<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:50:36 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[USA wrestlers enjoy golden weekend in Chile]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/usa-wrestlers-enjoy-golden-weekend-in-chile/article/1550445?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-wrestlers-enjoy-golden-weekend-in-chile/article/1550445?custom_click=rss

The United States dominated the men's freestyle competition at the Pan American Championships on Sunday, with six champions and two runners-up.

The United States went 27-2 in the competition, with 17 of the bouts by either pin or technical fall. In the morning session, the USA went a perfect 22-0.

Team USA won the team title with 78 of a possible 80 points, a full 20 points ahead of runner-up Canada with 58 points. Cuba, which had the other two individual champions, was third with 54 points. The U.S. went 4-2 against Cuba, their top challenger in the event. The only losses to Cuba occurred in the championship finals.

"The entire team came not just to compete and win, but they wanted to dominate,” national



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The United States dominated the men's freestyle competition at the Pan American Championships on Sunday, with six champions and two runners-up.

The United States went 27-2 in the competition, with 17 of the bouts by either pin or technical fall. In the morning session, the USA went a perfect 22-0.

Team USA won the team title with 78 of a possible 80 points, a full 20 points ahead of runner-up Canada with 58 points. Cuba, which had the other two individual champions, was third with 54 points. The U.S. went 4-2 against Cuba, their top challenger in the event. The only losses to Cuba occurred in the championship finals.

"The entire team came not just to compete and win, but they wanted to dominate,” national

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:21:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Team USA opens with win in sled hockey]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/team-usa-opens-with-win-in-sled-hockey/article/1550441?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/team-usa-opens-with-win-in-sled-hockey/article/1550441?custom_click=rss

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The U.S. National Sled Team defeated Russia, 6-1, in its opening game of the Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships today. Goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) stopped 13 of 14 shots and captain Josh Sweeney (Phoenix) notched two goals.

"It was fantastic to finally be able to play in front of a crowd like this in our home country," said former CC player and coach Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. national team. "I think our players were a little anxious at first, but as the game progressed we started moving the puck better, which helped us open the game."

The U.S. opened the scoring in the first period when Kevin McKee (Chicago, Ill.) dug the puck out of the of corner and



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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The U.S. National Sled Team defeated Russia, 6-1, in its opening game of the Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships today. Goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) stopped 13 of 14 shots and captain Josh Sweeney (Phoenix) notched two goals.

"It was fantastic to finally be able to play in front of a crowd like this in our home country," said former CC player and coach Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. national team. "I think our players were a little anxious at first, but as the game progressed we started moving the puck better, which helped us open the game."

The U.S. opened the scoring in the first period when Kevin McKee (Chicago, Ill.) dug the puck out of the of corner and

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:56:28 -0600
<![CDATA[American trampoline gymnasts thrilled to make Pan Ams team]]> By joe paisley joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/american-trampoline-gymnasts-thrilled-to-make-pan-ams-team/article/1550363?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/american-trampoline-gymnasts-thrilled-to-make-pan-ams-team/article/1550363?custom_click=rss

It doesn't matter if you are 27 or only 17, qualifying for your first Pan American Games is a special moment in a trampoline gymnast's career.

"This means so much to me," said Clare Johnson, 17, who is competing in her first full season as a senior or Olympic-level athlete. "To make it to the Pan Am Games is unreal."

Her performance in Saturday's senior women's individual trampoline finals was very real and quite good. The Huntsville, Ala., native moved up from third place after Friday's preliminaries to overtake Shaylee Dunavin of Amarillo, Texas, and finish behind champion Charlotte Drury of Laguna Niguel, Calif.



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It doesn't matter if you are 27 or only 17, qualifying for your first Pan American Games is a special moment in a trampoline gymnast's career.

"This means so much to me," said Clare Johnson, 17, who is competing in her first full season as a senior or Olympic-level athlete. "To make it to the Pan Am Games is unreal."

Her performance in Saturday's senior women's individual trampoline finals was very real and quite good. The Huntsville, Ala., native moved up from third place after Friday's preliminaries to overtake Shaylee Dunavin of Amarillo, Texas, and finish behind champion Charlotte Drury of Laguna Niguel, Calif.

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:14:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Trampoline gymnastics rivalry between brothers hits new heights]]> By Joe Paisley joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/trampoline-gymnastics-rivalry-between-brothers-hits-new-heights/article/1550252?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trampoline-gymnastics-rivalry-between-brothers-hits-new-heights/article/1550252?custom_click=rss

Three gymnasts who know each other well will renew their rivalry with a spot in the 2015 Pan-American Games on the line.

