<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:29:13 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Rio police question top Irish Olympic executives in probe]]> http://gazette.com/rio-police-question-top-irish-olympic-executives-in-probe/article/feed/389997?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rio-police-question-top-irish-olympic-executives-in-probe/article/feed/389997?custom_click=rss RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro police began questioning two of Ireland's top Olympic executives on Thursday in a Summer Games ticket-scalping probe that has already ensnared the highest official.

Olympic Council of Ireland's team leader Kevin Kilty and chief executive Stephen Martin arrived at police headquarters on Thursday wearing the Irish team uniform.

"We are here to fully cooperate. That's all I can say at the moment," Kilty said to reporters as he entered the building.

Secretary general Dermot Henihan spoke to investigators on Tuesday but they ruled out his involvement in the scheme, saying there was no evidence that indicated wrongdoing on his part.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:20:30 -0600 <![CDATA[US Open Tennis]]> http://gazette.com/us-open-tennis/article/feed/390039?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-open-tennis/article/feed/390039?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2016, file photo, Serena Williams, of the United States, reaches for a return against Daria Gavrilova, of Australia, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:23:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Ledecky hands medals to Harper, throws out first pitch]]> http://gazette.com/ledecky-hands-medals-to-harper-throws-out-first-pitch/article/feed/389372?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ledecky-hands-medals-to-harper-throws-out-first-pitch/article/feed/389372?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, swimmer Katie Ledecky handed her Olympic medals to Bryce Harper. Four gold medals and one silver from the Rio Olympics sat in the hands of the reigning National League MVP.

As the Nationals star outfielder held the medals on his arms like a rack, Ledecky threw the ceremonial first pitch to reliever Shawn Kelley before the Baltimore Orioles beat Washington 10-8 Wednesday night. It was a strike over the plate.

"I've swum in front of 14,000 people," Ledecky said. "Once the ball leaves the hand, you can't really control it."

Ledecky, a native of nearby Bethesda, Maryland, has thrown out the first pitch at Nationals Park before. That was in 2012 after she won the 800-meter freestyle at the Lon

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:12:17 -0600 <![CDATA[State Dept. encourages Ryan Lochte to comply with Brazilian authorities]]> http://gazette.com/state-dept.-encourages-ryan-lochte-to-comply-with-brazilian-authorities/article/1583675?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-dept.-encourages-ryan-lochte-to-comply-with-brazilian-authorities/article/1583675?custom_click=rss

The State Department on Thursday encouraged U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte to comply with a pending Brazilian request to return to Rio and testify about his debunked claim that he was robbed during the Olympics.

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters that the department had no specific comment about the case, but did say U.S. citizens are encouraged to comply.

"We've seen those reports as well. Due to privacy considerations, I don't have information to offer," she said.

"I would say, speaking broadly, we do encourage U.S. citizens as always to cooperate with law enforcement," Trudeau added.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:11:29 -0600
<![CDATA[MTV Video Music Awards-Olympian]]> http://gazette.com/mtv-video-music-awards-olympian/article/feed/389998?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mtv-video-music-awards-olympian/article/feed/389998?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2016 file photo, U.S. gymnasts, from left, Simone Biles, Gabrielle Douglas, Lauren Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman hold their gold medals during the medal ceremony for the artistic gymnastics women's team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. MTV said Thursday, Aug. 25, that Biles, Raisman, Douglas, Hernandez and Kocian along with swimmer Michael Phelps, will present awards at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards in New York.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:01:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Rio Olympics Ticket Scalping]]> http://gazette.com/rio-olympics-ticket-scalping/article/feed/386543?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rio-olympics-ticket-scalping/article/feed/386543?custom_click=rss Ireland's Olympic Council team leader Kevin Kilty, center left, and chief executive Stephen Martin, arrive at police headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Authorities say a company called Pro 10 Sports Management was created to facilitate the transfer of tickets between the Irish Olympic committee and an unauthorized vendor who would sell them for high fees disguised as hospitality services.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:44:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Canada picks Crosby captain for World Cup of Hockey]]> http://gazette.com/canada-picks-crosby-captain-for-world-cup-of-hockey/article/feed/389913?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/canada-picks-crosby-captain-for-world-cup-of-hockey/article/feed/389913?custom_click=rss

Canada has chosen Sidney Crosby as its captain for the World Cup of Hockey.

