<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:46:28 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Farah Accusations]]> http://gazette.com/farah-accusations/article/feed/447096?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/farah-accusations/article/feed/447096?custom_click=rss FILE- In this Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 file photo, Britain's Mo Farah celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 5000-meter final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Quadruple Olympic champion Mo Farah maintained Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, that he has always competed cleanly and never broken anti-doping rules, countering any association with "allegations of drug misuse." (AP Photo/David J.

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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:03:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Uno wins gold medal in figure skating at Asian Winter Games]]> http://gazette.com/uno-wins-gold-medal-in-figure-skating-at-asian-winter-games/article/feed/447067?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uno-wins-gold-medal-in-figure-skating-at-asian-winter-games/article/feed/447067?custom_click=rss SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Shoma Uno of Japan overcame several early mistakes Sunday to win the gold medal in men's figure skating on the final day of the Asian Winter Games.

Uno, who was second after the short program, fell on his opening quad loop of his free skate and stepped out of a triple lutz, but scored 281.27points.

Two Chinese skaters finished second and third — Boyang Jin with 280.08 points and Yan Han with 271.86.

Despite the early mistakes, Uno earned points with three combination jumps including his last one: a triple salchow-single loop-triple flip.

"It wasn't my greatest performance but I'm pleased with the result," said Uno, who received 188.84 points in the free skate. "I think the combination jum

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]]> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 04:27:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Narrowing the gap: Olympic Museum organizers in Colorado Springs say they're inching closer to fundraising goal]]> http://gazette.com/narrowing-the-gap-olympic-museum-organizers-in-colorado-springs-say-theyre-inching-closer-to-fundraising-goal/article/1597675?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/narrowing-the-gap-olympic-museum-organizers-in-colorado-springs-say-theyre-inching-closer-to-fundraising-goal/article/1597675?custom_click=rss

Faced with next month's deadline to raise private funds for their project, U.S. Olympic Museum organizers now say they're just $4.2 million short and closing in on their goal.

Meanwhile, museum officials and the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority are finalizing details of a loan with a trio of banks that will provide another key funding piece to finance the museum. That loan also will help fund a series of public improvements in southwest downtown, where the museum will be built.

The loan is driving the museum organizers' sense of urgency; as a condition of obtaining the financing, the banks are requiring museum officials to complete their private fundraising by March 31.

B.J.



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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:38:19 -0700
<![CDATA[WADA: Hard to secure bans for many Russians in doping cases]]> http://gazette.com/wada-hard-to-secure-bans-for-many-russians-in-doping-cases/article/feed/446986?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wada-hard-to-secure-bans-for-many-russians-in-doping-cases/article/feed/446986?custom_click=rss MOSCOW (AP) — There "simply may not be sufficient evidence" to secure bans for many of the Russian athletes implicated in an alleged state-backed doping scheme, the World Anti-Doping Agency said on Saturday.

WADA investigator Richard McLaren reported in December that more than 1,000 Russian athletes may have benefited from a cover-up which allegedly included tampering with samples given by 12 medalists at the Sochi Olympics.

It's proving hard to turn McLaren's report, much of it based on records leaked by a former Russian drug-test laboratory head, into watertight cases against individuals.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:23:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Loelling becomes youngest female world champion in skeleton]]> http://gazette.com/loelling-becomes-youngest-female-world-champion-in-skeleton/article/feed/446957?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/loelling-becomes-youngest-female-world-champion-in-skeleton/article/feed/446957?custom_click=rss

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — European champion Jacqueline Loelling edged Olympic champion Tina Hermann to win her first skeleton world championship title on Saturday.

Loelling — at age 22 the youngest ever female world champion in skeleton — was quickest in two of the three runs over two days to beat German teammate Hermann by 0.25 seconds.

Loelling says, "I'm lost for words right now. It feels great. I didn't expect to win, though I had perhaps hoped a little bit."

The second run was canceled on Friday due to inclement weather so the title was decided with the remaining three.