Brothers Steven, 24, and Jeffrey Gluckstein, 22, and Steven's synchronized partner Logan Dooley, 27, are the top three individual trampoline gymnastics entrants in this weekend's Elite Challenge at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. The national gymnastics event concludes Sunday with the announcement of the Pan-American team.

That roster will include two men and two women in individual trampoline when the Olympic-style event is held July 10-26 in Toronto. The champion from the men's and women's finals Saturday evening automatically qualify with the second spot determined by a USA Gymnastics

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Brothers Steven, 24, and Jeffrey Gluckstein, 22, and Steven's synchronized partner Logan Dooley, 27, are the top three individual trampoline gymnastics entrants in this weekend's Elite Challenge at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. The national gymnastics event concludes Sunday with the announcement of the Pan-American team.

That roster will include two men and two women in individual trampoline when the Olympic-style event is held July 10-26 in Toronto. The champion from the men's and women's finals Saturday evening automatically qualify with the second spot determined by a USA Gymnastics]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 04:20:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Olympic curling coach returns to competition]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/olympic-curling-coach-returns-to-competition/article/1550061?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-curling-coach-returns-to-competition/article/1550061?custom_click=rss

Olympic bronze medalist Pete Fenson of Bemidji, Minn. is setting aside his USA Curling coaching gear after one season in hopes of another chance at representing Team USA as an athlete.

Fenson, 47, resigned on Monday as a national team coach to join 92 other applicants for the 2015-16 USA Curling High Performance Program.

"I really enjoyed being a part of the High Performance coaching staff this past season.  It was a great opportunity to see the game from a different perspective,” Fenson said. "I am looking forward to getting back on the ice and returning to competition next season." 

Fenson joined the USA Curling coaching staff last summer after announcing his retirement from competitive curling.



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Olympic bronze medalist Pete Fenson of Bemidji, Minn. is setting aside his USA Curling coaching gear after one season in hopes of another chance at representing Team USA as an athlete.

Fenson, 47, resigned on Monday as a national team coach to join 92 other applicants for the 2015-16 USA Curling High Performance Program.

"I really enjoyed being a part of the High Performance coaching staff this past season.  It was a great opportunity to see the game from a different perspective,” Fenson said. "I am looking forward to getting back on the ice and returning to competition next season." 

Fenson joined the USA Curling coaching staff last summer after announcing his retirement from competitive curling.

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:32:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Ugly Olympic conflict breaks into open at Sochi conference]]> By STEPHEN WILSON, The Associated Press http://gazette.com/ugly-olympic-conflict-breaks-into-open-at-sochi-conference/article/1550043?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ugly-olympic-conflict-breaks-into-open-at-sochi-conference/article/1550043?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Never in recent memory has the Olympic movement seen anything quite like this.

It came like a thunderbolt Monday — an Olympic powerbroker publicly rebuking the IOC and its president at a global conference.

Launching the withering broadside was Marius Vizer, head of the umbrella body representing Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations known as SportAccord.

His target was a surprised Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee president sitting right there in the front row of the convention hall in Sochi, Russia.

It was the host ripping into his invited guest.

SportAccord? More like SportDiscord.



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LONDON (AP) — Never in recent memory has the Olympic movement seen anything quite like this.

It came like a thunderbolt Monday — an Olympic powerbroker publicly rebuking the IOC and its president at a global conference.

Launching the withering broadside was Marius Vizer, head of the umbrella body representing Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations known as SportAccord.

His target was a surprised Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee president sitting right there in the front row of the convention hall in Sochi, Russia.

It was the host ripping into his invited guest.

SportAccord? More like SportDiscord.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:13:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Ex-Olympic swimmer Van Dyken-Rouen thrilled to help others]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/ex-olympic-swimmer-van-dyken-rouen-thrilled-to-help-others/article/1549826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-olympic-swimmer-van-dyken-rouen-thrilled-to-help-others/article/1549826?custom_click=rss

 

PHOENIX — There were days, particularly right after her accident, when Amy Van Dyken-Rouen just curled up in a ball and cried.

Even now, 10 months since she severed her spine in an ATV crash, Van Dyken-Rouen has those moments when reality becomes a little too much to bear.

But no matter how down she might get, how hard her rehabilitation becomes, Van Dyken-Rouen keeps pushing forward with the tenacity that helped her win six Olympic gold medals in swimming.

"It's not an easy transition, but the thing I look at is I'm alive," she said. "There was a great possibility when I first got injured that I wasn't going to live to see this day. Take a moment, cry it out, then move on. That's how I can



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PHOENIX — There were days, particularly right after her accident, when Amy Van Dyken-Rouen just curled up in a ball and cried.

