<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/olympics Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:41:20 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ramsey: Boston taxpayers revolt against Olympic tyranny]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-boston-taxpayers-revolt-against-olympic-tyranny/article/1556357?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-boston-taxpayers-revolt-against-olympic-tyranny/article/1556357?custom_click=rss

Blame Vladimir Putin.

The citizens of greater Boston revolted against the 2024 Olympic Summer Games. They revolted because of costly Olympic disasters of the 21st century.

The 2004 Athens Games helped launch Greece toward national insolvency. The 2008 Beijing Games cost $44 billion. Putin spent $51 billion - give or take a billion - on the 2014 Sochi Games.

But staging an Olympics doesn't have to be the equivalent of setting a mountain of cash on fire. Just look at the London Games. Following the 2012 Olympics, 74 percent of English residents said they wanted the Games to return.

Why?

Because London leaders did the Games right. They placed an emphasis on reviving a tattered section of the city, and the



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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:50:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Boston out as US candidate for 2024 Olympics, USOC to look elsewhere]]> http://gazette.com/boston-out-as-us-candidate-for-2024-olympics-usoc-to-look-elsewhere/article/1556340?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boston-out-as-us-candidate-for-2024-olympics-usoc-to-look-elsewhere/article/1556340?custom_click=rss

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday that the U.S. Olympic Committee has severed ties with Boston. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been made public.

The Boston bid soured within days of its beginning in January, beset by poor communication, low public support and an active opposition group.

The USOC board decided via teleconference after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced he would not be pressured into signing the host city contract that puts the city on the hook for any cost overruns.

The deadline to officially nominate a city is Sept. 15. If the USOC wants to stay in the race, Los Angeles would be its likely choice.



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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:39:44 -0600
<![CDATA[USOC asks Massachusetts governor for stance on Boston '24]]> http://gazette.com/usoc-asks-massachusetts-governor-for-stance-on-boston-24/article/1556242?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usoc-asks-massachusetts-governor-for-stance-on-boston-24/article/1556242?custom_click=rss

BOSTON — The U.S. Olympic Committee wants to know where the governor of Massachusetts stands on the Boston Olympics. His answer: Still crunching the numbers.

Gov. Charlie Baker refused to take a position on the city's troubled bid for the 2024 Games on Friday, even after receiving a request from USOC leaders to let them know as soon as possible.

"I get the fact that everybody would love us to just sort of say 'yea' or 'nay' today, and I appreciate the fact that the timing in all of this is frustrating," Baker said at a news conference, where he fielded several questions about Boston 2024.

A person familiar with the bid told The Associated Press the USOC had asked Baker for an answer by the end of the day



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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 22:30:21 -0600
<![CDATA[RMAC, USA Wrestling will hold league tournament in January]]> http://gazette.com/rmac-usa-wrestling-will-hold-league-tournament-in-january/article/1556170?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rmac-usa-wrestling-will-hold-league-tournament-in-january/article/1556170?custom_click=rss For the first time in 20 years, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference wrestlers will compete in a league tournament.

"We are putting RMAC wrestling back on the map in the region and in the wrestling community," league commissioner Chris Graham said during Thursday's press conference.

USA Wrestling will run the Jan. 31, 2016 event. It will be the first college tournament at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center and the RMAC's first league championship tournament since 1996.

The date was chosen for the day following the two-day Dave Schultz Memorial Invitational to draw family, friends and fans of the Colorado Springs-based league's nine NCAA Division II programs to the neutral site and fill the 2,600-seat



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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:40:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Army ranger Mat Henigsmith works to swap camouflage for red, white and blue]]> http://gazette.com/former-army-ranger-mat-henigsmith-works-to-swap-camouflage-for-red-white-and-blue/article/1556114?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-army-ranger-mat-henigsmith-works-to-swap-camouflage-for-red-white-and-blue/article/1556114?custom_click=rss

Former U.S. Army Ranger Mat Henigsmith accepts challenges wherever he finds them.

Wednesday it was rock climbing. Friday it will be goalball. It was para-triathlon before this week's U.S. Association of Blind Athletes Summer Sports Festival.

Henigsmith knew his world had changed when he was diagnosed as legally blind in February and he could no longer serve in the Army after 13 years. Ever since, he makes sure to never let his poor eyesight - he can see shapes and colors enough to identify someone is wearing a blue shirt - get the better of him emotionally and mentally.

Meeting other veterans means self-pity takes a back seat to inspiration and humility.



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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:29:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Some Special Olympics athletes forced to sleep on gym floor]]> http://gazette.com/some-special-olympics-athletes-forced-to-sleep-on-gym-floor/article/feed/254393?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/some-special-olympics-athletes-forced-to-sleep-on-gym-floor/article/feed/254393?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Special Olympics competitors arriving in Southern California were greeted by a logistics mess that forced many to sleep on a gymnasium floor before they were finally shuttled to their host cities on Wednesday.

