<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:36:55 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Raisman embraces role as 'Fierce' advocate for abuse victims]]> http://gazette.com/raisman-embraces-role-as-fierce-advocate-for-abuse-victims/article/feed/514585?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/raisman-embraces-role-as-fierce-advocate-for-abuse-victims/article/feed/514585?custom_click=rss

The people come forward to Aly Raisman almost daily now. Random strangers. Men and women of various ages, races and backgrounds. They see the six-time Olympic medal-winning gymnast out in public and approach with a hug to give and a story to tell.

It was jarring at first, if Raisman is being honest. When she pitched her autobiography "Fierce" to publishers last summer shortly after the 2016 Olympics, she intended to focus on her journey from tenacious prodigy to champion. And while all of that is in there, the part of her experience that's resonated the most since the book's release earlier this month is the one she wasn't sure she'd be able to share.

It's Chapter 22, titled "The Survivors.

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]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:17:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Ski federation unable to stop Russians from World Cup opener]]> http://gazette.com/ski-federation-unable-to-stop-russians-from-world-cup-opener/article/feed/514646?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ski-federation-unable-to-stop-russians-from-world-cup-opener/article/feed/514646?custom_click=rss

GENEVA (AP) — Russian cross-country skiers found guilty of doping at the Sochi Olympics can compete in World Cup races this weekend because the International Ski Federation has been unable to prosecute its own cases in time.

Six Russians, including two medalists from Sochi, were disqualified from the 2014 Games this month and banned from the Olympics for life by the IOC.

FIS had previously blocked all six from competing with interim suspensions, but those expired on Oct. 31. The International Olympic Committee judging panel then reached its verdicts this month.

However, FIS said Thursday that its own judicial body lacks key IOC documents to process cases.

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]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:36:48 -0700 <![CDATA[Wednesday's Sports in Brief]]> http://gazette.com/wednesdays-sports-in-brief/article/feed/130080?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wednesdays-sports-in-brief/article/feed/130080?custom_click=rss GYMNASTICS

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former sports doctor accused of molesting at least 125 girls and young women while he worked for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison.

Larry Nassar, 54, admitted to digitally penetrating seven girls, mostly under the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus clinic, between 1998 and 2015.

Nassar, who lost his physician's license in April, admitted his conduct had no legitimate medical purpose and that he did not have the girls' consent. The 125 girls and young women who have filed reports of abuse with campus police will be able to speak at his Jan. 12 sente

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]]> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:33:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-gymnastics-ex-doctor-pleads-guilty-to-sex-charges/article/feed/514176?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-gymnastics-ex-doctor-pleads-guilty-to-sex-charges/article/feed/514176?custom_click=rss

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former sports doctor accused of molesting at least 125 girls and young women while he worked for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison.

Larry Nassar, 54, admitted to digitally penetrating seven girls, mostly under the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus clinic, between 1998 and 2015.

"For all those involved ... I'm so horribly sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control," he said in a courtroom packed with tearful accusers and others. "I pray the rosary every day for forgiveness. I want them to heal. I want the community to heal.

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]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:42:19 -0700 <![CDATA['Justice': US sliders relieved by IOC stand against Russians]]> http://gazette.com/justice-us-sliders-relieved-by-ioc-stand-against-russians/article/feed/514379?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/justice-us-sliders-relieved-by-ioc-stand-against-russians/article/feed/514379?custom_click=rss

Katie Uhlaender has shed plenty of tears over the years about how she was so close to an Olympic medal, so close to standing on that podium and watching the American flag get raised in her honor.

She cried again Wednesday. Those tears were happy ones.

The long-awaited word has come down: Uhlaender is about to be an Olympic bronze medalist. The International Olympic Committee disqualified four Russian skeleton athletes from the 2014 Sochi Games, including men's gold medalist Aleksandr Tretiakov and women's bronze medalist Elena Nikitina, for doping violations and further banned them from the games going forward.

