<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:11:25 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[David Ramsey: Coronado grad Kyle Snyder, a ridiculously wise 20-year-old, wins gold, rules wrestling world]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-coronado-grad-kyle-snyder-a-ridiculously-wise-20-year-old-wins-gold-rules-wrestling-world/article/1583362?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-coronado-grad-kyle-snyder-a-ridiculously-wise-20-year-old-wins-gold-rules-wrestling-world/article/1583362?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - The truth was in his eyes. Kyle Snyder was not nervous as he prepared to wrestle for a wrestling gold medal. Dread is not his thing.

In the past few months, he's adopted a fresh approach to competing. He challenges himself before every match to banish all fear. As he prepares to tangle with some of the most frightening men on our planet, Snyder embraces the thrills ahead instead of the possible agony. The more danger, the more he looks forward to the match.

Snyder, a 2014 graduate of Coronado High School, is only 20, but he used his serenity and his strength and his wisdom to defeat Khetag Goziumov, a gnarled 33-year-old former world champion and a two-time bronze medalist. His 2-1 victory in the 97-kg



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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:01:49 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey's highlights from Rio's (mostly) successful Olympics, including a wrestling strip-off]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramseys-highlights-from-rios-mostly-successful-olympics-including-a-wrestling-strip-off/article/1583390?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramseys-highlights-from-rios-mostly-successful-olympics-including-a-wrestling-strip-off/article/1583390?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - Let's get this straight: I like Rio.

Despite the sometimes smelly water and the ever-hovering threat of crime, Rio is pretty close to paradise if you are in the right section of it.

Our American fears, and I shared some of those fears, were overblown. Mosquitoes were off buzzing somewhere else and terrorists never arrived. The Brazilians did not deliver as seamless an Olympics as the English effort of 2012, but it was a noble performance.

Here are my highlights:

One - Yes, I was there to witness The 2016 Great Wrestling Strip-Off.

I was waiting for Kyle Snyder's gold-medal freestyle wrestling match. I was watching the fierce matches leading up to the Snyder show. I've seen many fierce



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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:02:44 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Brazilians don't know much, if anything, about our 'World' Champion Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-brazilians-dont-know-much-if-anything-about-our-world-champion-broncos/article/1583285?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-brazilians-dont-know-much-if-anything-about-our-world-champion-broncos/article/1583285?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - Want to take a vacation from Colorado's secular religion, the Broncos? Want to travel to a land where few know Von Miller, Peyton Manning, Gary Kubiak and John Elway exist?

Brazil is a solid option. You'll find beaches and waterfalls and jungles and sunshine. And you'll find blank stares when talking about the Broncos.

A lot of blank stares.

I talked with Georgiana, a 30-something Brazilian. This was the first of my discussions with Brazilians about football. It was a preview of the talks ahead.

She had no idea the Broncos had won Super Bowl 50 to become champions of a world that barely knows they play. She never had heard of any of the Broncos' various celebrities.

She is a fan of Patriots



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Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:34:15 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Jordan Burroughs falls in Rio, following a troubling American trend]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-jordan-burroughs-falls-in-rio-following-a-troubling-american-trend/article/1583249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-jordan-burroughs-falls-in-rio-following-a-troubling-american-trend/article/1583249?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - It was late, really late. The Olympic media bus stopped at 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning to pick up two American sports writers, already deep in conversation as they sat down.

They argued over the wrestling question of these Olympics:

Is Jordan Burroughs the greatest American wrestler ever?

One writer said yes, of course.

The other writer talked about John Smith and Bruce Baumgardner and Dan Gable. It was too early, he said, to crown Burroughs.

Wrestling fans are intense, and this was a spirited conversation, but the writers agreed on one thing.

Burroughs would win gold in the 165-pound Olympic competition. That was virtually a given. He rampaged into these Olympics with a gold medal from



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Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:18:55 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Lochte told a lie America would believe]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-lochte-told-a-lie-america-would-believe/article/1583165?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-lochte-told-a-lie-america-would-believe/article/1583165?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - Give Ryan Lochte this much: He knew how to make a phony story sound real. He knew what Americans would believe.

He played on the overblown American view of Rio as a sinister destination, a place to match your nightmares. This might be the world's most beautiful city, full of surf, full of joy, full of life, but we want to talk only of Zika, smelly water and extreme crime.

Lochte expertly read his countrymen. He's long been a publicity hound, and he decided to offer a simple explanation for a complicated, drunken night. And guess what? He just happened to be the impossibly cool hero of his fable.

