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Vonn urges athletes use platform for good 'especially today'

Jun. 24, 2022 23:13 PM EDT

Lindsey Vonn used her induction speech into the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame on Friday to urge athletes to put their platform to good use, “especially today,” the day the Supreme Court overturned the landmark ruling that guaranteed a women's constitutional right to abortion. ...

Tensions sparking change in US Olympic world, but how much?

Jun. 24, 2022 15:31 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Changes are coming at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, sparked by frustration with years of flat revenue and what some portray as heavy-handed management in the wake of sex-abuse scandals that upended the movement in America. At their...

On Title IX's 50th, USOPC seeks accord on transgender policy

Jun. 23, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The biggest gathering of the year for U.S. Olympic policymakers fell on Thursday, the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Not surprisingly, one of the most urgent debates behind closed doors was what the future of the law might mean for transgender athletes in sports. ...

Salt Lake City Winter Olympics bid more likely for 2034

Jun. 23, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Recent meetings with the IOC have led U.S. officials to believe all signs point toward Salt Lake City bidding for the 2034 Winter Olympics, though they say Utah's capital will be ready if asked to host the 2030 Games, too. U.S. Olympic and Paralympic...

Miss Georgia pageant has first special-needs contestant

Jun. 18, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Kelsey Norris needs only one word to summarize her reaction to learning that she is the first candidate with an intellectual disability to qualify for the Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition in its 77-year history. “Happiness,” she told the...

7th member of Special Olympics Haitian delegation is missing

Jun. 13, 2022 08:17 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A seventh member of the Haitian delegation for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games has gone missing while visiting central Florida for the athletic competitions, authorities said. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office said Louis Jacques Wilguens was last...

6 Haitian men in Florida for Special Olympics go missing

Jun. 08, 2022 14:38 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Six men who came to central Florida as part of the Haitian delegation for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games have gone missing, according to a sheriff's office. No foul play is suspected and detectives are investigating their disappearance as an...

Phelps, Vonn among those heading to US Olympic & Para Hall

Jun. 06, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Lindsey Vonn, Michelle Kwan, Mia Hamm, Billie Jean King and the late Pat Summitt are among the nine individual women who will be inducted into the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame this summer, along with Michael Phelps and hurdling great Roger Kingdom. ...

Woman with ALS completes marathons in 50 states

Jun. 05, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When Andrea Peet first set the goal of being the first person with ALS to complete a full marathon in all 50 states, even she wasn’t sure she could do it. The task was monumental: she would need to finish 50 separate 26.2-mile races on a recumbent trike,...

Special Olympics drops vaccine rule after $27M fine threat

Jun. 03, 2022 13:37 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Special Olympics has dropped a coronavirus vaccine mandate for its games in Orlando after Florida moved to fine the organization $27.5 million for violating a state law against such rules. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday announced the...