<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Mon, 02 May 2016 04:47:47 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ramsey: Meb Keflezighi, Old Man of the Marathon, plots for Rio gold]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-meb-keflezighi-old-man-of-the-marathon-plots-for-rio-gold/article/1575201?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-meb-keflezighi-old-man-of-the-marathon-plots-for-rio-gold/article/1575201?custom_click=rss

On most days Meb Keflezighi can be found soaking in an icy stream in the California foothills near his San Diego home. He reclines in the clear water, soaking an aching body that turns 41 on Thursday.

Shivering and exhausted, he rests following his 16-mile run and ponders the goal that has long been his goal. The Old Man of the Marathon still hungers to rule the world. He's run more than 100,000 miles, but a few thousand miles remain in his seemingly bottomless tank. He wants to run faster than anyone else on the 26.2-mile course at the Rio Olympics.

He's in his prime, and we're not just talking about running. He savors life with his wife, Yordanos, and their three daughters, Sara, Fiyori and Yohana.



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Sun, 01 May 2016 21:04:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Training camp one of final chances to impress men's gymnastics Rio selection committee]]> http://gazette.com/training-camp-one-of-final-chances-to-impress-mens-gymnastics-rio-selection-committee/article/1575136?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/training-camp-one-of-final-chances-to-impress-mens-gymnastics-rio-selection-committee/article/1575136?custom_click=rss

One of the final tests for U.S. men's gymnast Sam Mikulak wasn't in front of the large crowds he will perform before at the national championships or the Olympic team trials in June.

The final four-day training camp, which concludes Saturday at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, is where Mikulak and 12 others on the national team have one of their final three chances to impress members of the selection committee, who determine who will represent the United States at the Rio Summer Games in August.

"This is an opportunity for you to compete with each other and put yourself in pressure situations," Mikulak said. "You have to do your routine and execute it with consistency.



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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:38:24 -0600
<![CDATA[It didn't take 100-day countdown to inspire future five-time Olympian Tony Azevedo]]> http://gazette.com/it-didnt-take-100-day-countdown-to-inspire-future-five-time-olympian-tony-azevedo/article/1574925?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/it-didnt-take-100-day-countdown-to-inspire-future-five-time-olympian-tony-azevedo/article/1574925?custom_click=rss

It didn't take the start of the 100-day countdown on Wednesday to get five-time U.S. Olympian Tony Azevedo excited about competing in the Rio Olympics in his native country.

The USOC celebrated the milestone - the exact 100-days-out mark of 6 p.m. Mountain - with 70 Rio hopefuls and qualifiers at various events at Times Square on NBC's "Today Show.."

Azevedo, now in his 16th year as a member of the U.S. national men's water polo team, was born in Brazil and moved to Sao Paulo three years ago when a professional league started to pave the way for the Games.

It was a wonderful chance for him to acquaint himself with his native land.

"The chance to represent my country and do it where I was born is an opportunity



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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:19:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Interactive: Rio 2016 Olympic torch route]]> http://gazette.com/interactive-rio-2016-olympic-torch-route/article/1574937?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/interactive-rio-2016-olympic-torch-route/article/1574937?custom_click=rss After being lit in Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic games, the torch will arrive in Brazil on May 3 before traveling throughout the country. The route was designed to allow 90 percent of Brazilians to see the flame and to travel through the capitals of all 26 Brazilian states.



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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:01:56 -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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]]> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 02:33:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Decades after Chernobyl, another chance for a Paralympian]]> http://gazette.com/decades-after-chernobyl-another-chance-for-a-paralympian/article/1574749?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/decades-after-chernobyl-another-chance-for-a-paralympian/article/1574749?custom_click=rss

COLORADO SPRINGS — There was no stuffed animal to hug. Constant hunger pains. Hope a mom would show up and rescue her.

Those were some of the memories that flooded back when Paralympian Oksana Masters recently returned to Ukraine, where she spent her first 7½ years shuttled among three orphanages. Masters visited with orphaned children that stared at her with an "Are you here to adopt me?" gaze.

Two decades ago, that face was hers.

She was adopted by an American woman who took in a malnourished Masters with birth defects believed to be from the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident. On the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl this week, Masters is now in a much different place.



