<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Sat, 21 Apr 2018 03:56:14 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Karolyis to NBC: 'No way' they knew about doctor's behavior]]> http://gazette.com/karolyis-to-nbc-no-way-they-knew-about-doctors-behavior/article/feed/558313?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/karolyis-to-nbc-no-way-they-knew-about-doctors-behavior/article/feed/558313?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Former USA Gymnastics women's national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and husband Bela tell NBC they were unaware of the abusive behavior by a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison.

Martha Karolyi led the national team for 15 years before retiring after the 2016 Rio Olympics. She tells Savannah Guthrie in "no way" did she suspect Larry Nassar was sexually abusing athletes under the guise of treatment.

"The whole gymnastics community couldn't recognize this," Martha Karolyi said in an excerpt provided to The Associated Press on Friday by NBC. "Everybody said, 'Larry Nassar is a good doctor. Larry Nassar is a good guy.'"

The Karolyis spoke as part of a Dateline NBC special entitled "

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]]> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:15:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Karolyis Doctor Abuse]]> http://gazette.com/karolyis-doctor-abuse/article/feed/558318?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/karolyis-doctor-abuse/article/feed/558318?custom_click=rss FILE - In this June 29, 2012, file photo, Bela, left, and Martha Karolyi talk on the arena floor before the start of the preliminary round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif. Former USA Gymnastics women's national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and her husband Bela tell NBC they were unaware of the abusive behavior by a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison. Martha Karolyi led the national team for 15 years before retiring after the 2016 Rio Olympics. She tells Savannah Guthrie in "no way" did she suspect Larry Nassar was sexually abusing athletes.

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:36:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Fire damages lodge at Idaho's famed Sun Valley ski resort]]> http://gazette.com/fire-damages-lodge-at-idahos-famed-sun-valley-ski-resort/article/feed/558050?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-damages-lodge-at-idahos-famed-sun-valley-ski-resort/article/feed/558050?custom_click=rss

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — A raging fire at a base lodge at Idaho's famed Sun Valley Resort ski area heavily damaged the building just days after the ski season ended, officials said Thursday.

Flames were shooting 30 feet (9 meters) from the roof of the resort's Warm Springs Lodge when police arrived at the scene Wednesday night and the fire was still burning Thursday afternoon, officials said.

There were no reports of injuries. The resort held its final day of skiing last Sunday.

No damage estimate was immediately available but it was difficult for firefighters to put out the fire because it got into a space between the building's ceiling and roof, said Will Fruehling, chief deputy of the Blaine County sheriff's office.

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]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:17:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Olympic great Walsh Jennings announces beach volleyball tour]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-great-walsh-jennings-announces-beach-volleyball-tour/article/feed/557991?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-great-walsh-jennings-announces-beach-volleyball-tour/article/feed/557991?custom_click=rss

Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings has announced plans for her new beach volleyball circuit that will bring a sports and music festival to eight cities.

The p1440 series will open in September in San Jose, California, and then over the next four months visit Las Vegas, San Diego and Huntington Beach, California. Four stops in early 2019 are planned, including Chicago; the others were not announced.

A three-time Olympic gold medalist, Walsh Jennings broke with the biggest domestic pro tour last year, saying AVP officials lacked the vision to grow the sport. The move meant a split with April Ross, her partner when they won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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]]> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:27:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Walsh-New Beach Tour Volleybal]]> http://gazette.com/walsh-new-beach-tour-volleybal/article/feed/558138?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/walsh-new-beach-tour-volleybal/article/feed/558138?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2016, file photo, United States' Kerri Walsh Jennings reacts while playing Brazil during the women's beach volleyball bronze medal match of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The five-time Olympian has announced plans for her new beach volleyball circuit that will bring a sports and music festival to eight cities. The p1440 series will open in September in San Jose, California, and then over the next four months visit Las Vegas, San Diego and Huntington Beach, California. Four stops in early 2019 are planned, including Chicago; the others were not announced.

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Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:37:49 -0600
<![CDATA[With USOC in turmoil, athletes testify about sex-abuse cases]]> http://gazette.com/with-usoc-in-turmoil-athletes-testify-about-sex-abuse-cases/article/feed/557887?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/with-usoc-in-turmoil-athletes-testify-about-sex-abuse-cases/article/feed/557887?custom_click=rss

The question sex-abuse victim Craig Maurizi would like to ask U.S. Olympic leaders is simple and searing: "How can you sleep at night?"

Every bit as perplexing: How to make sure this doesn't happen again?

The figure skater was one of four Olympic-sports athletes who testified to a Senate subcommittee Wednesday about abuse they suffered while training and competing under the purview of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the national sports organizations that controlled their Olympic dreams.

Their testimony provided yet another reminder of the way leaders at the USOC, US Figure Skating, USA Gymnastics and other federations failed to protect them over a span of decades.

