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  • 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...

  • US Olympic pairs skaters Zhang, Bartholomay split

    U.S. Olympic pairs skaters Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay have ended their partnership. The announcement Wednesday means both American teams that competed in Sochi have split. Two-time U.S. champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir said in May they were moving on. Zhang and Bartholomay finished second behind Castelli and Shnapir at...

  • Amy Van Dyken-Rouen staying positive on social media

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Not long after Amy Van Dyken-Rouen had surgery for a life-threatening spine injury, while she still wasn't completely out of danger, her husband placed a cellphone in her hands. The decorated Olympic swimmer had always enjoyed sharing her life and thoughts on social media, so Tom Rouen figured it might do her some good...

  • Ramsey: US smashes Canada on great night of American basketball

    Chris Egi was feeling courageous. His Canadian basketball team, a prohibitive underdog, were hanging close to a heavily favored United States team playing on its home soil. The crowd at the Olympic Training Center had fallen quiet. Canada, that visitor from The Great White North, was dropping hints a huge upset might be in the making. Egi...

  • Stanley Johnson, Sean Miller begin Arizona career together with Team USA gold medals

    Stanley Johnson exited Tuesday's basketball game at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center greeted with a leaping high-five that was then pulled into a heartfelt hug. Go ahead and get used to seeing that. On the other end was Team USA assistant coach Sean Miller, who was there to congratulate Johnson as his 19 points and five rebounds...

  • Amy Van Dyken-Rouen to get back in pool for rehab

    ENGLEWOOD — Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is getting back in the pool as part of her rehabilitation. The six-time gold medalist tweeted early Tuesday that she was excited to find out she would be swimming later in the day. She found out when a nurse came in the middle of the night to change her position and immediately posted about it...

  • United States U18 team routs Dominican Republic; championship Tuesday at OTC

    Stanley Johnson had 15 points and seven rebounds Monday night, leading the U.S. Under-18 team to a 90-56 rout of the Dominican Republic for a spot in the FIBA Americas Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The Americans (4-0) will play Canada (4-0) for the gold medal Tuesday night. Johnson, of Fullerton,...

  • Denney, Coughlin will sit out season

    Broadmoor Skating Club member Caydee Denney and her pairs partner John Coughlin announced they will not compete in the 2014-15 figure skating season while Denney recovers from a right ankle injury. “After a lot of therapy, I am excited to take the next step of getting back on the ice beginning with performing in shows […]

  • Team USA overwhelms Uruguay in U18 Americas men's hoops opener

    Sometimes stats do tell the story. Uruguay committed 16 turnovers in the first quarter while mustering only 15 points. As a result, the victor was never in question as Team USA routed overmatched Uruguay 156-58 to conclude the opening day of pool play at the U18 FIBA Americas Championship on Friday. "We just kept doing what we do as a...

  • Outdoor inline speedskaters, Paralympic swimmers converge on area this weekend

    A local inline speedskating club's younger athletes have an opportunity to build their resume at the national outdoor championships over the next week. "It's really good for our younger skaters and recent beginners," Peak Racing Club coach Maurice Barnes said. "They get a taste (of the national level). You know the grooves in the floor in the...

  • Three Americans have golden opportunity this weekend

    Forward Stanley Johnson knows he has a chance to accomplish something special; win three international gold medals for Team USA. "You don't go in wanting anything less than a gold medal, especially when you're playing for your country," the 6-foot-7 Arizona men's basketball signee said. "It is an opportunity you cannot waste." Johnson and...

  • Amy Van Dyken-Rouen lands in Colorado to start rehab: 'This is just the beginning'

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Legs strapped down, wires and tubes jutting from underneath her blankets, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen began to weep. An accident on an all-terrain vehicle 12 days earlier left the decorated Olympic swimmer paralyzed and headed toward an uncertain future, yet these were not tears of sadness or anguish. They were tears were...

  • Colorado Springs Olympic Museum backers say they're close to deal with USOC

    Proponents of a downtown Olympic Museum are near an agreement with the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Olympic Committee that would give the museum Olympic support - opening the door for venue backers to raise funds on the strength of that relationship, Richard Celeste, president of the museum's board of directors, said Tuesday. During a public...

