<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Fri, 26 May 2017 07:23:21 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Belarus president calls national hockey team 'spineless']]> http://gazette.com/belarus-president-calls-national-hockey-team-spineless/article/feed/464066?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/belarus-president-calls-national-hockey-team-spineless/article/feed/464066?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW (AP) — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko called the country's national hockey team "spineless" after it failed to qualify for the playoffs at the world championships.

Lukashenko, an authoritarian leader who has held power since 1994, told government officials the Belarusian players lack ambition, have "no commitment at all" and are "absolutely spineless."

Skill, fitness and teamwork are all lacking, he added.

"Even if you lose, then play with soul and the people will forgive you," Lukashenko said in comments posted Thursday on the presidential website. "But when you go out there you've lost the game before it even begins and your legs are shaking."

The team's staff didn't escape censure, with Luka

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]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 07:46:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame announces class of 2017]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sports-hall-of-fame-announces-class-of-2017/article/1603894?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sports-hall-of-fame-announces-class-of-2017/article/1603894?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame class of 2017 was unveiled Friday morning.

The class, which includes four individuals, one family and one team will be inducted Oct. 24 at The Broadmoor World Arena.

Hank Egan, Pat Garrity, Janine Szpara, Chuck Wielgus, the Donner family and the 1998 U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team will all be inducted.

Other honors will go to former Fountain-Fort Carson football coach Mitch Johnson, who will receive the Col. F. Don Miller award, the El Pomar Foundation will receive the Thayer Tutt Sportsman Award and Bernard Sandoval will receive the Special Recognition Award for spearheading the creation of “Olympic City USA” for Colorado Springs.



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Fri, 26 May 2017 06:23:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Russia Light Show]]> http://gazette.com/russia-light-show/article/feed/463935?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russia-light-show/article/feed/463935?custom_click=rss The Ukraina Hotel is lit up with a picture of Misha the Bear Cub, the mascot of the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, during a 3D light show to mark the 60th anniversary of the Soviet-era famous skyscraper in Moscow, Thursday, May 25, 2017.

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Thu, 25 May 2017 16:05:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Bode Miller off US ski roster; Olympic spot uncertain]]> http://gazette.com/bode-miller-off-us-ski-roster-olympic-spot-uncertain/article/1603877?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bode-miller-off-us-ski-roster-olympic-spot-uncertain/article/1603877?custom_click=rss

Bode Miller's name no longer appears on the roster of the U.S. ski team. That doesn't mean he's retiring or won't ever race again or that his chances of making a sixth Olympic squad have ended.

The situation is just hazy.

"I'm not going to say (Miller won't be at the Olympics), because it's Bode Miller," U.S. men's coach Sasha Rearick said by telephone. "Who knows? But my expectations of that aren't high."

The team announced its nominations Thursday for the 2017-18 World Cup season. The familiar names are all there — Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety — with the official roster set to be released closer to November when the season starts.



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Thu, 25 May 2017 12:11:28 -0600
<![CDATA[House bill would require sports groups to report sex abuse]]> http://gazette.com/house-bill-would-require-sports-groups-to-report-sex-abuse/article/feed/463914?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/house-bill-would-require-sports-groups-to-report-sex-abuse/article/feed/463914?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed legislation to require amateur sports groups recognized by the U.S. Olympics Committee to report allegations of sexual abuse to police.

Thursday's vote was 415-3. The sponsor, Republican congresswoman Susan Brooks of Indiana, says the Olympic community has failed to protect its athletes and must do better.

The legislation stems from allegations that a sports doctor for USA Gymnastics sexually assaulted gymnasts he treated for hip and back injuries. Doctor Larry Nassar has denied wrongdoing.

Three former elite U.S. gymnasts, including 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, have accused Nassar of touching them inappropriately while disguising the abuse as treatment.

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]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 11:14:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Antonova upgraded to Olympic discus silver, Ukraine says]]> http://gazette.com/antonova-upgraded-to-olympic-discus-silver-ukraine-says/article/feed/463915?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/antonova-upgraded-to-olympic-discus-silver-ukraine-says/article/feed/463915?custom_click=rss KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian Athletics Federation says its discus thrower Olena Antonova has been upgraded to an Olympic silver medal from the 2008 Beijing Games after a rival failed a drug test.

Antonova's upgrade follows the disqualification of the original silver medalist, Yarelys Barrios of Cuba. A retest last year of Barrios' doping sample from 2008 found the banned substance acetazolamide.

The UAF says it received official notification from the International Olympic Committee that Antonova has been moved up.

There was no mention of China's Song Aimin, who is in line to get the bronze. The IOC didn't immediately comment.

The gold medalist remains Stephanie Brown Trafton of the United States.

