<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/olympics Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:04:32 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Snowboarders concerned Olympics future]]> http://gazette.com/snowboarders-concerned-olympics-future/article/1554913?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/snowboarders-concerned-olympics-future/article/1554913?custom_click=rss

Justin Reiter left the Sochi Olympics with a sour taste in his mouth.

The Alpine snowboarder, making his first Olympic appearance at 33, finished 24th in the parallel giant slalom and was disqualified from his second event, the parallel slalom, after tracking inside the gate on his first run.

"The two worst races of my career happened to be during the Olympics," he said. "To be able to go back in 2018 and have redemption for both of those events would be an amazing opportunity."

Thanks to a recent International Olympic Committee proposal, however, Reiter may not have the opportunity to compete in both events in Pyeongchang.



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Justin Reiter left the Sochi Olympics with a sour taste in his mouth.

The Alpine snowboarder, making his first Olympic appearance at 33, finished 24th in the parallel giant slalom and was disqualified from his second event, the parallel slalom, after tracking inside the gate on his first run.

"The two worst races of my career happened to be during the Olympics," he said. "To be able to go back in 2018 and have redemption for both of those events would be an amazing opportunity."

Thanks to a recent International Olympic Committee proposal, however, Reiter may not have the opportunity to compete in both events in Pyeongchang.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:18:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Some of world's best track cyclists converge on velodrome]]> http://gazette.com/some-of-worlds-best-track-cyclists-converge-on-velodrome/article/1554916?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/some-of-worlds-best-track-cyclists-converge-on-velodrome/article/1554916?custom_click=rss

American endurance rider Kimberly Geist is gunning for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, but she knows she cannot overlook this weekend's U.S. Independence Day Grand Prix in Colorado Springs.

Geist is one of about 100 world-class racers who will vie for a berth in the upcoming World Cup season over the next eight days at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome.

"These are important stepping stones to take," said Geist, who placed third at the recent five-day world championships in points. "I know there will be some very good racers in the endurance events and the sprints should be strong as well."

The races start at 9 a.m. Friday with the U.S.

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Geist is one of about 100 world-class racers who will vie for a berth in the upcoming World Cup season over the next eight days at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome.

"These are important stepping stones to take," said Geist, who placed third at the recent five-day world championships in points. "I know there will be some very good racers in the endurance events and the sprints should be strong as well."

The races start at 9 a.m. Friday with the U.S.]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 04:05:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Local trio trying to make Olympics in team handball with funding challenges]]> http://gazette.com/local-trio-trying-to-make-olympics-in-team-handball-with-funding-challenges/article/1554708?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/local-trio-trying-to-make-olympics-in-team-handball-with-funding-challenges/article/1554708?custom_click=rss

They all have different backgrounds. But they are united by the same hometown - and the same dream.

There was something about the London Olympics in 2012 that lit a spark in Jennifer Farrar when she attended as a spectator. It wasn't while watching the U.S. basketball teams - Farrar's former sport - trounce their opponents, and it wasn't Michael Phelps' six swimming medals.

No, Farrar was inspired by a sport she had never even heard of, watching countries that weren't her own.

And three years later, she, along with fellow Colorado natives Stephanie Hesser and Kauna Kama, are part of the U.S. team handball squad that is looking to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since the Atlanta Games in 1996.



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They all have different backgrounds. But they are united by the same hometown - and the same dream.

There was something about the London Olympics in 2012 that lit a spark in Jennifer Farrar when she attended as a spectator. It wasn't while watching the U.S. basketball teams - Farrar's former sport - trounce their opponents, and it wasn't Michael Phelps' six swimming medals.

No, Farrar was inspired by a sport she had never even heard of, watching countries that weren't her own.

And three years later, she, along with fellow Colorado natives Stephanie Hesser and Kauna Kama, are part of the U.S. team handball squad that is looking to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since the Atlanta Games in 1996.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:36:03 -0600
<![CDATA[Boston 2024 Olympics organizers update $4.6B bid]]> http://gazette.com/boston-2024-olympics-organizers-update-4.6b-bid/article/feed/247720?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boston-2024-olympics-organizers-update-4.6b-bid/article/feed/247720?custom_click=rss

BOSTON (AP) — The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games on Monday, unveiling a $4.6 billion plan it says would create thousands of jobs and housing units, expand the city's tax base and leave behind a vastly-improved regional transit system — all with a $210 million surplus.

