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  • American trampoline gymnasts thrilled to make Pan Ams team

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

  • Trampoline gymnastics rivalry between brothers hits new heights

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

  • Olympic curling coach returns to competition

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

  • Ugly Olympic conflict breaks into open at Sochi conference

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

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

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

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

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

  • USA Basketball national offices may remain in Colorado Springs

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

  • Bidding race for 2024 Olympics starting to get crowded

    LONDON (AP) — Even though the race hasn't officially started, the field for the 2024 Olympics is getting more crowded by the day. A proposed Paris candidacy was approved by the city council on Monday, a major step toward finalizing a bid to bring the Summer Games back to the French capital for the first time in a century. Paris, expected to...

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

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

  • USOC names March athlete honorees

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

  • United States defends women's world hockey title

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

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

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

  • Love of speed skating unites two locals despite different aspirations

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

  • Area curling team moves into semifinal contention

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

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

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

  • Area curlers knock off defending national champs

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

  • Jorgensen wins 10th triathlon series stop

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

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

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

  • Shiffrin captures slalom title at US Alpine Championships

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

  • Shiffrin captures slalom title at US Alpine Championships

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

  • U.S. sled hockey continues dominance over Canadians

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

  • U.S. sled hockey continues dominance over Canadians

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

  • OTC resident leads Team USA gold medal haul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Paralympian snaps own world record

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

  • Warrior Games moves to Quantico, leaves Colorado Springs

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

  • YCA program names 17 high school finalists

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

  • USOC replaces three board members

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

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