Clive Rose/Getty Images South America/TNS

The U.S. is predicted to again win the most medals at the Tokyo Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

With 100 days to go until the Tokyo Olympics, a well-known medals forecaster is calling for the most unpredictable Games ever.

Gracenote, a part of the Nielsen company, has traditionally based its predictions on results from key competitions during preceding years. With the coronavirus pandemic shutting sports down for much of 2020, there are ...Read more


Sue Bird remembers drinking wine with Kobe Bryant at the 2008 Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

Kobe Bryant’s lengthy basketball resume includes two Olympic gold medals, so it makes sense that U.S. athletes meeting with reporters in a series of news conferences before the upcoming Tokyo Games evoked the former Lakers star’s name.

The best story of the week involved the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, where Bryant joined in a game of ...Read more

Harry How/Getty Images North America/TNS

Asian American Olympians share experiences with racism

Sports / Olympics /

The man who approached Sakura Kokumai in the park was a stranger. He began yelling at the U.S. Olympic athlete, who just wanted to take a run to stay in shape for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

“I was kind of shocked by it … I just sat there and let him say what he had to say,” said Kokumai, a Japanese American who has qualified for the U.S...Read more

KAI PFAFFENBACH/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

White House denies any joint talks to boycott Beijing Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

The U.S. is not discussing “any joint boycott” of 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing with its allies, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday.

“We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners,” Psaki said at a White House briefing. “We of course consult closely with allies and ...Read more

Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/Kent Nishimura

Mike Scioscia gets back into managing, will lead Team USA in Olympics quest

Sports / Olympics /

LOS ANGELES — For the first time since leaving the Angels three years ago, Mike Scioscia is back in the dugout.

Scioscia was selected Tuesday as manager of Team USA. He'll lead the team in an Olympic qualifying tournament in Florida in June.

The U.S. is one of 12 countries competing for the final two spots in the baseball tournament at the ...Read more

KAI PFAFFENBACH/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

US considering boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics over China's human rights abuses

Sports / Olympics /

WASHINGTON — The United States is considering a boycott of next year’s Winter Olympic Games in China because of Beijing’s repression of minorities and other egregious human rights abuse, the State Department said Tuesday.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. would consult with other countries to see if a joint boycott could ...Read more

Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune

Stan Bowman, Bill Guerin to be in charge of U.S. men's Olympic hockey team

Sports / Olympics /

LOS ANGELES — Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman and Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin were named general manager and assistant GM, respectively, of the U.S. men's hockey team for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. Both could be replaced, however, if NHL players don't compete in the hockey tournament.

The NHL paused its ...Read more

Philip Fong/APF/AFP/TNS

Kneeling, raising fist during national anthem will be allowed at U.S. Olympic trials

Sports / Olympics /

Athletes at the United States Olympic trials will be allowed to take part in racial and social justice demonstrations, including taking a knee during the national anthem.

Guidance was issued Tuesday by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee on what should and should not be allowed at the trials, which will determine who represents the country ...Read more

Carl Court/Getty Images AsiaPac/TNS

Tokyo Olympics set to kick off in July but without foreign fans, claims Japanese news agency

Sports / Olympics /

The Summer Olympics will have much less international flair than usual.

The Tokyo Games are expected to commence July 23, as expected, but Japan is blocking overseas fans from attending events, reported the Kyodo News agency on Tuesday.

“In the current situation it is impossible to bring in foreign spectators,” an unnamed official told the...Read more

Cook County Sheriff/TNS/TNS

'Miracle on Ice' hockey star Mark Pavelich found dead in treatment facility

Sports / Olympics /

MINNEAPOLIS — Olympic "Miracle" hockey star and Iron Range sports legend Mark Pavelich was found dead Thursday in a central Minnesota residential treatment center.

