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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • U.S. Olympic Museum names director

    The U.S. Olympic museum has its first employee. Kristen Downs, a community activist who planned the 2013 Winterfest events and downtown ice skating rink, has been named the museum's executive administrative coordinator. She'll be the person to move the project forward, said Dick Celeste, president of the museum's board of directors. "We...

  • President's delegation is a no go, but Paralympic Games in Russia are a go

    The announcement that the U.S. presidential delegation will not attend the 2014 Sochi Paralympics later this week does not mean American athletes will not compete. "Today we were advised of the decision to not send a presidential delegation to the Paralympic Winter Games. As a sports organization, we will continue to fully support the amazing...

  • Area resident repeats as world champion

    CALI, Colombia – Colorado Springs resident Sarah Hammer won her seventh world cycling championship and made it back-to-back world titles in the women’s omnium on Sunday at the 2014 UCI Track World Championships in Cali, Colombia. Hammer won three of the six events outright over the two days of omnium competition to earn her second […]

  • Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis, Charlie White out of world skating

    Olympic gold medalist ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White will not compete at the world championships later this month. The Americans announced Monday that they would not defend their world title in Saitama, Japan, on March 24-30. As far as their competitive future beyond worlds, White said in a news release that "we will leave our...

  • Russia awards Mercedes-Benz to each of its Olympic medalists

    MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has given a Mercedes-Benz to each Olympic medalist from the host country of the 2014 Sochi Games. Medvedev reportedly gave away dozens of white Mercedes-Benz cars, decorated with the Russian Olympic team logo. While some of Russia's star athletes, like 15-year-old figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia...

  • Challenge for host cities comes after Olympic Games

    LONDON - For athletes and spectators at Sochi, it's time to pack up. But for the host cities, the real challenge begins with the end of the Olympics. How do they continue to use the expensive stadiums after the party's over? What happens to the athletes' villages? What is the legacy of the games? Here's a look at what some past Summer and...

  • VIDEO: A look back at the Sochi games

    Thanks to The Gazette's Mark Reis, we have a treasure trove of amazing photos with which to remember the 2014 Sochi winter games. Here are just a few. Thanks to The Gazette's Mark Reis, we have a treasure trove of amazing photos with which to remember the 2014 Sochi winter games. Here are just a few. Read more at...

  • Ramsey: The almosts, not so big deal, and stray dogs of Sochi

    SOCHI, Russia - Winter never arrived for this Winter Olympics. The skies were clear. The temperatures soared to ridiculous, and wonderful, heights. The mountains glowed in the sunlight and intense moonlight. Sunshine seldom departed, and the terrorists never arrived. That's the formula for a strong Olympics. As I begin my journey home, I'll...

  • 15-year-old Brody Roybal headed for Sochi Paralympics in sled hockey

    NORTHLAKE, Ill. - Brody Roybal was born with no legs. But that didn't stop him from trying any number of sports at an early age. His mom, Michelle Roybal, remembers thinking he looked like the Peanuts character Pigpen when he'd hit a baseball and kick up dust when using his arms to swing and scoot his upper torso down the baseline. But...

  • Canada's Olympic hockey win could be NHL farewell

    SOCHI, Russia — Steve Yzerman was stuck in an elevator while the maple leaf flag was raised to the Bolshoy Ice Dome rafters Sunday. The architect of Canada's dominant Olympic hockey team was disappointed to miss that magic moment after the team's unbeaten run through the Sochi Games to its second straight gold medal. And though he's...

  • Hosts' real Olympic challenge: after the games

    LONDON — For athletes and spectators at Sochi, it's time to pack up. But for the host cities, the real challenge begins with the end of the Olympics. How do they continue to use the expensive stadiums after the party's over? What happens to the athletes' villages? What is the legacy of the games? Here's a look at what some past Summer and...

  • What’s the big deal with the Olympics?

    It goes by different names. The Czechs say Olympijské hry. The French Jeux olympiques. Russians Олимпийские игры, pronounced Olimpiyskiye igry, but universally, it’s all the same. Individuals from around the world travel to the attend this international sports compeition that most individuals could only dream about attending.  They come...

  • American fans lacking in number at Sochi Games

    In building his collection of 100,000 Olympic trading pins, Daniel Presburger has learned a few things. He’s learned that sometimes, chasing an athlete down the subway for a rare pin is worth wasting an Olympic ticket. And the Los Angeles native has nearly memorized the flow of negative reporting he says surfaces every two years. “The media...

  • Olympic sponsor Volkswagen Group has built a showcase visible from the entrance of Olympic Park

    SOCHI, Russia - After going through a security checkpoint and stepping out of the entrance building in Olympic Park, visitors are immersed in a spectacle of sights and sounds. Volunteer workers, who are shouting welcome and other chants in Russian through megaphones, immediately greet visitors. To the right, a massive grandstand meant for...

