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Olympics news covering the Summer and Winter Olympics from the Baltimore Sun

Last Build Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:56:28 -0500

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Katie Couric returning to NBC for Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:55:00 PST

NBC is bringing back Katie Couric to co-host the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics next month in South Korea, and will live-stream the pomp for the first time.Couric will work with Mike Tirico, who is replacing Bob Costas as prime-time host of the games, for the Feb. 9 ceremony.The torch-lighting...


Gay Olympic skater Adam Rippon isn't happy with the choice of Mike Pence to lead U.S. delegation

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:15:00 PST

Figure skater Adam Rippon is not happy with the choice of Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month.

“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon, a first-time Olympian who came...


In a show of unity, Koreans North and South plan to march together and field a joint Olympic team

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:30:00 PST

In a rare gesture of unity after recent threats of “enveloping fire,” North and South Korea agreed Wednesday to march together under a unified flag during the opening ceremony at next month’s Winter Olympics.

The announcement also includes plans to organize a joint women’s ice hockey team, which...


U.S. ski-team members on the mend — mentally and physically — as Winter Games approach

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:20:00 PST

Laurenne Ross had sustained a fractured pelvis and a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. She suffered multiple shoulder dislocations, broken fingers, sprained ankles and concussions. Needed dozens of stitches to close gashes across her face.

None of those injuries prepared the veteran...


Michael Phelps in Chicago: Opening up about depression 'better than winning a gold medal'

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:50:00 PST

He’s won 23 Olympic gold medals — a record that may never be beaten.

But swimming great Michael Phelps told a Chicago audience Tuesday that was nothing compared with the satisfaction he got from opening up about and seeking help for his depression.

Speaking at a Kennedy Forum breakfast about mental...


Sexual abuse victims testify against Larry Nassar at sentencing hearing: 'You are a repulsive liar'

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:19:00 PST

One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma he inflicted on them as children, including one who warned that girls eventually "grow into strong women that return to...


Dale Earnhardt Jr. to help NBC Sports at Super Bowl and Olympics

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:53:00 PST

Nearly every day brings a new experience for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spent the first 43 years of his life living in a bubble that consisted of NASCAR and not much else.

Now that he has retired from full-time racing, he's got time to experience new adventures. Just last weekend, he went to brunch...


Q&A: As Olympics approach, things to know about Pyeongchang

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:10:00 PST

The Olympics are coming to one of the most remote, ruggedly beautiful parts of South Korea, an area known for icy winds, a collapsed mining industry, towering granite mountains that blot out the horizon and for a tough, proud, rapidly aging population as curious about the approaching foreign masses...


Olympic champ Simone Biles says she was abused by Larry Nassar

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:00:00 PST

Simone Biles watched as her friends and former Olympic teammates came forward to detail abuse at the hands of a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor.

Drawing in part from their strength, the four-time gold medalist acknowledged Monday she is among the athletes who were sexually abused...


Katie Uhlaender is going to her 4th Olympics, seeking her 1st medal. Or is it her 2nd?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:39:00 PST

Katie Uhlaender is going to the Olympics for the fourth time, still looking for her first medal.

That is, unless she's seeking a second.

Uhlaender was nominated Monday to the U.S. Olympic skeleton team for the Pyeongchang Games, making her the first American to be a four-timer in that sport. John...


Snowboarder Chloe Kim, a rising star, will get serious airtime at the Winter Olympics

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:30:00 PST

Spinning, flipping, flitting from one place to the next, Chloe Kim speaks in much the same way she rides the halfpipe, with breathless velocity and startling twists.

“Snowboarding brought me out of my shell,” she says. “You know, if you meet someone for the first time, they’re not going to bite...


Shaun White clinches spot in fourth Olympics in spectacular fashion

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 16:30:00 PST

Shaun White, apparently, is OK.

Three months after a horrific crash that left him in intensive care in a New Zealand hospital for five days and nearly ended his season, the snowboarder from Carlsbad won the third of four Olympic snowboard qualifiers Saturday and secured a spot on his fourth U.S....


Tonya Harding movie is a bunch of Gillooly

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:20:00 PST

Cover your kneecaps, sports fans. An evil cartoon figure has risen from ashes.

