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  • Colorado Springs' Jenkins brothers making their mark on national mountain biking stage

    A blur of brightly colored spandex caught Nolan Jenkins' eye, and a passion for mountain biking was born. The rising Colorado Springs School freshman, now 14, went to the Leadville 100 race about four years ago, and Durango-based mountain biking national champ Todd Wells blew past the preteen fan. "I wanted to try it out," he said. "I...

  • First U.S. female swimmer qualifies for Rio

    Olympian Haley Anderson of Granite Bay, Calif. became the third U.S. and first American woman swimmer to qualify for a spot on the 2016 U.S. team by placing ninth in the women’s 10-kilometer open water event at the 2015 FINA World Championships at the Kazanka River Venue near Kazan, Russia. Anderson, who won the 5-kilometer open...

  • Boston out as US candidate for 2024 Olympics, USOC to look elsewhere

    A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday that the U.S. Olympic Committee has severed ties with Boston. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been made public. The Boston bid soured within days of its beginning in January, beset by poor communication, low public support and...

  • First two U.S. swimmers qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics

    KAZAN, Russia – The first two U.S. swimmers qualified for spots on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team on Monday, when Jordan Wilimovsky of Malibu, Calif. won gold and Sean Ryan of Chattanooga, Tenn. placed fourth in the men’s 10-kilometer open water event at the 2015 FINA World Championships at the Kazanka River Venue. Wilimovsky...

  • USOC asks Massachusetts governor for stance on Boston '24

    BOSTON — The U.S. Olympic Committee wants to know where the governor of Massachusetts stands on the Boston Olympics. His answer: Still crunching the numbers. Gov. Charlie Baker refused to take a position on the city's troubled bid for the 2024 Games on Friday, even after receiving a request from USOC leaders to let them know as soon as...

  • RMAC, USA Wrestling will hold league tournament in January

    For the first time in 20 years, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference wrestlers will compete in a league tournament. "We are putting RMAC wrestling back on the map in the region and in the wrestling community," league commissioner Chris Graham said during Thursday's press conference. USA Wrestling will run the Jan. 31, 2016 event. It will...

  • Former Army ranger Mat Henigsmith works to swap camouflage for red, white and blue

    Former U.S. Army Ranger Mat Henigsmith accepts challenges wherever he finds them. Wednesday it was rock climbing. Friday it will be goalball. It was para-triathlon before this week's U.S. Association of Blind Athletes Summer Sports Festival. Henigsmith knew his world had changed when he was diagnosed as legally blind in February and he...

  • Olympic trial qualifiers Hunter Doerr, Daniel Carr evolve Colorado Springs swimming rivalry into friendship

    Hunter Doerr wasn't sure what he was in for when his friends suggested they play Polish pingpong. Doerr found out soon enough. Lose a point, get pelted with the pingpong ball. The opponent on the other end of the table was one he's all too familiar with, though in a different milieu. Doerr, who graduated from Air Academy this year, and...

  • Daniel Carr qualifies for 2nd Olympic trials event

    Daniel Carr qualified for his second USA Swimming Olympic trials event on July 15. The Cheyenne Mountain junior, who already had qualified for the 100-meter backstroke, swam a qualifying time of 2 minutes, 1.73 seconds in the 200 backstroke. The cut time for the trials is 2:03.79.   Daniel Carr, Hunter Doerr turn swimming rivalry...

  • Two-time Olympian Jonathan Horton gunning for one more last Olympics in Rio

    Two-time Olympian Jonathan Horton entered this weekend looking to prove that he has one more Olympics left in him. "I am pretty humble but I believe I am still one of the top vets in the country," he said. A bad meet last winter ended a 10-year stint on the U.S. national team and he hoped a good performance at Saturday's men's gymnastics...

  • Women's air pistol 'poster child' is from Colorado, barely a teen and on the rise

    Three thoughts went through Carson Saabye's head after her third-place finish in women's air pistol at the USA Shooting National Championships. When the 13-year-old found out her score made her the youngest-ever member of the USA Shooting national team, there was a "Wow." Another "wow" when she learned that meant she was on the USA Shooting...

  • OTC gymnast Chris Brooks ready to shake off latest injury in bid for Rio

    U.S. gymnast Chris Brooks is used to proving himself again and again. The former men's gymnastics national team member and 2012 London Olympic alternate has recovered from a shoulder injury - the latest of many such setbacks - to join the 60 other men vying for a berth in the Proctor and Gamble championships Aug. 13-16 in Indianapolis. He...

  • Ramsey blog: Caitlyn Jenner speaks truth and this truth bothers some Americans

    Caitlyn Jenner will spend the rest of her life dividing Americans. Many will applaud her. Many will see her as a courageous symbol, a trailblazer. Others will see her as a symbol of our nation's continuing collapse. Trust me on this one: I've heard from several of Jenner's critics. But there is value in the words of The Person Once Known...

