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

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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...


Triple play: U.S. swimmer Caeleb Dressel wins three golds in one night at world championships

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 12:15:00 PDT

Caeleb Dressel became the first swimmer to win three gold medals on a single night at the world championships Saturday.

The newest American star pulled off the stunning triple play by racing three times over the course of about two hours and winning every time.

He started with a victory in the...


Usain Bolt is down to his last, blazing curtain call

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 15:30:00 PDT

Muhammad Ali stood alone on many fronts, but Joe Frazier, George Foreman and a few others still stood toe-to-toe with him in the ring. Jack Nicklaus contended with Arnold Palmer on the front end of his career and Tom Watson on the back end. Usain Bolt? Nobody has been a match for him, on or off...


Digest: Jessica Long, Becca Meyers part of U.S. roster for World Para Swimming Championships

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 23:14:00 PDT

U.S. Paralympics announced its roster of 22 athletes who will represent Team USA at the World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6. The team, comprised of 12 females and 10 males, includes 13 Paralympians and two returning world champions from the 2015 event. Jessica...


Michael Phelps' 'race' vs. a shark sets Shark Week records

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:05:00 PDT

Michael Phelps retired from competitive swimming last year with a record 23 Olympic gold medals. His latest swim — if you can call it that — was also record-breaking.

Discovery Channel’s “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White,” in which the swimmer lost a race to a computer-generated shark,...


Bel Air's Chase Kalisz captures 200 IM at world swimming championships

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:40:00 PDT

On a night when Katie Ledecky returned to a more familiar spot — the top rung of the medal podium — the U.S. men's team began passing the torch to a new generation at the world championships.

Step aside, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. You've got a worthy successor in Bel Air's Chase Kalisz.



Katie Ledecky loses for the first time at world championships

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:15:00 PDT

Katie Ledecky's bid to win six gold medals at the world championships ended Wednesday when she was beaten in the 200-meter freestyle by Italy's Federica Pellegrini.

Ledecky settled for the silver medal, tying for second with Australia's Emma McKeon.

McKeon got off to a blazing start, but Ledecky...


Michael Phelps, Discovery Channel defend race vs. simulated great white shark

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Now that we know Michael Phelps didn’t actually race a real shark in Discovery Channel’s “Phelps vs Shark: Great Gold vs Great White” on Sunday, and that viewers were not entirely happy to see the man-versus-pixels programming, what happened next should be about as surprising as Phelps’ ultimate...


Katie Ledecky wins her third gold at swimming world championships

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:20:00 PDT

Katie Ledecky breezed to her third gold medal of the world championships, backing off a bit on her most grueling night of the meet.

It was left to Lilly King, Kylie Masse and Adam Peaty to take down the swimming record book — and King to claim another impressive triumph over her Russian rival.


Has Michael Phelps jumped the shark? Social media world weighs in

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:20:00 PDT

Breaking news: Michael Phelps is beatable.

But if you’re now thinking you can dominate the greatest Olympic swimmer of all time, first make sure you’re a shark.

Phelps raced a great white, hammerhead and reef shark during Sunday night’s “Phelps vs. Shark: The Battle for Ocean Supremacy” special...


Michael Phelps falls to great white shark in TV race

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 02:00:00 PDT

Michael Phelps lost his race against a great white shark to kick off Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” festivities Sunday night, falling by 2 seconds.

The special culminated in 56-degree waters off the coast of South Africa, where Phelps, the 23-time Olympic gold medalist who grew up in Rodgers...


Katie Ledecky wins two golds to open world championships

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:00:00 PDT

Katie Ledecky is off to a golden start at the world championships.

Make it a double.

The 20-year-old American star began an audacious week by winning a pair of gold medals Sunday on the opening night of swimming along the Danube River. She cruised to a dominating victory in the 400-meter freestyle...


