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Pope Wishes Rome Luck on Olympic Bid

Pope Francis (REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito) VATICAN CITY, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Friday wished Rome luck for its bid to host the 2024 Olympics, which may include some events in the Vatican, but then joked that he would not be around to enjoy them. Francis, who turned 78 on Wednesday, improvised the comment at […]

USN’s Photos of 2014: 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony

Four out of five Olympic rings are seen lit up during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (REUTERS/David Gray) Statement from photographer David Gray of REUTERS: This image is a great example of the cliche ‘always expect the unexpected’. Two days before, at the Olympic opening ceremony rehearsal, I had seen that the […]

Usain Bolt Against Changes to Olympic Programme

Usain Bolt (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett) By Kayon Raynor KINGSTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt said on Wednesday reports suggesting the 200m is among five athletics events at risk of being cut from the Olympic programme is “ridiculous” and must not happen. Bolt was responding to an article from Australia’s Fairfax Media which […]

Southeast Asian Olympics possible after IOC reforms

(Reuters) – Indonesia are optimistic about bringing the Olympics to Southeast Asia in collaboration with one of their neighbors after the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) revamp of the bidding and hosting processes. Earlier this month, IOC members voted to allow multiple cities and countries to host events at future Games, one of a number of […]

U.S. Seen as ‘Clear Favorite’ to Land 2024 Olympics

U.S. will bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics (Shutterstock) By Larry Fine Dec 16 (Reuters) – Prospects of the Summer Olympics returning to U.S. soil look good, according to domestic sports business experts who rate the United States as the early favorite to host the 2024 Games. The United States on Tuesday became the […]

U.S. Will Bid to Host 2024 Summer Olympics

Carl Lewis at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984 (AFP/AFP/Getty Images) By Rory Carroll REDWOOD CITY, California, Dec 16 (Reuters) – The United States will bid for the 2024 Olympics, seeking to host the Summer Games for the first time since 1996, the country’s Olympic committee said on Tuesday. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Washington are […]

Kenenisa Bekele Sets Sights on Olympic Marathon Gold

Kenenisa Bekele (JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images) By Matt Smith DUBAI, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Kenenisa Bekele, world record holder over 5,000 and 10,000m, is aiming for Marathon gold at the 2016 Olympics, although the Ethiopian on Sunday said he could yet switch back to a shorter distance at the Rio de Janeiro games. He may not […]

2016 Olympic Track and Field Schedule Announced

Christian Taylor (REUTERS/Christine Olsson/Scanpix) LONDON, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Eight track and field finals, including the women’s 10,000m and men’s triple jump, will be held during morning sessions at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) said on Monday. At a council meeting in Monaco last month, the IAAF outlined […]

Rome Will Bid to Host 2024 Olympic Games

Colosseum in Rome (Shutterstock) ROME, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi launched a bid on Monday to bring the 2024 summer Olympic Games to Rome, presenting it as a boost for the country as the capital reels from a corruption scandal and the economy flounders. Italy is the second country after Germany […]

Adrian Peterson Considers Pursuing Olympic Dream

Adrian Peterson (REUTERS/Tom Lynn) Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s season-long suspension has been upheld by NFL-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson, the league announced Friday. Peterson was suspended for the rest of the season by commissioner Roger Goodell on Nov. 18, after Peterson failed to attend a disciplinary hearing regarding his alleged violation of the NFL’s personal […]

Rio 2016 Olympic Mascots Named

Mascots of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games (REUTERS/Alex Ferro) SAO PAULO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – The mascots for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be named ‘Tom’ and ‘Vinicius’ after the singer-songwriters who wrote ‘The Girl from Ipanema’, organizers said on Sunday. The names won 44 percent of votes in an […]

British Olympic Sailors Mugged while Training in Rio

SAO PAULO, Dec 11 (Reuters) – British sailors Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark were mugged at knife point in Rio de Janeiro where they are practicing ahead of the 2016 Olympics Games, they said on Facebook. Mills and Clark, the 2012 World Champions and Olympic silver medalists in the 470 category, were shaken but safe […]

Boston and D.C. Post Campaign Videos for 2024 Olympics

By Seth Rubinroit The United States Olympic Committee is still deciding whether or not to bid for the opportunity to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. That uncertainty has not stopped cities from campaigning to be selected for a potential U.S. bid. Both Boston and Washington, D.C. recently created promotional videos. Boston’s video takes […]

USA Rugby to Host National Team Olympic Recruitment Camp

USA Rugby announced Thursday the first National Team Olympic Recruitment Camp, set for the United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., Jan. 10, 2015. “I was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2012 and before I made it to the NFL I was playing rugby on various club and national teams,” said […]

