<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:03:53 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Winter Asian Games are very topical in tropical East Timor]]> http://gazette.com/winter-asian-games-are-very-topical-in-tropical-east-timor/article/feed/446240?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/winter-asian-games-are-very-topical-in-tropical-east-timor/article/feed/446240?custom_click=rss

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — For Alpine skier Yohan Goutt Goncalves, the chance to be East Timor's sole representative at the Asian Winter Games was too good to pass up, even if it meant missing the world championships.

Goutt Goncalves could have taken part in the Alpine skiing world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland but chose instead to travel to Japan to become East Timor's first athlete at the Asian Winter Games.

"It was more important to come here because East Timor is part of Asia," Goutt Goncalves said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. "Timorese people feel closer to the Asian Games than any other event — even the Winter Olympics — so that's why I chose to come here.

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]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:00:54 -0700 <![CDATA[Asian Olympic leader backs Sapporo for Winter Games bid]]> http://gazette.com/asian-olympic-leader-backs-sapporo-for-winter-games-bid/article/feed/446231?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asian-olympic-leader-backs-sapporo-for-winter-games-bid/article/feed/446231?custom_click=rss

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Asia's Olympic leader thinks the continent could stage three consecutive Winter Games and Sapporo would be an ideal location to follow Pyeongchang and Beijing.

Olympic Council of Asian president Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah said Sapporo has all the facilities needed to organize the Winter Olympics for a second time.

Sapporo hosted the Winter Games in 1972 and city officials are considering a bid for 2026, but nothing official has been decided. It would mean the IOC would return to a city in Asia for a third straight time following Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 and Beijing in 2022.

"Sapporo is capable and ready," Sheikh Al Fahad said while in Sapporo for the Asian Winter Games.

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]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:52:26 -0700 <![CDATA[Texas Sports Hall class includes Super Bowl, Olympic champs]]> http://gazette.com/texas-sports-hall-class-includes-super-bowl-olympic-champs/article/feed/446214?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/texas-sports-hall-class-includes-super-bowl-olympic-champs/article/feed/446214?custom_click=rss

WACO, Texas (AP) — Three-time Super Bowl winner Darren Woodson and 2008 Olympic all-around gymnastics champion Nastia Liukin are among eight new members inducted Tuesday night into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Woodson played his 13 NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys from 1992-2003, and the safety retired as the team's career tackling leader.

Liukin, who was born in Russia but grew up in Texas, won five medals during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Longtime NFL coach Wade Phillips, a Texas native who served as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and was a defensive coach for both the Houston Oilers and Houston Texans, was also inducted. He followed his father Bum, who was inducted in 1999, and they joined Kyle Rote and K

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]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:57:12 -0700 <![CDATA[4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan out of Boston Marathon]]> http://gazette.com/4-time-olympian-shalane-flanagan-out-of-boston-marathon/article/feed/446173?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/4-time-olympian-shalane-flanagan-out-of-boston-marathon/article/feed/446173?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — Four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan has dropped out of the Boston Marathon with a back injury.

The native of nearby Marblehead posted the fastest time ever for an American woman on the course in 2014. She finished sixth in the Olympic marathon in Rio de Janeiro last summer and won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Games in the 10,000 meters.

Flanagan says Boston is her favorite race and she's "extremely sad" she won't be able to run it on April 17 for a fourth time.

The Boston Athletic Association says the injury will take four to six weeks to heal.

Also Tuesday, five-time Japanese record-holder Suguru Osako was added to the Boston field. It will be his marathon debut.

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]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:42:23 -0700 <![CDATA[Lean on me: International NBA players supporting each other]]> http://gazette.com/lean-on-me-international-nba-players-supporting-each-other/article/feed/446137?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lean-on-me-international-nba-players-supporting-each-other/article/feed/446137?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Boris Diaw arrived at his favorite Salt Lake City coffeehouse expecting to meet fellow Frenchman Rudy Gobert, and just smirked when told Gobert was running late.

The two have a big brother-little brother relationship, a bond many international players seek.

"For me it's been better, for sure," Gobert said of Diaw's arrival in Utah. "Just speaking French, makes me feel better. It's a stupid thing, but I needed a French player on the team."

The 7-foot Jazz center is not alone.

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]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:33:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Russian cross-country skiers denied entry into worlds]]> http://gazette.com/russian-cross-country-skiers-denied-entry-into-worlds/article/feed/446120?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russian-cross-country-skiers-denied-entry-into-worlds/article/feed/446120?custom_click=rss LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled against five Russian cross-country skiers who wanted their provisional suspensions lifted to allow them to compete at the world championships.