Tonya Harding walked the red carpet at the Golden Globes last week. Then she did a two-hour special on ABC. She’s a reborn star thanks to the movie “I, Tonya.”

It’s been 24 years since Harding made Olympic and criminal...


Federica Brignone edges Lara Gut for super-G win; Lindsey Vonn is ninth

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 10:20:00 PST

After winning a women's World Cup super-G at Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria,, on Saturday, Federica Brignone dedicated her victory to Italian teammate Elena Fanchini.

The 32-year-old Fanchini had to end her season because of a tumor, forcing her out of her fourth Olympics in Pyeongchang next month.


Women's hockey could bridge gap between North and South Korea at Olympics

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:00:00 PST

North Korea’s potential involvement in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is coming into clearer focus.

On Friday, a South Korean sports official told Yonhap News Agency the countries have discussed fielding a joint women’s hockey team and marching together in the opening ceremony...


U.S. men's hockey team adds goaltenders David Leggio, Brandon Maxwell to Olympic roster

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:10:00 PST

USA Hockey announced the final two members of its roster for the Pyeongchang Olympic hockey tournament.

Goaltenders David Leggio, 33, of Williamsville, N.Y., and 26-year-old Brandon Maxwell of Winter Park, Fla., were added to the roster on Thursday. Both played for the U.S. recently in the Deutschland...


Adam Rippon, openly gay, overcomes bullying and self-doubt to earn a spot on the U.S men's Olympic skating team

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:05:00 PST

Adam Rippon stood 4 feet tall when he was in the third and fourth grade in Scranton, Pa., making him an easy target for bullies. He started to skate when he was 10 and found a creative outlet for his energy, but he had no role models to show him how to act or talk or fight back when he was taunted.


Germany expected to top medals table at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:40:00 PST

Germany, Norway and Canada are expected to finish atop the medals table at the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics, according to a forecast issued Wednesday.

The prediction comes from Gracenote, a Nielsen company, which analyzes individual and team results from previous Olympic Games, world championships...


Olympic leaders call for talks to include North Korean athletes at Games

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:15:00 PST

The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday called for a meeting with North and South Korean officials to discuss the participation of North Korean athletes at the upcoming 2018 Winter Games.

The announcement follows Tuesday’s joint proposal by the countries’ governments.

“This is a great...


As Olympics approach, here's what to know about Pyeongchang 

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 06:30:00 PST

The Olympics are coming to one of the most remote, ruggedly beautiful parts of South Korea, an area known for icy winds, a collapsed mining industry, towering granite mountains that blot out the horizon and for a tough, proud, rapidly aging population as curious about the approaching foreign masses...


North Korea agrees to send delegation to Winter Olympics in South Korea after rare formal talks

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 12:38:00 PST

The rival Koreas moved toward easing their bitter animosity Tuesday during rare talks, with North Korea agreeing to take part in next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea. The countries also agreed to hold more discussions on reducing tension along their border and to reopen a military hotline.


North Korea to join Olympics in South Korea as tensions ease

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 09:40:00 PST

The first high-level diplomatic talks between North and South Korea in two years ended Tuesday with a historic deal inviting Pyongyang to participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics.

The negotiations began, however, with a lighter topic that perhaps seemed natural for distant peers getting reacquainted.


Can these two North Korean ice skaters help bring about a diplomatic thaw?

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 08:38:00 PST

Two people will be at the center of inter-Korean talks set to take place Tuesday, but they won't even be inside "Peace House" on the southern side of the border between the two countries. They are Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, the North Korean figure skating duo that South Korea desperately hopes...


The promising future of U.S. women's figure skating hasn't come to fruition

Sun, 7 Jan 2018 16:50:00 PST

The future looked exceptionally bright for American women’s figure skating in 2014 after Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds finished fourth, seventh and ninth, respectively, at the Sochi Olympics. Four years later, with the Pyeongchang Games a few weeks away, that picture is dramatically...


Adam Rippon, 28, becomes oldest U.S. figure skating Olympic rookie since 1936

Sun, 7 Jan 2018 13:45:00 PST

After a disastrous free skate left his Olympic fate up in the air, 28-year-old Adam Rippon headed back to his hotel room, where his good friend Ashley Wagner and other close confidants waited to share the agonizing wait that followed - and a bottle of wine or two.