Existing Olympic Sports Could Lose Events

By Ossian Shine MONACO, Dec 8 (Reuters) – The most powerful figures in world sport were frantically drawing lines in the sand in Monaco on Monday, seeking to protect their sports from an Olympic axe set to be swung to make room for new spectacles. No sooner had the proposal to scrap a limit of […]

Kosovo Earns Olympic Recognition, Serbia Furious

Flag of Kosovo (Shutterstock) By Karolos Grohmann MONACO, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Kosovo was granted full International Olympic Committee membership on Tuesday, rubber-stamping the Balkan region’s first Games appearance at Rio de Janeiro in 2016 but angering Serbia, who accused the IOC of political bias. The region, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008, a […]

IOC Seeks to Overhaul Olympic Games

Thomas Bach, IOC President (REUTERS/Aly Song) By Karolos Grohmann MONACO, Dec 5 (Reuters) – When the International Olympic Committee members vote on 40 recommendations next week to change the way the Games are awarded and run, they will be saying ‘yes’ to the biggest single overhaul of the Olympics in decades. The idea behind the […]

San Jose and St. Louis to Host Olympic Team Trials

Gabby Douglas (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman recently return to USA Gymnastics National Team. Dec. 4 (Reuters) – The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for women’s gymnastics has been awarded to San Jose, California, and the men’s trials to St. Louis, USA Gymnastics announced on Thursday. The women’s trials are set for […]

Fifty years later, American skating team claims Olympics bronze

(Reuters) – Fifty years after Vivian Joseph and Ronald Joseph skated at the Innsbruck Olympics, the American pair on Tuesday officially claimed the bronze medal. Two years after the 1964 Games, the International Olympic Committee had awarded the Joseph siblings the bronze medal after disclosing that the West German pairs team had violated their amateur […]

Natalie Coughlin Aims for Fourth Olympics

Natalie Coughlin is aiming for her fourth Olympic Games in 2016 (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes) Click here for the full 2014-2015 swimming viewing schedule. By Matthew Tufts At age 32, Natalie Coughlin isn’t your average Olympian. Most of her friends have jobs where they are stuck in an office all day. Coughlin, conversely, is up in time for the […]

Rio 2016 Olympic Mascots Revealed

Mascots of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games (REUTERS/Alex Ferro) Vote to name the Rio 2016 Olympic mascots HERE, and let us know on Facebook which name you pick! RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Bright yellow and cat-like, with a green leaf-haired brother, the mascots for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de […]

Ryan Lochte Confident that Michael Phelps Will Be Back for 2016 Olympics

Ryan Lochte, left, and Michael Phelps (AP Photo/Matt York) Click here for the full 2014-2015 swimming viewing schedule. By Seth Rubinroit Ryan Lochte said “there’s no doubt in my mind” that longtime rival Michael Phelps will be ready for the 2016 Rio Olympics. “I think I was the only one who said after [the 2012 London […]

Olympic Mascot Fun Facts

Mascots of the Summer Olympic Games (REUTERS/Sergio Moraes) By Seth Rubinroit Mascots from previous Olympics gathered in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday in anticipation of the first public appearance of the 2016 mascots. How many Olympic mascots do you recognize? Let us know on Twitter. The mascots, from left: Fu Niu Lele (Beijing 2008) Wenlock (London 2012) […]

San Francisco to submit bid for 2024 Olympics

Golden Gate Bridge (Shutterstock) (Reuters) – A group of San Francisco Bay Area business, sports and civic leaders will bid to host the 2024 Olympics and is putting together a proposal for the United States Olympic Committee, officials said on Thursday. Should the USOC decide to bid for the Games and the Paralympics, the cities […]

Olympic Agenda 2020: Strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement unveiled

On November 18, 2014, IOC President Thomas Bach revealed the 40 proposals that make up Olympic Agenda 2020, a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. During the public launch of the recommendations at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne (SUI), Bach called the 20+20 proposals “the culmination of a year of open, transparent and […]

Rio 2016 Olympics Will Feature Morning Track & Field Finals

Team USA (Christian Petersen/Getty Images for IAAF) For the first time at an Olympic Games since 1988, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will feature finals during the morning sessions of the athletics programme, the IAAF announced on Wednesday (November 19). The full detailed competition programme will be released shortly but the IAAF Council approved the decision […]

IOC Opens Door for Joint Olympics Organizers

IOC President Thomas Bach (L) and alpine ski racer Maria Hoefl-Riesch (REUTERS/Jean-Christophe Bott/Pool) By Karolos Grohmann LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday cracked open the door for more than one city or country to host the same Olympics as it looks for ways of cutting costs and making its […]

