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Russian Loginov, Ukraine’s Sednev to be banned for doping

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/STEFAN WERMUTH (Reuters) – Russian Alexander Loginov and Ukrainian Sergei Sednev are to be suspended for doping, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) said on Monday. “The IBU Anti-Doping Hearing panel will decide about the period of ineligibility for both athletes,” the body said on their official website (www.biathlonworld.com). Loginov, 22, who competed at the Winter Olympics […]

Diack’s son, Russian official, step down from IAAF roles

(Reuters) – The son of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Lamine Diack has stepped down from his role with the governing body as investigations continue into allegations of doping in Russia. Papa Massata Diack, an IAAF marketing consultant, is one of three officials to leave their posts following the allegations that have rocked […]

Serena Williams Slams Russian Chief for “Sexist” Slur

Serena Williams (REUTERS/Edgar Su) By Patrick Johnston SINGAPORE, Oct 19 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams slammed Shamil Tarpishchev for using “extremely sexist, racist and bullying” comments after the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) president described her and sister Venus as the “Williams brothers”. The WTA took swift action and fined Tarpishchev $25,000 and disqualified him […]

Russian Zhukov heads 2022 Games bids evaluation team

CREDIT: REUTERS/ENRIQUE MARCARIAN (Reuters) – Russian Olympic chief Alexander Zhukov has been picked to head the team that will evaluate the 2022 winter Olympic bids ahead of next year’s decision, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday. Zhukov, a former Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation who became an IOC member in 2013, has […]

Thrills on Russian ice, Ukraine athlete leaves in protest

PHOTO CREDIT: CREDIT: REUTERS/ISSEI KATO (Reuters) – The women’s figure skaters provided a thrilling climax to Thursday’s Winter Olympics action when Russian Adelina Sotnikova claimed gold, but a skier’s decision to pull out of the Games in protest was a reminder of the crisis in neighboring Ukraine. Seventeen-year-old Sotnikova was second going into the free skating program, and […]

Drama in Russian mountains as Winter Games get first downhill tie

  PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/KAI PFAFFENBACH (Reuters) – In a finish a Hollywood scriptwriter would struggle to match, the women’s downhill at Russia’s Winter Olympicsproduced a tie for gold for the first time on Wednesday, in a thrilling start to the fifth full day of competition. Despite clear skies and mild temperatures, complaints about slushy snow conditions in […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Universal Sports Update: Russian Medal Bonuses

As they have since the early 1990’s, Russia plans to pay their athletes bonuses for each medal they win in the Olympic Sochi Winter Games.

Where Is The Torch?: Week 4: Russian Far East

We pick up the torch as it heads to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, one of the oldest Russian cities in the far east. The region is home of the Valley of Geysers, one of Russia’s seven wonders.

Where Is The Torch?: Week 2: Across The Russian Federation

The 2014 Sochi Torch Relay will be the longest, most elaborate torch relay in the history of the Winter Games. Each week we update viewers on the torch’s recent adventures, including going to space, the North Pole, and the bottom of the deepest freshwater lake in the world. This week, the Olympic torch continues it’s trek across The Russian Federation.

Russian athlete denies podium kiss was meant to back gay rights

Gold medallists team Russia kiss and celebrate at the women’s 4×400 metres relay victory ceremony during the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow August 17, 2013. Credit: REUTERS/Grigory Dukor (Reuters) – A Russian athlete denied on Tuesday that she had intended to show her disapproval of her country’s “anti-gay propaganda” law when […]

Russians Dominate Synchronized Swimming

(Reuters) – Russia underlined their total dominance in the synchronised swimming programme at the world championships on Saturday by completing a sweep of all seven gold medals with victory in the free combination team event. After winning all seven titles at the previous world championships in Shanghai two years ago and six out of seven […]

Russian duo top German rivals in short program

By Steve Keating LONDON, Ontario, March 13 (Reuters) – Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov took a step towards ending the reign of four-time world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy by grabbing the lead after the pairs short program on Wednesday. Beaten into second place by the German duo at the previous two world […]

Countdown To London: Russian Alcohol Ban

It will be a stone cold sober Olympics for the Russian athletes competing in London.

Amazing Russian gymnasts

Words can’t accurately describe this performance — you have to see it to believe it.

2015 Alpine Skiing World Cup: Schladming: Khoroshilov wins Slalom

During the 2015 Alpine World Cup in Schladming, Alexander Khoroshilov claims the first Slalom win for Alpine World Cup win for the new Russian Federation by 1.44 seconds.