Pavelich, who turned 63 a week ago, died at Eagle's Healing Nest, according to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office. He was receiving mental health treatment there for the past ...Read more

U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel trained in a backyard pool to get ready for Tokyo Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

Star swimmer Simone Manuel enters her first meet in almost a year Thursday at the TYR Pro Series in San Antonio already feeling emotionally exhausted as her Olympic training was extended by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It has definitely been pretty difficult training for five years,” said Manuel, who swims at her alma mater Stanford with ...Read more

Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America/TNS

From snowbanks to moguls, Olympic hopeful Hannah Soar has become one of the world's best

Sports / Olympics /

At 18 months, Hannah Soar was on her first pair of tiny plastic skis, guided down the mountain between her parents’ legs.

At 2 1/2, she was almost on her own, but still tethered to her parents with a long strap. She was so small, they had to make sure her boots were on tight around the ankles because they were too big.

A year later, she was ...Read more

KAI PFAFFENBACH/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS

Commentary: China is escalating human rights abuses in run-up to 2022 Olympics. Will IOC look the other way?

Sports / Olympics /

Last September, five international labor auditing firms declared they could no longer help companies audit their supply chains in China's Xinjiang region because the Chinese government's controls and repression make it too difficult to determine whether factories are using forced labor. The Better Cotton Initiative, a consortium to monitor ...Read more

Hulton Archive/Hulton Archive/TNS

Helene Elliott: Sixtieth anniversary of U.S. figure skating plane crash conjures heartfelt memories

Sports / Olympics /

The memories flood back at random times and stir the ache etched in Carol Heiss’ heart 60 years ago, when a plane crash devastated American figure skating and changed the course of the sport.

Heiss had roomed with the enchanting Laurence Owen for nearly four weeks around the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics, and they had become friends. After Heiss...Read more

Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Europe/TNS

Fully recovered from COVID-19, new mom Alex Morgan prepares for Tokyo Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

The last nine months have been a whirlwind for Alex Morgan.

The national team captain gave birth to her first child in May, scored twice in a five-game stint with Tottenham of the England Women’s Super League in the fall, then contracted COVID-19 when she returned to the U.S. for the holidays.

“My whole family got it,” Morgan said ...Read more

Tokyo 2020 leader won't step down after 'absolutely inappropriate' comments

Sports / Olympics /

Backlash against the head of the Tokyo Olympics is continuing to grow in the days since he complained that women talk too much in business meetings.

Yoshiro Mori, a former Japanese prime minister and now president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, was speaking to colleagues online last week when he reportedly said: “Women are very ...Read more

Philip Fong/APF/AFP/TNS

Dylan Hernandez: In interest of safety, Summer Olympics in Tokyo should be canceled

Sports / Olympics /

LOS ANGELES — Just do it?

More like just scrap it.

As much money is at stake, as frightening as it is to resort to a measure that was last taken in World War II, the Olympics have to be canceled.

What was already obvious became even more so Wednesday when the International Olympic Committee revealed a "playbook" for hosting the Games in the...Read more

Carl Court/Getty Images AsiaPac/TNS

Olympic organizers hope evolving 'playbook' for COVID-19 will unlock Tokyo Games

Sports / Olympics /

Olympic leaders heard the whispers, the growing suspicion that their upcoming Summer Games in Tokyo will be canceled, once and for all, because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

With new variants threatening to trigger yet another COVID-19 surge in the near future, a London newspaper reported that Japan was quietly backing away. Government ...Read more

General Mills/TNS

New Wheaties box honors athlete-activist Tommie Smith's iconic 1968 Olympics protest

Sports / Olympics /

Track star Tommie Smith’s iconic 1968 Olympics protest — a silent statement on racial inequality in America that has resonated around the world and through the decades — will be honored this spring by Wheaties.

The General Mills brand that has paid tribute to great athletes for 86 years will put photos of the Black activist on a limited-...Read more

Top Florida official makes pitch for Tokyo Olympics to be moved to Sunshine State, despite pandemic

Sports / Olympics /

Florida’s chief financial officer wants the Olympics to be moved from Tokyo to the Sunshine State, promoting Florida’s willingness to host marquee sporting events during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CFO Jimmy Patronis sent a letter Monday to the International Olympic Committee touting Florida as an ideal place to hold the Olympics. He referenced ...Read more