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Olympians Attend New York Fashion Week

By Seth Rubinroit Several Olympians had the opportunity to participate in Fashion Week in New York. Long-distance runner Kara Goucher walked down the runway as a model for Oiselle, a women’s apparel company, at Nolcha Fashion Week: Holy moly! Add runway model to resume! pic.twitter.com/iXuIUGPNvy — Kara Goucher (@karagoucher) September 9, 2014 Just days after […]

Trial of proposed scoring system wrong, says Olympian

(Reuters) – The Badminton World Federation should have taken more time to trial their proposed scoring changes and given top shuttlers a better chance to experience it, Japan coach Park Joo-bong said. The BWF will decide in November whether or not to employ the new five-game race-to-11 scoring system or stick with the first to […]

Youth Olympians Experience Culture in Nanjing

Athletes at the welcome party in the Youth Olympic Village (Courtesy of the FIVB) By Seth Rubinroit At all hours of the day, the Youth Olympic Village looks like the quad of a bustling college campus. Athletes eat together in the cafeteria, make friends with other athletes from different countries, and even take seminars on life […]

Olympians at the 2014 ESPYS

From left: Jamie Anderson, Lolo Jones and Mikaela Shiffrin (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images) By Max Meyer The ESPYS were held Wednesday on a hot, sunny day in Los Angeles, which meant that the Winter Olympians were supposed to be out of their element. Yet on the red carpet at L.A. Live, they looked like naturals. Jamie Anderson […]

Olympians in ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue”

Jamie Anderson and Michael Phelps (ESPN the Magazine) By Seth Rubinroit and Max Meyer ESPN The Magazine released a few early images from its much-anticipated annual “Body Issue.” Four of the six cover athletes–Jamie Anderson, Serge Ibaka, Michael Phelps and Venus Williams–are Olympic athletes. Several Olympic and Paralympic athletes proudly posted their photos on social media: The […]

Olympian and War Hero Louis Zamperini Dies at 97

Louis Zamperini (AP Photo/Paul Wagner, File) (Reuters) – Louis Zamperini, an American prisoner of war in World War Two and Olympic runner whose life inspired the book and upcoming feature film “Unbroken,” has died at age 97, Universal Pictures said in a statement. Zamperini died after a 40-day bout with pneumonia, his family said in […]

Olympian Dotsie Bausch to Call Inaugural La Course by Tour de France on Universal Sports

Image Courtesy of Dotsie Bausch By: Emily Frare Olympic silver medalist and Universal Sports Network cycling analyst Dotsie Bausch has signed on to call the inaugural La Course, also known as the first women’s Tour de France, airing LIVE on Universal Sports Saturday, July 27 at 7:30am ET. Bausch will provide commentary and perspective from the […]

Olympians in 2014 Stanley Cup Final

Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown played for Team USA at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports) By Seth Rubinroit Less than four months after winning an Olympic gold medal, one pair of NHL stars will hoist the Stanley Cup. Both the Los Angeles Kings (Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty) and New York Rangers […]

Meryl Davis Latest Olympian To Win “Dancing With The Stars”

Olympic Gold Medalist Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (ABC/Adam Taylor) By Max Meyer Meryl Davis added another accolade to her collection after winning two Olympic medals in Sochi. The American ice dancer was named “Dancing with the Stars” champion Tuesday night, taking home the mirror ball trophy. Davis and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were the Season […]

Oldest Living Olympian Passes Away

By Seth Rubinroit Walter Walsh, who lived the longest life of any Olympian ever, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 106. He was just six days short of his 107th birthday. Walsh displayed his marksmanship skills as a G-Man in the FBI. He was involved in numerous high-profile cases, shooting and killing gangster […]

Olympians Return to FIS Alpine World Cup

Less than a week after the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games, the world’s best skiers are back on the slopes to compete in the FIS Alpine World Cup. The first women’s downhill since the Olympics will be shown on Universal Sports Saturday at 11 AM ET from Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Maria Höfl-Riesch (GER), the […]

2012 Olympians visit White House

President Barack Obama jokingly mimics U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney’s “not impressed” look while greeting members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams in the Oval Office, Nov. 15, 2012. Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics President, and Savannah Vinsant laugh at left. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Courtesy of usagym.org WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 15, […]

Phelps now most decorated Olympian with relay gold

USA relay team members from left Michael Phelps, Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte and Ricky Berens pose with their gold medals and American flags after winning the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay finals during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Aquatics Centre. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) By Julian Linden LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – Four years after […]

Olympic swimming champ Phelps arrested on drunken driving charge

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports – RTR41X0R (Reuters) – American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was arrested for drunken driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside a Baltimore tunnel, police said. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist later apologized for the incident, saying he was […]