Michael Phelps vs. Great White Shark

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:00:00 PDT

Discovery Channel's hyped face-off between Michael Phelps and a great white shark airs this Sunday, the first day of Shark Week. See how the most decorated Olympian of all time fares against an apex predator of the sea. Related: Michael Phelps' 'Battle for Ocean Supremacy' vs. a shark finally has...(image)

Paralyzed high jumper overcomes injury to walk down the aisle at his wedding

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:15:00 PDT

Step by halting step, former Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto made good on his vow to walk wife Shevon down the aisle after their wedding and out the door to a waiting limousine.

It was roughly 130 steps, with a stop halfway down the aisle of the small church to kiss his bride for a gaggle of photographers.


Marylanders earn medals at 20th Maccabiah Games

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:55:00 PDT

Throughout the past month, about 10,000 Jewish athletes — including some with ties to Maryland — from about 80 countries convened in Israel for the 20th Maccabiah Games.

Every four years, the Maccabiah World Union — comprising six confederations in Australia, Europe, Israel, Latin America, North...


McFadden sisters share podium at international event for first time in Team USA sweep

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 17:20:00 PDT

The United States women’s trio of Tatyana McFadden, Cheri Madsen and Hannah McFadden won gold, silver and bronze, respectively, to sweep the T54 200-meter wheelchair race Saturday at the World Para Athtletics Championships at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

This marks the first time the...


Ryan Lochte cleared of false-report charge after incident at Rio Olympics

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:14:00 PDT

An appellate court in Brazil ruled Friday that the case against Ryan Lochte should be dismissed. The U.S. swimmer had been accused of fabricating a story about getting robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro during August's Olympics, causing an international scandal that drew in some of his teammates....(image)

Walsh Jennings still believes in new partnership despite early exit at Long Beach

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:00:00 PDT

As a three-time Olympic gold medalist, it’s safe to say that Kerri Walsh Jennings isn’t used to losing.

But for her and new teammate Nicole Branagh, 2017 has been a year filled with frustration and disappointment. The duo, who started playing together less than two months ago, lost their first...


U.S. gold medalist argues passionate kissing led to failed doping test — and it worked

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:03:00 PDT

A kiss is just a kiss, unless, apparently, that kiss is followed by a doping test. In that case a kiss, or rather several kisses, can get you in trouble with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

That's what happened to U.S. Olympic runner Gil Roberts, who an arbiter recently ruled had ingested the masking...


Maryland swimmers Michael Phelps and Becca Meyers win ESPY awards

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 04:46:00 PDT

Swimmer Michael Phelps of Baltimore won two ESPYs on Wednesday night in Los Angeles — Male U.S. Olympic Athlete and Record-Breaking Performance — for extending his Olympic medal records at the Rio de Janeiro Games last summer.

Phelps, 32, who has retired from competitive swimming, earned five golds...


For Baltimore youth track team, an unlikely sprint to the Junior Olympics — and the spotlight

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:55:00 PDT

The great thing about the 8-year-old girls from West Baltimore’s Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School is that they’re fast — fast enough to beat the boys at school, fast enough to qualify for the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic Championships regionals in North Carolina.

The frustrating thing...


Chad Johnson is helping a Baltimore track team make it to the Junior Olympics

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:45:00 PDT

On Tuesday, Baltimore writer Tariq Touré took to Twitter to solicit help for a youth track team in Baltimore that needed money to travel to the National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Kansas.

The team, Turbo Track Club, found an unexpected savior.

Ocho Cinco himself donated $2,200...


Los Angeles is all but guaranteed to get the Olympic Games. The question is when, 2024 or 2028?

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 18:50:00 PDT

Los Angeles is all but guaranteed to host the Summer Games for a third time after Olympic leaders made the unusual decision Tuesday to name two winners in the bid race between L.A. and Paris, giving 2024 to one city and 2028 to the other.

After the historic vote by International Olympic Committee...


Trump and Macron draw battle lines in 2024 Olympic bid race

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 08:15:00 PDT

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron both weighed in for their countries during a crucial International Olympic Committee meeting in Switzerland on Tuesday.

Trump made his feelings known from afar, tweeting in the early-morning hours.