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]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 09:51:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Bode Miller off US ski roster, but has invitation to race]]> http://gazette.com/bode-miller-off-us-ski-roster-but-has-invitation-to-race/article/feed/463913?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bode-miller-off-us-ski-roster-but-has-invitation-to-race/article/feed/463913?custom_click=rss Bode Miller's name is no longer on the roster of the U.S. ski team, though the opportunity to race remains open for five-time Olympian.

The team announced its nominations Thursday for the 2017-18 World Cup season. The familiar names are all there — Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety.

But Miller is now listed as "alumni," with his chances of making the Pyeongchang Olympics in February very much uncertain. He turns 40 in October and hasn't competitively raced since severing his right hamstring tendon during a super-G crash in February 2015.

Men's coach Sasha Rearick says Miller isn't retiring, but Olympic expectations "aren't high" and Miller will have to qualify for a spot through World Cup ra

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]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 09:49:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Russian, Azerbaijani Olympic cyclists banned for doping]]> http://gazette.com/russian-azerbaijani-olympic-cyclists-banned-for-doping/article/feed/463759?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russian-azerbaijani-olympic-cyclists-banned-for-doping/article/feed/463759?custom_click=rss MOSCOW (AP) — A pair of Olympic cyclists from Russia and Azerbaijan have been banned for doping by the International Cycling Union.

The UCI says Tatyana Antoshina of Russia was given a four-year ban after testing positive for GHRP-2, which increases growth hormone levels in the body. Antoshina has won various road races around the world and finished 12th in the time trial and 25th in the road race at the 2012 London Olympics.

Maksym Averin of Azerbaijan was given a 15-month ban after testing positive in December for the banned substance meldonium. Averin is a sprinter who competed in the road race at last year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he failed to finish.

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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 08:10:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Column: Just say no when it comes to hosting Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/column-just-say-no-when-it-comes-to-hosting-olympics/article/feed/463705?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/column-just-say-no-when-it-comes-to-hosting-olympics/article/feed/463705?custom_click=rss It never figured to end well for Rio.

Just hosting the Olympics took everything out of the city. Trying to recover from them may be impossible.

Nine months after hosting the world's best athletes in a flawed — and mostly joyless — Olympics, Rio has little to show for the $12 billion effort. Arenas sit empty or boarded-up, the Olympic Park is vacant, and the city's former mayor is being investigated for allegedly accepting $5 million in payments for construction projects tied to the games.

And now, even some of the medals presented to athletes are falling apart.

It wasn't supposed to be like this when Rio won the first Olympics in South America in 2009, with a promise to showcase Brazil and its culture.

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]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 07:14:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Faster, higher, rustier: Medals from Rio Olympics damaged]]> http://gazette.com/faster-higher-rustier-medals-from-rio-olympics-damaged/article/feed/463553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/faster-higher-rustier-medals-from-rio-olympics-damaged/article/feed/463553?custom_click=rss

Kyle Snyder made history at the Rio Olympics by becoming the youngest American wrestler to win a gold medal.

The medal will soon be history as well, to be replaced by the IOC and Rio organizers because of damage.

More than 80 American athletes have sent medals they won at Rio to U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters to be shipped to games organizers, who will replace them due to flaking, black spots and other damage, the USOC said Tuesday.

The Americans, including gold-medal wrestlers Snyder and Helen Maroulis, are among at least 100 Olympians from across the globe with defective medals.

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]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 22:51:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Olympic 100-meter swim champion to have heart surgery]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-100-meter-swim-champion-to-have-heart-surgery/article/feed/463639?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-100-meter-swim-champion-to-have-heart-surgery/article/feed/463639?custom_click=rss

SYDNEY (AP) — Rio Olympics 100-meter freestyle gold medalist Kyle Chalmers has withdrawn from July's world swimming championships to undergo surgery for a worsening heart condition.

Chalmers has supraventricular tachycardia, or recurrent rapid heartbeat, that is normally not life-threatening but can impact on his quality of life.

"I have increasingly begun to suffer from an abnormally fast heart rhythm during training and competitions, which now requires surgery," he said in a statement Wednesday. "I have had surgery in the past and, unfortunately, it did not work.

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]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 20:57:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Chalmers Surgery Swimming]]> http://gazette.com/chalmers-surgery-swimming/article/feed/463640?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chalmers-surgery-swimming/article/feed/463640?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2016 file photo, Australia's Kyle Chalmers celebrates after winning his gold medal after the men's 100-meter freestyle during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chalmers has withdrawn from world swimming championships in July, 2017 to undergo surgery for a worsening heart condition.

