Latest United States Olympic Team News

Georgia soldiers see their OIympic dream deferred until 2021

Apr. 4, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Two Army soldiers stationed in Georgia say they’re willing to wait another year to see their Olympic dreams come true. Spc. Phillip Jungman and 1st Lt. Amber English both serve in uniform at Fort Benning outside Columbus. They’re also competitive skeet shooters who...

The Latest: US Tennis Association says best to not play now

Apr. 3, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: The U.S. Tennis Association says its best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a posting on its website on Friday, the USTA called it “in the best interest of society to take a collective...

Tokyo Games postponed could favor Missouri Olympian

Apr. 3, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Zach Garrett, a 2016 Olympic silver medalist in archery, is one of a handful of athletes in the Kansas City metro affected by the postponement of the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo until 2021. But it has also affected others in Kansas City who participate in and follow archery. Garrett,...

FILE - In this July 14, 2005, file photo, Team Sweden pulls during the men Tug of War competition at the World Games in Duisburg, Germany. Joining the array of postponed events in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Thursday that the 11th edition of the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama will now be held in the summer of 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

World Games in Birmingham, Alabama postponed until 2022

Apr. 2, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

The World Games is a showcase for athletes who compete in eclectic array of sports that have one thing in common: They are not part of the regular Olympic program. Now, they'll have to wait an extra year to take part in their Olympic-style competition because of the Tokyo Summer Games being pushed back to 2021. ...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 1935, file photo, General John J. Pershing makes a speech during the ceremony of planting an oak tree named after him to celebrate his 75th birthday and the 17th anniversary of the battle of St Mihiel, in St Mihiel, France. In the aftermath of World War I, 14 countries competed in the Inter-Allied Games in 1919, in a stadium named for Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe. (AP Photo/File)

A century ago, sports rises from ravages of war and disease

Apr. 1, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

The world in 1919 was hardly a place for fun and games. A war like no other had ravaged Europe, killing untold millions and leaving the continent devastated. The Spanish flu pandemic was waning but still wreaking its horrors, with some 50 million people dead worldwide, including 675,000 in the United States. But...

The Olympic rings are seen Monday, March 30, 2020, in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year's games. Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Latest: NJ Devils make donation for medical equipment

Mar. 31, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The owners of the NHL's New Jersey Devils have made a six-figure donation to the state’s largest health care system for medical equipment to ensure the safety and proper protection of all healthcare workers and first...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) dribbles during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Analysis: USA Basketball may face roster challenges for 2021

Mar. 31, 2020 2:12 AM EDT

Knowing when the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics will be solves one problem for USA Basketball. And it creates a few others. Let’s assume that the 2020-21 NBA season is over by next July, a premise that also assumes some sort of normalcy returns to the sports world and that the global coronavirus pandemic slows...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 25, 2020, file photo, a man walks in front of a Tokyo Olympics logo at the Tokyo metropolitan government headquarters. The postponement of the Tokyo Games has catapulted the sports organizations that make up the backbone of the U.S. Olympic team into crisis. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

The Latest: US Open tennis site to house temporary hospital

Mar. 30, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The site of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York is going to be used for 350 temporary hospital beds and to prepare food packages during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier says an...

Chloe Dygert of the United States competes during the qualification race during the Cycling World Championship in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (Sebastian Gollnow/dpa via AP)

New cycle: US riders face another year of training for Tokyo

Mar. 28, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

The decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics until next year because of the coronavirus pandemichas left American cyclists with an abundance of mixed feelings. Relief that a move had been finally made. Disappointment that a lifetime ambition will be delayed. Frustration that months and even years of planning have...

Sunisa Lee practices floor exercises Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 at Midwest Gymnastics in Little Canada, Minn. Lee has dreamed of making the U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team and hoped to compete in Tokyo this summer. Now, she’ll have to wait one more year as the 2020 Olympics have been postponed due to coronavirus. (Christine T. Nguyen/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

Minnesota gymnast Sunisa Lee's Olympic quest delayed a year

Mar. 28, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — For the last 10 years, almost everything Sunisa Lee has done has been in the name of 2020. Spending up to eight hours a day at the gym. Taking classes online so that she has the flexibility to spend long hours at the gym. Giving up family vacations and a social life. For the last...