<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/olympics Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:37:30 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Germany Culinary Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/germany-culinary-olympics/article/feed/412760?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/germany-culinary-olympics/article/feed/412760?custom_click=rss Chefs wave a Danish flag during the opening ceremony of the International Exhibition of Culinary Art (IKA) also known as the Culinary Olympics IKA in Erfurt, central Germany, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. In 18 glass kitchens more than 2,000 chefs from over 50 countries will prepare more than 7,000 fresh menus and turn the Erfurt exhibition halls from 22nd to 25th Oct. 2016 into the largest restaurant of the world. The Culinary Olympics is the most important event for chefs and cooks worldwide.

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<![CDATA[Westbrook, Thunder prepare for life without Kevin Durant]]> http://gazette.com/westbrook-thunder-prepare-for-life-without-kevin-durant/article/feed/412750?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/westbrook-thunder-prepare-for-life-without-kevin-durant/article/feed/412750?custom_click=rss

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Maybe life after Kevin Durant won't be so bad for the Thunder.

After the longtime face of the franchise left for Golden State, crestfallen Oklahoma City fans were worried it was just a matter of time before the team's co-star, Russell Westbrook, would follow suit. In a move that shocked many, Westbrook re-signed with Oklahoma City. The former scoring champion and two-time All-Star MVP's return gives the team hope.

New faces such as shooting guard Victor Oladipo and forward Domantas Sabonis, both acquired in the deal that sent Serge Ibaka to Orlando, might take some time to fit in.

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:17:26 -0600 <![CDATA[IOC official 'very happy' with possible Innsbruck 2026 bid]]> http://gazette.com/ioc-official-very-happy-with-possible-innsbruck-2026-bid/article/feed/412711?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ioc-official-very-happy-with-possible-innsbruck-2026-bid/article/feed/412711?custom_click=rss SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — Innsbruck would have "an excellent chance" of hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics if the Austrian city decides to bid for the games, a top IOC official said Friday.

International Olympic Committee executive board member Gian Franco Kasper told The Associated Press that Innsbruck would need to join with other cities — probably Salzburg and venues in Italy or Germany — to be able to stage all events.

"They will have to find probably some partners. Nowadays it's possible with the new Agenda 2020," Kasper said, referring to the IOC's reform program that allows more flexibility in hosting the games, including the possibility of using venues in other cities, and even in neighboring countries.

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:57:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Olympic officials: Hickey should leave Rio on health grounds]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-officials-hickey-should-leave-rio-on-health-grounds/article/feed/412631?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-officials-hickey-should-leave-rio-on-health-grounds/article/feed/412631?custom_click=rss

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The acting head of Europe's top Olympic body said Friday that its president, Patrick Hickey, should be allowed to leave Brazil and return to Ireland because his health is deteriorating and he needs an urgent heart operation.

Hickey is not permitted to leave Brazil, where he was arrested two months ago during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on ticket scalping charges and awaits a possible trial. Selling tickets at above face value is illegal in Brazil, and authorities promised before the Olympics to enforce the law.

Hickey, who has denied wrongdoing, has temporarily stepped down from all his Olympic positions pending a resolution of his case.

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:36:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Belarusian capital Mink selected to host 2019 European Games]]> http://gazette.com/belarusian-capital-mink-selected-to-host-2019-european-games/article/feed/412670?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/belarusian-capital-mink-selected-to-host-2019-european-games/article/feed/412670?custom_click=rss

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The capital of Belarus was chosen Friday to host the 2019 European Games, despite criticism of the country's human rights record and concerns over the cost of the event.

The European Olympic Committees approved Minsk — the only candidate — by an overwhelming majority to host the second edition of the multi-sport games. The Netherlands withdrew as host last year, citing financial worries.

"Belarus is not a superpower but we pay a lot of attention to sports," Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko told the EOC assembly before the vote. "You can count on Belarus.

