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

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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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)

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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Lindsey Vonn discusses Under Armour’s early days and how company has changed

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:05:00 PDT

The first shot of Lindsey Vonn shows a long scar running down her arm.

The skier says that’s what she likes about the video that Under Armour recently released as part of its “Unlike Any” women’s marketing campaign.

“It accentuates not just my strengths, but also my weaknesses and my story and...


Olympic torch begins long journey to South Korea for 2018 Winter Games

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:15:00 PDT

Rainy weather intruded on the traditional lighting of the Olympic torch in southern Greece on Tuesday.

It didn’t really matter — officials had a back-up plan.

Amid the inclement conditions, the flame was ignited and began its 5,300-mile trek eastward to South Korea, where the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter...


Years after surviving Mammoth Mountain ordeal, Eric LeMarque relived it during filming of movie about it

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:45:00 PDT

Eric LeMarque has seen his life flash before his eyes more often than most people.

The first time occurred during the eight days he was stranded on Mammoth Mountain in February 2004 after he decided to make a late snowboarding run and got caught in a vicious storm. He landed in unfamiliar territory,...


Another alleged drug scandal surfaces from Olympic past

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:25:00 PDT

As Olympic leaders continue to sort through the rubble of the Russian doping scandal, another problem might have arisen.

World Anti-Doping Agency officials have launched an investigation into new allegations that China systemically cheated in many sports during the 1980s and 1990s.

The claims arose...


Deutschland Cup roster offers early peek at U.S. men's Olympic hockey lineup

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:00:00 PDT

In a glimpse of what the U.S. men’s hockey roster will look like at the Pyeongchang Olympics without NHL players, former NHL standouts Brian Gionta, Ryan Malone and Mark Stuart were among the 29 players chosen to play for the U.S. select team in the Deutschland Cup tournament next month in Augsburg,...


McKayla Maroney accuses former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:05:00 PDT

Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney has accused former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of molesting her for several years, starting when she was 13.

Maroney, 21, made the allegation early Wednesday morning in a Twitter post with the hashtag #MeToo, which women have been using recently...


Figure skater Gracie Gold makes a difficult but smart decision

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:50:00 PDT

What matters most now is that figure skater Gracie Gold gets well and can enjoy her life, healthy in mind and body, even if that means she doesn’t compete again this season or at the Winter Olympics in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Gold, a two-time U.S. champion who contributed to a team...


Michael Phelps opens up about anxiety in documentary 'Angst'

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:35:00 PDT

A new documentary about anxiety argues that everyone to some extent suffers from stress, nerves and social fear. And, to make their point, the filmmakers have enlisted as Exhibit A the most decorated Olympian in history.

Michael Phelps appears in "Angst" to share his story of being bullied and...


Michael Phelps goes from pool to mound, will throw out first pitch at NLDS game

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 08:55:00 PDT

But will he yell “O” during the national anthem?

Arizona transplant and Baltimore native Michael Phelps will throw out the first pitch at Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers in Phoenix on Monday night.

Phelps retweeted the Diamondbacks’...


Paralympian Tatyana McFadden wins seventh straight Chicago Marathon in record time

Sun, 8 Oct 2017 09:25:00 PDT

It was a historic day at the Chicago Marathon Sunday and Tatyana McFadden, the Paralympian from Clarksville, was a big part of it.

In addition to McFadden's seventh straight Chicago Marathon win — eighth overall — in a course-record time of 1:39:15, an American won the men's marathon for the first...


Digest (Oct. 7): Whittenburg places sixth at gymnastics world finals

Sat, 7 Oct 2017 19:48:00 PDT

Baltimore's Donnell Whittenburg finished strong in the floor exercise at the World Championships in Montreal on Saturday, but his routine score of 14.166 left him in sixth. "I had way more hops than I did the first day and deductions add up," said Whittenburg. "I knew if Kenzo could hit his set...


