<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/olympics Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:40:48 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Column: Time to make Russians pay for Olympic doping]]> http://gazette.com/column-time-to-make-russians-pay-for-olympic-doping/article/feed/430833?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/column-time-to-make-russians-pay-for-olympic-doping/article/feed/430833?custom_click=rss

There are really only two possible explanations why two members of the Russian women's hockey team at the Sochi Olympics had urine samples that contained male DNA.

One, there were men inside those baggy uniforms of a team that won its first three games before losing in the quarterfinals. Two, someone was messing with the samples.

It's a bit easier to figure out why eight other Russian athlete samples in Sochi had salt content that was physiologically impossible in a healthy human.

Simply put, the host country was cheating on a level never before seen in organized sports.

That news is not exactly new, of course.

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]]> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:12:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Bob, skeleton athletes wary of tests, may skip Sochi worlds]]> http://gazette.com/bob-skeleton-athletes-wary-of-tests-may-skip-sochi-worlds/article/feed/430824?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bob-skeleton-athletes-wary-of-tests-may-skip-sochi-worlds/article/feed/430824?custom_click=rss

Elana Meyers Taylor and Steven Holcomb are dealing with the same problem. Both want to compete in this season's world bobsled championships, since it this will probably be their final opportunities to do so before retirement.

Except, for now, those races are scheduled to be in Russia.

"And I don't see how it's safe for any athlete," Meyers Taylor said.

There's plenty of drug testing at world championship meets, and put simply, the trust level among plenty bobsled and skeleton athletes that their samples would be secure in Russia is below minimal — especially after the second report issued by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren on Friday showed systemic tampering with such tests.

So some tricky

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]]> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:03:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Canadians Virtue and Moir win Grand Prix Final for 1st time]]> http://gazette.com/canadians-virtue-and-moir-win-grand-prix-final-for-1st-time/article/feed/430805?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/canadians-virtue-and-moir-win-grand-prix-final-for-1st-time/article/feed/430805?custom_click=rss

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Former Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the ice dance at the Grand Prix Final on Saturday, clinching the elusive title for the first time in their comeback year.

Leading overnight after the short program, the Canadians were in a relaxed mood, chatting and smiling as they came on the ice for the free.

They won comfortably, scoring a total of 197.22 points to beat French pair Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron by more than four points (192.81).

World silver medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, who are brother and sister, were second overnight but the Americans dropped to third with 189.60.

Virtue and Moir, who are also two-time world champions, returned to competitive

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]]> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:00:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Russia accepts IOC plan to retest Olympic doping samples]]> http://gazette.com/russia-accepts-ioc-plan-to-retest-olympic-doping-samples/article/feed/430772?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russia-accepts-ioc-plan-to-retest-olympic-doping-samples/article/feed/430772?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will accept an International Olympic Committee plan to retest all drug test samples given by its athletes at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said Saturday.

"The IOC has now decided to retest all the samples; let them retest," Mutko, who was sports minister at the time of the 2012 and 2014 Olympics, told Russian state agency R-Sport. He added that Russia will keep a careful eye on the process.

The IOC's declaration Friday followed the publication of a report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren. This alleged that more than 1,000 Russian athletes, including medal winners at the London and Sochi games, had benefited from a state-backed campaign of

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]]> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:45:52 -0700 <![CDATA[Danny Davis-Hand Injury Snowboarding]]> http://gazette.com/danny-davis-hand-injury-snowboarding/article/feed/430804?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/danny-davis-hand-injury-snowboarding/article/feed/430804?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Danny Davis, of the United States, competes in the men's snowboard halfpipe qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Davis' latest injury came far from the halfpipe. The snowboarder was chopping firewood at his home in California last month when the ax slid off the wood and into his right hand, cutting through tendons.

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<![CDATA[Worley wins 2nd straight giant slalom as Shiffrin loses lead]]> http://gazette.com/worley-wins-2nd-straight-giant-slalom-as-shiffrin-loses-lead/article/feed/430732?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/worley-wins-2nd-straight-giant-slalom-as-shiffrin-loses-lead/article/feed/430732?custom_click=rss

SESTRIERE, Italy (AP) — Tessa Worley won her second straight World Cup giant slalom Saturday after first-run leader Mikaela Shiffrin struggled in her second trip down the 2006 Turin Olympics course.

Charging after placing third in the opening run, Worley captured her 10th career giant slalom win to match the French record set by Carole Merle between 1988 and 1993.

Worley finished 0.15 seconds ahead of rising Italian skier Sofia Goggia and 0.29 in front of defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut of Switzerland.

"It's a tough day to win," said Worley, the GS world champion in 2013. "Those girls are fighting hard and I try to fight a bit harder."