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Tue, 23 May 2017 20:43:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Kerri Walsh Jennings]]> http://gazette.com/kerri-walsh-jennings/article/feed/463554?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kerri-walsh-jennings/article/feed/463554?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2016, file photo, United States' Kerri Walsh Jennings stands on the podium after winning the bronze medal in the women's beach volleyball competition of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than 100 athletes from around the world say the medals they won at the Rio Olympics are damaged. The IOC and Rio organizers plan to replace them with new medals. Among those with defective medals are beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings who says her bronze medal from last summer is flaking and rusting.

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Tue, 23 May 2017 15:43:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Hickenlooper to attend Olympic Museum groundbreaking next month in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-to-attend-olympic-museum-groundbreaking-next-month-in-colorado-springs/article/1603711?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-to-attend-olympic-museum-groundbreaking-next-month-in-colorado-springs/article/1603711?custom_click=rss

Gov. John Hickenlooper will attend the June 9 groundbreaking for the U.S. Olympic Museum in downtown Colorado Springs.

The governor, along with U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun, will join Mayor John Suthers at the ceremony, museum officials said Tuesday.

About 250 community members, elected officials and civic leaders also will be on hand, said Peter Maiurro, the museum's interim chief operating officer.

The groundbreaking is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 9 at Sierra Madre Street and Vermijo Avenue, where the 60,000-square-foot museum will be built. Museum officials say the venue will open in early 2019.

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]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 15:15:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Putin says whistleblowing on doping echoes Stalin's purges]]> http://gazette.com/putin-says-whistleblowing-on-doping-echoes-stalins-purges/article/feed/463421?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/putin-says-whistleblowing-on-doping-echoes-stalins-purges/article/feed/463421?custom_click=rss MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that plans to encourage athletes to give evidence about doping remind him of denunciations during Josef Stalin's purges.

While discussing a new plan of measures to fight drug use in sports, drawn up by a commission that Putin created last year, the Russian president was sharply critical of a section on encouraging whistleblowers.

"We know well that this institution (of whistleblowing), very sadly, is linked to tragic pages in the history of our country. This institution is linked to Stalin's mass political repression," he said.

During the 1930s, many in the Soviet Union were executed on trumped-up charges based on accusations by neighbors.

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]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 12:27:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Rio Olympic planning assailed for 'white elephant' venues]]> http://gazette.com/rio-olympic-planning-assailed-for-white-elephant-venues/article/feed/463307?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rio-olympic-planning-assailed-for-white-elephant-venues/article/feed/463307?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A federal prosecutor looking into last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics says that many of the venues "are white elephants" that were built with "no planning."

The scathing report offered Monday at a public hearing confirms what The Associated Press reported several months after the games ended. Many of the venues are empty, boarded up, and have no tenants or income with the maintenance costs dumped on the federal government.

"There was no planning," federal prosecutor Leandro Mitidieri told the public hearing on the Olympics. "There was no planning when they put out the bid to host the Games. No planning.

"They are white elephants today," Mitidieri added. "What we are trying to look at here is to h

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]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 12:26:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Olympic medalists catch a tax break in Colorado after governor signs bill]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-medalists-catch-a-tax-break-in-colorado-after-governor-signs-bill/article/1603655?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-medalists-catch-a-tax-break-in-colorado-after-governor-signs-bill/article/1603655?custom_click=rss

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday signed a measure that will provide a state income tax deduction for monetary awards received as a result of winning an Olympic medal.

House Bill 1104 was signed in a ceremony at the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs.

The measure follows a move by Congress last year that gave broad passage to a similar measure to exempt medals and stipends from taxes.

In the Colorado legislation, deductions are given to anyone who receives a medal at the summer or winter Olympics or Paralympic games.

Non-monetary benefits and endorsement earnings are not eligible for the income tax deduction, which will be available beginning in tax year 2018.



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Mon, 22 May 2017 18:05:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Forecast: Germany to top medal table at Pyeongchang Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/forecast-germany-to-top-medal-table-at-pyeongchang-olympics/article/feed/463111?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/forecast-germany-to-top-medal-table-at-pyeongchang-olympics/article/feed/463111?custom_click=rss

If the Pyeongchang Olympics were today, Germany would win the most gold medals and the most medals overall.

That was the forecast on Monday from U.S.-based Gracenote, a sports and entertainment data provider, which put out its calculations nine months before the Winter Games.

Germany is predicted to win 14 gold medals and 35 overall. Next is Norway with 12 gold and 34 overall, followed by the United States with 10 gold and 32 overall.

After them in the gold-medal count are France (9), Austria (7), South Korea (7), Netherlands (6), Russia (6), and China (6).

The calculations assume Russia's full team will participate and not be subject to a doping ban.

Gracenote expects 29 different countries to win medals, u

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]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 10:59:26 -0600 <![CDATA[South Korea Olympics 2018 Pyeongchang Medal Forecast]]> http://gazette.com/south-korea-olympics-2018-pyeongchang-medal-forecast/article/feed/463137?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-korea-olympics-2018-pyeongchang-medal-forecast/article/feed/463137?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2017 file photo, a woman stands at the top of the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, the venue for the Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined events of the 2108 Pyeongchang Winter Games during the media tour in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The opening ceremony for the Olympic winter games will be held on Feb. 9, 2018.

