<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/olympics Mon, 27 Jun 2016 05:16:32 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Klee: First rule of U.S. Bobsled tryouts: Just do it]]> http://gazette.com/klee-first-rule-of-u.s.-bobsled-tryouts-just-do-it/article/1579048?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-first-rule-of-u.s.-bobsled-tryouts-just-do-it/article/1579048?custom_click=rss

Have you heard the one about the insurance salesman with an Olympic dream?

Or the football punter who's kicking around the idea of zipping down a track at 80 mph? How about the strength coach from Florida whose fantasy is on ice?

"I mean, who wouldn't want to be in the Olympics in anything?" the latter said.

It's a good one. Goes like this: Sunday on Washburn Field at UCCS, 33 athletes with zero experience in a bobsled took the first step in making the U.S. Bobsled team.

And when I say zero, I mean zero. Most had never seen a bobsled in person.

"Just on TV," said Gerell Miller.

Gerell's the punter. He also kicks field goals at Independence (Kans.) Community College.

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:42:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Lochte finishes 2nd in 400 IM heats at US Olympic trials]]> http://gazette.com/lochte-finishes-2nd-in-400-im-heats-at-us-olympic-trials/article/feed/365733?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lochte-finishes-2nd-in-400-im-heats-at-us-olympic-trials/article/feed/365733?custom_click=rss

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Chase Kalisz qualified fastest in the 400-meter individual medley preliminaries Sunday at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials with Ryan Lochte trying to shake off the cobwebs on the meet's first day.

Kalisz (KAY-lish) out-touched defending Olympic champion Lochte to win their heat in 4 minutes, 11.86 seconds. Lochte was second-fastest in 4:11.98.

"My first race is always the worst one," Lochte said. "I didn't really press anything to full potential. There's a little juice left. There has to be."

Jay Litherland, who swims for Georgia, was third in 4:12.57.

At 31, Lochte is the oldest swimmer in the final. Tyler Clary edged his way in, finishing eighth in 4:15.41.

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]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:57:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Missy Franklin: I've got skillz, but Trotters have to wait]]> http://gazette.com/missy-franklin-ive-got-skillz-but-trotters-have-to-wait/article/1579025?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/missy-franklin-ive-got-skillz-but-trotters-have-to-wait/article/1579025?custom_click=rss

OMAHA, Neb. — Missy Franklin wants everyone to know: She's got some hoops skillz.

That said, the Harlem Globetrotters will have to wait.

Swimming remains her main focus.

"I haven't been thinking too much about my future basketball career," Franklin joked Saturday, breaking into a big smile while wearing a Harlem Globetrotters jersey. "But after this summer, I will keep you updated."

She was sporting a No. 4 Globetrotters jersey that was sent to her by the famed team, which "drafted" her in its annual tradition of selecting from a host of world-class athletes and celebrities "who all embody the Globetrotters' spirit and passion for basketball.

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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:52:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Krasnozhon edges Aaron in Aerial Figure Skating Challenge]]> http://gazette.com/krasnozhon-edges-aaron-in-aerial-figure-skating-challenge/article/1578978?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/krasnozhon-edges-aaron-in-aerial-figure-skating-challenge/article/1578978?custom_click=rss Dallas' Aleksei Krasnozhon rose to meet defending champion Max Aaron's challenge to land his first clean quadruple loop in competition and eke out victory in the second annual Aerial Figure Skating Challenge.

"If this went one more round I know Max would have won," Krasnozhon said. "Last year, I wasn't able to land clean but tonight I was right on. I hit it just right. (Landing the jump cleanly) was some real progress for me."

The $7,500 winner's check was a bonus, he added. Runner-up Aaron, who competes for the host Broadmoor Skating Club, took home $5,000 while bronze-medalist Jimmy Ma of New York collected $2,500 after struggles in an earlier round dropped him from first into third place on Friday night.

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]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:50:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Aerial Figure Skating Challenge hits Broadmoor World Arena on Friday]]> http://gazette.com/aerial-figure-skating-challenge-hits-broadmoor-world-arena-on-friday/article/1578894?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aerial-figure-skating-challenge-hits-broadmoor-world-arena-on-friday/article/1578894?custom_click=rss

Some of the nation's best will test how far they can push themselves in Friday's Aerial Figure Skating Challenge.

"This unique jumps challenge was really fun and exciting," said 2015 challenge champ Max Aaron, the 2015 U.S. national champion. "It definitely pushed the skaters and I am looking forward to competing again this year."