“Working hard to get the Olympics for the United...


L.A. is a virtual lock to host 2024 or '28 Olympics after IOC vote

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:30:00 PDT

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday approved an unusual proposal to name two winners in the Summer Games bidding race between Los Angeles and Paris.

Gathering at a meeting in Switzerland, IOC members unanimously agreed to the idea of awarding 2024 to one city and 2028 to the other.



Michael Phelps hangs out with Jordan Spieth, Michael Jordan on birthday vacation

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:05:00 PDT

For his birthday, Michael Phelps got a free cake from Colgate, but baby Boomer ruined it.

The thing about Phelps’ life, though, is that it’s pretty great. So he went to Cabo with his family and ran into maybe the world’s greatest active golfer, a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, an AFC Defensive...


IOC balks at helping Rio with $35 million-$40 million Olympic debt 

Sun, 9 Jul 2017 12:55:00 PDT

The IOC has balked at helping Rio Olympic organizers pay a debt estimated at $35 million-$40 million.

The executive board of the International Olympic Committee, meeting Sunday in Lausanne, Switzerland, said it had already contributed a "record" $1.53 billion to last year's Olympics, and questioned...


Wanted: New face for U.S. men's swimming. Maybe Nathan Adrian?

Tue, 4 Jul 2017 15:24:00 PDT

Bel Air's Chase Kalisz is another who can emerge at the worlds this month.(image)

Digest (June 29): Bel Air's Kalisz wins 400 IM at U.S. swimming nationals

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 19:40:00 PDT

Olympic medalist Chase Kalisz of Bel Air won the 400-meter individual medley in 4 minutes, 6.99 seconds — a world-best time this year — on the third night of the U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis. Winners of each event qualify for the world championship team, which will compete in Budapest,...


2020 Summer Olympic budget continues to be a concern in Tokyo

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:20:00 PDT

As Los Angeles draws closer to being awarded a Summer Games — potentially in 2024 or 2028 — the cost of hosting the massive sporting event continues to be a big concern within the Olympic movement.

On Wednesday, an International Olympic Committee executive urged organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Games...


Mt. SAC will host 2020 U.S. Olympic track and field trials

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:35:00 PDT

The 2020 U.S. Olympic track and field trials will be held at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, bringing the event back to Southern California for the first time since the women’s Olympic trials were held there at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in 1968. The men’s and women’s Olympic trials haven’t been staged...


Michael Phelps' 'Battle for Ocean Supremacy' vs. a shark finally has a trailer

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 04:00:00 PDT

On Wednesday, Discovery Channel released its first promo for the most anticipated man-against-beast competition since Takeru Kobayashi lost a hot-dog-eating contest to a Kodiak bear. And, man, is there a lot going on.

The big takeaways:

Michael Phelps' much-hyped race against a great white shark...(image)

Baltimore gymnast Donnell Whittenburg has a new skill and international hopes

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:00:00 PDT

Donnell Whittenburg sat high in the arena at the 2016 Rio Olympics, entranced by the intense competition and the crowd’s investment in the men’s gymnastics all-around final.

As a U.S. alternate, the gymnast from Baltimore trained in Rio de Janeiro, fulfilling a longtime dream to attend the games....


Olympic champion Claressa Shields nabs title shot in fourth pro bout

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:10:00 PDT

Claressa Shields, the two-time Olympic boxing gold medalist off to an impressive start as a pro, has earned her first world-title shot and will fight Nikki Adler Aug. 4 on Showtime in Detroit.

The Flint, Mich., native (3-0) will fight for Adler’s World Boxing Council super-middleweight belt, and...


The future of U.S. swimming is 6 feet 9, 17 years old ... and African-American

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:05:00 PDT

The question comes up whenever someone meets Reece Whitley for the first time. Whitley is too polite to respond with the classic teenage show of disdain: the eye roll. But inside? Inside, his eyeballs are on the other side of their sockets.

"How big are your shoes? I hear that all the time,'' Whitley...


