<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/olympics Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:26:54 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[US ski team leans on superstars for medals ahead of Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/us-ski-team-leans-on-superstars-for-medals-ahead-of-olympics/article/feed/445847?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-ski-team-leans-on-superstars-for-medals-ahead-of-olympics/article/feed/445847?custom_click=rss

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Dressed as comic book superheroes, American skiers were often merely mortal at the last world championships before the 2018 Olympics.

A tally of three medals — one of each color, all won by female superstars — surely did not rise above expectations from an 11-event program that ended Sunday in the sun-soaked Swiss Alps.

Still, each medal performance was impressive and seems repeatable at the Pyeongchang Winter Games next February.

Mikaela Shiffrin wore her Captain Marvel costume to a huge win in slalom, and a satisfying silver in giant slalom.

Lindsey Vonn took home bronze in downhill that was deserved after a tough 12 months of injuries and fighting for race fitness.

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]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:19:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Olympic 800-meter gold medalist Olizarenko dies at 63]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-800-meter-gold-medalist-olizarenko-dies-at-63/article/feed/445828?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-800-meter-gold-medalist-olizarenko-dies-at-63/article/feed/445828?custom_click=rss KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Nadiya Olizarenko, gold medalist in the women's 800 meters at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, has died. She was 63.

The Ukrainian athletics federation said in a statement that Olizarenko died Saturday "following a long and serious illness," without providing further details.

Running for the Soviet Union, Olizarenko held the world record between 1980 and 1983 and remains the second-fastest woman in history over 800 meters.

She ran her personal best in the 1980 Olympic final, finishing in 1 minute, 53.43 seconds.

As well as winning Olympic gold in Moscow, Olizarenko took bronze in the 1,500 five days later.

She remained a leading middle-distance runner for several years, winning European gold

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]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:19:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Winter Asian Games kick off with opening ceremony in Sapporo]]> http://gazette.com/winter-asian-games-kick-off-with-opening-ceremony-in-sapporo/article/feed/445806?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/winter-asian-games-kick-off-with-opening-ceremony-in-sapporo/article/feed/445806?custom_click=rss SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — The Asian Winter Games officially got underway Sunday with an opening ceremony that united winter athletes from the world's most populous continent.

With the Winter Olympics just a year and a short distance away in South Korea, the continent's leading winter athletes will use the games to fine tune for Pyeongchang 2018.

"These games will show the potential of Asia to the world," Katsuhiro Akimoto, head of Sapporo's organizing committee, said. "We have great expectations for the spectacular athletic performances of over 2,000 athletes."

Among the dignitaries at Sapporo Dome were Crown Prince Naruhito, IOC vice president John Coates and Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sab

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]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 02:32:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Winter Asian Games kick off with opening ceremony in Sapporo]]> http://gazette.com/winter-asian-games-kick-off-with-opening-ceremony-in-sapporo/article/feed/445804?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/winter-asian-games-kick-off-with-opening-ceremony-in-sapporo/article/feed/445804?custom_click=rss SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — The Asian Winter Games officially got underway on Sunday with an opening ceremony that united winter athletes from the world's most populous continent.

Among the dignitaries present at Sapporo Dome were Crown Prince Naruhito, IOC vice president John Coates and Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah.

With the Winter Olympics just a year and a short distance away, the continent's leading winter athletes will use the games to fine tune for Pyeongchang 2018.

The games run through Feb. 26 and feature more than 2,000 athletes from 31 countries competing in five sports, 11 disciplines and 64 events.

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]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:59:18 -0700 <![CDATA[South Korea ISU Four Continents Figure Skating]]> http://gazette.com/south-korea-isu-four-continents-figure-skating/article/feed/445127?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-korea-isu-four-continents-figure-skating/article/feed/445127?custom_click=rss Gold medalist Nathan Chen of the United States waves during the medal award ceremony for the men's free skating at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017.

