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Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Chief Quits

Kim Jin-sun (Reuters/Rogan Ward) (Reuters) – Kim Jin-sun quit as head of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizing committee on Monday, the second senior official to step down in recent weeks. Kim, 67, who had been President of the committee (POCOG) since 2011, had his resignation accepted by the government despite his term running until […]

Catching Up with Olympic Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin

Olympic Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team) By Seth Rubinroit As Mikaela Shiffrin prepared to walk down the red carpet at the ESPYS, she took a deep breath and reminded herself to stand up straight and keep her shoulders back. “I am more nervous here than I am up on the mountain,” Shiffrin […]

Alice Coachman, First Black Female Olympic Champion, Dies at 90

(AP Photo, File) By Max Meyer Alice Coachman, the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, died Monday morning. She passed away at an Albany hospital in Georgia, a few months after suffering a stroke in April. She was 90 years old. Coachman won her Olympic gold medal in the high jump at […]

Slovenia Probes Vanessa Mae’s Olympic Qualifying Races

Vanessa Mae (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach) (Reuters) – Four Slovenian officials have been suspended for ‘irregularities’ in Alpine ski races used by pop violinist Vanessa Mae to qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympics, the national skiing association said on Friday. “We discovered there were a number of irregularities in the competition in which Vanessa Mae qualified,” Slovenian […]

Qualifying for 2016 Olympic Golf Team

Tiger Woods (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY) By Seth Rubinroit Golf will return to the Olympic Games in 2016 for the first time since 1904, with up to 60 of the world’s best golfers competing for Olympic gold. The Olympic field of 60 male and female golfers will be determined by the following qualification system, according to […]

USOC Announces 94-Member 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee today announced the 94-member 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Team that will compete at the upcoming Youth Olympic Games from Aug. 16-28 in Nanjing, China. Highlighting the roster is table tennis player Lily Zhang, who previously represented Team USA at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The 13-day […]

China faces tougher sell in Winter Olympics bid

(Reuters) – Beijing promised a “frugal” Winter Olympics and to harness the event to clean up the capital’s notorious air pollution if selected as host of the 2022 Games, but the pledges were greeted with skepticism on Chinese social media. Along with Oslo and Almaty, Beijing was confirmed as an official candidate for 2022 on […]

U.S. Olympic Committee Narrows List Of Cities To Four For Potential U.S. Bid For 2024 Olympic And Paralympic Games

Image Courtesy United States Olympic Committee BY: UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., were today identified by the United States Olympic Committee as candidates for a potential U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.“We’re extremely pleased with the level of interest U.S. cities […]

Olympic Flag Turns 100 in 2014

Olympic flag at the 2014 Winter Games (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports) The Olympic flag – one of the most recognisable symbols of the Olympic Games – is celebrating its centenary this year. The flag was created for the Olympic Jubilee Congress in 1914 in Paris in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Olympic Movement. […]

USOC Considering Boston, LA, SF and DC for 2024 Olympics

By Seth Rubinroit The U.S. Olympic Committee is considering four cities for a possible U.S. bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics: Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. “We’re extremely pleased with the level of interest U.S. cities have shown in hosting the Games,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun to TeamUSA.org. “Boston, LA, […]

Olympic Speed Skater Eddy Alvarez Signs With Chicago White Sox

Eddy Alvarez (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports) By Max Meyer Olympic silver medalist Eddy Alvarez signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox, according to a post on his Instagram account. Alvarez, a short-track speed skater, won the silver in the 5,000m relay at the Sochi Olympics. The 24-year-old played college baseball in 2011 […]

Olympic champ Van Dyken posts picture of herself smiling after injury

(Reuters) – Olympic swimming champion Amy Van Dyken said on Tuesday she was “doing great” and posted a photo to social media showing her smiling in the hospital four days after severing her spine in a quad-bike accident. “Doing great today,” she said on Twitter. “Making progress. First day I sat up. Thank you all […]

Olympic Figure Skaters Tanith Belbin and Charlie White are Engaged

Charlie White and Tanith Belbin (Instagram: charlieawhite) By Seth Rubinroit Olympic ice dancing champion Charlie White announced on Twitter that he proposed to longtime girlfriend Tanith Belbin while on vacation in Hawaii. Couldn't ask for a more beautiful setting for the best time in our life! Hashtag she said yes!!! instagram.com/p/pE5DBmMT-3/— Charlie White (@CharlieaWhite) June 10, […]