"I understand that it was a difference of culture and that the Russians don't believe they did anything wrong,

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]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:44:53 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: Victims of ex-gymnastics doctor blame university]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-victims-of-ex-gymnastics-doctor-blame-university/article/feed/514282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-victims-of-ex-gymnastics-doctor-blame-university/article/feed/514282?custom_click=rss

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on sexual assault charges against former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

Michigan State University says allegations that it covered up a former gymnastics doctor's criminal sexual misconduct are "simply false" and it is "appalled" by Larry Nassar's crimes.

USA Gymnastics says it is "very sorry" any athlete was harmed by Nassar.

The institutions issued statements Wednesday after victims and their lawyers criticized their handling of Nassar, who pleaded guilty in a Michigan courtroom to molesting girls under the guise of medical treatment.

The victims and attorneys — who have sued the university, USA Gymnastics and the U.S.

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LANSING, Mich. — A sports doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison.

Dr. Larry Nassar, 54, was charged with molesting seven girls, mostly under the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus clinic. All but one of his accusers was a gymnast. He faces similar charges in a neighboring county and lawsuits filed by more than 125 women and girls.

Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among the women who have publicly said they were among Nassar's victims.

Some of his accusers attended the hearing Wednesday in a



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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:26:48 -0700
<![CDATA['JV squad': US opens World Cup qualifying with G Leaguers]]> http://gazette.com/jv-squad-us-opens-world-cup-qualifying-with-g-leaguers/article/feed/514329?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jv-squad-us-opens-world-cup-qualifying-with-g-leaguers/article/feed/514329?custom_click=rss

If Jeff Van Gundy had his way, the USA Basketball team that he's coaching in the qualifying round for the 2019 Basketball World Cup would have been together for a month of practices to get ready for what he calls a daunting challenge.

He had five days.

Ready or not, qualifying starts Thursday night in Orlando, Florida — when Van Gundy and a team of largely unheralded G League players take on Puerto Rico in the start of a tournament that will decide if the U.S. goes to the World Cup in China two years from now. Van Gundy led a similar team to a gold medal over the summer in the FIBA AmeriCup, and now a bigger test awaits.

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]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:16:43 -0700 <![CDATA[A look at the Russians stripped of Olympic medals from Sochi]]> http://gazette.com/a-look-at-the-russians-stripped-of-olympic-medals-from-sochi/article/feed/514313?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-look-at-the-russians-stripped-of-olympic-medals-from-sochi/article/feed/514313?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW (AP) — Ten Russian athletes have now been banned for doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, with six medals stripped from four athletes in two sports.

Here's a look at the medalists who have been banned:

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ALEXANDER TRETYAKOV

Sport: Skeleton

2014 Olympic result: Gold

Alexander Tretyakov arrived in Sochi as Russia's first skeleton world champion and broke the track record on his way to the gold medal.

Martins Dukurs, a five-time world champion from Latvia, is now in line to inherit his and his country's first Winter Olympic gold.

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ELENA NIKITINA

Sport: Skeleton

2014 Olympic result: Bronze

Elena Nikitina narrowly reached the podium, beating American rival Kat

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]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:58:43 -0700 <![CDATA[Gionta trades NHL for shot at representing US at Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/gionta-trades-nhl-for-shot-at-representing-us-at-olympics/article/feed/514212?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gionta-trades-nhl-for-shot-at-representing-us-at-olympics/article/feed/514212?custom_click=rss

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — For someone once constantly told he was too small to have an NHL future, Brian Gionta is enjoying a few last laughs entering the twilight of his career.

At 38, the 5-foot-7, 180-pound forward has no regrets with the decision he made last summer to put family and flag first to forego a chance at playing a 17th NHL season.

Rejecting at least one contract offer in July because it would've meant relocating his wife and three children, Gionta chose to pursue an opportunity to represent the United States at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February.

"It was not an easy decision by any means, but in my heart I knew it was the right one," Gionta told The Associated Press.

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MOSCOW (AP) — Two more Russian athletes were stripped of their Olympic medals from the 2014 Sochi Games on Wednesday, leaving the United States as the country with the most medals.

Four Russians, all skeleton racers, were banned by the International Olympic Committee for doping, including men's gold medalist Alexander Tretyakov and women's bronze medalist Elena Nikitina.

