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  • 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....

  • 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...

  • USA Swimming conference focuses on Safe Sport and culture throughout organization

    USA Swimming's Safe Sport program took another step in its efforts to create an organizationwide culture that would prevent the sex abuse that rocked the national governing body five years ago. The second Safe Sport Leadership Conference concludes Tuesday morning at the Colorado Springs Marriott. It marked the organization's continuing effort...

  • Tina Maze captures Alpine combined title for 3rd medal at worlds, Lindsey Vonn in tears

    BEAVER CREEK — Tina Maze pulled off an impressive feat on soft snow — a cartwheel in ski boots. Her skiing wasn't too bad, either. Maze captured gold in the Alpine combined Monday, earning her third medal of the world championships on a warm afternoon when Lindsey Vonn failed to finish the slalom. Leading after the downhill portion, the...

  • USOC appoints council to oversee sex-abuse claims in Olympic sports

    The U.S. Olympic Committee appointed a seven-person advisory council to help with the startup of an independent agency that will investigate sex-abuse claims inside Olympic sports. Last year, the USOC approved the creation of the U.S. Center for Safe Sport, an independent entity that will provide education and also investigate claims of...

  • Marcel Hirscher fast in slalom, wins Alpine combined at worlds; Ted Ligety third

    BEAVER CREEK - Well behind after the downhill, Marcel Hirscher of Austria doubted he had much of a chance. He couldn't have been more mistaken. Hirscher made up a staggering 3.16 seconds in the slalom portion of the Alpine combined to win the gold medal at the world championships Sunday, with downhill leader Kjetil Jansrud of Norway hanging...

  • American Travis Ganong earns silver in downhill at world championships

    BEAVER CREEK — American Travis Ganong woke up anxious. He'll rest a whole lot easier after winning a silver medal at the world championships. He received a sterling course report, trusted it and wound up second in the downhill Saturday, finishing 0.24 seconds behind gold medalist Patrick Kueng of Switzerland. Just when the U.S. needed a...

  • Patrick Kueng wins gold in downhill at world championships in Beaver Creek

    BEAVER CREEK — Patrick Kueng of Switzerland ruled the downhill at the world championships Saturday, winning the race with a consistent and concise run that was just enough to hold off American Travis Ganong. Kueng earned his first world title by completing the demanding course in 1 minute, 43.18 seconds. Ganong was second, finishing 0.24...

  • Tina Maze takes gold in downhill at worlds in Beaver Creek; Lindsey Vonn struggles

    BEAVER CREEK — Tina Maze of Slovenia has captured the women's downhill gold medal at the world championships Friday ahead of prerace favorite Lindsey Vonn, who struggled on her home course. Maze finished the twisty course in 1 minute, 45.89 seconds to beat Anna Fenninger of Austria by 0.02 seconds. Lara Gut of Switzerland earned bronze....

  • Bode Miller crashes, cuts calf in worlds super-G in Beaver Creek; Austrian wins

    BEAVER CREEK — Bode Miller smacked a gate so hard he crashed, opening a deep gash on his right calf. Kjetil Jansrud later hit another panel and had to have his left shoulder checked out. This demanding and daunting course took a toll on some of the biggest names in skiing. Not Hannes Reichelt, though. The Austrian tamed this tricky terrain,...

  • Former husband of Lindsey Vonn returns as coach

    BEAVER CREEK — There's more than one Vonn making a return to the ski scene this season. Thomas Vonn, the former husband of four-time overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn, is at world championships this week helping out up-and-coming skier Dean Travers of the Cayman Islands. Thomas Vonn got back into the coaching business by doing some...

  • Beaver Creek men's super-G race at worlds rescheduled after too much snow

    BEAVER CREEK — Bode Miller has waited more than two months for a return to racing after back surgery. What's one more day? The men's super-G race at the world championships was postponed to Thursday because of too much snow on the course. That means a powder day for Miller. For Ted Ligety and the rest of the American team, too. U.S. men's...

  • Whitney Conder finally tastes victory at Schultz Invitational with dominating performance

    Three times before, Whitney Conder earned a medal at the Dave Schultz Memorial Invitational. On Saturday, she finally got the one that mattered the most. With a dominating, 8-0 victory over Haley Augello in the final at 116.5 pounds, the reigning U.S. Open champion at last added Schultz gold to her list of championships. "I've always had a...