  • USA Basketball believes Olympic potential is there for 3-on-3 hoops

    It was easy for St. Mary's player Jimmy Velten to see the possibilities for 3-on-3 basketball in the United States. Velten and three teammates competed in the recent Under-18 national championships at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. Although there were only 57 players, including 15 girls, combined in the men's and women's...

  • Olympic champion Amy Van Dyken-Rouen out of ICU

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyke-Rouen has been moved from intensive care to a regular hospital room, nine days after severing her spinal cord in an all-terrain vehicle accident. Hospital spokeswoman Jamie Grimm says the six-time gold medalist was in good condition and moved from the ICU on Sunday morning. Van...

  • Hobby now a passion as judo star reaches for Olympics

    When U.S. Olympic judo player Mirielle Graves was 9 years old, her family struggled to make ends meet. She lived in Edwardsville, Ill., a town of about 20,000, half an hour outside of St. Louis. Her dad worked as a police officer and trained in martial arts. When he learned of free judo classes nearby, he put Mirielle on the list. Graves...

  • Amy Van Dyken-Rouen to transfer to Colorado hospital next week

    Amy Van Dyken-Rouen will undergo rehabilitation for her severed spine at Craig Hospital in Englewood, her husband, Tom Rouen, said Wednesday night. Rouen said the family is hoping Van Dyken-Rouen will be transported to Colorado by Angel MedFlight sometime next week. He said the family wanted to move her at the start of the week, but she might...

  • Spreading the word: Kids meet their Olympians and soak in TrueSport's message

    Bradyn Dowling had to come. For half his young life, his goal was to compete in the Olympics in track and bobsled. On Tuesday, the 8-year-old met the first American woman, Lauryn Williams, to medal in both sports. It was a good day for the Ute Pass Elementary School student. "It's really cool," he said. "If I try my best I know I can do it...

  • Amy Van Dyken-Rouen tweets photos from Scottsdale hospital

    Amy Van Dyken-Rouen's spirit was showing Tuesday on Twitter. On Friday, the six-time Olympic swimming gold medalist severed her spinal cord in an all-terrain vehicle accident near her Arizona home. Van Dyken-Rouen is at the Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center. On Tuesday, Van Dyken-Rouen posted an Instagram photo from...

  • Olympic star Amy Van Dyken Rouen severs spinal cord in accident

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken severed her spinal cord in an all-terrain vehicle accident over the weekend, and told emergency workers she could not move her toes or feel anything touching her legs. The 46-year-old swimmer, who goes by her married name Van Dyken Rouen, was injured Friday. She was...

  • USA Swimming CEO makes first public apology to sexual abuse victims

    USA Swimming CEO Chuck Wielgus publicly apologized to sexual abuse victims for the first time since the scandal came to light four years ago. "I'm sorry," he said to open the statement. "These are powerful words some people have wanted to hear from me for a long time. I have been criticized in blogs, and most recently in the petition opposing...

  • Olympic ice dancing winners taking next season off

    The most-decorated ice dance team in American history, Olympic champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White, announced they will not compete this upcoming season. “We’re so grateful for the support we’ve received through this truly amazing year in our lives,” the Michigan natives said in a joint statement. “Trying to stay in the...

  • U.S. Paralympics names 2014-15 nordic skiing teams

    Fifteen athletes, including eight active duty and retired military veterans, were named to the 2014-15 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National and Development Teams.  “I am thrilled to be able to announce this small but very high powered national team that includes three Paralympic Winter Games medalists, one world cup medalist and several...

  • After successful petition, USA Swimming focuses on sex abuse preventation program

    Colorado Springs-based USA Swimming is focusing on its efforts to address continued criticism of its handling of sexual abuse cases. The organization's CEO, Chuck Wielgus, withdrew from this year's International Swimming Hall of Fame induction class earlier this week, after a petition to rescind that honor criticized the organization under...

  • Gymnasts will attempt world record

    2012 Olympic all-around champion Gabrielle Douglas will be on hand as Pittsburgh-area gymnasts gather to set a world record for most simultaneous cartwheels.  Douglas, also a member of the Fierce Five who won the Olympic team gold at the London Olympics, is visiting Pittsburgh to promote the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships, scheduled for...

