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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Olympian Toby Dawson enters ski-snowboard hall

    ISHPEMING, Mich. — Olympic bronze medalist Toby Dawson and five others have been inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. Dawson was adopted from an orphanage in South Korea by two ski instructors from Vail and went on to win the bronze in freestyle moguls at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Others inducted over the weekend were...

  • Warrior Games announces honorary torchbearers

    U.S. Paralympics announced that veterans Rico Roman and Paul Schaus, members of the gold medal-winning U.S. Paralympic sled hockey team, will be the honorary torchbearers for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs on Sept. 28. About 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans will compete in the fifth...

  • Blog: Broadmoor skater wins men's title

    Broadmoor Skating Club member Max Aaron of Scottsdale, Ariz., won the men’s title Friday at the 2014 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic in Salt Lake City. Aaron, a two-time U.S. medalist, trains in Colorado Springs under coach Tom Zakrajsek. He has now won two straight U.S. International Classic titles, the 2014 edition coming by...

  • U.S. Greco wrestlers shut out in finale

    The U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling team was shut out of medals for the second day in a row when 130-pounder Spenser Mango’s quest for a world bronze medal fell one win short for the second straight year.  Mango dropped a 1-0 decision to two-time Olympian Stig Andre Berge of Norway in the bronze-medal match at the world championships on...

  • OTC wrestlers garner world medals

    News Services Elena Pirozkhova captured a silver medal and Andy Bisek earned a bronze medal for the U.S. at the wrestling world championships on Friday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Pirozhkova dropped a 4-2 decision to Ukraine’s Yulia Tkach in the gold-medal match in women’s freestyle wrestling at 63 kg/138.75 pounds. Bisek, who delivered a...

  • Oscar Pistorius could get 15 years for culpable homicide

    PRETORIA, South Africa — A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing. Judge Thokozile Masipa said...

  • First child catalyst for breakout season for American wrestler Andrew Bisek

    Having a newborn is a life-changing moment that could derail an athlete's competitive plans. But for Andrew Bisek, the birth of his son, Jim, now 15 months old, was the catalyst for his best season as a Greco-Roman wrestler. The 165-pounder and Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center resident-athlete credits being too busy to consider much...

  • Colorado Springs OTC resident wins second world wrestling championship

    The second time was even sweeter for Adeline Gray. The 23-year-old Colorado Springs Olympics Training Center resident capped a memorable performance with a 2-1 win over Brazil’s Aline da Silva to capture a gold medal at the world championships on Thursday. Gray recorded wins in women’s freestyle at 75 kg/165 pounds. She won her second world...

  • Judge: Oscar Pistorius can't be found guilty of murder

    PRETORIA, South Africa — In a lengthy verdict phase climaxing Oscar Pistorius' trial, the judge said Thursday he can't be found guilty of murder but that he was negligent in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, raising the possibility he'll be convicted of culpable homicide. Judge Thokozile Masipa said she felt the double-amputee...

  • Maroulis takes home world wrestling bronze; Lampe places fourth

    Women's freestyle wrestler Helen Maroulis shook off a semifinal setback and came back to wina bronze medal at the World Championships on Wednesday night at the Gymnastics Palace. Maroulis rolled to a 10-0 technical fall over Poland’s Katarzyna Krawczyk in the bronze-medal match  at 55 kg/121 pounds. “I’ve been working on my mental...

  • Jordan Burroughs overcomes injury to place third in 163-pound division at world wrestling

    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - Nobody is going to ever question the grit, moxie and heart that American star Jordan Burroughs displays whenever he steps on a wrestling mat. Competing with a heavily wrapped left knee, Burroughs capped a courageous performance by winning a bronze medal at the World Championships on Tuesday at the Gymnastics Palace....

  • Bob Suter, 'Miracle On Ice' player, dies at age 57

    Bob Suter, a member of the “Miracle On Ice” team and father of Wild standout Ryan Suter, died Tuesday after apparently suffering a heart attack in Madison, Wis. Bob Suter, 57, is the first member of the 1980 U.S. gold medal winning hockey to pass away. The Wisconsin State Journal reported the death. Suter was a standout defenseman at...

