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With U.S. set to roll back environmental standards, Paris' Olympic bid lauded for sustainability

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:20:00 PDT

At the same time that President Trump is set to dismantle a landmark climate effort in the U.S., the Paris Olympic bid — Los Angeles’ competition for the 2024 Summer Games — has been praised for its attention to sustainability.

Paris 2024 earned certification from the International Organization...


NBC's 2018 Olympics coverage will air live in all time zones

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:05:00 PDT

NBC’s prime-time coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will air live across the United States, including on the West Coast, a first since the Games became a major television attraction in the late 1960s.

The move to coast-to-coast live coverage — which NBC Sports is...


Brian Oldfield, free-spirited Olympian who excelled at shot putting and partying, dies at 71

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:40:00 PDT

One cigarette was all it took.

Brian Oldfield, a young shot putter on the U.S. team at the 1972 Summer Olympics, was dying for a smoke so he borrowed a match and lit up a Lucky Strike.

Smack dab in the middle of the competition. Between throws. In front of an international television audience.


Michael Phelps to participate in Discovery's Shark Week

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:52:00 PDT

It's unclear what the Olympic swimmer will be doing(image)

Arnold Schwarzenegger schools internet troll for mocking Special Olympics

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:19:00 PDT

Arnold Schwarzenegger turned an offensive comment about the Special Olympics that someone left on his Facebook page into a "teachable moment" this week.

The comment came in response to a video the former bodybuilding champion posted Thursday to his page congratulating the winners of the Special...


Digest: Chase Kalisz crushes his 400 IM record at NCAAs

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:01:00 PDT

Georgia senior Chase Kalisz of Bel Air broke his three-year-old US Open and NCAA record in the 400 individual medley on Friday at the NCAA championships in Indianapolis.

Kalisz swam the distance in 3 minutes, 33.32 seconds, topping his previous best of 3:34.50, set at the 2014 NCAA championships.


Kristi Yamaguchi tweets 'break a leg' to Nancy Kerrigan

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:07:00 PDT

A good luck tweet from Kristi Yamaguchi to former Olympic figure skating teammate Nancy Kerrigan is drawing online attention.

Kerrigan is competing on the current season of "Dancing with the Stars." Yamaguchi tweeted to Kerrigan on Monday, "Can't wait to see you grace that ballroom floor," before...


IOC, L.A. and Paris involved in a high-stakes game of chicken over Olympics

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:45:00 PDT

The statement coming out of Paris this week did not seem to leave much wiggle room.

With the French capital competing against Los Angeles to host the Summer Games, bid leaders appeared to shoot down a proposal by Olympic leaders to name two winners — one for 2024 and the other for 2028.

“We can’t...


It's time for the International Olympic Committee to step up and pay its fair share

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:00:00 PDT

The International Olympic Committee has long run itself like a profit-gobbling cartel. In the process, its leaders have shown no small amount of egoism. When IOC President Thomas Bach asked his vice presidents to assess the possibility of awarding both the 2024 and 2028 Games at once, he assumed...


Even Michael Phelps' Starbucks barista recognizes his greatness

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:22:00 PDT

One of my favorite modern conspiracy theories involves Starbucks. You know those photos, ubiquitous on social media, of someone's name egregiously misspelled on a cup of coffee? Like, "My name's Paul, not Pole! OMG!" followed by some ironic hashtags.(image)

Paris sets up showdown with Los Angeles for 2024 Olympics

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:10:00 PDT

A leader of Paris's 2024 Olympic bid has firmly rejected the idea of waiting until 2028 to host the Summer Games, telling the International Olympic Committee, "It's now or never."

"It's not possible," Tony Estanguet, an IOC member and co-chair of the Paris bid committee, told reporters in London....


Records: Doctor didn't disclose USA Gymnastics investigation

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:11:00 PDT

A Michigan State University doctor resigned after learning the school was considering her termination because she didn't disclose in 2015 that USA Gymnastics was investigating a fellow physician who has since been charged with molesting young gymnasts, according to records released to the Lansing...


IOC must consider serious reforms to save Olympics

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:00:00 PDT

And the winner is ... Paris!

Oh, and also ... Los Angeles!

