopher Knierim won their first pairs title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Scimeca and Knierim, who are engaged to be married, totaled 210.49 points, a record for the event, to beat Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier by 10.57.

Scimeca and Knierim were the runners-up at nationals in 2013 and were fourth a year ago. But the three teams that finished ahead of them are no longer competing.

Scimeca and Knierim successfully completed a quad twist to earn 136.48 points for their long program, also a U.S. Championships record.

The Americans send two pairs teams to the world championships.

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:14:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Shaun White finishes fourth at Winter X; Danny Davis gets a repeat]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/shaun-white-finishes-fourth-at-winter-x-danny-davis-gets-a-repeat/article/1545076?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shaun-white-finishes-fourth-at-winter-x-danny-davis-gets-a-repeat/article/1545076?custom_click=rss

ASPEN — Danny Davis made it look real easy. Shaun White — he made it look real hard.

That summed up the gulf between first and fourth place on the halfpipe at the Winter X Games on Thursday night.

Davis won his second straight X Games gold medal by laying down a leg-tweaking, fun-loving snowboarding show for the purists. White struggled all night in his first contest since last year's Olympics, and got the same, fourth-place result he ended up with in Sochi.

"Everybody has their contests," Davis said. "Shaun has had his contest, like, 23 times. He's got tons of medals. Everybody has theirs, the days they're riding really well. I'm happy today was kind of my day."

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ASPEN — Danny Davis made it look real easy. Shaun White — he made it look real hard.

That summed up the gulf between first and fourth place on the halfpipe at the Winter X Games on Thursday night.

Davis won his second straight X Games gold medal by laying down a leg-tweaking, fun-loving snowboarding show for the purists. White struggled all night in his first contest since last year's Olympics, and got the same, fourth-place result he ended up with in Sochi.

"Everybody has their contests," Davis said. "Shaun has had his contest, like, 23 times. He's got tons of medals. Everybody has theirs, the days they're riding really well. I'm happy today was kind of my day."

Taku Hiraoka of Japan added a

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Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:38:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Olympians help spread fencing exposure to area elementary teachers, students]]> By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/olympians-help-spread-fencing-exposure-to-area-elementary-teachers-students/article/1545009?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympians-help-spread-fencing-exposure-to-area-elementary-teachers-students/article/1545009?custom_click=rss

Youth interest in fencing has grown in recent years. Fencer Tim Morehouse is helping make sure it never slows.

The two-time Olympian, who took home a 2012 silver medal in team fencing, and fellow national team member Jeff Spear launched the first fencing program for Colorado Springs elementary school students last week. They led school assemblies at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy, Pikes Peak Prep, Queen Palmer Elementary School and STAR Academy, followed by a three-hour training session for physical education teachers.

The six-week program began this week. Student interest is as high as the decibel levels, judging from the cheers, heard during a recent assembly.

"I'm really excited," said Haley Misner, 11, a fifth-grader



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Youth interest in fencing has grown in recent years. Fencer Tim Morehouse is helping make sure it never slows.

The two-time Olympian, who took home a 2012 silver medal in team fencing, and fellow national team member Jeff Spear launched the first fencing program for Colorado Springs elementary school students last week. They led school assemblies at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy, Pikes Peak Prep, Queen Palmer Elementary School and STAR Academy, followed by a three-hour training session for physical education teachers.

The six-week program began this week. Student interest is as high as the decibel levels, judging from the cheers, heard during a recent assembly.

"I'm really excited," said Haley Misner, 11, a fifth-grader

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Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:41:45 -0700
<![CDATA[U.S. Olympian wins first world championship title]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/u.s.-olympian-wins-first-world-championship-title/article/1544989?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-olympian-wins-first-world-championship-title/article/1544989?custom_click=rss

Olympian Ryan Stassel of Anchorage dominated the slopestyle snowboarding field to take home his first ever FIS World Championship title, while teammate Kyle Mack (West Bloomfield, Mich.) earned bronze.

In a best-of-three run format, Stassel showed the world that he meant business on Kreischberg’s six-feature course earning the two highest scores of the day. Stassel was the only rider in the field to land three 1260s, including a frontside double cork 1260 off the first jump, which earned him one of the highest scores in World Championships history (97.50). “I'm speechless,” said Stassel, after the event. “I have been working on that run for a long time and it feels really good to finally pull it all



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Olympian Ryan Stassel of Anchorage dominated the slopestyle snowboarding field to take home his first ever FIS World Championship title, while teammate Kyle Mack (West Bloomfield, Mich.) earned bronze.