Aaron, considered one of the more athletic figure skaters in the world, and defending ladies champion Vivian Le of Dallas will take on all challengers in the 7:45 p.m. finals Friday at The Broadmoor World Arena. The earlier rounds last from 3:25-5:10 p.m. Admission and parking is free.

The event is held in conjunction with the weeklong Broadmoor Open, which continues through Saturday.

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:33:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs likely to miss its targeted opening date]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-museum-in-colorado-springs-likely-to-miss-its-targeted-opening-date/article/1578895?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-museum-in-colorado-springs-likely-to-miss-its-targeted-opening-date/article/1578895?custom_click=rss

The U.S. Olympic Museum proposed for downtown Colorado Springs is unlikely to open by February 2018, the date targeted by organizers who wanted to christen the venue to coincide with the winter Olympics.

A groundbreaking planned for this spring never took place, and museum board chairman Dick Celeste said Thursday that organizers still need to raise about $10 million more in private donations before starting the project. Organizers have estimated the museum's cost at $73 million, although they've also said they wanted to raise $80 million and use the extra funds to help cover operating costs and contingencies.

Organizers have about $31 million-plus in cash and commitments, Celeste said.

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:20:42 -0600
<![CDATA[USA Cycling unveils full team headed to Rio Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/usa-cycling-unveils-full-team-headed-to-rio-olympics/article/1578881?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-cycling-unveils-full-team-headed-to-rio-olympics/article/1578881?custom_click=rss

Kristin Armstrong will have an opportunity to chase her third straight time trial gold medal in Rio, perhaps the final chapter in a decorated cycling career spanning four Olympics and two brief retirements.

Armstrong was chosen for the U.S. Olympic roster Thursday, joining a powerhouse women's road team that includes world bronze medalist Megan Guarnier, Evie Stevens and Mara Abbott.

"I feel really prepared and am really looking forward to the challenging time trial course," said Armstrong, who will turn 43 the day after the Aug. 10 race through the beach area of Pontal. "We have a very strong road team and I feel confident that Team USA can put our stamp on this event.

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:45:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Speedskating nationals take place in Colorado Springs as sport tries to rebound]]> http://gazette.com/speedskating-nationals-take-place-in-colorado-springs-as-sport-tries-to-rebound/article/1578811?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/speedskating-nationals-take-place-in-colorado-springs-as-sport-tries-to-rebound/article/1578811?custom_click=rss

In the mid-1990s, the leaders of the inline speedskating community had a feeling the sport was about to hit the jackpot.

Roller hockey was one of three demonstration sports at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and inline speedskating was gaining exposure in the Pan American Games. By 1997, inline skates and accessories would become a billion-dollar industry.

"We all thought we were going to the Olympics," said Kelly Springer, a longtime inline coach who now operates out of Colorado Springs. "We thought we were a shoe-in."

But as the Olympics came and went, inline speedskating was left in the past. Springer says it peaked in the 1990s and hasn't been able to reach the level of national prominence that it held

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:33:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Olympian Missy Franklin drafted by Harlem Globetrotters]]> http://gazette.com/olympian-missy-franklin-drafted-by-harlem-globetrotters/article/1578705?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympian-missy-franklin-drafted-by-harlem-globetrotters/article/1578705?custom_click=rss

Add “Harlem Globetrotters” to Missy Franklin’s list of accomplishments.

The four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist was one of five people selected Monday night in the Globetrotters’ 10th annual player draft. She joins actor Kevin Hart, golfer Jordan Spieth, soccer star Neymar Jr. and 2016 college slam dunk champion Devan Douglas.

“This is such an honor! Better start working on my game,” she tweeted Monday night.

Franklin, who attended Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, is the second-tallest pick from the draft at 6-foot-2 — just an inch shorter than Douglas.

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Tue, 21 Jun 2016 22:30:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Wheelchair rugby is 'high-contact game of chess']]> http://gazette.com/wheelchair-rugby-is-high-contact-game-of-chess/article/1578454?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wheelchair-rugby-is-high-contact-game-of-chess/article/1578454?custom_click=rss

It takes only one loud thump of metal on metal to understand, in part, why some of the nation's best wheelchair athletes play rugby.

The U.S. men's national team is at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center this week for a three-day camp to help prepare them for a tournament in Vancouver, Canada, next week that pits the top-six-ranked teams in the world in their last major event before September's Rio Paralympics.

But back to that collision; one that would make many a tough person grimace.