The announcement was designed to answer critics who say the privately funded Boston 2024 has withheld details of the bid to prevent the public from assessing whether the games could be staged, as promised, without the need for taxpayer money.

The so-called "Bid 2.0" comes as Boston 2024 organizers head to San Francisco for a critical meeting before the U.S. Olympic Committ

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]]> BOSTON (AP) — The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games on Monday, unveiling a $4.6 billion plan it says would create thousands of jobs and housing units, expand the city's tax base and leave behind a vastly-improved regional transit system — all with a $210 million surplus.

The announcement was designed to answer critics who say the privately funded Boston 2024 has withheld details of the bid to prevent the public from assessing whether the games could be staged, as promised, without the need for taxpayer money.

The so-called "Bid 2.0" comes as Boston 2024 organizers head to San Francisco for a critical meeting before the U.S. Olympic Committ]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:49:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Fighting lawyer Stalacia Leggett qualifies for Olympic boxing trials]]> http://gazette.com/fighting-lawyer-stalacia-leggett-qualifies-for-olympic-boxing-trials/article/1554592?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fighting-lawyer-stalacia-leggett-qualifies-for-olympic-boxing-trials/article/1554592?custom_click=rss

A year ago Stalacia Leggett was studying to take the California state bar exam.

On Saturday night, Leggett became a U.S. boxing Olympic trials qualifier.

Leggett joined Colorado Springs residents Alex Love and Naomi Graham in winning third-place bouts at the USA Boxing Olympic trials qualifiers at the City Auditorium to earn the final three spots from this week's tournament.

The other matches of the night were all final bouts, with every finalist already guaranteed a spot in October's Olympic trials.

But it was the first three bouts that held the most weight as six women entered the ring with a last shot at a trials berth.

Leggett had been in one prior national tournament before venturing to Colorado



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A year ago Stalacia Leggett was studying to take the California state bar exam.

On Saturday night, Leggett became a U.S. boxing Olympic trials qualifier.

Leggett joined Colorado Springs residents Alex Love and Naomi Graham in winning third-place bouts at the USA Boxing Olympic trials qualifiers at the City Auditorium to earn the final three spots from this week's tournament.

The other matches of the night were all final bouts, with every finalist already guaranteed a spot in October's Olympic trials.

But it was the first three bouts that held the most weight as six women entered the ring with a last shot at a trials berth.

Leggett had been in one prior national tournament before venturing to Colorado

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 04:16:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Super heavyweights Glanton, Moore going for gold]]> http://gazette.com/super-heavyweights-glanton-moore-going-for-gold/article/1554542?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/super-heavyweights-glanton-moore-going-for-gold/article/1554542?custom_click=rss The USA men's boxing teams haven't won gold in more than a decade and haven't taken home a medal since 2008.

Brandon Glanton and Marlo Moore are both dreaming of gold.

Glanton and Moore each won super heavyweight semifinals (over 201 pounds) on Friday to qualify for the U.S. Olympic boxing trials.

Deontay Wilder was the last American male to win an Olympic medal and the same boxer brought a heavyweight title back to American shores.

Wilder won bronze in the Olympics in 2008 and defeated Bermane Stiverne in January to claim the WBC belt, the first heavyweight title for an American since 2006.

Glanton, of Ellenwood, Ga., stopped Lorenzo Deloney by TKO at the 1:17 mark of the second round.

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]]> The USA men's boxing teams haven't won gold in more than a decade and haven't taken home a medal since 2008.

Brandon Glanton and Marlo Moore are both dreaming of gold.

Glanton and Moore each won super heavyweight semifinals (over 201 pounds) on Friday to qualify for the U.S. Olympic boxing trials.

Deontay Wilder was the last American male to win an Olympic medal and the same boxer brought a heavyweight title back to American shores.

Wilder won bronze in the Olympics in 2008 and defeated Bermane Stiverne in January to claim the WBC belt, the first heavyweight title for an American since 2006.

Glanton, of Ellenwood, Ga., stopped Lorenzo Deloney by TKO at the 1:17 mark of the second round.]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:10:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Big money, 2016 Rio Olympics implications at stake in international mountain bike racing series]]> http://gazette.com/big-money-2016-rio-olympics-implications-at-stake-in-international-mountain-bike-racing-series/article/1554550?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/big-money-2016-rio-olympics-implications-at-stake-in-international-mountain-bike-racing-series/article/1554550?custom_click=rss The top mountain bike racing series in North America will reach its climax in Colorado Springs this weekend with Olympic implications to boot.

