<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Sat, 06 Feb 2016 11:31:08 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Lindsey Vonn wins women's World Cup downhill]]> http://gazette.com/lindsey-vonn-wins-womens-world-cup-downhill/article/feed/314506?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lindsey-vonn-wins-womens-world-cup-downhill/article/feed/314506?custom_click=rss

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Lindsey Vonn is feeling very much at home in this southern German resort, on and off the hill.

Vonn, the overall World Cup leader, won a downhill on a demanding course by a big margin on Saturday, becoming the first woman to win multiple downhills on the Kandahar course. She also won a downhill four years ago. Vonn also has three Super-G wins and one slalom victory in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

The American keeps breaking her own records with every new victory. Vonn raised her record to 38 downhill wins, the most by a woman in a specific discipline.

"Every win is more special than the last one. Every day is a new chance to break a record," Vonn said.

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]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 08:12:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Longtime USA Volleyball CEO announces upcoming retirement from Colorado Springs-based organization]]> http://gazette.com/longtime-usa-volleyball-ceo-announces-upcoming-retirement-from-colorado-springs-based-organization/article/1569114?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/longtime-usa-volleyball-ceo-announces-upcoming-retirement-from-colorado-springs-based-organization/article/1569114?custom_click=rss

USA Volleyball chief executive officer Doug Beal announced on Tuesday that he will retire on Jan. 2, 2017 after. It will end a 46-year connection to the sport.

The former national team player, coach and administrator has reshaped the Colorado Springs-based organization.

“It just feels right to me that this is the time to step aside and do some other things in retirement from my role at USAV,” Beal said in a press release. “I’m proud of where we are and the path we’ve taken to get here. I’m even more excited by what I know the future holds for our sport and for our organization.

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:31:18 -0700
<![CDATA[<strong>Ramsey: Roberts, Olympic wrestling hopeful, flourishes despite injury</strong>]]> http://gazette.com/strongramsey-roberts-olympic-wrestling-hopeful-flourishes-despite-injurystrong/article/1568954?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/strongramsey-roberts-olympic-wrestling-hopeful-flourishes-despite-injurystrong/article/1568954?custom_click=rss

Wrestler Brittany Roberts recovered from her second major knee surgery while surrounded by athletes at the Olympic Training Center. She ate with these athletes. She talked constantly with them.

Most were healthy. She wasn't. She could have become depressed. She chose to become inspired.

"Living in the training center around all those Olympians, it just gets you in the mood to bust out and get back as soon as you can," she said Saturday afternoon at the OTC, a few dozen yards from her Colorado Springs residence.

Roberts, 25, busted out on Saturday at the Dave Schultz Memorial Wrestling Tournament. She defeated Forrest Molinari, 4-1, in the 152-pound championship and qualified for the Olympic trials in Iowa City on April

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Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:37:23 -0700
<![CDATA['Die-hard' sports fan Renzi is boosting Rome's Olympic bid]]> http://gazette.com/die-hard-sports-fan-renzi-is-boosting-romes-olympic-bid/article/1569020?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/die-hard-sports-fan-renzi-is-boosting-romes-olympic-bid/article/1569020?custom_click=rss

When Italian Premier Matteo Renzi flew to New York to witness the all-Italian U.S. Open final between Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci in September, it was a source of controversy at home.

Critics decried the use of a government plane for a personal trip, while supporters trumpeted his celebration of two Italian athletes on a world stage.

One thing they could agree on is the passion that Renzi has for sport, as Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago attests.

"He's a die-hard fan," Malago said in a recent interview with The Associated Press as he presided over the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Winter Games

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Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:11:26 -0700
<![CDATA[U.S. Olympic team trial berths on the line at Schultz wrestling meet this weekend]]> http://gazette.com/u.s.-olympic-team-trial-berths-on-the-line-at-schultz-wrestling-meet-this-weekend/article/1568732?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-olympic-team-trial-berths-on-the-line-at-schultz-wrestling-meet-this-weekend/article/1568732?custom_click=rss

American wrestling hopefuls will have an opportunity to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team trials if they medal at the 18th annual Dave Schultz Memorial International championships on Thursday through Saturday at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center.

The highest-placing American wrestler in each weight class this weekend who wins a medal and has not yet qualified will earn a spot in the trials April 9-10 in Iowa City.

Up to 18 berths are up for grabs this weekend.

This year's competition will be in the Olympic weight classes, six in each discipline; men's and women's freestyle and Greco-Roman. The event starts on Thursday in Sports Center I with Greco-Roman, followed by men's freestyle Friday and women's

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Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:25:55 -0700
<![CDATA[US athletes urge expansion of Russian probe]]> http://gazette.com/us-athletes-urge-expansion-of-russian-probe/article/1568626?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-athletes-urge-expansion-of-russian-probe/article/1568626?custom_click=rss

U.S. Olympic athletes have sent a letter to leaders of the International Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency urging them to expand the investigation into Russian doping to sports beyond track and field.