The five were suspended by the International Ski Federation pending a full inquiry after World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren alleged doping samples they gave may have been tampered with at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Two of the five won medals.

CAS hasn't dismissed the appeal against the provisional suspensions, but denied "urgent requests" to compete at the world championships, which start Wednesday.

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]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:54:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Japan wins 4 gold in speed skating at Asian Winter Games]]> http://gazette.com/japan-wins-4-gold-in-speed-skating-at-asian-winter-games/article/feed/446059?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/japan-wins-4-gold-in-speed-skating-at-asian-winter-games/article/feed/446059?custom_click=rss SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Japan claimed four gold medals in speed skating and China won two on the short track at the Asian Winter Games on Tuesday.

Nao Kodaira of Japan earned her second gold of the Sapporo Games by beating two-time Olympic champion Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea in the women's 500 on the long track.

Kodaira is unbeaten in six World Cups this season, and the winner of the 1,000 on Monday.

"I wasn't at my best today, maybe 80 percent of full fitness," Kodaira said. "But I wanted to race against a strong sprinter and it was good preparation (for the 2018 Winter Olympics)."

Takuro Oda won the men's 1,000, and Miho Takagi the women's 1,500.

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]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:05:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Olympic organizers say winter sports set for boom in Asia]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-organizers-say-winter-sports-set-for-boom-in-asia/article/feed/446045?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-organizers-say-winter-sports-set-for-boom-in-asia/article/feed/446045?custom_click=rss

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Lee Hee-beom, the head of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, expects the 2018 Olympics to usher in a new era for winter sports in Asia.

While the region has traditionally lagged behind North America and Europe in terms of winter sports competition, staging the next two Winter Olympics in Asia would significantly shift the balance, Lee said.

"With Pyongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022, winter sports will move from Europe and North American to Asia," said Lee who is attending the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo. "We will have more sports fans among Asians because of Pyeongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022."

The Pyeongchang Games will mark the second time the Olympics have been staged in South Korea, which ho

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]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:48:16 -0700 <![CDATA[Olympic organizers say winter sports set for boom is Asia]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-organizers-say-winter-sports-set-for-boom-is-asia/article/feed/446026?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-organizers-say-winter-sports-set-for-boom-is-asia/article/feed/446026?custom_click=rss

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Lee Hee-beom, the head of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, expects the 2018 Olympics to usher in a new era for winter sports in Asia.

While the region has traditionally lagged behind North America and Europe in terms of winter sports competition, staging the next two Winter Olympics in Asia would significantly shift the balance, Lee said.

"With Pyongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022, winter sports will move from Europe and North American to Asia," said Lee who is attending the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo. "We will have more sports fans among Asians because of Pyeongchang 2018 and Beijing 2022."

The Pyeongchang Games will mark the second time the Olympics have been staged in South Korea, which ho

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:11:31 -0700 <![CDATA[Japan Olympics Pyeongchang 2018]]> http://gazette.com/japan-olympics-pyeongchang-2018/article/feed/446027?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/japan-olympics-pyeongchang-2018/article/feed/446027?custom_click=rss Lee Hee-beom, president and CEO of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG), delivers speech during a media conference in Sapporo, northern Japan, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Lee expects the 2018 Olympics to usher in a new era for winter sports in Asia.

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:05:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Brazil fires coach of Rio Olympic football gold medalists]]> http://gazette.com/brazil-fires-coach-of-rio-olympic-football-gold-medalists/article/feed/446008?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brazil-fires-coach-of-rio-olympic-football-gold-medalists/article/feed/446008?custom_click=rss RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's football confederation has fired the coach who led Neymar and company to the country's first Olympic football gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.

Confederation spokesman Gregorio Fernandes confirmed on Monday that youth division coach Rogerio Micale was removed after Brazil failed to qualify for the next Under-20 World Cup.

In nine games in the South American U20 championship, Brazil won three, drew four, and lost two, ending in fifth position.

Micale started with Brazil U20s in May 2015, shortly before the U20 World Cup in New Zealand, where Brazil lost the final to Serbia.

After Dunga was removed as coach in June 2016, Micale took over Brazil's Olympic team.

Micale's contract was

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:18:41 -0700 <![CDATA[South Korea wins 2 golds in short track speed skating]]> http://gazette.com/south-korea-wins-2-golds-in-short-track-speed-skating/article/feed/445919?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-korea-wins-2-golds-in-short-track-speed-skating/article/feed/445919?custom_click=rss SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — South Korea won two gold medals in short track speed skating at the Asian Winter Games on Monday, an early indication the hosts of the 2018 Winter Olympics could be regaining their dominance of the sport.

