<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:36:54 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[1984 Olympics were shining moment for Los Angeles]]> http://gazette.com/1984-olympics-were-shining-moment-for-los-angeles/article/1558524?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1984-olympics-were-shining-moment-for-los-angeles/article/1558524?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles has a grand idea of how to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its successful role as host of the 1984 Olympics. Do it again.

The city famed for sun and celebrities officially became the U.S. candidate to host the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday. It hopes to join London as the only three-time hosts of the games. Los Angeles was the site of the 1932 Olympics, but it is best remembered for 1984, when Olympic fever took hold and the city pulled off a coup that hasn't been seen since in other Olympic cities burdened by cost overruns and white elephant venues.

Corporate sponsorships, private fundraising and a big U.S. television deal helped raise money to pay for the games.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:30:23 -0600
<![CDATA[USOC endorses Los Angeles for 2024 Olympics bid]]> http://gazette.com/usoc-endorses-los-angeles-for-2024-olympics-bid/article/1558493?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usoc-endorses-los-angeles-for-2024-olympics-bid/article/1558493?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Olympic Committee on Tuesday named Los Angeles as its candidate for the 2024 Games, replacing Boston's soured bid and marking a comeback for LA's dream of becoming a three-time host of the global sports competition.

The announcement by USOC CEO Scott Blackmun came under a summer sun at Santa Monica Beach, where the city's plan calls for staging beach volleyball on the site where it was founded.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city was inspired to bring the games back to the U.S. for the first time in 28 years.

"This is a quest Los Angeles was made for," the mayor said. "This city is the world's greatest stage."

Earlier Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council cleared the way for Garcetti

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:29:37 -0600
<![CDATA[An Olympic-sized question mark: Housing in plan for 2024]]> http://gazette.com/an-olympic-sized-question-mark-housing-in-plan-for-2024/article/feed/266146?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/an-olympic-sized-question-mark-housing-in-plan-for-2024/article/feed/266146?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The centerpiece of the proposed 2024 Olympic Games in Los Angeles would be a $1 billion village where thousands of athletes would eat, sleep and stroll on tree-lined walks and clipped lawns.

But with a deadline to submit a U.S. candidate for the 2024 Games just 18 days away, the plan remains a mystery in many ways.

The sprawling Olympic Village, which would be built near downtown with mostly private funds, is tethered to a series of financial assumptions and question marks.

The city doesn't own the land that is now used as rail yard or know how much the property would cost. Details of financing also are elusive. City analysts warned Thursday that costs to acquire the 125 acres and build the structur

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]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:08:06 -0600 <![CDATA[WATCH: Taking down Bolt not easy, but cameraman on scooter gives it a try]]> http://gazette.com/watch-taking-down-bolt-not-easy-but-cameraman-on-scooter-gives-it-a-try/article/1558201?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-taking-down-bolt-not-easy-but-cameraman-on-scooter-gives-it-a-try/article/1558201?custom_click=rss

BEIJING — Only when the running stopped and the picture-taking began did Usain Bolt finally meet his match.

Bolt blew past Justin Gatlin and everyone else Thursday night in the 200 meters to win his 10th career gold medal at the world championships.

What finally upended the 6-foot-5 Jamaican was a multitasking cameraman riding a two-wheeled scooter while videotaping Bolt's victory lap. The scooter ran over the outcropping of a metal railing bolted to the edge of the track and bobbled off course — then slammed into the back of the fastest two legs on the planet.

Bolt's legs came out from under him and he went down hard and landed on his backside.

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:40:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Ex-Olympian pens memoir on track career, stint as escort]]> http://gazette.com/ex-olympian-pens-memoir-on-track-career-stint-as-escort/article/feed/265448?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-olympian-pens-memoir-on-track-career-stint-as-escort/article/feed/265448?custom_click=rss

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Suzy Favor Hamilton said Wednesday that she will release a memoir next month that will touch on the mental health issues that compelled the former U.S. Olympian and University of Wisconsin track star to lead a double life as a Las Vegas call girl.

Favor Hamilton told her Twitter followers that the book, "Fast Girl," will go on sale Sept. 14. She tweeted that she's "so excited to finally share my story with you next month."

A blurb on publisher HarperCollins' website says the book will recount how manic depression and bipolar disorder drove Favor Hamilton to excel as an athlete.

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]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:01:57 -0600 <![CDATA[No autograph, selfie seekers at Champs Camp, but Jason Brown still smiling]]> http://gazette.com/no-autograph-selfie-seekers-at-champs-camp-but-jason-brown-still-smiling/article/1558110?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/no-autograph-selfie-seekers-at-champs-camp-but-jason-brown-still-smiling/article/1558110?custom_click=rss

He doesn't mind getting stopped in a grocery store or restaurant for an autograph, picture or selfie.

For Jason Brown, that's been a regular occurrence since winning Olympic silver at the Sochi Winter Games 18 months ago and earlier this year claiming his first national championship.

"That part is special to me, and I really love that aspect," said Brown, who trains at Monument-based Colorado Sports Center and is studying communications at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. "In one aspect, life is still the same. I still wake up every morning and train hard. But I do get noticed more. People stop me, and they know who I am and want a picture. It's really cool."

Brown didn't have any autograph, picture or

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:54:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Former USOC leader Jim Scherr takes new job]]> http://gazette.com/former-usoc-leader-jim-scherr-takes-new-job/article/1558061?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-usoc-leader-jim-scherr-takes-new-job/article/1558061?custom_click=rss

Jim Scherr, the former CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, has been hired as interim executive director of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association.

