US Team still planning for Olympics despite ambassador’s doubts

Members of the Trump administration surprised the U.S. Olympic Committee by suggesting the nation’s participation at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games in South Korea was “an open question,” and the USOC responded by saying it has no plans on pulling out. The confusion began when U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, in response to a question in a […]

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Putin will allow Russians to compete at Pyeongchang Olympics

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t boycott the Pyeongchang Olympics. Putin said Wednesday his government will allow Russians to compete as neutral athletes at the upcoming games in South Korea. The International Olympic Committee has banned the Russian team from games as punishment for doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The IOC, however, […]

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Franklin not trying to be a better Missy, but a happy Missy

Missy Franklin is so upbeat, so full of energy, so dang positive all the time, it’s hard to imagine her ever going to a dark place. After what happened last summer, though, it’s only natural that she would start to question everything she stood for. “Being totally honest with you, it’s something that terrifies me,” […]

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Local Olympians made memories to last a lifetime in Rio

Brushing shoulders with some of the world’s greatest sports stars left Kat Sharkey a bit star-struck. It struck Casey Eichfeld that such Olympic fun never seems to get old. Whether the 2016 Rio Games were the Olympic debut for athletes like former Wyoming Seminary field hockey star Sharkey or the third Olympics for competitors like […]

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Russian Paralympics ban upheld

GENEVA — Two days after Russia finished fourth in the Olympic medal table, its Paralympic team was barred from the next big games in Rio de Janeiro as punishment for a state-backed doping program. Sport’s highest court on Tuesday upheld a decision by the International Paralympic Committee to exclude the sports superpower. It was a […]

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Rio throws final party to say goodbye to 2016 Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil and the world bid farewell Sunday to the first Olympic Games in South America, a 16-day spectacle that combined numerous highlight reel moments with ugly and even bizarre episodes that sometimes overshadowed the competitions. Thousands of fans braved strong winds and sporadic rains to watch the closing ceremony in iconic […]

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Usain Bolt stays perfect with gold in 4×100 relay

RIO DE JANEIRO — Undefeated, uncatchable, unquestionably the best. Usain Bolt bid a blazing-fast farewell to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics — and likely the Olympics altogether — Friday night with yet another anchor leg for the ages. He turned a close 4×100 relay race against Japan and the United States into a never-a-doubt runway, […]

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Biles wins floor exercise for record-tying 4th Olympic gold

RIO DE JANEIRO — Simone Biles put the finishing touches on one of the greatest Olympics by a gymnast, capturing her fourth gold of the games with a showstopping performance in the floor exercise on Tuesday. The 19-year-old American completed an extraordinary stretch that included a team gold for the “Final Five” as well as […]

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Simone Biles’ run at Olympic history ends with bronze in beam

RIO DE JANEIRO — Simone Biles felt her right foot slip. Then her left. As she reached down to steady herself on the balance beam — her first visible misstep during an astonishing Olympics that includes three gold medals and some of the most boundary pushing gymnastics ever — one thought ran through her head. […]

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US women eliminated in Olympic field hockey with controversial loss

Late in the first quarter, Wyoming Seminary graduate Kat Sharkey got her stick on a shot that couldn’t quite find the cage. In the third quarter, her former Sem teammate Kelsey Kolojejchick tipped a pass wide of the net. From beginning to end, the ball never did bounce the USA’s way. Germany scored two quick […]

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