  • Wrestler, 11, finds silver lining after health problems ended competitive career

    Imagine that you had the talent, passion, skill and determination to succeed at a sport. Then, it was taken away. It might devastate you to keep competing. "That would be heartbreaking," said Spenser Mango, a two-time Olympian Greco-Roman wrestler Friday while watching competition at the Dave Schultz Memorial Invitational at the Olympic...

  • Amy Van Dyken returns to broadcast booth after ATV accident

    BERKELEY, Calif. — Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken has returned to work as a broadcaster with the Pac-12 Networks nearly eight months after an all-terrain vehicle accident left her paralyzed from the waist down. Van Dyken flew into the Bay Area from Arizona on Friday to call the USC-California women's swim meet in...

  • USA Table Tennis picks new chairman

    The Board of Directors of USA Table Tennis elected Peter Scudner as its new chairman for the next two years. Scudner, who returns to the position he held from 2008-12, succeeds the outgoing Michael Baubin, who completed his two year term. Scudner is a senior vice president/wealth management with Janney Montgomery Scott, where he specializes...

  • Dave Schultz wrestling tourney in Colorado Springs this week is big international step

    This week's Dave Schultz Memorial Invitational cannot be overlooked by a U.S. women's national wrestling team eager to take that final step. The freestyle squad, which includes many who live in the area or train at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, has placed third at the world championships for three years in a row. That final...

  • Curling seniors battle for U.S. titles

    Curl Mesabi, an eight-sheet curling club in the heart of Minnesota curling country, is set to host the 2015 USA Curling senior national championships this week. The competition gets underway Wednesday in Eveleth, Minn., featuring eight women's and 20 men's teams. The winners move on to represent the U.S. at the 2015 World...

  • Jason Brown wins first US skating title, holding off Adam Rippon

    GREENSBORO, N.C. - Monument's Jason Brown won his first U.S. title, holding off Adam Rippon thanks to his big lead after the short program. Joshua Farris, skating last for The Broadmoor Skating Club, had a chance to overtake Brown on Sunday, but one of his triple-jump combinations didn't count because he did a double toe loop three different...

  • Yoga, wrestling can't slow Ben Provisor enough in Colorado Springs as U.S. team dominates at Pinto Cup

    Next time, maybe Ben Provisor won't combine yoga with wrestling. Not in the same day, anyway. The 2012 Olympian had just enough to hold off his competitor from Kazakhstan for a 3-2 decision, one of nine victories by American wrestlers at the Jack Pinto Cup - The Springs at the Antlers Hilton. "I did high yoga and added core power to recover...

  • Broadmoor duo and engaged couple Alexa Scimeca, Christopher Knierim win U.S. pairs figure skating title

    GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Broadmoor Skating Club's Alexa Scimeca and Christopher Knierim won their first pairs title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Scimeca and Knierim, who are engaged to be married, totaled 210.49 points, a record for the event, to beat Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier by 10.57. Scimeca and Knierim were the...

  • Shaun White finishes fourth at Winter X; Danny Davis gets a repeat

    ASPEN — Danny Davis made it look real easy. Shaun White — he made it look real hard. That summed up the gulf between first and fourth place on the halfpipe at the Winter X Games on Thursday night. Davis won his second straight X Games gold medal by laying down a leg-tweaking, fun-loving snowboarding show for the purists. White struggled all...

  • Olympians help spread fencing exposure to area elementary teachers, students

    Youth interest in fencing has grown in recent years. Fencer Tim Morehouse is helping make sure it never slows. The two-time Olympian, who took home a 2012 silver medal in team fencing, and fellow national team member Jeff Spear launched the first fencing program for Colorado Springs elementary school students last week. They led school...

  • U.S. Olympian wins first world championship title

    Olympian Ryan Stassel of Anchorage dominated the slopestyle snowboarding field to take home his first ever FIS World Championship title, while teammate Kyle Mack (West Bloomfield, Mich.) earned bronze. In a best-of-three run format, Stassel showed the world that he meant business on Kreischberg’s six-feature course earning the two highest...

  • National women's skating contender Mirai Nagasu training in Colorado Springs with Tom Zakrajsek

    A move to Colorado Springs to work with coach Tom Zakrajsek has Mirai Nagasu hopeful that the change will elevate her figure skating as she enters the U.S. national championships. The event started Saturday in Greensboro, N.C., with youth events before the Olympic-level (senior) athletes compete Thursday. The Pasadena Figure Skating Club...