Michael Phelps Arrested For Drunk Driving

Michael Phelps (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) By Braden Keith/Courtesy of SwimSwam.com The winningest Olympian of all-time, Michael Phelps, has been arrested on suspicion of DUI, according to TMZ. TMZ cites anonymous sources who say that Phelps was pulled over around 1:40 AM overnight and was arrested after failing a field sobriety test. The charges, according to TMZ’s sources, are […]

Amy Van Dyken Discusses Power of Sport

Amy Van Dyken (REUTERS/Craig Hospital) By Brandon Penny CHICAGO — Amy Van Dyken-Rouen understands the power of sport. The power of sport changed the swimmer’s life when it propelled her to six Olympic gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Games. Fourteen years later, the power of sport changed her life again, but in ways […]

U.S. Olympic bid picking up momentum and support

(Reuters) – The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) gave the clearest indication yet that it will make a pitch for the 2024 Summer Games, saying on Friday that next year it hoped to be in the final stages of preparing a bid. After stunning rebukes to New York to host the 2012 Olympics and Chicago’s […]

USA Triathlon Super Sprint on Universal Sports

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Men’s and women’s race coverage from the Las Vegas stop of the elite 2014 USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series will be televised on Universal Sports Network on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m., showcasing a unique triathlon format on the rise in the U.S. A 60-minute national broadcast of the Super […]

2014 UCI Road World Championships

Tejay van Garderen, right, and Taylor Phinney (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) CLICK HERE for the USA Cycling roster for the 2014 UCI Road World Championships. LOS ANGELES (September 18, 2014) – Universal Sports Network presents exclusive national television and online coverage of the 2014 UCI Road World Championships from Ponferrada, Spain, beginning with the women’s team time trial events this […]

Lolo Jones Eliminated From “Dancing with the Stars”

Lolo Jones (ABC/Craig Sjodin) By Seth Rubinroit Olympian Lolo Jones was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night, becoming the first celebrity to be voted off the show. Jones performed the Cha Cha during the opening episode Monday night. She referred to her performance as “awful,” and the judges gave her a score of 22 […]

Women front and center of Japan’s Asian Games team

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ISSEI KATO (Reuters) – Japan heads to the Asian Games with the team’s top two symbolic leadership roles filled by women for the first time in what may mark a growing focus on women’s sports in its traditionally male-dominated society. Giving the roles of captain and flag bearer to women at the could be […]

Incheon Ready to Showcase Cream of Asian sports

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/KIM HONG-JI (Reuters) – An array of Olympians and stars of sports niche and new arrive in the South Korean city of Incheon for the 17th Asian Games this month, bringing together some 10,000 athletes for a 16-day multi-sport spectacular second only in scale to the Summer Olympics. From weightlifting to wushu, rowing to […]

U.S. Broadcast Details for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships

Tejay van Garderen, right, and Taylor Phinney (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) LOS ANGELES and RICHMOND, Va. (September 8, 2014) – Richmond 2015 and Universal Sports Network announced today a media partnership for next year’s 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Va., September 19-27, 2015. The deal provides unprecedented coverage in the United States of the UCI’s […]

Apolo Ohno Prepares for Ironman Kona

 Michael Phelps (L) and Apolo Anton Ohno (REUTERS/Mike Segar) By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Apolo Ohno made a career of frenzied, 40-second bursts around the track so the speedskating champion knows his crusade to join the exclusive Ironman fraternity is daunting. It is also downright frightening, admits the eight-time Olympic medalist, who will […]

Lolo Jones Joins Cast of “Dancing with the Stars”

Lolo Jones (Dustin Snipes/Red Bull Content Pool) By Seth Rubinroit Lolo Jones’ busy year just got busier. She started the year representing Team USA at the Winter Olympics in bobsled. In the spring she retuned to track and field before cutting her season short in August. Now she is going to compete on Season 19 of Dancing with the […]

Gwen Jorgensen Wins 2014 ITU World Championship

EDMONTON, Alberta – U.S. National Team member and Olympian Gwen Jorgensen claimed the 2014 ITU World Championships title on Saturday at Hawrelak Park, topping the podium in the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final race and the overall season standings. Sarah Groff, an Olympian who is also on the U.S. National Team, finished second in […]

Universal Sports Exclusive: In-Depth Interview with Former Pro Cyclist George Hincapie

“It’s crazy how easy it was…I was convinced that [doping] was the only way to continue on doing what I was doing.” – George Hincapie  Universal Sports Exclusive: In-Depth Interview with Former Pro Cyclist George Hincapie to Air this Friday, August 22, at 8 PM ET George Hincapie Was the “Loyal Lieutenant” Who Helped Lance […]

USN & NBC Olympics Presents Coverage of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games

