<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/olympics Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:12:53 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Sion Olympic bid official Constantin steps aside]]> http://gazette.com/sion-olympic-bid-official-constantin-steps-aside/article/feed/495199?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sion-olympic-bid-official-constantin-steps-aside/article/feed/495199?custom_click=rss

GENEVA (AP) — A senior official with Sion's bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics stepped down Friday while being investigated by the Swiss soccer league over a physical confrontation with a television analyst.

Sion soccer club president Christian Constantin was filmed confronting Rolf Fringer — a former coach of Switzerland's national team — after his team won at Lugano on Thursday.

The Swiss soccer league said it "vehemently condemns such behavior" and asked its disciplinary commission to investigate.

"The FC Sion president confirmed the facts in a television interview," the league said in a statement.

Constantin told Fringer's TV network that the analyst deserved the "kick in the backside" he got for recen

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]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:10:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Team USA rules out including NHL draft-eligible prospects]]> http://gazette.com/team-usa-rules-out-including-nhl-draft-eligible-prospects/article/feed/495031?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/team-usa-rules-out-including-nhl-draft-eligible-prospects/article/feed/495031?custom_click=rss BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — General manager Jim Johannson ruled out the possibility of the U.S. men's hockey team having NHL draft-eligible prospects competing at the Winter Olympics in February.

Johannson told The Associated Press on Thursday he doesn't view anyone from the 18-and-younger pool of prospects capable of cracking the projected lineup of non-NHL players, many of whom are opening this season on teams in Europe.

"We're going to be too good," said Johannson, who is also USA Hockey's assistant executive director. "There's no quote-unquote underage kids that could make this level of a team."

Though much of the team will be comprised of former NHL players, Johannson said his staff is targeting a number of established

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]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:14:55 -0600 <![CDATA[NHL taps new market, plays 1st preseason game in China]]> http://gazette.com/nhl-taps-new-market-plays-1st-preseason-game-in-china/article/feed/494965?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nhl-taps-new-market-plays-1st-preseason-game-in-china/article/feed/494965?custom_click=rss

SHANGHAI (AP) — A golden dragon was held aloft on poles by skaters. Kobe Bryant appeared on video. NHL mascots gave the crowd a primer on what this odd game is all about.

NHL preseason hockey made its debut in China — a 5-2 victory by the Los Angeles Kings over the Vancouver Canucks — in a step by the league to crack an immense market.

The fans in Shanghai got a fast and physical display Thursday — 17 power plays and 57 shots on goal, all met with loud cheers. Each hard check drew a collective "oooh" or "aaah."

"Obviously, you wanted to put on a show for the fans here and they got to see some goals, too," said Vancouver forward Sven Baertschi, who scored the Canucks' first goal.

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]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:52:52 -0600 <![CDATA[NHL hoping to make inroads in China with preseason games]]> http://gazette.com/nhl-hoping-to-make-inroads-in-china-with-preseason-games/article/feed/494635?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nhl-hoping-to-make-inroads-in-china-with-preseason-games/article/feed/494635?custom_click=rss

SHANGHAI (AP) — As the Vancouver Canucks held their first practice in Shanghai before their exhibition game with the Los Angeles Kings, a dense fog settled over the ice. The humidity in the arena was high and the players could barely see the puck.

Large dehumidifiers were rolled in and the mist eventually cleared, but the NHL has perhaps a bigger visibility problem in China — a country with little tradition of winter sports, hockey included. The league is hoping to turn that around with a major push in the country, beginning with its first two preseason games between the Canucks and Kings in Shanghai and Beijing this week.

The timing couldn't be better for the NHL.

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]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:13:24 -0600 <![CDATA[South Korea Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/south-korea-pyeongchang-2018-winter-olympics/article/feed/494799?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-korea-pyeongchang-2018-winter-olympics/article/feed/494799?custom_click=rss South Korean Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Do Jong-hwan, center, Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Lee Hee-beom, right, and Gangwon Province Vice Gov. Song Suk-doo stand with the silver, gold and bronze medals for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics during an unveiling ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. South Korea's Pyeongchang is the host city of the winter games which will be held from February 2018.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:05:13 -0600
<![CDATA[PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/pyeongchang-2018-winter-olympics/article/feed/494781?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pyeongchang-2018-winter-olympics/article/feed/494781?custom_click=rss An Olympic silver medal hangs on display during an unveiling ceremony for the medals which will be awarded during the upcoming Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in New York.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:04:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Smith leads US women's gymnastics world championship team]]> http://gazette.com/smith-leads-us-womens-gymnastics-world-championship-team/article/feed/494780?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/smith-leads-us-womens-gymnastics-world-championship-team/article/feed/494780?custom_click=rss INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — National champion Ragan Smith and Olympic alternate Ashton Locklear will lead the U.S. women's gymnastics team to the world championships in Montreal next month.

