<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Sun, 29 Nov 2015 14:17:20 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Gut wins giant slalom as Shiffrin crashes near finish]]> http://gazette.com/gut-wins-giant-slalom-as-shiffrin-crashes-near-finish/article/1564454?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gut-wins-giant-slalom-as-shiffrin-crashes-near-finish/article/1564454?custom_click=rss

ASPEN, Colo. — Mikaela Shiffrin had a big lead and was just a few turns from winning a World Cup race at home for the first time.

Shiffrin could almost sense victory. The crowd, too. Even her competitors were basically resigned to her win.

Suddenly, the American lost an edge and crashed near the finish line to give Lara Gut of Switzerland a stunning giant slalom win Friday.

As Shiffrin buried her face in the snow, Gut watched in disbelief. She has been in that position plenty of times and knows the feeling.

"It's unusual that Mikaela does mistakes like that," said Gut, who earned her 13th World Cup win. "But that's part of the game. One day you win, one day you crash. For me, it's better to win one day and

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Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:40:47 -0700
<![CDATA[IAAF clears Paula Radcliffe, defends its blood testing program]]> http://gazette.com/iaaf-clears-paula-radcliffe-defends-its-blood-testing-program/article/1564416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iaaf-clears-paula-radcliffe-defends-its-blood-testing-program/article/1564416?custom_click=rss

MONACO — The IAAF has cleared marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe of doping allegations and rejected claims that it failed to act on hundreds of suspicious blood tests as lacking "any scientific or legal basis."

Track and field's governing body issued a 38-page response Friday to allegations by British and German media outlets that it had ignored and tolerated rampant blood doping in the sport.

The IAAF said it "cannot sit idly by while public confidence in its willingness to protect the integrity of its sport is undermined by allegations of inaction/incompetence that are based on bad scientific and legal argument.

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Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:08:38 -0700
<![CDATA[US Ski Team names 2 prospects killed in avalanche to squad]]> http://gazette.com/us-ski-team-names-2-prospects-killed-in-avalanche-to-squad/article/1564016?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-ski-team-names-2-prospects-killed-in-avalanche-to-squad/article/1564016?custom_click=rss

COPPER MOUNTAIN — Her voice quivered but remained strong as she read a powerful poem about her son to a room full of skiers gathered for an avalanche awareness seminar.

"Do I look as though I'm all right?" Cindy Berlack read. "No, I'm not. It's still a fight."

Nearly a year ago, her son, Ronnie, and fellow skiing prospect Bryce Astle were killed in an avalanche near Soelden, Austria.

On Friday night, Cindy Berlack watched a video with skiers of all levels — a video that showed how to stay safe in an avalanche.

It was difficult viewing.

This was emotional, too: Ronnie Berlack and Bryce Astle formally being named to the U.S.

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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 06:12:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Monument-based figure skater, national champ Jason Brown out with injury]]> http://gazette.com/monument-based-figure-skater-national-champ-jason-brown-out-with-injury/article/1564005?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/monument-based-figure-skater-national-champ-jason-brown-out-with-injury/article/1564005?custom_click=rss

Reigning U.S. champion and Monument-based figure skater Jason Brown withdrew from the upcoming 2015 NHK Trophy due to a back strain incurred during training.

Brown, under the care of the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center medical staff, is now training restrictions with a full recovery expected.

His next scheduled event is when he will attempt to defend his national title at the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which are set for Jan. 15-24 in Saint Paul, Minn.

“I absolutely love competing in Japan and will miss being around the most incredible fans. I look forward to returning to Japan very soon,” Brown said in a press release.

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Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:34:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Julia Mancuso healing after hip surgery]]> http://gazette.com/julia-mancuso-healing-after-hip-surgery/article/1563883?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/julia-mancuso-healing-after-hip-surgery/article/1563883?custom_click=rss

COPPER MOUNTAIN — American skier Julia Mancuso went in for a simple hip surgery — if there is such a thing — and 5 1/2 hours later had one that was completely overhauled.

And one that will now allow the four-time Olympic medalist to race again, albeit not this season but certainly pain free next year and almost as good as new by the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

Then, and only then, will she consider walking away — on her terms.

"I would never stop my career when I feel like it is being kicked when you're down," the 31-year-old Mancuso said Thursday as her teammates trained at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center in Copper Mountain. "It's like, 'OK, now that you're injured, OK, just retire.'

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Thu, 19 Nov 2015 20:19:27 -0700
<![CDATA[Fallout from WADA meetings in Colorado Springs: Athletes want probe to go beyond Russian track team]]> http://gazette.com/fallout-from-wada-meetings-in-colorado-springs-athletes-want-probe-to-go-beyond-russian-track-team/article/1563828?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fallout-from-wada-meetings-in-colorado-springs-athletes-want-probe-to-go-beyond-russian-track-team/article/1563828?custom_click=rss

Cleaning up the corrupt anti-doping system in Russia matters because of these stories:

—Cross-country skier Beckie Scott missed out on her Olympic gold-medal celebration in 2002 because she was beaten by a group of Russian drug cheats.