Choi Min-jeong won the women's 1,500 meters and Park Se-yeong took top honors in the men's 1,500.

Choi clocked a winning time of 2 minutes, 21.46 seconds to edge compatriot Shim Suk-hee by .153 seconds. Guo Yihan of China was third in 2:30.017.

"I wasn't that focused on us coming first and second and more concerned about the skaters from the other countries," said seven-time world champion Choi. "But it was great that we could get this result together."

Park won the men's event with a time

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:37:07 -0700 <![CDATA[APTOPIX Japan Daily Life]]> http://gazette.com/aptopix-japan-daily-life/article/feed/445912?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aptopix-japan-daily-life/article/feed/445912?custom_click=rss A girl reacts to a 3D drawing of animals on the safety wall at a construction site of the archery venue for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017.

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:31:08 -0700
<![CDATA[South Korea Pyeongchang 2018 One Year To Go]]> http://gazette.com/south-korea-pyeongchang-2018-one-year-to-go/article/feed/443788?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-korea-pyeongchang-2018-one-year-to-go/article/feed/443788?custom_click=rss This Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 photo shows Gangneung Oval at Gangneung Olympic Park in Gangneung, South Korea. The opening ceremony for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games will be held on Feb. 9, 2018.

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:52:29 -0700
<![CDATA[High profile gymnasts come forward, claim abuse by doctor]]> http://gazette.com/high-profile-gymnasts-come-forward-claim-abuse-by-doctor/article/feed/445893?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/high-profile-gymnasts-come-forward-claim-abuse-by-doctor/article/feed/445893?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Three former elite U.S. gymnasts, including 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, have come forward saying they were sexually abused by a former doctor currently facing trial on a separate matter.

Dantzscher, three-time U.S. rhythmic gymnastics champion Jessica Howard and former national team member Jeanette Antolin appeared on "60 Minutes" on Sunday , detailing what they have claimed is sexual abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar. All three accused Nassar, a volunteer team doctor for USA Gymnastics for almost three decades before his tenure ended in July 2015 of touching them inappropriately while he disguised the abuse as treatment.

Dantzscher, who helped the U.S.

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]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:51:38 -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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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:50:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Newest OTC resident wrestler, UCCS student both take home first Dave Schultz gold medals]]> http://gazette.com/newest-otc-resident-wrestler-uccs-student-both-take-home-first-dave-schultz-gold-medals/article/1595972?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/newest-otc-resident-wrestler-uccs-student-both-take-home-first-dave-schultz-gold-medals/article/1595972?custom_click=rss

The newest Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center resident introduced herself in impressive fashion.

Becka Leathers downed fellow American Jacarra Winchester with a 10-2 decision in the 121-pound women's freestyle gold-medal match at the Dave Schultz Memorial International Wrestling Championships on Friday.

Leathers moved to the region two weeks ago to focus on the world team trials in June and further her international career.

A strong performance at the Schultz event was a good step in that direction.

"Coming here has really helped me focus," she said. "There is no reason for me not to wrestle like this every day. There are no more excuses.



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Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:42:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Former Colorado College hockey great Jeff Sauer has died]]> http://gazette.com/former-colorado-college-hockey-great-jeff-sauer-has-died/article/1595866?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-colorado-college-hockey-great-jeff-sauer-has-died/article/1595866?custom_click=rss

The hockey world is mourning the loss of former Colorado College player, assistant and coach  and current U.S. men’s sled hockey national team coach Jeff Sauer, who died of pancreatic cancer at age 73.



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Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:27:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs legislators propose state tax break for Olympians]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-legislators-propose-state-tax-break-for-olympians/article/1595863?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-legislators-propose-state-tax-break-for-olympians/article/1595863?custom_click=rss

Rep. Clarice Navarro of Pueblo hopes to give Olympic and Paralympic champions a tax break on the medals and bonuses they receive for competing for their country.

Navarro's initial co-sponsors on House Bill 1104 are all from El Paso County: Reps. Paul Lundeen, Terri Carver, Larry Liston, Dan Nordberg and Dave Williams.

"Our Olympic and Paralympic athletes shouldn't be penalized by way of a tax on their medals or stipends," Navarro said. "Not everyone ends up on a Wheaties box, and as Coloradans we have an opportunity to make a statement and a difference to and for the young people that work so hard to represent the U.S."

The bill is endorsed by the privately funded United States Olympic Committee, based in Colorado



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Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:17:30 -0700