Fake police officers demanded he and his teammates lie flat on the ground, he said, but only he had the



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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:51:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Danielle Page, Lewis-Palmer star and Colorado Springs native, enjoys unlikely ride as starter on Serbia's Olympic team]]> http://gazette.com/danielle-page-lewis-palmer-star-and-colorado-springs-native-enjoys-unlikely-ride-as-starter-on-serbias-olympic-team/article/1583143?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/danielle-page-lewis-palmer-star-and-colorado-springs-native-enjoys-unlikely-ride-as-starter-on-serbias-olympic-team/article/1583143?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - Danielle Page was not a likely member of the Serbian women's basketball Olympic team.

She barely made the eighth grade team at Lewis-Palmer Middle School, and she never played. Her L-P coach suggested her time might be better spent on the soccer field. She was not burdened with expectations on the basketball court.

And then there's this fact: Page was born at the Air Force Academy's hospital. She's an American who was recruited by Serbian coaches. She became a naturalized citizen of Serbia, a country where she's spent four months, tops, and now she plays on the Olympic team.

It remains a little strange to see Page, a graduate of Lewis-Palmer High School, competing in Serbia's blood red uniform.



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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:51:49 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Nikola Jokic gives Denver Nuggets fans reason to smile]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-nikola-jokic-gives-denver-nuggets-fans-reason-to-smile/article/1583071?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-nikola-jokic-gives-denver-nuggets-fans-reason-to-smile/article/1583071?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - The Denver Nuggets past has been jammed with pain and disappointment and, most of all, losing, but the franchise's future will be deeply intertwined with Nikola Jokic's tomorrows.

That means the future could be brilliant. Jokic is only 21. He has plenty of time to alter basketball history in Colorado.

Serbia is a genuine team, so I'm going to resist the temptation to say Jokic carried his teammates to Friday's Olympic semis against Australia. Serbia edged Croatia Wednesday night, 86-83, meaning a rematch in the finals with the United States is only one win away.

Jokic was dominating in a 94-91 Friday loss to the United States, scoring 25 points on only 15 shots. His versatility left U.S.



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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:17:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Letter From Rio: Some foreign journalists do cheer in press box]]> http://gazette.com/letter-from-rio-some-foreign-journalists-do-cheer-in-press-box/article/1583064?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letter-from-rio-some-foreign-journalists-do-cheer-in-press-box/article/1583064?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - The men's Olympic basketball team from Serbia boasts extremely devoted and loud fans.

How do I know this?

I sat next to three of these fans on press row in Wednesday's Serbia vs. Croatia quarterfinal game. They stood and shouted and shook their fists.

In America, press rows and press boxes are quiet and professional. If a sports writer cheers, she or he is in danger of being dismissed. No cheering from the press box is not an empty phrase in the states.

The Olympics are different, much different. Many journalists wear shirts with the name of their country, and they wear the shirts every day.

And many Olympic journalists combine writing stories about their homeland team with cheering for



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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:08:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Manu Ginobli's superlative Olympic basketball career comes to an end (probably)]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-manu-ginoblis-superlative-olympic-basketball-career-comes-to-an-end-probably/article/1583051?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-manu-ginoblis-superlative-olympic-basketball-career-comes-to-an-end-probably/article/1583051?custom_click=rss RIO DE JANEIRO - Manu Ginobli delivered one of the most impressive performance in basketball  history at the 2004 Athens Olympics, but it's not celebrated as much as it should be in the United States.

That's easy to explain. Ginobli led Argentina to an improbable victory over the United States in the Olympic semis. The temporarily ended America's world dominance in basketball.

Ginobli has delivered a spectacular NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs,  but that march to gold in 2004 always will remain his finest accomplishment.

It was sad to see him walk off the court after Argentina got pulverized by the Americans Wednesday. He was a great Olympian.



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Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:41:41 -0600
<![CDATA[CU grad Jenny Simpson roars to bronze in Olympic 1,500 meters]]> http://gazette.com/cu-grad-jenny-simpson-roars-to-bronze-in-olympic-1500-meters/article/1582971?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cu-grad-jenny-simpson-roars-to-bronze-in-olympic-1500-meters/article/1582971?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - Jenny Simpson might be the happiest bronze medalist at these Olympics. As she crossed the finish line of the 1,500 meters, she covered her face in her hands. She let out a cry of happiness. She was overwhelmed with joy.

She laughed as she traveled back to the scene.

“I was really happy and I fell on the ground and I cried for a while,” she said.