Britain's Lizzy Yarnold was third, 0.73 back, ahead of Germany's Anna Fernstaedt, Belgium's Kim Meylemans and Canada's Elisa Vathje.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:26:17 -0700 <![CDATA[South Korean skater Choi wins gold at Asian Winter Games]]> http://gazette.com/south-korean-skater-choi-wins-gold-at-asian-winter-games/article/feed/446953?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-korean-skater-choi-wins-gold-at-asian-winter-games/article/feed/446953?custom_click=rss SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Choi Da-bin of South Korea held her lead from the short program to win the gold medal in women's figure skating at the Asian Winter Games on Saturday.

Skating to music from Doctor Zhivago, Choi landed all her jumps cleanly with the exception of a triple salchow she under-rotated. First after the short program, Choi received a total of 187.54 points.

"The first half of this season was difficult," said Choi. "But as the season went on, I started to get better and better and this is a very satisfying way to end things."

Li Zijun of China was second with 175.60 points followed by Elizabet Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan with 175.04.

Many of Japan's top female skaters did not take part.

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:55:27 -0700 <![CDATA[North Korea wins first medal at Asian Winter Games]]> http://gazette.com/north-korea-wins-first-medal-at-asian-winter-games/article/feed/446936?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/north-korea-wins-first-medal-at-asian-winter-games/article/feed/446936?custom_click=rss SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — North Korea won its first medal at the Asian Winter Games on Saturday as Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik won the bronze medal in the figure skating pairs event.

The North Korean pair, third after the short program, received 112.18 points in Saturday's free skating for a total of 177.40 points. Yu Xiaoyu and Zhang Hao of China were first with 223.88 points followed by compatriots Peng Cheng and Jin Yang with 197.06.

The Japanese government decided to allow North Korean athletes and officials to enter the country to participate in the Games despite Japan's entry ban on North Korean citizens.

Tokyo will treat the athletes as an exception to its punitive measure taken as part of its sanctions in response

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]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:25:49 -0700 <![CDATA[Kendell Williams wins 3rd straight pentathlon at SEC indoor]]> http://gazette.com/kendell-williams-wins-3rd-straight-pentathlon-at-sec-indoor/article/feed/446918?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kendell-williams-wins-3rd-straight-pentathlon-at-sec-indoor/article/feed/446918?custom_click=rss NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia senior Kendell Williams became the first to win three straight Southeastern Conference pentathlons Friday on the first day of the league's indoor track and field championships.

Williams won with 4,686 points, just missing her own record of 4,703. The 2016 Olympian and three-time NCAA indoor champ in the event took first in the 60-meter hurdles, the long jump and the high jump at Vanderbilt.

Georgia leads the team competition with 30 points followed by Arkansas (27), Kentucky (23), Alabama (21) and Florida (18). The Arkansas women lead with 48 1/2 points, followed by Georgia (25), Mississippi (24 1/2), Kentucky (23) and Alabama (22).

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:20:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Snow volleyball hopes to stake claim in Winter Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/snow-volleyball-hopes-to-stake-claim-in-winter-olympics/article/feed/446897?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/snow-volleyball-hopes-to-stake-claim-in-winter-olympics/article/feed/446897?custom_click=rss

Beach volleyball is moving to the mountains and swapping its sand for snow.

A spinoff of the sun-splashed sport familiar to Summer Olympic fans and seaside frolickers, snow volleyball is spreading from the Alps to the Andes and making a run at the Winter Games. If all goes well, volleyball officials say, their sport would be the first to appear in both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

"Our key message is to be the No. 1 family sport in the world," Fabio Azevedo, the general director of the International Volleyball Federation, said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I think it fits perfectly to our plan.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:52:39 -0700 <![CDATA[IOC suggests more changes needed in Olympic host bidding]]> http://gazette.com/ioc-suggests-more-changes-needed-in-olympic-host-bidding/article/feed/446800?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ioc-suggests-more-changes-needed-in-olympic-host-bidding/article/feed/446800?custom_click=rss

The International Olympic Committee wants to keep considering changes that could result in both the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games awarded in September.