Former Olympic Champion Amy Van Dyken Severs Spine in Accident

Amy Van Dyken at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games (AP Photo/David Longstreath) (Reuters) – Former Olympic swimming champion Amy Van Dyken is recovering in a hospital after severing her spine in a quad-bike accident, her family said in a statement on Monday. The family said Van Dyken crashed her all-terrain vehicle on Friday night 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 […]

Gabby Douglas Will Attend First Camp Since 2012 Olympics

Gabby Douglas (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The U.S. Women’s National Team camp for June, which will be led by National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi, begins on Monday, June 2, at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch, an official U.S. Olympic training site, near Huntsville, Texas. This will […]

New York, Philadelphia Will Not Bid For 2024 Summer Olympics

By Max Meyer New York and Philadelphia have officially decided not to submit bids to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The Wall Street Journal reported that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio considered the possibility of bidding for the Olympic Games, but ultimately decided that it “doesn’t make sense.” New York has never hosted […]

Maya Angelou Wrote Poem For 2008 Olympics

Maya Angelou (REUTERS/Jim Young) By Seth Rubinroit American author and poet Maya Angelou, best known for her groundbreaking autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” passed away Wednesday at the age of 86. Prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she wrote a poem titled “Amazement Awaits” that encompassed the values of the Olympic movement: Several Olympians took […]

Michael Phelps Wins First Race Since 2012 Olympics

Michael Phelps (Mike Lewis/OlaVistaPhotography.com) Michael Phelps won his first race since the 2012 London Olympics at the Charlotte Grand Prix on Friday, swimming the 100m butterfly in 52.13 seconds. CLICK HERE to watch the race. By Braden Keith, courtesy of SwimSwam.com There’s something to be said for consistency after a long layoff. Michael Phelps, in […]

Olympic Relay Medals in Jeopardy after Tyson Gay’s Ban

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/DENIS BALIBOUSE (Reuters) – The International Olympics Committee (IOC) will have the final say on whether Tyson Gay’s 4×100 meters relay team mates will be stripped of their London Games medals in the wake of the sprinter’s doping ban, the IAAF told Reuters. Gay received a one-year suspension on Friday after testing positive for a banned anabolic […]

Rio Olympic preparations ‘worst’ ever : Coates

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ISSEI KATO Attending an Olympic forum in Sydney, Coates told delegates that construction had not commenced on some venues, infrastructure was significantly delayed and water quality was also a major concern two years out from the Games. He warned, however, that there was no “plan B” to find another host. “I think this is a worse situation than […]

Australian Olympic Medalist on Drugs Possession Charge

  PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/CHRISTINNE MUSCHI (Reuters) – Australian former Olympic swimmer Geoff Huegill has been charged with drug possession by police in Sydney after being arrested at a horse racing meeting at the weekend. Huegill, who won a medley relay silver and a 100 meters butterfly bronze for Australia at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, was charged with his wife on […]

Retired Lee admits Olympic failures inspired him

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/PHIL NOBLE (Reuters) – Four-time world champion speed skater Lee Kyou-hyuk’s pursuit of an elusive Olympic medal was the motivation that kept him in the sport for so long, the Korean said as he bid a formal and emotional farewell on Monday. The 36-year-old had announced his retirement in February after failing to […]

Olympic Champion Kenenisa Bekele Will Run Paris Marathon

 Kenenisa Bekele (JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images) Three-time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) is scheduled to make his marathon debut at the Paris Marathon on Universal Sports on Sunday, April 6 at 2:30 AM ET LIVE. Fellow Ethiopian Abdullah Shami has the fastest personal-best marathon time in the field (2:05:42). Bekele holds the world record in both […]

2014 Sochi Olympic Games: Shiffrin Wins Gold In Slalom

American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin made Alpine skiing history as the youngest winner of an Olympic slalom gold medal, during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

2014 Sochi Olympic Games: Mikaela Shiffrin In The Giant Slalom

American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin gives an impressive Giant Slalom run during her Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

Multiple Olympic-Style Wrestling Events Will Air on Universal Sports Network

PHOTO CREDIT: John Sachs/Tech-Fall Colorado Springs, Col. and Los Angeles, Calif. – USA Wrestling and Universal Sports Network announced today a partnership to broadcast a series of Olympic-style wrestling competitions in the U.S. The multi-year deal gives Universal Sports exclusive TV rights to the Freestyle World Cup, U.S. Open, U.S. World Team Trials and additional USA […]

Olympic Champion Mikaela Shiffrin Returns to World Cup

Photo by Simon Bruty/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images American Mikaela Shiffrin, the youngest woman to win an Olympic slalom gold medal, will race in the FIS Alpine World Cup for the first time since the Winter Games Thursday at 10 AM ET LIVE  in the women’s giant slalom from Are, Sweden. Fellow Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso (USA) […]

2014 Winter Olympics Sochi: Snowboard Cross: Jacbellis wins

After winning a quarterfinal, Lindsey Jacobellis (USA) wipes out in a semi, ending her chances for Gold.

