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Olympic sprinter Alex Quiñónez, 32, fatally shot in Ecuador

Sports / Olympics /

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

Sports / Olympics /

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

Sports / Olympics /

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

Sports / Olympics /

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

Sports / Olympics /

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

Sports / Olympics /

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

Sports / Olympics /

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

At least 30 openly LGBTQ athletes set to compete in Tokyo Paralympics

Sports / Olympics /

A record number of openly LGBTQ athletes are set to compete in the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

According to Outsports, there are at least 30 out-and-proud Paralympians participating in the games, which began Tuesday — more than double the number of openly LGBTQ athletes who participated in the last Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

At least...Read more

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Luke DeCock: Though he missed gold in individual event, NC A&T's Randolph Ross triumphed in relay

Sports / Olympics /

RALEIGH, N.C. — Randolph Ross emerged from the Tokyo Olympics as one of the games' cautionary tales. He became a personification of the pitfalls of competition at the highest level, where one misstep, physical or mental, can destroy a dream in a fraction of a second.

He also emerged with a gold medal for his work in the 4x400-meter relay — ...Read more

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Polish Olympian auctions silver medal to pay for a baby's heart surgery -- and auction winner tells her to keep it

Sports / Olympics /

An Olympic silver medalist from Poland put her medal up for auction to help pay for an 8-month-old baby’s heart surgery, but the winning bidder turned the tables and let her keep it.

Javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk won one of the country’s 14 medals in Tokyo, and she was determined to help a stranger in some way, according to her Facebook ...Read more

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Olympian Jack Woolley returns home after violent, 'random' attack, he says in update

Sports / Olympics /

Olympian Jack Woolley shared an update Sunday to say he’s returned home from the hospital following what he characterized as a violent attack.

Woolley, who competed in taekwondo for Ireland at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, posted a video to his Instagram story showing his upper lipped bandaged, with his location listed as “home.”

“...Read more

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U.S. softball coach Ken Eriksen: I question whether Olympics should've been staged

Sports / Olympics /

TAMPA, Fla. — While each of his players left Japan with a glistening silver parting gift, U.S. softball coach Ken Eriksen settled for a more modest consolation prize.

A ring, commemorating his club’s runner-up finish in the Olympics.

“Coaches don’t get medals,” the USF alumnus and longtime Bulls softball coach said Friday. “The ...Read more

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Fort Worth is home to the world's greatest skeet shooter. Meet Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock.

Sports / Olympics /

FORT WORTH, Texas — When you think of track and field at the Olympics, names such as Jesse Owens and Usain Bolt probably come to mind. For gymnastics it's likely Simone Biles, and swimming it's hard to beat Michael Phelps.

How about skeet shooting? Well, Vincent Hancock further cemented his legacy as the sport's greatest by setting an Olympic...Read more

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Commentary: The most refreshing sport at the Tokyo Olympics? Skateboarding

Sports / Olympics /

Skateboarding made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games this year, bringing a refreshing change of pace to the world’s biggest competition. Unlike most other Olympic events, the culture of skateboarding is based not in winning but in joy and individuality.

Since its inception, skateboarding has defied conformity. Born in California in the ...Read more

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Chris Hays: Thanks to 'King Dominator' KD and Team USA for taking care of business at Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

ORLANDO, Fla. — That was more like it.

As I said in a previous column, Team USA should never be beaten in basketball at the Olympic Games.

Never. Ever.

We’re just better; we have better players, better athletes, better schemes ... just better. It’s really that simple.

Especially when you have Kevin “King Dominator” Durant on the ...Read more

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Japan intentionally omitted COVID-19 variant news from Olympic press briefings: report

Sports / Olympics /

Japanese health officials deliberately omitted any mentions of the highly contagious lambda variant of COVID-19 in official communications to the press during the Tokyo Olympics, according to a new report.

A woman from Peru who landed at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on July 20, three days before the Olympics kicked off, tested positive for ...Read more

Gene Collier: Running for your life at the Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

Despite a global pandemic and its own staggering inadvisability, the Tokyo Olympics somehow managed to generate the standard emotional wallop of inspirational outcomes. But in the end, whether you hold ’em, you fold ’em, or you’ve just exhaustively retold ’em, the Games always seem to produce some horrifying event no one anticipated.

My...Read more

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Dawn Staley steps down as head coach of Team USA after winning gold in Tokyo Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

Dawn Staley has only ever missed two Olympics since the first time she was called to join USA Basketball in 1989.

For 32 years and six Olympic cycles, Staley — a 2013 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee — was a staple for Team USA. After she helped Team USA to a record seventh-consecutive Olympic gold medal, she announced she...Read more

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Dylan Hernandez: Tokyo Olympics a courageous effort amid pandemic but ultimately underwhelming

Sports / Olympics /

TOKYO — The most anticipated athletic performance of these Olympics became a metaphor for the Games themselves.

Days after Simone Biles dropped out of the gymnastics team final because she suddenly lost the ability to figure out where she was when twisting in the air, she returned for the individual balance beam.

Biles made it through her ...Read more

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Only 181 days until the Winter Olympics in Beijing are set to start

Sports / Olympics /

TOKYO — There’s barely even time to pack up the five Olympic rings — symbols of unity, competition and controversy — before they’ll need to be dusted off for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

In the 181 days between the end of the closing ceremony in Tokyo and the start of the opening ceremony in Beijing on Feb. 4 (nine days before ...Read more