The five-race U.S. Cup Pro Series concludes Saturday with the juniors, women and men's divisions. The start and finish lines for the two days of races are by the Pulpit Rock Open Space by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus along North Nevada Avenue.

Since it is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union, riders garner qualification points from individual races and the series toward berths at the 2016 Rio Olympics. As a result, the series, which is one level below World Cup, draws some of the world's best.

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The five-race U.S. Cup Pro Series concludes Saturday with the juniors, women and men's divisions. The start and finish lines for the two days of races are by the Pulpit Rock Open Space by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus along North Nevada Avenue.

Since it is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union, riders garner qualification points from individual races and the series toward berths at the 2016 Rio Olympics. As a result, the series, which is one level below World Cup, draws some of the world's best.]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge has an X Games appeal]]> http://gazette.com/freezer-aerial-figure-skating-challenge-has-an-x-games-appeal/article/1554555?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/freezer-aerial-figure-skating-challenge-has-an-x-games-appeal/article/1554555?custom_click=rss

There were few sequins, no choreography and AC/DC blaring instead of Leonard Bernstein in a jumps competition showcasing some of the top American men and women figure skaters.

And while Friday's Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge will never be confused with the top international figure skating competitions, winning the inaugural event at The Broadmoor Open Friday night was still exciting.

After all, these kinds of jumps competition could play a big role in the future of the Olympic sport in the United States.

"This kind of competition really pushes all of us to get better at jumps," said inaugural champion Max Aaron, who edged 15-year-old Aleksei Krasnozhon, in the bonus round. "It was great to see the younger

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]]> There were few sequins, no choreography and AC/DC blaring instead of Leonard Bernstein in a jumps competition showcasing some of the top American men and women figure skaters.

And while Friday's Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge will never be confused with the top international figure skating competitions, winning the inaugural event at The Broadmoor Open Friday night was still exciting.

After all, these kinds of jumps competition could play a big role in the future of the Olympic sport in the United States.

"This kind of competition really pushes all of us to get better at jumps," said inaugural champion Max Aaron, who edged 15-year-old Aleksei Krasnozhon, in the bonus round. "It was great to see the younger]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 04:10:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Widefield grad Boris Berian has re-emerged as threat in 800 heading into outdoor track and field nationals]]> http://gazette.com/widefield-grad-boris-berian-has-re-emerged-as-threat-in-800-heading-into-outdoor-track-and-field-nationals/article/1554395?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/widefield-grad-boris-berian-has-re-emerged-as-threat-in-800-heading-into-outdoor-track-and-field-nationals/article/1554395?custom_click=rss

Boris Berian disappeared.

It was 2011, when Joe Vigil told running coach Carlos Handler about Berian, a Widefield High School graduate, who was headed to Adams State. When Vigil, the coach of Handler's wife, Brenda Martinez, and a former Adams State coach, touted Berian as a great recruit, Handler decided he'd keep tabs. He noticed Berian when won two Division II 800-meter titles in 2012. And he noticed when he stopped he stopped seeing Berian win, when he stopped seeing his race results altogether.

"It was like he fell off the face of the Earth," Handler said.

Berian stayed at Adams State through the 2014 spring semester, but was academically ineligible each of his last two seasons with the Grizzlies. He decided in



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Boris Berian disappeared.

It was 2011, when Joe Vigil told running coach Carlos Handler about Berian, a Widefield High School graduate, who was headed to Adams State. When Vigil, the coach of Handler's wife, Brenda Martinez, and a former Adams State coach, touted Berian as a great recruit, Handler decided he'd keep tabs. He noticed Berian when won two Division II 800-meter titles in 2012. And he noticed when he stopped he stopped seeing Berian win, when he stopped seeing his race results altogether.

"It was like he fell off the face of the Earth," Handler said.

Berian stayed at Adams State through the 2014 spring semester, but was academically ineligible each of his last two seasons with the Grizzlies. He decided in

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 19:22:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Top American figure skaters ready to show off their jumps in free competition at The Broadmoor World Arena]]> http://gazette.com/top-american-figure-skaters-ready-to-show-off-their-jumps-in-free-competition-at-the-broadmoor-world-arena/article/1554328?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/top-american-figure-skaters-ready-to-show-off-their-jumps-in-free-competition-at-the-broadmoor-world-arena/article/1554328?custom_click=rss

With artistic scores a major determinant of success, casual fans may overlook the raw athleticism required to be an Olympic-caliber figure skater.