An internal letter written by IOC President Thomas Bach's spokesman suggests further adjustments are needed in the way Olympic hosts are chosen. It references Bach's statement from last year, saying the "process produces too many losers."

In December, Bach floated the idea of awarding both the 2024 Games, as scheduled, along with the 2028 Games.

Los Angeles and Paris are the remaining candidates from a list that began with five cities. Budapest, Hungary, said this week it was withdrawing.

The letter, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, was first reported by Insid

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:35:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Budapest assembly to vote Wednesday on revoking Olympic bid]]> http://gazette.com/budapest-assembly-to-vote-wednesday-on-revoking-olympic-bid/article/feed/446764?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/budapest-assembly-to-vote-wednesday-on-revoking-olympic-bid/article/feed/446764?custom_click=rss

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Budapest city assembly will vote Wednesday on a motion to withdraw the city's bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

Mayor Istvan Tarlos, Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Zsolt Borkai, the head of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, agreed late Wednesday on the withdrawal after it became clear the project would have to face a city-wide referendum initiated by the Momentum Movement, a new political group.

"In cities where referendums were held, with the sole exception of the Winter Games in Vancouver, Olympics were never held," Tarlos said Friday. "The extraordinary assembly ... will likely take place before noon Wednesday.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:39:37 -0700 <![CDATA[Hungary Olympics 2024 Bid]]> http://gazette.com/hungary-olympics-2024-bid/article/feed/446781?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hungary-olympics-2024-bid/article/feed/446781?custom_click=rss Cars line up in front of a poster with an advertising campaign for the 2024 Olympic bid with Hungarian Olympic fencer Aron Szilagyi in Budapest, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. The Budapest city assembly is expected to vote Wednesday, March 1, to withdraw the bid.

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:05:49 -0700
<![CDATA[For Venezuelan skier, Finnish slopes prove mighty challenge]]> http://gazette.com/for-venezuelan-skier-finnish-slopes-prove-mighty-challenge/article/feed/446683?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/for-venezuelan-skier-finnish-slopes-prove-mighty-challenge/article/feed/446683?custom_click=rss

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — For a Venezuelan skier who had only trained on wheels beneath a bright sun, the slopes of Finland proved a mighty challenge.

Adrian Solano wobbled nervously backward as he exited the starting gate at the Lahti2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships this week. He fumbled into the white powder after sliding down a small hill. And he tried awkwardly walking up an incline while others raced by him.

By Thursday, sports commentators circulating videos of his near-comedic cross-country performance online had dubbed him the worst skier alive.

Solano, however, teetered along, unfazed.

"From here to the Olympics!" he proclaimed in an interview with Norwegian tabloid Dagbladet.

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:30:02 -0700 <![CDATA[David Ramsey: Evander Holyfield's mother delivered tough message that helped him rule boxing world]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-evander-holyfields-mother-delivered-tough-message-that-helped-him-rule-boxing-world/article/1597554?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-evander-holyfields-mother-delivered-tough-message-that-helped-him-rule-boxing-world/article/1597554?custom_click=rss

Boxer Evander Holyfield arrived in Colorado Springs in 1982 with two immensely motivating messages ringing in his head.

The first message was from his mother.

Annie had raised nine children and often told eight of those children where they had gone wrong. To her ninth, and final, child she offered a stern yet loving challenge:

"If you're going to be successful, if you're the talent, if you're the show, you can't be hanging out with everybody else," Annie told Evander, her baby. "The person who is successful is out there by himself working."

The second message was harsh.