It was a memorable day for the French team with Alexis Pinturau

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]]> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:19:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Russia accepts IOC plan to retest Olympic doping samples]]> http://gazette.com/russia-accepts-ioc-plan-to-retest-olympic-doping-samples/article/feed/430762?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russia-accepts-ioc-plan-to-retest-olympic-doping-samples/article/feed/430762?custom_click=rss MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says it will accept an International Olympic Committee plan to retest all drug test samples given by Russian athletes at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics.

The IOC's declaration Friday followed the publication of a report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren. This said that more than 1,000 Russian athletes, including medal winners at the London and Sochi games, had benefited from a state-backed campaign of doping and drug test cover-ups.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was sports minister at the time of the 2012 and 2014 Olympics, tells Russian state agency R-Sport that "the IOC has now decided to retest all the samples; let them retest.

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]]> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:54:19 -0700 <![CDATA[Russia's lab wizard created drug cocktails but caught cheats]]> http://gazette.com/russias-lab-wizard-created-drug-cocktails-but-caught-cheats/article/feed/430733?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russias-lab-wizard-created-drug-cocktails-but-caught-cheats/article/feed/430733?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW (AP) — Even as he worked to cover up doping by Russian athletes, Grigory Rodchenkov was developing technology which would help to catch them years later.

The former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory is the star witness for the World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren, whose report Friday accused Russia of operating a state-backed doping program which covered up more than 1,000 tainted drug test samples, including for medalists at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

However, Rodchenkov's role in helping catch drug cheats isn't widely known outside a small circle of the world's leading anti-doping scientists.

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]]> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 06:13:56 -0700 <![CDATA[Russia Doping Double Life]]> http://gazette.com/russia-doping-double-life/article/feed/430752?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russia-doping-double-life/article/feed/430752?custom_click=rss FILE- In this Tuesday, May 24, 2016, file photo employees Natalya Bochkaryova, left, and Ilya Podolsky work at the Russia's national drug-testing laboratory in Moscow, Russia. It was at this laboratory, and its former site elsewhere in Moscow, that lab director Grigory Rodchenkov conducted pioneering research into steroids, at the same time as he says he was giving Russian athletes a "cocktail" of banned substances.

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<![CDATA[Analysis: Most troubling is Russia's reaction to scandal]]> http://gazette.com/analysis-most-troubling-is-russias-reaction-to-scandal/article/feed/430718?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/analysis-most-troubling-is-russias-reaction-to-scandal/article/feed/430718?custom_click=rss

Troubling as the details of the McLaren Report were, a news item out of Russia earlier this week was equally so. The new chair of the country's "revamped" anti-doping agency will be Yelena Isinbayeva, the pole vault great who has spent the past year thumbing her nose at all the evidence and at those who've dared to mete out punishment for the malfeasance.

Isinbayeva's appointment to the RUSADA board, made a mere two days before Part 2 of the McLaren report arrived, was all you needed to conclude that either Russia does not fully grasp the depths of depravity that Richard McLaren painstakingly detailed in his 144-page report or, maybe worse, that it just doesn't care.

The details in McLaren's report, released Friday, are as pr

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]]> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:23:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi gets 2-year ban for doping]]> http://gazette.com/chinese-swimmer-chen-xinyi-gets-2-year-ban-for-doping/article/feed/430692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chinese-swimmer-chen-xinyi-gets-2-year-ban-for-doping/article/feed/430692?custom_click=rss LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Swimming governing body FINA says Chen Xinyi of China has been suspended for two years from competition after testing positive to the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Chen, who was a gold medalist on China's 4x100-meter medley relay team at the Kazan, Russia world championships in 2015, had already been suspended from competition by the Court of Arbitration for Sport during the Rio Games after the positive test.

FINA said in a statement Friday that the 18-year-old Chen's ban will end on Aug. 10, 2018.

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:53:34 -0700 <![CDATA[Column: Clean Olympians deserve a proper medal ceremony]]> http://gazette.com/column-clean-olympians-deserve-a-proper-medal-ceremony/article/feed/430612?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/column-clean-olympians-deserve-a-proper-medal-ceremony/article/feed/430612?custom_click=rss

Adam Nelson received his Olympic gold medal in the food court at Atlanta's airport.

Now, let's give him — and all other clean athletes — the recognition they deserve.

As more startling revelations came out Friday in the Russian doping scandal and an almost daily lineup of cheating athletes are nabbed through improved testing methods, the International Olympic Committee needs to send a symbolic but powerful message that it will honor those who do things the right way.

No matter how long it takes.

