Officials: 3 Olympic volleyball medals stolen from house in California
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. — Three Olympic volleyball medals were stolen during a burglary at the end of October from a house in Laguna Hills, California, according to officials. >> Read more trending newsAccording to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, on Oct. 29, a house was burglarized in the 25000 block of Black Horse Lane in Laguna Hills, California. A safe that had three Olympic Games medals were inside was taken during the burglary. The medals were reportedly being stored in the house temporarily when the burglary happened. According to the AP, Jordyn Poulter had reported her 2020 gold medal stolen last May after her car was broken into in a parking lot in Anaheim.wftv.com
Russia eyes 2024 Paris Olympics despite sports bans
Russian Olympic Committee president Stanislav Pozdnyakov wrote on the Telegram messaging app Tuesday that the country was working to get its athletes access to qualification events and already making plans for the Olympic village in 2024. Most Olympic sports have suspended athletes from Russia and Belarus since the invasion of Ukraine began in February, following a recommendation from the International Olympic Committee. However, the IOC has not suspended the Russian Olympic Committee, the body which enters Russian teams for the Games. Despite all of the circumstances, the Russian Olympic Committee is a full-fledged participant in the Olympic movement,” Pozdnyakov wrote. If sports federations lift bans on Russian athletes competing in international events such as Olympic qualifiers, that could lead to boycotts by Ukraine.wftv.com
2022 Olympics: U.S. figure skaters won’t receive medals until doping investigation concludes
The U.S. Olympic figure skating team will not receive their medals until a doping investigation concerning Russian skater Kamila Valieva concludes, the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced Sunday in Beijing. The news of the banned substance in Valieva’s test was not reported until after the Olympic Games began. Trimetazidine, a banned substance according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), was found in Valieva’s December 2021 drug testing sample. The Russian team, with Valieva as a member, was first in the competition. If Valieva is disqualified, the nine Americans will move up to first place and get gold medals.wftv.com
CAS says Russian teen Valieva can skate at Olympics despite doping
Russian teenage figure skating sensation Kamila Valieva is cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to continue competing in the Beijing Olympics despite failing a doping test. CAS Director General Matthieu Reeb says that Valieva is considered a "protected person under the World Anti-Doping Code" and that "the panel considered that preventing the athlete to compete at the Olympic Games would cause her irreparable harm." The International Olympic Committee has announced that there will be no medal ceremony for the women's singles figure skating at the Beijing Olympics if Kamila Valieva finishes in the top three.news.yahoo.com
Olympics Live: US wins first aerials medals in dozen years
Beijing Olympics Freestyle Skiing United States' Christopher Lillis competes during the mixed team aerials finals at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. ___Sweden beat the U.S. men 7-4 in a rematch of the Pyeongchang gold medal match in curling. ___Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug won gold in the 10-kilometer classic race at the Beijing Olympics. ___Austrian skier Johannes Strolz won the Olympic gold medal in the Alpine combined race 34 years after his father did the same. ___American Chloe Kim has won gold in the women's halfpipe at the Beijing Olympics.wftv.com
Olympics Live: Sweden beats US in curling round robin match
Beijing Olympics Curling United States' Christopher Plys, left, and Matt Hamilton, right, talk between plays during a men's curling match against Sweden at the Beijing Winter Olympics Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Beijing. ___Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug won gold in the 10-kilometer classic race at the Beijing Olympics. The Beijing Olympic 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) cross country race was in the classic ski style. ___Austrian skier Johannes Strolz won the Olympic gold medal in the Alpine combined race 34 years after his father did the same. ___American Chloe Kim has won gold in the women's halfpipe at the Beijing Olympics.wftv.com
Olympics Live: US ski team says Shiffrin will race super-G
___Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug won gold in the 10-kilometer classic race at the Beijing Olympics. The Beijing Olympic 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) cross country race was in the classic ski style. ___Austrian skier Johannes Strolz won the Olympic gold medal in the Alpine combined race 34 years after his father did the same. ___Italian standout Sofia Goggia has decided not to enter the super-G race at the Beijing Olympics as she works her way back from a crash last month. ___American Chloe Kim has won gold in the women's halfpipe at the Beijing Olympics.wftv.com
Olympics Live: Norway's Johaug wins 10km cross-country gold