Evander had lived for years in Atlanta's infamous Bowen Home Projects, where he heard these words many times: "Poor people don't go



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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:02:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Wang, Liu win ice dancing gold medal at Asian Winter Games]]> http://gazette.com/wang-liu-win-ice-dancing-gold-medal-at-asian-winter-games/article/feed/446730?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wang-liu-win-ice-dancing-gold-medal-at-asian-winter-games/article/feed/446730?custom_click=rss SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Skating to "New York, New York," Wang Shiyue and Liu Xinyu held onto their lead from the short dance to win the gold medal in ice dancing on Friday at the Asian Winter Games.

The Chinese pair combined intricate step sequences and powerful lifts to receive 98.26 points in the free dance for a combined total of 164.28.

"This is our first Asian Winter Games and to win the gold in our debut at the tournament is very satisfying," Liu said. "Our coach in the U.S. has taught us so much — not least of which the importance of enjoying skating — and we were able to express that today."

Chris Reed and Kana Muramoto of Japan were second with 159.14 points and Chinese pair Chen Hong and Zhao Yan took bron

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]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:16:47 -0700 <![CDATA[Maracana Electricity On]]> http://gazette.com/maracana-electricity-on/article/feed/446689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/maracana-electricity-on/article/feed/446689?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2016 file photo, artists perform during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio's electricity utility has turned the power back on at the famous Maracana stadium after it was shut off for almost a month in a dispute over $1 million in unpaid bills. The utility on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 said power had been restored after the stadium operator paid 1.3 million reals ($430,000) in late bills from November through January. It was shut off on Jan. 26 in the dispute.

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:40:35 -0700
<![CDATA[IAAF clears 3 Russians to compete at European indoors]]> http://gazette.com/iaaf-clears-3-russians-to-compete-at-european-indoors/article/feed/446657?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iaaf-clears-3-russians-to-compete-at-european-indoors/article/feed/446657?custom_click=rss Track and field authorities have cleared three Russian athletes in time to compete next month at European indoor track championships and another high-profile event.

The International Association of Athletics Federations established new criteria requiring Russian athletes to show they had been subject to compliant anti-doping systems while the Russian track federation is suspended for widespread doping.

The three athletes cleared to compete as neutral athletes Thursday are pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova, the 2015 European indoor champion, sprinter Kristina Sivkova and hammer thrower Alexei Sokirsky, who will compete at the European Throwing Cup.

Thursday was the entry deadline for the European championships, which are s

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]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:39:41 -0700 <![CDATA['Monster' ex-USA Gymnastics doctor charged with sex assault]]> http://gazette.com/monster-ex-usa-gymnastics-doctor-charged-with-sex-assault/article/1597432?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/monster-ex-usa-gymnastics-doctor-charged-with-sex-assault/article/1597432?custom_click=rss

LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan sports doctor who treated elite female U.S. gymnasts was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting nine girls, including some too reluctant to speak up about the alleged abuse years ago because he was considered a "god."

Roughly two dozen charges were filed against Dr. Larry Nassar, the first criminal cases related to his work at Michigan State University where he was the preferred doctor for gymnasts in the region who had back or hip injuries. He's also being sued by dozens of women and girls, including 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, who described the assaults on "60 Minutes" Sunday.

"This guy is disgusting. This guy is despicable," Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette told reporters



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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:24:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Busch to retire as national team director of USA Swimming]]> http://gazette.com/busch-to-retire-as-national-team-director-of-usa-swimming/article/1596936?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/busch-to-retire-as-national-team-director-of-usa-swimming/article/1596936?custom_click=rss

COLORADO SPRINGS — Frank Busch, national team director for USA Swimming since 2011, will retire in September, following executive director Chuck Wielgus out the door at the sport's national governing body.

Busch said Tuesday he will leave on Sept. 1. Last month, Wielgus announced he is leaving on Aug. 31.

Under Busch, U.S. swimmers topped the standings with 31 medals at the 2012 London Olympics and 33 at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Over the last three world championships, the American team won 81 medals, including 38 gold. Busch will stay on through this summer's world meet in Hungary.