Rippon had entered that free skate...


U.S. Figure Skating announces men's roster for Winter Olympics: Chen, Zhou and Rippon

Sun, 7 Jan 2018 10:10:00 PST

Adam Rippon won a reprieve after his subpar, fourth-place performance at the U.S. figure skating championships when a selection committee awarded him a berth on the Pyeongchang Olympic team over second-place finisher Ross Miner.

The announcement, made Sunday morning, was based on the superiority...


Mikaela Shiffrin dominates again in slalom to earn 40th World Cup victory

Sun, 7 Jan 2018 09:35:00 PST

Shortly after winning her 40th career World Cup race on Sunday in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin drew praise from one of her main rivals for “taking the sport to another level.”

Beaten by 1.64 seconds in a slalom on the Podkoren course, Frida Hansdotter had mixed feelings...


Suddenly, a quandary for the U.S. men's figure skating selection panel

Sat, 6 Jan 2018 22:05:00 PST

The drama that hovered over the selection of the U.S. women who will compete in the Pyeongchang Olympic singles event fizzled out with little more than a whimper. But choosing the three American men who vie for singles medals at the Winter Games unexpectedly veered toward controversy Saturday night...


Nathan Chen dazzles with big jumps to win U.S. nationals; Highland Park's Jason Brown finishes 6th

Sat, 6 Jan 2018 20:50:00 PST

Nathan Chen dazzled once again with his remarkable athleticism to pull off breathtaking quadruple jumps, skating the final routine to a commanding U.S. national championship Saturday night.

Chen, 18, all but secured his spot for next month's Pyeongchang Olympics.

With improved poise and style,...


Locals Brian Hansen, Shani Davis qualify for Olympic 1,500-meter speedskating race

Sat, 6 Jan 2018 18:10:00 PST

Two Chicagoland natives made the U.S. Olympic long-track speedskating team as Brian Hansen and Shani Davis qualified Saturday night in the men’s 1,500-meter event.

Hansen finished second in the race in 1 minute 46.65 seconds to earn his third-straight trip to the Olympic Games, which starts in...


Ramona's Chris Knierim wins U.S. pairs skating title, nears Olympic berth

Sat, 6 Jan 2018 17:30:00 PST

The music stopped, and Alexa Scimeca Knierim clapped her hands in frustration. Her husband, Ramona’s Chris Knierim, skated in circles, head down, hands on hips.

A few minutes later, their scores echoing through the SAP Center in San Jose, Alexa went from petrified to burying her face in her hands,...


U.S. Figure Skating announces the three women who will participate at the Winter Olympics

Sat, 6 Jan 2018 14:20:00 PST

Mirai Nagasu’s parents left their native Japan for the U.S. about 30 years ago, lured by the opportunities here and the chance to operate their own sushi restaurant in Arcadia, but they continued to speak Japanese with their only child. Nagasu’s father, Kiyoto, usually texts her in Japanese for...


Ashley Wagner 'furious' after fourth place in free skate

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 22:40:00 PST

Ashley Wagner called out judges at the U.S. figure skating championships Friday night for her scores in the free skate, which put in jeopardy her chances of returning to the Olympics.

Wagner scored a 130.85 in her strongest event for 196.19, with Karen Chen beating her out for third with a 198.59.


Carpentersville's Bradie Tennell completes near-perfect skate to win national title

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 21:20:00 PST

Mirai Nagasu was fighting nerves. Karen Chen was fighting illness.

Bradie Tennell fought them off to win the U.S. Figure Skating Championships women's title Friday night.

Then they all cried.

Rising star Tennell's near-perfect free skate earned her first national crown and almost certainly a spot...


Erin Jackson becomes first black woman to qualify for U.S. Olympic team in long-track speedskating

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 17:25:00 PST

Erin Jackson became the first black woman to qualify for the U.S. Olympic long-track speedskating team, finishing third in 39.04 seconds in the 500-meter race Friday in Milwaukee.

Jackson joins Maame Biney, who recently became the first black woman to qualify for the speedskating team with her...


Let the Games begin? Why Kim Jong Un might be interested in the Olympics

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 05:27:00 PST

With little time to spare, North and South Korea are preparing to hash out Kim Jong Un's offer to send a delegation to next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Skeptics are calling the offer, floated by Kim during his annual televised New Year's address, a cynical tactic to drive a wedge between...