  • All in a day: Lindsey Vonn gets record and surprise from Tiger Woods

    CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy — Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor — boyfriend Tiger Woods. The American broke Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the Olympia delle Tofane course, finishing by a huge...

  • Wrestling World Cup draws announced

    The group pairings for the 2015 Men’s Freestyle World Cup April 11-12 in Los Angeles were released by United World Wrestling in Lausanne, Switzerland this morning. The United States is slated to face Russia, Cuba and Mongolia in Group A competition. At the 2014 world championships, Russia finished atop the standings with Cuba finishing in...

  • USA U18 women win first gold since 2011

    U.S. women's national Under-18 team captain Jincy Dunne (O’Fallon, Mo.) tallied two goals, including the gold-medal clinching goal, in a 3-2 overtime victory against rival Canada in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship at HARBORCENTER in Buffalo, N.Y. It was the first...

  • USA Paralympian wins slalom gold

    Two-time Paralympic bronze medalist Stephanie Jallen won gold in the women’s standing slalom at the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup in La Molina, Spain on Friday. Eighteen-year-old Jallen (Harding, Penn.) defeated a field that included France’s five-time world champion Marie Bochet and German Paralympic slalom...

  • USOC picks city for 2024 Summer Olympics bid

    DENVER — The U.S. Olympic Committee chose Boston to bid for the 2024 Games in an attempt to bring the Summer Olympics to America after a 28-year gap. During a daylong meeting at the Denver airport, USOC board members chose Boston over Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, all of which have been lobbying to become the American choice for...

  • 2 US ski team prospects die in avalanche in Austria

    Two prospects from the U.S. Ski Team were killed in an avalanche Monday while skiing near their European training base in the Austrian Alps. The U.S. ski team said Ronnie Berlack, 20, and Bryce Astle, 19, died in the incident near the Rettenbach glacier near Soelden, the venue for the annual season-opening World Cup races. Berlack, from...

  • USA luger slides to best finish

    Emily Sweeney continued her march in World Cup luge by sliding to a career-best fourth place finish Saturday in this snowy, picturesque Bavarian resort of Koenigssee in the south of Germany. “My training this week was about 50-50,” said the 21 year old Sweeney. “Each day I’d have a good run and a dud of a run. I didn’t have two...

  • San Francisco's bid for 2024 Olympics taking shape

    SAN FRANCISCO - This tech-booming city, home to Twitter and other innovative startups, is experiencing its greatest growth since the California Gold Rush more than 150 years ago. With the climate ripe for commerce, local organizers think they can make a strong case to bring the 2024 Olympics here. After all, the San Francisco Bay Area also is...

  • Top skaters, singer Miguel Dakota entertain families, fans at The Broadmoor World Arena

    The reviews are in and 2013 U.S. men's champion Max Aaron is a better figure skater than cheerleader. Dancer Harley Butler, 10, and cheerleader Kaitlyn Keirsey, 11, are OK with that. "He just came up to us and asked how we were doing after he saw we were having a little trouble skating," Butler said. "We told him what we do and he decided...

  • Carlo scores for Team USA as roster cuts loom

    Colorado Springs defenseman Brandon Carlo scored a power-play goal in the first period to help spark Team USA to a 10-5 win over Sweden in an exhibition game before the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship tournament Dec. 26-Jan. 5, in Montreal and Toronto. The final cuts for the 23-man Team USA roster are...

  • Olympic skater spends time with kids at Colorado Springs' downtown ice rink

    Tiandrea Rice isn't likely to forget her first time ice skating. She got pointers from a pro. Tiandrea, 11, scooted around the outdoor rink in Acacia Park Saturday with three-time Olympic figure skating medalist Rachael Flatt, who grew up in Colorado Springs and is home for the holidays. "It was exciting and fun," Tiandrea said. "She showed...

  • Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

    BALTIMORE — Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving on Friday, almost three months after he was arrested after leaving a Baltimore casino. Phelps, 29, was arrested on Sept. 30. Documents show he was stopped for speeding and crossing the double yellow line while driving in the Fort McHenry Tunnel. Police say...