Crosby returns as Canada's captain after wearing the "C'' for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He is coming off his second Stanley Cup as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber will serve as the alternates. Coach Mike Babcock called them "great men who have had unbelievable on-ice success."

General manager Doug Armstrong said his entire roster is full of leaders but that Crosby, Toews and Weber stood out.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:40:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Centrowitz's gold medal results in free baby shoes]]> http://gazette.com/centrowitzs-gold-medal-results-in-free-baby-shoes/article/feed/389914?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/centrowitzs-gold-medal-results-in-free-baby-shoes/article/feed/389914?custom_click=rss ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Some newborn babies in Anne Arundel County are sporting a new pair of sneakers thanks to Nike and Matt Centrowitz.

Media outlets report that Nike delivered 70 pairs of infant-sized athletic shoes Wednesday to babies born at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The special shoes are in honor of Centrowiz — an Annapolis native who became the first American in more than 100 years to win gold in the 1,500 meters at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The shoes, which won't be sold publicly, are green with an orange Nike logo — representing the colors of the Rio Olympics.

Nike plans to deliver the baby shoes to areas where several U.S. gold medal winners are from. A hospital in Washington, D.C., will also receive shoe

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:48:54 -0600 <![CDATA[Kenya disbands Olympic committee after troubles in Rio]]> http://gazette.com/kenya-disbands-olympic-committee-after-troubles-in-rio/article/feed/389863?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kenya-disbands-olympic-committee-after-troubles-in-rio/article/feed/389863?custom_click=rss NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The National Olympic Committee of Kenya was disbanded by the government on Thursday and an investigation launched into alleged mismanagement of the country's team at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

The problems faced by the team in Rio damaged the morale of athletes, Kenya sports minister Hassan Wario said.

Those problems included a new doping scandal, ineligible athletes, missing plane tickets, and bad blood between the athletics federation and the national Olympic committee.

Even so, Kenya had its best Olympic performance in Rio, winning six golds, six silvers, and a bronze medal.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:11:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Rio Olympics Equestrian]]> http://gazette.com/rio-olympics-equestrian/article/feed/381027?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rio-olympics-equestrian/article/feed/381027?custom_click=rss Russia's Inessa Merkulova, riding Mister X, competes during the dressage equestrian competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:42:04 -0600
<![CDATA[US Olympic sailor recovers stolen bag of expensive gear]]> http://gazette.com/us-olympic-sailor-recovers-stolen-bag-of-expensive-gear/article/feed/389852?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-olympic-sailor-recovers-stolen-bag-of-expensive-gear/article/feed/389852?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — A member of the U.S. Olympic sailing team says he's recovered a bag of expensive gear that was stolen from his truck after he returned to his Detroit home.

Bora Gulari tells WWJ-AM that the sailing gear, worth $10,000, and Olympics memorabilia were discovered in a yard on Detroit's east side. He's only missing some sunglasses and a cellphone.

Gulari returned Tuesday night from the Rio Olympics and discovered the theft Wednesday when he was preparing to sail again at Bayview Yacht Club. He couldn't hit the again without the custom tools and wetsuits.

Gulari attended the University of Michigan has lived in Detroit for nine years.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:19:06 -0600 <![CDATA[China faces 1-year ban from weightlifting over doping]]> http://gazette.com/china-faces-1-year-ban-from-weightlifting-over-doping/article/feed/389844?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/china-faces-1-year-ban-from-weightlifting-over-doping/article/feed/389844?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW (AP) — China is facing a one-year ban from weightlifting over repeated doping cases in a move which threatens to stop some of the world's top athletes from competing internationally.