Michael Phelps to play in Phoenix Open pro-am

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 02:00:00 PST

Now that he’s retired, Michael Phelps has a lot of free time on his hands. Time to travel. Time to watch the Ravens miss out on the playoffs. Time to race a great white shark.

And time to golf. Always time to golf.

The Olympic record-holder, aspiring scratch golfer and Paradise Valley, Ariz., resident...


Mirai Nagasu takes aim at leader Bradie Tennell and U.S. women's figure skating title

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 13:45:00 PST

Standing alone on the ice at SAP Center on Wednesday night as she prepared to perform her short program at the U.S. figure skating championships, Mirai Nagasu said a few words only she could hear.

“I think every brilliant mind is a little bit crazy,” she said. “Sometimes I doubt myself, and that...


International hockey head wants NHL back for 2022 Olympics

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 13:20:00 PST

The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation says he will do everything in his power to persuade the NHL to take part in the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

The NHL won't allow its players to participate in the Winter Games next month in South Korea.

Federation president Rene' Fasel says he believes...


Bradie Tennell has what it takes

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 23:30:00 PST

Bradie Tennell confirmed for her rivals at the U.S. Figure Skating championships that she’s for real — and that she will be a major player in the battle for the three U.S. women’s singles berths on the Pyeongchang Olympic team.

Tennell proved Wednesday that her breakthrough, bronze-medal performance...


Defending champion Nathan Chen falls four times in practice

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 17:55:00 PST

The first time Nathan Chen fell during his official practice Wednesday at SAP Center, he easily shrugged it off. But when the defending U.S. men’s figure skating champion and favorite to win a Pyeonchang Olympic berth tumbled to the ice three more times during the session, he became concerned.


Chicagoan Shani Davis makes fifth straight Olympics

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 17:50:00 PST

Shani Davis still has his poker face.

The 35-year-old Chicagoan said for the first time in his legendary speedskating career, he has allowed himself to think about failing as a means for motivation. So before he lined up for the 1,000-meter race Wednesday night at the U.S. Olympic long-track team...


Olympic berths hang in the balance at U.S. Figure Skating championships

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 17:05:00 PST

Adam Rippon isn’t shy about saying a good performance at the U.S. Figure Skating championships should guarantee him one of three men’s singles berths on the Pyeongchang Olympic team. “I think the only argument is if other competitors’ mothers are on the selection committee,” said Rippon, the 2016...


Teen athlete vies for spot on U.S. wheelchair basketball team

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 03:15:00 PST

On a local basketball court, Ixhelt Gonzalez is working on her shot. She hopes it will one day be her ticket to the Paralympics.

The 13-year-old eighth-grader from Chicago’s South Deering neighborhood has been invited by the U.S. women’s wheelchair basketball team to try out in January at the Olympic...


U.S. men's, women's hockey rosters announced for Pyeongchang Games

Mon, 1 Jan 2018 13:20:00 PST

The U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team, forced to recruit from the college and European professional ranks after the NHL refused to halt its season to allow players to represent their homelands next month at the Pyeongchang Games, will feature only one player with previous Olympic experience and will...


Olympic leaders hopeful as North Korea extends olive branch to Games

Mon, 1 Jan 2018 09:20:00 PST

On the same day that North Korea publicly wished success for the upcoming 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, Olympic leaders expressed their confidence the global sporting event can reach “beyond all political division.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spoke about the Games during his annual New...


NHL won't discuss future Olympic plans until 2018 Olympics are over

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:46:00 PST

The NHL isn't going to get drawn into any discussions about participating in future Winter Olympics until after the Pyeongchang Games are complete.

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that's the answer he provided to International Ice Hockey Federation general secretary Horst Lichtner on Friday....


Ashley Wagner's heart is in 'La La Land', and so are her hopes of an Olympic medal

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 19:55:00 PST

To stay true to herself, to fully commit to a free skating program that could put her in contention for a medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics, three-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner had to tune out the noise around her and listen to her heart.

Wagner, who contributed to the team bronze medal won...


Katie Ledecky named AP Female Athlete of the Year

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 07:45:00 PST

Katie Ledecky got her start in swimming because she just wanted to make friends. Her brother was eager to join a team at a pool near their house and as a 6-year-old, she tagged along.