  • U.S. women's wrestling pioneer Afsoon Roshanzamir Johnston reflects on progress 25 years later

    Almost 30 years ago, Afsoon Roshanzamir Johnston was a freshman cheerleader keeping stats for her California high school wrestling program. It didn't take long to realize that she could make the team. Johnston approached the coach and, knowing the law, he told her she would have to challenge the varsity wrestler in her weight class to make...

  • U.S. archer sets world finals wins record

    After a relatively quiet 2013, Olympic medalist Brady Ellison (Payson, Arizona) has come back in a big way. First, he won the Pan American Championships, shooting on world record pace. Then, he took double gold at the World Archery Field Championships, in team and individual events. And Monday, Ellison became the first archer in history to...

  • Blog: U.S wrestlers draw opening opponents at world championships

    The first four U.S. men's freestyle wrestlers weighed in and received their draws at the world wrestling championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Sept. 8-14. Tervel Dlagnev, the 2009 World bronze medalist and 2012 Olympian, drew Aleksandr Romanov of Moldova in his first round at  275 pounds. Romanov was fifth in the 2014 World University...

  • Team USA heads to wrestling world championships with high hopes

    Team USA enters next week's wrestling world championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, with confidence in all three disciplines; Greco-Roman, men's freestyle and women's freestyle. Men's freestyle is held first; Monday and Tuesday. Iran is the defending team champion, but the Russians' three world champions and highly regarded youngster...

  • Faith keeps blind swimmer on track for Rio Paralympics

    Blind swimmer Tharon Drake has faith in himself and in God. Drake is an American hopeful preparing for the 2016 Paralympics, which start two years from this Sunday. He took a significant step toward the podium in Rio with a strong performance at the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships last month. He placed second in the men's 100-meter...

  • Klee: The Sixth Sense — Story of a U.S. judo champion

    On the day Myles Porter asked the president of the United States if he was a wussy, the First Lady agreed that she would like to know, too. On the day Myles hosted a judo demonstration in Times Square, he brought a tiny boy with cerebral palsy onto the stage. Myles gripped the boy's hands into his own, and he flipped himself to the mat as if...

  • Blind judo athlete Dartanyon Crockett remains focused despite life-changing moments

    Dartanyon Crockett has few moments when he can reflect on how his life has changed. It has been two years since he surprised himself and his coach by garnering a bronze medal in visually impaired judo at the London Paralympics. But the wrestler turned judo athlete remains the young man who overcame much to become a hero to many. "I am still...

  • Team USA paracyclists haul home 18 world medals

    Team USA won three silver medals on the final day of racing to bring the overall team total to 18 medals at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina. Team USA finished first in the overall medal count with nine gold, six silver and three bronze medals ahead of Germany’s 14 medals (seven gold, three silver...

  • U.S. Olympic Training Center will charge for tours

    In an effort to avoid cutting funding for its athletes, the U.S. Olympic Training Center will charge for tours of its Colorado Springs facility starting Monday. The price for tours is $5 per adult with children under age 10 free. Senior, group and military discounts are available. The move is to help cover the rising costs of the tours,...

  • OLYMPIC NOTES: First athletes qualify for Rio; Berlin, Hamburg want to host 2024 or 2028 Summer Games

    Davis, U.S. beat Slovenia in basketball exhibition At Las Palmas, Canary Islands: Anthony Davis scored 18 points and teamed with forward Kenneth Faried to dominate the inside, leading the U.S. national team to a 101-71 victory over Slovenia on Tuesday in its final exhibition game before the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. Denver's Faried...

  • Blog: Olympic-distance and sprint triathlon world titles on line

    More than 600 amateur triathletes from 48 states and Washington, D.C., will compete for world titles at the 2014 ITU Age Group World Championships in suburban Edmonton, Alberta, with the sprint race set for Friday and the Olympic-distance event scheduled for Monday. The United States is one of 73 countries represented in Edmonton, and...

  • Video: Amy Van Dyken-Rouen walks for first time since ATV crash

    Six-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen walked Thursday for the first time since severing her spine in June. Van Dyken-Rouen posted the video to Instagram of herself taking steps with the aid of a walker. Van Dyken-Rouen was involved in an all-terrain vehicle accident on June 6 in Arizona, leaving her with no feeling in her...