The International Weightlifting Federation confirmed Thursday that three failed retests of drug test samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics will lead to China's automatic ban — if the cases are proven and the athletes in question disqualified by the International Olympic Committee.

IWF spokeswoman Lilla Rozgonyi told The Associated Press that the positive tests for gold medalists Cao Lei, Chen Xiexia and Liu Chunhong, all announced Wednesday, were enough for a ban under rules adopted by the IWF board in June.

"It happens automati

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:03:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Sydney rain forces changes in Cal, Hawaii training schedules]]> http://gazette.com/sydney-rain-forces-changes-in-cal-hawaii-training-schedules/article/feed/389749?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sydney-rain-forces-changes-in-cal-hawaii-training-schedules/article/feed/389749?custom_click=rss

SYDNEY (AP) — Heavy rainfall in Sydney over 12 hours into early Thursday morning forced changes to the practice schedules for California and Hawaii just two days away from their college football season-opener at the Olympic stadium.

Both teams were scheduled to hold open practice sessions at the stadium in western Sydney on Thursday, but falls of up 50 to 100 millimeters of rain (two to four inches) late Wednesday and overnight forced organizers to keep the players off the turf.

Hawaii was given a chance to practice at the University of New South Wales but because it was about an hour away toward the city and into busy traffic, decided to cancel their practice session and did a walk-through later in the day in preparation f

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 01:51:28 -0600 <![CDATA[Hope Solo suspended from US soccer team for 6 months]]> http://gazette.com/hope-solo-suspended-from-us-soccer-team-for-6-months/article/feed/389686?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hope-solo-suspended-from-us-soccer-team-for-6-months/article/feed/389686?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. women's goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended Wednesday for six months by U.S. Soccer for disparaging comments about Sweden following the Americans' early departure from the Rio Olympics.

Solo called the Swedes "a bunch of cowards" for focusing on defense rather than attacking the three-time defending champion U.S. team. Sweden ousted the U.S. 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in a quarterfinal match.

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said Solo's comments were "unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players."

"Beyond the athletic arena, and beyond the results, the Olympics celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect," Gulati said

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]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:53:32 -0600 <![CDATA[US ski team doctor opens clinic to protect athletes' brains]]> http://gazette.com/us-ski-team-doctor-opens-clinic-to-protect-athletes-brains/article/feed/389703?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-ski-team-doctor-opens-clinic-to-protect-athletes-brains/article/feed/389703?custom_click=rss BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — U.S. ski team physician Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher has opened The Sports Neurology Clinic at The CORE Institute.

The director of the clinic says Wednesday his goal is to help as many athletes as possible with their neurological health at the 7,000-square foot facility about 35 miles west of Detroit. His team of neurologists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and neuropsychologists will treat athletes of all ages.

Kutcher was the U.S. ski team's first specialist evaluating and treating concussions during the 2014 Winter Olympics. He is the NBA concussion program director, advises the NFL and NHL Players' Associations and helped to create the NCAA's concussion-related policies.

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]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:12:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Hope Solo Suspended Soccer]]> http://gazette.com/hope-solo-suspended-soccer/article/feed/389696?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hope-solo-suspended-soccer/article/feed/389696?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2016, file photo, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo takes the ball during a women's Olympic football tournament match against New Zealand in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Solo has been suspended form the team for six months for what U.S. Soccer termed conduct "counter to the organization's principles." The suspension is effective immediately. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said Wednesday, Aug. 24, that comments Solo made after the U.S. lost to Sweden during the Rio Olympics were "unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:12:33 -0600
<![CDATA[USA TODAY Sports investigation raises questions about Rio cops, Lochte incident]]> http://gazette.com/usa-today-sports-investigation-raises-questions-about-rio-cops-lochte-incident/article/1583485?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-today-sports-investigation-raises-questions-about-rio-cops-lochte-incident/article/1583485?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO – Seven days after an incident that will in part define the Rio Olympics, details are becoming clearer about what happened during a gas station encounter between four U.S. swimmers and security guards, and not everyone has concludedRyan Lochte and his teammates are entirely in the wrong or that the account offered by Rio authorities is entirely accurate.