2 arrested in Brazil in alleged vote-buying scheme to secure Olympics for Rio

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 09:40:00 PDT

Fifteen years after a bidding scandal tainted the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, the Olympic movement faces growing allegations of a similar vote-buying scheme in Brazil.

In the latest development Thursday, Brazilian authorities arrested Carlos Nuzman, president of the country’s Olympic committee and...


Michael Phelps partners with Crystal Lagoons

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 12:30:00 PDT

Michael Phelps is partnering with Crystal Lagoons, an international firm that makes large water amenities — essentially giant pools — for swimming, water sports and other uses.

The Olympic swimming icon’s title with the company is “official world ambassador,” according to the firm’s website. Crystal...


Michael Phelps, wife had left Vegas music festival before mass shooting Sunday

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 13:45:00 PDT

Michael Phelps' wife posts that they are safe after shooting at Vegas festival they had attended earlier in the weekend(image)

L.A. Olympic bidders transition to next phase — and work to spend tens of millions on youth sports

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:35:00 PDT

The LA 2028 offices have been a little empty the last couple of weeks, with bid leaders and their staff taking a break after a two-year grind that ultimately secured the 2028 Summer Olympics earlier this month.

So what comes next?

The bid committee will spend the rest of the year transitioning...


U.S. women's hockey team remains united through different kinds of crises

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:25:00 PDT

Facing Canada for the gold medal in the Pyeongchang Olympic hockey tournament should be easy for the U.S. women’s hockey team after players united during two harrowing experiences that had happy outcomes.

Last spring, intent on getting better treatment from USA Hockey as well as travel stipends...


U.S. athletes will face strict rule against protests at Winter Olympics

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:15:00 PDT

Olympic regulations could make it tough for U.S. athletes at the upcoming Winter Games to take on President Trump in the manner that NFL players did over the weekend.

Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter states: “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any...


U.S. Olympic leaders not worried about sending a team to Winter Games in South Korea

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:40:00 PDT

As the White House and North Korean officials traded barbs about whether war has been declared between their countries, U.S. Olympic Committee leaders said Monday they remain confident that the American team can compete safely at the upcoming 2016 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.



U.S. Olympic Committee says NHL's absence from hockey at Pyeongchang creates opportunities

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:10:00 PDT

The absence of NHL players from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will detract from the star power at the Games, but U.S. Olympic Committee executives said Monday that will create an opportunity for them to promote the lesser-known athletes who will comprise the team and to feature the U.S....


U.S. coach Tony Granato counting on Americans in Europe to provide talent, depth for Olympic hockey roster

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:10:00 PDT

Americans playing hockey in Europe are likely to make up the majority of the U.S. men’s team for the Pyeongchang Olympics, Olympic coach Tony Granato said Monday, adding that he will fill the remaining spots with players who are signed to American Hockey League contracts and with college players.


China welcomes the Kings and hockey as it tries to stir interest before 2022 Olympics

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:45:00 PDT

Only a few miles from Tiananmen Square, the Kings and Vancouver Canucks were finishing overtime, tied 3-3, as the crowd of nearly 13,000 waved towels, munched popcorn and cheered expectantly for the most intense play in hockey — a shootout.

“Which team do I support? I support everybody,” said Lu...


A toxic mix: The Olympics, Rocket Man and the dotard

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:30:00 PDT

The gold, silver and bronze medals for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, were unveiled earlier this week. The outer edges are ringed with letters in the Korean alphabet, forming diagonal ridges across the face to resemble a tree trunk. They hang from a teal and pale red ribbon...


With 'no desire' to come back, Michael Phelps eager to build life beyond swimming

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:18:00 PDT

Michael Phelps wondered whether watching others compete at the world championships would pique his desire for another comeback.


The former North Baltimore Aquatic Club star said Tuesday that he has "no desire" to return to competitive swimming, but he is eager to stay involved with the sport...


