<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:09:05 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[LA2024 committee proposes venues for 3 more Olympic sports]]> http://gazette.com/la2024-committee-proposes-venues-for-3-more-olympic-sports/article/feed/439477?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/la2024-committee-proposes-venues-for-3-more-olympic-sports/article/feed/439477?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — The committee seeking to land the 2024 Summer Olympics for Los Angeles would stage archery at a new football stadium, mountain biking in a regional park and modern pentathlon at a stadium, with all three locations away from the downtown core.

LA2024 announced on Tuesday its proposed locations for the three sports in completing a list of existing, planned or temporary venues for the Games. The committee has stressed the city's bid doesn't require any permanent venue construction.

Archery would be held in the new football stadium in Inglewood, 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The stadium is currently under construction and set to open in 2019. It will be the home of the NFL's Chargers and Rams.

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:11:35 -0700 <![CDATA[Russian skier faces questions over racing during suspension]]> http://gazette.com/russian-skier-faces-questions-over-racing-during-suspension/article/feed/439310?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russian-skier-faces-questions-over-racing-during-suspension/article/feed/439310?custom_click=rss MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian skier who is suspended for being implicated in a doping inquiry has continued to compete.

Maxim Vylegzhanin won three silver medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi but was suspended last month by the International Ski Federation after he was accused of being one of 12 medalists whose doping samples were allegedly swapped for clean ones.

Despite his suspension, Vylegzhanin has carried on competing in Russian events, winning two races this month organized by a regional body of the Russian Cross-Country Skiing Federation.

FIS says this appears to break its rules on suspensions, and could result in Vylegzhanin serving a longer ban if he is found guilty of a doping offense.

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:15:08 -0700 <![CDATA[Ligety, Svindal miss ski world championships with injury]]> http://gazette.com/ligety-svindal-miss-ski-world-championships-with-injury/article/feed/439294?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ligety-svindal-miss-ski-world-championships-with-injury/article/feed/439294?custom_click=rss GENEVA (AP) — Two of skiing's biggest stars will miss next month's world championships because of season-ending surgery.

Ted Ligety of the United States and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway — each with five career world titles — both announced in Instagram posts on Tuesday they will now focus on returning for next season.

Ligety's persistent back problem has denied him a chance to win a fourth straight giant slalom title. He is expected to have surgery imminently.

"Unfortunately surgery (microdiscectomy) means my season is over and a chance to defend my GS title again at World Champs," Ligety wrote on his Instagram account early Tuesday.

The 32-year-old American's five world titles include three in giant slalom

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]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:17:35 -0700 <![CDATA[New NFL stadium would play key role in 2024 LA Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/new-nfl-stadium-would-play-key-role-in-2024-la-olympics/article/feed/439215?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-nfl-stadium-would-play-key-role-in-2024-la-olympics/article/feed/439215?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — Organizers trying to land the 2024 Summer Olympics for Los Angeles would include a new football stadium in the games' ceremonies.

The NFL stadium being built in Inglewood near Los Angeles International Airport would be used for ceremonies along with Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as part of the committee's concept to create a "new games for a new era," LA2024 announced Monday.

The opening ceremony would be held July 20, 2024, and begin with a torch relay down the row of columns of the Coliseum, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics.

The stadium is expected to seat 70,000 spectators for a Hollywood-produced spectacle of musical performances and a live viewing and virtual reality experience of all ce

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]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:51:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Wagner leads (relatively) old guard for US figure skating]]> http://gazette.com/wagner-leads-relatively-old-guard-for-us-figure-skating/article/feed/439212?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wagner-leads-relatively-old-guard-for-us-figure-skating/article/feed/439212?custom_click=rss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ashley Wagner remembers being glued to her TV in the winter of 1998, when a sprightly young figure skater named Tara Lipinski was dazzling the judges on her way to gold at the Nagano Olympics.

Wagner was 7 years old at the time. Lipinski was just 15.

Nearly two decades later, Wagner is still trying to follow Lipinski's footsteps, albeit in much different fashion. That dainty skater who captured Wagner's imagination all those years ago became the youngest Olympic champion in history, while Wagner will head to Kansas City for the U.S. figure skating championships this week aiming to become one of the oldest next year in South Korea.