The thud echoed off the gymnasium walls after a player advancing the ball down one sideline at top speed was hit head-on by another. The defender had about 20 yards to generate momentum, arms pumping as fast as possible, to

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]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:00:02 -0600 <![CDATA[IAAF upholds bans on Russian athletes for Rio Games]]> http://gazette.com/iaaf-upholds-bans-on-russian-athletes-for-rio-games/article/1578452?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iaaf-upholds-bans-on-russian-athletes-for-rio-games/article/1578452?custom_click=rss

VIENNA (AP) — The IAAF upheld its ban on Russia's track and field team for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Friday in a landmark decision that punishes the world power for systematic doping.

The Russian sports ministry said it was notified of the decision by track and field's world governing body, which ruled that the country had not done enough to earn reinstatement.

The suspension was imposed in November following a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency commission that alleged state-sponsored cheating, corruption and cover-ups in Russian track and field.

The Russian ministry said it was "extremely disappointed" by the decision to ban the entire team from the Rio Games.

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Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:58:22 -0600
<![CDATA[World record holder's efforts open up board breaking for women worldwide]]> http://gazette.com/world-record-holders-efforts-open-up-board-breaking-for-women-worldwide/article/1578417?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/world-record-holders-efforts-open-up-board-breaking-for-women-worldwide/article/1578417?custom_click=rss

Thanks to American taekwando athlete Sloane Cameron, women the world over can compete at the highest level in board breaking for the first time this August.

It took a world record, persistence and some help for this pioneer to break through and convince the old guard to change the rules of the sport's most prestigious event.

The Oregon graduate, 29, is the women's world record holder, breaking 11 one-inch boards with a turning back kick in June 2015.

It's a feat many elite men cannot do. But women were not allowed to compete under the rules set by the international governing body for its world championship Aug. 3-6 in Seoul, South Korea.

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Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:22:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Run to support Colorado Special Olympics on Friday]]> http://gazette.com/run-to-support-colorado-special-olympics-on-friday/article/1578405?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/run-to-support-colorado-special-olympics-on-friday/article/1578405?custom_click=rss

The annual El Paso County Law Enforcement Torch Run to support Special Olympics will be held on Friday.

Participants will leave Melhaven Lodge in Manitou Springs at 9:30 a.m. and continue down Colorado Avenue to the El Paso County Sheriff's office, 27 East Vermijo.

The registration fee is $30. Participants will get a T-shirt for that cost, with the remainder of the fee a donation to Special Olympics athletes in Colorado.

Registration is open through 9 a.m. Friday and can be done in person or at www.specialolympicsco.org.

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Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:01:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Shoe fashion in evidence at Under-18 men's national hoops tryout]]> http://gazette.com/shoe-fashion-in-evidence-at-under-18-mens-national-hoops-tryout/article/1578339?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shoe-fashion-in-evidence-at-under-18-mens-national-hoops-tryout/article/1578339?custom_click=rss

The swoosh was everywhere.

Stitched onto shorts, printed onto T-shirts and dyed into socks. And of course, plastered on the kicks.

Of the roughly 100 people in the Olympic Training Center's gym Wednesday for the USA men's U18 national team training camp, nearly everyone had a fresh pair of Nike shoes, the colors of the rainbow squeaking on the freshly cleaned court.

Name a color and there's a good chance it was printed on a pair of Nikes.

Twenty-six of the nation's best 18-year-old basketball players are competing for spots on the 12-man roster, beginning Tuesday night and ending Thursday. Making the team is their top priority.

Fashion, however, could not be overlooked. Even Michael Porter Jr.

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Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:47:43 -0600
<![CDATA[4 Olympic weightlifting champions fail doping retests]]> http://gazette.com/4-olympic-weightlifting-champions-fail-doping-retests/article/feed/361876?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/4-olympic-weightlifting-champions-fail-doping-retests/article/feed/361876?custom_click=rss BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Four Olympic weightlifting gold medalists from Kazakhstan are facing sanctions after retesting of their doping samples from the 2012 Games.

The International Weightlifting Federation on Wednesday says the four gold medalists are among 10 athletes from five ex-Soviet countries whose samples tested positive for banned substances in retesting conducted by the International Olympic Committee.

The four Kazakhs included men's 94-kilogram champion Ilya Ilyin, and women's gold medalists Zulfiya Chinshanlo (53 kilogram class), Maiya Maneza (63 kilogram) and Svetlana Podobedova (75 kilogram).

If all four are disqualified, Kazakhstan would drop from 12th to 23rd in the medal standings from London 2012.