In a best-of-three run format, Stassel showed the world that he meant business on Kreischberg’s six-feature course earning the two highest scores of the day. Stassel was the only rider in the field to land three 1260s, including a frontside double cork 1260 off the first jump, which earned him one of the highest scores in World Championships history (97.50). “I'm speechless,” said Stassel, after the event. “I have been working on that run for a long time and it feels really good to finally pull it all

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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:53:59 -0700
<![CDATA[National women's skating contender Mirai Nagasu training in Colorado Springs with Tom Zakrajsek]]> By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/national-womens-skating-contender-mirai-nagasu-training-in-colorado-springs-with-tom-zakrajsek/article/1544881?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/national-womens-skating-contender-mirai-nagasu-training-in-colorado-springs-with-tom-zakrajsek/article/1544881?custom_click=rss

A move to Colorado Springs to work with coach Tom Zakrajsek has Mirai Nagasu hopeful that the change will elevate her figure skating as she enters the U.S. national championships.

The event started Saturday in Greensboro, N.C., with youth events before the Olympic-level (senior) athletes compete Thursday.

The Pasadena Figure Skating Club member moved to the region in late 2014. While the native Californian is still getting used to the area and weather, the time spent with Zakrajsek is paying off.

"It's been great," Nagasu said. "I really like it here in Colorado and the change has been good for me."

That is important for Nagasu, who saw her chance to make the U.S. 2014 Olympic team evaporate in a controversial

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The event started Saturday in Greensboro, N.C., with youth events before the Olympic-level (senior) athletes compete Thursday.

The Pasadena Figure Skating Club member moved to the region in late 2014. While the native Californian is still getting used to the area and weather, the time spent with Zakrajsek is paying off.

"It's been great," Nagasu said. "I really like it here in Colorado and the change has been good for me."

That is important for Nagasu, who saw her chance to make the U.S. 2014 Olympic team evaporate in a controversial]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 04:10:08 -0700 <![CDATA[All in a day: Lindsey Vonn gets record and surprise from Tiger Woods]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/all-in-a-day-lindsey-vonn-gets-record-and-surprise-from-tiger-woods/article/1544863?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/all-in-a-day-lindsey-vonn-gets-record-and-surprise-from-tiger-woods/article/1544863?custom_click=rss

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy — Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor — boyfriend Tiger Woods.

The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing by a huge 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria.

Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein was third, 0.92 back.

Wearing a mask, Woods weaved through the crowd unnoticed until he shared an emotional embrace with Vonn, who had no idea that the golfer was coming.

"No way!" Vonn exclaimed when she spotted him.



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CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy — Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor — boyfriend Tiger Woods.

The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing by a huge 0.85 ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria.

Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein was third, 0.92 back.

Wearing a mask, Woods weaved through the crowd unnoticed until he shared an emotional embrace with Vonn, who had no idea that the golfer was coming.

"No way!" Vonn exclaimed when she spotted him.

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Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:14:36 -0700
<![CDATA[Correction: Sports Betting-Olympics story]]> http://gazette.com/correction-sports-betting-olympics-story/article/feed/196035?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/correction-sports-betting-olympics-story/article/feed/196035?custom_click=rss LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a Jan. 15 story about efforts by Las Vegas sports books to convince Nevada regulators to allow betting on Olympic events, The Associated Press erroneously reported the last name of an executive from CG Technology. The correct name is Jason Simbal.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Lawyer: All Olympic events should to be open for bets

Lawyer for casino, sports books says all Olympic events should be open for betting in Nevada

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Olympic fans visiting Nevada during the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro might get to do something that hasn't been done in Sin City for years: Make a wager on who wins a medal.

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A corrected version of the story is below:

Lawyer: All Olympic events should to be open for bets

Lawyer for casino, sports books says all Olympic events should be open for betting in Nevada

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Olympic fans visiting Nevada during the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro might get to do something that hasn't been done in Sin City for years: Make a wager on who wins a medal.]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:00:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Wrestling World Cup draws announced]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/wrestling-world-cup-draws-announced/article/1544651?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wrestling-world-cup-draws-announced/article/1544651?custom_click=rss The group pairings for the 2015 Men’s Freestyle World Cup April 11-12 in Los Angeles were released by United World Wrestling in Lausanne, Switzerland this morning.