By summer's end, the Ledecky siblings had made 100 friends ranging in age from 6 to 18. Some of them remain good...


2 Olympic hockey sisters playing for different nations

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 11:00:00 PST

Marissa Brandt was wrapping up her prosperous small-college hockey career, she believed, when the life-changing phone call came during her senior year.

South Korea's fledgling national team was building a roster for the 2018 Winter Olympics, and the host nation was inviting her to the country of...


USOC CEO apologizes, says he was unaware of extent of abuse

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:45:00 PST

The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee says in a letter he was not aware of the full scope of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse allegations before law enforcement got involved, and that he had no knowledge of a settlement between USA Gymnastics and 2012 Olympic champion McKayla Maroney in a case involving...


McKayla Maroney sues USA Gymnastics, saying it tried to buy her silence on abuse

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 05:16:00 PST

Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast McKayla Maroney sued USA Gymnastics on Wednesday, alleging the Olympic sports organization sought to buy her silence with a confidential settlement agreement last year relating to her abuse by longtime women's gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar.The suit, filed...


Olympic officials issue verdict on uniforms for 'neutral' Russian athletes

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 15:05:00 PST

It appears the International Olympic Committee is fairly serious about banning Russia from the 2018 Winter Games.

The IOC has ruled that individual Russians may participate as “neutrals” if they can prove they have competed without doping, but on Wednesday it issued strict rules about what those...


World champion sprinter Justin Gatlin denies using performance-enhancing drugs

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:10:00 PST

Justin Gatlin, the reigning world champion in the 100 meters, has denied using performance-enhancing drugs in response to a media report linking members of his team to suspicious activities.

Gatlin posted a statement on social media Tuesday.

“I am not using and have not used PED’s,” he wrote on...


Oscar Pistorius appeals sentence for killing girlfriend: report

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 05:09:00 PST

South African media are reporting that Olympian Oscar Pistorius is appealing his recently lengthened prison sentence for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.Broadcaster EWN reports that Pistorius filed an application to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday.The Supreme Court of Appeal last month...


Training for Winter Olympics 'going to become harder and harder' with global warming

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:27:00 PST

The athletes' half-hour commute in the Swiss Alps — up two gondolas, then through a tunnel in the world's highest underground train to a glacier at 11,000 feet — served up daily grim reminders that global warming is threatening their line of work.After exiting the train, they squelched through...


Atholton grad Thomas Hong to return home to South Korea for first trip to Olympics

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:48:00 PST

When short-track speedskater Thomas Hong earned his spot at the Olympics on Sunday afternoon, he also received a trip home.

Competing in Pyeongchang will be a homecoming for Hong, an Atholton graduate and University of Maryland student. The 20-year-old was born in Seoul, and was nearly born in...


Lindsey Vonn pulls out of women's super-G race to rest sore knee

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:20:00 PST

Lindsey Vonn pulled out of a World Cup super-G race on Sunday because of a sore knee.The 33-year-old American did not say which knee hurts, but has injured both before.She took part in Sunday's early-morning inspection at the French Alpine resort, but then decided against racing as a precautionary...


KHL undecided on allowing players to go to the Olympics

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:11:00 PST

The president of the Kontinental Hockey League said Wednesday he is waiting to find out how many Russians will be banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics before deciding if he will allow his players to compete in South Korea.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, the head of the organizing committee for the 2014 Sochi...


Russia says its athletes reject an Olympics boycott and want to compete under a neutral flag

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:15:00 PST

Russian athletes are overwhelmingly in favor of competing at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games despite a ban on the national team, the country's Olympic committee said Tuesday.

Sofia Velikaya said the Russian Olympic Committee's athletes commission, which she chairs, has heard from "all the athletes...


A snowboarding legend mentors the next generation of riders — while still trying to beat them

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:26:00 PST

Unlikely friends and unparalleled talents, Kelly Clark and Chloe Kim squared off yet again in Saturday's Grand Prix finals. The snowboarders will see each other again at this week's Dew Tour event, and nearly a half-dozen more times in the next eight weeks. If all goes as planned, the 34-year-old...