Creativity, timing and perseverance: How L.A. got the 2028 Olympics

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 07:00:00 PDT

The behind-the-scenes story on how Los Angeles was awarded the 2028 Olympics.(image)

LA 2028 delegation returns from Peru, outlines next steps for 2028 Games

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:25:00 PDT

Casey Wasserman, chairman of the former LA 2028 bid committee, said on Thursday he will help guide the newly formed organizing committee that will run the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Speaking to reporters at Los Angeles International Airport after LA 2028 members returned from Peru, Wasserman...


Win-win: Paris awarded '24 Olympics, LA gets '28

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:23:00 PDT

The tears welling in the Paris mayor's eyes told the story one way. The words the Los Angeles mayor spoke told it another.

This was one of those rare Olympic moments when everyone walked away a winner.

Paris for 2024. Los Angeles for 2028. And the International Olympic Committee for transforming...


L.A. officially awarded 2028 Olympic Games

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:35:00 PDT

Los Angeles’ roller coaster campaign to host the Olympics for a third time — an effort marked by early defeat and last-second negotiations — reached a conclusion Wednesday when the city was formally awarded the 2028 Summer Games.

International Olympic Committee members voted their approval with...


The currency of Olympic politics is often just currency

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:55:00 PDT

There’s a real-life Olympic telenovela unfolding in Brazil. It includes a Russian passport and piles of cash in multiple currencies. It features protagonist Carlos Nuzman, an Olympic bigwig who allegedly brokered a $2-million bribe as part of an elaborate vote-buying scheme that landed Rio de Janeiro...


Israelis killed at 1972 Summer Olympics get German memorial nearly a half-century later

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 09:55:00 PDT

Forty-five years after a terrorist attack left 11 Israeli team members dead at the 1972 Summer Olympics, a long-delayed memorial has opened in the German city that hosted those Games.

The Munich 1972 Massacre Memorial debuted Wednesday as a 5,000-square-foot exhibit built into a grassy mound with...


U.S. skating star Gracie Gold taking time off, seeking help

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 09:41:00 PDT

U.S. figure skating star Gracie Gold is stepping away from the sport to seek professional help with the Olympics a little more than five months away.

The 2014 Olympic team bronze medalist and two-time national champion did not specify in a statement Friday to U.S. Figure Skating what sort of help...


Michael Phelps, wife expecting their second child

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:25:00 PDT

"Number 2 on the way!!!! So excited!! Wonder if it's a boy or a girl??"(image)

Figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya retires at 19 after battling anorexia

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:16:00 PDT

Russian figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya has retired at the age of 19 following a battle with anorexia.

Lipnitskaya's mother, Daniela, told Russia's Tass news agency on Monday that her daughter informed Russian skating officials of her retirement in April following three months of treatment for...


Woodbine's Snyder springs dramatic to give U.S. world wrestling title

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 12:47:00 PDT

PARIS (AP) — Ohio State star Kyle Snyder, a Woodbine resident, scored a late takedown of Olympic gold medalist Abdusalim Sadulaev in the deciding match, and the United States won the world freestyle wrestling title Saturday night for the first time in 22 years.

The U.S. and Russia were tied heading...


Helen Maroulis follows up Olympic gold with another world wrestling championship

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:50:00 PDT

A year ago at the Rio Olympics, Helen Maroulis of Rockville became the first United States women's wrestler to ever win gold.

She continues to be a force on the world stage. Maroulis won five straight matches by technical falls and did not allow a point in outscoring her opponents 53-0 en route...


Reyes has passion and lofty goals in taekwondo

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:40:00 PDT

Sydney Reyes was 8-years-old and new to taekwondo when he showed he had what it takes to be successful in the sport.

A yellow belt, he had a difficult go the first time out against a more experienced competitor and left frustrated, but not deterred. In fact, it was just the opposite.

“It was his...


Baltimore's Donnell Whittenburg finishes third in U.S. gymnastics championships

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:25:00 PDT

Yul Moldauer is a grease monkey at heart. There's something about having a tool in his hands and a problem to solve that speaks to him, a hobby he picked up from his father while growing up in Colorado.