Jade Carey and Morgan Hurd also will compete for the four-woman U.S. team when the event begins on Oct. 4. Jordan Chiles, who finished runner-up to Smith at the national championships in August, will serve as the alternate.

Smith and Locklear were both alternates for the 2016 Olympic team. Smith cruised to the all-around title at the national championships, beating the rest of the field by more than three points.

Riley McCusker, who finished third behind Smith, was forced to withdraw from the national selection camp due to injury.

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]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:33:03 -0600 <![CDATA[AP Interview: Phelps has 'no desire' to return to swimming]]> http://gazette.com/ap-interview-phelps-has-no-desire-to-return-to-swimming/article/feed/494364?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-interview-phelps-has-no-desire-to-return-to-swimming/article/feed/494364?custom_click=rss

Michael Phelps wondered if watching others compete at the world championships would pique his desire for another comeback.

Nope.

Phelps said Tuesday he has "no desire" to return to competitive swimming, but he is eager to stay involved with the sport and cheer on those who follow in his enormous wake.

In an interview with The Associated Press while promoting a healthy pet food campaign, Phelps said he is excited about having his second child and building a life beyond swimming.

"For me, it's about being happy where I am and happy where my family is," Phelps said. "We have more goals we want to accomplish outside the sport.

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]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:32:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Van Vleuten captures world cycling time trial championship]]> http://gazette.com/van-vleuten-captures-world-cycling-time-trial-championship/article/feed/494405?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/van-vleuten-captures-world-cycling-time-trial-championship/article/feed/494405?custom_click=rss BERGEN, Norway (AP) — Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten, whose harrowing crash at the Rio Olympics left her with a broken back, won the women's time trial at the road cycling world championships on Tuesday.

Van Vleuten covered the 21.1 kilometer course in 28 minutes, 50.35 seconds to edge compatriot and Olympic road race champion Anna van der Breggen by 12 seconds. Katrin Garfoot of Australia was 19 seconds off the pace to take the bronze medal.

American rider Lauren Stephens set the fastest time early, but van der Breggen soon knocked her from the top spot. But it wasn't until van Vleuten scorched the course that the pecking order changed.

U.S. star Chloe Dygert was fourth and Ellen van Dijk of the Netherlands was f

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]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:18:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Romario seeks senate probe into Rio Olympic organizer Nuzman]]> http://gazette.com/romario-seeks-senate-probe-into-rio-olympic-organizer-nuzman/article/feed/494357?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/romario-seeks-senate-probe-into-rio-olympic-organizer-nuzman/article/feed/494357?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian Senator Romario de Souza Faria, the star of Brazil's 1994 World Cup winning team, hopes to open a congressional investigation into Carlos Nuzman, who headed the local organizing committee of last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Nuzman, an honorary IOC member, was held for questioning earlier this month by Brazilian and French authorities in an alleged vote-buying scheme to land the Olympics for Brazil. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Romario's office told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the former Barcelona star wants to confirm a "preliminary committee of inquiry" by the end of the week.

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]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:48:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Phelps-Interview Swimming]]> http://gazette.com/phelps-interview-swimming/article/feed/494358?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/phelps-interview-swimming/article/feed/494358?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, United States' swimmer Michael Phelps celebrates winning his gold medal in the men's 200-meter butterfly with his fiance Nicole Johnson and baby Boomer during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Phelps says he has "no desire" to return to competitive swimming, but he's eager to stay involved with the sport and cheer on those who follow in his enormous wake.

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:00:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Phelps Interview Swimming]]> http://gazette.com/phelps-interview-swimming/article/feed/494359?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/phelps-interview-swimming/article/feed/494359?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2016, file photo United States swimmer Michael Phelps encourages his teammates in the final of the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Phelps says he has "no desire" to return to competitive swimming, but he's eager to stay involved with the sport and cheer on those who follow in his enormous wake.

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:00:21 -0600
<![CDATA[3-time Olympic cyclist Sarah Hammer retires from riding ]]> http://gazette.com/3-time-olympic-cyclist-sarah-hammer-retires-from-riding/article/1611419?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-time-olympic-cyclist-sarah-hammer-retires-from-riding/article/1611419?custom_click=rss

COLORADO SPRINGS — Three-time Olympian Sarah Hammer, one of the most decorated track cyclists in U.S. history, is retiring after a prolific career spanning more than two decades.

