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Paul McCartney song starts Paralympics on 100-day countdown to opening ceremony in Paris

May. 19, 2024 10:45 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — With an assist from Paul McCartney the Paralympic Games starts its 100-day race on Monday to the opening ceremony in Paris in August. The former Beatle has let “We All Stand Together” — the signature tune from an award-winning animated film he wrote and produced...

Alise Willoughby of US, Joris Daudet of France win BMX racing world titles ahead of Paris Olympics

May. 18, 2024 16:57 PM EDT

Alise Willoughby won her third BMX racing world championship on Saturday, the American standout taking the lead out of the starting gate, pulling away down the stretch and then throwing up her fist in triumph as she crossed over the finish line. Willoughby was followed by Zoe...

Most of the US contingent advances to Saturday at the BMX racing world championships

May. 17, 2024 19:00 PM EDT

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Two-time world champion Alise Willoughby, Felicia Stancil and Jeremy Smith led a strong American contingent at the BMX world championships Friday, cruising into the quarterfinal rounds this weekend before an appreciative home crowd. Willoughby, the 2016...

Pride House on Seine River barge is inaugurated by Paris Olympics organizers

May. 17, 2024 11:36 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Pride House of the Paris Olympics was inaugurated on a barge in the Seine River by Games organizers on Friday. The boat, moored between the Grand Palais and the Place de la Concorde in the city center, is meant to be a safe space for LGBTQ athletes and visitors...

BMX racing world championships hit South Carolina with Olympic berths on the line

May. 16, 2024 14:28 PM EDT

The almost nomadic nature of high-level BMX racing means that American riders such as Alise Willoughby, the two-time world champion and a former Olympic silver medalist, rarely get to compete in front of friends and family. Last year's World Cup schedule took riders to Turkey, the...

Simone Biles is stepping into the Olympic spotlight again. She is better prepared for the pressure

May. 16, 2024 10:14 AM EDT

SPRING, Texas (AP) — Simone Biles is not “cured.” Let's start there. A cure implies finality. An ultimate and decisive victory. If the gymnastics superstar has learned anything in the three years since those strange, uncertain days in Tokyo when she put her...

Olympic triathlete Taylor Knibb wins US cycling time trial to earn spot in Paris in a second sport

May. 15, 2024 15:29 PM EDT

Olympic triathlete Taylor Knibb stunned even herself by winning the women's time trial at the U.S. road cycling championships. Now, she will have the opportunity to compete in two different sports at this year's Paris Games. Knibb ripped over the flat, out-and-back...

Van der Poel will skip mountain bike event at Paris Olympics to focus on road race

May. 15, 2024 10:16 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — World champion Mathieu van der Poel will focus on the Olympic road race at the Paris Games this summer, after competing in the Tour de France, and skip mountain biking. The versatile Dutch racer said Wednesday that combining the Tour and the road race is “the most...

Paris garbage collectors lift strike threat ahead of Olympic Games

May. 15, 2024 06:59 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris garbage collectors have lifted the strike notice that threatened to leave the French capital facing piles of rubbish during the Olympic Games. Paris City Hall said Wednesday it had sealed a deal with the workers and that the strike notice covering several days in...

The 'accidental hero' gold medalist Steven Bradbury receives an Australian bravery award for rescues

May. 14, 2024 23:43 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — More than 20 years after winning an unlikely gold medal in short track speedskating at the Salt Lake City Olympics, Steven Bradbury is back in the news for another good reason. Bradbury has been presented with a bravery award by the Queensland state...