  • USA Swimming CEO Chuck Wielgus withdraws from Hall induction

    Colorado Springs-based USA Swimming CEO Chuck Wielgus has withdrawn from this year's International Swimming Hall of Fame induction class, a week after the release of a report that criticized the handling of sexual abuse cases by the organization under his leadership. USA Swimming and the Hall of Fame released a joint statement Monday night...

  • Special Olympian from Colorado Springs area swimming for the gold again at state meet

    Jenny Cheeseman, 37, rested against the wall in the deep end of the Manitou Springs Public Pool on a recent morning and took a composed breath. "You can't stop. You have to keep going," she told herself. Cheeseman pushed off against the wall and dipped her head back under the water as she began to front crawl, back and forth, across the...

  • UCCS grad forgoes commencement ceremony, continues Olympic dream

    As more than 1,000 graduates donned black caps and gowns for the University of Colorado-Colorado Spring's 40th annual and largest-ever graduation Friday, one notable summa cum laude grad was hitting the weight room in Chapel Hill, N.C. Austin Cook, 22, of Chapel Hill, earned a bachelor's degree in biology at UCCS, but chose not to walk at...

  • Lindland named national Greco-Roman coach

    USA Wrestling named Matt Lindland of Gresham, Ore. as its national Greco-Roman coach. Lindland, a 2000 Olympic silver medalist and 2001 World silver medalist as a Greco-Roman athlete, will lead the U.S. Greco-Roman national program, coaching the nation’s elite Greco-Roman athletes and guiding the development of the program at all levels....

  • USOC chief Scott Blackmun salary bumped by deferred bonus payout

    DENVER — U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun received a payoff on deferred bonuses that inflated his 2013 salary to $1.275 million — a number expected to decrease in future years because of a new contract structure. In tax forms filed by the USOC, nearly $750,000 of Blackmun's 2013 salary was listed as bonus and incentive compensation;...

  • Ramsey: U.S. women's indoor volleyball players eager to beat host Brazil for Olympic gold

    The U.s. women's indoor volleyball team will travel to the 2016 Brazil Olympics facing an intimidating challenge. The American women will be seeking their first indoor volleyball gold. Meanwhile, the Brazilians will be chasing their third straight gold. On their home court. An insurmountable challenge? No. Close to an insurmountable...

  • Young coach, young squad win women's volleyball tourney at Colorado Springs' OTC, qualify for worlds

    It seemed like a goliath expectation for volleyball maven David Hunt to motivate a group of recent college graduates, as well as a high school junior, to put in hours of sweat to qualify for an once-in-a-lifetime tournament that they'll most likely not be a part of. But the young coach gained the trust of his youth-riddled roster, one full of...

  • Elite volleyball tournament begins busy summer of events for Colorado Springs

    World-class athletes are competing this weekend at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with aspirations of eventually qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The eight-team FIVB World Championship NORCECA Qualifying Tournament began in earnest Thursday at SportsCenter I at the OTC, and the United States' men's and women's volleyball...

  • California teen holding her own with top U.S. volleyball talent

    The average 17-year-old might worry about their car, cliques at school or getting ready for prom, but Hayley Hodson is not average. The California phenom is more concerned with her place in the ranks of USA Volleyball. She is working to improve on an explosive and raw skill set that has seemingly endless potential. Hodson, a junior at Corona...

  • International volleyball jumps into Springs this week at OTC

    The first step toward the volleyball world championships for Team USA will be made this weekend. The American men's and women's national teams enter this weekend's NORCECA qualification tournaments at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center as the favorites. Both automatically advanced to the third and final round of their respective...

  • Palmer student Abby Votava making inroads in Junior Olympic shooting

    Hours and hours on her home range hanging out with friends paid off for Abby Votava. The 17-year-old won her first National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship gold medal in women's air rifle last week and catapulted into contention for international competition and perhaps a college scholarship. The meet was held on her club's home range...