  • WATCH: Emotional Caitlyn Jenner accepts Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs

    LOS ANGELES — Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs on Wednesday night while urging acceptance for others who are transgender. She received a standing ovation from some of the sporting world's biggest stars after her 10-minute speech during the annual awards honoring the year's top athletes and moments....

  • Missy Franklin wins 2015 ESPY for Best Female College Athlete

    Olympic champion swimmer Missy Franklin won an ESPY for Best Female College Athlete after leading California-Berkeley to a 2015 NCAA team championship and picking up additional titles in the 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke and individual medley. She, unfortunately, could not attend the award ceremony. Franklin announced in March...

  • Olympic Training Center event celebrates anniversary of disabilities act

    Disabled representation is key when creating legislation for people with disabilities, Maria Town told a crowd of largely disabled people at a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Thursday evening at the Olympic Training Center. "I don't think it should be a burden on people with disabilities to always...

  • American women track cyclists show their readiness for Pan American Games

    Consider the American women's team well prepared for this month's Pan American Games. The U.S. exceeded national short-track cycling program director Andy Sparks' expectations with three wins by his wife Sarah Hammer and another four medals Saturday night to conclude the Independence Day Grand Prix at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training...

  • Hammer sets the pace in opening day of Independence Day Grand Prix

    It was a good night to be track cyclist Sarah Hammer. It usually is. The two-time Olympic silver medalist and area resident won two of three Friday night finals held before rain shut down the Independence Day Grand Prix at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome. A few makeup races and a full schedule await on Saturday at 9...

  • Snowboarders concerned Olympics future

    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...

  • Aly Raisman in ESPN's Body Issue: 'I think imperfection is beauty'

    Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman becomes the latest athlete to grace ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue. In her accompanying interview, the 21-year-old discussed her intense training regimen and the challenges of being an Olympic-level athlete. From ESPN: "I'm not sure training seven hours a day is completely healthy. That's why gymnastics is a...

  • Some of world's best track cyclists converge on velodrome

    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...

  • Local trio trying to make Olympics in team handball with funding challenges

    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...

  • Fighting lawyer Stalacia Leggett qualifies for Olympic boxing trials

    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...

  • Wrestle-offs set for Sunday at OTC

    There will be two special wrestle-offs held at 11 a.m. Sunday at SportsCenter I at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. The matches are free and open to the public. There will be a best-of-three wrestle-off for the 132-pound class berth at the juniors world championships between 2014 world silver medalist Joey McKenna and 2015 trails...

  • Super heavyweights Glanton, Moore going for gold

    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...

  • Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge has an X Games appeal

    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...

  • Big money, 2016 Rio Olympics implications at stake in international mountain bike racing series

    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...

  • Widefield grad Boris Berian has re-emerged as threat in 800 heading into outdoor track and field nationals

    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...

  • Top American figure skaters ready to show off their jumps in free competition at The Broadmoor World Arena

    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...

  • Colorado Springs resident finds her place in boxing ring, prepares for qualifying

    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...

  • New U.S. Olympic Museum plans in Colorado Springs shown to City Council

    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...

  • Jalen Brunson brings different aspect to USA U19 basketball team

    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...

  • Miss USA Nia Sanchez cites sport for success during Colorado Springs visit

    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...

  • OTC resident garners Greco honor

    Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center resident Andy Bisek was named 2014 Greco-Roman Wrestler of the Year by USA Wrestling. It is the first time that Bisek has won this award. Bisek won a bronze medal at 74 kg/163 pounds at the 2014 World Wrestling Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He won the first World or Olympic medal for the...

  • Under-19 USA Basketball tryout draws underhand free throws from Chinanu Onuaku

    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...

  • Davidson coach Bob McKillop recalls former player Stephen Curry fondly

    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...

  • Coronado graduate Kyle Snyder books first trip to wrestling worlds

    MADISON, Wis. - Coronado High School could have another Olympic gold medalist as an alumnus soon. Ohio State sophomore and 2014 CHS graduate Kyle Snyder defeated 2012 London gold medalist Jake Varner by decision 4-1, 3-0 in the best-of-three finals at the U.S. world team trials at the Alliant Energy Center on Sunday night. It almost makes...

  • Three top U19 hoop players say being No. 1 ranked prospect not an issue

    If you want to separate the three best basketball players in the prep class of 2016, good luck. At times during USA Basketball's Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp at Colorado Springs' Olympic Training Center, three of the country's top prospects - Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson and Harry Giles - are inseparable. They warm up...