2014 Winter Olympics Sochi: Freestyle Halfpipe: Bowman wins

Scoring 89.00 in her second run, Maddie Bowman claims gold for the USA.

Protest group crashes Russia’s Olympics party, Norway strike gold

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/SHAMIL ZHUMATOV (Reuters) – Members of Russian protest group Pussy Riot crashed the Sochi Olympic party on Tuesday when they were detained at a police station, briefly diverting the world’s gaze from snowboarders and skiers who braved thick fog and rain to race. Five group members were among those held for around three hours […]

Biathlon: American twin gives up Olympic spot to sister

(Reuters) – Lanny Barnes is heading to the Sochi Olympics with all the incentive in the world after her twin sister gave up her own spot in the biathlon to let her compete for the United States. Lanny narrowly missed out on a place in the American team for Sochi after she fell ill last month and […]

Before Olympics, Russians urged to help prevent attacks

CREDIT: REUTERS/VASILY FEDOSENKO (Reuters) – Less than a month before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russian investigators appealed to civilians on Tuesday to be more vigilant and help avert the threat of “terrorist” attacks. Insurgents who want to create an Islamist state in the North Caucasus mountains have threatened to attack the Games and suicide bombers killed at least […]

Team USA Alpine Skiing Olympic suits

Production Artist Manager, Matt Strackbein with Spyder Active Sports explains how he came up with the design for the USA 2014 Olympic Alpine Skiing outfits.

Olympic champion Morgenstern badly injured

  CREDIT: REUTERS/KAI PFAFFENBACH (Reuters) – Three-times Austrian Olympic ski jump champion Thomas Morgenstern is in hospital with a serious head injury and a damaged lung after a fall in training, the International Ski Federation (FIS) said on Friday. An Austrian Ski Federation statement said Morgenstern’s injuries were not life-threatening. The 27-year-old lost his balance […]

Russian Cossacks patrol Sochi Olympics

CREDIT: REUTERS/VASILY FEDOSENKO (Reuters) – Cossacks in their traditional lambswool hats and coats with epaulettes will be patrolling the Russian resort of Sochi for next month’s Winter Olympics. Russia has imposed a security clampdown in Sochi to try to ensure the safety of the Games which are a sworn target of Moscow’s most wanted man, […]

Factbox: Reaction to Vonn missing Sochi Olympics

(Reuters) – Lindsey Vonn’s decision to pull out of next month’s Sochi Olympics because of a knee injury left a big hole in the U.S. ski team and brought an outpouring of support on Tuesday. Here is some of the reaction to her announcement: “It’s hard to swallow that @lindseyvonn won’t be competing in Sochi, […]

Lysacek unable to defend Olympic title

(Reuters) – Olympic men’s champion Evan Lysacek has abandoned hopes of defending his title in February’s Sochi Olympics after failing to recover from a hip injury. The 28-year-old tore the labrum in his left hip in August and despite aggressive treatment and physical therapy, he has been unable to regain full fitness. With his doctor warning that […]

Russian gay-rights groups seek more pressure on Olympic Committee

(Reuters) – Russian gay rights advocates called for increased pressure on the International Olympic Committee ahead of the 2014 winter games in Sochi in light of Russia’s anti-gay laws, telling a gathering on Wednesday that anti-gay violence is increasing. Russia has come under mounting human rights criticism internationally since passing an anti-gay propaganda law earlier this year that […]

Russia struggles to keep Olympic torch burning

Credit: Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin The Olympic torch has been to the North Pole and traveled thousands of kilometers (miles) on the relay that will end at the Sochi Winter Games in Russia in February. The problem is, the flame keeps going out. President Vladimir Putin aims to make the Games a showcase of Russia’s modern face to the world 23 years after […]

Japan May Scale Down Olympic Stadium

Credit: Reuters/Tokyo 2020 Bid Commitee/Handout (Reuters) - Japan may scale down its plans for a new Tokyo stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games in an effort to curtail rising costs and fend off criticism the originally planned building is too large. Olympics minister Hakubun Shimomura told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday that the new stadium could cost as much as […]

