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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 […]

A year after winning Olympics, Tokyo faces hurdles in move from bid to build

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/KYODO/FILE (Reuters) – Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Olympics were meant to be different: compact, on budget and on time. But now, as the Japanese capital moves to leap from bid to building a year after winning thegames, the optimism is ebbing. The National Stadium, built when Japan hosted the Olympics in 1964, symbolizes the woes. […]

Two German Cities Interested in a 2024 Olympic Bid

By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Germany’s Berlin and Hamburg, eager to launch a summer Olympics candidacy, have proposed modest, inner-city concepts for the Olympics with the country to decide in the coming months if and which city will bid for the 2024 Games. The two cities are slugging it out for the […]

Team USA Wins 22 Medals at Youth Olympics

By Seth Rubinroit Team USA won 22 overall medals at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games to finish third behind China and Russia. Below are highlights of all 10 U.S. gold medals: Women’s 3×3 Basketball Jajaira Gonzalez: Boxing Shakur Stevenson: Boxing Sabrina Massialas: Fencing (Foil) Kendall Yount: Judo Hannah Moore: Swimming (200m backstroke) Hannah Moore: […]

2014 Youth Olympics: Closing Ceremonies

Watch the brilliant closing ceremonies performed by The Republic of China, in a very colorful and choreographed performance.

2014 Youth Olympics: Thomas Bach Interrupted by Fireworks

The IOC President, Thomas Bach, was giving a speech at the closing ceremonies and took too long of a pause. When he tried to pick it back up, the fireworks had already started!

Youth Olympics close with spectacular ceremony

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ALY SONG (Reuters) – The second Youth Olympics concluded in Nanjing on Thursday after a spectacular closing ceremony and a glowing endorsement from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Around 2,000 performers were involved in the ceremony, which was attended by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and the IOC president Thomas Bach. The sporting competition, which […]

2014 Youth Olympics: Kadiru wins Gold in Boxing

In the superheavy weights, the big American Daramni Rock just ran out of steam, as Peter Kadiru (GER) wins the Gold, avenging a loss to Rock at the Young Championship.

2014 Youth Olympics: USA Wrestling Update

In both the Men’s 46k and 54k Freestyle, Team USA took Silver, as Cade Olivas (USA) lost to Ismail Gadzhiev (RUS), and Daton Fix (USA) lost to Mukhambet Kuatbek (KAZ).

2014 Youth Olympics: Zeng 3rd in Rhythmic All-Around

With one of the highest scores on Clubs, Laura Zeng (USA) picks up the Bronze medal, on the final day of competition.

2014 Youth Olympics: Annenkova wins Rhythmic All-Around

Irina AnneKova (RUS) won the All-Around, helped by one of the highest score on Ball, at 14.800.

2014 Youth Olympics: Stevenson wins Gold in Boxing

Not since 2004 has any American male won Gold in boxing, by Shakur Stevenson (USA) gets it done today in the 2kg Final against Lyu Ping (CHN). Stevenson remains undefeated in international competition.

3×3 Basketball Excites at 2014 Youth Olympic Games

Team USA at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games. From left, Katie Lou Samuelson, De’Janae Boykin, Napheesa Collier and Arike Ogunbowale. (Seth Rubinroit/Universal Sports) By Seth Rubinroit Blink and you might miss a basket. Reach down for your soda and you could miss two. Run to the bathroom and you might miss the entire game. 3×3 […]

2014 Youth Olympics: Yang wins 10m Platform Diving

The Chinese continue their sweep of diving as Yang Hao post the biggest Platform dive of the night at 101.50 points, helping him win Gold by 134.2 points.

2014 Youth Olympics: Gagne 2nd in 10m Platform Diving

With some strong dives throughout the competition, Philippe Gagne (CAN) moves up from third in the final rounds to claim the Silver.

2014 Youth Olympics: Gonzalez wins Boxing Gold

Jajaira Gonzalez (USA) defeats Ciara Ginty (IRL) for the Gold medal in the Woman’s Boxing 57-60k Final. Gonzalez’s international winning streak increases now to 14.

2014 Youth Olympics: Men’s Basketball Gold Final

In Men’s 3-on-3 Basketball Final, in a great overtime finish, Lithuania defeats France for Gold 18-16 with a game ending two-pointer (as first two points in overtime wins).

2014 Youth Olympics: Women’s Basketball Gold Final

In Women’s 3-on-3 Basketball Final, After a slow start, Team USA eventually buries the Netherlands 19-10 for the Gold. It was the first of their 13 games that didn’t end with them scoring 21 points (which would end a game early).

Berlin to unveil Olympic Games concept

(Reuters) – Berlin, which last hosted the Olympics in 1936, will unveil its concept for the 2024 Games on Sept. 1 and will follow up with a city referendum as Germany has still to decide on a bid between Hamburg and the capital for those Games or 2028. “We will answer the questionnaire of the […]

2014 Youth Olympics: Manville 2nd in Wrestling

Mason Manville (USA) settles for Silver in Men’s Greco-Roman 69k Wrestling, losing to Islambek Dadov (AZE) in the Gold medal match.

2014 Youth Olympics: Marshall wins 800m

Myles Marshall (USA) holds off Geofrey Balimumiti (UGA) by .23 seconds to win Gold for the United States in the Men’s 800m at 1:49.14.

2014 Youth Olympics: Zhihang wins 400m hurdles

In an amazing and rather interesting photo-finish, Xu Zhihang (CHN) is give the win over Mohammed Fares Jlassi (TUN), as they both finish with a time of 50.61 seconds.

 
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