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]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:52:05 -0600 <![CDATA[WATCH: Oscar Pistorius walks on stumps for judge, sentencing in July]]> http://gazette.com/watch-oscar-pistorius-walks-on-stumps-for-judge-sentencing-in-july/article/1578288?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-oscar-pistorius-walks-on-stumps-for-judge-sentencing-in-july/article/1578288?custom_click=rss

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius removed his prostheses and hobbled on his stumps in front of a judge in a South African courtroom Wednesday, part of his defense team's attempt to show that the double-amputee Olympic athlete, convicted of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, is a vulnerable man who deserves leniency when he is sentenced.

"Pity will play no role in the sentence," chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel countered, asking Judge Thokozile Masipa to send the former track star to prison for 15 years, the minimum sentence for murder in South Africa.

Masipa will announce Pistorius' sentence on July 6, she said at the end of three days of testimony and arguments in Pistorius' sentencing hearing.

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:39:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Heide Baron keeps reaching goals with Junior Olympics and Princeton on horizon]]> http://gazette.com/heide-baron-keeps-reaching-goals-with-junior-olympics-and-princeton-on-horizon/article/1578267?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/heide-baron-keeps-reaching-goals-with-junior-olympics-and-princeton-on-horizon/article/1578267?custom_click=rss

When Heide Baron takes the track to compete in the 100-, 200- or 400-meter dash, she clears her mind and fully commits to the race. Family and friends cheer her on, but she doesn't hear anything. Once her feet get moving fast enough, Baron is no longer running, instead the sprinter feels like she is flying.

Baron has been training with Speed Track and Field for five years, and she can't get enough of that feeling. So, she will continue her track career at Princeton in the fall, where the sprinter will be met with a familiar face.

Her older sister, Madelyn, will be a junior on Princeton's track team, and Heide hopes the two will compete in relays together like they did at Pine Creek High School.

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Tue, 14 Jun 2016 20:34:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Gold medal stolen from US Olympic champion's car]]> http://gazette.com/gold-medal-stolen-from-us-olympic-champions-car/article/feed/358843?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gold-medal-stolen-from-us-olympic-champions-car/article/feed/358843?custom_click=rss ATLANTA (AP) — An American Olympian is searching for his 1992 gold medal after he says it was stolen by thieves who broke into his car in Atlanta.

Joe Jacobi won a gold medal for the U.S. in the two-man canoe slalom event in Barcelona, Spain.

He tells news outlets the medal was inside a backpack that was taken from his car while he and his family were inside a restaurant Monday.

Surveillance footage of the parking lot shows two men involved in the break-in.

Jacobi's wife, Lisa Riblet Jacobi, says police found the thieves' getaway car and recovered some of the stolen items Tuesday but are still looking for the medal.

She tells WGCL-TV (http://bit.ly/1OcOeil ) her husband takes the medal with him to share it

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]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 06:20:03 -0600 <![CDATA[UN asking expert panel to assess Zika risk at Rio Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/un-asking-expert-panel-to-assess-zika-risk-at-rio-olympics/article/feed/357087?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/un-asking-expert-panel-to-assess-zika-risk-at-rio-olympics/article/feed/357087?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization's chief says she will convene an expert committee to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics should proceed as planned, following concerns raised about the threat of the Zika virus.

In a request last month, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen asked WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan to evaluate whether the Rio games this year should be delayed or postponed. Chan said in a letter released by Shaheen on Friday that WHO has sent senior scientists to Brazil four times to assess the risk of Zika to the approximately 500,000 athletes and visitors expected to attend the Aug. 5-21 games in Brazil.

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]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 12:31:00 -0600 <![CDATA[IOC acts on doping crisis; backs 5 sports for 2020 Games]]> http://gazette.com/ioc-acts-on-doping-crisis-backs-5-sports-for-2020-games/article/feed/356069?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ioc-acts-on-doping-crisis-backs-5-sports-for-2020-games/article/feed/356069?custom_click=rss

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic leaders took action on two fronts Wednesday, ramping up efforts to keep drug cheats out of the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and recommending the inclusion of baseball-softball and four other sports for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The IOC executive board agreed to double its budget for pre-games drug testing to $500,000, to target athletes from Russia, Kenya and Mexico, and to extend retesting of stored doping samples to include medal winners from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

"We want to make sure any targeted athletes who have a positive result will be stopped from competing in Rio," IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. "That is for us the No. 1 priority.

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