No one at Michigan State knew about doctor's sexual assaults, lawyer says

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 05:34:00 PST

A former federal prosecutor hired by Michigan State University said there's no evidence that school officials knew a campus doctor was sexually abusing young female athletes. Patrick Fitzgerald made the disclosure in a letter to state Attorney General Bill Schuette, who had asked for the university's...


Former U.S. gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar sentenced to 60 years in prison for child porn

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:20:00 PST

A federal judge has sentenced Larry Nassar, the former Olympic team doctor accused of molesting dozens of young gymnasts and other athletes, to 60 years in prison on a separate child pornography charge.

The 54-year-old Nassar has pleaded guilty to additional molestation crimes in state court and...


USOC, NBC respond to Nikki Haley's suggestion that North Korea could cause U.S. to skip Olympics

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 09:40:00 PST

The Opening Ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are nearing, but at the same time, tensions between the U.S. and North Korea are rising. With the 2018 Games set to be held approximately 50 miles from the demilitarized zone between the two Korean states, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley...


Lindsey Vonn on whether she'll visit the Trump White House: 'Absolutely not. Nope.'

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 09:36:00 PST

Lindsey Vonn is one of the most heralded Alpine skiers of all time, and for good reason: Her 77 World Cup victories are the most-ever by a woman, and Ingemar Stenmark's all-time record of 86 is within reach. But for all her success, she only has two Olympic medals, a tally she would like to grow...


Shaun White is stitched up and ready to go to Olympics. But first he must qualify.

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 06:45:00 PST

When Shaun White pulls off his helmet and goggles, the damage is still visible. He has a fresh one-inch scar on his forehead and another detectable amid the red stubble on his upper lip.

"Want to see the 'before' picture?" he said with a chuckle, pulling out his phone. "Check this out."

The image...


Russia will never admit 'false' doping charges that led to Olympic ban, PM says

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 06:06:00 PST

Russia Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the state will never acknowledge the accusation of state-sponsored doping that prevents the Russia team from competing at the Pyeongchang Olympics because it considers it false.

Medvedev, speaking at the Cabinet session on Thursday, says, "We can't and...


Vladimir Putin will allow Russians to compete as neutral athletes at 2018 Olympics

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:38:00 PST

Russian President Vladimir Putin won't boycott the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Putin said Wednesday his government will allow Russians to compete as neutral athletes at the upcoming games in South Korea.

The International Olympic Committee has banned the Russian team from games as punishment for doping...


Alex Ovechkin believes Russians should still participate in the Olympics

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 09:56:00 PST

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said he would support Russian athletes participating in the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea, even though the Russian flag and anthem will be absent. The International Olympic Committee decided to ban the Russian federation as punishment for widespread...


Russian cheating may have cost this American an Olympic medal; the ban gives her hope

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 07:15:00 PST

The focus nearly four years ago on the side of a Russian mountain, as the final sled whooshed by, fell to the clock. Katie Uhlaender, a blue-blooded American who had died her hair red for the Sochi Olympics, stared at it. Her eyes squinted. Befuddled, she blurted, "I don't even know how to process...


Russia enraged by 2018 Winter Olympics ban over doping

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 05:20:00 PST

Prominent Russians expressed anger, despair and resentment on Wednesday after the International Olympic Committee's decision to ban the Russian Federation from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The ban is a historic act of punishment for widespread doping among Russian athletes that Olympic...


Russia banned from 2018 Olympics following doping allegations

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 20:30:00 PST

The International Olympic Committee banned the Russian federation from the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea on Tuesday, while leaving the door open for individual Russian athletes to compete, in a historic act of punishment for widespread doping Olympic officials believe was supported by...


Digest (Dec. 5): Coan, Meyers earn Para Swimming Championships medals

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 20:02:00 PST

The women of Team USA claimed the spotlight Monday at the World Para Swimming Championships with McKenzie Coan (Loyola Maryland) and Timonium's Becca Meyers, a Notre Dame Prep almuna, adding to their medal counts to help bring the United States' overall medal count to 23 at the Francisco Marquez...


IOC to rule on Russia's eligibility for upcoming Winter Olympics

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 16:25:00 PST

The long-running Russian doping scandal could take a dramatic turn Tuesday when International Olympic Committee leaders decide whether to ban the country’s entire team from the upcoming Winter Games.

