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  • Colorado Springs' Jenkins brothers making their mark on national mountain biking stage

    A blur of brightly colored spandex caught Nolan Jenkins' eye, and a passion for mountain biking was born. The rising Colorado Springs School freshman, now 14, went to the Leadville 100 race about four years ago, and Durango-based mountain biking national champ Todd Wells blew past the preteen fan. "I wanted to try it out," he said. "I...

  • AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and...

  • First U.S. female swimmer qualifies for Rio

    Olympian Haley Anderson of Granite Bay, Calif. became the third U.S. and first American woman swimmer to qualify for a spot on the 2016 U.S. team by placing ninth in the women’s 10-kilometer open water event at the 2015 FINA World Championships at the Kazanka River Venue near Kazan, Russia. Anderson, who won the 5-kilometer open...

  • Ramsey: Boston taxpayers revolt against Olympic tyranny

    Blame Vladimir Putin. The citizens of greater Boston revolted against the 2024 Olympic Summer Games. They revolted because of costly Olympic disasters of the 21st century. The 2004 Athens Games helped launch Greece toward national insolvency. The 2008 Beijing Games cost $44 billion. Putin spent $51 billion - give or take a billion - on the...

  • Boston out as US candidate for 2024 Olympics, USOC to look elsewhere

    A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday that the U.S. Olympic Committee has severed ties with Boston. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been made public. The Boston bid soured within days of its beginning in January, beset by poor communication, low public support and...

  • First two U.S. swimmers qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics

    KAZAN, Russia – The first two U.S. swimmers qualified for spots on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team on Monday, when Jordan Wilimovsky of Malibu, Calif. won gold and Sean Ryan of Chattanooga, Tenn. placed fourth in the men’s 10-kilometer open water event at the 2015 FINA World Championships at the Kazanka River Venue. Wilimovsky...

  • Canadian Olympic head to back Toronto to make 2024 bid

    TORONTO (AP) — The head of the Canadian Olympic Committee said Sunday he would push Toronto to bid for the 2024 Olympics. Marcel Aubut, head of the COC, told a press conference he wants to see Canada's largest city be an official candidate by Sept. 15, the deadline set by the International Olympic Committee. "It's time to make it crystal...

  • Beijing faces Almaty in IOC vote for 2022 Winter Olympics

    The world's most populous nation against a new kid on the block. A global capital that hosted an Olympics just a few years ago against a city which many people may not be able to find on a map. A Chinese region with few big mountains and little natural snow against a former Soviet winter sports resort surrounded by towering peaks and plenty of...

  • USOC asks Massachusetts governor for stance on Boston '24

    BOSTON — The U.S. Olympic Committee wants to know where the governor of Massachusetts stands on the Boston Olympics. His answer: Still crunching the numbers. Gov. Charlie Baker refused to take a position on the city's troubled bid for the 2024 Games on Friday, even after receiving a request from USOC leaders to let them know as soon as...

  • RMAC, USA Wrestling will hold league tournament in January

    For the first time in 20 years, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference wrestlers will compete in a league tournament. "We are putting RMAC wrestling back on the map in the region and in the wrestling community," league commissioner Chris Graham said during Thursday's press conference. USA Wrestling will run the Jan. 31, 2016 event. It will...

  • Former Army ranger Mat Henigsmith works to swap camouflage for red, white and blue

    Former U.S. Army Ranger Mat Henigsmith accepts challenges wherever he finds them. Wednesday it was rock climbing. Friday it will be goalball. It was para-triathlon before this week's U.S. Association of Blind Athletes Summer Sports Festival. Henigsmith knew his world had changed when he was diagnosed as legally blind in February and he...

  • Some Special Olympics athletes forced to sleep on gym floor

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Special Olympics competitors arriving in Southern California were greeted by a logistics mess that forced many to sleep on a gymnasium floor before they were finally shuttled to their host cities on Wednesday. At least 1,500 athletes and coaches spent the night at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles after flights and...

  • Everything you need to know about Special Olympics

    The Special Olympics World Games will bring thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities to Los Angeles this week to compete in more than two dozen sports. Here are some details about the event: ___ WHAT IS THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS? It's an international competition held every four years and alternates between summer and winter games....