At least 1,500 athletes and coaches spent the night at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles after flights and buses arrived late on Tuesday, Special Olympics spokesman Rich Perelman said.

By midday Wednesday, the athletes from Norway, Mexico, Venezuela, Kenya, the Cayman Islands and other countries were on their way to their host cities. That was just in time to clear the campus for the arrival of thousands more scheduled to show up Wednesday afternoon.

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]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:02:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Everything you need to know about Special Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-special-olympics/article/feed/253847?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-special-olympics/article/feed/253847?custom_click=rss

The Special Olympics World Games will bring thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities to Los Angeles this week to compete in more than two dozen sports. Here are some details about the event:

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WHAT IS THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS?

It's an international competition held every four years and alternates between summer and winter games. This year's summer games are July 25 to Aug. 2.

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WHO ARE THE ATHLETES?

People of all athletic abilities compete, and they all have an intellectual disability resulting in certain limitations in cognitive functioning and other skills. The games are open to anyone 8 or older, and each athlete must qualify through a sanctioned regional competition.

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]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:16:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Olympic trial qualifiers Hunter Doerr, Daniel Carr evolve Colorado Springs swimming rivalry into friendship]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-trial-qualifiers-hunter-doerr-daniel-carr-evolve-colorado-springs-swimming-rivalry-into-friendship/article/1555542?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-trial-qualifiers-hunter-doerr-daniel-carr-evolve-colorado-springs-swimming-rivalry-into-friendship/article/1555542?custom_click=rss

Hunter Doerr wasn't sure what he was in for when his friends suggested they play Polish pingpong.

Doerr found out soon enough. Lose a point, get pelted with the pingpong ball.

The opponent on the other end of the table was one he's all too familiar with, though in a different milieu.

Doerr, who graduated from Air Academy this year, and Daniel Carr, set to be a junior at Cheyenne Mountain, will likely room together in the summer of 2016 when the two take to Omaha, Neb., in hopes of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic swim team.

"That might make it a little better," Carr said recently. "I felt if I didn't have a friend it would be a little nerve-wracking. It's going to be so much fun.



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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:48:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Daniel Carr qualifies for 2nd Olympic trials event]]> http://gazette.com/daniel-carr-qualifies-for-2nd-olympic-trials-event/article/1555962?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/daniel-carr-qualifies-for-2nd-olympic-trials-event/article/1555962?custom_click=rss Daniel Carr qualified for his second USA Swimming Olympic trials event on July 15.

The Cheyenne Mountain junior, who already had qualified for the 100-meter backstroke, swam a qualifying time of 2 minutes, 1.73 seconds in the 200 backstroke. The cut time for the trials is 2:03.79.

 

Daniel Carr, Hunter Doerr turn swimming rivalry into friendship

 

The Olympic trials will be June 26-July 3, 2016, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

Carr, 16, qualified for the 100 back as a 15-year-old.

The 2016 Olympics are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.



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Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:43:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Two-time Olympian Jonathan Horton gunning for one more last Olympics in Rio]]> http://gazette.com/two-time-olympian-jonathan-horton-gunning-for-one-more-last-olympics-in-rio/article/1555856?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-time-olympian-jonathan-horton-gunning-for-one-more-last-olympics-in-rio/article/1555856?custom_click=rss

Two-time Olympian Jonathan Horton entered this weekend looking to prove that he has one more Olympics left in him.

"I am pretty humble but I believe I am still one of the top vets in the country," he said.

A bad meet last winter ended a 10-year stint on the U.S. national team and he hoped a good performance at Saturday's men's gymnastics qualifier would prove that poor result was an aberration.

It sure appeared that way at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. The Texan overcame some minor mistakes to place fifth overall at the six-event competition and qualify for the elite-level P&G Gymnastics Championships in Indianapolis Aug. 13-16.

"I have never competed in this meet before because as a member of the



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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 07:37:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Women's air pistol 'poster child' is from Colorado, barely a teen and on the rise]]> http://gazette.com/womens-air-pistol-poster-child-is-from-colorado-barely-a-teen-and-on-the-rise/article/1555766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/womens-air-pistol-poster-child-is-from-colorado-barely-a-teen-and-on-the-rise/article/1555766?custom_click=rss

Three thoughts went through Carson Saabye's head after her third-place finish in women's air pistol at the USA Shooting National Championships.

When the 13-year-old found out her score made her the youngest-ever member of the USA Shooting national team, there was a "Wow." Another "wow" when she learned that meant she was on the USA Shooting World Cup team.

"When they invited her in for the mandatory drug test, she kind of went 'whoa,'" her father, Eric Saabye, said.

The opportunities Carson has in front of her - to work with USA Shooting coaches and, of course, possibly qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro - are still a bit shocking for the girl from Larkspur.