A jumps competition Friday night at The Broadmoor World Arena might change your perception, organizers for the 18th annual Broadmoor Open and Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge hope. Admission and parking is free for the four-day figure skating and solo dance competition starting Wednesday and the Friday jumps challenge from 4:40 to 8 p.m.

"Skaters in the U.S. are among the best in the world and an event like the Freezer Aerial Skating Challenge encourages our skaters to take more risks and develop to the highest of their potential," Broadmoor Skating Club coach Tom Zakrajsek

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]]> With artistic scores a major determinant of success, casual fans may overlook the raw athleticism required to be an Olympic-caliber figure skater.

A jumps competition Friday night at The Broadmoor World Arena might change your perception, organizers for the 18th annual Broadmoor Open and Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge hope. Admission and parking is free for the four-day figure skating and solo dance competition starting Wednesday and the Friday jumps challenge from 4:40 to 8 p.m.

"Skaters in the U.S. are among the best in the world and an event like the Freezer Aerial Skating Challenge encourages our skaters to take more risks and develop to the highest of their potential," Broadmoor Skating Club coach Tom Zakrajsek]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 04:05:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs resident finds her place in boxing ring, prepares for qualifying]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-resident-finds-her-place-in-boxing-ring-prepares-for-qualifying/article/1554324?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-resident-finds-her-place-in-boxing-ring-prepares-for-qualifying/article/1554324?custom_click=rss

Alex Love found boxing because of basketball. Now, her hoop dreams have evolved to Olympic hopes, but not the way she expected. - This week, male and female boxers will step in the ring in hopes of eventually reaching the 2016 Rio Olympics. - The City Auditorium is hosting six days' worth of U.S. Olympic boxing qualifying. - The twice-daily event is at noon and 6 p.m., concluding Saturday. - Colorado will be well represented in the tournaments. - Joining Love, a soldier at Fort Carson in the World Class Athletes Program, will be 30 other fighters from Colorado, including 13 from Colorado Springs, Fountain and Fort Carson. - "I was small and short," Love said Friday, explaining she went into boxing to be a better basketball player. "I



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Alex Love found boxing because of basketball. Now, her hoop dreams have evolved to Olympic hopes, but not the way she expected. - This week, male and female boxers will step in the ring in hopes of eventually reaching the 2016 Rio Olympics. - The City Auditorium is hosting six days' worth of U.S. Olympic boxing qualifying. - The twice-daily event is at noon and 6 p.m., concluding Saturday. - Colorado will be well represented in the tournaments. - Joining Love, a soldier at Fort Carson in the World Class Athletes Program, will be 30 other fighters from Colorado, including 13 from Colorado Springs, Fountain and Fort Carson. - "I was small and short," Love said Friday, explaining she went into boxing to be a better basketball player. "I

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:54:13 -0600
<![CDATA[New U.S. Olympic Museum plans in Colorado Springs shown to City Council]]> http://gazette.com/new-u.s.-olympic-museum-plans-in-colorado-springs-shown-to-city-council/article/1554282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-u.s.-olympic-museum-plans-in-colorado-springs-shown-to-city-council/article/1554282?custom_click=rss

Organizers released the latest plans for the United States Olympic Museum to City Council on Monday.

The museum will be built near Vermijo Street and Sierra Madre in downtown Colorado Springs.

Richard Celeste, president of the U.S. Olympic Museum board, gave the presentation Monday to City Council, which includes new members since the April municipal election. He told Gazette news partner KKTV that he wants the museum to be very engaging.

The board plans to have an exhibit of the Parade of Nations that will recreate any past Olympic ceremony.



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Organizers released the latest plans for the United States Olympic Museum to City Council on Monday.

The museum will be built near Vermijo Street and Sierra Madre in downtown Colorado Springs.

Richard Celeste, president of the U.S. Olympic Museum board, gave the presentation Monday to City Council, which includes new members since the April municipal election. He told Gazette news partner KKTV that he wants the museum to be very engaging.

The board plans to have an exhibit of the Parade of Nations that will recreate any past Olympic ceremony.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:26:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Paris becomes 4th city to join race for 2024 Olympic Games]]> http://gazette.com/paris-becomes-4th-city-to-join-race-for-2024-olympic-games/article/feed/245974?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paris-becomes-4th-city-to-join-race-for-2024-olympic-games/article/feed/245974?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — Paris declared its candidacy for the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday, becoming the fourth city to enter the race and setting out its vision for bringing the games back to the French capital for the first time in 100 years.