Beijing Olympics Cross Country Norway's Therese Johaug react after finishing the women's 10km classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) (Alessandra Tarantino)BEIJING — (AP) — The Latest on the Beijing Winter Olympics:___Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug won gold in the 10-kilometer classic race at the Beijing Olympics. It wasn’t enough to overtake Haemmerle, who took home a medal — gold at that — in his third Olympics. ___Austrian skier Johannes Strolz won the Olympic gold medal in the Alpine combined race 34 years after his father did the same. ___American Chloe Kim has won gold in the women's halfpipe at the Beijing Olympics.wftv.com
Olympics Live: Nathan Chen wins figure skating gold for US
Beijing Olympics Figure Skating Nathan Chen, of the United States, competes in the men's free skate program during the figure skating event at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Beijing. Chen delivered a rousing performance of his “Rocketman” free skate, drawing cheers from the limited crowd of spectators. Afterward, he worked relentlessly with coach Rafael Arutyunyan to strengthen every aspect of his figure skating. A positive test could cost Russia the gold medal from the team competition and threaten Valieva's chance to win the individual competition that starts Tuesday. He's the first athlete from Mexico ever to advance to the final round of an Olympic figure skating competition.wftv.com
Olympics Live: Italy's Sofia Goggia won't enter super-G
Beijing Olympics Alpine Skiing Italian skier Sofia Goggia waves as she arrives near the alpine skiing venue at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in the Yanqing district of Beijing. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) (Luca Bruno)BEIJING — (AP) — The Latest on the Beijing Winter Olympics:___Italian standout Sofia Goggia has decided not to enter the super-G race at the Beijing Olympics as she works her way back from a crash last month. ___American Chloe Kim has won gold in the women's halfpipe at the Beijing Olympics. ___Donovan Carrillo has completed his free skate at the Beijing Olympics. He's the first athlete from Mexico ever to advance to the final round of an Olympic figure skating competition.wftv.com
Olympic Live: Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu fails to land quad axel
APTOPIX Beijing Olympics Figure Skating Yuzuru Hanyu, of Japan, falls in the men's free skate program during the figure skating event at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, in Beijing. A positive test could cost Russia the gold medal from the team competition and threaten Valieva's chance to win the individual competition that starts Tuesday. She turned in a strong opening run as she easily defended her Olympic halfpipe title. ___Donovan Carrillo has completed his free skate at the Beijing Olympics. He's the first athlete from Mexico ever to advance to the final round of an Olympic figure skating competition.wftv.com
Johaug wins 1st gold medal of Beijing Olympics in skiathlon
APTOPIX Beijing Olympics Cross Country Norway's Therese Johaug celebrates after winning the gold medal during the women's 7.5km + 7.5km Skiathlon cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) (Alessandra Tarantino)ZHANGJIAKOU, China — (AP) — Therese Johaug won the first gold medal of the Beijing Olympics on Saturday, finishing first in the women’s 15-kilometer cross-country skiathlon. “I’ve never had an Olympic gold medal, it’s my first one.”The skiathlon is a mass-start race that began with 7.5 kilometers of classic skiing. She's competing in her third Winter Games and won her first medal, having just missed out in Pyeongchang. She won Olympic gold in the 4x5-kilometer relay at the 2010 Vancouver Games and has won 10 world championship titles but had never before won an individual Olympic gold medal.wftv.com
China says US diplomatic boycott violates Olympic spirit
Olympics Beijing China US A woman wearing takes photos near the logos for the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. China on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 accused the United States of violating the Olympic spirit by announcing an American diplomatic boycott of February's Beijing Winter Games. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) (Ng Han Guan)BEIJING — (AP) — China accused the United States of violating the Olympic spirit on Tuesday after the Biden administration announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Games over human rights concerns. Rights groups have pushed for a full-blown boycott of the Games, accusing China of rights abuses against ethnic minorities. The Olympic Games are not about one country or a couple of countries," said coffee shop employee Deng Tao.wftv.com
Augmented reality project brings Olympics birthplace to life
Greece Microsoft Ancient Olympia School students use a mobile app at the ancient site of Olympia, southwestern Greece, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Microsoft launched a digital restoration project at the ancient birthplace of the Olympic Games in southern Greece Wednesday to provide visitors an immersive recreation of temples and competition areas as they walk through the ruins. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) (Thanassis Stavrakis)OLYMPIA, Greece — (AP) — What would it be like to walk around the ancient religious sanctuary of Olympia when the Olympic Games were held? The program at ancient Olympia harnesses augmented reality technology that designers say has the potential to transform education, business and entertainment. At the Olympic Museum in Athens, they can use mixed-reality HoloLens headsets that overlay visual information on top of what the viewer sees.wftv.com