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:53:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Chen holds on to lead to win 4 Continents figure skating]]> http://gazette.com/chen-holds-on-to-lead-to-win-4-continents-figure-skating/article/feed/445800?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chen-holds-on-to-lead-to-win-4-continents-figure-skating/article/feed/445800?custom_click=rss PYEONCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Nathan Chen held off a challenge by Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu to win the Four Continents, a figure skating test event for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The American champion, 17, was first after the short program and second in Sunday's free skate at the Gangneung Ice Arena for a total of 307.46 points. Hanyu, third after the short program, was first in the free skate for second overall with 303.71 points. Shoma Uno, also of Japan, was third with 288.85.

Patrick Chan of Canada was fourth with 267.98 points.

Chen opened his routine with a quadruple lutz-triple toeloop combination and followed that with four more quadruple jumps in a free skate that received 204.34 points.

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]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:13:49 -0700 <![CDATA[IOC's Bach welcomes talk on 2024 and 2028 Olympic hosts pick]]> http://gazette.com/iocs-bach-welcomes-talk-on-2024-and-2028-olympic-hosts-pick/article/feed/445730?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iocs-bach-welcomes-talk-on-2024-and-2028-olympic-hosts-pick/article/feed/445730?custom_click=rss

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach welcomes talk that two Summer Games hosts could be picked at the same time in September.

"I like it that people are talking in this way about the Olympic candidature procedure," Bach told The Associated Press on Saturday, amid speculation Los Angeles and Paris could both get hosting rights for either the 2024 or 2028 Olympics.

"It shows that people are caring. This we appreciate very much."

Bach fueled the dual award debate in December, when he suggested the current bidding process "produces too many losers."

Persistent ongoing speculation about rewarding two 2024 bidders "may give us some ideas," the IOC president said during a

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]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:27:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Japan's Mihara wins Four Continents with strong free skate]]> http://gazette.com/japans-mihara-wins-four-continents-with-strong-free-skate/article/feed/445702?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/japans-mihara-wins-four-continents-with-strong-free-skate/article/feed/445702?custom_click=rss

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Mai Mihara captured the women's title Saturday at the Four Continents, a test event for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The 17-year-old Japanese rallied with a strong free skate after placing fourth in the short program. She had a total of 200.85 points at Gangneung Ice Arena. Skating to music from Cinderella, Mihara landed her jumps cleanly to earn 134.34 points in the free skate.

"I was able to achieve my goals in my first Four Continents," she said. "I was a little nervous at first."

Gabrielle Daleman of Canada, first after the short program, stumbled on the landing of a double axel and was second with 196.91. American Mirai Nagasu, who had a personal best of 132.04 in the free skate, was

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]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:20:17 -0700 <![CDATA[Once soaring, Korbut staying grounded in the Arizona desert]]> http://gazette.com/once-soaring-korbut-staying-grounded-in-the-arizona-desert/article/feed/445733?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/once-soaring-korbut-staying-grounded-in-the-arizona-desert/article/feed/445733?custom_click=rss

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Olga Korbut walks around the man-made lake in anonymity, despite the bright red warmup jacket with "Olga" in sparkly letters on her left shoulder.

Korbut likes it here, this little suburban slice of nature, a place where she can get her body moving, listen to the birds, stroll alongside the dog walkers.

Korbut stops at a set of bars to stretch, torqueing her hip at an impossible-for-mortals angle that sends her right foot above her head. She moves to the other side of the bars, puts her hands on the ground and sends her feet into the air, propping them up against a sign. She holds the handstand for about 30 seconds and flips back over, waving her hands upward like a gymnast completing a routine.

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]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:10:53 -0700 <![CDATA[Desert to ice: Qatar takes on curling at Asian Winter Games]]> http://gazette.com/desert-to-ice-qatar-takes-on-curling-at-asian-winter-games/article/feed/445731?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/desert-to-ice-qatar-takes-on-curling-at-asian-winter-games/article/feed/445731?custom_click=rss SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — For Qatar women's curling team, just about everything is a new experience.

Curling, a sport that has links with medieval Scotland and is more suited to the Canadian prairies, has taken a small foothold in the Middle East.