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]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:33:38 -0700 <![CDATA[South Korea seeks arrest of Samsung scion in graft scandal]]> http://gazette.com/south-korea-seeks-arrest-of-samsung-scion-in-graft-scandal/article/feed/439094?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-korea-seeks-arrest-of-samsung-scion-in-graft-scandal/article/feed/439094?custom_click=rss

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a departure from the leniency South Korean big businesses typically receive, prosecutors on Monday requested the arrest of the de facto head of Samsung Electronics, the country's most valuable company, in an influence-peddling scandal that has toppled the country's president.

Lee Jae-yong, the 48-year-old vice chairman at Samsung Electronics, faces allegations of embezzlement, of lying under oath during a parliamentary hearing and of offering a bribe of 43 billion won ($36 million) to a long-time friend of impeached President Park Geun-hye, according to Lee Kyu-chul, a spokesman for a special prosecutors' team investigating the political scandal.

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]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 02:15:27 -0700 <![CDATA[Monument-based figure skater Jason Brown focused on Winter Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/monument-based-figure-skater-jason-brown-focused-on-winter-olympics/article/1594439?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/monument-based-figure-skater-jason-brown-focused-on-winter-olympics/article/1594439?custom_click=rss

Jason Brown is no longer the slightly-amazed-by-it-all 18-year-old who took the figure skating world by storm in 2014.

Three years and a significant back injury later, the Monument-based athlete is dialing in on the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which are only 13 months away as he enters this week's U.S. national championships in Kansas City, Mo.

That four-year focus on the Olympics - with major events serving as signposts in between - is part of his maturation as an elite athlete.

"Until 2014, I always thought of this sport on a year-to-year basis - the next nationals," he said. "After the Olympics, it became these quad chunks of four years which had never been that way for me before.

"To feel that it is



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Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:31:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Russian weightlifter fails retest of Olympic doping sample]]> http://gazette.com/russian-weightlifter-fails-retest-of-olympic-doping-sample/article/feed/438742?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russian-weightlifter-fails-retest-of-olympic-doping-sample/article/feed/438742?custom_click=rss BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Russian weightlifter Khadzhimurat Akkayev has failed a retest of his doping sample from the 2012 Olympics.

The International Weightlifting Federation says Akkayev's sample, taken shortly before the London Games, was found to contain the banned steroid turinabol, and a disciplinary case was underway.

Akkayev pulled out of the 2012 Olympics, citing an injury, before he was due to compete in the 105-kilogram class.

The Russian has previously been stripped of his 94kg bronze from the 2008 Olympics for a separate doping offense, though he remains the 94kg silver medalist from the 2004 Games.

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]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:59:24 -0700 <![CDATA[India's government ends suspension of national Olympic body]]> http://gazette.com/indias-government-ends-suspension-of-national-olympic-body/article/feed/438685?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/indias-government-ends-suspension-of-national-olympic-body/article/feed/438685?custom_click=rss NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government revoked the suspension of the Indian Olympic Association after it stepped back from a proposal to appoint two tainted former officials as honorary life presidents.

The IOA regretted the inconvenience and embarrassment it caused, the Sports Ministry said on Friday. The decision ends the government threat to suspend the IOA's funding.

"It is expected of IOA that it will uphold the highest standard of probity and ethics in its functioning in future," a government statement said.

In a letter to the sports minister on Monday, the association explained that the honorary awards to former IOA presidents Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Kumar Chautala were just a proposal. The plans caused a furore

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]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:06:26 -0700 <![CDATA[Despite doping scandals, Russia could bid for 2028 Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/despite-doping-scandals-russia-could-bid-for-2028-olympics/article/feed/438655?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/despite-doping-scandals-russia-could-bid-for-2028-olympics/article/feed/438655?custom_click=rss MOSCOW (AP) — Still mired in a doping scandal and with a track team banned from international competition, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee said his country may put forth a bid to host the 2028 Games.

Alexander Zhukov said Friday that Russia is considering three cities as candidates for a 2028 bid, even as it battles accusations of a mass doping cover-up at the Sochi Olympics three years ago.

"It's hard to say now, but why not? I think it's completely possible to try," Zhukov told state news agency RIA Novosti. "It's not just St. Petersburg, we also have Kazan which is a possibility. It's also possible in Sochi."