Did you know? Facts for 10/15 km F in Rybinsk

LADIES: 10km Free Technique Who will be the first “new” winner in the 10km Free technique? The last five years all 10 races victories in the 10km F held in the World Cup and WCH/OG have been shared between Marit Bjørgen (six), Therese Johaug (two) and Charlotte Kalla (two). None of these three will compete […]

Several Cities Interested in 2024 Olympics

Closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee launched a newly-created invitation phase for potential bid cities for the 2024 Summer Games on Thursday, confident the reformed process will trigger more interest in hosting the Olympics. So far Germany with […]

Reuters’ Comeback of the Year: Viktor Ahn

By Peter Rutherford SEOUL, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Whether ‘V’ stands for ‘victory’, ‘vindication’ or ‘vengeance’, Viktor Ahn wrote his new name in the record books by winning three more short track golds at the Sochi Olympics, repaying the faith his adopted country Russia had showed in him. Born ‘Ahn Hyun-soo’ in Seoul, the skater […]

IOC “Women in Sport” Awards Honored Former Swimmers

As part of the ongoing 127th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a “Women and Sport” award ceremony was held to honor achievements related to “developing, encouraging, and strengthening” the participation of women and girls in all facets of sports.  Of the 39 candidates submitted by their respective National Olympic Committee, International Federation, or […]

Mireia Belmonte Breaks Two World Records in One Day

Click here for more about the 2014 FINA Swimming World Championships (25m). Dec 3 (Reuters) – Spain’s Mireia Belmonte upstaged Katinka Hosszu to break two world records while the Netherlands women’s team shattered the 4×200 freestyle relay mark on the opening day of the world short course swimming championships in Doha on Wednesday. The 24-year-old […]

Private league project in the works again

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/YUYA SHINO (Reuters) – The prospect of a private cycling league raised its head again on Tuesday when 11 top teams announced the creation of Velon, a venture they say will help the sport develop further — without saying how exactly. The 11 teams — Sky, Belkin, BMC, Garmin, Lotto, OPQS, Orica-GreenEdge, Giant, Lampre, […]

Female Athletes Make Bobsled History

Elana Meyers Taylor (Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images) Click here for the full 2014-15 FIBT Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup viewing schedule. Team USA garnered 10 medals in Calgary’s North American Cup, and another historic milestone was reached today when American Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) and Canadian Kaillie Humphries became the first women to medal in […]

2014 Figure Skating Grand Prix: France: Radionova leads

After the Women’s short program portion of the 2014 Figure Skating Grand Prix in France, second year senior, Elena Radionova of Russia, controlled the lead over fellow Russian Julia Lipnitskaia by a mere .49 points.

2014 Figure Skating Grand Prix: Russia: Stolbova and Klimov win

World and Olympic Silver Medalist Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov (RUS) win their first Grand Prix title, after eight tries, with 211.97 points. Leading a Russian sweep of the podium by a big 38.19 points.

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 […]

2014 Speed Skating Short Track World Cup: Salt Lake City:  Russia wins 5000m Relay

The Men’s Russian Olympic Gold Medal winners at Sochi wins the 5000m Relay with Gold medalist Victor An (RUS) at the anchor.

Beijing and Almaty press their cases for 2022 Winter Games

(Reuters) – The two cities in the running to host the Winter Olympics that Europe didn’t want went on the charm offensive on Friday, hoping to convince Olympic delegates to award them the 2022 Games. The bidding teams from Beijing and Almaty provided a sneak preview of their ambitious plans to host the Games with […]

United Nations Recognizes Autonomy of Sport

Fireworks during Opening Ceremonies for 2012 London Olympic Games (Rob Schumacher/USA TODAY Sports) BERLIN, Nov 3 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee has hailed a United Nations resolution recognizing the autonomy of sport as an important tool that will help foster political neutrality as well as lead to less boycotts and discrimination. The resolution adopted […]

Reigning Boston Marathon Champion Rita Jeptoo Fails Doping Test

Rita Jeptoo (Jim Rogash/Getty Images) NAIROBI, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo, winner of the Boston and Chicago Marathons for the last two years, has failed an out-of-competition doping test, Athletics Kenya said on Friday. The organization announced that Jeptoo’s ‘A’ sample “indicated the presence of prohibited substances.” Athletics Kenya did not give more details […]

Gracie Gold Claims Bronze at Skate America

Gracie Gold at 2014 Skate America (Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports) Click here for the full 2014-2015 figure skating viewing schedule. The pairs and ladies free skates capped off competition at 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America on Sunday (October 26), with the Americans taking home medals in both events. Ladies Gracie Gold, who earned 118.57 points for […]

IOC new host contract is gold medal for human rights: HRW

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ALY SONG (Reuters) – Human Rights Watch has heaped unusual praise on the International Olympic Committee for including human rights clauses in new contracts to be signed by future Olympic host cities, saying other organizations should follow suit. The IOC has for years been criticized by human rights groups including HRW, especially after awarding […]

Simone Biles Wins Women’s All-Around Title

Gold medalist Simone Biles (center) on the podium after the women’s all-round final (REUTERS/China Daily) Click here for the remaining 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships schedule. Oct 10 (Reuters) – American Simone Biles led from start to finish to retain the women’s all-around title at the Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, southern China on Friday. Biles, […]

China’s Zhou sets clean and jerk world record, wins gold

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/JASON REED (Reuters) – Chinese weightlifter Zhou Lulu set a clean and jerk world record of 192 kilograms to win gold in the women’s +75kg category at the Asian Games on Friday. Zhou added 2kg to Russian Tatiana Kashirna’s previous mark set last year in Poland. The London Olympics champion also hoisted 142kg in […]

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 […]

Spanish ace Contador is king of Vuelta’s queen stage

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/JACKY NAEGELEN (Reuters) – Alberto Contador moved closer to a third Tour of Spain title by winning Monday’s 16th stage while his closest domestic rivals cracked in the final climb. Britain’s Chris Froome was second in the 160.5-km mountain trek, the Vuelta’s ‘queen stage’, after the Team Sky rider’s late acceleration helped the pair […]

2014 Youth Olympics: China wins Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay

China was able to the beat out Russian Federation in the final leg of the medley with a total time of 3:49.33.