Just how new are Qatar's players to curling? Some of them in Japan for the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo had never experienced snow before.

The fledgling curlers are doing their best to get up to speed but it's a huge challenge when you live in a desert. The Qatari women can train only one day a week on ice that is not up to international standards.

It's a tough road ahead. Qatar lost 17-1 to Japan on Saturday in a preliminary round game at Sapporo Curling Stadium.

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]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:49:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Olympic biathlon champ Russia wins men's relay world title]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-biathlon-champ-russia-wins-mens-relay-world-title/article/feed/445719?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-biathlon-champ-russia-wins-mens-relay-world-title/article/feed/445719?custom_click=rss

HOCHFILZEN, Austria (AP) — Anton Shipulin waved the Russian flag even before finishing as he helped the Olympic champion beat France for the gold medal in the men's 4x7.5-kilometer relay at the biathlon world championships on Saturday.

In the final leg, Shipulin missed one target but still held off a challenge by five-time overall World Cup champion Martin Fourcade.

It was the second medal for Russia after taking bronze in the mixed team relay on the opening day of the worlds last week.

On Saturday, the Russian team of Alexey Volkov, Maxim Tsvetkov, Anton Babikov and Shipulin beat France by 5.8 seconds.

In front of 20,000 spectators, home team Austria defeated Germany in the fight for bronze.

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]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:23:43 -0700 <![CDATA[Shiffrin crushes rivals for 3rd straight slalom world title]]> http://gazette.com/shiffrin-crushes-rivals-for-3rd-straight-slalom-world-title/article/feed/445711?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shiffrin-crushes-rivals-for-3rd-straight-slalom-world-title/article/feed/445711?custom_click=rss

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin was in a world of her own on Saturday, extending her unbeaten record in slalom gold medal events.

The 2014 Olympic champion imperiously won her specialist event at a third straight ski world championships — and by a huge margin of 1.64 seconds.

Still aged just 21, the American star was nerveless, ruthless and stylish, turning a first-run lead of 0.38 over the home fans' favorite Wendy Holdener into a rout. Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was third, trailing by 1.75.

"It happened almost as perfect as it could have," Shiffrin said. "That was the way I imagined myself skiing the course.

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]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:43:45 -0700 <![CDATA[Host Japan off to winning start at Asian Winter Games]]> http://gazette.com/host-japan-off-to-winning-start-at-asian-winter-games/article/feed/445693?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/host-japan-off-to-winning-start-at-asian-winter-games/article/feed/445693?custom_click=rss SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Japan overpowered defending champion Kazakhstan 6-0 in women's ice hockey on Saturday, the first day of competition at the Asian Winter Games.

More than 2,000 athletes from 31 countries are competing in five sports, 11 disciplines and 64 events in Sapporo on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.

On Friday, the first contingent of North Korean athletes and officials arrived for the games, after receiving visas as an exception to Japan's ongoing entry ban on North Korean citizens.

Fresh from qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics, Japan faced little resistance in its opening game. Ami Nakamura and captain Chiho Osawa scored two goals each.

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]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:39:12 -0700 <![CDATA[APTOPIX South Korea ISU Four Continents Figure Skating]]> http://gazette.com/aptopix-south-korea-isu-four-continents-figure-skating/article/feed/445462?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aptopix-south-korea-isu-four-continents-figure-skating/article/feed/445462?custom_click=rss Gold medalists Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China perform in the Pairs Free Skating at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

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Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:12:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Korbuts Place Gymnastics]]> http://gazette.com/korbuts-place-gymnastics/article/feed/445677?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/korbuts-place-gymnastics/article/feed/445677?custom_click=rss In this Feb. 14, 2017 photo, Olympic gold medal gymnast Olga Korbut, of Russia, poses in in Scottsdale, Ariz. At at 61, Korbut is at ease with her place in history as she enjoys the quiet life in Arizona.