Wrestling Reclaims Its Spot In The 2020 Olympics

By Karolos Grohmann BUENOS AIRES | Sun Sep 8, 2013 2:10pm EDT (Reuters) – Wrestling completed an unprecedented comeback on Sunday, reclaiming its spot in the 2020 Olympic Games after beating bids from rivals squash and baseball/softball in an International Olympic Committee vote. An iconic Olympic sport, wrestling featured in the ancient Olympics as well […]

Mixed martial arts will be an Olympic sport, says UFC

Aug 28, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Carlos Condit (left) fights Martin Kampmann during UFC Fight Night 27 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) managing director Asia Pacific Mark Fischer told Reuters that an Olympic place might only be 20 years away thanks to the work of his organization in growing the sport and the introduction […]

Universal Sports Update: 2022 Winter Olympics

Oslo, Norway moves forward with their plans to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Olympic Medals Revealed

(Reuters) – The Sochi 2014 Olympics medals got their first public airing on Thursday with organizers unveiling the prizes for Russia’s first ever Winter Games and Paralympics. With eight months to go until the opening ceremony, a record 1,300 medals were manufactured with the Russian city hosting more events than any previous Winter Olympics. Depending […]

Universal Sports Update: Olympic Drug Testing

Winter Olympic Sochi officials outline the drug testing plans for the games.

Olympic Gold Medalists Shine at the Arena Grand Prix at Mesa

Courtesy of http://www.usaswimming.org Olympic gold medalists Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.), Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash.) and Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md.) were victorious Thursday on the opening night of competition of the Arena Grand Prix at Mesa. Franklin and Adrian won the women’s and men’s 100m free, respectively, while Ledecky earned the win in the women’s 400m […]

Olympic champion Eaton wants decathlon in Diamond League

April 3 (Reuters) – Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton wants the multi-discipline event to be included in the Diamond League series. The decathlon, made up of 10 different track and field disciplines, features mainly in major championships because competition takes place over two days. “I believe decathlon should have a hand in the Diamond League […]

Australia avenge Olympic defeat, Hammer wins fifth title

MINSK, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Australia got a measure of revenge for losing the Olympic gold to Britain by beating their arch-rivals in the men’s team pursuit final at the world track cycling championships on Wednesday. The Australian quartet of Glenn O’Shea, Alexander Edmondson, Michael Hepburn and Alexander Morgan completed the 4,000 meters at the […]

Olympic champion Ennis to miss indoor season

LONDON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Britain’s Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis will skip this year’s indoor athletics season in order to concentrate on her preparation for August’s world championships in Moscow. “I went back into tough winter training with an open mind on whether or not I would want to compete indoors this year – […]

Former Olympic 110m hurdles champion Robles to retire

By Nelson Acosta HAVANA, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Dayron Robles, the 2008 Olympic Games 110 meters hurdles champion and former world record holder, will retire from athletics owing to a lack of attention from Cuban sports officials, his coach said on Thursday. Robles, 26, pulled up injured in the 2012 Olympic final and has struggled […]

Sochi 2014 organizers unveil futuristic Olympic torch

Russian 2002 World Champion in ice dancing Ilia Averbukh, left, and Russian Olympic Champion in ice dancing Tatyana Navka present the Olympic torch and uniform for the relay of the Olympic and Paralympic Flame for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel) By Gennady Fyodorov MOSCOW, Jan 14 […]

Finn Ahonen makes second return, wants Olympic medal

Janne Ahonen of Finland in action during the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Vierschanzentournee (Four Hills Tournament) on January 1, 2011 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Stanko Gruden/Agence Zoom/Getty Images) ELSINKI, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Finland’s five-times world champion ski jumper Janne Ahonen has decided to come out of retirement for the second time and […]

IOC not ready to move on Armstrong’s Olympic medal

Viacheslav Ekimov of Russia celebrates gold in the Men’s Road Cycling Individual Time Trial alongside silver winner Jan Ullrich of Germany and bronze medalist Lance Armstrong of the USA at Moore Park on day 15 of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. (Mike Powell /Allsport) By Karolos Grohmann LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Dec 5 (Reuters) […]

Four Athens Olympic athletes lose medals

Gold medalist Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine, silver medalist Adam Nelson of USA (L) and bronze medalist Joachim Olsen of Denmark celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony of the men’s shot put event on August 20, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in the Sports Complex in Athens, […]

 
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