—Biathlete and cross-country skier Sarah Konrad was a first-of-her-kind, two-sport Olympian, but competed in sports where it was often hard to figure out who was clean.

—Runner Alysia Montano figures she's been robbed of at least three bronze medals because Russians who finished in front of her at Olympics and world championships cheated.

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Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:16:19 -0700
<![CDATA[WADA declares Russian anti-doping agency noncompliant during Colorado Springs meetings]]> http://gazette.com/wada-declares-russian-anti-doping-agency-noncompliant-during-colorado-springs-meetings/article/1563730?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wada-declares-russian-anti-doping-agency-noncompliant-during-colorado-springs-meetings/article/1563730?custom_click=rss

Leaders of the World Anti-Doping Agency have declared Russia's anti-doping agency out of compliance.

The vote by the WADA foundation board Wednesday during meetings at The Broadmoor hotel comes after an independent commission detailed a doping scandal in Russia's track and anti-doping programs.

Without an operating anti-doping agency, Russia cannot host or bid for international events. The track team has already been provisionally suspended by the sport's governing body, the IAAF, which is also under investigation for its role in the doping scandal.

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 20:26:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Former Colorado Springs resident athlete Nathan Crumpton eager to make most of World Cup opportunity]]> http://gazette.com/former-colorado-springs-resident-athlete-nathan-crumpton-eager-to-make-most-of-world-cup-opportunity/article/1563702?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-colorado-springs-resident-athlete-nathan-crumpton-eager-to-make-most-of-world-cup-opportunity/article/1563702?custom_click=rss

Skeleton athlete Nathan Crumpton's biography is so varied and rich, the joke on his website about riding a water buffalo as a small child in his native Kenya was almost believable.

While obviously not true, if you consider what else goes on in his life, it may be harder to believe that one of the former all-Ivy League triple jumper, part-time art photographer, and fashion model's more significant accomplishments was made only recently.

The 30-year-old, born in Nairobi while his father served overseas in the U.S. diplomatic corps, made his first U.S. World Cup national team earlier this month by placing second behind 2014-15 world No. 4 Matt Antoine and edging Stephen Garbett of Parker and Olympian Kyle Tress.

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:12:53 -0700
<![CDATA[IOC's Bach confident in Rio security after Paris attacks]]> http://gazette.com/iocs-bach-confident-in-rio-security-after-paris-attacks/article/1563503?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iocs-bach-confident-in-rio-security-after-paris-attacks/article/1563503?custom_click=rss

LONDON — IOC President Thomas Bach expressed confidence Sunday in the ability of Brazilian authorities to protect next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.

With the games nine months away, the bomb and gun attacks in the French capital that left at least 129 people dead and over 350 wounded will raise concerns over the safety of athletes and fans at the Olympics. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks.

"We have confidence in the Brazilian authorities and in the international cooperation of their security agencies," Bach said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

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Sun, 15 Nov 2015 17:28:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Falcon High School senior will be ambassador for Colorado Springs in Olympic event]]> http://gazette.com/falcon-high-school-senior-will-be-ambassador-for-colorado-springs-in-olympic-event/article/1563273?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/falcon-high-school-senior-will-be-ambassador-for-colorado-springs-in-olympic-event/article/1563273?custom_click=rss

Marlee Tate bit her lip and her eyes welled up as she tried not to cry when she learned she will represent Colorado Springs at a global event.

The 17-year-old Falcon High School senior will fly to Olympia, Greece, next spring to watch as the Olympic torch begins its journey to Rio de Janeiro.

The trip is the reward and the culmination of nearly a year's worth of training and competition for a group of Colorado Springs teenagers in the Young Champion Ambassador program. Tate was chosen from among seven finalists to represent Colorado Springs on the trip.

The only downside is that she'll be traveling with Mayor John Suthers, he joked Thursday when he announced Tate as the program's ambassador.

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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:16:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Veterans learn adaptive sports after life-changing injuries at Olympic Training Center camp]]> http://gazette.com/veterans-learn-adaptive-sports-after-life-changing-injuries-at-olympic-training-center-camp/article/1563090?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/veterans-learn-adaptive-sports-after-life-changing-injuries-at-olympic-training-center-camp/article/1563090?custom_click=rss

For retired Army Sgt. Justin Bryant, Wednesday raises mixed feelings.

"Veterans Day is a good day and a bad day for me," said Bryant who retired due to cumulative effects of three tours in Afghanistan. "It's always held a place in my heart. Businesses give you things and a lot of people are nice enough to come up and thank you for your service. But this day is about being grateful for the veterans who died serving so we could be here today."

Bryant is also grateful to the organizers and sponsors who sponsored a three-day adaptive sports camp for him and 18 other veterans living with disabilities.

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Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:07:49 -0700