So when the pressure rises at a gymnastics meet, Moldauer goes to what he calls his “peace zone.”...


Olympic champ Simone Biles back in gym as she weighs options

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:55:00 PDT

Simone Biles is back in the gym. That's it. That's all.The Olympic gymnastics champion is in no hurry to declare whether this is the start of a comeback following a year off after her historic performance at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. And she'd be just fine if everyone else took the same...


Team USA's Tianna Bartoletta medals at worlds despite being homeless for three months

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:09:00 PDT

Tears streamed down the face of Team USA's Tianna Bartoletta as she collected her bronze medal in the long jump during the final days of the IAAF World Championships last weekend. Having previously won gold in the event at worlds twice before, and being the reigning Olympic gold medalist at the...(image)

U.S.-North Korean rhetoric battle may be making Olympic officials nervous about Winter Games in South Korea

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:55:00 PDT

Pyeongchang lies in mountainous terrain at the uppermost eastern corner of South Korea, about an hour from the border with North Korea. Normally, its proximity to the demilitarized zone, and the North beyond, would not be an issue.

But six months from now, thousands of athletes from around the...


Allyson Felix, Phyllis Francis earn gold again with U.S. relay win at world track championships

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 13:15:00 PDT

Allyson Felix earned a second gold medal on Sunday and highlighted the overwhelming performance of the United States at the 10-day world championships.

In doing so, Felix made sure she became the most decorated athlete in the history of the event — and that includes Usain Bolt.

Felix won gold...


Usain Bolt injures left leg during final race of career, unable to finish 400 relay

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:11:00 PDT

Usain Bolt ended his stellar career in excruciating pain.

The Jamaican great crumpled to the track with a left-leg injury as he was chasing a final gold medal for the Jamaican 4x100-meter relay team on Saturday at the world championships.

Having to make up lots of ground on the anchor leg, Bolt...


Olympic champion Centrowitz finishes last in his 1,500 heat at worlds

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:20:00 PDT

Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck) finished last in his 1,500-meter heat at the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships on Thursday in London.

Centrowitz has struggled with illness and a groin injury after winning the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro last summer, becoming the first U.S....


L.A. is vying to host the Olympics in 11 years — but is hustling to meet a deadline next week

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:20:00 PDT

Los Angeles is on track to host the Olympics four years later than it originally planned. Yet it is hustling to approve a new deal within days.

City officials say the International Olympic Committee imposed a deadline of Aug. 18 to approve agreements that spell out their financial responsibilities...


Ramil Guliyev pulls off stunning win in men's 200 meters at world track championships

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:00:00 PDT

It wasn't Wayde van Niekerk and it wasn't Isaac Makwala.

Instead, Ramil Guliyev of Turkey earned the upset of the world championships on Thursday when he matched Van Niekerk stride for stride and won the 200-meter title by lunging at the line just ahead of the favored South African.

Jereem Richards...


Staff report says L.A. City Council should approve 2028 Olympic Games despite uncertainties

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 18:15:00 PDT

A report issued Wednesday by key Los Angeles staff recommends the City Council approve a 2028 Olympic bid despite incomplete information and the “greater uncertainty” of committing to the massive sports event more than a decade in advance.

The City Administrative Officer and Chief Legislative Analyst...


Get up, stand up: McLeod strikes gold for Jamaica

Mon, 7 Aug 2017 22:15:00 PDT

LONDON — The tune blaring across the stadium sound system was unmistakable: “Jamming” by Bob Marley. The flag the winner paraded around the track was familiar too: the black, green and gold cross of Jamaica.

That 110-meter hurdler Omar McLeod was at the center of the celebration Monday wasn’t all...


Tori Bowie pulls off another American upset of Jamaicans at world track championships

Sun, 6 Aug 2017 16:25:00 PDT

The American sprinter took a mighty tumble. Nobody, however, has fallen harder than Jamaica so far at this year's world championships.

