<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/olympics Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:43:09 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[US women's hockey agreement could have far-reaching impact]]> http://gazette.com/us-womens-hockey-agreement-could-have-far-reaching-impact/article/feed/452248?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-womens-hockey-agreement-could-have-far-reaching-impact/article/feed/452248?custom_click=rss

Cammi Granato's biggest victory in hockey came 12 years after she retired.

When USA Hockey and the women's national team agreed to a contract Tuesday night that ended a wage dispute, Granato couldn't put her happiness into words.

The Hockey Hall of Famer and her teammates staged a similar fight in 2000 without success, and she hopes the current team's progress paves the way for the future of women's hockey and even other sports.

"It's bigger than any victory that we've had in USA Hockey," said Granato, who won the gold medal in 1998 with the U.S. at the first Olympics with women's hockey. "I just think it's such a positive, positive day for women's hockey, women's sports and women in general."

Granato and lawmaker

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]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:51:48 -0600 <![CDATA[NHL staging preseason games in China between Kings, Canucks]]> http://gazette.com/nhl-staging-preseason-games-in-china-between-kings-canucks/article/feed/452252?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nhl-staging-preseason-games-in-china-between-kings-canucks/article/feed/452252?custom_click=rss

BEIJING (AP) — The NHL will play its first games in China this fall when the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks meet in Beijing and Shanghai.

The preseason games will take place Sept. 21 in Shanghai and Sept. 23 in Beijing. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the launch of the NHL China Games at a news conference Thursday morning at Le Sports Center.

China is expected to be a large focus of the league's international ventures. Next season, the NHL is playing two regular-season games in Sweden between the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators.

Bettman called it a historic moment for the league and said the NHL's commitment to China goes beyond the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:51:14 -0600 <![CDATA[David Ramsey: Watch out, Canada. Peace has arrived in American women's hockey]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-watch-out-canada.-peace-has-arrived-in-american-womens-hockey/article/1599958?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-watch-out-canada.-peace-has-arrived-in-american-womens-hockey/article/1599958?custom_click=rss

After a verbal battle that included overblown and highly entertaining charges and counter-charges, the female players and the powers of USA Hockey have settled their differences and turned their freshly unified view to the glories of tomorrow.

World domination is probable.

Watch out, Canadian women's hockey team.

"I have great belief in our future," USA Hockey CEO Dave Ogrean said Wednesday morning from his Colorado Springs office.

I share his confidence. The women's Canadian-United States hockey rivalry ranks among the world's best. At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the rivals battled in a dramatic and epic classic, with the Canadians skating to overtime victory.



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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:02:18 -0600
<![CDATA[AVP schedule is out, no commitment (yet) from Walsh Jennings]]> http://gazette.com/avp-schedule-is-out-no-commitment-yet-from-walsh-jennings/article/feed/452179?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/avp-schedule-is-out-no-commitment-yet-from-walsh-jennings/article/feed/452179?custom_click=rss

Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings has not yet committed to play in AVP events this summer, leading the domestic beach volleyball tour to announce its 2017 schedule without including the game's top draw among "the most respected names in the sport" who are expected to participate.

"We're in contract negotiations and we're pretty far off right now," Walsh Jennings said in a text message to The Associated Press. "We are working toward a win-win for everyone & the sport."

A three-time Olympic champion who won the bronze medal with partner April Ross at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Walsh Jennings has been vocal arguing for athletes' rights in the national governing body and the domestic tour.

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:23:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Turkish runners to lose 3 Olympic medals for doping]]> http://gazette.com/turkish-runners-to-lose-3-olympic-medals-for-doping/article/feed/452157?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/turkish-runners-to-lose-3-olympic-medals-for-doping/article/feed/452157?custom_click=rss MONACO (AP) — Turkish runners Elvan Abeylegesse and Gamze Bulut were banned for doping Wednesday and stand to lose their Olympic silver medals.

Abeylegesse tested positive for the banned steroid stanozolol in a retest of a sample she gave at the 2007 world championships. She was banned for two years by the IAAF and had her results wiped out from 2007-09.

Abeylegesse won Olympic silver medals in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the 2008 Beijing Games and silver in the 10,000 at the 2007 world championships.

American runner Shalane Flanagan stands to get the silver medal in the 10,000, with third for Linet Chepkwemoi Masai of Kenya. In the 5,000, Meseret Defar of Ethiopia would get silver and Sylvia Kibet of Kenya would g

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:23:21 -0600 <![CDATA[AVP-Walsh Jennings Beach Volleybal]]> http://gazette.com/avp-walsh-jennings-beach-volleybal/article/feed/452188?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/avp-walsh-jennings-beach-volleybal/article/feed/452188?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2016, file photo, United States' Kerri Walsh Jennings awaits a serve against Australia during a women's beach volleyball quarterfinal match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The five-time Olympian Kerri has not yet committed to play in AVP events this summer, leading the domestic beach volleyball tour to announce its 2017 schedule without including the game’s top draw among “the most respected names in the sport” who are expected to participate.