Weather, protest cloud Beijing flame-lighting rehearsal
APTOPIX Greece Olympics Beijing Flame Lighting Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of the High Priestess, carries the flame during the final rehearsal for the lighting of the Olympic flame at Ancient Olympia site, birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southwestern Greece, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. The flame will be transported by torch relay to Beijing, China, which will host the Feb. 4-20, 2022 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) (Petros Giannakouris)ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece — (AP) — A sunburst at the overcast birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games in Greece was too short-lived to light the backup flame for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Sunday’s dress rehearsal. Health measures for the second pandemic flame-lighting at Ancient Olympia, in the southern Peloponnese region, mean that much of the normal pageantry is being trimmed back. The Beijing Winter Games will run from Feb. 4-20.wftv.com
Why Belarus Targets Critics in the Streets and Skies
For 27 years, President Alexander Lukashenko has held onto power in Belarus, a former Soviet republic, using increasingly repressive methods. His critics and opponents have gotten louder, and more prominent, since Lukashenko claimed a sixth term following a disputed election in August 2020. Mass arrests, the forced grounding of a European Union flight and an Olympic sprinter fleeing the team to seek asylum in Poland have all focused international attention on the simmering crisis on the EU’s borwashingtonpost.com
Tokyo's Olympic fears give way to acceptance, to a point
Tokyo Olympics Won Over By the Games FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2021, file photo, fireworks illuminate over National Stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, in Tokyo. But once the Games got underway and local media switched to covering Japanese athletes' “medal rush,” many Japanese were won over. But whether the Games lift public sentiment in a lasting way could hinge on how the virus plays out. Medical experts have raised alarms as virus infections accelerate in Tokyo; daily cases surged to new highs during the Olympics. On Aug. 5, Tokyo logged 5,042 cases, an all-time high since the pandemic began early last year.wftv.com
Mixed bag: Erratic Pandemic Olympics winds to a nuanced end
Tokyo Olympics The Price Tag FILE - In this July 27, 2021, file photo, people walk past the National Stadium in Tokyo. The price tag for the Tokyo Olympics is $15.4 billion. The Tokyo Olympics, christened with "2020" but held in mid-2021 after being interrupted for a year by the coronavirus, glided to their end Sunday night as an often surreal mixed bag for Japan and for the world. While Tokyo is handing off the Summer Games baton to Paris for 2024, the delay has effectively crammed two Olympics together. What are the Olympic Games supposed to be?wftv.com
USOPC to Congress: Beijing Olympic boycott not the solution
The head of the U_S_ Olympic and Paralympic Committee is telling Congress that a boycott of the Beijing Olympics next year will not solve any geopolitical issues with China and will only place athletes training for the games under a “cloud of uncertainty.”.
Russia's team name, flag agreed on for next 2 Olympics
LAUSANNE – With Russia’s name banned from the next two Olympics, the country's team and athletes will be officially branded as “ROC,” the International Olympic Committee said Friday. Russia’s team name, flag and national anthem were banned from this year’s Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. AdRussian competitors were known as “Olympic Athletes from Russia” at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. A piece of music to replace the Russian national anthem at medal ceremonies has not yet been agreed on. “The Russian Olympic Committee will submit a proposed musical score to be played for all ceremonies,” the IOC said.
'Cover up of cover-up' still led to downsized Russian ban
WADA had proposed a four-year ban for Russia for manipulating potentially inculpatory data it held in its Moscow lab for years before handing it over to investigators early in 2019. Still, CAS called for more lenient terms than WADA wanted, lowering the burden for Russian athletes to gain eligibility to compete as neutrals at the upcoming games in Tokyo and Beijing and softening a proposed ban on Russian government officials. The panel said it cut the sanction in part because WADA only ever intended the ban to include one Summer and one Winter Olympics. For instance, one of Russia's biggest victories was the loosening of conditions for Russian athletes to compete as neutrals. WADA had insisted athletes be able to prove they hadn't been implicated in Russia's non-compliance.
