<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/olympics Sun, 29 May 2016 13:11:30 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[World Health Organization rejects call to postpone Rio Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/world-health-organization-rejects-call-to-postpone-rio-olympics/article/1577063?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/world-health-organization-rejects-call-to-postpone-rio-olympics/article/1577063?custom_click=rss

BERLIN — The World Health Organization says there is "no public health justification" for postponing or canceling the Rio Summer Olympics because of the Zika outbreak in Brazil.

The assessment, in a statement early Saturday, came a day after 150 health experts issued an open letter to the U.N. health agency calling for the games to be delayed or relocated "in the name of public health."

Friday's letter cited recent scientific evidence that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects , most notably babies born with abnormally small heads. In adults, it can cause neurological problems, including a rare syndrome that can be fatal or result in temporary paralysis.

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Sat, 28 May 2016 07:48:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Health experts urge WHO to consider moving Rio Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/health-experts-urge-who-to-consider-moving-rio-olympics/article/1577031?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/health-experts-urge-who-to-consider-moving-rio-olympics/article/1577031?custom_click=rss

LONDON — Health experts on Friday urged the World Health Organization to consider whether the Rio de Janeiro Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak.

The 150 experts — including former White House science adviser Dr. Philip Rubin — issued an open letter to the U.N. health agency, calling for the games to be delayed or relocated "in the name of public health."

The letter cited recent scientific evidence that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects,most notably babies born with abnormally small heads. In adults, it can cause neurological problems, including a rare syndrome that can be fatal or result in temporary paralysis.

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Fri, 27 May 2016 23:11:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: It's an Olympic-sized task to master the mind]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-its-an-olympic-sized-task-to-master-the-mind/article/1576925?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-its-an-olympic-sized-task-to-master-the-mind/article/1576925?custom_click=rss

Part of the secret to winning is to not think too much about winning.

This is true when you're battling your little brother in the family's one-on-one basketball championship, and there's no one watching.

And this is true when you're seeking a gold medal, and much of the world is watching.

Peter Haberl works for the psychology team at the Olympic Training Center. He encourages American athletes to recognize the immense, potentially crippling pressure they will encounter when seeking a medal.

The key, he says, is to recognize the pressure, wrestle with it, push it aside and focus on doing the best you can under the worst of conditions.

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Wed, 25 May 2016 22:31:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Why Jim Craig is selling his 1980 Miracle on Ice memorabilia, including his gold medal]]> http://gazette.com/why-jim-craig-is-selling-his-1980-miracle-on-ice-memorabilia-including-his-gold-medal/article/1576822?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/why-jim-craig-is-selling-his-1980-miracle-on-ice-memorabilia-including-his-gold-medal/article/1576822?custom_click=rss

Jim Craig became a part of history when he helped lead the U.S. hockey team that shocked the world by defeating the heavily favored Soviets at Lake Placid en route to a Olympic gold in 1980. Now, the goalie on that Miracle on Ice team is giving others a chance to own a piece of that history.

Craig announced he would be auctioning off nearly all of his Olympics memorabilia through the sports memorabilia company Leland's to help provide for his family and donate some of the money to various charities.

"I don't really feel as though they were just mine. I think I was a representative of something that was really special," Craig told the Daily News.

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Tue, 24 May 2016 16:52:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Ray Essick, 1st executive director of USA Swimming, dies]]> http://gazette.com/ray-essick-1st-executive-director-of-usa-swimming-dies/article/1576733?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ray-essick-1st-executive-director-of-usa-swimming-dies/article/1576733?custom_click=rss COLORADO SPRINGS — Ray Essick, the first executive director of USA Swimming, has died. He was 82.

He died Saturday at a care facility in Colorado Springs, according to USA Swimming, which learned of his death from a family friend. No cause was given Sunday.

Essick guided the sport's U.S. governing body from its formation in 1980 until his retirement in 1997, when Chuck Wielgus took over. Previously, Essick led the swimming committee for the AAU.

"Ray Essick led our sport through a period of enormous growth and prosperity," Wielgus said. "He brought his passion as a coach and his drive for success to his role as USA Swimming's first executive director. He was a mentor and a dear friend.