Simpson, a University of Colorado graduate and former resident of Monument, became the first United States women’s runner to medal in the 1,500.

The bronze will help Simpson erase the pain of the 2012 Olympics, when she arrived in London as a favorite to medal in the 1,500 and failed to make the finals.

“The medal is incredible,” she said.



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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:33:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs' Sarah Hammer takes silver in Olympic omnium cycling]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sarah-hammer-takes-silver-in-olympic-omnium-cycling/article/1582970?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sarah-hammer-takes-silver-in-olympic-omnium-cycling/article/1582970?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - Sarah Hammer, who lives and trains in Colorado Springs, delivered a clutch performance in the grueling points race to earn a silver medal in the women's omnium cycling competition. It was Hammer's fourth Olympic silver medal.

"I'm so, so excited. Of course you always want to take a medal but when you're talking about two days and six events, absolutely anything can happen," Hammer said after the points race. "I'm so thankful that everything went into play.

"There's nothing I could have said that I could have done better. I'm very proud of myself and my team. Everyone that has helped me put effort into this race, that was my gift to them - to do the best I could do.



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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:21:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Letter From Rio: An elevator ride with Michael Phelps]]> http://gazette.com/letter-from-rio-an-elevator-ride-with-michael-phelps/article/1582964?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/letter-from-rio-an-elevator-ride-with-michael-phelps/article/1582964?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - The elevator door was about to close, and Michael Phelps walked in.

He's won 28 Olympic medals, including 23 gold. He's one of the world's most famed athletes. He's worth millions. He's just finished his glorious farewell to the Olympics.

Phelps was looking at the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, the one that shows him standing beside Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky. The trio dominated these Olympics.

But Phelps was not happy.

His image had been lightly altered. This altering is common practice for magazine editors.

"They photoshopped me," Phelps said, squinting at the photo.

He was with a few friends, who kept commenting on how much they liked the photo. The friends kept



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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:01:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey Letter From Rio: Ocean water beckons. I can't resist. You would struggle, too (video)]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-letter-from-rio-ocean-water-beckons.-i-cant-resist.-you-would-struggle-too-video/article/1582826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-letter-from-rio-ocean-water-beckons.-i-cant-resist.-you-would-struggle-too-video/article/1582826?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - Surfers. Swimmers. Families. Collections of friends. Several hundred Rio residents were at Grumari Beach for a sunny, breezy, virtually perfect winter afternoon. Most were splashing happily in the emerald green water of this somewhat secluded beach.

Later, I saw hundreds - maybe a couple thousand - of swimmers at the ultra-crowded Ipanema and Copacabana beaches.

I guess they haven't read the highly detailed Associated Press report that reveals a legion of scary disease-causing germs in the water.

A few months ago, I talked with U.S. Olympian triathletes Sarah True and Katie Zaferes. They already had been swimming at Copacabana Beach, both as competitors and casual swimmers.



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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:27:29 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Widefield grad Boris Berian travels from birth in Colorado Springs to brink of Olympic medal in Rio]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-widefield-grad-boris-berian-travels-from-birth-in-colorado-springs-to-brink-of-olympic-medal-in-rio/article/1582776?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-widefield-grad-boris-berian-travels-from-birth-in-colorado-springs-to-brink-of-olympic-medal-in-rio/article/1582776?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - Boris Berian has traveled far in the past two years, from working the counter at the McDonald's inside the Eighth Street Walmart to running in Monday's 800-meter Olympic finals. This astounding journey only needs the proper ending.

"I'm a contender, you know," Berian said. "I'm excited."

Let's all join the excitement for this Colorado Springs native. Berian ranks among the most unlikely tales of these Olympics. He once ruled Colorado. He now seeks to rule the world.

Two summers ago, he was a 21-year-old has-been. After dropping out of Adams State, his once-promising track career seemed over.

Only it wasn't.

In the summer of 2014, Berian worked the 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift at McDonald's. He



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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:59:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Widefield's Boris Berian earns spot in Olympic 800-meter semis]]> http://gazette.com/widefields-boris-berian-earns-spot-in-olympic-800-meter-semis/article/1582601?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/widefields-boris-berian-earns-spot-in-olympic-800-meter-semis/article/1582601?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - Boris Berian, a graduate of Widefield High School, is one step closer to the 800-meter Olympic finals.

Berian ran 1:45.87 Friday morning to finish third in his heat. The time was good enough to earn a spot in Saturday's 800 semis. The 800 final is Monday night.

Souleiman Ayanleh of Djibouti finished first in the heat at 1:45.48.



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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:50:43 -0600