Investigations over the last few years have found evidence of widespread, systemic cheating among...


Digest: Loyola Maryland senior Coan wins gold at World Para Swimming Championships

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 21:38:00 PST

Loyola Maryland senior McKenzie Coan won a gold medal Saturday night in her first race at the World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City. Coan dominated the field in the S7 100-meter freestyle, finishing in 1 minute, 10.82 seconds, nearly three seconds ahead of Germany's Denise Grahl. The...


Tina Weirather wins women's World Cup super-G at Lake Louise

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 14:50:00 PST

Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein won the women's World Cup super-G on Sunday for her first Lake Louise victory.

Weirather finished in 1 minute, 18.52 seconds in sunny conditions. She won after finishing second five times in downhill and super-G races at the Canadian resort.

Switzerland's Lara Gut,...


Woodbine's Kyle Snyder, Bethesda's Katie Ledecky win U.S. Olympic Athlete of the Year awards

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:40:00 PST

It was a good year to be an Olympic athlete from Maryland.

The U.S. Olympic Committee named Woodbine’s Kyle Snyder and Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky the Male Olympic Athlete of the Year and Female Olympic Athlete of the Year, respectively, at Wednesday’s Team USA Awards, while Clarksville’s Tatyana...


Former USA Gymnastics team doctor pleads guilty to more sexual assault charges

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:50:00 PST

For the second time in two weeks, former Olympic gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexually assaulting young girls under the guise of medical treatment.

In a plea agreement with the Michigan Attorney General's Office, Nassar admitted guilt to three counts of first-degree...


Three more Russians added to list of athletes punished for doping

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:20:00 PST

The number of Russian athletes retroactively sanctioned for doping and sample tampering at the 2014 Sochi Olympics continues to grow with three more added to the list on Wednesday.

Bobsled team members Aleksandr Kas’yanov, Aleksei Pushkarev and Ilivir Khuzin — part of a fourth-place team in Sochi...


Siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani a big hit at Skate America

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 15:40:00 PST

The Shib Sibs say they're right on track for the Pyeongchang Olympics. First, a stop in Japan for a teaser showdown with the world's best.

American ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani skated into next month's Grand Prix Final with ease Sunday, winning Skate America for their second victory in the...


American Mikaela Shriffin wins both runs at World Cup women's slalom

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 15:25:00 PST

American Mikaela Shiffrin has picked up her first win of the season in convincing style, winning both runs of the World Cup women’s slalom on Sunday.

Shiffrin, who won the slalom at Killington last year, finished with a combined two-run time of 1 minute, 40.91 seconds. She was 1.64 seconds ahead...


Olympic champion wrestler Helen Maroulis inspires girls at Baltimore clinic

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 18:50:00 PST

Helen Maroulis looked around the room Saturday at Morrell Park Elementary/Middle School in Southwest Baltimore and marveled.

The greatest women’s wrestler in the world — winner of 2015 and 2017 world titles, sandwiched around an Olympic gold medal in 2016 — had committed to doing a clinic in Baltimore...


Russia loses Sochi Olympic crown as doping scandal claims medals

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:28:00 PST

Russia lost its top ranking in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the most expensive in history, when it was stripped of two more gold medals in the doping scandal that's engulfed the nation's athletes.

The International Olympic Committee on Friday banned Alexander Zubkov, who won golds in the two-man...


Some Olympic sports organizations keep lists of banned coaches confidential

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:52:00 PST

USA Volleyball and USA Wrestling - the Olympic national governing bodies for their sports who oversee networks of coaches and clubs that work with hundreds of thousands of children across the country - maintain lists of adults banned from their organizations for activities including sexual misconduct...


As 4 more Russians banned, Olympic leader warns critics

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:55:00 PST

As four more Russians were disqualified Friday for doping at the Sochi Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach signaled a possible shift toward barring the country's athletes from the Pyeongchang Games.

Two-time bobsled gold medalist Alexander Zubkov, who carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony...


Aly Raisman embraces role as ‘Fierce' advocate for abuse victims

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:25:00 PST

The people come forward to Aly Raisman almost daily now. Random strangers. Men and women of various ages, races and backgrounds. They see the six-time Olympic medal-winning gymnast out in public and approach with a hug to give and a story to tell.