Bidding for the 2024 Games is still under way, with a vote in September set to choose betwee

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]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:42:56 -0700 <![CDATA[Returning from hip surgery, Julia Mancuso has new balance]]> http://gazette.com/returning-from-hip-surgery-julia-mancuso-has-new-balance/article/feed/438654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/returning-from-hip-surgery-julia-mancuso-has-new-balance/article/feed/438654?custom_click=rss

ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (AP) — Returning to World Cup skiing after 22 months, Julia Mancuso has found a new balance in her life.

And it's not just the surgically repaired right hip the 2006 Olympic champion is referring to.

"The year off just helped me to reset," Mancuso told The Associated Press ahead of Saturday's downhill, where she planned to race for the first time since March 2015.

"It was nice to have a less stressful year," the American said. "Having a year off when you have your hip to heal, gives the rest of your body a really good chance. As far as the rest of my body, I feel super-healed. I feel like I am in a better position and I am a lot more balanced.

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]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:38:31 -0700 <![CDATA[Ski Mancuso's Balance]]> http://gazette.com/ski-mancusos-balance/article/feed/438635?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ski-mancusos-balance/article/feed/438635?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2014 file photo women's super combined bronze medalist Julia Mancuso of the United States holds her medal during the medals ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia. Returning to World Cup after 22 months, Mancuso feels she has found a new balance in her life.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 03:33:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Troicki's three-peat won't happen after loss in Sydney semis]]> http://gazette.com/troickis-three-peat-wont-happen-after-loss-in-sydney-semis/article/feed/438617?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/troickis-three-peat-wont-happen-after-loss-in-sydney-semis/article/feed/438617?custom_click=rss

SYDNEY (AP) — There won't be a third consecutive Sydney International title for Viktor Troicki after the Serbian player lost 6-3, 7-6 (6) to Gilles Muller in the semifinals on Friday at Olympic Park.

Troicki was trying to become the first player in the Open era to win three Sydney titles in a row, surpassing the feats of Americans Pete Sampras and James Blake, and Lleyton Hewitt, who did it twice.

Muller was so sick last week in Brisbane he struggled to leave his hotel room.

"When I came here, I wasn't expecting anything because I didn't play really well in Brisbane and I wasn't feeling great," Muller said. "I was looking to have one or two more matches before the Australian Open.

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]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:28:03 -0700 <![CDATA[US figure skater Gold had no inkling of Russian doping]]> http://gazette.com/us-figure-skater-gold-had-no-inkling-of-russian-doping/article/feed/438520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-figure-skater-gold-had-no-inkling-of-russian-doping/article/feed/438520?custom_click=rss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — American figure skater Gracie Gold says she never could have imagined the scope of Russian doping at the Sochi Olympics, even though it ultimately could land her on the podium three years later.

Gold finished fourth at the Winter Games, while Adelina Sotnikova won a surprising gold for the host nation. But since then, the event has become embroiled in controversy, with a report last month from anti-doping investigator Richard McLaren detailing widespread doping by the Russian team.

The IOC has announced that 28 unidentified athletes across a variety of sports currently are under investigation, and Italian newspaper La Gazetta dello Sport reported that Sotnikova is among them.

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]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:42:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Australian Open Preview Tennis]]> http://gazette.com/australian-open-preview-tennis/article/feed/438543?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/australian-open-preview-tennis/article/feed/438543?custom_click=rss ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS JAN. 14-15 - FILE - In this Sunday, 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. Serena Williams left Australia last year as a beaten finalist, missing her chance to equal Steffi Graf's record for most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era. Williams matched Graf's 22 by winning Wimbledon, and the six-time Australian Open champion returns to Melbourne Park aiming to secure the modern mark outright.

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Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:11:25 -0700
<![CDATA[3 Chinese weightlifters lose 2008 Olympic titles for doping]]> http://gazette.com/3-chinese-weightlifters-lose-2008-olympic-titles-for-doping/article/feed/438466?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-chinese-weightlifters-lose-2008-olympic-titles-for-doping/article/feed/438466?custom_click=rss

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Three Chinese women weightlifters have been stripped of Olympic titles for doping at their home 2008 Beijing Games.

China faces a one-year ban from international weightlifting which should be triggered for having three Olympic doping disqualifications in a re-testing program by the IOC, which announced the verdicts on Thursday.