Lochte has admitted he exaggerated his initial description of how the four men were stopped in their taxi and robbed by men who flashed badges, as well as his sensational allegation of a gun being held to his forehead.

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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:52:32 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Coronado grad Kyle Snyder, a ridiculously wise 20-year-old, wins gold, rules wrestling world]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-coronado-grad-kyle-snyder-a-ridiculously-wise-20-year-old-wins-gold-rules-wrestling-world/article/1583362?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-coronado-grad-kyle-snyder-a-ridiculously-wise-20-year-old-wins-gold-rules-wrestling-world/article/1583362?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - The truth was in his eyes. Kyle Snyder was not nervous as he prepared to wrestle for a wrestling gold medal. Dread is not his thing.

In the past few months, he's adopted a fresh approach to competing. He challenges himself before every match to banish all fear. As he prepares to tangle with some of the most frightening men on our planet, Snyder embraces the thrills ahead instead of the possible agony. The more danger, the more he looks forward to the match.

Snyder, a 2014 graduate of Coronado High School, is only 20, but he used his serenity and his strength and his wisdom to defeat Khetag Goziumov, a gnarled 33-year-old former world champion and a two-time bronze medalist. His 2-1 victory in the 97-kg

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:01:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Speedo USA, 3 other sponsors drop Lochte after Rio incident]]> http://gazette.com/speedo-usa-3-other-sponsors-drop-lochte-after-rio-incident/article/1583399?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/speedo-usa-3-other-sponsors-drop-lochte-after-rio-incident/article/1583399?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — Speedo is the first major company to drop its sponsorship of swimmer Ryan Lochte.

The swimsuit maker owned by PVH in New York says that it doesn't condone behavior that is counter to its values.

Lochte fabricated a tale that he was robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics. He later apologized.

Speedo says it is donating $50,000 from Lochte's sponsorship fee to the global charity Save the Children for children in Brazil.

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:01:45 -0600
<![CDATA[A 'Thank You' to Rio and the Olympic experience from this dad of young girls]]> http://gazette.com/a-thank-you-to-rio-and-the-olympic-experience-from-this-dad-of-young-girls/article/1583400?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-thank-you-to-rio-and-the-olympic-experience-from-this-dad-of-young-girls/article/1583400?custom_click=rss

As a sports writer raising three adorable, princess-loving daughters with a wife whose interests fall far from the sports world, I’ve had more than a few people chuckle as they suggest my life would make good fodder for a blog or sitcom.

Truth be told, I don’t mind. I get to leave my work at work. When I get home, nobody asks about the event or story just as they probably wouldn’t inquire if I’d been underwriting loans all day. Without that separation, I think sports would oversaturate my life and I’d lose perspective about their role and importance.

Still, part of me was hoping the Olympic Games would temporarily change that. And they did, in such a wonderful way. And for that, I wanted to say

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:03:10 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey's highlights from Rio's (mostly) successful Olympics, including a wrestling strip-off]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramseys-highlights-from-rios-mostly-successful-olympics-including-a-wrestling-strip-off/article/1583390?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramseys-highlights-from-rios-mostly-successful-olympics-including-a-wrestling-strip-off/article/1583390?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - Let's get this straight: I like Rio.

Despite the sometimes smelly water and the ever-hovering threat of crime, Rio is pretty close to paradise if you are in the right section of it.

Our American fears, and I shared some of those fears, were overblown. Mosquitoes were off buzzing somewhere else and terrorists never arrived. The Brazilians did not deliver as seamless an Olympics as the English effort of 2012, but it was a noble performance.