The International Olympic Committee, no stranger to embarrassing predicaments, has devised an unprecedented strategy to avoid — or, at least, put off — the indignity of having an empty queue of cities willing to fork over billions of dollars...


Mikaela Shiffrin clinches her first World Cup overall title before slalom event

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:55:00 PDT

Mikaela Shiffrin didn't even need to step into the starting gate at World Cup Finals to wrap up her first overall title.

No time for any sort of coronation, though, there's still some competition left and she's intent on putting on a show — just like she has all season.

Shiffrin secured the season-long...


IOC sets up group to look at double 2024 and 2028 Olympic picks

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:35:00 PDT

The International Olympic Committee has moved closer toward picking both Los Angeles and Paris to host a Summer Games in an unprecedented double vote this year.

IOC President Thomas Bach has repeatedly hinted at awarding the hosting rights for both the 2024 and 2028 Games at the IOC Session on...


USA gymnastics president resigns amid abuse scandal

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:27:00 PDT

Steve Penny has resigned as president of USA Gymnastics following intensified pressure on the organization for its handling of sex abuse cases.

The resignation came a week after the United States Olympic Committee's board sent a recommendation to USA Gymnastics chairman Paul Parilla requesting...


Olympic leaders confident about 2018 Winter Games despite political turmoil in South Korea

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:05:00 PDT

With the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games less than a year away, Olympic leaders insist preparations are moving ahead despite political uncertainty in the host country of South Korea.

A constitutional court removed President Park Geun-hye from office last week amid allegations that she participated...


Lindsey Vonn takes second in World Cup downhill race; Ilka Stuhec clinches season title with win

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:40:00 PDT

Her downhill title pretty much secured, Ilka Stuhec could've played things safe. The Slovenian didn't.

Under the weather and struggling to catch her breath, Lindsey Vonn could've held back. The American wouldn't. It made for quite a race.

Stuhec was able to hold off a hard-charging Vonn to win...


U.S. Olympic leaders urge more independence, more funding for anti-doping efforts

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:50:00 PST

In a position paper released Friday, the U.S. Olympic Committee called for the World Anti-Doping Agency to take a stronger, more independent role in the fight against cheating.

That would include a clearer separation from the International Olympic Committee, with no officials crossing over to represent...


Caffeine could be headed to World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited substance list

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 10:02:00 PST

Utah Jazz forward Boris Diaw doesn't go a day without his daily dose of coffee, and now neither do many of his teammates. The 34-year-old Frenchman turned his team on to the caffeinated beverage after being traded last summer from the San Antonio Spurs and now it's practically a tradition to sip...(image)

Nike's new 'Pro Hijab' line will help Muslim women compete while staying covered

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 10:57:00 PST

Seeing an underserved market in the growing number of Muslim women who work out and compete in sports, Nike plans to launch a specially-designed hijab in spring 2018.

The "Nike Pro Hajib" was inspired, the company says, by Sarah Attar, a runner from Saudi Arabia who competed in the London Olympics...


Amid links to bribery probe, Olympic official quits role in assessing L.A., Paris bids for 2024 Summer Games

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 09:10:00 PST

Faced with questions about his ties to a corruption investigation, a top Olympic official has stepped down from his role as chief evaluator for the 2024 Olympic bids being presented by Los Angeles and Paris.

Frankie Fredericks, who has denied any wrongdoing in the probe, announced his resignation...


Americans, British firming up plans for multisport event

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 07:23:00 PST

American and British Olympic leaders will firm up plans for a multisport event between the countries at a meeting in New York later this month.

The trans-Atlantic rivals, who occupied the top two spots in the medal standings at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, are exploring plans for a biennial contest...


Former rival questions and praises Michael Phelps' anti-doping comments

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 14:10:00 PST

"Why you're seeking reform now that you're retired, and never before supported blood passports, is beyond us all, perhaps even convenient," Milorad Cavic said.(image)

Olympic official who will assess L.A.'s 2024 bid is linked to bribery probe

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 10:50:00 PST

An International Olympic Committee official who will soon lead an evaluation team to Los Angeles to assess the city’s bid for the 2024 Summer Games has been linked to a wide-ranging corruption investigation.