NBC OLYMPICS AND UNIVERSAL SPORTS COMBINE TO PRESENT 54.5 HOURS OF 2014 YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES FROM NANJING, CHINA Josh Elliott & Mary Carillo to Host Opening Ceremony on Saturday, August 16 at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN Youth Olympic Games Televised for First Time on NBC and NBCSN – 24.5 Hours of Coverage Across 16 […]

Michael Phelps Seeks Motivation From Butterfly Defeat

Michael Phelps, left, and Ryan Lochte (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Aug 8 (Reuters) – Crestfallen Michael Phelps says his narrow defeat in the 100 metres butterfly final at the U.S. National Championships in California on Friday will serve as motivation to not get beaten again. Tom Shields edged out the 18-times Olympic gold medalist by […]

Paralympic Skier Melts Sochi Medal to Make Engagement Ring

Vincent Gauthier-Manuel (Tom Pennington/Getty Images) By Max Meyer Olympians may do many unusual things with their medals, but it’s safe to say that French Paralympian Vincent Gauthier-Manuel used his to perform the most romantic gesture. The skier melted his silver medal from the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics to make an engagement ring for his girlfriend. While it is an unbelievable […]

USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships Highlights

Nathan Adrian, right, is congratulated Michael Phelps (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) By Seth Rubinroit Six swimmers won national titles on August 6, the opening night of the USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, CA. Men’s 100m Free: Nathan Adrian (CLICK HERE to watch the race) The most-anticipated race of the night featured seven […]

2014 USA Swimming National Championships: Irvine, CA

This event will serve as the USA National Team selection for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, 2014 Jr. Pan Pacific  Championships, 2015 World Championships, 2015 World University Games, and 2015 Pan American Games. Athletes expected to compete include Olympians and USA Swimming National Team members – including Olympic gold medalists and world-record holders Michael Phelps,  Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky. The five-day meet is the sole qualifier for the pool competition at next month’s Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.

President Obama Hosts Special Olympics Celebration at White House

President Barack Obama and Special Olympian Tim Harris (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Washington D.C.–President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted “A Celebration of Special Olympics and A Unified Generation” on Thursday night at the White House. The event celebrated the work that Special Olympics, with the support of the Obama administration and others, has done to activate young people to […]

Meb Keflezighi and Tennis Star Caroline Wozniacki to Run 2014 NYC Marathon

 Meb Keflezighi (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)  New York— Meb Keflezighi, the 2014 Boston Marathon champion and winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon, and Caroline Wozniacki, formerly the top-ranked player in the world and winner of the recent Istanbul Cup, will run as Team for Kids Ambassadors at the 2014 TCS New York City […]

Release the Beast: Middle Distance For the Long Run

Two-time olympian and world silver medalist Nick Symmonds talks about being a team member of the Brooks Beasts. Symmonds runs approximately 60-70 miles a week during training and relies on his Brooks Ravenna 5 to stay light on his feet.

Gabby Douglas Named Best Female Athlete at Kids’ Choice Sports

Gabby Douglas (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) By Max Meyer Gabby Douglas was the big winner last night at Nickelodeon’s inaugural Kids’ Choice Sports 2014, taking home awards for Best Female Athlete and Queen of Swag. The U.S. gymnast beat out several female Olympians in both categories, including Lindsey Vonn, Gracie Gold and Lolo Jones. […]

USA Fencing Team Travels to Senior Worlds

Miles Chamley-Watson (Nicole Jomantas/USA Fencing) (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The USA Fencing Team had one of its most successful Senior World Championships in 2013 and Team USA’s medalists will be back for more in Kazan, Russia from July 15-23. Individual preliminary rounds will take place from July 15-17 for athletes ranked outside the top 16 […]

Ann Arbor Named “America’s Top Swim City” by USA Swimming

University of Michigan pool (Courtesy of University of Michigan) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 14, 2014) – Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the best swim city in America, according to a new study commissioned by USA Swimming and leading swimwear brand Speedo. The community claimed the highest aggregate score in categories such as percentage of active swimmers […]

Ian Thorpe Comes Out in TV Interview

Ian Thorpe (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (Reuters) – Ian Thorpe, Australia’s most decorated Olympian, revealed he was gay in an emotional television interview on Sunday, ending years of speculation about the champion swimmer’s sexuality. The five-times Olympic gold medalist made the admission to British journalist Michael Parkinson in a pre-recorded interview on Australia’s Channel 10 […]

Gwen Jorgensen Makes History by Winning WTS in Chicago

CHICAGO — USA Triathlon National Team Member and 2012 Olympian Gwen Jorgensen captured her sixth career ITU World Triathlon Series victory on Saturday at Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain, making history as the first woman from any country to claim six titles since the series launched in 2009. Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.) grabbed the tape in […]

World No. 1 Gwen Jorgensen Headlines Field in Chicago

Gwen Jorgensen (Janos Schmidt/ITU) This weekend, the long awaited debut of Chicago on the ITU World Triathlon Series schedule will come to fruition. It is the only U.S. stop on the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series circuit. Universal Sports Network will broadcast the elite women’s race Saturday, June 28, at 1:30 PM ET LIVE and […]