The United States is slated to face Russia, Cuba and Mongolia in Group A competition. At the 2014 world championships, Russia finished atop the standings with Cuba finishing in fifth place and Mongolia in sixth.

The defending World Cup champions, Iran, headline a tough Group B pool that also includes Belarus, Azerbaijan and Turkey.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8Hxj6RR9mY&feature=youtu.be

At the conclusion of group competition, countries will cross bracket and compete in one additional dual to determine final placements.



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The group pairings for the 2015 Men’s Freestyle World Cup April 11-12 in Los Angeles were released by United World Wrestling in Lausanne, Switzerland this morning.

The United States is slated to face Russia, Cuba and Mongolia in Group A competition. At the 2014 world championships, Russia finished atop the standings with Cuba finishing in fifth place and Mongolia in sixth.

The defending World Cup champions, Iran, headline a tough Group B pool that also includes Belarus, Azerbaijan and Turkey.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8Hxj6RR9mY&feature=youtu.be

At the conclusion of group competition, countries will cross bracket and compete in one additional dual to determine final placements.

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Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:51:45 -0700
<![CDATA[USA U18 women win first gold since 2011]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/usa-u18-women-win-first-gold-since-2011/article/1544528?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-u18-women-win-first-gold-since-2011/article/1544528?custom_click=rss

U.S. women's national Under-18 team captain Jincy Dunne (O’Fallon, Mo.) tallied two goals, including the gold-medal clinching goal, in a 3-2 overtime victory against rival Canada in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship at HARBORCENTER in Buffalo, N.Y.

It was the first gold medal for the U.S. in that tournament since 2011.



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U.S. women's national Under-18 team captain Jincy Dunne (O’Fallon, Mo.) tallied two goals, including the gold-medal clinching goal, in a 3-2 overtime victory against rival Canada in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship at HARBORCENTER in Buffalo, N.Y.

It was the first gold medal for the U.S. in that tournament since 2011.

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Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:14:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Bode Miller unsure about racing at world champs]]> http://gazette.com/bode-miller-unsure-about-racing-at-world-champs/article/feed/192531?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bode-miller-unsure-about-racing-at-world-champs/article/feed/192531?custom_click=rss BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — At times, Bode Miller's surgically repaired back makes him feel like he's "balancing two pool balls on top of each other."

Not exactly a comforting feeling when he's speeding down the mountain. Miller remains unsure if the herniated disk he had fixed nearly seven weeks ago will recover in time to allow him to race at the world championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado, next month.

At this point, the 37-year-old Miller is unsure when he races again. Simply depends on how quickly his back responds to treatment and training.

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Not exactly a comforting feeling when he's speeding down the mountain. Miller remains unsure if the herniated disk he had fixed nearly seven weeks ago will recover in time to allow him to race at the world championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado, next month.

At this point, the 37-year-old Miller is unsure when he races again. Simply depends on how quickly his back responds to treatment and training.]]> Fri, 02 Jan 2015 19:30:40 -0700 <![CDATA[US luge team heads back to World Cup with momentum]]> http://gazette.com/us-luge-team-heads-back-to-world-cup-with-momentum/article/feed/192323?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-luge-team-heads-back-to-world-cup-with-momentum/article/feed/192323?custom_click=rss With seven medals so far, USA Luge is enjoying one of its best World Cup seasons in nearly a decade.

And to think, this one isn't even half over.

For the first time in a long time, there's serious reason for optimism when it comes to the American luge program: Tucker West, Chris Mazdzer and Erin Hamlin have all won two singles World Cup medals this season; the U.S. remains a threat in the team relay; and the long-struggling doubles program is showing signs of growth.

There might be a simple explanation.

"Success kind of snowballs," West said.

In fairness, there's much more to it than that.

A deeper commitment to research and sled development in recent years started paying big dividends last winter, whe

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And to think, this one isn't even half over.

For the first time in a long time, there's serious reason for optimism when it comes to the American luge program: Tucker West, Chris Mazdzer and Erin Hamlin have all won two singles World Cup medals this season; the U.S. remains a threat in the team relay; and the long-struggling doubles program is showing signs of growth.

There might be a simple explanation.

"Success kind of snowballs," West said.

In fairness, there's much more to it than that.

A deeper commitment to research and sled development in recent years started paying big dividends last winter, whe]]> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 15:46:27 -0700