Frankie Fredericks, who is also a former top sprinter, has come under scrutiny as part...


U.S. Olympic leaders decline to discuss their recommendation for next step in gymnastics scandal

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 16:45:00 PST

Faced with criticism for not acting quickly enough — or strongly enough — in the USA Gymnastics sexual-assault scandal, the U.S. Olympic Committee said Thursday it has delivered a recommendation to that organization about further steps to be taken in the matter.

USOC leaders declined to elaborate...


Russian track athletes move closer to regaining international eligibility

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 10:10:00 PST

A day after Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to fight doping in his country, the head of the international track federation voiced optimism about lifting the ban on Russian athletes by year’s end.

Sebastian Coe, president of the IAAF, told BBC Radio 4 on Thursday that Russia has finally “grasped...


Michael Phelps calls for independent drug testing at congressional anti-doping hearing

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:04:00 PST

Michael Phelps' testimony represented the strongest step he has taken toward becoming a leading voice in the anti-doping movement.(image)

Michael Phelps testifies before Congress: What you need to know

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:00:00 PST

Michael Phelps has taken on Ryan Lochte, Alain Bernard, Chad le Clos, Leonidas of Rhodes and Terry Crews, among others, in his decorated career. Today, he takes on doping in international sports. Here's what you need to know about the swimmer's visit to Capitol Hill.(image)

Michael Phelps on testifying before Congress: 'I haven’t really able to speak my mind'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:54:00 PST

Michael Phelps' whole career has been an athletic statement nonpareil, but on Friday morning, he was literally working on a statement. Because that's what you do when you're going to Capitol Hill.(image)

Michael Phelps to testify at congressional hearing on anti-doping Tuesday

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:39:00 PST

Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, will be in Washington next week to testify before a congressional committee on doping in international sports.(image)

Katie Ledecky's 500 freestyle time is faster than Ryan Lochte's as a college freshman

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:08:00 PST

Here's your periodic reminder that Katie Ledecky is a freak of nature.

On Thursday night, the five-time Olympic gold medalist and freshman at Stanford lowered her American record in the 500-yard freestyle in an unreal time of 4:25.15 at the Pac-12 Championships — more than 10 seconds faster than...


Lindsey Vonn criticizes ski officials after pulling out of World Cup race

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:57:00 PST

Lindsey Vonn wasn't about to risk another injury, and neither was Mikaela Shiffrin.

Vonn and Shiffrin, along with some of their American teammates on the World Cup tour, pulled out of the Alpine combined race on Friday because of dangerous conditions on the course. The first three racers all crashed,...


Up for a pentathlon? You'll have to run, swim, ride, fence and shoot — all in one day

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:35:00 PST

To a kid growing up in New Mexico, it seemed like something out of a dream or maybe an action movie.

Nathan Schrimsher had shown potential while competing for a local swim club, prompting a coach to pull him aside and suggest he try modern pentathlon.

“Riding horses? Shooting guns? Sword-fighting?”...


Olympic leaders express disappointment over failed Budapest bid, vow changes

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:30:00 PST

Claiming that Budapest’s doomed bid for the 2024 Summer Games was “overtaken by local politics,” the International Olympic Committee has reiterated it will consider changes in the way host cities are selected.

An IOC spokesman confirmed on Friday that Budapest — which was competing against Los...


Budapest to withdraw bid for 2024 Olympics, leaving L.A. and Paris as only contenders

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:35:00 PST

News that Budapest, Hungary, plans to drop its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics probably won’t have a tremendous effect on the overall race.

From the start, Los Angeles and Paris were considered the favorites to stage the Games.

But with only those two cities remaining in contention, Budapest’s...


Former USA Gymnastics doctor charged with sexual assault in Michigan

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:50:00 PST

A Michigan sports doctor who treated elite female U.S. gymnasts was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting nine girls, including some said to be too reluctant to speak up about the alleged abuse years ago because he was considered a “god.”

Roughly two dozen charges were filed against Dr. Larry...


Odds that Budapest will host Olympics grow slimmer in race against L.A., Paris

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:00:00 PST

The chances of Budapest, Hungary, remaining in a competition against Los Angeles and Paris for the 2024 Summer Olympics appear to grow dimmer by the day.