The Paris bid, which has been in the works for months, was formally launched in a ceremony at the headquarters of the French Olympic Committee that was attended by dozens of leading French athletes.

"We believe that this bid and our goal to host the 2024 Games will excite, unite and enthuse the people of Paris, our entire nation and lovers of Olympic and Paralympic sport all over the world," bid chairman Bernard Lapasset said.

Paris joins Rome, Boston and Hamburg as declared bidders, with Buda

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]]> PARIS (AP) — Paris declared its candidacy for the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday, becoming the fourth city to enter the race and setting out its vision for bringing the games back to the French capital for the first time in 100 years.

The Paris bid, which has been in the works for months, was formally launched in a ceremony at the headquarters of the French Olympic Committee that was attended by dozens of leading French athletes.

"We believe that this bid and our goal to host the 2024 Games will excite, unite and enthuse the people of Paris, our entire nation and lovers of Olympic and Paralympic sport all over the world," bid chairman Bernard Lapasset said.

Paris joins Rome, Boston and Hamburg as declared bidders, with Buda]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:32:18 -0600 <![CDATA[Jalen Brunson brings different aspect to USA U19 basketball team]]> http://gazette.com/jalen-brunson-brings-different-aspect-to-usa-u19-basketball-team/article/1554146?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jalen-brunson-brings-different-aspect-to-usa-u19-basketball-team/article/1554146?custom_click=rss

The workout begins when practice ends.

While other USA Basketball Under-19 players unlace their sneakers, Jalen Brunson makes his way to a far corner basket in the Olympic Training Center gym. He begins what he calls the "Stephen Curry Drill."

For three minutes, Brunson catches passes coming from the side before turning toward the hoop and shooting a 3-pointer near the top of the key. Brunson offers silent affirmatives when the ball swishes through the net and frustrated expletives when it bounces off the rim. More often, it's the former.

Jalen's father, former NBAer Rick Brunson, always told him to be consistent as a shooter. While in Colorado for training camp, Jalen's performed the drill after most team practices.

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While other USA Basketball Under-19 players unlace their sneakers, Jalen Brunson makes his way to a far corner basket in the Olympic Training Center gym. He begins what he calls the "Stephen Curry Drill."

For three minutes, Brunson catches passes coming from the side before turning toward the hoop and shooting a 3-pointer near the top of the key. Brunson offers silent affirmatives when the ball swishes through the net and frustrated expletives when it bounces off the rim. More often, it's the former.

Jalen's father, former NBAer Rick Brunson, always told him to be consistent as a shooter. While in Colorado for training camp, Jalen's performed the drill after most team practices.]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 04:15:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Miss USA Nia Sanchez cites sport for success during Colorado Springs visit]]> http://gazette.com/miss-usa-nia-sanchez-cites-sport-for-success-during-colorado-springs-visit/article/1554115?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/miss-usa-nia-sanchez-cites-sport-for-success-during-colorado-springs-visit/article/1554115?custom_click=rss

Before anything broke, Nia Sanchez removed her leopard print heels. Her Miss USA sash, too.

Then, in a red jumpsuit with The Broadmoor World Arena spotlight shining on her, she went to work. She offered a flurry of kicks. She broke five wooden boards with one kick. Three with another. When she was done her final tally was 14. Not bad for someone who hasn't practiced Taekwondo consistently in five years.

Some of it is muscle memory for Sanchez, the 25-year-old Miss USA who was a guest Friday at the opening ceremonies of the U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang.

When she returned to the stage after breaking the boards - with her heels and sash back on - she received an honorary fifth-degree black belt.

She can't remember



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Before anything broke, Nia Sanchez removed her leopard print heels. Her Miss USA sash, too.

Then, in a red jumpsuit with The Broadmoor World Arena spotlight shining on her, she went to work. She offered a flurry of kicks. She broke five wooden boards with one kick. Three with another. When she was done her final tally was 14. Not bad for someone who hasn't practiced Taekwondo consistently in five years.

Some of it is muscle memory for Sanchez, the 25-year-old Miss USA who was a guest Friday at the opening ceremonies of the U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang.