Even now, 10 months since she severed her spine in an ATV crash, Van Dyken-Rouen has those moments when reality becomes a little too much to bear.

But no matter how down she might get, how hard her rehabilitation becomes, Van Dyken-Rouen keeps pushing forward with the tenacity that helped her win six Olympic gold medals in swimming.

"It's not an easy transition, but the thing I look at is I'm alive," she said. "There was a great possibility when I first got injured that I wasn't going to live to see this day. Take a moment, cry it out, then move on. That's how I can

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:21:58 -0600
<![CDATA[National sports leaders talk about preparation between Olympics at Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center]]> By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com -By JOE PAISLEY joe.paisley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/national-sports-leaders-talk-about-preparation-between-olympics-at-colorado-springs-olympic-training-center/article/1549764?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/national-sports-leaders-talk-about-preparation-between-olympics-at-colorado-springs-olympic-training-center/article/1549764?custom_click=rss There is far more to sending U.S. athletes to the Winter and Summer Games than booking a lot of plane tickets.

Olympics preparations are more complicated than those outside the movement may realize, a panel of national sports leaders reminded a crowd at the Colorado Springs Sports Corp. Salute to the Olympic Family Luncheon on Wednesday.

"People still ask me what we do in between Games," USA Hockey executive director and U.S. Olympic Committee board member Dave Ogrean said, drawing a chuckle from some of the 200 at the Olympic Training Center. "We don't just go to Starbucks or hit the beach 300-some days a year. It's a gargantuan effort.

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Olympics preparations are more complicated than those outside the movement may realize, a panel of national sports leaders reminded a crowd at the Colorado Springs Sports Corp. Salute to the Olympic Family Luncheon on Wednesday.

"People still ask me what we do in between Games," USA Hockey executive director and U.S. Olympic Committee board member Dave Ogrean said, drawing a chuckle from some of the 200 at the Olympic Training Center. "We don't just go to Starbucks or hit the beach 300-some days a year. It's a gargantuan effort.]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:10:21 -0600 <![CDATA[USA Basketball national offices may remain in Colorado Springs]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/usa-basketball-national-offices-may-remain-in-colorado-springs/article/1549616?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-basketball-national-offices-may-remain-in-colorado-springs/article/1549616?custom_click=rss

USA Basketball’s future in Colorado Springs may be determined this summer after plans to move to the Phoenix area fell through again.

A decision to revive a deal with Arizona State University, renew a nationwide search or remain in the Pikes Peak region is likely to be made during the next board of directors meeting in June or July, said USA Basketball executive director and chief executive officer Jim Tooley.

“No decisions have been made as an organization to start over or not,” he said. “We are basically in a holding pattern.”

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told azcentral.com on Saturday that the organization will likely remain in Colorado Springs, its home since 1993.



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USA Basketball’s future in Colorado Springs may be determined this summer after plans to move to the Phoenix area fell through again.

A decision to revive a deal with Arizona State University, renew a nationwide search or remain in the Pikes Peak region is likely to be made during the next board of directors meeting in June or July, said USA Basketball executive director and chief executive officer Jim Tooley.

“No decisions have been made as an organization to start over or not,” he said. “We are basically in a holding pattern.”

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told azcentral.com on Saturday that the organization will likely remain in Colorado Springs, its home since 1993.

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Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:20:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Bidding race for 2024 Olympics starting to get crowded]]> http://gazette.com/bidding-race-for-2024-olympics-starting-to-get-crowded/article/feed/222870?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bidding-race-for-2024-olympics-starting-to-get-crowded/article/feed/222870?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Even though the race hasn't officially started, the field for the 2024 Olympics is getting more crowded by the day.

A proposed Paris candidacy was approved by the city council on Monday, a major step toward finalizing a bid to bring the Summer Games back to the French capital for the first time in a century.

Paris, expected to get the final go-head in June, would join a race that already includes declared candidates Rome, Boston and Hamburg, Germany.

Bids from a handful of other cities could also come forward before the Sept. 15 deadline set by the International Olympic Committee.

That will sound the starting gun on a two-year global campaign that will climax with the IOC vote in Lima, Peru, in 201

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]]> LONDON (AP) — Even though the race hasn't officially started, the field for the 2024 Olympics is getting more crowded by the day.

A proposed Paris candidacy was approved by the city council on Monday, a major step toward finalizing a bid to bring the Summer Games back to the French capital for the first time in a century.