  • Skate with Olympians downtown on Monday

    Olympians Jason Brown and Rachael Flatt will be on hand to meet fans when U.S. Figure Skating hosts a free SkateFest for all ages and skill levels Monday, Dec. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Acacia Park outdoor skating rink in downtown Colorado Springs.  The event will be taped by NBC Sports to be broadcast in...

  • Michael Phelps not expected to get jail time

    No matter the outcome of Michael Phelps' trial on drunken-driving charges Friday, the Olympian appears unlikely to face any jail time. Phelps faces five charges, three relating to driving while impaired from his Sept. 30 arrest in Baltimore. He had a blood-alcohol content of .14, nearly twice the legal limit, and failed several field...

  • USOC decides to bid for 2024 Olympics; city still undecided

    The U.S. Olympic Committee will try to land the 2024 Olympics and end a 28-year drought without the Summer Games. Which city will it pick? Stay tuned. After hearing presentations from the four candidates Tuesday - Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington - USOC board members voted to join the race, but not until they have a chance to...

  • Area native hopeful heading into Team USA world juniors hockey training camp

    Colorado Springs native Brandon Carlo enters this week's U.S. World Junior Championships training camp with high and realistic hopes. The Tri-City Americans defenseman is one of 30 players in Boston hoping to garner a spot on Team USA for the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship tournament Dec. 26-Jan. 5, in...

  • USA Ultimate moves headquarters - and jobs - back to Colorado Springs

    An effort two years in the making has lured the USA Ultimate (Frisbee) national governing body headquarters back to Colorado Springs after a 12-year absence - a decision tied to the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire and the proposed City for Champions event center. Ultimate officials announced Friday that the organization would move its national...

  • CC student makes history at Amputee World Cup

    Colorado College freshman Nicolai Calabria made history while playing for Team USA at the 2014 World Amputee Cup soccer tournament in Mexico earlier this month. The education major, 20, was named as the youngest ever co-captain of the national team. He also set a new program record with seven career international goals, six during the...

  • Area cyclists makes U.S. Paralympics national team

    From the USOC ... U.S. Paralympics announced that nine athletes, including seven reigning world champions, have been named to the 2015 U.S. Paralympics Cycling National A Team. Nine athletes and one tandem pilot were named to the national B team, with an additional six athletes named to the national development team, including a Colorado...

  • David Wise balances his family life with halfpipe skiing at Breckenridge's Dew Tour

    In a sport known for its colorful characters, unusual lingo and laid-back lifestyle, halfpipe freestyle skier David Wise stands out for reasons that coexist happily: he's an Olympic gold medalist, husband and father. Having a family at such a young age has helped prepare him for the opening stop of the 2014-15 Dew Tour at Breckenridge this...

  • USOC names November honorees

    Top performances throughout November earned Paralympic track and field athlete Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) and wheelchair tennis player David Wagner (San Diego) USOC athlete of the month recognition, while the U.S. women’s saber received team honors. McFadden completed her second marathon grand slam after claiming victory Nov....

  • OTC resident garners gymnastics all-around bronze

    John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y. and a Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center resident, took the bronze medal in the all-around Saturday at the 2014 Glasgow World Cup in Glasgow, Scotland.  The event is the second of three events in International Gymnastics Federation’s all-around World Cup series, which concludes at the AT&T American...

  • Colorado curling rejoins national scene

    Curling is back! Not only is the 2015-15 curling season underway, but we have "real ice" in Colorado - meaning we've opened a center dedicated to curling. My teammate, Darrick Kizlyk, and I may be jumping the gun a bit, since we haven't had much time to practice, but we are in Eau Claire, Wis., representing the state at the 2015 Mixed Doubles...

  • Area native Brandon Carlo makes Team USA prelim roster

    Colorado Springs native Brandon Carlo was named to the 30-man preliminary roster for Team USA for the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship tournament, Dec. 26-Jan. 5, in Montreal, Quebec, and Toronto, Ontario. Training camp is from Dec. 16-19 at Walter Brown Arena on the Boston University campus. The camp will...

  • Shiffrin looking to step into more speed events

    COPPER MOUNTAIN — Mikaela Shiffrin has hardly had time to catch her breath since the world last saw the vivacious teen bounding to the slalom title in breathtaking fashion — remember, she nearly fell — at the Sochi Olympics. She's walked the red carpet at award ceremonies, taken online classes (she wants to be an environmental engineer when...