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Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:01:05 -0700
<![CDATA[Busch to retire as national team director of USA Swimming]]> http://gazette.com/busch-to-retire-as-national-team-director-of-usa-swimming/article/1596936?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/busch-to-retire-as-national-team-director-of-usa-swimming/article/1596936?custom_click=rss

COLORADO SPRINGS — Frank Busch, national team director for USA Swimming since 2011, will retire in September, following executive director Chuck Wielgus out the door at the sport's national governing body.

Busch said Tuesday he will leave on Sept. 1. Last month, Wielgus announced he is leaving on Aug. 31.

Under Busch, U.S. swimmers topped the standings with 31 medals at the 2012 London Olympics and 33 at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Over the last three world championships, the American team won 81 medals, including 38 gold. Busch will stay on through this summer's world meet in Hungary.

"I'm forever grateful to Chuck for giving me the opportunity to lead USA Swimming's national team division," Busch



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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:44:42 -0700
<![CDATA[An athlete accused her coach of sex abuse. U.S. Olympic officials stayed on the sideline, according to report]]> http://gazette.com/an-athlete-accused-her-coach-of-sex-abuse.-u.s.-olympic-officials-stayed-on-the-sideline-according-to-report/article/1596780?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/an-athlete-accused-her-coach-of-sex-abuse.-u.s.-olympic-officials-stayed-on-the-sideline-according-to-report/article/1596780?custom_click=rss

COLORADO SPRINGS The documents describing a coach's sexual abuse of three aspiring Olympic athletes circulated through U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters in early 2014.

It started in a hotel room in 2010, Yasmin Brown wrote. She was 16 and her taekwondo coach - Marc Gitelman, or "Master G" - was 44. Gitelman provided alcohol and suggested a game.

A few minutes later, Brown collapsed on the bed. She felt his hand lift her shorts, then his lips on her thigh.

Over the next three years, Brown wrote, her coach forced her to have sex dozens of times: at hotels before tournaments, at his studio, in his car. Brown's letter was part of a packet that included letters from two other women alleging abuse by Gitelman, and a police report.



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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:39:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Lindsey Vonn sets world championships record as oldest ever women's medalist]]> http://gazette.com/lindsey-vonn-sets-world-championships-record-as-oldest-ever-womens-medalist/article/1596635?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lindsey-vonn-sets-world-championships-record-as-oldest-ever-womens-medalist/article/1596635?custom_click=rss

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Roger Federer picked a good day for a front-row seat to his first ski races.

Switzerland's most famous resident came to St. Moritz on Sunday for a world championships double-header in marquee downhill races, featuring his friend Lindsey Vonn and home favorite Beat Feuz.

Vonn took a bronze medal she thought worth its weight in gold after an injury-hit year. Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia capped her breakout season to win and set up a duel for the 2018 Olympic downhill title.

The American star then completed her post-race interviews just in time to join Federer and his wife, Mirka, watching in the stands as Feuz raced to become men's world champion.



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Sun, 12 Feb 2017 15:22:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Norway to win most medals at Winter Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/norway-to-win-most-medals-at-winter-olympics/article/1596404?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/norway-to-win-most-medals-at-winter-olympics/article/1596404?custom_click=rss

It could be a record-setting Winter Olympics for Norway next year in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Using a computer program, the U.S.-based sports and entertainment provider Gracenote predicts Norway will be at the top of the table with 40 medals — a Winter Olympic record for overall medals. It would surpass the 37 the United States won at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

After Norway, the computer forecast has Germany winning 34 medals, and the United States 32. Those are also the top three when the table is based on gold medals: Norway 15, Germany 13 and the United States and France with 10 each.

"It seems a bit on the high side for Norway, I must admit," data analyst Simon Gleave said in an interview with The



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Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:03:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Woody Paige: Manning, Brady and 8 more reasons the past sports year was the best]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-manning-brady-and-8-more-reasons-the-past-sports-year-was-the-best/article/1596251?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-manning-brady-and-8-more-reasons-the-past-sports-year-was-the-best/article/1596251?custom_click=rss

Shouldn't Feb. 7, 2016-Feb. 5, 2017 be extolled forever as the Year of the Horse, the Penguin, the King, the Cat, the Bear, the Tiger, the Fish and The G.O.A.T?