Russia, which finished the games at the top of the medals table with 13 gold and 33 overall, has now been stripped of six medals based on evidence of a state-sponsored doping program in Sochi, including samples being swapped in the laboratory. Two of the six medals were gold.

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]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:25:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Russian Doping]]> http://gazette.com/russian-doping/article/feed/426467?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russian-doping/article/feed/426467?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 file photo, Alexander Tretyakov of Russia crosses the finish area to win the gold medal during the men's skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The International Olympic Committee has banned four more Russians for doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, all competing in the sliding sport of skeleton and includes men’s gold medalist Alexander Tretyakov and women’s bronze medalist Elena Nikitina.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:23:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Russian skeleton gold medalist Aleksandr Tretiakov among 4 banned by IOC for doping at Sochi Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/russian-skeleton-gold-medalist-aleksandr-tretiakov-among-4-banned-by-ioc-for-doping-at-sochi-olympics/article/feed/514232?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russian-skeleton-gold-medalist-aleksandr-tretiakov-among-4-banned-by-ioc-for-doping-at-sochi-olympics/article/feed/514232?custom_click=rss LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian skeleton gold medalist Aleksandr Tretiakov among 4 banned by IOC for doping at Sochi Olympics.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:43:09 -0700
<![CDATA[Raisman Abuse Gymnastics]]> http://gazette.com/raisman-abuse-gymnastics/article/feed/513629?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/raisman-abuse-gymnastics/article/feed/513629?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, United States' Aly Raisman performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman’s gymnastics career has set the stage for what she believes is the next chapter in her life: as a spokesperson for victims of sexual abuse. The 23-year-old detailed her own history of abuse by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor in her recently released autobiography. Raisman says the book is just the beginning in her quest to bring change to her sport.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:01:48 -0700
<![CDATA[South Korea Olympic Pyeongchang]]> http://gazette.com/south-korea-olympic-pyeongchang/article/feed/513848?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-korea-olympic-pyeongchang/article/feed/513848?custom_click=rss The high-speed train called the Korea Train Express or KTX is seen at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. The high-speed train called the Korea Train Express or KTX will connect between Incheon International Airport and Pyeongchang Mountain Cluster and Gangneung Coastal Cluster for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games which will be held from February 2018.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:14:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Utah ski resorts giddy over Olympic bid, worried by DUI law]]> http://gazette.com/utah-ski-resorts-giddy-over-olympic-bid-worried-by-dui-law/article/feed/513508?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/utah-ski-resorts-giddy-over-olympic-bid-worried-by-dui-law/article/feed/513508?custom_click=rss

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah ski officials kick off the new season energized by the growing possibility of another Winter Olympics bid and buoyed by two straight seasons of record visitation. But there's also some concern that publicity surrounding the state's strict new DUI law that goes into effect next year may keep skiers and snowboarders away by adding to the long-held stigma that visitors can't have fun in Utah.

DUI LAW CONTROVERSY

State lawmakers voted to lower Utah's blood alcohol limit for most drivers to 0.05 percent from 0.08 percent in a move they think will save lives. The change gave the predominantly Mormon state the strictest drunken driving threshold in the country and triggered backlash from tourism groups.

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]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:14:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Russian Olympic hopes in peril after drug agency criticism]]> http://gazette.com/russian-olympic-hopes-in-peril-after-drug-agency-criticism/article/1615411?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russian-olympic-hopes-in-peril-after-drug-agency-criticism/article/1615411?custom_click=rss

SEOUL, South Korea — The World Anti-Doping Agency placed Russia's fate for the upcoming Winter Olympics on perilous ground, refusing to reinstate the country's suspended anti-doping operation while Russia remained insistent the government is not to blame.

At its meeting Thursday in South Korea, WADA handed Russia the equivalent of a failing grade, saying two key requirements for reinstating the Russian Anti-Doping Agency had not been fulfilled:

—Russia must publicly accept results of an investigation by Canada's Richard McLaren that concluded the country ran a state-sponsored doping program.

—Russia must allow access to urine samples collected during the time of the cheating.