  • Adeline Gray leads OTC march to wrestling world championships

    MADISON, Wis. - Colorado Springs wrestler Adeline Gray came into the U.S. world team trials looking to dominate. The two-time defending world champion at 165 pounds most certainly did and booked her sixth trip to the world championships in six years. Gray dispatched Jackie Cataline of Eastvale, Calif., by pin and technical fall in the first...

  • Usain Bolt barely wins in 200; Widefield grad Boris Berian a surprising second in 800

    Bolt calls 200 performance in N.Y. worst of career New York: The last time he competed in this stadium, Usain Bolt ran the fastest 100 meters in history. In his return seven years later, he had what he called the worst 200 of his career. His typical bravado replaced by bafflement, Bolt said after his uninspiring victory at the Adidas Grand...

  • New OTC wrestler puts hurt on junior field

    MADISON, Wis. - High school wrestler Mark Hall moved to Colorado Springs looking to "get whipped." Taking on 2012 Olympic champ Jordan Burroughs and other senior national team athletes in practice the past two months certainly provided that. "I need the guys there to put the hurt on me so I can get better," Hall said. "I need that so I can...

  • Former national champ savors second chance in wrestling

    Forgive Sharon Jacobson if she looks almost too relaxed. Why let the stress of competition get in the way of a good time? Her return to wrestling has gone better than hoped and may end up better than she may have imagined. The 2006 national champion at 121 pounds (55 kilograms) left the sport in 2012 to focus on Mixed Martial Arts and only...

  • Coronado grad Micah Burak heads to wrestling trials eyeing first worlds bid

    Coronado High School graduate Micah Burak is a humble man, but has ample reason to be confident right now, especially with the support of his faith and family. The 214-pounder heads into this weekend's U.S. world championship wrestling team trials in Madison, Wisconsin, on a roll after winning the Northern Plains regional, also known as the...

  • Mountain bikers hope to make their mark at USA Cycling talent camp

    The next great American mountain bike rider could be making him or herself known this week during the regional talent ID camp in Colorado Springs. It's how area standout Russell Finsterwald and Utah's Keegan Swenson entered the development pipeline for USA Cycling years ago and the weeklong camp, which drew 27 entrants ages 14-19, could...

  • Natural trap shooter doing things her way and succeeding on international stage

    When Jay Beaman saw his daughter Janessa hold a BB gun for the first time, he hoped she could become a trap shooter like him. Now, they both think bigger. The 24-year-old Mitchell High School graduate is one of the best women in the world as she enters the USA Shooting National Championships for Shotgun this week and next at Fort Carson's...

  • Jimi Flowers meet is meaningful

    This weekend's sixth annual Jimi Flowers Classic is something special for Paralympian swimmer Anna Johannes. The 2012 London Paralympian is working her way back 18 months after right labrum surgery in December 2013. The annual fundraiser for the children of the late Jimi Flowers, a beloved coach at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center,...

  • Ron DeGregorio's presidency ends but legacy remains at USA Hockey

    Ron DeGregorio may be leaving his current role, but he is not finished adding to his legacy with USA Hockey. It is a list of accomplishments worth noting after his 12th year as president of the Colorado Springs-based national governing body expired Saturday. One of the myriad ways DeGregorio made his mark in 40 years as a USA Hockey...

  • Wheat Ridge Olympian heads to BMX world championships

    Nineteen athletes, including three Colorado men, are headed to Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, for the 2015 UCI BMX World Championships, USA Cycling announced on Tuesday. The event will be held July 23-25. Wheat Ridge BMXer and 2012 Olympian David Herman was one of the three. Ten elite men, five elite women, three juniors men and one...

  • Ten for Gwen points to another world triathlon title

    There seems little question that triathlete Gwen Jorgensen is well prepared to defend her 2014 world championship after she won her 10th straight ITU World Triathlon Series this weekend and led a U.S. podium sweep for the second time this season. Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) used her signature run speed to claim victory in 55 minutes, 45...

  • Colorado College Tigers announce Team USA roster for World University Games

    Colorado College coach Geoff Bennett and his staff had an enviable and tough job when they chose the 20 players to represent Team USA next month. They picked a mix of eight alums, seven current Tigers and five incoming freshmen for the 20-player squad that will represent the United States at July's World University Games in Gwangju, South...

  • Urban renewal bill could impact City for Champions projects

    DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Friday that expands the entities that allocate tax increment financing despite statewide concerns that the law will jeopardize pending urban renewal projects. The new law gives counties, school districts and special districts more say in how and when future increased tax revenue, the tax...

  • Ramsey: Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner and making 'the uncomfortable the norm'

    Bruce Jenner stood before a packed crowd at CSU-Pueblo's convocation in 2011. "Being in this arena, the arena of life, is about raising the bar, making the uncomfortable the norm," Jenner said. On Monday, Jenner announced he wants to be known as Caitlyn. And I'll honor the request. For the rest of the column, I'll refer to Jenner as "she."...