The third candidate in the host city race has encountered sizable public resistance from a Hungarian political group that collected some 266,000...


High profile U.S. gymnasts come forward, claim abuse by doctor

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:12:00 PST

Three former elite U.S. gymnasts, including 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, have come forward saying they were sexually abused by a former doctor currently facing trial on a separate matter.

Dantzscher, three-time U.S. rhythmic gymnastics champion Jessica Howard and former national team member...


Filmmaker discusses African-American athletes who participated in 1936 Games in Berlin

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:03:00 PST

On Sunday, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture will hold a 2 p.m. screening of "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice," a 2016 documentary recalling the 18 black American athletes who participated in the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin, Germany. The Baltimore Sun...


Budapest signals it may consider dropping 2024 Olympic bid against L.A., Paris

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:00:00 PST

One of two cities competing against Los Angeles for the right to host the 2024 Summer Olympics could be on the brink of withdrawing.

Budapest 2024 is facing a stern challenge from a Hungarian political group that on Friday claimed to have garnered more than enough public support to force a referendum...


USA Gymnastics alerted FBI in 2015 to doctor accused of abuse

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:21:00 PST

As dozens of women came forward last fall alleging they had been sexually assaulted during routine medical exams by Larry Nassar, the longtime team physician for the U.S. women's gymnastics team, Olympic gymnastics officials stood accused of allowing alleged abuse to occur.

But according to a timeline...


Russia urges its athletes caught cheating to return their Olympic medals

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:10:00 PST

The ongoing Russian doping scandal has led Olympic officials to strip track athletes from that country of nearly two dozen medals won at past Games. But there's a problem.

Almost none of the athletes who retroactively tested positive from the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics have returned their medals.


Usain Bolt might get to keep Olympic gold medal as relay teammate appeals doping case

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:40:00 PST

There is a chance Usain Bolt can retain the gold medal that was stripped from him when a Jamaican relay teammate was found to have cheated at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

That teammate, Nesta Carter, filed an appeal of the ruling on Thursday, according to Reuters.

Carter was caught in a recent doping...


Music! Wifi! Olympic hopefuls impressed with Pyeongchang perks

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:03:00 PST

The first impression some members of the USA Luge team got regarding how the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics will operate came on the bus ride from the airport to the mountain resort where they're staying.

Sensing the athletes were weary after long flights, the bus stopped for lunch.

Whether it's the...


Lindsey Vonn takes third as Ilka Stuhec wins world downhill title

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:30:00 PST

There is a new downhill queen of the ski slopes. For now. 

Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia is the new world champion in downhill while Lindsey Vonn took bronze trying to regain her title in another season disrupted by injuries as she targets the 2018 Olympics. 

Stuhec confirmed her status as pre-race favorite,...


Swiss voters reject 2026 Olympic bid for St. Moritz, Davos

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:57:00 PST

Voters in the Swiss Alps have rejected a second Olympic hosting bid planned for upscale mountain resorts St. Moritz and Davos.

The canton (state) of Graubuenden says a referendum on financing a candidacy for the 2026 Winter Games was rejected by 60.1 percent of voters.

In a tighter vote in 2013,...


Iranian archers obtain last-minute visas for World Cup in Las Vegas

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:15:00 PST

Initially blocked by the Trump administration’s controversial travel ban, members of the Iranian archery team say they are now scrambling to reach Las Vegas for an important Indoor Archery World Cup competition this weekend.

The country’s archery federation announced on its website that some of...


Anti-doping authorities ban Olympic gold medalist and two other top athletes

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:40:00 PST

A Russian middle-distance runner has been stripped of her Olympic gold medal and two top winter athletes have been penalized as international sport continues its war on doping.

Mariya Savinova-Farnosova must forfeit her 800-meter victory from the 2012 London Games after the Court of Arbitration...


Digest: Olympic champ Centrowitz to run 2-miler at Millrose Games on Saturday

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 22:57:00 PST

Olympic 1,500-meter champion Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck), already a three-time Wanamaker Mile champion at the Millrose Games, will turn his attention to the Paavo Nurmi Two Miles at the 110th edition of the games on Saturday in New York.