Starting with the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang and the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, the IOC should hold official medal ceremonies for those athletes who were cheated out of their glory because competitors were takin

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:41:20 -0700 <![CDATA[Report: Russian doping involved over 1,000 athletes]]> http://gazette.com/report-russian-doping-involved-over-1000-athletes/article/feed/430362?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-russian-doping-involved-over-1000-athletes/article/feed/430362?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Russia's sports reputation was ripped apart again Friday when a new report into systematic doping detailed a vast "institutional conspiracy" that covered more than 1,000 athletes in over 30 sports and corrupted the drug-testing system at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics.

The findings were handed over to the International Olympic Committee, which will be under pressure to take action against the Russians ahead of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"It is impossible to know just how deep and how far back this conspiracy goes," World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren said. "For years, international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by Russians. Coaches and athletes have be

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:04:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Using spies and coffee, how Russian dopers 'hijacked' sports]]> http://gazette.com/using-spies-and-coffee-how-russian-dopers-hijacked-sports/article/feed/430567?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/using-spies-and-coffee-how-russian-dopers-hijacked-sports/article/feed/430567?custom_click=rss

After six months of doping investigations, Richard McLaren delivered an emphatic verdict on Friday: Russia has "hijacked" sporting competitions for years, cheating rivals out of medals, and deceiving spectators.

A 144-page report backed up by 1,166 supporting documents was sent by McLaren to the World Anti-Doping Agency, building on his initial findings in July into Russia's state-sponsored doping program.

Here is a breakdown of McLaren's case against Russia:

THE CATALYST

Four years out from hosting the Winter Olympics, Russia was embarrassed by an 11th-place finish in the medals standings at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

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]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:55:24 -0700 <![CDATA[Paul Newberry Honoring Medalists]]> http://gazette.com/paul-newberry-honoring-medalists/article/feed/430569?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-newberry-honoring-medalists/article/feed/430569?custom_click=rss FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2004, file photo, shot put medalists of the 2004 Olympic Games, from left, silver medalist Adam Nelson, of the United States, silver, gold medalist Yuriy Bilonog, Ukraine, and bronze medalist Joachim Olseno Denmark pose on the podium after the presentation ceremony in the Olympic Stadium in Athens. Nelson was officially elevated to Olympic champion n 2013 after Bilonog's gold medal was stripped by the International Olympic Committee after Bilonog's reanalyzed sample tested positive for steroids.. (AP Photos/David J.

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:50:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Doping report details 'institutional conspiracy' in Russia]]> http://gazette.com/doping-report-details-institutional-conspiracy-in-russia/article/1591945?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doping-report-details-institutional-conspiracy-in-russia/article/1591945?custom_click=rss

LONDON — A new report into systematic Russian doping details a wide-ranging "institutional conspiracy" that involved more than 1,000 athletes across more than 30 sports, including evidence corroborating large-scale sample swapping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren said Friday the conspiracy involved the Russian Sports Ministry, national anti-doping agency and the FSB intelligence service, providing further details of state involvement in a massive program of cheating and cover-ups that ran on an "unprecedented scale" from 2011-15.

"It is impossible to know just how deep and how far back this conspiracy goes," McLaren said at a news conference in London.



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<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Soccer Olympian Mia Hamm at Peak Vista's Breakfast of Champions]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-soccer-olympian-mia-hamm-at-peak-vistas-breakfast-of-champions/article/1591368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-soccer-olympian-mia-hamm-at-peak-vistas-breakfast-of-champions/article/1591368?custom_click=rss

One of the favorite nonprofit events each fall is the Peak Vista Breakfast of Champions and the big question in advance is always which Wheaties-box Olympic great will be the keynote speaker.

Filling that role this year, thanks to the USOC's Olympians and Paralympians Association, was Olympic soccer great Mia Hamm.

Almost 700 people, a number of them young soccer players, were at The Broadmoor Nov. 8-9 to meet and hear Hamm and help raise $255,000 for the community health centers.

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]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:25:04 -0700 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Paralympians share their Rio stories at USABA breakfast]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-paralympians-share-their-rio-stories-at-usaba-breakfast/article/1591369?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-paralympians-share-their-rio-stories-at-usaba-breakfast/article/1591369?custom_click=rss

Vibrant Olympic colors and revolving videos of Olympic/Paralympic greats circling the Hall of Fame Rotunda set the theme for the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes' Breakfast with Champions fundraiser, where Rio 2016 athletes shared their medal achievements and adventures with guests, sponsors and fellow athletes.

Held at the Olympic Training Center on Nov. 4, the breakfast featured speakers with their goals firmly focused on Tokyo 2020.

For Rio Paralympic track and field medalist Lex Gillette, it's following his mantra "No need for sight if you have a vision." Someday he'll put it all in a book, including his trip to the White House where he spent time with "a cool dude," President Barack Obama.

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