Digest: Katie Ledecky named nation's top female college athlete

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:50:00 PDT

Stanford swimmer Katie Ledecky won the Honda Cup on Monday night as the nation's top college female athlete.

Ledecky, a Bethesda native, won five medals, including four golds, and set two world records at last summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics. She capped an impressive freshman season at Stanford...


Digest: Injury-slowed Matthew Centrowitz beaten, still makes U.S. team

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:38:00 PDT

Robby Andrews used a late kick to catch injury-slowed Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck) on Saturday and win the 1,500-meter final at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif. "It's an honor just to run with him," Andrews said of Centrowitz in a postrace television...


State of Michigan moves to terminate sports doctor's parental rights

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 11:05:00 PDT

The state of Michigan is seeking to terminate the parental rights of a sports doctor accused of sexual assaulting dozens of women and girls.

The Lansing State Journal reports attorneys for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services filed a petition against 53-year-old Larry Nassar.



Federal tax documents detail spending by LA 2024's campaign to bring Olympics to Los Angeles

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:20:00 PDT

Federal tax documents released Friday give a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the private committee that is bidding to bring the Summer Olympics back to Los Angeles.

LA 2024 raised more than $32 million in donations — and spent about half of that — during the fiscal year stretching from August 2015...


McDonald's drops Olympic sponsorship

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:54:32 PDT

McDonald's and the International Olympic Committee are ending a long-standing commercial partnership three years early.

The Oak Brook-based hamburger giant is exiting the Olympics' top sponsorship program effective immediately, giving up category-exclusive global marketing rights that were set to...


Will Michael Phelps swim against a Great White during Discovery's Shark Week?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:28:00 PDT

Judging by Discovery's latest news release, Michael Phelps will indeed swim against a shark: "The world's most decorated athlete takes on the ocean's most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark - the race is on!"(image)

Digest (June 12): Timonium's Meyers, Bel Air's Shattuck win in World Para Swimming World Series

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:22:00 PDT

Becca Meyers of Timonium won two events Sunday night at the World Para Swimming World Series in Indianapolis as the United States claimed 17 individual wins on the final day of competition. Meyers, who won the S13 100-meter freestyle in 1 minute, 3.53 seconds, was one of seven U.S. women who won...


Olympics add 3-on-3 basketball and mixed-gender relay races

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 08:45:00 PDT

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will include 3-on-3 basketball and two events that will have men and women racing together in track, swimming and triathlon.

The International Olympic Committee’s executive board announced the changes at a much-anticipated meeting on Friday.

The board was scheduled...


L.A. Olympic bid leaders reaffirm willingness to consider 2028 Summer Games

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 16:15:00 PDT

Los Angeles may have inched closer to hosting the Summer Olympics in 2028 – not 2024 – with a statement released Wednesday by the private bid committee trying to bring the Games back to Southern California.

In an open letter, LA 2024 chairman Casey Wasserman addressed expectations that the International...


1984 Olympic star Danny Harris charged in sexual offense case

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 15:40:00 PDT

Former track star and high school coach Danny Harris was charged Tuesday for alleged inappropriate contact with a teenage female student.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that Harris faces six counts: two each of contact with a minor for sexual offense, child abuse and...


Michael Phelps joins board of Australian mental health company, Medibio

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 05:41:00 PDT

Michael Phelps, the swimmer raised in Rodgers Forge and winner of  more gold medals than any Olympian, always wanted to make a difference outside of the pool.

His efforts have included increasing awareness about swimming in general, pool safety and doping in the sport, but more recently he has...


Olympic high jumper paralyzed by freak injury now hopes to walk down aisle at wedding

Sat, 3 Jun 2017 16:00:00 PDT

Jamie Nieto sprawled face down in the grass near the high jump pit at Azusa Pacific University’s deserted Cougar Athletic Stadium, unable to feel his arms or legs.

The two-time Olympic high jumper’s mind raced. An instant earlier, he had finished another session coaching four Olympic hopefuls by...