Centrowitz, who became the first American man to take...


Olympic medal winner says she was detained by U.S. Customs

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:46:00 PST

Ibtihaj Muhammad, who became the first female Muslim-American to win a medal for the United States in the Rio Olympics last summer, said she recently was detained by U.S. Customs officials for two hours with no explanation.

A native of Maplewood, N.J. and a Duke graduate, Muhammad did not say where...


South Korea unveils torch for potentially stormy Olympic Games

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:30:00 PST

A year before the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korean officials have unveiled a torch made to withstand the region’s wintry conditions.

The white-and-gold torch has a sleek shape featuring five prongs to mimic the official, star-shaped logo of the city.

“I am confident that a new generation...


Olympics: Mike Tirico succeeds Bob Costas as NBC's host

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 06:10:00 PST

Mike Tirico will be NBC’s new prime-time Olympics host starting with PyeongChang 2018. He follows Bob Costas -- the prime-time host for every NBC Olympics since 1992 — who revealed the news Thursday on “Today.”

“I am going to be like the rest of the country, watching Mike Tirico, who will be an...


Shaun White might compete in skateboarding at 2020 Olympics

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 15:02:00 PST

The next Olympics are still a year away, and already, Shaun White is thinking about the games after that.

And it has nothing to do with the halfpipe.

The world's best-known snowboarder tells The Associated Press he's exploring competing at the Tokyo Summer Olympics in skateboarding, which will...


One year out, 2018 Winter Olympics face a few uncertainties

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 10:05:00 PST

By most accounts, preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are progressing smoothly.

Still, with one year to go before competition begins, the upcoming Games face some uncertainty.

It remains unclear whether NHL players will take a break from the regular-season schedule...


U.S. wrestlers can compete in World Cup after host Iran relents

Sun, 5 Feb 2017 07:37:00 PST

As the U.S. courts try to sort out President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, Iran has switched course and decided to allow American wrestlers to compete in a high-profile international tournament this month.

The World Cup takes place Feb. 16-17 in Kermanshah, Iran, and Friday the country...


Report: Iran lifts ban on American wrestling team

Sun, 5 Feb 2017 03:15:00 PST

Iran has lifted a ban on U.S. wrestlers, including Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder of Woodbine, allowing them to take part in the Freestyle World Cup later this month in the Iranian city of Kermanshah, Iranian media reported on Sunday. The Sunday report by state TV quotes Foreign Ministry spokesman...


Digest: Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame to induct Katie Hoff in May

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 20:52:00 PST

Former North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmer and three-time Olympic medalist Katie Hoff headlines a four-member class that will be inducted into Maryland Swimming's Hall of Fame this spring.

Hoff, who moved with her family to Towson in 2003, qualified for the 2004 Games in Athens at age 15, though...


Olympic bids by L.A., 2 other cities face tough issues

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 17:25:00 PST

This week should have been a time of pure celebration for the three cities campaigning to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Bid leaders from Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, submitted their final documents to International Olympic Committee headquarters, culminating months of painstaking...


Iran bans travel of U.S. wrestlers in response to Trump's visa order

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 07:50:00 PST

Iran on Friday banned U.S. wrestlers from this month's Freestyle World Cup in response to President Donald Trump's executive order forbidding visas for Iranians, the official IRNA news agency reported.

A senior Iranian cleric vowed, meanwhile, that his country would continue its missile program,...


LA 2024 bid documents show average ticket prices of more than $1,700 for opening ceremony

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 19:15:00 PST

If Los Angeles wins the right to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, organizers would seek to offset the estimated $5.3-billion budget with average ticket prices of more than $1,700 for the opening ceremony and $250-$450 for marquee events such as the gymnastics final and basketball gold-medal game.


World's longest running streak ends at 19,032 days

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 21:39:00 PST

The longest recorded running streak in history ended Saturday when England's Ron Hill completed a one-mile run. The 78-year-old former Olympian did not run Sunday for the first time in 52 years and 39 days - a streak that dates back to Dec. 21, 1964, five days before the Beatles topped the Billboard...(image)

USOC: Foreign athletes to get expedited access to U.S. events

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 21:25:00 PST

The U.S. government has told the U.S. Olympic Committee that the travel ban put in place over the weekend shouldn't impact athletes traveling to the United States for international events.