  • Colorado College student Nicolai Calabria will play for national amputee soccer team

    Colorado College student Nicolai Calabria is thankful this holiday weekend that his parents Carl and Jeanine never coddled him for being born without a right leg and hip. "Both of my parents instilled a toughness in me," the education/public speaking major said. "From a young age I had to struggle with being different and my parents wouldn't...

  • US cities urged to keep price tags down for 2024

    COLORADO SPRINGS — The magic number for the U.S. cities hoping to host the 2024 Olympics is $5 billion. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington have all submitted spending plans under that mark for their bids to host the Olympics. Keeping the price tag down is a key goal of any future Olympic bid. The U.S. Olympic Committee is...

  • Long time coming: US pair gets 1964 bronze medal

    After 50 years, the IOC finally has figured out the pairs figure skating at the 1964 Games. The International Olympic Committee has corrected the standings of the competition to show the American sibling team of Vivian Joseph and Ronald Joseph as the bronze medalists. In addition, two silver medals have been listed for the event by the IOC....

  • Nike extends contract with USOC

    The swoosh and the rings will stick together through at least 2020. The U.S. Olympic Committee signed an extension to its sponsorship deal with Nike that will last through the Tokyo Games six years from now. Nike is one of the USOC's top-tier sponsors. No dollar figures were given for the latest extension, though these contracts...

  • OTC gymnasts heading overseas

    USA Gymnastics announced its international competitive assignments for 2014 involving Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center athletes and coaches.  DTB Pokal World Cup, Stuttgart, Germany, Nov. 28-30 Team, Nov. 28-30 Bobby Baker, Lemont, Ill./University of Illinois Marvin Kimble, Milwaukee, Wis./Swiss Turners Gymnastics...

  • Venus Williams entertains packed Broadmoor at Breakfast of Champions

    Tennis Grand Slam and Olympic champion Venus Williams entertained a packed house at The Broadmoor on Tuesday morning at the 10th anniversary of Peak Vista's Breakfast of Champions. Williams' speech included stories of how her family helped foster her career and her own experience with a disease after being diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an...

  • Bobsled & Skeleton trials continue this week

    USA Bobsled & Skeleton selection races continue this week on the 2002 Olympic track in Park City, Utah before the national team is announced on Sunday. Women's bobsledders Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) and Jamie Greubel Poser (Newtown, Pa.) are a lock for two of three available pilot positions thanks to a bye awarded to both...

  • Who will design and build Colorado Springs' Olympic Museum?

    U.S. Olympic Museum organizers announced Monday that five firms with local, national and international experience will design and build the $60 million project in downtown Colorado Springs. The team's creativity, ability to work together and to stay within budget will be crucial to the museum's success and the enhancement of the southwest...

  • Team USA brings home diving medals

    Toby Stanley (Conway, Ark.) took home the silver medal in men’s 10-meter as the FINA Malaysia Grand Prix came to a close Sunday in Kuala Lumpur. Stanley garnered his first career individual international medal after scoring 456.25 points in the 10-meter final. He opened the finals with 81.60 points on his inward 3 ½ tuck. Also, Zach Cooper...

  • A year wiser, Monument-based figure skater Jason Brown hopes to build on huge debut season

    Already an Olympian, Monument-based figure skater Jason Brown learned a lot during a breakthrough 2013-14 season as an international senior. "I felt like a sponge last year," the 19-year-old said. "This year, I am trying to take everything I learned and apply it all." Unlike most Olympic competitors, he did not take a few months off....

  • American shooters qualify for Rio 2016

    Dempster Christenson led an American sweep of the top-three spots in the men’s air rifle event, while Will Brown and Vincent Hancock won the men’s air pistol and skeet titles at the Championship of the Americas Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. The victories secured three quota spots for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, bringing Team USA’s total to...

  • Oscar Pistorius starts serving prison term

    PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. A South African judge cited the "gross negligence" the Olympic runner showed when he shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home when she delivered the...

  • Americans Kayne-O'Shea out of Grand Prix

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Tarah Kayne and Daniel O'Shea, the 2014 Four Continents pairs silver medalists, will not compete at their Grand Prix Series events this year. They were scheduled for Cup of China and Rostelecom Cup. But Kayne underwent right hip surgery on July 28 and is not ready to return to competition. Although the athletes, coach Jim...