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]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:28:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Ex-head of Hungarian swimming denies ordering rival slain]]> http://gazette.com/ex-head-of-hungarian-swimming-denies-ordering-rival-slain/article/feed/557744?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-head-of-hungarian-swimming-denies-ordering-rival-slain/article/feed/557744?custom_click=rss

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The former head of Hungary's swimming federation on Wednesday firmly denied allegations that he ordered the 1998 slaying of a business rival, his lawyer said.

Tamas Gyarfas has been in police custody since late Tuesday on suspicion of ordering the February 1998 killing of media mogul Janos Fenyo, who was fatally shot in his car in downtown Budapest.

Defense lawyer Janos Banati said Wednesday that Gyarfas was questioned by police for several hours and told them about his conflict with Fenyo as well as their later reconciliation.

"Tamas Gyarfas filed a complaint against the imputation and most firmly denied the act he was charged with," Banati said in a statement.

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]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:47:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Russia blames official negligence for Olympic doping case]]> http://gazette.com/russia-blames-official-negligence-for-olympic-doping-case/article/feed/557756?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russia-blames-official-negligence-for-olympic-doping-case/article/feed/557756?custom_click=rss MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian state medical official says "fecklessness" by bureaucrats was to blame for a bobsledder failing a doping test at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Nadezhda Sergeeva was disqualified from the games after testing positive for the banned substance trimetazidine.

She was the second Russian to fail a test at the games — where she finished 12th — and her case played a role in Russian athletes not being allowed to march under their own flag at the closing ceremony.

Vladimir Uiba, the head of Russia's Federal Medical-Biological Agency, tells Russian media his agency tried to bar Sergeeva from competing because of a heart condition, but Sports Ministry officials let her travel.

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]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:33:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Ukraine backs down on sports boycott of Russia]]> http://gazette.com/ukraine-backs-down-on-sports-boycott-of-russia/article/feed/557731?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ukraine-backs-down-on-sports-boycott-of-russia/article/feed/557731?custom_click=rss KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine has backed down on a sports boycott of neighboring Russia, a month after banning its athletes from competing there.

The Ukrainian government announced the boycott last month, citing Russian involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine and its record of doping in sports.

However, with the national wrestling team due to compete at the upcoming European championships in Russia, the boycott measure has been changed.

An updated version of the government decree, published last week, says only that the government does not recommend and will not fund the participation of Ukrainians in Russian competitions.

The Ukrainian Wrestling Association said it will take part in the championship in th

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]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:57:50 -0600 <![CDATA[WCup 2018 Cossack Patrols]]> http://gazette.com/wcup-2018-cossack-patrols/article/feed/557712?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wcup-2018-cossack-patrols/article/feed/557712?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2014 file photo, Russian Cossack soldiers stand guard on a bridge at the ski resort Rosa Khutor in Krasnaya Polyana outside the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, where the snow and sliding sports venues for the 2014 Winter Olympics are located. Around 200 Cossacks will be drafted in to provide security at 2018 World Cup games in Russia to help security forces around the stadium and airport. Some will double as entertainers with displays of horseback stunt-riding.

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:08:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Oregon plans new stadium to replace Hayward Field]]> http://gazette.com/oregon-plans-new-stadium-to-replace-hayward-field/article/feed/557587?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/oregon-plans-new-stadium-to-replace-hayward-field/article/feed/557587?custom_click=rss EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon will replace historic Hayward Field with a new track and field stadium to open in 2020.

Oregon unveiled plans Tuesday for the privately-financed venue, which will host the 2021 world championships. It will seat 12,900 but will be expandable to accommodate 30,000 spectators.

The new Hayward Field is being funded by gifts from Nike-co-founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny, along with 50 other donors. It will include laboratory and classroom facilities for Oregon's human physiology department.

Built in 1919, has Hayward Field has hosted seven U.S. Track and Field championships and six Olympic trials, as well as the annual Prefontaine Classic on the Diamond League schedule.

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]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:40:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Coronado graduate Kyle Snyder wins AAU Sullivan Award as nation's best amateur athlete, only fourth wrestler ever]]> http://gazette.com/coronado-graduate-kyle-snyder-wins-aau-sullivan-award-as-nations-best-amateur-athlete-only-fourth-wrestler-ever/article/1624521?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coronado-graduate-kyle-snyder-wins-aau-sullivan-award-as-nations-best-amateur-athlete-only-fourth-wrestler-ever/article/1624521?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK - 2016 Olympic champion and two-time world champion Kyle Snyder won the 2018 AAU Sullivan Award in ceremonies at the New York Athletic Club tonight.

Snyder, who graduated from Coronado High School while training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, becomes only the fourth wrestler to win this prestigious honor, joining other Olympic champions John Smith (1990), Bruce Baumgartner (1995) and Rulon Gardner (2000).

The AAU Sullivan Award has been presented annually since 1930 to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. Representatives from the AAU created the Sullivan Award with the intent to recognize contributions and achievements across the country of amateur athletes.