  • Talking about race at the Olympics

    I was on a train to Olympic Park when it first happened. The approach was subtle. A quick tap on the shoulder followed by a “take picture?” motion with her hands. She didn’t attempt to talk, knowing the language barrier would pose a problem. She and her friends relied on gestures and smiles to convey the message. “Photo us?” I nodded and...

  • Ramsey: As these Sochi Games end, a reminder of why we need them

    SOCHI, Russia - In the late days of the 19th century, a wonderful idea turned into a wonderful reality. Athletes across the globe gathered every four years for a true world championship, and on a planet plagued with strife and bloodshed, these Games somehow remained peaceful. Julie Chu started watching these Olympic Games in the late days...

  • Olympic bobsled medalist Curtis Tomasevicz wanted to be an Air Force Falcon

    SOCHI, Russia - Curtis Tomasevicz, Olympic bronze and gold medalist in the bobsled, came extremely close to becoming an Air Force football player. He wanted to play for Fisher DeBerry, and there was no doubt DeBerry wanted Tomasevicz to wear an Air Force uniform. It was all set. Then Tomasevicz suffered a broken collarbone two days before...

  • Costly, political, successful: Sochi Olympics end

    SOCHI, Russia — Flushed with pride after its athletes' spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated Sunday night with a visually stunning finale that handed off a smooth but politically charged Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Russian President Vladimir Putin, these Olympics' political...

  • Sweden's Nicklas Backstrom fails doping test in Sochi, banned from gold-medal game

    SOCHI, Russia — Sweden center Nicklas Backstrom failed a doping test for a substance found in an allergy medication and was withdrawn from Sunday's hockey final at the Sochi Olympics. "I got the message 2 hours before the game that something was wrong," Sweden coach Par Marts after his team lost 3-0 to Canada in the gold-medal game....

  • Canada beats Sweden for Olympic hockey gold

    SOCHI, Russia — Jonathan Toews scored in the first period, captain Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the tournament and Canada defended its Olympic men's hockey title Sunday with a 3-0 victory over Sweden in the gold-medal game. Chris Kunitz also scored and Carey Price made 24 saves for the Canadians, who confirmed their worldwide...

  • Shiffrin, Miller make Sochi skiing one for the ages

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — From Mikaela Shiffrin to Bode Miller, from Mario Matt to Henrik Kristoffersen, Alpine skiing at the Sochi Olympics was one for the ages. The 18-year-old Shiffrin already was pegged as the sport's face of the future, and she established herself as a star of the present by becoming the youngest slalom champion in...

  • Finland gets hockey bronze with rout of U.S.

    SOCHI, Russia — Teemu Selanne scored two goals and Tuukka Rask had a 26-save shutout, helping Finland rout the United States 5-0 Saturday to win hockey bronze at the Sochi Games. Selanne, a 43-year-old, six-time Olympian, and Jussi Jokinen scored 11 seconds apart early in the second period. The Finns scored three goals in the third period...

  • USOC leaders say they're OK with reduced medal count

    SOCHI, Russia - The United States claimed 37 medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games. The U.S. will not claim 37 medals at the Sochi Games. Leaders of the U. S. Olympic Committee, based in Colorado Springs, say they are at peace with the lowered medal count. As of Saturday night, the U.S. had won 27 medals with nine golds. Russia leads the medal...

  • Washington native wins second gold for Russia in Winter Games

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Facing a nearly impossible deficit against a four-time world champion he'd never outraced, all the unorthodox choices snowboarder Vic Wild made to keep his career alive converged over 30 glorious seconds of perfection. His banged-up body patched together by the best doctors his adopted country can provide, his...

  • 2 more athletes test positive at Sochi Olympics

    SOCHI, Russia — A Latvian hockey player and a Ukrainian cross-country skier failed drug tests at the Sochi Olympics, bringing to four the number of doping cases at the games. The International Olympic Committee said early Sunday that Vitalijs Pavlovs and Marina Lisogor were both expelled from the games. Pavlovs tested positive for the...

  • SOCHI SCENE: Mikaela Shiffrin's No. 1 fan

    SOCHI, Russia — Mikaela Shiffrin isn't the only star in her family these days. As the 18-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colo., has skyrocketed to fame during the Sochi Games, Shiffrin's grandmother has become a bit of a celebrity herself. Pauline Condron is very close to her granddaughter, which has made the 92-year-old a popular interview subject...

  • Ligety doesn't finish 2nd run of Olympic slalom

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — After failing to finish the Olympic slalom's second leg, giant slalom gold medalist Ted Ligety called the course set Saturday night "borderline unsportsmanlike." Ligety was sixth-fastest in the opening run of the slalom, the last Alpine race of the Sochi Games. But he slid on his side and dropped out of the...

  • Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, takes on expectations - and meets them

    SOCHI, Russia - Mikaela Shiffrin was riding on a chair lift through the Russian mountains on her way to her second slalom run. She's only 18, but she's spent hours envisioning this moment. That's her thing. She dwells in the future. She realized, sitting on that chair lift in the present tense, her vision of a gold medal was about to come...

  • How the Olympic Games are affecting Sochi and its people

    For a spectator, traveling to the Olympic Games takes about 24 hours of constant travel, but once you see Sochi and all it has to offer, the inconvenience and jet lag drift away. Others have endured and waited for this moment far longer than 24 hours. Residents of Sochi have been living through Olympic construction since the Russian bid for...

  • Judging talk overshadows Olympic figure skating again

    SOCHI, Russia — Leave it to figure skating and judging, where winning can be obscured by whining. Any sport without a finish line or clock or some definitive standard is subject to skepticism about the results. It has happened at the Olympics before, and now it's happened at Sochi after Adelina Sotnikova skated away with the gold medal, the...

  • Ahead of NBC show, Nancy Kerrigan looks back 20 years after Tonya Harding pushed her into world spotlight

    SOCHI, Russia — Nancy Kerriganstood in front of a group of reporters, voice quivering and hands fidgeting as she described her emotions after watching a one-hour retrospective on the figure skating scandal that shook the Olympic earth 20 years ago. There were only a handful of media members in the room with her Friday as opposed to the...

  • Colorado teen Mikaela Shiffrin wins Olympic slalom gold, makes history

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Mikaela Shiffrin made Alpine skiing history Friday as the youngest ever winner of an Olympic slalom gold medal. The 18-year-old American protected her lead from an impressive first run to win in 1 minute, 54 seconds. She finished 0.53 seconds faster than veteran Marlies Schild of Austria, one of Shiffrin's childhood...

  • D'oh, Canada! More hockey heartbreak as US men go down in Olympic semifinals

    SOCHI, Russia — For the rematch, Canada skipped the overtime and shelved the theatrics. One slick goal and 60 minutes of stifling defensive hockey kept the Canadians firmly on top of the U.S. and moved them to the brink of gold again. Jamie Benn scored in the second period, Carey Price made 31 saves, and Canada beat the United States 1-0...

  • Ramsey: Olympic chokes? No. Overcome by demons? Maybe

    SOCHI, Russia — We wanted the gold too much. Kelli Stack said those words with tears in her eyes. On Thursday night on the edge of the Black Sea, the United States women's hockey team was a minute away from an historic victory over Canada. They couldn't hold on. Stack said the American skaters were so caught up in the big picture they...

  • Olympics: 1.5 million sign petition calling for inquiry into figure skating gold

    More than 1.5 million people sign petition demanding inquiry into Adelina Sotnikova's victory over Yuna Kim in women's figure skating in Sochi. As of Friday, more than 1.5 million of them had signed an online petition demanding an inquiry into Kim's shock defeat. The petition could end up breaking change.org records – previous most-signed...

  • REWIND: Olympic men’s hockey semifinals, Canada vs. US

    SOCHI, Russia - There were no celebrations for the U.S. hockey team Friday, with Canada winning 1-0 and dashing the American hopes for men's gold for the third time since 2002. And it happened just one night after the Canadian women had ousted their American counterparts for the third straight Olympics. Jamie Benn scored in the second...

  • VIDEO: Michigan families celebrate Olympics at backyard sled track

    MASON, Mich. — Two Michigan families are celebrating the Olympics with a massive sled track they built into a backyard hill. WILX-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1fvnqSn ) the Baker and Hines families came up with the idea for a luge track in Mason, located southeast of Lansing. The course is about 200 feet long and includes a tunnel and a...

  • VIDEO: Was Sochi wolf video an Olympic prank?

    Jimmy Kimmel has topped his own prank skills with a viral video from the 2014 Winter Olympics. When luger Kate Hansen posted a video of a wolf in her Sochi hotel hallway, more than 1 million fell for the gag. Hansen posted the video to YouTube on Feb. 19, with the title "Epic #SochiFail: Wolf in my hall." The short video did indeed appear to...

  • German, Italian athletes booted from Sochi Olympics for doping

    SOCHI, Russia — German Olympic officials say biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle has been kicked out of the Sochi Games after a positive doping test. The German Olympic Committee says she tested positive on Monday for the stimulant methylhexanamine. Both the "A'' sample and backup "B'' sample were positive. The committee says the athlete has...

  • Ramsey: American women figure skaters look toward future

    SOCHI, Russia - American women failed to earn an individual medal in Olympic figure skating competition for the first time since 1936. A high school sophomore from San Jose hopes to return Americans to the medal stand in South Korea at the 2018 Games. Polina Edmunds, who's only 15, finished ninth Thursday. She has ambitions to climb much...

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