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Mon, 23 May 2016 16:23:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Brother of Brussels bomber to represent Belgium at Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/brother-of-brussels-bomber-to-represent-belgium-at-olympics/article/1576607?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brother-of-brussels-bomber-to-represent-belgium-at-olympics/article/1576607?custom_click=rss

Mourad Laachraoui, the brother of one of two suicide bombers who attacked the Brussels airport in March, will represent Belgium at the Rio Olympics in the Taekwondo competition.

Laachraoui, 21, won gold at the European Taekwondo Championships in Montreux, Switzerland, on Friday and will compete in the under-59 kg category in Brazil. He will be on a squad of 185 Belgian athletes bound for the August games.

His older brother, Najim, 24, was one of two suicide bombers who blew themselves up at Brussels airport in the March 22 terrorist attacks that left 32 people dead.

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Sat, 21 May 2016 22:17:38 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: Hoketsu misses chance to become oldest Olympian]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-hoketsu-misses-chance-to-become-oldest-olympian/article/feed/351216?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-hoketsu-misses-chance-to-become-oldest-olympian/article/feed/351216?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the Olympic world (all times local):


12:30 p.m.

A 75-year-old Japanese equestrian athlete will not be able to become the oldest competing Olympian of all time in Rio de Janeiro because of an illness to his horse.

Kyodo news agency reported that Hiroshi Hoketsu was unable to meet the criteria to join the qualifying trials for the Japanese team.

Hoketsu, who made his Olympic debut in Tokyo in 1964 and at 71 was the oldest athlete to compete at the 2012 London Games, has been training in the Netherlands and Germany but hadn't been able to take part in competitions after his horse fell ill.

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]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 06:31:20 -0600 <![CDATA[IOC: 31 caught in retests of 2008 Beijing Olympic samples]]> http://gazette.com/ioc-31-caught-in-retests-of-2008-beijing-olympic-samples/article/1576275?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ioc-31-caught-in-retests-of-2008-beijing-olympic-samples/article/1576275?custom_click=rss

LONDON — In a major doping crackdown stretching back eight years, 31 athletes in six sports were caught in retesting of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and other positive cases could emerge from the 2012 London Games, the IOC said Tuesday.

The International Olympic Committee opened disciplinary proceedings against the 31 unidentified athletes from 12 countries who competed in Beijing and were planning to take part in the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.

The positive cases emerged from the recent retesting of 454 doping samples from Beijing with "the very latest scientific analysis methods," the IOC said. The Olympic body stores samples for 10 years to allow for retesting with improved techniques.

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Tue, 17 May 2016 08:29:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Please, let's get real about our fear of Rio Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-please-lets-get-real-about-our-fear-of-rio-olympics/article/1576164?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-please-lets-get-real-about-our-fear-of-rio-olympics/article/1576164?custom_click=rss

David Higgins, a senior at the Air Force Academy, stared out his plane window at a sea of red. He was about to land at the Rio de Janeiro airport in late April, and was flying low over Copacabana Beach.

He saw a crowd of 10,000 gathered on the beach. Men and women wore red shirts while waving red flags to show support for embattled president Dilma Rousseff's Workers' Party.

We're scared, as Americans, about the Rio Olympics. There are mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus lurking down there in Brazil, and political unrest, and street crime, and filthy water and .

Each edition of the Olympics produces an overblown, yet valuable, circus of protest and concern. Please, let's stop this emphasis on extremes and the embrace of

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Mon, 16 May 2016 11:33:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs teens becoming forces for USA Shooting]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-teens-becoming-forces-for-usa-shooting/article/1576163?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-teens-becoming-forces-for-usa-shooting/article/1576163?custom_click=rss

After a full day of school at Colorado Springs Early Colleges, 15-year-old Will Shaner heads to the U.S. Olympic Training Center for hours of practice. Often times, he's nearly alone in the cavernous shooting ranges. Down time at home includes several hours positioned in front of a mirror, training his body and mind.

"It's all I pretty much do," Will said.

"His two full-time jobs are school and shooting," Shaner's dad, coach and chauffeur, Gregory, added. "I'm kind of hoping he starts driving soon."

If he navigates the roads around the OTC with the same focus he gives the sport he loves, Shaner's father has nothing to worry about.

Shaner is one of USA Shooting's rising stars.