In a statement Monday, USOC leaders said the government told them it would work to ensure athletes from all...


Trump's travel ban could impact IOC vote on 2024 Summer Olympics host, but other factors also will be considered

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:50:00 PST

Los Angeles isn’t the only city whose bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics has recently bumped up against politics.

While the global debate over President Trump’s travel ban has heightened concerns that International Olympic Committee members might turn away from L.A., problems have arisen in Budapest.


Will politics hurt the Olympic bids in L.A. and Budapest?

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 10:40:00 PST

The uproar over President Trump’s travel ban has renewed concerns that Los Angeles’ campaign to host the 2024 Summer Olympics might be hurt by national politics.

L.A. isn’t the only bid facing this problem.

Budapest 2024 announced over the weekend that it will delay the final stage of the bidding...


Somalia-born Olympian Mo Farah says Donald Trump's travel ban 'seems to have made me an alien'

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:27:00 PST

Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policy, saying Sunday the temporary travel ban "seems to have made me an alien" and leaves him unsure whether he can return to his U.S. home.

Farah is a British citizen who was born in Somalia, one of seven...


Lindsey Vonn crashes out of World Cup downhill

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 20:45:00 PST

Lindsey Vonn is crashing more than she's winning. 

The most successful female ski racer of all time fell and hit the safety netting during a World Cup downhill Saturday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, in exactly the same spot where she crashed a day earlier in an official training session. 

“I'm getting...


Digest: Speedskater Thomas Hong (Maryland, Atholton) wins silver medal at world juniors

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 20:40:00 PST

Speedskater Thomas Hong (Maryland, Atholton) won the silver medal in the men's 500-meter A final Saturday in Innsbruck, Austria, becoming the United States' first men's Short Track World Junior Championships individual medalist since current USA World Cup team member John-Henry Krueger took silver...


NHL still unsure it if will participate in 2018 Olympics

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 16:25:00 PST

There was nothing new on the Olympics front for the NHL, Commissioner Gary Bettman said in his state-of-the-league address Saturday at Staples Center.

Whether the NHL will participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, has been a looming question and Bettman addressed it in...


Budapest city council backs 2024 Olympics bid in race against L.A., Paris

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:05:00 PST

A day after the Los Angeles City Council voted to formally approve a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, political leaders in Budapest have taken a similar step.

Twenty-one of 29 council members in the Hungarian capital gave their endorsement Thursday, with four dissenting and four abstaining.



City Council unanimous in final approval for L.A. to host 2024 Olympics

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:15:00 PST

The private committee that is bidding to bring the Summer Olympics back to Los Angeles did its best to put on a show Wednesday at Grand Park.

LA 2024 officials invited scores of famous athletes led by four-time gold medalist Michael Johnson. Mayor Eric Garcetti came, as did Los Angeles Police Chief...


Usain Bolt is stripped of 2008 Olympic relay gold in teammate's doping case

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:25:00 PST

Usain Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals because of a doping case involving Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter.

The IOC said Wednesday that Carter tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant, in re-analysis of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Olympic rules state...


Digest: Ex-Terp Han Xiao to chair USOC Athletes' Advisory Council

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:42:00 PST

Table tennis player Han Xiao, a 2008 Maryland graduate, was voted chair of the United States Olympic Committee Athletes' Advisory Council during the AAC's quadrennial leadership election, which took place at the council's quarterly meeting in New Orleans on Saturday.

A member of the USOC AAC since...


L.A. mayor, not just blowing smoke, calls Olympics a 'big' priority for 2017

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:30:00 PST

Speaking to a group of business and civic leaders on Monday night, Mayor Eric Garcetti was asked about marijuana and Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Though cannabis remains a banned substance for elite athletes, voters recently legalized its recreational use in California.

“I mean,...


Nathan Chen, all of 17, wins the U.S. men's figure skating title

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:35:00 PST

Nathan Chen stood on the top step of the podium and stifled a smile as U.S. Figure Skating president Samuel Auxier, as he prepared to drape a gold medal around his neck, bowed down before him. 