  • Caitlyn Jenner resembles Jessica Lange, other Hollywood starlets, fans tweet

    Immediately following Caitlyn Jenner's introduction to the world, people began making comparisons of who she resembled in Hollywood. One of the first starlets whose name exploded on social media was actress Jessica Lange. "Plot twist: Caitlyn is Jessica," one fan wrote on Twitter with a split photo of the former Olympian Bruce Jenner as...

  • USOC chief chairman Larry Probst named IOC TV committee chair

    LONDON - The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee was given a key international position Sunday, appointed as chairman of a new panel that will oversee the launch of the IOC's Olympic television channel. The creation of the Olympic Channel Commission and the appointment of USOC chair Larry Probst to head the 16-member panel was part of a...

  • New Colorado Springs velodrome dome may help Olympic and casual track cyclists alike

    Everyone from Olympic-caliber to area recreational track cyclists will benefit from the addition of an all-weather dome at the Memorial Park velodrome, the national program director said. The inflatable, pressurized dome, similar to ones used over tennis courts, will be installed in October. Once in place, the Olympic Training Center 7-Eleven...

  • Former Colorado College hockey player Doyle leads CC Athletics Hall of Fame class

    Former Colorado College defenseman Rob Doyle still cannot believe his luck. Now, 28 years since he last donned a Tigers hockey uniform, the 1987 graduate is surprised he is being inducted into the CC Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday. "I have been unbelievably lucky," he said. The three-time team MVP scored 51 goals and added 151 assists in...

  • Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center innovations seek to give U.S. athletes competitive edge

    U.S. athletes can now train in the heat and humidity of sea-level Rio de Janeiro without leaving Colorado Springs. The new altitude room is one of the many innovations the 130 Olympic Training Center residents and annual 12,000 to 15,000 visiting athletes may take advantage of while using the new Ted Stevens Sports Services Center. "This will...

  • Phelps' coach accepts job at ASU

    Bob Bowman will always be known as Michael Phelps' coach. Phelps won't be around forever, though, so Bowman started thinking about his future. It led him back to the college ranks and a new job at Arizona State, a school that he believes has the potential to be one of the top swimming programs in the country. "When they first called I was...

  • USOC announces expanded Road to Rio promotional tour

    The U.S. Olympic Committee announced its nine-stop Road to Rio Tour earlier this week starting on July 4 and ending on Sept. 10, 2016.  Tour elements will include interactive sport participation, virtual-reality experiences, athlete meet and greets, Team USA giveaways and sponsor engagement.  The Rio edition expands to the year...

  • Klee: Rugby 7s aiming at 2016 Olympics for boost in popularity

    DENVER - A chunk of her neck is missing. Not a small chunk, a big chunk, big enough that, when she lifts her blonde hair, the back of Lisa Rosen's neck looks like a divot. Peyton Manning probably could relate. But Peyton Manning plays his sport with a helmet and pads. These wild-and-crazy adrenaline junkies at the USA Rugby College 7s national...

  • USOC revenue outpaces expenses by more than $47 million in 2014, a Winter Olympic year

    Revenue for the U.S. Olympic Committee increased by more than 60 percent from the previous year in 2014, according to tax documents filed by the organization Friday. The Colorado Springs-based USOC, which supports the country's Olympic and Paralympic athletes, brought in more than $270 million in revenue for the year. That total included $122...

  • Bode Miller keeps open possibility of return to ski team

    At the moment, Bode Miller is preparing to change diapers, not charge down a mountain. Although, he is keeping his ski racing options open even as his wife gets ready to deliver their child anytime now. The six-time Olympic medalist accepted a nomination Thursday to be a part of the U.S. Ski Team in 2015-16. His acceptance doesn't...

  • Watch: Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen stands on her own for the first time after Injury

    After Olympic champion Amy Van Dyken-Rouen severed her spinal cord in an accident last year, doctors weren’t sure if she’d survive. Except now she’s standing on her own again for the first time. The six-time gold medal swimmer was paralyzed below the waist last year by severing her spinal cord in an ATV crash. "I looked at my husband...

  • American rhythmic gymnasts garner international medals

    Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill. took home the all- around bronze medal, as well as silver and bronze event medals, at the International Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament in Corbeil-Essonnes, France this past weekend. Camilla Feeley of Lincolnshire, Ill. picked up an event bronze.  In addition, Zeng and Jazzy Kerber combined for second...

  • Ten Colorado Springs wrestlers win in U.S. Open

    Springs wrestlers capture 10 titles at U.S. Open Las Vegas: World champion Elena Pirozhkova's run of good fortune continued at the U.S. Open. Pirozhkova, one of six Colorado Springs women champs, scored a pair of takedowns early in the match before holding off Olympic bronze medalist Randi Miller 4-3 in the women's freestyle finals late...