Here are my highlights:

One - Yes, I was there to witness The 2016 Great Wrestling Strip-Off.

I was waiting for Kyle Snyder's gold-medal freestyle wrestling match. I was watching the fierce matches leading up to the Snyder show. I've seen many fierce

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:02:44 -0600
<![CDATA[USOC: More actions coming in Ryan Lochte's Olympic scandal]]> http://gazette.com/usoc-more-actions-coming-in-ryan-lochtes-olympic-scandal/article/1583391?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usoc-more-actions-coming-in-ryan-lochtes-olympic-scandal/article/1583391?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO — Whatever celebration the U.S. Olympic Committee has planned for its return home after a wildly successful Rio de Janeiro Games on the competition front will likely be short-lived.

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun promised Sunday that "further action" will be coming, perhaps soon, against 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte and three of his U.S. swimming teammates after the story of an armed robbery following a night of partying unraveled and led to Lochte acknowledging he embellished the tale.

Blackmun stopped short of suggesting what any discipline might be, including whether Lochte should ever be allowed to swim for his country again.

"We all understand that they let down our athletes. They let down

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:56:37 -0600
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Final day at the Rio Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/photos-final-day-at-the-rio-olympics/article/1583389?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photos-final-day-at-the-rio-olympics/article/1583389?custom_click=rss

Kyle Snyder of Colorado Springs won a gold medal in wrestling, the U.S. men's basketball collected more gold and the Rio Olympics wrapped up with a colorful closing ceremony Sunday. The Gazette's Mark Reis captured some great moments.

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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:13:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Henry Cejudo supports fellow Coronado grad and now youngest U.S. wrestling gold medalist Kyle Snyder]]> http://gazette.com/henry-cejudo-supports-fellow-coronado-grad-and-now-youngest-u.s.-wrestling-gold-medalist-kyle-snyder/article/1583380?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/henry-cejudo-supports-fellow-coronado-grad-and-now-youngest-u.s.-wrestling-gold-medalist-kyle-snyder/article/1583380?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - Henry Cejudo sat in the front row, clapping and cheering with a group of red-, white- and blue-clad American fans.

His record as the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in U.S. history had just been broken, but a smiling Cejudo couldn't have been happier.

Like Cejudo, Kyle Snyder left home while in high school to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. And like Cejudo, Snyder attended Coronado High School.

Late Sunday afternoon, in the final match of the Olympic Games, Snyder edged Azerbaijan's Khetag Goziumov 2-1 to win the freestyle title at 213 pounds.

Just 20 years old, Snyder won the 50th gold medal by an American wrestler in men's freestyle while becoming the youngest

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]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:20:01 -0600 <![CDATA[These women are Olympic athletes. Why do they have to look like showgirls?]]> http://gazette.com/these-women-are-olympic-athletes.-why-do-they-have-to-look-like-showgirls/article/1583282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/these-women-are-olympic-athletes.-why-do-they-have-to-look-like-showgirls/article/1583282?custom_click=rss

Deep into the Olympics — almost to the end, really — and we’ve reached the Land of the Women of the Pretty Sports.

Here is Russia, paddling to its fifth straight synchronized-swimming gold, in a routine called “Angels” that involved eyebrow-skimming blue eyeshadow and headpieces resembling starfish. Here are the semifinals of rhythmic gymnastics, in which shockingly flexible athletes hurl rubber balls in the air with control that rivals Kevin Durant, while wearing uniforms that rival “Showgirls.”

“They need to be very glamorous, glitzy — it’s all part of the sport,” said one announcer to the other during the finals of the synchronized swimming competition.

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Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:16:06 -0600
<![CDATA[US romps to men's basketball gold, beats Serbia]]> http://gazette.com/us-romps-to-mens-basketball-gold-beats-serbia/article/1583353?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-romps-to-mens-basketball-gold-beats-serbia/article/1583353?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO — The U.S. Olympic men's basketball team won its third straight gold medal and did it easily, beating Serbia 96-66 on Sunday.