The 34-year-old Hammer announced Monday that she's stepping away from competitive riding to focus on the training facility that she founded in Colorado Springs with her coach and husband, Andy Sparks.

Hammer began riding at age 8 and won her first junior title in 1995. She briefly walked away from the sport in 2003, citing burnout, but returned to make the U.S. team for the 2008 Beijing Games.

Focusing on endurance events, Hammer won four Olympic medals and eight world titles and set two world records.



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Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:23:57 -0600
<![CDATA[3-time Olympic cyclist Sarah Hammer retires from riding]]> http://gazette.com/3-time-olympic-cyclist-sarah-hammer-retires-from-riding/article/feed/494072?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-time-olympic-cyclist-sarah-hammer-retires-from-riding/article/feed/494072?custom_click=rss

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Three-time Olympian Sarah Hammer, one of the most decorated track cyclists in U.S. history, is retiring after a prolific career spanning more than two decades.

The 34-year-old Hammer announced Monday that she's stepping away from competitive riding to focus on the training facility that she founded in Colorado Springs with her coach and husband, Andy Sparks.

Hammer began riding at age 8 and won her first junior title in 1995. She briefly walked away from the sport in 2003, citing burnout, but returned to make the U.S. team for the 2008 Beijing Games.

Focusing on endurance events, Hammer won four Olympic medals and eight world titles and set two world records.

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]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:39:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Hamnmer Retires Cycling]]> http://gazette.com/hamnmer-retires-cycling/article/feed/494088?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hamnmer-retires-cycling/article/feed/494088?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2012, file photo, Jennie Reed, left, Sarah Hammer, center, and Laurie Tamayo, right, of the United States show their silver medals for the track cycling women's pursuit team event during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Three-time Olympian Sarah Hammer, one of the most decorated track cyclists in U.S. history, is retiring after a prolific career spanning more than two decades. The 34-year-old Hammer announced Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, that she's stepping away from competitive riding to focus on the training facility that she founded in Colorado Springs with her coach and husband, Andy Sparks.

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Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:36:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Hammer Retires Cycling]]> http://gazette.com/hammer-retires-cycling/article/feed/494089?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hammer-retires-cycling/article/feed/494089?custom_click=rss FILE - In this April 16, 2016, file photo, Sarah Hammer of the United States celebrates after the women's omnium cycling time trial at the Rio Olympic Velodrome during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Three-time Olympian Sarah Hammer, one of the most decorated track cyclists in U.S. history, is retiring after a prolific career spanning more than two decades. The 34-year-old Hammer announced Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, that she's stepping away from competitive riding to focus on the training facility that she founded in Colorado Springs with her coach and husband, Andy Sparks.

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Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:33:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Los Angeles officially awarded 2028 Olympic Games, and Paris in 2024]]> http://gazette.com/los-angeles-officially-awarded-2028-olympic-games-and-paris-in-2024/article/1611079?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/los-angeles-officially-awarded-2028-olympic-games-and-paris-in-2024/article/1611079?custom_click=rss

LIMA, Peru (AP) — This was one of those rare Olympic moments where everyone walked away a winner.

Paris for 2024. Los Angeles for 2028. And the International Olympic Committee for transforming an unruly bidding process to lock down its future by choosing not one, but two Summer Olympics hosts at the same time.

The IOC put the rubber stamp on a pre-determined conclusion Wednesday, giving Paris the 2024 Games and LA the 2028 Games in a history-making vote.

The decision marks the first time the IOC has granted two Summer Olympics at once. It came after a year's worth of scrambling by IOC president Thomas Bach, who had only the two bidders left for the original prize, 2024, and couldn't bear to see either lose.



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Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:38:26 -0600
<![CDATA[College basketball tournament to debut at Olympic Training Center in 2018]]> http://gazette.com/college-basketball-tournament-to-debut-at-olympic-training-center-in-2018/article/1611022?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/college-basketball-tournament-to-debut-at-olympic-training-center-in-2018/article/1611022?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs will attempt to leverage its status as “Olympic City USA” to launch a college basketball tournament here beginning in 2018.

The Rocky Mountain Challenge will be held in late November and feature three-day, eight-team tournaments for women, followed by the same format for the men in much the same style as the Maui Invitational.

The unique element to this event is the games will be held at the Olympic Training Center and the participating teams will be housed on site along with Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

The Mountain West – which will be guaranteed a team in the field – is serving as a co-host of the event with the OTC and the city’s Olympic City USA venture.



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