Gabrielle Douglas Helps Youth Gymnasts Set World Record for Simultaneous Cartwheels

Gabrielle Douglas (Courtesy of USA Gymnastics) PITTSBURGH, June 23, 2014 – Gymnasts from 14 Pittsburgh-area gymnastics clubs, led by two-time Olympic gold-medalist Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance, made history on Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente Bridge when they set the record for simultaneous cartwheels at 735, smashing the previous world record of 482 […]

Conor Dwyer and Katinka Hosszu Win 2013-14 Arena Grand Prix Series Titles

Conor Dwyer (Brendan Maloney/USA TODAY Sports) CLICK HERE to watch Conor Dwyer’s winning swim in the 200m IM. SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Olympic medalist Conor Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill.) closed strong over the final 50 meters to earn the win in the men’s 200-meter individual medley and lock up the men’s Arena Grand Prix Series overall […]

2014 Arena Grand Prix: Santa Clara: Arkady Vyatchanin wins 100m Backstroke

In the Men’s 100m Backstroke, Arkady Vyatchanin beats out Olympian Gold Medalist Matt Grevers with a total time of 54.34.

2014 USA Swimming Grand Prix: Santa Clara, CA: Day #2

This weekend, hundreds of the best swimmers around the country flock west and converge in Santa Clara, California. The Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara commences on Thursday, featuring numerous Olympians, NCAA veterans, post-graduates, club swimmers, high schoolers, and age groupers from all over the world. Huge names return to the pool for one final dress rehearsal prior to this summer’s National Championships.

 

2014 Arena Grand Prix: Santa Clara: Missy Franklin Wins 200m Freestyle

In the Women’s 200m freestyle, Olympian Missy Franklin (USA) takes first and beats out her future teammates with a total time of 1:56.96.

2014 Arena Grand Prix: Santa Clara: Elizabeth Beisel Wins 200m Backstroke

In the Women’s 200m Backstroke, Olympian Missy Franklin (USA) gets beaten out by Elizabeth Beisel with a total time of 2:09.11.

2014 USA Swimming Grand Prix: Santa Clara, CA: Day #1

This weekend, hundreds of the best swimmers around the country flock west and converge in Santa Clara, California. The Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara commences on Thursday, featuring numerous Olympians, NCAA veterans, post-graduates, club swimmers, high schoolers, and age groupers from all over the world. Huge names return to the pool for one final dress rehearsal prior to this summer’s National Championships.

Team USA’s Class of 2014 Awards

Cutest Couple Honorable Mention: Charlie White and Tanith Belbin (Instagram: charlieawhite) By Seth Rubinroit Graduation season is here and Team USA decided to join in on the fun, crowning this year’s most memorable athletes. Here are some of our favorites: Most Athletic: Eddy Alvarez Eddy Alvarez (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) Even when compared to fellow Olympians, Eddy […]

5 Storylines of the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara

Michael Phelps (Mike Lewis/OlaVistaPhotography.com) By Mike Gustafson This weekend, hundreds of the best swimmers around the country flock west and converge in Santa Clara, California. The Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara commences on Thursday, featuring numerous Olympians, NCAA veterans, post-graduates, club swimmers, high schoolers, and age groupers from all over the world. Huge names […]

2015 U.S. Freestyle Skiing Team Nominated

 Hannah Kearney (Reuters/Mike Blake) PARK CITY, UT (June 16) – Two-time Olympic medalist and World Champion Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) headlines a talent deep group of 36 athletes nominated to the 2014-2015 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team for aerials and moguls. The 2015 season is highlighted by World Cup stops in both Lake Placid, NY and […]

Olympic Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White Will Sit Out 2014-15 Season

Meryl Davis and Charlie White (Courtesy of U.S. Figure Skating) Olympic ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White announced they will not compete in the 2014-15 figure skating season. “We’re so grateful for the support we’ve received through this truly amazing year in our lives,” Davis and White said. “Trying to stay in the […]

Reid Priddy Suffers Season-Ending Injury

COLORADO SPRINGS – Three-time Olympian Reid Priddy announced that he would be missing the rest of the 2014 season after suffering an injury during FIVB World League in Bulgaria. “Regretfully, the 2014 season was cut short for me due to the awkward landing I made in Bulgaria on Saturday night,” the Richmond, Va., native said. […]

Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin Expected to Headline Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara

Missy Franklin (Rob Schumacher/USA TODAY Sports) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Olympic gold medalists and world-record holders Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) and Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) are expected to highlight a star-studded field for next week’s Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara, the final stop of USA Swimming’s 2013-14 Arena Grand Prix Series. The four-day meet […]

 
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