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  • Snowboarders concerned Olympics future

    Justin Reiter left the Sochi Olympics with a sour taste in his mouth. The Alpine snowboarder, making his first Olympic appearance at 33, finished 24th in the parallel giant slalom and was disqualified from his second event, the parallel slalom, after tracking inside the gate on his first run. "The two worst races of my career happened to be...

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

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

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

    American endurance rider Kimberly Geist is gunning for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, but she knows she cannot overlook this weekend's U.S. Independence Day Grand Prix in Colorado Springs. Geist is one of about 100 world-class racers who will vie for a berth in the upcoming World Cup season over the next eight days at the Colorado Springs...

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

    They all have different backgrounds. But they are united by the same hometown - and the same dream. There was something about the London Olympics in 2012 that lit a spark in Jennifer Farrar when she attended as a spectator. It wasn't while watching the U.S. basketball teams - Farrar's former sport - trounce their opponents, and it wasn't...

  • Boston 2024 Olympics organizers update $4.6B bid

    BOSTON (AP) — The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games on Monday, unveiling a $4.6 billion plan it says would create thousands of jobs and housing units, expand the city's tax base and leave behind a vastly-improved regional transit system — all with a $210 million...

  • Fighting lawyer Stalacia Leggett qualifies for Olympic boxing trials

    A year ago Stalacia Leggett was studying to take the California state bar exam. On Saturday night, Leggett became a U.S. boxing Olympic trials qualifier. Leggett joined Colorado Springs residents Alex Love and Naomi Graham in winning third-place bouts at the USA Boxing Olympic trials qualifiers at the City Auditorium to earn the final three...

  • Wrestle-offs set for Sunday at OTC

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

  • Super heavyweights Glanton, Moore going for gold

    The USA men's boxing teams haven't won gold in more than a decade and haven't taken home a medal since 2008. Brandon Glanton and Marlo Moore are both dreaming of gold. Glanton and Moore each won super heavyweight semifinals (over 201 pounds) on Friday to qualify for the U.S. Olympic boxing trials. Deontay Wilder was the last American male to...

  • Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge has an X Games appeal

    There were few sequins, no choreography and AC/DC blaring instead of Leonard Bernstein in a jumps competition showcasing some of the top American men and women figure skaters. And while Friday's Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge will never be confused with the top international figure skating competitions, winning the inaugural event at...

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

    The top mountain bike racing series in North America will reach its climax in Colorado Springs this weekend with Olympic implications to boot. The five-race U.S. Cup Pro Series concludes Saturday with the juniors, women and men's divisions. The start and finish lines for the two days of races are by the Pulpit Rock Open Space by the University...

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

    Boris Berian disappeared. It was 2011, when Joe Vigil told running coach Carlos Handler about Berian, a Widefield High School graduate, who was headed to Adams State. When Vigil, the coach of Handler's wife, Brenda Martinez, and a former Adams State coach, touted Berian as a great recruit, Handler decided he'd keep tabs. He noticed Berian...

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

    With artistic scores a major determinant of success, casual fans may overlook the raw athleticism required to be an Olympic-caliber figure skater. A jumps competition Friday night at The Broadmoor World Arena might change your perception, organizers for the 18th annual Broadmoor Open and Freezer Aerial Figure Skating Challenge hope. Admission...

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

    Alex Love found boxing because of basketball. Now, her hoop dreams have evolved to Olympic hopes, but not the way she expected. - This week, male and female boxers will step in the ring in hopes of eventually reaching the 2016 Rio Olympics. - The City Auditorium is hosting six days' worth of U.S. Olympic boxing qualifying. - The twice-daily...

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

    Organizers released the latest plans for the United States Olympic Museum to City Council on Monday. The museum will be built near Vermijo Street and Sierra Madre in downtown Colorado Springs. Richard Celeste, president of the U.S. Olympic Museum board, gave the presentation Monday to City Council, which includes new members since the April...

  • Paris becomes 4th city to join race for 2024 Olympic Games

    PARIS (AP) — Paris declared its candidacy for the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday, becoming the fourth city to enter the race and setting out its vision for bringing the games back to the French capital for the first time in 100 years. The Paris bid, which has been in the works for months, was formally launched in a ceremony at the headquarters of...

  • Jalen Brunson brings different aspect to USA U19 basketball team

    The workout begins when practice ends. While other USA Basketball Under-19 players unlace their sneakers, Jalen Brunson makes his way to a far corner basket in the Olympic Training Center gym. He begins what he calls the "Stephen Curry Drill." For three minutes, Brunson catches passes coming from the side before turning toward the hoop and...

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

    Before anything broke, Nia Sanchez removed her leopard print heels. Her Miss USA sash, too. Then, in a red jumpsuit with The Broadmoor World Arena spotlight shining on her, she went to work. She offered a flurry of kicks. She broke five wooden boards with one kick. Three with another. When she was done her final tally was 14. Not bad for...

  • OTC resident garners Greco honor

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

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

    When Harry Giles saw Chinanu Onuaku shoot free throws, he inquired. "What's up with that?" Giles asked his potential USA Basketball U19 teammate. That would be the underhand form Onuaku, one of 16 players competing for a spot on the roster, uses. He places one hand on each side of the ball, with the ball in front of his waist. To get...

  • Davidson coach Bob McKillop recalls former player Stephen Curry fondly

    Bob McKillop had no hidden Stephen Curry gem to offer. The Davidson coach, one of the evaluators at USA Basketball's U19 training camp at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, said that after his MVP season for the Golden State Warriors, there are no more secrets to Stephen Curry. Yet people still seem enamored with Curry - and his...

  • Coronado graduate Kyle Snyder books first trip to wrestling worlds

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

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

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

  • Adeline Gray leads OTC march to wrestling world championships

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

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

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

  • New OTC wrestler puts hurt on junior field

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

  • Former national champ savors second chance in wrestling

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

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

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

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

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

  • IOC members: Almaty narrows gap in 2022 race with Beijing

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Almaty managed to win the attention of IOC members. The next challenge is to win their votes. The bid from Kazakhstan came away with a big boost after impressing IOC members with its presentation for the 2022 Winter Games. Beijing, the long-time perceived favorite, also presented a solid case but will now feel...

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

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

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