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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:41:32 -0600
<![CDATA[USA Hockey, women reach agreement; seek growth for sport]]> http://gazette.com/usa-hockey-women-reach-agreement-seek-growth-for-sport/article/feed/452130?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-hockey-women-reach-agreement-seek-growth-for-sport/article/feed/452130?custom_click=rss

Just three days before hosting the world championships, USA Hockey and the women's national team reached an agreement to end a wage dispute and avoid a boycott on home ice.

The four-year deal finalized Tuesday night pays players beyond the six-month Olympic period, up to $129,000 if they win Olympic gold and improves development of the sport.

"We didn't want to settle for something that wasn't going to push women's hockey as far as we thought it was able to go," U.S. captain Meghan Duggan said by phone. "Really excited about what this brings for the future of women's hockey."

The deal means players will be on the ice Friday in Plymouth, Michigan, to begin their title defense against archrival Canada.

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:10:11 -0600 <![CDATA[US Wage Boycott Hockey]]> http://gazette.com/us-wage-boycott-hockey/article/feed/450387?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-wage-boycott-hockey/article/feed/450387?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2014, file photo, Meghan Duggan of the United States looks up during a face off during the second period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women's semifinal ice hockey game against Sweden at Shayba Arena in Sochi, Russia. USA Hockey has reached a wage agreement with women's national team players to avoid a boycott of the world championships. USA Hockey announced the agreement Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:26:05 -0600
<![CDATA[North Korean ice hockey team permitted to compete in South]]> http://gazette.com/north-korean-ice-hockey-team-permitted-to-compete-in-south/article/feed/452119?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/north-korean-ice-hockey-team-permitted-to-compete-in-south/article/feed/452119?custom_click=rss SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has approved the North Korean women's ice hockey team to compete in an international event next month at Gangneung, a venue for the 2018 Olympics.

Seoul's Unification Ministry on Wednesday said the North Korean team would be permitted to stay from April 1-9 to participate in the group rounds of the Ice Hockey Women's World Championship.

North Korean athletes haven't competed in South Korea since the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon.

Relations between the rival Koreas have significantly worsened over the past year after a series of rocket launches by North Korea.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:58:12 -0600 <![CDATA[USA Hockey, women's players reach agreement to avoid boycott]]> http://gazette.com/usa-hockey-womens-players-reach-agreement-to-avoid-boycott/article/feed/452116?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-hockey-womens-players-reach-agreement-to-avoid-boycott/article/feed/452116?custom_click=rss USA Hockey and the women's national team reached an agreement to end a wage dispute and avoid a boycott of the world championships on home ice that would've been a black eye for the sport.

Players and USA Hockey finalized the deal Tuesday night and announced it in a joint statement just three days before the tournament begins in Plymouth, Michigan. It's a four-year agreement that pays players beyond just the six-month Olympic period.

"It's going to be a turning point for women's hockey in the U.S. (and) I feel like a turning point for women's hockey in the world," star forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson said by phone.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:22:21 -0600 <![CDATA[NBC to show Winter Olympics in all time zones at same time]]> http://gazette.com/nbc-to-show-winter-olympics-in-all-time-zones-at-same-time/article/feed/452114?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nbc-to-show-winter-olympics-in-all-time-zones-at-same-time/article/feed/452114?custom_click=rss STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — NBC says it will broadcast all primetime programming from the Pyeongchang Olympics live across all time zones, a first for the Winter Games.

NBC President of Olympics Production and Programming Jim Bell says the move was made to enhance the "communal experience" of Olympic viewing, and says it "means social media won't be ahead of the action."

The network will have primetime broadcasts at 8 p.m. EST on most nights, followed by local news and then "Primetime Plus" programming with more live coverage.

Pyeongchang, South Korea, will be 14 hours ahead of the East Coast during the Olympics.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:44:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Virtue, Moir team to beat in ice dance at Helsinki worlds]]> http://gazette.com/virtue-moir-team-to-beat-in-ice-dance-at-helsinki-worlds/article/feed/452043?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/virtue-moir-team-to-beat-in-ice-dance-at-helsinki-worlds/article/feed/452043?custom_click=rss

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir returned from a two-year hiatus following their silver medal at the Sochi Olympics to post the two highest ice dance scores of all time, the Canadian power couple making it clear they're still among the best in the world.

They'll be chased at the World Figure Skating Championships by the most dominant nation.