It was jarring at first, if Raisman is being honest....


Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar pleads guilty to sex charges

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:47:00 PST

A former sports doctor accused of molesting at least 125 girls and young women while he worked for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison.

Larry Nassar, 54, admitted to digitally penetrating...


Olympic champion Gabby Douglas says team doctor abused her

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:45:00 PST

Olympic champion gymnast Gabby Douglas says she is among the group of athletes sexually abused by a former team doctor.

Douglas, the 2012 Olympic all-around champion and a three-time gold medalist, wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday night that she waited so long to reveal the abuse by Larry Nassar...


Bowie fencer resumes Olympic quest

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:35:00 PST

Amanda Sirico is right where she needs to be. The challenge for her will be staying there for the next three years.(image)

Kobe Bryant tries to persuade Michael Phelps to make Olympic comeback

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:20:00 PST

"Would you like just one more time?" the Lakers legend asked at Sunday's Golden Goggles Awards.(image)

Digest (Nov. 19): Atholton grad Hong, USA win bronze at speed skating World Cup Seoul

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:15:00 PST

Team USA's men's 5,000-meter relay won its second straight World Cup medal, capturing bronze on the final day of the International Skating Union Short Track World Cup circuit in Seoul. "It is a really good feeling to win here," said South Korean-born Thomas Hong (Maryland, Atholton). "The crowd...


290 coaches, officials tied to U.S. Olympic groups have been accused of sexual misconduct since 1982

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:04:00 PST

As the number of women accusing former Olympic gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar of sexual assault has continued to rise this year - surpassing 130, including at least five former Team USA members - victims, lawyers and members of Congress have directed outrage at USA Gymnastics, whose chief...


Figure skater Gracie Gold withdraws from U.S. championships

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:15:00 PST

Two-time U.S. women's figure skating champion Gracie Gold has withdrawn from the national championships while she continues to seek treatment for depression, anxiety and an eating disorder.

Gold announced last month that she was withdrawing from her Grand Prix assignments, and her decision to skip...


U.N. urges global truce during Winter Olympics

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:40:00 PST

In a consensus action that included North Korea and South Korea, the United Nations General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution asking all nations to observe an “Olympic truce” during the 2018 Winter Games in February.

The 17-day sporting event is to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, about...


Iconic sports journalist Jim McKay honored with award, exhibit at Harford Community College

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:20:00 PST

The late Jim McKay’s career covering sports for television spanned the globe, just like his iconic introduction to ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” a program he hosted for many years, but no matter how far he roamed, he always wanted to get home to Maryland, their small horse farm in Monkton and his...


Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman says she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:55:00 PST

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is the latest woman to say she has been sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

Already in a Michigan jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography this summer, Nassar is awaiting trial after...


Soccer great Darryl Gee among inductees to Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:20:00 PST

Darryl Gee, 55, bought his first bicycle last month. There was just one hitch.

“They had to show me how to pump the tires,” he said.

Perhaps that seems odd for one who’s to be enshrined in the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame on Thursday night. But, as a youth in Columbia, Gee had little time...


Women's Olympic marathon champion banned for doping

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 09:40:00 PST

The Kenyan woman who won the marathon at the 2016 Summer Olympics has been handed a four-year ban for using a blood-boosting hormone.

Officials delivered the penalty after rejecting Jemima Sumgong’s explanation that she had been given the performance-enhancing drug, EPO, during a hospital visit...


Paralympian Tatyana McFadden finishes second at NYC Marathon

Sun, 5 Nov 2017 12:45:00 PST

Manuela Schar finally upended four-time defending champion Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville to win the New York City Marathon women's wheelchair race Sunday, completing a Swiss sweep with men's winner Marcel Hug.

Schar powered through the five boroughs in 1 hour, 48 minutes, 9 seconds, taking the...


U.S. Olympic team predicted to finish fourth in Winter Games medal count

Wed, 1 Nov 2017 09:45:00 PDT

The U.S. Olympic team could win 29 total medals — fourth-best among all nations — at the 2018 Winter Games, a prediction released Wednesday said.

Germany, Norway and Canada should be the biggest winners in Pyeongchang, South Korea, according to Gracenote Sports’ Virtual Medal Table.

The forecast...