  • Lindsey Vonn says relationship with Tiger Woods is over

    SAN FRANCISCO — The relationship between Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn is over, with both taking to social media to say they were parting ways. But even in a breakup, they stuck together in the announcement. "After nearly three years together, Tiger and I have mutually decided to end our relationship," Vonn said Sunday on her Facebook page....

  • Bruce Jenner sued for wrongful death over highway crash

    LOS ANGELES — The stepchildren of a woman killed in an automobile crash involving Bruce Jenner have sued the Olympic gold medalist. The wrongful death case was filed Friday in Los Angeles by the stepchildren of Kim Howe, whose car was pushed into oncoming traffic after Jenner's sport utility vehicle collided with it on Pacific Coast Highway...

  • Air Force coach leads U.S. Greco-Roman team

    Air Force wrestling coach Sam Barber will be the head coach for the U.S. Greco-Roman junior team when it competes at the Pan-American Championships, May 6-8, in Havana, Cuba. “I’m looking forward to working with our nation’s elite-level wrestlers,” Barber said in a press release.  “I am excited to go to Cuba, where wrestling is one...

  • Figure skater with local ties undergoes knee surgery

    Haven Denney, the 2015 U.S. pairs silver medalist with partner Brandon Frazier, underwent right knee surgery on April 27. The surgery was performed in Vail, Colorado, by Dr. Robert F. LaPrade. Denney’s rehabilitation will begin in Vail and continue at her training base in Florida before returning to the ice. Denney and Frazier are the...

  • U.S. sled hockey cruises past Germany

    BUFFALO – The U.S. National Sled Team shut out Germany, 7-0, in its second preliminary contest of the 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships Monday night at the HARBORCENTER.  Adam Page (Lancaster, N.Y.) led the offense with four points (two goals) and Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) picked up the...

  • USA wrestlers enjoy golden weekend in Chile

    The United States dominated the men's freestyle competition at the Pan American Championships on Sunday, with six champions and two runners-up. The United States went 27-2 in the competition, with 17 of the bouts by either pin or technical fall. In the morning session, the USA went a perfect 22-0. Team USA won the team title with 78 of...

  • Team USA opens with win in sled hockey

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The U.S. National Sled Team defeated Russia, 6-1, in its opening game of the Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships today. Goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) stopped 13 of 14 shots and captain Josh Sweeney (Phoenix) notched two goals. "It was fantastic to finally be able to play in front of a crowd like...

  • American trampoline gymnasts thrilled to make Pan Ams team

    It doesn't matter if you are 27 or only 17, qualifying for your first Pan American Games is a special moment in a trampoline gymnast's career. "This means so much to me," said Clare Johnson, 17, who is competing in her first full season as a senior or Olympic-level athlete. "To make it to the Pan Am Games is unreal." Her performance in...

  • Trampoline gymnastics rivalry between brothers hits new heights

    Three gymnasts who know each other well will renew their rivalry with a spot in the 2015 Pan-American Games on the line. Brothers Steven, 24, and Jeffrey Gluckstein, 22, and Steven's synchronized partner Logan Dooley, 27, are the top three individual trampoline gymnastics entrants in this weekend's Elite Challenge at the Colorado Springs...

  • Olympic curling coach returns to competition

    Olympic bronze medalist Pete Fenson of Bemidji, Minn. is setting aside his USA Curling coaching gear after one season in hopes of another chance at representing Team USA as an athlete. Fenson, 47, resigned on Monday as a national team coach to join 92 other applicants for the 2015-16 USA Curling High Performance Program. "I really enjoyed...

  • Ugly Olympic conflict breaks into open at Sochi conference

    LONDON (AP) — Never in recent memory has the Olympic movement seen anything quite like this. It came like a thunderbolt Monday — an Olympic powerbroker publicly rebuking the IOC and its president at a global conference. Launching the withering broadside was Marius Vizer, head of the umbrella body representing Olympic and non-Olympic sports...

  • Ex-Olympic swimmer Van Dyken-Rouen thrilled to help others

      PHOENIX — There were days, particularly right after her accident, when Amy Van Dyken-Rouen just curled up in a ball and cried. Even now, 10 months since she severed her spine in an ATV crash, Van Dyken-Rouen has those moments when reality becomes a little too much to bear. But no matter how down she might get, how hard her...

  • National sports leaders talk about preparation between Olympics at Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center

    There is far more to sending U.S. athletes to the Winter and Summer Games than booking a lot of plane tickets. Olympics preparations are more complicated than those outside the movement may realize, a panel of national sports leaders reminded a crowd at the Colorado Springs Sports Corp. Salute to the Olympic Family Luncheon on Wednesday....