The evening after Usain Bolt's improbable loss to a pair of U.S. runners, the world's best sprint island watched the red, white and blue paraded around the track...


Usain Bolt takes bronze at world championships in his final 100-meter race

Sat, 5 Aug 2017 16:55:00 PDT

One final time, Usain Bolt peered down the last 50 meters of his lane and saw sprinter upon sprinter running footsteps ahead of him.

One final time, the World's Fastest Man furiously pumped the arms and legs on his gangly 6-foot-5 frame, desperately trying to reel in all those would-be winners...


Hard to find reason to care about Los Angeles 'winning' Olympic honors

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 20:47:00 PDT

Optimistically, the Olympics are returning to America, there being few other places in the world that will take them.

When I say America I mean Los Angeles, often mistaken for the real thing.

The news of the games' pending arrival has been greeted with perceptible enthusiasm, and when I say enthusiasm...


Mo Farah wins the 10,000 meters at world championships

Fri, 4 Aug 2017 19:00:00 PDT

Mo Farah won his 10th consecutive global long-distance title, taking gold in the 10,000 meters at the world championships in the same stadium where he won his first Olympic title.

It was his third world title, adding to his two Olympic gold medals. He as the same tally over 5,000 meters.



Time will be the ultimate judge on if L.A. made a good deal to take 2028 Olympics

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 21:45:00 PDT

The mood was nearly giddy among Olympic athletes and city officials who gathered at StubHub Center on Monday.

Local bid leaders had called a news conference to formally announce a deal with the International Olympic Committee that would pave the way for bringing the 2028 Summer Games to Southern...


2028 Olympics: It's a strange feeling having to wait 11 years for the prize

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 21:45:00 PDT

It’s wonderful. And it’s weird.

The Summer Olympics are coming back to Los Angeles, the world’s premier sporting event finally returning to the world’s greatest sporting city.

But we’re going to have to wait 11 years?

It’s a match coated in gold, the diverse beauty of the Olympics spending more...


Poll: L.A. residents want the Olympics, even if they must wait until 2028

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 12:45:00 PDT

The morning after Los Angeles officials announced a deal to host the 2028 Summer Olympics, a new poll suggests there is continued public support for bringing the Games back to the city, even if it means waiting a few more years.

Survey results published by Loyola Marymount University on Tuesday...


Russia sanctions will stay in place

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 22:30:00 PDT

Track and field’s governing body is not ready to lift Russia’s suspension from competitions as the country fails to fully accept the findings of an investigation into its state-sponsored doping scheme.

The meeting of IAAF member associations in London on Thursday will be asked to maintain the...


L.A. gains financial concessions in return for agreeing to host the 2028 Olympic Games

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 20:55:00 PDT

After weeks of intense negotiations with the International Olympic Committee, Los Angeles officials have agreed to host the Summer Games in 2028 — instead of 2024 — in return for a deal they hope will generate hundreds of millions in additional savings and revenues.

The arrangement, which lets...


Details emerge in deal to bring 2028 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:35:00 PDT

After weeks of negotiations with the International Olympic Committee, Los Angeles officials have reached a deal to host the 2028 Summer Games under terms they hope will generate hundreds of millions in savings and additional revenues.

The agreement will bring the Olympics back to Southern California...


Caeleb Dressel ties Michael Phelps' record with 7th gold at world championships

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 11:41:00 PDT

Michael Phelps, you've got company.

Caeleb Dressel won his seventh gold medal of the world championships Sunday, putting the U.S. team ahead to stay with another dominating swim in the 4x100-meter medley relay.

One night after becoming the first swimmer to win three golds in one night at a major...


Bel Air's Chase Kalisz adds 400 IM gold at world swimming championships

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 12:27:00 PDT

Bel Air’s Chase Kalisz today completed a sweep of the individual medleys at the world championships to carry on the tradition of the American dominance in the two events, even after Michael Phelps' retirement and Ryan Lochte not being allowed to compete in Budapest.

Kalisz romped to victory in...