With Russian officials confessing that doping was endemic in its Olympic program, Jeff Danziger pictures another way the Kremlin may have encouraged top athletic performance.
The 2016 Olympic Games are set to begin today in Rio de Janeiro, but the event is already mired in controversy and a sense of impending doom. Tonight’s Opening Ceremony will no doubt be gushing with overblown displays of optimism, but what if we were to envision an alternate version, a pageant that addresses all the disasters that Rio is juggling?
Muhammed Ali, who called himself “The Greatest” — and many agreed — has died at age 74. An icon of the 20th Century, Ali’s boxing fame was amplified by his political activism, his commitment to Islam, his humanitarian work, and his charismatic persona.
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Twenty-three Olympic medalists start trials on Saturday for the 2016 Rio Games in a bay littered with dead animals, television sets, sofas, shoes and not much clean water. More than 320 competitors from 34 countries will take part in nine days of racing in a Guanabara Bay which has become […]
Washington (AFP) – Olympic swimming superstar Michael Phelps, who retired from the sport after taking six medals at the 2012 London Olympics, will make his competitive comeback next week at a U.S. Grand Prix series event in Mesa, Arizona, USA Swimming announced Monday. The 28-tear-old returned to the anti-doping test program last year and his […]
By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius asked a friend to lie and take the blame after Pistorius accidentally fired a shot in a popular restaurant in an upscale Johannesburg neighborhood last year, the Gauteng North High Court in South Africa heard Wednesday. Boxer Kevin Lerena was […]
By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, end in a few days, and at least one group of people probably won’t be sorry to see the Games go: the producers of American Idol. Now in its 13th season, Fox’s singing contest sank to some all-time ratings lows […]
By Scott M. Reid, The Orange County Register ADLER, Russia — As with many a legend, the story of the U.S.-Canada women’s hockey rivalry is clouded by time and hatred, the truth sometimes as hard to distinguish as the intent behind the head snapping hits on goaltenders that frequent a feud marked by low blows on […]
By Jeff Miller, The Orange County Register ADLER, Russia — The Canadians are going to the Olympic hockey semifinals! Congratulations, boys. For a while there, it looked like they might be going home. By foot. Team Canada narrowly avoided becoming part of Latvian lore — for an ice hockey player, a very bad place to be […]
By William Douglas, McClatchy Foreign Staff SOCHI, Russia — A hockey team loses. A nation mourns, curses and cries. Russia’s men’s hockey team suffered a 3-1 loss to Finland on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Winter Olympics tournament, eliminating the host country from medal contention. For some Russians, these Winter Games were about […]
By William Douglas, McClatchy Washington Bureau SOCHI, Russia — As members of the U.S. Army, Rico Roman and Jen Lee are part of America’s first line of defense. As members of the U.S. Paralympics Sled Hockey team, Roman and Lee are the last line of defense. Roman is a rugged defenseman-turned-forward who took to sled hockey […]
By Jeff Miller, The Orange County Register ADLER, Russia — He arrived here Tuesday, just in time, reminding us of everything that is great about sports. And everything that isn’t. “There are constituencies that not each of us control,” he explained, “that we have to rely on others to determine.” Who knew it was possible to […]
By Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) SOCHI, Russia – The U.S. women’s hockey team held a marathon video session and a couple of intense practices after losing to Canada in the preliminary round of the Olympic hockey tournament. The Americans felt like they played hard and physical in a 3-2 loss to their rivals, but […]
William Douglas, McClatchy Foreign Staff SOCHI, Russia — Adorned in rainbow colors from head to toe, Vladimir Luxuria was out and about — at least temporarily — in Olympic Park Monday night. “It’s okay to be gay in Russia!” she said repeatedly in English and Russian in a voice as loud as her wardrobe as […]
By Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune SOCHI, Russia — In their first training run together here, U.S. bobsled pilot Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams crashed into a wall at the end of the track and severely damaged their sled. Williams — a former sprinting star who only joined the sport seven months ago — […]
By Bill Douglas, McClatchy Foreign Staff SOCHI, Russia — Dan Bakker figures he’s set a record by attending 17 Olympic games — winter and summer — without seeing a single sporting event. The Branson, Mo., resident says he’s too busy collecting and trading pins during the games to watch the games. For Bakker and others […]
Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – The International Olympic Committee on Monday warned against wearing black armbands and other symbols of mourning during competitions at the Sochi 2014 Games, in a controversy that has raised strong emotions among athletes. The question of whether the IOC’s charter allows athletes to make public displays of grief has turned into […]
SOCHI, Russia — Athletes and politics were on parade Friday at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium featured fireworks, a colorful theatrical presentation of Russian history and an impressive collection of political star power on hand to bear witness to the start of the sports festival that […]
Sochi (AFP) – Russia on Friday staged a glitzy opening ceremony for one of the most controversial Winter Olympics in history, seeking to convince a skeptical world that the Games spearheaded by President Vladimir Putin would be a success. The high-octane ceremony at the 40,000 capacity Fisht stadium on the Black Sea in Sochi got […]
By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Russian television viewers could be forgiven Friday for failing to notice that the leaders of the United States and some of its political allies were absent from the hoopla in Sochi. President Vladimir Putin used the hours before the lavish opening ceremony for the Olympic Winter Games […]
Washington (AFP) – U.S. authorities announced a temporary ban Thursday on liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-ons aboard Russia-bound flights, as President Barack Obama said Moscow has an “enormous stake” in thwarting terror at the Winter Olympics. The Transportation Security Administration directive came a day after Washington warned American and foreign airlines that extremists could […]
Colorado Springs (AFP) – The United States named its largest ever delegation for a Winter Games by announcing it is sending 230 athletes to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Five-time Olympic medallist Shani Davis, slalom skier Mikaela Shiffrin and 36-year-old Bode Miller highlight the 230-member team that will travel to Sochi for the Games beginning […]