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:20:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Olympics Hickey Health]]> http://gazette.com/olympics-hickey-health/article/feed/412629?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympics-hickey-health/article/feed/412629?custom_click=rss FILE - In this June 11, 2015 file photo, Patrick Hickey, the head of the European Olympic Committee speaks during a news conference on the eve of the opening of the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. The European Olympic Committees’ acting leader Janez Kocijancic, Friday Oct. 21, 2016 has called for president Patrick Hickey to be allowed to leave Brazil, where he was arrested in August, because he is severely ill. Hickey, was arrested during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on suspicion of involvement in illegal ticket sales, and is not allowed to leave the country.

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:35:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Belarusian capital Minsk awarded 2019 European Games]]> http://gazette.com/belarusian-capital-minsk-awarded-2019-european-games/article/feed/412607?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/belarusian-capital-minsk-awarded-2019-european-games/article/feed/412607?custom_click=rss

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The capital of Belarus was chosen Friday to host the 2019 European Games, ending more than a year of uncertainty after the previous host pulled out.

The European Olympic Committee's general assembly approved the choice of Minsk, which was the only candidate to stage the second edition of the multi-sport event.

The motion passed easily, despite calls led by the Danish Olympic Committee to postpone the decision, arguing there was a lack of clarity over financing.

"Belarus is not a superpower but we pay a lot of attention to sports," President Alexander Lukashenko told the assembly. "You can count on Belarus.

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:08:20 -0600 <![CDATA[Belarus Olympic 2019 European Games]]> http://gazette.com/belarus-olympic-2019-european-games/article/feed/412621?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/belarus-olympic-2019-european-games/article/feed/412621?custom_click=rss Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko speaks at the European Olympic Committees General Assembly in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Lukashenko says his country is ready to host the 2019 European Games.

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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:22:21 -0600
<![CDATA[More upheaval at British Cycling with CEO stepping down]]> http://gazette.com/more-upheaval-at-british-cycling-with-ceo-stepping-down/article/feed/412608?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-upheaval-at-british-cycling-with-ceo-stepping-down/article/feed/412608?custom_click=rss MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The chief executive of British Cycling is stepping down, adding to the upheaval in the country's most successful Olympic sport.

Ian Drake said in a statement released Friday by British Cycling that he will leave in April after seven years in the position.

The announcement comes at the end of a tough year off the track for British Cycling, with Shane Sutton having left his role as the national body's technical director in April — 100 days before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics — following discrimination allegations.

British Cycling's headquarters were visited by UK Anti-Doping officials this month as part of an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in the sport.

On the track, Bri

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]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:06:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Healthy and with new outlook, figure skater Jason Brown thriving]]> http://gazette.com/healthy-and-with-new-outlook-figure-skater-jason-brown-thriving/article/1588293?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/healthy-and-with-new-outlook-figure-skater-jason-brown-thriving/article/1588293?custom_click=rss

One of the reasons Monument-based Jason Brown has become one of the world's elite figure skaters is he sees everything, including his first significant injury, as an opportunity to learn.

The 2015 national men's champion found out more about his sport and himself when a back strain kept him out for most of last season, preventing him from defending his national title.

"I look at it as more experience," he said while preparing for this weekend's Skate America event in Chicago. "Although I did not compete, it was another type of experience. What is it like to miss part of a season and come from behind (in training) against others? (Recovering gives) you the confidence that you can do it.

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:49:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Rio Olympic headquarters could be site of new US consulate]]> http://gazette.com/rio-olympic-headquarters-could-be-site-of-new-us-consulate/article/feed/412356?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rio-olympic-headquarters-could-be-site-of-new-us-consulate/article/feed/412356?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The parcel of land housing the Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizing committee headquarters could become the new location for a United States consular office.

The organizing committee's temporary home in central Rio will be abandoned in the next few weeks when staff move to smaller quarters in downtown Rio. Rio organizers say only 300 employees remain from a peak of about 5,000 when the games opened on Aug. 5. The committee will be dissolved next year.