The IOC also took a Beijing bronze medal in women's shot put from Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus on Thursday. Ostapchuk previously lost her gold medal and Olympic title from the 2012 London Games in a separate doping case.

The four medalists were among eight new disqualifications announced in the latest round of an extensive program using new tests to re-analyze sampl

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]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:04:48 -0700 <![CDATA[18 females sue former USA Gymnastics-affiliated doctor, allege sexual abuse]]> http://gazette.com/18-females-sue-former-usa-gymnastics-affiliated-doctor-allege-sexual-abuse/article/1594040?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/18-females-sue-former-usa-gymnastics-affiliated-doctor-allege-sexual-abuse/article/1594040?custom_click=rss

DETROIT — A Michigan doctor accused of sexually abusing gymnasts has been hit with a new lawsuit by 18 women and girls who say they were molested by him, mostly at his clinic at Michigan State University.

The lawsuit against Dr. Larry Nassar was filed Tuesday in federal court in western Michigan. It also names Michigan State and USA Gymnastics. Nassar was affiliated with the group.

Rachael Denhollander of Kentucky says she was sexually assaulted by Nassar in 2000 when she was 15. The Associated Press usually doesn't name people who allege sexual abuse, but Denhollander is talking publicly about the lawsuit.

Nassar now faces at least five lawsuits. Through lawyers, he's denied the allegations.



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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:07:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Skate with area kids opportunity for Knierims, area figure skaters, to put injuries, competitive grind behind them]]> http://gazette.com/skate-with-area-kids-opportunity-for-knierims-area-figure-skaters-to-put-injuries-competitive-grind-behind-them/article/1593937?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/skate-with-area-kids-opportunity-for-knierims-area-figure-skaters-to-put-injuries-competitive-grind-behind-them/article/1593937?custom_click=rss

This weekend's public skate with about 150 area kids and parents was a welcome break for figure skating pair Alexa Scimeca Knierem and her husband Chris Knierem.

"It's a lot of fun," Chris said. "It's get us away from the norm of everyday training. You see the joy and sometimes you forget that when you compete at the elite level."

It's been a challenging year for the longtime pairs partners despite being married in June 2016. That was after Alexa started to suffer pain throughout her body in April.

It took a few months for doctors to diagnose the problem, which the Knierems will not disclose publicly, and for a successful medical procedure to treat it.

By then, they knew they would miss the first half this



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Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:29:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Matt Wiley: Saying goodbye in 2016 was easy in sports]]> http://gazette.com/matt-wiley-saying-goodbye-in-2016-was-easy-in-sports/article/1593415?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/matt-wiley-saying-goodbye-in-2016-was-easy-in-sports/article/1593415?custom_click=rss

If you're not good with goodbyes, 2016 wasn't for you.

The year started with the Broncos making a run to a Super Bowl title and it became obvious Peyton Manning would be saying goodbye to the NFL. Manning's retirement eventually led to the Broncos saying goodbye to their stranglehold on the AFC West title. Thankfully, Denver also said goodbye to Brock Osweiler and didn't overspend for an average quarterback. Staying in the NFL, Calvin Johnson and Marshawn Lynch retired and Fountain-Fort Carson graduate Phil Loadholt, who was a starter on the Vikings offensive line the year Adrian Peterson rushed for 2,000 yards, also said goodbye.

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]]> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 17:30:22 -0700 <![CDATA[She was on course for stardom; then she entrusted her career to USA Swimming]]> http://gazette.com/she-was-on-course-for-stardom-then-she-entrusted-her-career-to-usa-swimming/article/1593334?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/she-was-on-course-for-stardom-then-she-entrusted-her-career-to-usa-swimming/article/1593334?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX, Ariz. - This was supposed to be the year Dagny Knutson became a household name by thrashing the competition in the pool in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2010, Knutson was widely considered the next breakout American swimming star. At the urging of USA Swimming officials, she said, Knutson turned down a college scholarship and entrusted her career to the Olympic national governing body for the sport.

And then it all went awry.

In six years, Knutson has gone from odds-on Olympic star to cautionary tale through a series of twists and turns including a fired coach, an eating disorder and an unresolved fraud lawsuit against an Olympic sports insider who Knutson claims betrayed her to maintain friendships with USA Swimming



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