Sports court opens 4-day hearing in Russian doping case
FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2019 file photo Olympic Rings and a model of Misha the Bear Cub, the mascot of the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, left, are seen in the yard of Russian Olympic Committee building in Moscow, Russia. The Court of Arbitration for Sport judges will start on Monday Nov. 2, 2020, hearing evidence about a manipulated database from the Moscow testing laboratory. The case centers on a Moscow testing laboratory database that was long sealed by Russian state authorities before being handed over to WADA investigators last year. The Russian anti-doping agency has not accepted being ruled non-compliant last December, nor accepted a slate of punishments proposed by WADA’s executive committee. Russian officials have denied wrongdoing and blamed a western conspiracy to stop Russian athletes competing at major sports events.
Oxford study: Tokyo Olympics are most costly Summer Games
The Tokyo Olympics are already the most expensive Summer Games on record with costs set to go higher, a wide-ranging study from Britain's University of Oxford indicates. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)TOKYO The Tokyo Olympics are already the most expensive Summer Games on record with costs set to go higher, a wide-ranging study from Britain's University of Oxford indicates. Tracking Olympic costs is difficult, a dense maze of overlap and debate. Flyvbjerg writes: Unfortunatley, Olympics officials and hosts often misinform about the costs and cost overruns of the Games. This study also found Olympic cost overruns but said they were in line with other large-scale projects.
Cold War rivalries split the Olympics in Moscow in 1980
Here are some of the highlights of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. The Cold War made for decades of tense Olympic battles between the United States and the Soviet Union. Four years later, the Soviet Union boycotted the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles as retaliation. The Soviet war in Afghanistan rumbled on through the 1980 Olympics. Barely a decade later, the Soviet Union would be a thing of the past as it fractured into 15 newly independent countries.
Qatar interested in bidding for 2032 Olympics, Paralympics
Qatar is keen on on hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Qatar is turning its focus to bringing the Summer Games to the Middle East for the first time as it prepares to host the region's first World Cup in 2022. An interest in bidding for the Olympics comes as Qatar continues to face corruption allegations over how it won the rights to host the World Cup in a FIFA vote in December 2010. FIFA had to move the World Cup from its usual June-July slot to November-December 2022 due to the desert countrys fierce summer heat. The next Summer Olympics are the rescheduled Tokyo Games in 2021, followed by Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028.
Track group calls for change of Olympic protest rule
The IOC earlier this year reiterated its support of the rule that restricts protests inside the lines at the games. But in the aftermath of protests that stemmed from George Floyd's killing in May, the committee said it would consider measures that would allow athletes to make stronger protests. Among the board members signing off on the statement are Allyson Felix, Christian Taylor, Emma Coburn, Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Berry was an outspoken critic of the USOPC earlier this year when it made public shows of solidarity with Black athletes, suggesting the USOPC never reached out to her on the issue. The USOPC has formed an athletes' group to look into ways to combat racism, which could include calling for changes in the rule known as Rule 50.
Tokyo Olympic venues lined up, schedule remains the same
TOKYO The 42 venues for next years delayed Tokyo Olympics have been secured and the competition schedule will remain almost identical to the one that would have been used this year. The Athletes Village and the main press center have also been lined up for 2021. That was the message delivered Friday to IOC members by Tokyo organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori and CEO Toshiro Muto. However, women's softball and soccer will open on July 21, men's soccer on July 22, and archery and rowing on July 23. IOC President Thomas Bach said earlier this week that multiple scenarios are being thought about to pull off the Olympics next year.
Q&A: State of Tokyo Olympics 2 1/2 months after postponement
TOKYO It's been 2 1/2 months since the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The IOC executive board meets on Wednesday and will hear a brief presentation from Tokyo organizers on a remote hookup, explaining where things stand. Pierre Ducrey, Olympic Games operations director, said last week that retaining the Olympic Village was problem No. A: No matter where the Olympics are held, or in what city, most Olympic venues look much the same on television. Bach earlier this year warned against using the Tokyo Olympics as a platform for highlighting political and social causes.
Koepka ready to get back to work after nearly 3 months off
During his short offseason, Koepka had stem cell treatment on his left knee because the patella tendon was partially torn. As Li Haotong of China was making his debut at the Presidents Cup, Guan Tianlang was preparing to qualify for the PGA Tour Series-China. Ishikawa showed signs of getting back to form last year when he won three times on the Japan Golf Tour, his first titles since 2016 and his biggest year in Japan since 2010. Otherwise, the Japan Golf Tour season doesn't start until a week after the Masters. The last seven rounds on the PGA Tour in Hawaii were played under lift, clean and place rules.