  • Blog: Swimmer Ledecky leads Team USA at Pan-Pacific

    Olympic gold medalist and world-record holder Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md.) swept the 200- and 800-meter freestyle events in less than an hour Thursday on the opening night of the Pan Pacific Championships at the Gold Coast Aquatic Center. Ledecky set meet records in both events, swimming 1 minute, 55.74 seconds in the 200m free and following...

  • Blog: Youth triathlon event is this Saturday

    Children ages 7-15 are invited to participate in the 2014 USA Triathlon Youth Splash & Dash on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Memorial Park Recreation Center in Colorado Springs, part of the nationwide 50-race USA Triathlon Youth Splash & Dash Aquathlon Series. Hosted by USA Triathlon staff, the youth event begins at 9 a.m. at the Memorial...

  • Fort Carson soldier, Olympian cited after poaching deer at Colorado Springs car dealership

    An Olympic wrestler and Fort Carson soldier was cited Thursday night after he allegedly stalked and shot a deer with a bow and arrow at a car dealership in southwestern Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs police and wildlife officials rushed to Motor City on Thursday night after a man identified as Dremiel Byers was seen shortly before 
7 p.m....

  • Commission: Olympic museum or bust for Colorado Springs' City for Champions

    Without the Olympic museum the City for Champions project won't be a success, members on the Colorado Economic Development Commission said Thursday, when they proposed making 16 percent of state funding for the project contingent on completion of the museum. "This was really sold to us as the Olympic museum," said Board member Frances...

  • Local triathlete needs your help to fix homeless folks' bikes

    Triathlete Luke Farkas could use your help aiding the area's homeless. The 2012 junior national champion spends a few hours a week repairing bicycles of the homeless and others down on their luck. Most come with flat tires and Farkas, an off-campus resident of the U.S. Olympic Training Center, has enough patches to fix those. The former...

  • Amy Van Dyken-Rouen joins patients for annual boating day

    ENGLEWOOD — Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen joined about 50 other patients at her rehabilitation hospital for a day of boating near Denver. They rode small sailboats Friday across Cherry Creek Reservoir as part of Craig Hospital's 35th annual Hobie Day. The outing was intended to show people what's possible after suffering catastrophic...

  • Team USA forwards overwhelm Mexico in Americas opener

    Team USA did not play with its expected offensive balance, but it mattered little against overmatched Mexico. With surprisingly cold 3-point shooting (0 for 10) from a team of future college standouts, the Americans relied on the inside scoring of forwards Brianna Turner and Jessica Shepard, both with 16 points, and an additional 15 points...

  • Trampoline gymnast hopes national junior title leads to Olympics

    The backyard is often the wellspring of many Olympic dreams. It was no different for 2014 junior national double mini-trampoline champion Paige Howard, who first tried out a trampoline as a young child in Texas. It was her favorite backyard activity until members of her older brother Hunter's soccer team jumped in unison and broke the toy....

  • Olympic celebration kicks off in 'thrilling' fashion for large crowd

    A blustery afternoon gave way to an entertaining evening for the Olympic Downtown Celebration in Colorado Springs Friday, as live music, sports demonstrations and autograph sessions with former Denver Broncos helped kickoff the local start of the Rocky Mountain State Games. Four members of the Xpogo stunt team performed for crowds of hundreds...

  • Basketball prospect on road to recovery

    It seemed like yesterday when Harry Giles was basketball royalty, getting the kind of treatment reserved for high school stars like LeBron James and Andrew Wiggins. At the age of 16, the 6-foot-9 forward was anointed the next Kevin Garnett, a 15-time NBA All-Star. Giles had it all, and thought he always would. Then, just like that, the king...

  • Country singer Josh Gracin headlines Olympic Downtown Celebration in Colorado Springs

    "American Idol" may have gotten country singer Josh Gracin a foot in the door, but it was up to him to keep the door from shutting. He has succeeded. The ex-Marine, who placed fourth on the TV singing 
competition in 2003, has released four albums and scored several hit singles, including "I Want to Live," "Stay with Me (Brass Bed)" and...

  • Proposed Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs gets a boost from new agreement with USOC

    Supporters of a proposed downtown U.S. Olympic Museum have signed a 30-year agreement with the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Olympic Committee that will allow the venue to showcase Olympic artifacts and displays, the two organizations announced Thursday. The agreement is crucial because it will lend credibility to efforts to raise millions in...

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