  • Olympic trial qualifiers Hunter Doerr, Daniel Carr evolve Colorado Springs swimming rivalry into friendship

    Hunter Doerr wasn't sure what he was in for when his friends suggested they play Polish pingpong. Doerr found out soon enough. Lose a point, get pelted with the pingpong ball. The opponent on the other end of the table was one he's all too familiar with, though in a different milieu. Doerr, who graduated from Air Academy this year, and...

  • Daniel Carr qualifies for 2nd Olympic trials event

    Daniel Carr qualified for his second USA Swimming Olympic trials event on July 15. The Cheyenne Mountain junior, who already had qualified for the 100-meter backstroke, swam a qualifying time of 2 minutes, 1.73 seconds in the 200 backstroke. The cut time for the trials is 2:03.79.   Daniel Carr, Hunter Doerr turn swimming rivalry...

  • Two-time Olympian Jonathan Horton gunning for one more last Olympics in Rio

    Two-time Olympian Jonathan Horton entered this weekend looking to prove that he has one more Olympics left in him. "I am pretty humble but I believe I am still one of the top vets in the country," he said. A bad meet last winter ended a 10-year stint on the U.S. national team and he hoped a good performance at Saturday's men's gymnastics...

  • Women's air pistol 'poster child' is from Colorado, barely a teen and on the rise

    Three thoughts went through Carson Saabye's head after her third-place finish in women's air pistol at the USA Shooting National Championships. When the 13-year-old found out her score made her the youngest-ever member of the USA Shooting national team, there was a "Wow." Another "wow" when she learned that meant she was on the USA Shooting...

  • OTC gymnast Chris Brooks ready to shake off latest injury in bid for Rio

    U.S. gymnast Chris Brooks is used to proving himself again and again. The former men's gymnastics national team member and 2012 London Olympic alternate has recovered from a shoulder injury - the latest of many such setbacks - to join the 60 other men vying for a berth in the Proctor and Gamble championships Aug. 13-16 in Indianapolis. He...

  • Ramsey blog: Caitlyn Jenner speaks truth and this truth bothers some Americans

    Caitlyn Jenner will spend the rest of her life dividing Americans. Many will applaud her. Many will see her as a courageous symbol, a trailblazer. Others will see her as a symbol of our nation's continuing collapse. Trust me on this one: I've heard from several of Jenner's critics. But there is value in the words of The Person Once Known...

  • WATCH: Emotional Caitlyn Jenner accepts Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs

    LOS ANGELES — Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs on Wednesday night while urging acceptance for others who are transgender. She received a standing ovation from some of the sporting world's biggest stars after her 10-minute speech during the annual awards honoring the year's top athletes and moments....

  • Missy Franklin wins 2015 ESPY for Best Female College Athlete

    Olympic champion swimmer Missy Franklin won an ESPY for Best Female College Athlete after leading California-Berkeley to a 2015 NCAA team championship and picking up additional titles in the 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke and individual medley. She, unfortunately, could not attend the award ceremony. Franklin announced in March...

  • Olympic Training Center event celebrates anniversary of disabilities act

    Disabled representation is key when creating legislation for people with disabilities, Maria Town told a crowd of largely disabled people at a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Thursday evening at the Olympic Training Center. "I don't think it should be a burden on people with disabilities to always...

  • Bruce Jenner's 1984 Olympic Torch going on auction block

    NEW YORK (AP) — The 1984 Summer Olympic Torch that Bruce Jenner carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada, is going on the auction block where it could fetch $20,000 or more. It's the first major piece of Jenner memorabilia to go to auction since the winner of the 1976 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal became Caitlyn Jenner. The 24-inch torch, featuring...

  • American women track cyclists show their readiness for Pan American Games

    Consider the American women's team well prepared for this month's Pan American Games. The U.S. exceeded national short-track cycling program director Andy Sparks' expectations with three wins by his wife Sarah Hammer and another four medals Saturday night to conclude the Independence Day Grand Prix at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training...

  • Hammer sets the pace in opening day of Independence Day Grand Prix

    It was a good night to be track cyclist Sarah Hammer. It usually is. The two-time Olympic silver medalist and area resident won two of three Friday night finals held before rain shut down the Independence Day Grand Prix at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome. A few makeup races and a full schedule await on Saturday at 9...

  • 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...

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