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Mon, 22 May 2017 10:50:07 -0600
<![CDATA[WADA looks for power to sanction cheating countries, sports]]> http://gazette.com/wada-looks-for-power-to-sanction-cheating-countries-sports/article/1603396?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wada-looks-for-power-to-sanction-cheating-countries-sports/article/1603396?custom_click=rss

MONTREAL — After Olympic officials ignored their advice to suspend Russia from the Rio de Janeiro Games, World Anti-Doping Agency leaders are looking to fast-track new rules that could prevent a similar scenario for future games.

WADA's foundation board approved a plan Thursday that could give the agency new powers to suspend a country's Olympic federation for egregious anti-doping violations. If enacted at the next board meeting, the rules would go on the books during the Olympics next February, though they would come into play too late for the Pyeongchang Games.



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Thu, 18 May 2017 12:28:12 -0600
<![CDATA['Our champion': Bobsledder Steven Holcomb's life celebrated]]> http://gazette.com/our-champion-bobsledder-steven-holcombs-life-celebrated/article/1602952?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/our-champion-bobsledder-steven-holcombs-life-celebrated/article/1602952?custom_click=rss

The sympathy cards came from places like Germany and Italy, where Steven Holcomb was their bobsled enemy. Mourners flew in from all across the country. Generations of Olympians packed a ballroom, sharing in grief.

They wept. They hugged. They laughed.

"Steven Holcomb was like no one else," Olympic teammate Steven Langton said. "He was one of the finest to wear the red, white and blue."

Sentiments like those came for hours Thursday in the tiny Olympic town of Lake Placid, New York, when friends and family gathered to celebrate the life of America's most successful bobsled driver.



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Thu, 11 May 2017 18:34:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Henry Cejudo out of Saturday's UFC 211 with hand injury]]> http://gazette.com/henry-cejudo-out-of-saturdays-ufc-211-with-hand-injury/article/1602884?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/henry-cejudo-out-of-saturdays-ufc-211-with-hand-injury/article/1602884?custom_click=rss

Henry Cejudo was forced out of Saturday's UFC 211 card due to a hand injury, MMAFighting.com reported Wednesday afternoon and which was later confirmed by the UFC.

Cejudo, who spoke with The Gazette on Wednesday morning, discussed breaking his hand in an early December loss to Joseph Benavidez.

It was not clear if the hand he broke was also the one that was injured leading up to this week's fight.

"I broke my hand in the first round," Cejudo told The Gazette about his bout with Benavidez.

He said he was advised to take two weeks off after that fight before training again.

Saturday's card, considered the UFC's biggest of the year, will be in Dallas and has two title fights on it.



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Wed, 10 May 2017 20:12:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Coroner: Cause of bobsledder Steven Holcomb's death unclear]]> http://gazette.com/coroner-cause-of-bobsledder-steven-holcombs-death-unclear/article/1602635?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coroner-cause-of-bobsledder-steven-holcombs-death-unclear/article/1602635?custom_click=rss

The cause of U.S. Olympic bobsledder Steven Holcomb's death will remain unclear until more tests are completed.

An autopsy performed at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, New York, showed that the 37-year-old Holcomb died with fluid in his lungs, Essex County coroner Francis Whitelaw said Sunday. However, that alone was not enough to draw a conclusion as to why Holcomb died - and no determination will come until toxicology tests are completed.

That process can typically take several weeks.

Whitelaw said preliminary toxicology results did not show drugs in Holcomb's system. Whitelaw also said there is "no suspicion of foul play," concurring with what USA Bobsled and Skeleton and the U.S.



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Mon, 08 May 2017 10:27:58 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Goodbye to swimming superstar Adolph Kiefer, a genuine American hero]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-goodbye-to-swimming-superstar-adolph-kiefer-a-genuine-american-hero/article/1602631?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-goodbye-to-swimming-superstar-adolph-kiefer-a-genuine-american-hero/article/1602631?custom_click=rss

The world was gathering, as it does every four years, for the 1936 Olympics when two men, Adolph and Adolf, met beside a pool on the edge of Berlin.

Adolph Kiefer was an 18-year-old from Michigan, destined to save thousands of his fellow Americans with vigorous and precious swim instruction. He would do this saving instead of collecting the big collection of Olympic gold medals that should have been, but never were, his to win.

Adolf Hitler was a 47-year-old German dictator, destined to devastate much of Europe and send millions of his countrymen to their graves. On this day in 1936, Hitler was well on his way to becoming the most despicable human ever to walk our earth.



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