Goodyear is a blimp. Great year is what we've just finished witnessing.

In fact and indeed, that 366-day Sports Year was the best there ever was.

Lest you forgot:

It began a year ago when the Broncos beat the Panthers in Super Bowl 50, and Peyton Manning retired.

It ended when Tom Brady and the Patriots rallied from a 25-point deficit to shock the Falcons and the entire zodiac. Brady is not retiring.

In between were a cornucopia of sports events and results that amazed and astonished, flabbergasted and flummoxed.



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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:50:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Newest OTC resident wrestler, UCCS student both take home first Dave Schultz gold medals]]> http://gazette.com/newest-otc-resident-wrestler-uccs-student-both-take-home-first-dave-schultz-gold-medals/article/1595972?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/newest-otc-resident-wrestler-uccs-student-both-take-home-first-dave-schultz-gold-medals/article/1595972?custom_click=rss

The newest Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center resident introduced herself in impressive fashion.

Becka Leathers downed fellow American Jacarra Winchester with a 10-2 decision in the 121-pound women's freestyle gold-medal match at the Dave Schultz Memorial International Wrestling Championships on Friday.

Leathers moved to the region two weeks ago to focus on the world team trials in June and further her international career.

A strong performance at the Schultz event was a good step in that direction.

"Coming here has really helped me focus," she said. "There is no reason for me not to wrestle like this every day. There are no more excuses.



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Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:42:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Former Colorado College hockey great Jeff Sauer has died]]> http://gazette.com/former-colorado-college-hockey-great-jeff-sauer-has-died/article/1595866?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-colorado-college-hockey-great-jeff-sauer-has-died/article/1595866?custom_click=rss

The hockey world is mourning the loss of former Colorado College player, assistant and coach  and current U.S. men’s sled hockey national team coach Jeff Sauer, who died of pancreatic cancer at age 73.



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Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:27:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Former Fountain-Fort Carson wrestler G'Angelo Hancock wins thriller at Dave Schultz Memorial International]]> http://gazette.com/former-fountain-fort-carson-wrestler-gangelo-hancock-wins-thriller-at-dave-schultz-memorial-international/article/1595826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-fountain-fort-carson-wrestler-gangelo-hancock-wins-thriller-at-dave-schultz-memorial-international/article/1595826?custom_click=rss

Former Fountain-Fort Carson wrestler G'Angelo Hancock had defeated Hayden Zillmer twice before in low-scoring affairs.

On Wednesday, he made it three wins in a row over the Minnesotan but did so in a decidedly more exciting fashion during the Greco-Roman finals of the 2017 Dave Schultz Memorial International.

The 215-pounder mounted a furious comeback in the second period to prevail 6-5 after falling behind 5-1 right before the break.

It was easily the most exciting match of the night. The meet switches to the men's freestyle competition Thursday and women Friday.

For the area athlete, who wrestled as Tracy Hancock while a Trojan, falling behind by a large margin was the spark he needed.



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Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:25:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Former Fountain-Fort Carson grappler to wrestle in Dave Schultz Memorial at Colorado Springs' OTC]]> http://gazette.com/former-fountain-fort-carson-grappler-to-wrestle-in-dave-schultz-memorial-at-colorado-springs-otc/article/1595639?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-fountain-fort-carson-grappler-to-wrestle-in-dave-schultz-memorial-at-colorado-springs-otc/article/1595639?custom_click=rss

One of the nation's best Greco-Roman wrestlers saw the potential in Fountain-Fort Carson High School student G'Angelo Hancock.

About two years later, the teen is making T.C. Dantzler look pretty smart.

The next step in the 216-pounder's journey to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be against some elite international athletes at the Dave Schultz Memorial Invitational this Wednesday at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. Men's freestyle competition is Thursday and women's freestyle is Friday.

Hancock, who competed as Tracy Hancock in high school, was a state placer for the Trojans. Dantzler, who also never won a preps state title, took him under his wing and steered him into Greco.

The 2008 Olympian coached



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