  • Scherr quits European Games post

    Former US Olympic Committee chief executive Jim Scherr has resigned as chief operating officer of the inaugural European Games and has been replaced by former British Olympic official Simon Clegg. Scherr, who led the organizing effort for the 2015 games in Baku for 12 months, says “it is the right time” to return to the […]

  • Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley stresses Colorado Springs and Olympic movement intertwined at luncheon

    The Olympic movement is felt in Colorado Springs in ways big and small. There are the large celebrations, the recent new downtown headquarters for the U.S. Olympic Committee and the athletes' memorable successes and failures on TV. But for Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley the effect is felt when parents come up to her months after she speaks at an...

  • Ramsey: Michael Phelps can't outrace time in his comeback

    Michael Phelps has nothing left to prove in the pool. He's won 22 Olympic medals, including a beyond-belief collection of 18 golds. At this moment, some 5-year-old is moving fast in a pool while his mom shouts, "He's going to be another Michael Phelps!" His name is known by your grandmother and your daughter. He is, simply, The Swimmer. The...

  • USA Fencing reaps world medals

    The U.S. defeated Russia, 42-24, to capture the women’s foil team title at the Junior and Cadet World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The U.S. men’s team claimed bronze. Meanwhile, Lee Kiefer won the women’s foil title and Alexander Massialas earned bronze in the men’s competition. Sage Palmedo and Grace Stone earned silver and bronze in...

  • Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement

    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26. Bob Bowman, the swimmer's longtime coach, told The Associated Press on Monday that Phelps is entered...

  • Lance Armstrong: Coach Chris Carmichael knew about doping

    Colorado Springs cycling coach Chris Carmichael knew Lance Armstrong was doping long before Armstrong went to the 1996 Olympics or won a record seven Tour de France titles, according to newly public documents. In the documents filed Wednesday by the U.S. District Court, and first reported by USA Today, Armstrong for the first time named those...

  • Olympians say selfies were stopped at White House

    A handshake? Sure. A selfie? No way. Some of America's Olympic athletes say they were asked to keep their cellphones in their pockets last week when they visited the White House and met with President Barack Obama. The White House said that's longstanding practice because taking individual photos with hundreds of people wouldn't be...

  • Colorado Springs should be a sister city of Ancient Olympia by Tuesday

    ByTuesday, Ancient Olympia and Colorado Springs could be sister cities. Two Greek delegates are in the area through Thursday intending to make the first step in a relationship that could benefit the area's colleges, the U.S. Olympic movement and tourism. A vote on a resolution is on Tuesday's agenda for the City Council. The delegates are...

  • USOC names March athlete honorees

    Top performances throughout March earned Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif.) and Paralympic snowboarder Evan Strong (Maui) Athlete of the Month recognition, while the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team received team from the United States Olympic Committee. Hammer won her seventh career world championship gold medal at the 2014 UCI Track World...

  • OTC gymnasts advance to Qatar finals

    Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center residents Paul Ruggeri, pictured, and Donnell Whittenburg qualified for event finals at the Doha (Qatar) Challenge Cup at the Aspire Dome. Ruggeri will compete in the floor exercise, vault and horizontal bar, and Whittenburg advanced to the parallel bars final. The finals for the three-day event, which is...

  • Team USA heads to curling worlds

    Eight-time national champion Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) is once again set to lead Team USA as the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship gets underway this weekend in China. This will be the eighth appearance at the world championship for Fenson, 46, who led Team USA to its first ever Olympic medal in 2006 when the […]

  • Injuries can’t keep Paralympian Alana Nichols from competing in Sochi

    Alana Nichols is intelligent. A few minutes talking to her makes that clear. But it also becomes evident she doesn't understand the meaning of quit. If she did, she probably wouldn't be in her fourth Paralympics trying to match her four skiing medals from Vancouver. Three torn shoulder ligaments and surgery last summer did not stop her...

  • Sled hockey cements bond of Colorado duo who lost legs in same accident

    Colorado natives Tyler Carron and Nikko Landeros were coming home from a high school dance in January 2007 when a flat tire forced them to pull off to the side of a narrow rural road. Another teenage driver came around the bend, didn't see them and collided with their SUV, pinning the wrestlers between the vehicles. The Berthoud High School...

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