  • USA Basketball national offices may remain in Colorado Springs

    USA Basketball’s future in Colorado Springs may be determined this summer after plans to move to the Phoenix area fell through again. A decision to revive a deal with Arizona State University, renew a nationwide search or remain in the Pikes Peak region is likely to be made during the next board of directors meeting in June or July, said USA...

  • U.S. loses tight Freestyle World Cup wrestling final to Iran

    LOS ANGELES - Anywhere Iran wrestles, the horns, the chants and the singing follows. Whether it be at World Championships in Turkey or World Cups in Los Angeles, Iran is regarded as having some of the most engaged wrestling fans in the world. On Sunday at the Forum in Los Angeles, the pattern would hold as hundreds of Iranian wrestling fans...

  • USOC names March athlete honorees

    Notable performances during the month of March earned Paralympic Nordic skier Oksana Masters (Louisville, Ky.), shooter Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) and the ice dancing pair of Madison Chock (Novi, Mich.) and Evan Bates (Ann Arbor, Mich.) Best of March honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee...

  • United States defends women's world hockey title

    MALMO, Sweden — The United States defended its women's world hockey championship with a 7-5 victory over Canada on Saturday. Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne scored for the U.S. in the third after the Americans blew a 5-2 lead. Anne Pankowski, Hilary Knight, Megan Keller, Anne Schleper and Haley Skarupa also scored. "We were tested and...

  • Life changed for better after Paralympic snowboarder Mike Shea lost his lower left leg

    Having his left leg torn off below the knee changed Mike Shea's life. But not in the way you might expect for the Paralympian snowboarder. The 2002 wakeboarding accident was the wake-up call the now-Glenwood Springs resident needed to begin battling his addiction to alcohol and painkillers. It paid off with his first world championships...

  • Love of speed skating unites two locals despite different aspirations

    Depending on your age, the Colorado Speedskating Championships this Saturday may mean something markedly different. Yet for both Justin Meek, 32, and French Elementary School second-grader Aiden Meacham, their love for their new sport is much the same. For Meek, the one-day meet at The Broadmoor World Arena Ice Hall is a chance to show how...

  • Area curling team moves into semifinal contention

    After a 1-3 start, Colorado Springs’ Darrick Kizlyk rink has won four games in a row to improve to 5-2 and move into third place with two matches left in pool play today in the 2015 USA Curling Mixed National Championship at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine, Minn. Kizlyk and teammates Cynthia Smith (Denver), Justin Boshoven (Castle...

  • Is five-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres coming out of retirement at age 47?

    Five-time Olympian Dara Torres, 47, announced on Wednesday that she would be coming out of retirement to make a go at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The problem is, the pair of tweets came on April Fool’s Day, the most excruciatingly frustrating day of the year to believe anything. The Washington Post has reached out to Torres’s agent,...

  • Area curlers knock off defending national champs

    The Colorado team moved up the leaderboard at the 2015 USA Curling Mixed National Championship when Colorado Springs’ Darrick Kizlyk rink evened its record at 2-2 by stealing the 10th end to knock off the defending champions from Illinois, led by Greg Wilson.   Kizlyk (Colorado Springs) and teammates Cynthia Smith (Denver), Justin...

  • Jorgensen wins 10th triathlon series stop

    2014 ITU World Champion Gwen Jorgensen ran to her 10th career ITU World Triathlon Series win on Sunday at ITU World Triathlon Auckland, while fellow USA national team member Katie Zaferes earned her second-straight silver medal of the season. Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) clocked in at 2 hours, 9 minutes, 4 seconds on the 1,500-meter swim,...

  • Korean citizenship gives former Colorado College Tiger Mike Testwuide Olympic opportunity

    Former Colorado College center Mike Testwuide couldn't turn down a chance to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. A few weeks ago, new South Korean men's ice hockey national team coach Jim Paek approached the former Pikes Peak Miner to see if he would apply for dual citizenship. That would allow him to play for his adopted country, which...

  • Shiffrin captures slalom title at US Alpine Championships

    CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — Over the years, Mikaela Shiffrin has been patiently refining her technique, trying to get it just perfect. Her signature for autographs, that is. Her skiing is pretty letter perfect, too. Shiffrin added another title to her impressive collection, winning the slalom by a huge margin Saturday at the U.S. Alpine...

  • U.S. sled hockey continues dominance over Canadians

    Kevin McKee (Chicago) scored twice and Declan Farmer (Tampa) tallied three assists to lead the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team past Canada, 3-1, today at Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, N.C. “We dealt with some adversity today but everyone stepped up and did a great job, especially in the third period,” said Guy...

  • U.S. sled hockey continues dominance over Canadians

    Kevin McKee (Chicago) scored twice and Declan Farmer (Tampa) tallied three assists to lead the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team past Canada, 3-1, today at Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, N.C. “We dealt with some adversity today but everyone stepped up and did a great job, especially in the third period,” said Guy...

