Germans turn to analytics as they try to get the edge in Olympic sailing

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The only Summer Olympics Toni Wilhelm did not participate in during the last 12 years were in China in 2008, and the German sailor watched those proceedings from afar.

One problem: He got bored.

"Even me, being a sailor, sailing was not very interesting," he said. "I remember watching when I didn't qualify in 2008, I had to sit home at my ...Read more

IAFF upholds ban of Russian track athletes from Rio Olympics

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There was a hint of defiance among international track officials as they announced a landmark decision to ban Russia's powerful track team from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

With their sport hit by a raft of doping and corruptions scandals in recent months, the leaders of the IAAF, the international governing body for track and ...Read more

Chinese diver in race to become eligible for US Olympic trials

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A Chinese diver who came to the Bay Area six years ago is down to his final chance to gain U.S. citizenship in time to compete at the Olympic trials starting Saturday in Indianapolis.

Colin Zeng, a King's Academy-Sunnyvale, Calif., graduate, has been granted an immigrant visa petition, putting him on the path to permanent residence.

But it ...Read more

Rio Games have problems, but so have other Olympics

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The reporters crowding around Mario Andrada all wanted to know the same thing: Are the 2016 Summer Olympics headed for disaster?

They asked about the Zika virus outbreak and Brazil's failing economy. They mentioned the host country's political turmoil and the raw sewage still flowing into Guanabara Bay, where sailors and open-water swimmers ...Read more

Kansas City doctor among those urging postponement or relocation of Rio Olympics because of Zika

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Concerned about the potential spread of the Zika virus, a Kansas City, Mo., doctor has joined an international effort to postpone or possibly relocate this summer's Olympic Games in Rio.

The Games are slated for August in the Brazilian capital.

"Overall, I think the risk of Zika spreading as a result of the Olympics is low," said Dr. John ...Read more

Olympian Gabby Douglas on Zika: 'This is my shot … I don't care about stupid bugs'

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Gabby Douglas stared down the Russians, the Romanians and the Chinese at the 2012 London Olympics. So while the world debates the Zika virus and whether it is wise to hold the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, the two-time gold medalist sounded ready to stare down the mosquitoes, too.

"Everyone is talking about it," Douglas said ...Read more

How one Chinese diver launched his Olympic dream in the Bay Area

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Colin Zeng stood 33 feet above the pool, blood dripping from his nose, staring hard into the abyss.

This was the NCAA diving championships. Zeng wasn't about to let a little nose bleed, courtesy of the dry air inside the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, keep him from launching himself off the 10-meter platform with beautiful twists and somersaults....Read more

Jesse Thielke goes from troubled kid to Olympic wrestler

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Jesse Thielke was an out-of-control kid in grade school, angry at everything, focused on nothing, headed nowhere fast.

"I was just a troubled kid, you know?" he says. "Parents had a nasty divorce. Got in a lot of trouble at school, a lot of fights. It was really bad. I was constantly in the principal's office for fighting and stealing and lying...Read more

Johnson never had dreams of being an Olympian, but she will anchor the US water polo team in Rio

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The Olympics were never a big deal to Ashleigh Johnson. Anyone who saw her in the pool as a girl -- rangy, quick, powerful -- knew she had potential as a water polo goalie. They saw glimpses of special talent.

But after a few brief stints with the U.S. junior team, Johnson wanted nothing more to do with the national program.

"It was really ...Read more

Health experts want 2016 Summer Games postponed or moved because of Zika virus

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A group of 150 professors, scientists and doctors have sent an open letter to the World Health Organization, insisting that lingering concerns about the Zika virus call for the 2016 Summer Olympics to be postponed or moved.

The Games are scheduled for Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, which has been hit particularly hard by the outbreak.

"We make ...Read more

As Games near, talk is of doping

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With the 2016 Summer Games less than three months away, the specter of doping and bribery has cast an ever-lengthening shadow over the Olympic movement.

The situation is serious enough that the president of the International Olympic Committee spent Wednesday morning talking about official inquiries and the prospect of banning not only athletes ...Read more

Olympic leaders hopeful amid Brazilian political turmoil

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Olympic leaders remain optimistic about the upcoming 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games despite the suspension -- and impending impeachment -- of Brazil's embattled president.

Dilma Rousseff has played a key role in Olympic preparations for her country, but following Thursday's senate action, will not be in office during the 17-day sporting event ...Read more

Hungary's Orban chases 'illusory' Olympic dream in Budapest bid

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BUDAPEST -- On the low-slung cement walls of Olympic Park in Budapest, the Hungarian capital itself is notable for its absence among the decorations listing past hosts of the Summer Games.

It's now Budapest's turn to run the world's biggest sporting event, reckons Marianna Lugos, a 67-year-old who was watching children romp across a jungle gym ...Read more

Some golfers hardly gung-ho about chance to win Olympic gold

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Golf always seemed like a kooky concept for the Olympics. American men already show their true colors at the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. American women paint their cheeks at the Solheim Cup and the UL International Crown, which will be contested in July at the Merit Club in Libertyville.

The other 51 weeks a year, the pros are private ...Read more

Five former UConn women's basketball players make US Olympic roster

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Since Rebecca Lobo first made it in 1996, UConn has been well-represented on U.S. women's Olympic basketball teams. That tradition will continue with five Huskies, including national player of the year Breanna Stewart, set to represent the country this summer in Brazil.

The five-time Olympic gold medalist program announced its team Wednesday ...Read more

100 days from Rio Olympics, Zika, dirty water still dominate discussion

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Rio de Janeiro's acclaimed white-sand beaches have inspired popular songs and romantic notions but don't expect a bossa nova Wednesday to commemorate the 100-day countdown to the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The image of raw sewage and debris floating in the water at competition sites presents a stark contrast to the picturesque city of tropical ...Read more

Will Brazil's economic, political crisis affect Rio Games?

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The 100-day countdown to the Summer Olympics will arrive Wednesday with Brazil dealing with the worst financial crisis since the Depression and President Dilma Rousseff facing possible impeachment in an action that she has described as a coup attempt.

The national crisis has relegated Olympic host city Rio de Janeiro to a sidelight even as ...Read more

Tom Thibodeau, Team USA to visit United Center in July

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Tom Thibodeau will be roaming the United Center sidelines even before his first training camp with the Timberwolves.

USA Basketball announced Monday that one of the Olympic team's five exhibitions in advance of the Rio de Janeiro Games this summer will be against Venezuela on July 29 at the United Center. Thibodeau is an assistant coach for ...Read more

Job program helps volleyball player Futi Tavana pursue Olympic hopes

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The blue swimsuit looked like a scrap of fabric in Futi Tavana's hands, but he carried it carefully from the front register of Dick's Sporting Goods in Newport Beach, Calif., where it had been left by an indecisive shopper, and restores it to its place on the sales floor. A few moments earlier, he had seen a box containing a volleyball jutting ...Read more