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Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:21:06 -0600
<![CDATA[North Korea Kim First Ladies]]> http://gazette.com/north-korea-kim-first-ladies/article/feed/557591?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/north-korea-kim-first-ladies/article/feed/557591?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018, file photo, Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, arrives for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Six years into his reign, Kim Jong Un appears to be putting the spotlight on the women in his life. Over the past few months, Kim has increasingly shared the stage with his younger sister Kim Yo Jong, who became an instant celebrity as his envoy to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and his wife Ri Sol Ju, a former singer in her late 20s.

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:03:44 -0600
<![CDATA[APSE pans new USA Wrestling policy for journalists]]> http://gazette.com/apse-pans-new-usa-wrestling-policy-for-journalists/article/feed/557488?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/apse-pans-new-usa-wrestling-policy-for-journalists/article/feed/557488?custom_click=rss The Associated Press Sports Editors organization has recommended that its members refrain from covering USA Wrestling events after the federation said it will now require journalists to undergo a background check in order to cover its events.

APSE President Jeff Rosen, sports editor of The Kansas City Star, said in an email Tuesday that the new policy "while probably well-intentioned, is problematic on multiple levels."

"APSE applauds the effort to protect the safety of USA Wrestling athletes, but making journalists qualify for a membership and take a course in how to identify abuse and bullying is misguided," Rosen wrote.

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]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:31:39 -0600 <![CDATA[76ers, Mavericks to play 2 preseason games in China]]> http://gazette.com/76ers-mavericks-to-play-2-preseason-games-in-china/article/feed/557579?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/76ers-mavericks-to-play-2-preseason-games-in-china/article/feed/557579?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki's 21st NBA season will include a trip in China.

His Dallas Mavericks will play a pair of preseason games against the Philadelphia 76ers there, 10 years after Nowitzki played for Germany in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He will become the first player in NBA history to play 21 seasons with the same franchise.

The league announced Tuesday that the Mavericks and 76ers will meet Oct. 5 in Shanghai and then Oct. 8 in Shenzhen.

The 76ers, who are back in the playoffs this season, have a large international fan base. They are led by Joel Embiid, a native of Cameroon, and Australian rookie Ben Simmons.

Dallas and Philadelphia both will be playing in China for the first time.

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]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:55:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Petrenko, Arakawa highlight World Figure Skating Hall class]]> http://gazette.com/petrenko-arakawa-highlight-world-figure-skating-hall-class/article/feed/557563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/petrenko-arakawa-highlight-world-figure-skating-hall-class/article/feed/557563?custom_click=rss Olympic champions Viktor Petrenko, Shizuka Arakawa, and Elena Valova and Oleg Vasiliev have been elected to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

Also chosen are two-time world champion ice dance team Irina Moiseeva and Andrei Minenkov, coach Bin Yao and choreographer Sandra Bezic.

Petrenko competed for Ukraine, the Soviet Union and the Unified Team, earning the 1992 Olympic title for the Unified Team and the 1988 Olympic bronze medal for the Soviet Union. He also won the 1992 world title.

In 2006, Arakawa became the first Japanese figure skater to win an Olympic gold medal and was the only Japanese medalist in any sport at the Turin Games. She won the 2004 world championship.

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]]> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:48:22 -0600 <![CDATA[USA Wrestling requiring background checks, SafeSport training for journalists covering events]]> http://gazette.com/usa-wrestling-requiring-background-checks-safesport-training-for-journalists-covering-events/article/1624424?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-wrestling-requiring-background-checks-safesport-training-for-journalists-covering-events/article/1624424?custom_click=rss

Journalists covering USA Wrestling competition will be required to pass a background check and take U.S. Center for SafeSport's online training.

"We're not doing this because we've had any incidents," USA Wrestling executive director Rich Bender said Sunday. "We think it's a great opportunity for taking a step forward in creating safe environment for kids in wrestling. We think it's the right thing to do."

The USA Wrestling national staff, coaches, referees, medical staff, state leaders, club leaders, event directors, volunteers and vendors already were required to pass the background check and take Safe Sport training.

Journalists who complete the training and background check will be issued a media membership card.



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Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:24:42 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Colorado's own Nicole Hensley recalls the thrill of winning hockey gold]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-colorados-own-nicole-hensley-recalls-the-thrill-of-winning-hockey-gold/article/1624271?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-colorados-own-nicole-hensley-recalls-the-thrill-of-winning-hockey-gold/article/1624271?custom_click=rss Nicole Hensley grew up in Lakewood with a wild, wonderful, unlikely vision for her future.

She wanted to play hockey for the United States Olympic team. She wanted to wear a big gold medal around her neck. She wanted to rule the world.

And she grabbed all of it. Her unlikely vision became reality.

On Thursday afternoon, Hensley talked to a big room of supporters at the Salute to the Olympic Family Luncheon. Her gold medal – and it is big – was hanging from her neck.

“I’m getting the chance to share the victory with everyone at home,” Hensley said.

It’s a sweet victory. In 2014, America fumbled a late lead and lost in overtime to Canada in the gold medal game. It was a



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