Indeed, all hail the new king of American skating. 

Chen followed a record-setting short program with...


Lindsey Vonn finishes ninth in super-G a day after winning downhill event

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:10:00 PST

A day after winning a downhill, Lindsey Vonn discovered how far she has to go to regain her dominance in super-G as she returns from two major injuries. 

For now, defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut remains the skier to beat in super-G. 

Swiss racer Gut extended her perfect run in super-G...


Germany's top Olympic official proposes banning Russia from Games

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:40:00 PST

The president of the German Olympic Committee has called for Russia to be banned from the 2018 and 2020 Olympics if sports bosses there are found to have known about state-sponsored doping.

Alfons Hoermann told Die Welt newspaper that bans from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and the 2020...


Lindsey Vonn, back from injuries, gets a Cup win

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:55:00 PST

Lindsey Vonn is back on top in just the second race of her comeback from a knee injury and a broken arm. 

The American edged defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut to win a downhill event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Saturday and claim career victory No. 77, moving her within nine...


City Council moving closer to accepting 'host city contract' for LA 2024 Olympic bid

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:20:00 PST

As President Trump stood before the Capitol on Friday morning, swearing the oath of office, a group of Los Angeles City Council members gathered some 2,700 miles to the west to discuss their city’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The simultaneous events might have seemed unrelated but the...


Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder to wrestle at his alma mater, Good Counsel, on Sunday

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:19:00 PST

Kyle Snyder has spent so much of his life pushing the boundaries of what's possible for a young wrestler that it's almost strange when a chapter of his story entails returning to the familiar.

But that's what the Woodbine resident will do Sunday when he competes at his alma mater, Good Counsel,...


U.S. Figure Skating president says Russia should be banned from 2018 Olympics

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:03:00 PST

U.S. Figure Skating President Sam Auxier said Thursday that Russia should be banned from the 2018 Olympics because of accusations of a mass doping cover-up at the Sochi Games three years ago.

World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren has said there is evidence that doping test samples...


LA 2024 announces three more competition venues

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:50:00 PST

As bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics heats up, the Los Angeles City Council took another crucial step toward officially backing a private committee’s effort to bring the Games to Southern California for a third time.

Council members on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a memorandum of understanding...


L.A. organizers propose linked, simultaneous Olympic ceremonies for Coliseum, Inglewood stadium

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:30:00 PST

As LA 2024 officials finalize their bid to bring the Summer Olympics back to Southern California, they have faced a difficult choice regarding the location of the opening and closing ceremonies.

The Coliseum offers a sense of history and has the backing of L.A. City Council members eager to keep...


Lindsey Vonn finishes 13th in return to World Cup downhill competition

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:15:00 PST

Christine Scheyer of Austria upset the pre-race favorites to win a women's World Cup downhill Sunday, while Lindsey Vonn placed 13th in her first race in nearly 11 months. 

Not being able to push out of the start gate as usual, the American was more than half a second off the lead at the first...


LA 2024 committee says it has a plan to protect taxpayer dollars in hosting the Olympics

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:55:00 PST

The leader of a private committee bidding to bring the Summer Olympics back to Los Angeles appeared before city officials Friday to once again face questions about whether the multibillion-dollar sporting event might pose a threat to taxpayer dollars.

Gene Sykes, chief executive of LA 2024, spent...


U.S. Olympic Committee puts full weight behind LA 2024 bid, ruling out 2028 as consolation prize

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:05:00 PST

With Los Angeles bidding to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, U.S. officials appear to be sticking to an all-or-nothing approach when it comes to bringing the Games back to this country.

According to U.S. Olympic Committee documents made public Wednesday, if a rival candidate is chosen for 2024 — Paris...


L.A. hopes to boost Olympic bid by agreeing to host cycling event

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:05:00 PST

The 2017 para-cycling track world championships probably won’t get a lot of attention from sports fans or the mainstream media this spring.

But with Los Angeles volunteering as a last-minute host, the Paralympic competition could end up helping the city’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.