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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:53:19 -0600
<![CDATA[OTC gymnast Chris Brooks ready to shake off latest injury in bid for Rio]]> http://gazette.com/otc-gymnast-chris-brooks-ready-to-shake-off-latest-injury-in-bid-for-rio/article/1555764?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/otc-gymnast-chris-brooks-ready-to-shake-off-latest-injury-in-bid-for-rio/article/1555764?custom_click=rss U.S. gymnast Chris Brooks is used to proving himself again and again.

The former men's gymnastics national team member and 2012 London Olympic alternate has recovered from a shoulder injury - the latest of many such setbacks - to join the 60 other men vying for a berth in the Proctor and Gamble championships Aug. 13-16 in Indianapolis.

He gets his chance to show he has regained his elite form at a qualifier at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. The senior level men compete in two sessions Saturday while the junior men also compete Sunday morning.

Brooks has overcome a myriad injuries, as many gymnasts have, so he took the latest in stride.

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]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Caitlyn Jenner speaks truth and this truth bothers some Americans]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-caitlyn-jenner-speaks-truth-and-this-truth-bothers-some-americans/article/1555709?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-caitlyn-jenner-speaks-truth-and-this-truth-bothers-some-americans/article/1555709?custom_click=rss

Caitlyn Jenner will spend the rest of her life dividing Americans.

Many will applaud her. Many will see her as a courageous symbol, a trailblazer.

Others will see her as a symbol of our nation's continuing collapse. Trust me on this one: I've heard from several of Jenner's critics.

But there is value in the words of The Person Once Known As Bruce Jenner.

"If you want to call me names, make jokes and doubt my intentions, go ahead because the reality is I can take it," Jenner said Wednesday night as she accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS. "But for thousands of kids out there coming to terms with the reality of who they are they shouldn't have to take it."

Cruelty is unacceptable and



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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:47:22 -0600
<![CDATA[WATCH: Emotional Caitlyn Jenner accepts Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs]]> http://gazette.com/watch-emotional-caitlyn-jenner-accepts-ashe-courage-award-at-espys/article/1555690?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-emotional-caitlyn-jenner-accepts-ashe-courage-award-at-espys/article/1555690?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES — Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs on Wednesday night while urging acceptance for others who are transgender.

She received a standing ovation from some of the sporting world's biggest stars after her 10-minute speech during the annual awards honoring the year's top athletes and moments.

"This transition has been harder on me than anything I can imagine," said Jenner, who revealed she was in the process of becoming a woman in a televised interview with Diane Sawyer in April on ABC.

From the stage, Jenner thanked Sawyer, whom she called a friend.



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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:10:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Missy Franklin wins 2015 ESPY for Best Female College Athlete]]> http://gazette.com/missy-franklin-wins-2015-espy-for-best-female-college-athlete/article/1555695?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/missy-franklin-wins-2015-espy-for-best-female-college-athlete/article/1555695?custom_click=rss Olympic champion swimmer Missy Franklin won an ESPY for Best Female College Athlete after leading California-Berkeley to a 2015 NCAA team championship and picking up additional titles in the 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke and individual medley.

She, unfortunately, could not attend the award ceremony.

Franklin announced in March that she would leave Cal after two yearsand turn pro.



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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:25:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Bruce Jenner's 1984 Olympic Torch going on auction block]]> http://gazette.com/bruce-jenners-1984-olympic-torch-going-on-auction-block/article/feed/249989?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bruce-jenners-1984-olympic-torch-going-on-auction-block/article/feed/249989?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — The 1984 Summer Olympic Torch that Bruce Jenner carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada, is going on the auction block where it could fetch $20,000 or more.

It's the first major piece of Jenner memorabilia to go to auction since the winner of the 1976 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal became Caitlyn Jenner.

The 24-inch torch, featuring a brass finish and leather handle, is being offered by Heritage Auctions at its Platinum Night Sports Auction in Chicago on July 30. The seller is Bob Lorsch, a Los Angeles philanthropist and entrepreneur who orchestrated the Tahoe leg of the torch relay and secured Jenner's participation.

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]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:51:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Boston 2024 Olympics organizers update $4.6B bid]]> http://gazette.com/boston-2024-olympics-organizers-update-4.6b-bid/article/feed/247720?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boston-2024-olympics-organizers-update-4.6b-bid/article/feed/247720?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games on Monday, unveiling a $4.6 billion plan it says would create thousands of jobs and housing units, expand the city's tax base and leave behind a vastly-improved regional transit system — all with a $210 million surplus.

The announcement was designed to answer critics who say the privately funded Boston 2024 has withheld details of the bid to prevent the public from assessing whether the games could be staged, as promised, without the need for taxpayer money.

The so-called "Bid 2.0" comes as Boston 2024 organizers head to San Francisco for a critical meeting before the U.S. Olympic Committ

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