The U.S. is sending a contingent to Helsinki this week led by reigning silver medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani that has every reason to believe it can knock Virtue and Moir from the top step of the podium. Madison Chock and Evan Bates are the reigning bronze medalists, while Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue are coming off silver medals at Skate America and Trophee de France.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:44:06 -0600 <![CDATA[2007 slalom world champion Sarka Strachova retires]]> http://gazette.com/2007-slalom-world-champion-sarka-strachova-retires/article/feed/452023?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2007-slalom-world-champion-sarka-strachova-retires/article/feed/452023?custom_click=rss PRAGUE (AP) — Sarka Strachova, the 2007 slalom world champion, says she is retiring from skiing.

The 32-year-old slalom specialist announced her decision on Tuesday in Prague. She said she had "an extremely inner feeling that the right moment to say goodbye has come."

Besides the gold in Are, Sweden, she also took silver at the 2009 world championships in Val d'Isere, France, and a couple of bronze medals in 2005 and 2015.

At the 2010 Olympics Vancouver, Strachova won bronze.

She won two World Cup slaloms in her career and reached 17 World Cup podiums. In her final season, Strachova finished as the sixth best in the discipline.

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]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:09:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Senators urge USA Hockey to end dispute with women's team]]> http://gazette.com/senators-urge-usa-hockey-to-end-dispute-with-womens-team/article/feed/451897?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senators-urge-usa-hockey-to-end-dispute-with-womens-team/article/feed/451897?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure is mounting on USA Hockey in its wage dispute with the women's national team.

On Monday, 16 U.S. senators wrote a letter to executive director Dave Ogrean, urging him to resolve the matter. The message came four days before the start of the women's world championship, which players threatened to boycott if significant progress was not made toward an agreement.

USA Hockey's board of directors held a meeting Monday afternoon, but had not emerged with a resolution as of late Monday night. Players said Sunday in a statement that they were hopeful USA Hockey would agree to what was hammered out after 10-plus hours of in-person talks a week ago.

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]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:11:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Senate panel releases USOC abuse-prevention documents]]> http://gazette.com/senate-panel-releases-usoc-abuse-prevention-documents/article/feed/451913?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-panel-releases-usoc-abuse-prevention-documents/article/feed/451913?custom_click=rss In advance of a hearing that could reshape sex abuse reporting guidelines in Olympic sports, a Senate panel released more than 330 pages about the U.S. Olympic Committee's efforts to make sports safe for children.

The hearing is for a bill co-sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that calls for organizations overseeing Olympic sports to immediately report sex-abuse allegations to appropriate law enforcement or child-welfare authorities.

Earlier this month, CEO Steve Penny of USA Gymnastics resigned under pressure because of the federation's handling of a number of abuse cases. Feinstein has been among those who are critical of how USA Gymnastics has reacted to the cases.

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]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:54:52 -0600 <![CDATA[NHL poised to skate into China, hockey's next frontier]]> http://gazette.com/nhl-poised-to-skate-into-china-hockeys-next-frontier/article/feed/451906?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nhl-poised-to-skate-into-china-hockeys-next-frontier/article/feed/451906?custom_click=rss

When Andong Song started playing hockey in China at age 6, he wore figure skates on his feet and had to use the straight parts of short-track speedskating rinks for practice.

His father brought back equipment from his travels one piece at a time, and his family moved to Canada a few years later so he could pursue a career in the sport. Song, the first Chinese player selected in the NHL draft, envisions a day when that sort of cross-global exodus is no longer necessary for kids growing up in China.

That could be coming soon with the NHL looking at China as hockey's next great frontier. With the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China is eager to step up its game and the league is intrigued by the potential of a new nontradition

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]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:44:35 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Olympic Museum project nearing final hurdles]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-olympic-museum-project-nearing-final-hurdles/article/1599514?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-olympic-museum-project-nearing-final-hurdles/article/1599514?custom_click=rss

Faced with an end-of-the-month deadline to complete fundraising for their $75 million project and still short of donations, U.S. Olympic Museum officials say they've obtained financial help from major contributors and expect to start site work in the next two weeks.

The museum, designed as a showcase for the nation's Olympic and Paralympic movements through exhibits and displays, is being counted on by community leaders to boost area tourism and inject life into southwest downtown Colorado Springs.

Museum officials conceded Wednesday they're still raising funds for the project, planned for 1.7 acres at Vermijo Avenue and Sierra Madre Street.



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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:05:41 -0600
<![CDATA[USA gymnastics president resigns amid sexual abuse scandal]]> http://gazette.com/usa-gymnastics-president-resigns-amid-sexual-abuse-scandal/article/1599064?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usa-gymnastics-president-resigns-amid-sexual-abuse-scandal/article/1599064?custom_click=rss

Steve Penny has resigned as president of USA Gymnastics following intensified pressure on the organization for its handling of sex abuse cases.

The resignation came a week after the Colorado Springs-based United States Olympic Committee's board sent a recommendation to USA Gymnastics chairman Paul Parilla requesting Penny step down.

The organization said Penny informed them of the decision in a conference call.



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