  • U.S. women's volleyball beats China for their first major triumph

    MILAN - Kimberly Hill led the United States to its first major women's volleyball title, scoring 20 points in a 3-1 victory over China on Sunday in the world championships. Hill had the final kill, and captain Christa Dietzen added 15 points in the Americans' 27-25, 25-20, 16-25, 26-24 victory before 12,600 fans at the Mediolanum Forum. "We...

  • Biles leads Team USA gymnastics haul

    Simone Biles of Spring, Texas won both the balance beam and floor exercise gold medals on the final day of the 2014 World Championships at the Guangxi Sports Center Gymnasium in Nanning, China. Biles now boasts six career world gold medals, the most by a U.S. woman. The USA also brought home two additional medals Sunday morning (Saturday...

  • U.S. plays for world volleyball title today

    The U.S. will play China at noon Mountain today for the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Milan. The U.S. women are seeking their first gold medal in any of the three volleyball majors – the Olympic Games, World Cup and World Championship. “We’re really excited for this opportunity,” said team captain Christa Dietzen. “They’re a...

  • Ramsey: Suspended Michael Phelps takes another hit after DUI arrest

    Michael Phelps has lost his $1,750 monthly stipend from USA Swimming after his second arrest for impaired driving. Please, don't worry about his financial health. Michael Phelps has a net worth of $55 million.

  • OTC wrestler runner-up Gray for USOC monthly female honors

    From the USOC ... Top performances throughout September earned shooter Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas) and archer Brady Ellison (Payson, Ariz.) Athlete of the Month recognition, while the U.S. men’s basketball team received Team of the Month honors, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced.  Drozd (Bryan, Texas) was crowned world champion in...

  • USA Swimming suspends Michael Phelps after DUI arrest

    Michael Phelps' comeback took a major hit on Monday, with USA Swimming suspending the 18-time Olympic champion for six months and forcing him to withdraw from next year's world championships. Phelps also lost six months of funding from the sport's national governing body as a result of his second DUI arrest. The 29-year-old swimmer is banned...

  • Olympian Michael Phelps says swimming on hold after DUI arrest

    After his second DUI arrest, Michael Phelps says he will take a break from swimming to attend a program "to better understand myself." The winningest athlete in Olympic history made the announcement in a series of tweets Sunday morning. The 29-year-old Phelps was arrested early Tuesday and charged with drunken driving. Police said he failed...

  • Planned U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs gets $10 million donation from El Pomar Foundation

    Plans for a new U.S. Olympic Museum got a huge boost Friday as the El Pomar Foundation announced it will donate $10 million to the 
project. The grant, which will be paid over three to five years, comes less than a month after Colorado Springs-based Nor'wood Development Group agreed to donate land west of Sierra Madre Street and Vermijo Avenue...

  • Nation's top high school basketball players at OTC mini-camp this weekend

    This Saturday and Sunday, USA Basketball will hold a mini-camp at the Colorado Spirngs Olympic Training Center for the U.S. junior men’s basketball national team featuring 49 of the nation’s top high school-aged players. The mini-camp continues player evaluations and starts preparation for several upcoming international competitions,...

  • Olympian Michael Phelps arrested again on DUI charge

    Michael Phelps was arrested for driving under the influence in Maryland early this morning ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports.  We do not know the details of the arrest -- but we're told cops are preparing a statement and are expected to address the media very soon.  Our sources tell us ... Phelps was pulled...

  • Family, friends witness healing from Warrior Games firsthand

    Jeannie Dadgostar has her son, Nicholas, back. And she credits this week's Warrior Games and the Air Force veteran's efforts preparing for the six-day event for his return. "There is a light in him now that wasn't there while he was undergoing his 32 operations," she said before Sunday's opening ceremony, which drew a crowd of 2,000 to the...

  • Teen wins inaugural U.S. championship

    Lars Hultgren, 16, held off pentathlete Harry Green by one second to win the first U.S. Biathle National Championship in a tight race from start to finish. In the run-swim-run competition, Harry had the lead after the swimming portion, but it was Lars who would overtake him in the final running portion and hold on for the win. Biathle or...

  • USOC chief calls charges involving Hope Solo 'disturbing,' but she'll keep playing

    U.S. Soccer is standing by its decision to allow goalkeeper Hope Solo to continue to play while she faces domestic violence charges. Solo is charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault in Washington state stemming from a June 21 altercation with her sister-in-law and 17-year-old nephew at a family...

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