Former head of Rio 2016 sentenced to 30 years in jail for allegedly buying votes for city to host Olympics

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The former head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, has been sentenced to 30 years and 11 months behind bars for allegedly buying votes for the city of Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics.

The 79-year-old former volleyball player for the Brazilian national team served as the country’s top Olympics official for over ...Read more

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Diggins won't stop moving forward -- at usual high rate of speed, of course

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Her sport is all about moving forward as fast as you can. It shouldn't come as a surprise, then, that Jessie Diggins isn't living in the reflected glory of her Olympic gold medal.

The Afton native said she never looks at the medal she won in cross-country skiing at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. She stashed it in the basement of her parents' home,...Read more

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A $250,000 Usain Bolt statue will rise in Florida city. Is it 'ridiculous' or a 'world-class' display?

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MIRAMAR, Fla. — A monument to Usain Bolt will stand tall in South Florida, celebrating the champion sprinter who long dominated in the Olympics.

The runner’s statue will wind up costing much more than some Olympic gold: The tab for Miramar taxpayers will be a quarter-million dollars. While some residents balk at spending $250,000, even ...Read more

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Q&A: How will the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles affect residents?

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LOS ANGELES — The 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles are still seven years away, but a proposed contract between city officials and the private LA28 organizing committee signals the beginning of critical negotiations over how the Games will be conducted. Here are a few of the most pressing issues for L.A. residents and the answers we have so ...Read more

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2028 L.A. Olympics: Agreement outlines key issues but final price tag remains unclear

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles officials have reached a tentative agreement with private organizers of the 2028 Summer Olympics that, while short on details, serves as a road map for the biggest issues facing the city as it inches toward hosting a sporting event that could cost $7 billion or more.

Much of the so-called Games Agreement focuses on ...Read more

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Trans athletes should not be deemed to have 'unfair competitive advantage' just for being transgender: IOC

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Transgender women athletes shouldn’t be seen as having an unfair advantage, according to new guidelines released this week by the International Olympic Committee.

The new guidance, entitled “IOC Framework on Fairness, Inclusion and Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sex Variations,” updates the IOC’s 2015 guidelines,...Read more

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Minnesota-led Team Shuster starts quest for another Olympic curling gold medal with new teammate

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MINNEAPOLIS — Even from 6,000 miles away, Chris Plys could share the elation. His friends on the U.S. men's curling team — including skip John Shuster, a former teammate — had pulled off an improbable comeback at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, winning the country's first Winter Games gold medal in the sport.

"I was watching from my couch,...Read more

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U.S. predicted to finish fourth in medal count at Beijing Olympics

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LOS ANGELES — With 100 days left until the start of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Norway is favored to finish atop the medals table with the U.S. trailing in fourth place.

A "neutral" team of Russian athletes is predicted to finish second and Germany third, according to the forecast issued by Gracenote, a Nielsen company, on Wednesday....Read more

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Heading into her fourth Olympic Games, Hilary Knight is not ready to give up hockey

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She was once the youngest, but at age 32, Hilary Knight, a veteran of three Olympic teams, is now the oldest player on the U.S. women’s ice hockey national team roster.

Still, Knight, who grew up in California and went to Choate prep in Wallingford, Conn., is not exactly thinking in terms of her last Olympic Games or retiring or anything like...Read more

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Olympic sprinter Alex Quiñónez, 32, fatally shot in Ecuador

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Ecuadorian Olympic sprinter Alex Quiñónez was fatally shot Friday in the port city of Guayaquil.

The death of the 32-year-old was confirmed by the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee and the Ecuadorian Athletics Federation.

“The surprising departure of the bronze medalist of the last World Athletics World Cup [in Doha, Qatar in 2019] leaves a ...Read more

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Shaun White chasing spot on fifth Olympic team at age 35

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SAN DIEGO — Snowboarder Shaun White recently invested in Shelf Engine, a company that uses computer optimization to reduce food waste by more efficiently stocking grocery stores with perishable goods.

One thing that's not on the shelf yet: him.

White confirmed this month what was widely expected, that the 35-year-old from Carlsbad will try ...Read more

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Gymnasts ask Congress to dissolve US Olympic Committee over Nassar scandal

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WASHINGTON — Four world-class gymnasts are asking Congress to dissolve the the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee over the organization's mishandling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

In a letter to two U.S. senators, Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney and NCAA gymnast Maggie Nichols said they are making...Read more

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Blackhawks' Patrick Kane and Seth Jones named to 2022 U.S. Olympics hockey team in Beijing

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CHICAGO — Team USA Hockey unveiled the first three players who will compete for gold in the 2022 Beijing Olympics, and two are Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane and Seth Jones.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews is the third, and the rest of the 25-man team is expected to be revealed in January.

“It was a surprise this morning, I ...Read more

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Ahead of Beijing Olympics, U.S. women's hockey at home in Minnesota

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BLAINE, Minn. — The commute can't be beat. It takes Maddie Rooney only eight minutes to drive from her home to the Super Rink in Blaine, where the former Minnesota Duluth goalie and her U.S. women's hockey teammates will train for the next four months as they prepare for the Winter Olympics.

A native of Andover, Rooney already knew her way ...Read more

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U.S. Olympians must be vaccinated for 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

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All U.S. Olympians and Olympic hopefuls for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing must be vaccinated against COVID-19, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced Wednesday.

All USOPC employees and contractors must be vaccinated by Nov. 1. Anyone hoping to be part of the U.S. delegation in Beijing must be vaccinated by Dec. 1.

As with ...Read more

NHL players will participate in the 2022 Beijing Olympics

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NHL players will participate in the 2022 Beijing Olympics, per an agreement reached by the league, the NHL Players’ Association and the International Ice Hockey Federation, but the accord includes a clause that would allow the league and the players’ union to withdraw from the Games “in the event evolving COVID conditions are deemed by the...Read more