"We have narrowed our search and are finalizing a site — potentially the current space that Rio2016 now occupies," the Rio de Janeiro consulate said in an email to the Associated Press on Thursday.

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]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:09:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Brazil Rio US Consulate]]> http://gazette.com/brazil-rio-us-consulate/article/feed/412367?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brazil-rio-us-consulate/article/feed/412367?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Aug.16, 2016 file photo, Kelly Tan, left, and Michelle Koh both of Malaysia, pose for a photo with the Rio 2016 logo on the 16th hole during a practice round for the women's golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Rio Olympics could leave behind at least one unexpected legacy _ a new home for the consular office of the United States. The headquarters of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizing committee in central Rio will be abandoned in the next few weeks with staff moving to smaller quarters in downtown Rio.

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:43:38 -0600
<![CDATA[2-time Olympic ski champion Tina Maze announces retirement]]> http://gazette.com/2-time-olympic-ski-champion-tina-maze-announces-retirement/article/feed/412319?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-time-olympic-ski-champion-tina-maze-announces-retirement/article/feed/412319?custom_click=rss

SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — The skier best known for crushing the overall World Cup points record and celebrating her victories with a cartwheeling handspring, announced her retirement.

Two-time Olympic champion Tina Maze of Slovenia said on Thursday she will quit the sport after competing in one more race, a World Cup giant slalom on home soil in Maribor on Jan. 7.

"I am really happy with what I've achieved. I don't feel the need to compete at such a high level anymore," Maze said.

The Slovenian started her World Cup career with a GS in Maribor, as a 15-year-old in 1999.

The four-time Olympian's announcement was not unexpected.

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]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:23:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Rowing body restates opposition to moving 2020 Olympic venue]]> http://gazette.com/rowing-body-restates-opposition-to-moving-2020-olympic-venue/article/feed/412276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rowing-body-restates-opposition-to-moving-2020-olympic-venue/article/feed/412276?custom_click=rss

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The international rowing federation reiterated its opposition Thursday to relocating the rowing competition for the 2020 Olympics, saying the approved site in Tokyo Bay is the only suitable venue for the games.

A panel of Tokyo city government experts has recommended moving rowing and canoeing to an existing site in Miyagi prefecture — about 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of Tokyo — after the projected cost for a new venue in Tokyo Bay soared to $490 million, seven times the initial estimate.

IOC President Thomas Bach and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike met this week in the Japanese capital and agreed to set up multi-party talks on reducing costs for the games. Bach, however, reminded Tokyo t

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]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:38:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Rio gold medalists Shields, Johnson win Sportswoman award]]> http://gazette.com/rio-gold-medalists-shields-johnson-win-sportswoman-award/article/feed/412214?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rio-gold-medalists-shields-johnson-win-sportswoman-award/article/feed/412214?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Claressa Shields did a cartwheel in the ring after winning her second Olympic boxing gold medal in Rio, and she's not done celebrating.

Shields and water polo goaltender Ashleigh Johnson were recognized as Sportswomen of the Year at the Women's Sports Foundation's annual dinner Wednesday night.

The 21-year-old Shields will decide in the coming years if she wants to add 'Tokyo' for the 2020 Games to the tattoo of the Olympic rings with Rio and London on her right biceps.

"I'm back in the gym, trying to figure out what's the best move next," Shields said. "I'm taking my time with that. I have a couple of different options. I can go pro or stay amateur for 2020.

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]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:45:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Brazilian anti-doping agency facing possible WADA suspension]]> http://gazette.com/brazilian-anti-doping-agency-facing-possible-wada-suspension/article/feed/412173?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brazilian-anti-doping-agency-facing-possible-wada-suspension/article/feed/412173?custom_click=rss MONTREAL (AP) — The national anti-doping agencies of Azerbaijan, Brazil, Greece, Guatemala and Indonesia risk being suspended next month unless they fall into compliance with global standards.

The World Anti-Doping Agency says a review panel found the five countries are currently non-compliant with the global anti-doping code.

