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They're Olympic gold medalists. But this U.S. team was forged in tragedy.

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When Adam Krikorian woke up Saturday, it was just another day -- the first on a well-earned vacation to visit family in Northern California.

If everything had gone right, Krikorian likely would have spent the day in Japan, coaching the U.S. women's water polo team to a third consecutive Olympic title.

The U.S. was ranked No. 1 in the world and...Read more

US Olympic & Paralympic Committee finances in peril with Tokyo Games delayed

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Tax records and other financial statements show the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee operated at a $54 million deficit in 2019 -- a worrisome number given the additional losses the organization will suffer from the coronavirus shutdown this year.

The USOPC opened its books to the public on Monday in what leaders called a "commitment to ...Read more

L.A. Olympic officials ask IOC to allow athlete protests

Sports / Olympics /

The head organizer for the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles has asked Olympic leaders for a rule change that would allow athletes to protest against racism either from the podium or at other times during the international competition.

Casey Wasserman, chairman of the LA28 organizing committee, made his request in a letter delivered to Thomas ...Read more

Tokyo Olympics might not happen next summer without coronavirus vaccine

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The Tokyo Olympics might not be held next summer unless there is a vaccine or other medical advancement regarding the coronavirus, a Japanese official said Wednesday.

Yoshiro Mori, president of the event's organizing committee, told broadcaster NHK he was looking for significant change in the battle against the global pandemic over the next 12 ...Read more

Olympic leader tries to head off boycott of 2022 Beijing Games

Sports / Olympics /

While the Olympic spotlight has remained focused on the postponed Tokyo Games -- and their chances of taking place next summer amid the COVID-19 pandemic -- there might be additional trouble brewing with the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

The international sporting event could face stern opposition -- maybe even boycotts -- because of China's...Read more

Olympic decision raises fresh questions about Tokyo Summer Games

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The coronavirus pandemic has prompted Olympic leaders to postpone the 2022 Youth Olympics by four years, raising questions about whether next summer's date for the Tokyo Games also might be pushed further back.

Host city Dakar, the capital city of Senegal, will now hold the youth version of the competition in 2026. It's the first time an ...Read more

Gwen Berry gets apology from US Olympic committee but wants change

Sports / Olympics /

ST. LOUIS -- Gwen Berry was looking for a little support last year after she raised a fist in protest on the podium at the Pan American Games during the playing of the national anthem.

Instead she was placed on probation by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

Some of the support she was seeking came nearly a year later when the USOPC, ...Read more

Minnesota gymnasts and Tokyo Olympic hopefuls Suni Lee and Grace McCallum are training again

Sports / Olympics /

MINNEAPOLIS -- The date was once engraved on their memories. For nearly a year, Suni Lee and Grace McCallum knew exactly where they would be on June 5, 2020: opening the two-day women's competition at the U.S. gymnastics championships, with a chance to take a major step toward the Tokyo Olympics.

When the day finally arrived, the world had ...Read more

Dick Buerkle, Olympian and former world-record holder, dies

Sports / Olympics /

ATLANTA -- It was on a January night in 1978 when Dick Buerkle achieved the accomplishment of a lifetime. At a track meet at Cole Field House at the University of Maryland, Buerkle ran the mile in 3 minutes, 54.93 seconds, a new world record for the indoor mile.

It was an exploration of the boundaries of human possibility, exemplification of a ...Read more

Postponed Olympics won't stop former Penn Charter swimmer Reece Whitley's pursuit of history

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Reece Whitley is attempting to enter uncharted waters.

Whitley, 20, is one of the top swimmers in the country in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke races. He attends the University of California-Berkeley, one of the premier swim programs in the country.

But his goals extend farther than the 25 yards in the NCAA pools. The 6-foot-9 swimmer, a ...Read more

Protests over George Floyd's death spur U.S. Olympic leaders to consider change

Sports / Olympics /

After hearing from hundreds of athletes, the head of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee has issued a public apology and vowed to reexamine her organization's "rules and systems."

USOPC Chief Executive Sarah Hirshland cited global protests over George Floyd's death while in police custody in saying she will establish an "athlete-led group" ...Read more

'I was willing to fight for balance:' Avon swimmer Madison Kennedy still has her sights set on making the Olympics, but won't sacrifice a well-rounded life

Sports / Olympics /

Madison Kennedy figures this stay-at-home period during the coronavirus pandemic is the longest she's ever spent away from the pool. Not that she's dwelling on being unable to practice in the water, her fourth quest to make the U.S. Olympic team now prolonged another year.

Kennedy is doing whatever training she can in these circumstances, but ...Read more

Russia gets court date to appeal Olympic ban

Sports / Olympics /

With the Olympic Games postponed until next summer, Russia will get a chance to appeal its four-year doping ban and, perhaps, compete in Tokyo.

It was late last year that the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended barring the Russian team, flag and anthem from international competition after finding the country had manipulated years of test ...Read more

Anti-doping testers look for ways to fight cheating amid COVID-19 outbreak

Sports / Olympics /

Though the coronavirus outbreak has shut down sports worldwide, it has potentially opened the door for cheaters to use performance-enhancing drugs without fear of getting caught.

Amid concern about close contact between athletes and testers, many countries have significantly curtailed their monitoring programs. This week, the World Anti-Doping ...Read more

Tokyo Olympic organizers force removal of coronavirus parody

Sports / Olympics /

At first, it seems, no one paid much attention to the April issue of a small magazine published by foreign journalists in Japan, but then Tokyo Olympic organizers got a look at the cover.

The artwork added familiar-looking spikes to Tokyo 2020's circular logo, transforming it into the COVID-19 virus.

On Thursday, with organizers threatening to...Read more

Postponing Tokyo Games will cost IOC as much as $800 million

Sports / Olympics /

International Olympic Committee leaders now say that postponing the Tokyo Games because of the coronavirus outbreak will cost their organization as much as $800 million.

IOC President Thomas Bach offered the detailed estimate of added expenses after a remote meeting of his executive board on Thursday.

"The Olympic movement is facing an ...Read more