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Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:26:26 -0600
<![CDATA[If he wins UFC title, will Henry Cejudo retire? One ex-coach says yes]]> http://gazette.com/if-he-wins-ufc-title-will-henry-cejudo-retire-one-ex-coach-says-yes/article/1574670?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/if-he-wins-ufc-title-will-henry-cejudo-retire-one-ex-coach-says-yes/article/1574670?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS - Henry Cejudo has always done his own thing.

Coronado wrestling coach Matt Brickell doesn't expect that to change anytime soon. Cejudo once told Brickell that he would step away from the octagon if he became a UFC title holder. Brickell believes the Olympic gold medalist.

"He always told me he wanted to win a title and then get out," Brickell said recently.

"But who knows," he added, laughing. "The funny thing about him is if he says something, he'd go and do it."

On Saturday, Cejudo (10-0) will step into the octagon in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as a huge underdog in his quest to wrest the flyweight belt (125 pounds) from Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson (23-2-1).



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Sat, 23 Apr 2016 18:11:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Bike lane falls in Brazil Olympic city; at least 2 die]]> http://gazette.com/bikelane-falls-in-brazil-olympic-city-at-least-2-die/article/1574583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bikelane-falls-in-brazil-olympic-city-at-least-2-die/article/1574583?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO — At least two people were killed Thursday in the collapse of a new elevated bike path that has been heralded as a top legacy project of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The accident on the Tim Maia bike path is the latest in a series of problems besetting preparations for the Aug. 5-21 games, which include worries about an outbreak of the Zika virus, political turmoil that threatens to topple President Dilma Rousseff, underwhelming ticket sales and budget cuts amid Brazil's worst recession in decades.



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Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:44:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Flame for Rio Olympics is lit at birthplace of ancient Games]]> http://gazette.com/flame-for-rio-olympics-is-lit-at-birthplace-of-ancient-games/article/feed/339804?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flame-for-rio-olympics-is-lit-at-birthplace-of-ancient-games/article/feed/339804?custom_click=rss

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — The flame for South America's first Olympics was kindled Thursday at the birthplace of the ancient games in Greece, heralding the start of a 15-week journey that will culminate with the August 5 opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.

International Olympic Committee leaders and Brazilian organizers attending the flame-lighting in the ruins of Ancient Olympia voiced strong confidence that Brazil will stage successful games, despite a political crisis which forced Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to cancel a scheduled appearance at the ceremony.

Rousseff faces possible impeachment before the games over alleged accounting tricks in managing the federal budget.

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]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:21:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Diving great Greg Louganis encourages hunger for gold, but not too much hunger for gold]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-diving-great-greg-louganis-encourages-hunger-for-gold-but-not-too-much-hunger-for-gold/article/1574522?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-diving-great-greg-louganis-encourages-hunger-for-gold-but-not-too-much-hunger-for-gold/article/1574522?custom_click=rss

Greg Louganis was 16 years old, a high school kid with an Olympic silver medal hanging around his neck. By any standard, he was a fabulous success.

Well, any standard except his own.

Louganis convinced himself he would defeat Klaus Dibiasi in diving at the 1976 Montreal Games. In a way, this was a ridiculous vision. Dibiasi won gold in 1968 at Mexico City and 1972 at Munich and reigned as king of the 10-meter platform. He was 29.

Somehow, Louganis was certain he would conquer the king. He was barely out of childhood. Didn't matter. He convinced himself he would rule the world.

"My sole purpose on earth was to prevent Klaus from winning the gold," Louganis said, wincing as he traveled back to the devastated teen



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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 18:07:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Marine captain finds new mission in sled hockey]]> http://gazette.com/former-marine-captain-finds-new-mission-in-sled-hockey/article/1574395?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-marine-captain-finds-new-mission-in-sled-hockey/article/1574395?custom_click=rss

Something was missing from Sarah Bettencourt's life.

After years of serving her country, the former Marine Corps captain, forced to retire after suffering neurological damage during helicopter pilot training, was searching for a new purpose.

The Maryland native discovered it in sled hockey two years ago.

The California resident, 32, founded the San Diego Ducks women's sled hockey team. She threw herself into the adaptive sport and became a member of the U.S. women's national team; making the squad two months after the birth of her first child in 2014.