Olympic champs Simone Biles and Aly Raisman posing in SI swimsuit issue

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:43:00 PST

Olympic champion gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman are vaulting into a new arena: the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

The two stars — who combined for eight medals at the 2016 Olympics — posed at several spots in the Houston area not far from Biles' hometown of Spring, Texas for photographer...


Suspensions lifted for 4 Russians in skeleton

Sun, 8 Jan 2017 07:28:00 PST

Four Russians have been allowed to resume competing in skeleton even though they are under investigation for alleged doping rule breaches at the 2014 Winter Olympics, the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation said Sunday.

The IBSF had issued provisional suspensions to the four, including...


How the Olympics might have played a role in Russia's election-campaign hacking

Sat, 7 Jan 2017 12:10:00 PST

Did the Olympics play a role in alleged Russian hacking that targeted the U.S. presidential campaign?

The U.S. intelligence report released Friday, which says Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered the operation, raises that possibility.

“Putin publicly pointed to the Panama Papers...


Jean Vuarnet dies at 83, Olympic champion was first to use metal skis and tuck position

Mon, 2 Jan 2017 16:10:00 PST

Olympic skiing champion Jean Vuarnet, who helped pioneer the aerodynamic tuck position for downhill racers but suffered tragedy with the deaths of his wife and son in a doomsday cult murder-suicide, has died, the French Olympic Committee announced Monday. He was 83. 

Vuarnet died of a stroke, a...


She was on course for stardom. Then she entrusted her career to USA Swimming.

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 08:46:00 PST

This was supposed to be the year Dagny Knutson became a household name by thrashing the competition in the pool in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2010, Knutson was widely considered the next breakout American swimming star. At the urging of USA Swimming officials, she said, Knutson turned down a college scholarship...


Miruts Yifter, Ethiopian running legend, dies at 72

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 12:00:00 PST

Miruts Yifter, an Ethiopian running legend who inspired world-class athletes like Haile Gebrselassie, has died in Canada at age 72, his family and Ethiopian Athletics Federation officials said Friday.

The athlete known by the nickname “Yifter the Shifter” won two gold medals at the 1980 Moscow...


Russian Olympic doping scandal: IOC opens new cases against 28 athletes

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:05:00 PST

The ongoing Russian doping scandal — with the country’s officials, coaches and athletes accused of systemic cheating — could take a while to clean up.

On Friday, the International Olympic Committee announced that it has opened disciplinary cases against 28 athletes whose urine samples were allegedly...


Michael Phelps led a golden year for Maryland athletes at the Olympics

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 03:02:00 PST

As Michael Phelps crouched on the starting block, waiting to leap into the pool for his leg of the 4x100-meter freestyle final, it was not at all clear what we were about to see.

Phelps had traveled to Rio de Janeiro to produce an immaculate ending to his unparalleled Olympic career. But in truth,...


Online bullies once made Gabby Douglas cry, so now the Olympian is fighting back

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:52:00 PST

When Gabby Douglas logged onto the Internet after winning her second consecutive gold medal in the all-around team finals this summer, she was hoping to see articles and tweets talking about her objectively stunning performance on the uneven bars.

She stuck a double layout landing and earned the...


Tokyo expects to spend as much as $16.8 billion on 2020 Summer Olympics

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:25:00 PST

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will cost between $15 billion and $16.8 billion, according to a new estimate released by organizers on Wednesday.

That price tag represents something of a reduction amid fears among some that the budget could swell to $30 billion. Still, the current amount is substantially...


Michael Phelps, named 'Greatest Olympian of All-Time,' wears his 23 gold medals on SI cover

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 05:38:00 PST

His wife leaves open the possibility that Phelps will return to the pool to swim competitively.(image)

Racewalking champion Charlie Boyle of Annapolis remembered for his humor and speed

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Services scheduled next month for Charles "Charlie" Boyle(image)

Michael Phelps busy and at peace in first months of retirement

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:22:00 PST

Michael Phelps was in Edgewood on Friday for a visit to that branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County, where he paired with one of his sponsors, KRAVE Jerky, to donate $20,000 to help expand the Michael Phelps Foundation's "im" water safety and recreation program.(image)