The letter came in response to the two-part report detailing doping inside Russia's track team, the sport's international governing body and allegations that the government participated in the fraud.

The letter said that while other sports federations might do their own inquiries, WADA and the IOC should take the lead to make sure all Russian sports are investigated.

The letter was signed by Sarah Konrad, an Olympic biathlete and cross-country skier who is chair of the U.S. Olympic Committee advisory

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Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:59:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Amputee Iraq veteran hands triathlon challenge to Fort Carson troops]]> http://gazette.com/amputee-iraq-veteran-hands-triathlon-challenge-to-fort-carson-troops/article/1568435?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/amputee-iraq-veteran-hands-triathlon-challenge-to-fort-carson-troops/article/1568435?custom_click=rss

Iraq amputee Melissa Stockwell told a group of wounded, injured and ill Fort Carson soldiers that triathlon training saved her life after a bomb took her leg.

"It healed me from the inside out," Stockwell said last week during a breakfast gathering that urged the troops to join the Southeast Armed Services YMCA's new triathlon training team.

She's widely considered a triathlon medal contender at the Paralympic Games this summer in Rio De Janeiro.

Stockwell was a lieutenant in the Army's 1st Cavalry Division when her Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb in 2004.

"I looked down and there was blood where my leg should have been," she said.

She was evacuated from Baghdad to Germany and then sent to Walter Reed

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]]> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 04:15:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Bill Johnson, brash Olympic downhill champion, dies at 55]]> http://gazette.com/bill-johnson-brash-olympic-downhill-champion-dies-at-55/article/feed/309875?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bill-johnson-brash-olympic-downhill-champion-dies-at-55/article/feed/309875?custom_click=rss

Bill Johnson craved speed — the faster, the better. He stole cars as a kid, got in trouble for it and was ordered by a judge to make a choice: Ski school or jail.

Johnson picked the slopes and wound up taking the sport by storm.

The brash skier had movie-star looks and a personality to match. He won over legions of fans by backing up his braggadocio and becoming the first American to capture the Olympic downhill title. Johnson died after a long illness, the U.S. ski team said Friday from Kitzbuehel, Austria. He was 55.

He died Thursday at an assisted living facility in Gresham, Oregon, where he has been staying since a major stroke a few years ago steadily took away the use of most of his body.

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]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:47:45 -0700 <![CDATA[Former Olympic downhill champ Bill Johnson dies after long illness]]> http://gazette.com/former-olympic-downhill-champ-billjohnson-dies-after-long-illness/article/1568353?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-olympic-downhill-champ-billjohnson-dies-after-long-illness/article/1568353?custom_click=rss

KITZBUEHEL, Austria — Bill Johnson, the brash American who became the first U.S. skier to win an Olympic downhill title, died after a long illness, the U.S. ski team said Friday. He was 55.

Megan Harrod, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Alpine team, said Johnson died Thursday at an assisted living facility in Gresham, Oregon.

Johnson's health had been on the decline for several years after a series of strokes.

Johnson won the downhill at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics, the first American to capture gold in Alpine skiing's marquee event. He was also the first American male to win an Olympic gold in any Alpine event.

He became an iconic figure to many Americans by predicting he would win Olympic gold.

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Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:07:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs swimmer sets world Paralympics record]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-swimmer-sets-world-paralympics-record/article/1568129?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-swimmer-sets-world-paralympics-record/article/1568129?custom_click=rss

One world record and a number of American and Pan American Paralympic records fell during the seventh annual Jimi Flowers Classic this weekend at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center.

Members of the 2016 U.S. Paralympics swimming national team competed, including U.S. Army Sgt. Elizabeth (Wasil) Marks.

The Colorado Springs resident set the lone world record of the meet, coming in with a time of 41.21 in the 50-meter breaststroke SB7. Marks also went on to break the American and Pan American records in the 200 breaststroke SB7 with a time of 3:17.89. 

Madison, Wisc., native Garner Moss also broke multiple records, setting new American marks in the 200 backstroke S14 with a time of 2:45.81 and a 34.54

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Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:21:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Vonn wins WCup downhill to match all-time record of 36 wins]]> http://gazette.com/vonn-wins-wcup-downhill-to-match-all-time-record-of-36-wins/article/feed/305953?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vonn-wins-wcup-downhill-to-match-all-time-record-of-36-wins/article/feed/305953?custom_click=rss

ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (AP) — Watched by Annemarie Moser-Proell, whose many World Cup records she has been breaking one by one, Lindsey Vonn joined the Austrian great as the world's best female downhill skier on Saturday.

With her 36th victory in the discipline, the American matched the record set by Moser-Proell in January 1980.

The 62-year-old Austrian was among the first to congratulate Vonn, who leaned backward and spread both arms in celebration right after finishing a full second ahead of the competition in an unusual two-run format downhill.

"She is so kind," said Vonn, who broke Moser-Proell's overall record of 62 victories a year ago in Italy. "I am so glad she's here today as she couldn't be in Corti

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