When she returned to the stage after breaking the boards - with her heels and sash back on - she received an honorary fifth-degree black belt.

She can't remember

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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 07:44:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Under-19 USA Basketball tryout draws underhand free throws from Chinanu Onuaku]]> http://gazette.com/under-19-usa-basketball-tryout-draws-underhand-free-throws-from-chinanu-onuaku/article/1553888?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/under-19-usa-basketball-tryout-draws-underhand-free-throws-from-chinanu-onuaku/article/1553888?custom_click=rss

When Harry Giles saw Chinanu Onuaku shoot free throws, he inquired.

"What's up with that?" Giles asked his potential USA Basketball U19 teammate.

That would be the underhand form Onuaku, one of 16 players competing for a spot on the roster, uses. He places one hand on each side of the ball, with the ball in front of his waist. To get optimal spin on the basketball, he makes sure his thumbs are directed toward the ground before angling his forearms upward and rotating his wrists as he releases the ball.

It's commonly referred to as "granny style," but Onuaku is no granny. He's a 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward. He made less than 46 percent of his free throws during his freshman year with Louisville.



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When Harry Giles saw Chinanu Onuaku shoot free throws, he inquired.

"What's up with that?" Giles asked his potential USA Basketball U19 teammate.

That would be the underhand form Onuaku, one of 16 players competing for a spot on the roster, uses. He places one hand on each side of the ball, with the ball in front of his waist. To get optimal spin on the basketball, he makes sure his thumbs are directed toward the ground before angling his forearms upward and rotating his wrists as he releases the ball.

It's commonly referred to as "granny style," but Onuaku is no granny. He's a 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward. He made less than 46 percent of his free throws during his freshman year with Louisville.

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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:42:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Davidson coach Bob McKillop recalls former player Stephen Curry fondly]]> http://gazette.com/davidson-coach-bob-mckillop-recalls-former-player-stephen-curry-fondly/article/1553824?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/davidson-coach-bob-mckillop-recalls-former-player-stephen-curry-fondly/article/1553824?custom_click=rss

Bob McKillop had no hidden Stephen Curry gem to offer.

The Davidson coach, one of the evaluators at USA Basketball's U19 training camp at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, said that after his MVP season for the Golden State Warriors, there are no more secrets to Stephen Curry.

Yet people still seem enamored with Curry - and his daughter, Riley - and that strikes McKillop. The former Davidson Wildcat is the most accomplished player McKillop has coached.

"It's very uncommon for a competitive success like he is to endear himself and be so magnetic that people root for him," McKillop said.

"We live in a world where more people root against someone than for someone. And no one ever, in my judgment, roots

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The Davidson coach, one of the evaluators at USA Basketball's U19 training camp at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, said that after his MVP season for the Golden State Warriors, there are no more secrets to Stephen Curry.

Yet people still seem enamored with Curry - and his daughter, Riley - and that strikes McKillop. The former Davidson Wildcat is the most accomplished player McKillop has coached.

"It's very uncommon for a competitive success like he is to endear himself and be so magnetic that people root for him," McKillop said.

"We live in a world where more people root against someone than for someone. And no one ever, in my judgment, roots]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 04:10:30 -0600 <![CDATA[IOC members: Almaty narrows gap in 2022 race with Beijing]]> http://gazette.com/ioc-members-almaty-narrows-gap-in-2022-race-with-beijing/article/feed/242129?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ioc-members-almaty-narrows-gap-in-2022-race-with-beijing/article/feed/242129?custom_click=rss

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Almaty managed to win the attention of IOC members. The next challenge is to win their votes.

The bid from Kazakhstan came away with a big boost after impressing IOC members with its presentation for the 2022 Winter Games. Beijing, the long-time perceived favorite, also presented a solid case but will now feel pressure from a legitimate challenger.

"The feeling among the membership was that Almaty probably narrowed the gap," IOC vice president John Coates of Australia told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "I think it might be a close vote, which I didn't think originally.

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]]> LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Almaty managed to win the attention of IOC members. The next challenge is to win their votes.

The bid from Kazakhstan came away with a big boost after impressing IOC members with its presentation for the 2022 Winter Games. Beijing, the long-time perceived favorite, also presented a solid case but will now feel pressure from a legitimate challenger.

"The feeling among the membership was that Almaty probably narrowed the gap," IOC vice president John Coates of Australia told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "I think it might be a close vote, which I didn't think originally.]]> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:07:18 -0600