IOC to Improve Olympic Bidding Process

Could baseball return to the Olympics? (Shutterstock) By Karolos Grohmann LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Bidding for the Olympics will become cheaper, easier and more attractive while sports will enter the Games quicker, the IOC said on Tuesday, presenting the biggest changes in decades in the way the Games are organized and run. “We have […]

IOC Will Unveil Major Olympic Changes Next Week

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (REUTERS/Aly Song) By Karolos Grohmann Nov 14 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee will unveil plans to overhaul parts of the sporting extravaganza next week as they look to make the Games more attractive to fans and sponsors alike. IOC President Thomas Bach will present 40 recommendations at the […]

Olympic Sports Notes

UniversalSports.com presents Olympic Sports Notes, a one-stop-shop for the latest in Olympic Sports related news. Check back often for updates. Friday, November 14, 2014 OLYMPICS ALPINE SKI – MIKAELA SHIFFRIN: FROM ONE BREAKTHROUGH TO THE NEXT LINDSEY VONN – GOPRO TRAINING VIDEO FROM Wednesday SPEED SKATING – US LONG TRACK SPEED SKATERS READY TO REBOUND […]

2024 Could be ‘Right Time’ for U.S. Olympic Bid

1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics (Ruediger Fessel/Bongarts/Getty Images) By Julian Linden BANGKOK, Nov 8 (Reuters) – One of the most powerful men in the Olympic movement has urged the United States to push ahead with its plans to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, saying it is the “right time”. The U.S. has not hosted the […]

Olympics: Hold your horses, Paris mayor tells Hollande on 2024 bid

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMANN “Nothing, nobody will have me change the agenda or the method as far as a Paris bid is concerned,” Hidalgo, who like Hollande is a member of the Socialist Party, told a news conference on Friday. Hidalgo’s remarks come a day after Hollande said he was “in favor of the city […]

Simone Biles Named U.S. Olympic Committee’s Athlete of the Month

World Champion Simone Biles, middle, of the U.S. (REUTERS/China Daily) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Top performances at the FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in October earned gymnasts Simone Biles and Danell Leyva Athlete of the Month recognition, while the U.S. women’s gymnastics team received Team of the Month honors, the United States Olympic Committee announced […]

USA Named Most Successful Country at 2012 London Olympics

From left, Michael Phelps , Conor Dwyer , Ryan Lochte and Ricky Berens in London. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) By Julian Linden BANGKOK, Nov 7 (Reuters) – The United States won the award for the most successful country in London after topping the medals table with 104 medals, including 46 gold. Former Soviet gymnast Larisa […]

No quick fix on reducing Olympic costs, says Asian chief

(Reuters) – While the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is looking at ways to significantly reduce the costs of staging the Games, Asia’s top Olympic official has warned there is unlikely to ever be a dirt-cheap solution. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti president of the Olympic Council of Asia, said that while the IOC was investigating […]

Hollande wants France to host 2024 Olympic Games

(Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that he was in favor of France applying to host the OlympicGames in 2024, and that the country was a candidate to host the World Expo the following year. “Yes, France will apply for the World Expo. That’s 50 million visitors,” Hollande said during a live […]

Give Middle East a chance, says Asian Olympic chief

(Reuters) – The skeptics who have criticized the selection of Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup are missing the bigger picture, and should wait and see before casting their judgment, Asia’s top Olympic official said on Thursday. Just as the Beijing Olympics helped changed some global perceptions of China, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the […]

Winter Games Will Not Move for World Cup, Olympic Official Declared

(Shutterstock) By Julian Linden BANGKOK, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Asia’s top Olympic official has ruled out the possibility of the 2022 Winter Olympics being shifted from its traditional February time-slot to avoid clashing with the World Cup, saying FIFA needed to sort out its own problems. Soccer’s world governing body is currently considering whether to […]

Best Olympic Halloween Costumes

Paralympic skier Josh Sundquist as a foosball player (JoshSundquist.com) By Seth Rubinroit Olympic and Paralympic athletes are competitive about everything, including Halloween costumes. Paralympic skier Josh Sundquist, who lost his left leg to a rare form of bone cancer, is dressing as a foosball player after being inspired by the 2014 FIFA World Cup: Now that I'm on the US Amputee […]

IOC to Discuss Possible Olympic Recognition for Kosovo

Flag of Kosovo (Shutterstock) By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE, Oct 22 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee will discuss the possibility of granting Kosovo Olympic recognition at its Executive Board meeting this week, an official said, a move that has angered Serbian Olympic officials. “We can confirm that Kosovo will be addressed at the Executive Board (starting […]