WADA says the reasons include non-compliance with legislation or rules, use of laboratories not accredited by WADA, and "issues with their anti-doping program."

WADA says if the problems are not resolved before Nov. 10, the committee will recommend the agencies be formally declared non-compliant at a board meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 19.

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]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:39:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Missy Franklin puts Rio disappointment behind her, starts national learn-to-swim free program]]> http://gazette.com/missy-franklin-puts-rio-disappointment-behind-her-starts-national-learn-to-swim-free-program/article/1588025?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/missy-franklin-puts-rio-disappointment-behind-her-starts-national-learn-to-swim-free-program/article/1588025?custom_click=rss

Missy Franklin's pain remains.

It's an ache that has faded somewhat over the past two months since the Rio Olympics.

The Colorado Olympian, who won five gold medals as a Regis Jesuit high school student at the 2012 London Olympics, struggled mightily in her second Summer Games, falling well short of expectations by garnering a single relay gold.

Her willingness to accept the disappointment without making excuses may have endeared the now 21-year-old Cal-Berkeley psychology major to swim fans even more.

She believes she is better for the experience.

"I learned who I am as a human, as a person and how strong I can be when I am being tested," she said Monday after a media conference announcing a new national

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Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:32:46 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Bobsledder chooses Olympic dream over teaching math at Colorado Springs school]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-bobsledder-chooses-olympic-dream-over-teaching-math-at-colorado-springs-school/article/1587221?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-bobsledder-chooses-olympic-dream-over-teaching-math-at-colorado-springs-school/article/1587221?custom_click=rss

On Monday, Dillon Schrodt faced a choice. He could continue as a math teacher at District 20's Timberview Middle School. Or he could pursue his dream to compete as a bobsled runner in the Olympics.

It was an easy decision.

He chose the bobsled. His last day of teaching will be Tuesday.

"It's worth the risk, for sure," Schrodt said this week in his classroom. "I won't get the chance to bobsled again if I don't do this now. To travel around the world, to compete against the world's best and just to see what I can with this sport are what entice me."

Schrodt graduated in July from the University of Nebraska Kearney with a master's degree and was hired to teach at Timberview a few weeks later. Since then, his

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Fri, 07 Oct 2016 09:35:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Snowboard spat fires up skiers Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso]]> http://gazette.com/snowboard-spat-fires-up-skiers-lindsey-vonn-and-julia-mancuso/article/1587234?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/snowboard-spat-fires-up-skiers-lindsey-vonn-and-julia-mancuso/article/1587234?custom_click=rss

Lindsey Vonn to snowboarders: Steer clear on my mountain.

Julia Mancuso to Vonn: Speak for yourself.

A social-media tiff flared up Thursday between two of the world's best-known skiers, even if the topic they're arguing over may be a bit stale.

The back-and-forth between Vonn and Mancuso started after Vonn was prodded on "The Dan Patrick Show" to share her feelings about skiers sharing the mountain with snowboarders — a debate that barely registers now, more than a decade since the vast majority of American resorts began allowing snowboarding.

Said Vonn: "I'm trying to be politically correct here. I do like snowboarders but I think it'd be super-great if we could have a little separation."


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Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:59:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Olympian Shawn Barber tests positive for cocaine after Craigslist date]]> http://gazette.com/olympian-shawn-barber-tests-positive-for-cocaine-after-craigslist-date/article/1587220?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympian-shawn-barber-tests-positive-for-cocaine-after-craigslist-date/article/1587220?custom_click=rss

Canadian Olympian Shawn Barber tested positive for cocaine after kissing a woman that he met on Craigslist, according to The Star.com of Canada.

Athletics Canada, the Canadian track and field governing body, confirmed the positive test.

Barber, 22, won gold in the pole vault at the 2015 world championships. The positive test came weeks before the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as Barber met with the woman in Edmonton just one night before competing at the Canadian national championships.

Read the full story at si.com.

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Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:10:49 -0600