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]]> Sun, 15 May 2016 20:20:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Lochte having too much fun right now to think about retiring]]> http://gazette.com/lochte-having-too-much-fun-right-now-to-think-about-retiring/article/1575976?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lochte-having-too-much-fun-right-now-to-think-about-retiring/article/1575976?custom_click=rss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ryan Lochte is having too much fun preparing for Rio Games in three months to even think about competing in his fifth Olympics in 2020.

The 31-year-old Lochte, who has won 11 Olympic medals including five golds, said Thursday at the Arena Pro Swim Series that he thought about quitting "a few times" since the last Olympics four years ago because he stopped having fun.

That has since changed, and retirement is the furthest thing from his mind right now.

"I will stop swimming the day that I stop having fun," Lochte said. "... I found that fun again. I found it back in my swimming. So I can't say that this will be my last Olympics and I can't say that I will go to another one (in four years).

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Thu, 12 May 2016 16:42:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Olympic wrestling body strips Rio entries in meldonium cases]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-wrestling-body-strips-rio-entries-in-meldonium-cases/article/1575893?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-wrestling-body-strips-rio-entries-in-meldonium-cases/article/1575893?custom_click=rss

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland — Wrestling's governing body has stripped Olympic places from countries whose athletes tested positive for meldonium at qualifying tournaments.

United World Wrestling says the United States and India are among teams gaining extra places in Rio de Janeiro Olympic lineups.

In the men's 65-kilogram freestyle class, Armenia and the U.S. now qualify athletes after wrestlers from Poland and Ukraine tested positive at a European tournament in Serbia.

In the 125-kilo class, Bulgaria and Kyrgyzstan replace Ukraine and Belarus.

India gained qualifying places in 85-kilo Greco-Roman and 53-kilo women's classes after doping cases for Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia, respectively.

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Wed, 11 May 2016 15:04:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Rio Olympic Spread: Anything from Halal to Kosher to Kimchi]]> http://gazette.com/rio-olympic-spread-anything-from-halal-to-kosher-to-kimchi/article/feed/347337?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rio-olympic-spread-anything-from-halal-to-kosher-to-kimchi/article/feed/347337?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The dining room for the athletes village at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be bigger than two football fields, and the kitchen being built in the same massive tent will be as large as one.

The setting hints at quite a spread when the games open in just under three months.

"We want to make sure when there is a medal or a record, part of that record also goes to our food team," said Marcello Cordeiro, Rio's director of food and beverages, in an interview with The Associated Press.

At its peak, the athletes village kitchen will prepare 60,000 meals daily, produced from daily shipments of 210,000 kilograms (460,000 pounds) of raw ingredients — all served up on 4 million biodegradable plates for 1

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]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 11:30:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Williams sisters aiming for another Olympic gold in Rio]]> http://gazette.com/williams-sisters-aiming-for-another-olympic-gold-in-rio/article/feed/346688?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/williams-sisters-aiming-for-another-olympic-gold-in-rio/article/feed/346688?custom_click=rss

ROME (AP) — The Williams sisters are making another run for Olympic gold.

The winningest team in Olympic tennis history has entered the doubles draw at this week's Italian Open to kick off their preparations for the Rio de Janeiro Games.

It will mark the first time that Serena and Venus Williams have played doubles together since the 2014 U.S. Open.

"Obviously we would love to play in the Olympics. I love playing with Venus. She's the best partner, and hopefully she feels the same about me. We make a great team," Serena said Sunday. "Hopefully we'll be able to at least win a couple of matches here, just shake off the dust and keep playing."

The Williams sisters already have three golds in doubles, from the 2000,

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]]> Sun, 08 May 2016 09:14:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Rousseff lights Olympic flame as protesters hit the streets]]> http://gazette.com/rousseff-lights-olympic-flame-as-protesters-hit-the-streets/article/feed/344595?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rousseff-lights-olympic-flame-as-protesters-hit-the-streets/article/feed/344595?custom_click=rss

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's embattled President Dilma Rousseff ignited the Olympic flame on Tuesday, as a nationwide torch relay got underway with protests highlighting the country's deep political and economic crisis.

Rousseff presided over the flame ceremony in Brasilia, even though she faces impeachment and is unlikely to be in office when South America's first Olympics open in less than three months.

"Brazil is ready to host the most successful Olympics in history," Rousseff said in a speech to off the torch relay, which will reach 329 Brazilian cities and end on Aug. 5 at the opening ceremony in Rio's Maracana stadium.

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