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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:42:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Hijab-wearing Barbie doll introduced in honor of Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad]]> http://gazette.com/hijab-wearing-barbie-doll-introduced-in-honor-of-olympic-fencer-ibtihaj-muhammad/article/1615260?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hijab-wearing-barbie-doll-introduced-in-honor-of-olympic-fencer-ibtihaj-muhammad/article/1615260?custom_click=rss

Mattel introduced a Barbie doll Monday inspired by U.S. Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, that the company said would go on sale next year. It will be the first Barbie doll to wear a hijab, and Muhammad described Mattel's honoring of her achievements as "very moving."'

The first athlete to wear a hijab while representing the U.S. at the games, Muhammad also became the first Muslim-American woman to win an Olympic medal, taking a bronze in team saber last year. "Ibtihaj continues to inspire women and girls everywhere to break boundaries," the Barbie makers said.

The doll was introduced at the Glamour Women of the Year gala in New York, where Muhammad was on hand to express her gratitude.



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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:42:36 -0700
<![CDATA[Popular French skier David Poisson killed in training crash in Canada]]> http://gazette.com/popular-french-skier-david-poisson-killed-in-training-crash-in-canada/article/1615259?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/popular-french-skier-david-poisson-killed-in-training-crash-in-canada/article/1615259?custom_click=rss

David Poisson, a popular French national ski team veteran and former Olympian, was killed Monday morning in a training crash near Calgary, Alberta.

Poisson, 35, was a World Cup bronze medalist in 2013 and competed in the Vancouver and Sochi Winter Olympics. Hoping to qualify for the Pyeongchang Games in February, he was training for World Cup races in North America in the resort of Nakiska and, according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police, crashed through safety netting after catching an edge. He struck a tree and died at the scene.

"When we arrived we assessed an individual and determined him deceased on scene," Calgary EMS spokesperson Adam Loria said (via the National Post). "There was no transfer to hospital.



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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:35:52 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Russia, the world leader in doping, should be banned from 2018 Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-russia-the-world-leader-in-doping-should-be-banned-from-2018-olympics/article/1615212?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-russia-the-world-leader-in-doping-should-be-banned-from-2018-olympics/article/1615212?custom_click=rss

The crusade to punish Russia for its long embrace of doping is righteous.

This crusade has nothing to do with global politics. Please, pay no attention to the ever-creepy Vladimir Putin. This crusade is not a payback for Russia’s cyber manipulation of the 2016 election struggle between Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton.

This crusade is everything to do with defending the clean Olympic athlete who says no to becoming a pharmaceutical freak.

In early December, the International Olympic Committee will determine Russia’s fate for the February 2018 Olympics in South Korea. Yes, this determination will come too late.

Russia should have been banned at least six months ago.

But it’s not too



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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:36:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman: I was abused by doctor]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-gymnast-aly-raisman-i-was-abused-by-doctor/article/1614994?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-gymnast-aly-raisman-i-was-abused-by-doctor/article/1614994?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor.

Raisman tells "60 Minutes" she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics. He's now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

Raisman, the captain of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning team, details the abuse in her book "Fierce," which will be released on Nov. 14.

Raisman is the latest gymnast to claim she was abused by Nassar. McKayla Maroney, who won two medals at the 2012 Games as Raisman's teammate, said last month she



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Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:49:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Kulchytskyy wins first Dave Schultz wrestling title]]> http://gazette.com/kulchytskyy-wins-first-dave-schultz-wrestling-title/article/1614640?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kulchytskyy-wins-first-dave-schultz-wrestling-title/article/1614640?custom_click=rss

He stood on the top step of the podium, hand over his heart as the national anthem played, beaming with pride.

Life is good for Nazar Kulchytskyy. A lot better than it was, anyway.

Eight years ago, the Ukrainian left his homeland with his parents and landed in Prairie du Chien, Wis. On Saturday in final-day action at the 20th Dave Schultz Memorial International at the Olympic Training Center, the recently minted U.S. citizen fought off a late charge from Russian veteran Rasul Dzukaev to win his first Schultz title.

“I love this country,” said Kulchytskyy, who was named the event’s outstanding wrestler at its outset. “I’m proud to be here.



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