<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Sat, 03 Oct 2015 22:44:20 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Rio's sewage-filled waters a health threat for surfers, too]]> http://gazette.com/rios-sewage-filled-waters-a-health-threat-for-surfers-too/article/feed/276309?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rios-sewage-filled-waters-a-health-threat-for-surfers-too/article/feed/276309?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio's sewage-filled waters are not only a problem for next year's Olympics.

Organizers of Brazil's stop on the World Surf League hope to move their event from a beach at Barra da Tijuca to a clean beach further west.

The Rio suburb of Barra da Tijuca is the main venue area for South America's first Olympics. Though surfing isn't an Olympic event, Rio's water pollution is also causing health concerns for the sport.

"I hope we can put on some pressure to fix this pollution," Rio event organizer Xandi Fontes told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:59:15 -0600 <![CDATA[USOC extends CEO's contract through 2020 with option to 2024]]> http://gazette.com/usoc-extends-ceos-contract-through-2020-with-option-to-2024/article/1560039?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usoc-extends-ceos-contract-through-2020-with-option-to-2024/article/1560039?custom_click=rss

The U.S. Olympic Committee extended CEO Scott Blackmun's contract by five years, through the middle of 2021, with an option to keep him through the 2024 Games.

Blackmun will work under the same terms as his current contract, which pays him nearly $980,000 a year, including bonuses.

It's a move that recognizes Blackmun's success in the job he took over in 2010, and also signals stability in an organization that fired CEO Jim Scherr in 2009 - only months before the 2016 Olympics were awarded and Chicago finished last in the voting. The USOC is trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Los Angeles.

The upheaval in 2009 hurt Chicago's cause, but under Blackmun and chairman Larry Probst, the USOC has been seen as a more reliable

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Fri, 25 Sep 2015 17:38:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Area figure skater Joshua Farris out with concussion]]> http://gazette.com/area-figure-skater-joshua-farris-out-with-concussion/article/1560030?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/area-figure-skater-joshua-farris-out-with-concussion/article/1560030?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs-based men’s figure skater Joshua Farris, the 2015 U.S. bronze medalist, will not compete at his scheduled 2015 Grand Prix Series events, Skate Canada and NHK Trophy.

Farris is recovering from a concussion and will resume training after being medically cleared.

“I couldn't be more disappointed to withdraw from my Grand Prix assignments,” Farris said in a press release. “I am steadily healing and hope to be back on the ice as soon as possible. I appreciate all of the support from my fans, family and friends.”

Farris is the 2013 world junior champion and 2015 Four Continents silver medalist. He trains in Colorado Springs with coaches Damon Allen and Christy Krall.

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Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:17:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Drumming up national support for LA 2024 Summer Games bid a focus at annual Olympics and Paralympics Assembly]]> http://gazette.com/drumming-up-national-support-for-la-2024-summer-games-bid-a-focus-at-annual-olympics-and-paralympics-assembly/article/1559998?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/drumming-up-national-support-for-la-2024-summer-games-bid-a-focus-at-annual-olympics-and-paralympics-assembly/article/1559998?custom_click=rss California was on the minds of those at the annual U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly and it wasn't just from hearing Beach Boys tunes in the background.

The assembly, which featured about 400 representatives from national governing bodies and advisory councils, including the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Olympic Committee, also served as a pep rally for LA 2024, the USOC's official bid in the upcoming Summer Games selection process.

The two-day event, which also gives the NGBs a chance to meet and coordinate on other topics, concludes Friday with a USOC board of directors meeting at the Antlers Hilton hotel downtown.

Getting the nation's Olympic sports leaders behind LA 2024 is needed if they are to beat out bids from

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Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:38:59 -0600