"I'm forever grateful to Chuck for giving me the opportunity to lead USA Swimming's national team division," Busch



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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:44:42 -0700
<![CDATA[An athlete accused her coach of sex abuse. U.S. Olympic officials stayed on the sideline, according to report]]> http://gazette.com/an-athlete-accused-her-coach-of-sex-abuse.-u.s.-olympic-officials-stayed-on-the-sideline-according-to-report/article/1596780?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/an-athlete-accused-her-coach-of-sex-abuse.-u.s.-olympic-officials-stayed-on-the-sideline-according-to-report/article/1596780?custom_click=rss

COLORADO SPRINGS The documents describing a coach's sexual abuse of three aspiring Olympic athletes circulated through U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters in early 2014.

It started in a hotel room in 2010, Yasmin Brown wrote. She was 16 and her taekwondo coach - Marc Gitelman, or "Master G" - was 44. Gitelman provided alcohol and suggested a game.

A few minutes later, Brown collapsed on the bed. She felt his hand lift her shorts, then his lips on her thigh.

Over the next three years, Brown wrote, her coach forced her to have sex dozens of times: at hotels before tournaments, at his studio, in his car. Brown's letter was part of a packet that included letters from two other women alleging abuse by Gitelman, and a police report.



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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:39:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Lindsey Vonn sets world championships record as oldest ever women's medalist]]> http://gazette.com/lindsey-vonn-sets-world-championships-record-as-oldest-ever-womens-medalist/article/1596635?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lindsey-vonn-sets-world-championships-record-as-oldest-ever-womens-medalist/article/1596635?custom_click=rss

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Roger Federer picked a good day for a front-row seat to his first ski races.

Switzerland's most famous resident came to St. Moritz on Sunday for a world championships double-header in marquee downhill races, featuring his friend Lindsey Vonn and home favorite Beat Feuz.

Vonn took a bronze medal she thought worth its weight in gold after an injury-hit year. Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia capped her breakout season to win and set up a duel for the 2018 Olympic downhill title.

The American star then completed her post-race interviews just in time to join Federer and his wife, Mirka, watching in the stands as Feuz raced to become men's world champion.



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Sun, 12 Feb 2017 15:22:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Norway to win most medals at Winter Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/norway-to-win-most-medals-at-winter-olympics/article/1596404?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/norway-to-win-most-medals-at-winter-olympics/article/1596404?custom_click=rss

It could be a record-setting Winter Olympics for Norway next year in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Using a computer program, the U.S.-based sports and entertainment provider Gracenote predicts Norway will be at the top of the table with 40 medals — a Winter Olympic record for overall medals. It would surpass the 37 the United States won at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

After Norway, the computer forecast has Germany winning 34 medals, and the United States 32. Those are also the top three when the table is based on gold medals: Norway 15, Germany 13 and the United States and France with 10 each.

"It seems a bit on the high side for Norway, I must admit," data analyst Simon Gleave said in an interview with The



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Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:03:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Woody Paige: Manning, Brady and 8 more reasons the past sports year was the best]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-manning-brady-and-8-more-reasons-the-past-sports-year-was-the-best/article/1596251?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-manning-brady-and-8-more-reasons-the-past-sports-year-was-the-best/article/1596251?custom_click=rss

Shouldn't Feb. 7, 2016-Feb. 5, 2017 be extolled forever as the Year of the Horse, the Penguin, the King, the Cat, the Bear, the Tiger, the Fish and The G.O.A.T?

Goodyear is a blimp. Great year is what we've just finished witnessing.

In fact and indeed, that 366-day Sports Year was the best there ever was.

Lest you forgot:

It began a year ago when the Broncos beat the Panthers in Super Bowl 50, and Peyton Manning retired.

It ended when Tom Brady and the Patriots rallied from a 25-point deficit to shock the Falcons and the entire zodiac. Brady is not retiring.

In between were a cornucopia of sports events and results that amazed and astonished, flabbergasted and flummoxed.



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