  • OTC resident leads Team USA gold medal haul

    Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center resident Joe Berenyi earned his second world title of the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships Friday in the men’s C3 3-kilometer individual pursuit in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Berenyi placed second last year. The reigning Paralympic champion in the individual pursuit, also won his first...

  • Rivalry leads Jason Brown and Joshua Farris to world skate championships

    A friendly rivalry between two area figure skaters has propelled them to their first senior world championships. Monument-based Jason Brown, the U.S. national champion, and Joshua Farris, the 2015 American bronze medalist, both make their debut when men's senior competition begins early Friday in Shanghai. Their rivalry has gone on for half...

  • Looking to 'inspire,' Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin turns pro

    Missy Franklin has bid farewell to college swimming and is turning pro. The four-time Olympic gold medalist went out with a bang, winning three individual events and helping her California team win the NCAA championship last weekend. Now, Franklin can start competing for money and endorsement deals, and she's signed with a sports agent...

  • Swimmers set 28 U.S., Pan Am Paralympian records

    Seven U.S. and Pan American records were broken during the final day of the 2015 Can Am Para-swimming Championships in Toronto on Sunday. Team USA closed out the three days of competition with a total of 28 records: one world, 17 American and 10 Pan American records.   Can Ams serve as an international qualifier for the 2015 IPC Swimming...

  • Paralympian snaps own world record

    TORONTO — Seventeen-time Paralympic medalist Jessica Long opened the 2015 Can Am Para-swimming Championships in Toronto today by breaking a world record in the 400-meter free (S8) women’s race. Long outswam her previous mark set at the London 2012 Games by more than a second with an unofficial time of 4:40.44. Long also swam in the 100...

  • Warrior Games moves to Quantico, leaves Colorado Springs

    The Warrior Games will be held in northern Virginia this summer, instead of Colorado Springs. The Pentagon announced Monday that it will host the Department of Defense Warrior Games 2015 at Marine Corps Base Quantico from June 19-28.  In previous years, the annual Olympic-style event was at the Olympic Training Center,...

  • YCA program names 17 high school finalists

    The 17 area high school finalists to be a Young Champion Ambassador to Ancient Olympia, Greece were announced earlier this week. The program is part of Colorado Springs’s sister-city relationship with the birthplace of the Olympics. The winner will travel to Ancient Olympia three months before each Summer and Winter Games to take part in the...

  • USOC replaces three board members

    The U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors approved three new members during its meeting in Washington, D.C. Joining the board in place of outgoing members are Daniel Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg LP; Steve Mesler, three-time Olympian and president/CEO of Classroom Champions; and Kevin White, vice president and director of athletics at...

  • Mixed martial arts good fit for Olympic wrestling champ Henry Cejudo

    Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo has found a new home in mixed martial arts. It fits him as well as any wrestling singlet ever did. "I enjoy the gladiator mentality," the Coronado High School graduate said. "My mind is wired that way. This may sound arrogant or cocky but I am a good enough athlete to do well in any sport, except basketball...

  • Area native heads to U.S. U17 tryouts

    Area native Jake Gricius is one of 50 players born in 1999 invited to USA Hockey’s national team development evaluation camp, the Colorado Springs-based organization announced on Wednesday. The former Pikes Peak Miner forward has 11 points (seven assists) in 23 games for the Colorado Thunderbirds U16 squad. The camp, which helps select the...

  • French sports stars among 10 dead in Argentina air crash

    BUENOS AIRES — Two helicopters carrying passengers filming a popular European reality show crashed Monday in a remote area of northwest Argentina, killing eight French citizens and two Argentines, authorities said. The helicopters crashed while flying near Villa Castelli in La Rioja province, about 730 miles (1,170 kilometers) northwest of...

  • Cycling leaders slammed for letting doping, Lance Armstrong win

    PARIS — The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency promised further investigation Monday into a "sordid incident" of collusion between Lance Armstrong and cycling's governing body. After it was reported in 2005 that Armstrong's Tour de France samples from 1999 showed traces of EPO, Dutch investigator Emile Vrijman was appointed by the UCI to...

  • Clark tops teenager Kim for 8th US Open title

    VAIL — Kelly Clark peers down the halfpipe these days and sees a girl less than half her age doing the trick that she perfected. No biggie. On Saturday, the 31-year-old Clark did it better, and held off 14-year-old Chloe Kim to win her eighth title at the Burton U.S. Open. "These women pushed me today in a really great way," Clark said....

  • Jorgensen starts off triathlon season on high note

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- 2014 ITU World Champion Gwen Jorgensen began the 2015 season on track to defend her title with her sixth consecutive win, while Katie Zaferes picked up her first career series podium finish on Saturday at the opening event of the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series. Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.)...

  • Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center resident gymnast Donnell Whittenberg prepares for American Cup

    U.S. men's gymnast Donnell Whittenberg is headed into Saturday's American Cup with a new outlook after a breakout 2014 season. "It gave me more confidence after realizing my potential in this sport," he said. "I am grateful for the experience from worlds and hope to bring that into the American Cup. I definitely want to see where I stand going...

  • Area figure skater heads to world juniors

    Monument-based junior ladies figure skater Tyler Pierce is among the 15 athletes who will represent Team USA at the 2015 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships March 4-8, in Tallinn, Estonia. Icenetwork.com will provide live video to Season Pass subscribers as well as results, news, photos and more for all registered users....

  • Area mountain biker makes Pan Am team

    Colorado Springs resident Russell Finsterwald was named to the 20-member 2015 Pan American Continental Mountain Bike Championship cross-country and downhill rosters by USA Cycling on Monday. The event will be held March 25-29 in Cota, Colombia.   The team, which features four men’s and six women’s elite cross-country riders,...

  • USA Hockey names women's worlds captains

    Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) was named captain of the U.S. national team for the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship from March 28-April 4, in Malmo, Sweden, it was announced today by USA Hockey. In addition, Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) and Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.)...

  • OTC regulars excel at Paralympic snowboard worlds

    After finishing ninth in the men’s LL-2 snowboard-cross race on Tuesday, Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center reg ularMike Shea has proved himself today as one of the top Paralympic snowboarders in the world, winning a gold medal in the banked slalom at the 2015 IPC Snowboard World Championships in La Molina, Spain. Evan Strong was...

  • WATCH: US hockey team's 'Miracle' gold medal was 35 years ago

    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — It's been more than three decades since his landmark goal became the centerpiece of the U.S. Olympic hockey team's Miracle on Ice. For 60-year-old Mike Eruzione, it still seems like only yesterday. "It was a long time ago, but for me it's different," said Eruzione, whose game-winning goal against the Soviet Union in...

  • Olympian Missy Franklin nears collegiate farewell with Cal

    BERKELEY, Calif. — Missy Franklin is downright giddy about her two seasons swimming collegiately for California, even if it meant the delay of big-money endorsement deals that will come in a matter of months as she turns pro and gears up for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Franklin will soon wrap up her sophomore season in Berkeley with the Pac-12...

  • Americans end home world championships with 5 medals

    BEAVER CREEK — Bode Miller crashing and slicing his leg in what possibly could be his last race. Lindsey Vonn breaking into tears with all the pressure weighing on her. Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin coming through with gold medals as expected. This was a wild world championships for the Americans, featuring wipeouts, wounds and even some...

  • Grange storms back to win slalom in final event at worlds

    BEAVER CREEK — For the longest time, Jean-Baptiste Grange of France absolutely loved this course. Then, he wrecked his knee here. Now his feelings have flip-flopped again. Funny how a win — a big win at that — can change perceptions. Skiing into heavy snowfall, Grange won the slalom title Sunday at the world championships after first-run...

  • American Mikaela Shiffrin defends slalom title at worlds

    BEAVER CREEK - American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin defended her slalom title at the world championships Saturday with a strong burst near the end of a choppy course. Shiffrin finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 38.48 seconds, edging Frida Hansdotter of Sweden by 0.34 seconds. Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic earned bronze. The...

  • Vonn races her last event at worlds, finishes 14th in GS

    BEAVER CREEK — Finally, Lindsey Vonn figured out a tricky course that had given her so much difficulty for nearly two weeks. She even took a momentary lead. The crowd erupted. She threw her head back in celebration and then blew kisses at the fans. Even boyfriend Tiger Woods smiled from the sideline. But the lead didn't last — too many...

  • Mountain bike series stops in Colorado Springs

    USA Cycling announced the nine-stop American Mountain Bike Challenge calendar which includes a June 27-28 stop in Colorado Springs. Launching in March, the 20th installment of the AMBC will feature nine contests in eight states, which will span 15 days of competition between March and November. Each stop on the series offers...

  • US skier Shiffrin defends world slalom title in hometown

    BEAVER CREEK — Olympic and world slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin had to wait a week, but she's finally set for the world championships competition in her backyard. The American teenager from the Eagle-Vail area will race in the giant slalom on Thursday and the slalom, her signature event, on Saturday. It's Lindsey Vonn's backyard, too, and...

  • USOC scores win for athletes under new deal with Dick's Sporting Goods

    Soon, it could be a future Olympic gold medalist helping people pick out their soccer balls, bows and arrows and swimsuits. The U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs signed a sponsorship deal with Dick's Sporting Goods, part of which involves giving jobs at the stores to athletes training for the Olympics. The Dick's Team USA...

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