Tokyo 1964 Silver Medallist Bill Barry about Why the Olympic Games Mean So Much to Him

(Photo by Gary M. Prior/Getty Images) A silver medallist for Great Britain in the coxless fours at Tokyo 1964, Bill Barry, has always embodied the values and spirit of the Olympics. On 15 October 1964, day five of the Summer Olympic Games, Great Britain’s coxless four of John Russell, Hugh Wardell-Yerburgh, John James and William […]

Olympic Berths up the Ante for Rugby Sevens World Series

Click here for the 2014-2015 schedule of rugby matches on Universal Sports. By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, Oct 9 (Reuters) – With berths at the 2016 Olympics up for grabs, the rugby sevens world series will take on an extra edge when competition gets underway with the opening round on the Gold Coast this weekend. The […]

Winter Olympics May Have to Move for 2022 World Cup

Olympic Rings (Shutterstock) By Mike Collett LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The 2022 Winter Olympics may have to move from its traditional January and February dates to accommodate the World Cup finals being staged in Qatar, leading European soccer clubs’ official Umberto Gandini said on Wednesday. Gandini, vice-chairman of the European Club Association of Europe’s top […]

Japan delays demolition of stadium for Olympics over new bid round

(Reuters) – The demolition of Japan’s National Stadium to clear the way for a new structure to host the 2020 Summer Olympics has been further delayed in order to hold another round of bidding for the project, officials said on Monday. The move was suggested by a government panel following a complaint of irregularities in […]

Norway Withdraws Oslo’s Bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

Norway (Shutterstock) OSLO, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Norway’s government is withdrawing Oslo’s bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, it said on Wednesday, leaving Beijing and Almaty in Kazakhstan as the only contenders after most potential applicants pulled out. Norway, which has hosted the Games twice and won more Winter Games medals than any other […]

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 […]

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 […]

Olympic champion Adams has shoulder, elbow surgery

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/KAI PFAFFENBACH (Reuters) – Two-time Olympic shotput champion Valerie Adams had surgery on her right elbow and left shoulder in Auckland on Friday. The injuries affected the 29-year-old New Zealander throughout the season, though she clinched her third Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow and extended her four-year winning record to 56 successive competitions. “Valerie’s surgeries […]

Discrimination clause part of new Olympic city contracts

(Reuters) – A new clause aimed at ensuring the Olympics are free from any form of discrimination will be included in future Gameshost city contracts after the Sochi 2014 Olympics were marred by a controversial Russian anti-gay propaganda law. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in a letter to bidders for the 2022 winter Olympics […]

Hagino sets sights on Olympics after conquering Asia

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/TIM WIMBORNE (Reuters) – Showing no sign of fatigue or weariness after his grueling schedule, Japan’s Kosuke Hagino provided another glimpse on Wednesday of why he could be the man to take over from Michael Phelps as swimming’s ultimate ironman. Hagino captured his fourth gold medal at the Asian Games by winning one of […]

Baseball Gains Support for Return to Olympics

Baseball was last in the Olympics in 2008 (Shutterstock) By Peter Rutherford INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The president of the Olympic Council of Asia has thrown his support behind baseball’s bid to return to the programme at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who also heads the powerful Association of […]

Asian Olympic boss unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women

(Reuters) – Asia’s top Olympic official is unsure why Saudi Arabia excluded women from their team for the Asian Games and says he thought the Islamic kingdom had “broken the ice” when they picked female competitors for the London Olympics. Saudi Arabia is the only country among the 45 competing nations at the Asian Games, […]

China table tennis coach puts heat on Olympic champ Zhang

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/TORU HANAI (Reuters) – The head coach of China’s all-conquering men’s table tennis team has warned Olympic and world singles champion Zhang Jike to knuckle down at the Asian Games or risk throwing away his chance to defend his gold medal at the Rio Games. Though the 26-year-old has been virtually untouchable in singles […]

Olympic Gold Medalist Drives a V8 Supercar

Tyler Clary testing a V8 Supercar (Courtesy of Ella Bee Media Group) By Seth Rubinroit Think Tyler Clary is fast in the pool? Wait until you see him on the race track. Clary, an Olympic gold medallist, recently won a gold medal at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia. While in Australia, he visited […]

IOC meets Saudi Olympic chief, discuss women in Games

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/SUZANNE PLUNKETT (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee has met with the new Saudi Arabian Olympic chief to discuss women’s participation in the Games among other issues, amid the country’s failure to send any female athletes to the Asian Games. IOC President Thomas Bach said new Saudi Olympic chief Prince Abdullah bin Musaed bin […]

 
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