The NWBA is the governing body for the U.S. paralympic team.

Scherr was an Olympic wrestler at the Seoul Games in 1988. He went on to serve as CEO of the USOC from 2005-09.

Afterward, he spent time as commissioner of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and also as chief operating officer of the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:36:28 -0600
<![CDATA[While chasing Bolt, Gatlin shakes off criticism at worlds]]> http://gazette.com/while-chasing-bolt-gatlin-shakes-off-criticism-at-worlds/article/feed/264915?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/while-chasing-bolt-gatlin-shakes-off-criticism-at-worlds/article/feed/264915?custom_click=rss

BEIJING (AP) — Usain Bolt returned to the track at world championships Tuesday and eased his way through the preliminary round of his favorite race, the 200 meters.

Justin Gatlin also cruised, doing nothing to diminish his role as Bolt's top challenger.

Win or lose, Bolt will leave Beijing still hailed as his sport's fun-loving Superman. The chances of Gatlin getting a champion's send-off: slim to none.

Doesn't bother him one bit.

"Sometimes it has to be fuel," Gatlin told The Associated Press as he left the Bird's Nest to cool down at the nearby practice field following a preliminary heat of 20.19 seconds. "If you don't let anything affect you at all, you have nothing to pull off of when you're already running

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]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:59:17 -0600 <![CDATA[Former coach of US Olympic gymnasts arrested on suspicion of child molestation]]> http://gazette.com/former-coach-of-us-olympic-gymnasts-arrested-on-suspicion-of-child-molestation/article/1558028?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-coach-of-us-olympic-gymnasts-arrested-on-suspicion-of-child-molestation/article/1558028?custom_click=rss

INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities have arrested the head of an Indianapolis gymnastics academy who coached two members of the 2008 U.S. women's Olympic team.

Marion County Jail records say 48-year-old Marvin Sharp was being held Monday on a preliminary charge of child molesting.

Sharp was arrested after police officers searched his Indianapolis home and Sharp's Gymnastics Academy on Sunday. Details on the allegations against him weren't immediately released, and the Marion County prosecutor's office said the case remained under investigation.

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment at a home phone number listed in Sharp's name.

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 10:53:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Video: American runner loses bronze medal after celebrating too early]]> http://gazette.com/video-american-runner-loses-bronze-medal-after-celebrating-too-early/article/1557973?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/video-american-runner-loses-bronze-medal-after-celebrating-too-early/article/1557973?custom_click=rss

BEIJING — They both lifted their arms to celebrate before the finish line.

For Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100 meters, this was no big deal. There was so much daylight between Fraser-Pryce and the runner-up, the Jamaican could have walked the last few steps and still taken gold.

For Molly Huddle in 10,000, a different story. While slowing down and raising her hands, she had no idea her American teammate, Emily Infeld, was sprinting behind her. Infeld caught up, shouldered her way past Huddle and crossed the line in front of her to capture the bronze.

These two scenes, played out 30 minutes apart at the Bird's Nest, served as Monday night's lessons in how to, and how not to, finish a race with a medal on the

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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:46:52 -0600
<![CDATA[USA Synchro to move its headquarters to Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/usa-synchro-to-move-its-headquarters-to-colorado-springs/article/1557855?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-synchro-to-move-its-headquarters-to-colorado-springs/article/1557855?custom_click=rss

INDIANAPOLIS — USA Synchro will move its headquarters from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs by year's end to be closer to the Olympic Training Center.

The national governing body for synchronized swimming said Friday the move will give it more interaction with the U.S. Olympic Committee, the training center and 20 other national governing bodies located in Colorado Springs. The city has been a central location for USA Synchro's athletes in training and education.

USA Synchro moved to Indianapolis in 1983 as part of a campaign to grow amateur sports in the city.

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:03:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Rio Olympics: 1 year away and mayor says all will be ready]]> http://gazette.com/rio-olympics-1-year-away-and-mayor-says-all-will-be-ready/article/feed/258945?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rio-olympics-1-year-away-and-mayor-says-all-will-be-ready/article/feed/258945?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Exactly one year ahead of the start of Rio de Janeiro's Olympics, Mayor Eduardo Paes said on Wednesday that all the venues are running on schedule and will be delivered in time for next year's games — a feat he compared to a "miracle."

Speaking in an under-construction arena to a crowd of several hundred journalists in hard hats, Paes said the progress of Rio's Olympic infrastructure proved that Brazilians were capable of delivering big projects on time and on budget.

The South American nation came under sharp criticism for nail-biting delays and massive cost overruns on the stadia for last year's World Cup, and the International Olympic Committee has in the past expressed concerns about Rio's progre

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]]> Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:00:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Special Olympics athlete found after disappearing from LAX]]> http://gazette.com/special-olympics-athlete-found-after-disappearing-from-lax/article/feed/258072?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/special-olympics-athlete-found-after-disappearing-from-lax/article/feed/258072?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autistic teenage Special Olympics athlete who vanished from Los Angeles International Airport was found sleeping on a lawn five miles away Monday afternoon, hours after another missing competitor turned up safe 350 miles away in Northern California.

Sihon Ange Ismael Kone, 15, of the Ivory Coast was found lying in the grass in front of an Inglewood house with his identification hanging by a passer-by, Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Dennis Kato said. The teen was tired, but healthy and in good spirits and was reunited with a member of his delegation who stayed behind after he went missing.

Airport police initially identified him as "Shion Isimel," though he competed in table tennis as Ange Kone, ac

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