Paris, expected to get the final go-head in June, would join a race that already includes declared candidates Rome, Boston and Hamburg, Germany.

Bids from a handful of other cities could also come forward before the Sept. 15 deadline set by the International Olympic Committee.

That will sound the starting gun on a two-year global campaign that will climax with the IOC vote in Lima, Peru, in 201]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:34:14 -0600 <![CDATA[U.S. loses tight Freestyle World Cup wrestling final to Iran]]> News services - http://gazette.com/u.s.-loses-tight-freestyle-world-cup-wrestling-final-to-iran/article/1549584?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-loses-tight-freestyle-world-cup-wrestling-final-to-iran/article/1549584?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES - Anywhere Iran wrestles, the horns, the chants and the singing follows. Whether it be at World Championships in Turkey or World Cups in Los Angeles, Iran is regarded as having some of the most engaged wrestling fans in the world.

On Sunday at the Forum in Los Angeles, the pattern would hold as hundreds of Iranian wrestling fans waved flags, blew horns and sang as Iran would defeat the United States 5-3 to win the championship at the United World Wrestling Freestyle World Cup.

"We see more Iranians here in Los Angeles than any other City," Iranian 61kg wrestler Behnam Ehsanpoor said. "The crowd helped me 100 percent. It's like wrestling in Tehran.

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On Sunday at the Forum in Los Angeles, the pattern would hold as hundreds of Iranian wrestling fans waved flags, blew horns and sang as Iran would defeat the United States 5-3 to win the championship at the United World Wrestling Freestyle World Cup.

"We see more Iranians here in Los Angeles than any other City," Iranian 61kg wrestler Behnam Ehsanpoor said. "The crowd helped me 100 percent. It's like wrestling in Tehran.]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:11:48 -0600 <![CDATA[USOC names March athlete honorees]]> Joe Paisley http://gazette.com/usoc-names-march-athlete-honorees/article/1549471?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usoc-names-march-athlete-honorees/article/1549471?custom_click=rss

Notable performances during the month of March earned Paralympic Nordic skier Oksana Masters (Louisville, Ky.), shooter Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) and the ice dancing pair of Madison Chock (Novi, Mich.) and Evan Bates (Ann Arbor, Mich.) Best of March honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
 
Masters claimed her final two gold medals of the 2014-15 season at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup final, held March 16-22 in Surnadal, Norway. She finished 52.8 seconds ahead of the field to win the 12-kilometer sitting cross-country race. Four days later, she clinched the overall women’s Nordic world cup title with a win in the middle distance event.



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Notable performances during the month of March earned Paralympic Nordic skier Oksana Masters (Louisville, Ky.), shooter Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) and the ice dancing pair of Madison Chock (Novi, Mich.) and Evan Bates (Ann Arbor, Mich.) Best of March honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
 
Masters claimed her final two gold medals of the 2014-15 season at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup final, held March 16-22 in Surnadal, Norway. She finished 52.8 seconds ahead of the field to win the 12-kilometer sitting cross-country race. Four days later, she clinched the overall women’s Nordic world cup title with a win in the middle distance event.

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:26:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Shiffrin captures slalom title at US Alpine Championships]]> http://gazette.com/shiffrin-captures-slalom-title-at-us-alpine-championships/article/feed/218253?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shiffrin-captures-slalom-title-at-us-alpine-championships/article/feed/218253?custom_click=rss

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — Over the years, Mikaela Shiffrin has been patiently refining her technique, trying to get it just perfect.

Her signature for autographs, that is. Her skiing is pretty letter perfect, too.

Shiffrin added another title to her impressive collection, winning the slalom by a huge margin Saturday at the U.S. Alpine Championships.

The 20-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado, finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 33.02 seconds to beat Paula Moltzan by 4.31 seconds. Megan McJames was third.

Shiffrin opened a 2.62-second advantage after the first run at Sugarloaf resort. She was so relaxed that she signed autographs as she waited for the final run.

Because here, she's treated like

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]]> CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — Over the years, Mikaela Shiffrin has been patiently refining her technique, trying to get it just perfect.

Her signature for autographs, that is. Her skiing is pretty letter perfect, too.

Shiffrin added another title to her impressive collection, winning the slalom by a huge margin Saturday at the U.S. Alpine Championships.

The 20-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado, finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 33.02 seconds to beat Paula Moltzan by 4.31 seconds. Megan McJames was third.

Shiffrin opened a 2.62-second advantage after the first run at Sugarloaf resort. She was so relaxed that she signed autographs as she waited for the final run.

Because here, she's treated like ]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:01:30 -0600