Meilutyte gears up for gold at Youth Olympics, China top table

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/CLAUS FISKER/SCANPIX DENMARK (Reuters) – London Games gold medalist Ruta Meilutyte cruised through to the women’s 100 meters breaststroke final at the Youth Olympic Games on Tuesday, while China surged to the top of the medals table on the third day of competition in Nanjing. Lithuanian Meilutyte, the world record holder over 50m in […]

2014 Fencing World Championship: M Team Epee: Bronze Match

With the Swiss team ace, Max Heinzer, out due to injury in the semi-final, reserve Peer Borsky steps in to anchor the team and has the match of his life putting up 10 points defensive points helping the Swiss claim Bronze over Russian 23-21.

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 […]

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 […]

Allyson Felix Returns to the Track

Allyson Felix (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) Three Olympic gold medallists and two world champions are among the latest cluster of international stars added to the already glittering line-ups for the 2014 Shanghai Diamond League meeting, which can be seen on Universal Sports on May 18 at 8 AM ET LIVE. US hurdler Aries Merritt, multi-medalled […]

Komissarova appeals for financial help to continue treatment

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/RIA NOVOSTI/KREMLIN (Reuters) – Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova, who suffered a broken back during a training session at the Sochi Olympics, is appealing for financial help to continue her treatment and rehabilitation. “I am training in a clinic in Spain and the doctor gave me a 90 percent chance that I would be able […]

2014 Men’s Volleyball Club Championships: Belogorie wins Gold

The Russian team Belogorie Belgorod was able to take gold in 4 rounds with a final score of 16-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-15.

Alpine skiing-Injured Komissarova to continue treatment in Spain

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/RIA NOVOSTI/KREMLIN (Reuters) – The Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova, who suffered a broken back during the Sochi Winter Olympics, is set to continue her treatment in Spain. Komissarova, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after a fall during training on Feb. 15, had already spent two months in Germany undergoing a series of […]

Russia lightens up with softer image at closing ceremony

(Photo by Al Tielemans /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)  (Reuters) – An emotional closing ceremony at Russia’s first Winter Olympics painted the hosts in soft colors, in contrast to the muscular, assertive spectacle that kicked off the Games, and there was even room for a joke at the home nation’s expense. The show at the Fisht Stadium on the Black […]

Russia tops medals table as Games end amid doping scandals

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/PHIL NOBLE (Reuters) – The Winter Olympics ended on Sunday with host nation Russia on top of the medals table and Canada winning the men’s ice hockey final, but news that two more athletes tested positive for banned substances dimmed the golden glow. Canada claimed the last, most coveted title of the Games by sweeping aside Sweden […]

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 […]

Davis and White end U.S. quest for ice dance glory

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK (Reuters) – A sultry performance that lasted four spellbinding minutes, but was 17 years in the making, propelled Meryl Davis and Charlie White to become the first Americans to win the Olympic ice dance title at the Sochi Games on Monday. In a showdown with rivals and Canadian training partners Tessa […]

Injured skater Plushenko retires from Games, overshadows men’s hockey

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/LUCY NICHOLSON (Reuters) – Russia’s flamboyant figure skater Yevgeny Plushenko pulled out of the Winter Olympics through injury on Thursday in a shock twist that immediately deflated home fans pumped up by an opening victory for their beloved men’s ice hockey team. At the Iceberg Skating Palace, there was disbelief when the announcement came over the […]

Insider knowledge gives me an edge, says Ligety

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/RUBEN SPRICH (Reuters) – Triple world champion Ted Ligety was late joining the Sochi Olympic party but armed with a little local knowledge and some Russian goodwill he looks set to make up for lost time. The U.S. ski team have struck an unlikely relationship with their Russian counterparts, so Ligety, despite only venturing to […]

Canada, Germany strike winter gold, Russia basks in skating glory

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/MARKO DJURICA (Reuters) – Canada and Germany added to their gold medal hauls at the Winter Olympics on Monday, while Russia basked in the afterglow of its first title of the Games after the team figure skating victory captivated the host nation. The inaugural team event, decided at a packed Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi on […]

Bad news for Putin as Sochi satire floods Internet

(Reuters) – Vladimir Putin’s dreams of glory at the Sochi Winter Olympics are drowning in a sea of online satire poking fun at everything from the toilets to threats of a bomb attack. The Twitter account @SochiProblems, with comments on issues ranging from supposed spray-painting of the grass to signs banning fishing in the toilets […]


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