After a few close calls earlier in the tournament, this was no contest. Kevin Durant scored 30 points and helped the Americans jump out to a huge lead by halftime.

It was the final game with the national team for Mike Krzyzewski, who took the Americans back to the top and leaves with them there after becoming the first coach to win three Olympic gold medals.

Carmelo Anthony also picked up his third gold to go with a bronze, becoming the most decorated male in Olympic basketball history.

Serbia lost only 94-91 to the U.S. during pool play but was barely in the game

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Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:39:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Ryan Lochte says 'immature behavior' got him into a mess]]> http://gazette.com/ryan-lochte-says-immature-behavior-got-him-into-a-mess/article/1583343?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ryan-lochte-says-immature-behavior-got-him-into-a-mess/article/1583343?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — American swimmer Ryan Lochte said he over-exaggerated what happened at a Rio de Janeiro gas station and acknowledged it was his "immature behavior" that got him and three teammates into a mess that consumed the final days of the Olympics.

Lochte, in a portion of an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer that aired Saturday , continued backtracking from a story that he initially described as an armed robbery. Police have said the swimmers vandalized a bathroom after a night of partying and armed guards confronted them and asked them to pay for the damage.

"It's how you want to make it look like," Lochte said. "Whether you call it a robbery or whether you call it extortion or us just paying for the damages, we

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Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:05:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Matthew Centrowitz wins first U.S. gold in men’s 1,500 meters since 1908]]> http://gazette.com/matthew-centrowitz-wins-first-u.s.-gold-in-mens-1500-meters-since-1908/article/1583312?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/matthew-centrowitz-wins-first-u.s.-gold-in-mens-1500-meters-since-1908/article/1583312?custom_click=rss

The Maryland native upset the favorites in the metric mile event for just the third Olympic gold won in the event by an American.
This is a developing story.

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Sat, 20 Aug 2016 21:06:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Should an Olympic medal earn you a tax break?]]> http://gazette.com/should-an-olympic-medal-earn-you-a-tax-break/article/1583302?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/should-an-olympic-medal-earn-you-a-tax-break/article/1583302?custom_click=rss

My family and I have been mesmerized by the Summer Olympics.

And to be honest, a few times, as we watched Michael Phelps win another gold medal or Simone Biles defy gravity, we thought, "This athlete is going to get paid!"

While it's true that some of the superb competitors see big paydays from their triumphs, many don't end up cashing in.

But here's something else. When those who win get bonuses for their medals, the income is subject to U.S. income tax. The U.S. Olympic Committee gives winners $25,000 for a gold medal, $15,000 for a silver and $10,000 for a bronze.

A bipartisan bill that passed the Senate this summer would exempt the income for Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

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Sat, 20 Aug 2016 20:37:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Sean Ford, Colorado Springs resident, keeps U.S. men's basketball team ready to win]]> http://gazette.com/sean-ford-colorado-springs-resident-keeps-u.s.-mens-basketball-team-ready-to-win/article/1583316?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sean-ford-colorado-springs-resident-keeps-u.s.-mens-basketball-team-ready-to-win/article/1583316?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - Colorado Springs resident Sean Ford will take his usual seat Sunday, the one directly behind the celebrities who play for the United States' Olympic basketball team.

"My normal is not normal," Ford said.

Ford serves as the U.S. men's national team director. He's working his sixth Olympics, where he's in charge of details. Months ago, he inspected the cruise ship that serves as the team's home during the Olympics. He arranged the tickets and transportation and security for the team's visit to Rio's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. He makes sure game uniforms are just right. He watches game video with coaches.

He works in close contact with coach Mike Krzyzewski, who is legendary in his devotion to

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Sat, 20 Aug 2016 20:30:05 -0600