Sled hockey proved to be a lifeline after sinking into depression following her 2012 retirement.

"It actually saved my life," she said.



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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:35:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Recently banned drug used by some athletes to improve sexual performance]]> http://gazette.com/recently-banned-drug-used-by-some-athletes-to-improve-sexual-performance/article/1574349?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recently-banned-drug-used-by-some-athletes-to-improve-sexual-performance/article/1574349?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW — Some male athletes who have taken meldonium use it to improve sexual performance, the Latvian scientist who developed the recently banned drug said Monday.

The drug, which is typically recommended for heart disease patients, was banned for 2016, prompting at least 172 failed tests worldwide, including Maria Sharapova.

Ivars Kalvins, who created the drug, said not everyone takes the drug in order to enhance athletic performance.

"If we talk about male athletes, many of them take meldonium in order to improve their sexual performance rather than to enhance their sports performance," Kalvins said. "We need to take this into account.



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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:12:49 -0600
<![CDATA[IOC: Brazil impeachment vote won't hurt games preparations]]> http://gazette.com/ioc-brazil-impeachment-vote-wont-hurt-games-preparations/article/1574350?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ioc-brazil-impeachment-vote-wont-hurt-games-preparations/article/1574350?custom_click=rss LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The IOC says the impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff should not divert from preparations for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil's Chamber of Deputies voted Sunday to open impeachment proceedings against Rousseff, less than four months before the Aug. 5 opening of South America's first Olympics. The measure now goes to the Senate, where a majority vote will determine whether Rousseff is suspended.

The IOC says preparations "have now entered into a very operational phase where these kinds of political issues have much less influence than at other stages of organizing the Olympic Games."

The IOC coordination commission visited Rio last week for its final



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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:12:22 -0600
<![CDATA[14 athletes have suspensions lifted after meldonium ruling]]> http://gazette.com/14-athletes-have-suspensions-lifted-after-meldonium-ruling/article/feed/337625?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/14-athletes-have-suspensions-lifted-after-meldonium-ruling/article/feed/337625?custom_click=rss TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — At least 14 athletes from Russia and Georgia had their doping suspensions lifted Friday, two days after officials relaxed the rules about meldonium.

The drug was banned for 2016, prompting at least 172 failed tests worldwide. But the World Anti-Doping Agency changed its guidance on Wednesday, saying athletes could be cleared if only minute traces of the drug were found in their system.

Many athletes who tested positive had argued they stopped taking meldonium, which is typically recommended for heart disease patients, before it was banned.

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]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:31:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Olympic venues nearly ready for TV; big worries elsewhere]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-venues-nearly-ready-for-tv-big-worries-elsewhere/article/feed/335503?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-venues-nearly-ready-for-tv-big-worries-elsewhere/article/feed/335503?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Olympic inspectors are taking their final look this week at Rio de Janeiro's preparations.

The International Olympic Committee team will find most of the venues ready to show off to billions of television viewers when the games open in just under four months.

But trouble lingers behind the cameras.

President Dilma Rousseff is fighting impeachment and could be out of office when the Olympics open Aug. 5. The country's in its worst recession since the 1930s with unemployment at 10 percent. Many Brazilians have more serious worries than South America's first games.

Last week the Greek Olympic Committee said Rousseff would skip the Olympic torch-light ceremony on April 21 in Greece.

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]]> Sun, 10 Apr 2016 13:40:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Wambach to speak at University of Kentucky on Tuesday]]> http://gazette.com/wambach-to-speak-at-university-of-kentucky-on-tuesday/article/feed/333437?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wambach-to-speak-at-university-of-kentucky-on-tuesday/article/feed/333437?custom_click=rss FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Retired U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach is scheduled to speak at the University of Kentucky just days after she was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence.

The Student Activities Board at the University of Kentucky confirmed Wambach is the scheduled speaker for the group's Women of the World event at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The event at the university's Memorial Hall is open the public and people don't need tickets to attend.

Wambach is a World Cup soccer champion and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She announced her retirement in October.

Police in Portland, Oregon, arrested Wambach on Saturday and charged her with driving under the influence of intoxicants.

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