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Nathan Chen performs during the senior men's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Lynn Hey)

Chen soars to personal best and US short program victory

Jan. 25, 2020 5:55 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Coming off illness and spending much of his days as a full-time college student, Nathan Chen shouldn't have been capable of setting a personal best Saturday at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Then again, maybe it's wise to expect only greatness from the three-time defending...

Davis/White, Meissner, Casey entering skating Hall of Fame

Jan. 25, 2020 2:34 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — As they enter the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Meryl Davis and Charlie White ponder just who they are joining in receiving one of the highest honors in their sport. “One of the things that makes it so special is we are friends with and respect so much so many previous...

Madison Chock and Evan Bates compete in the senior rhythm dance short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Lynn Hey)

Alysa Liu successfully defends U.S women's skating title

Jan. 25, 2020 2:12 AM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Alysa Liu watched Mariah Bell put out the performance of her life. Then the 14-year-old defending champion did Bell one better. Liu needed all of her technical brilliance in her impressive jumping arsenal to hold off Bell at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships title Friday night....

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968 file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. Some athletes are criticizing the International Olympic Committee for prohibiting political protests on the medal podium. Olympic officials reminded athletes last week not to make political statements at the Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/File)

Protests or not, politics and Olympics are intertwined

Jan. 25, 2020 12:05 AM EST

More than a half-century later, Tommie Smith and John Carlos are cemented into Olympic lore — their names enshrined in the Olympic Hall of Fame in the United States, their portrait an indelible fixture on the universal sports landscape. As for that raised-fist salute that transformed them into Olympic...

Laurie Hernandez trains with other USA gymnasts in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Hernandez, a two-time Olympic medalist, and other veterans in the USA Gymnastics elite program have praised the organization for taking steps to become more accountable and transparent in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

Athletes warily embrace progress as USA Gymnastics evolves

Jan. 24, 2020 2:46 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The dread was familiar. The fear too. They gripped MyKayla Skinner shortly after she decided to return to elite gymnastics last summer. Skinner wasn't worried about recapturing the skills that made her an alternate on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. A standout college career at Utah not...

Iranian Taekwondo athlete Kimia Alizadeh speaks to the media at a press conference in Luenen, Germany, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Iran's only female Olympic medalist fled from the Islamic Republic and said she wants to compete for Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Iran's female Olympic medalist seeks new life in Germany

Jan. 24, 2020 2:12 PM EST

LÜNEN, Germany (AP) — Iran's only female Olympic medalist said Friday she wants to compete for Germany after defecting from her native country. Kimia Alizadeh is trying to rebuild her life and career after she announced this month she had left Iran, citing sexism on the part of officials there....

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 file photo, players from Britain pose with their gold medals following the medals ceremony for the women's field hockey competition at 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Britain are playing in the 2020 FIH Pro League competition as main preparation for defending their titles in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, file)

Pro League tests field hockey's best ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Jan. 24, 2020 11:47 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The United States women's season-opening Pro League field hockey game against the Netherlands in North Carolina on Friday was canceled after the death of team manager Larry Amar. Amar, who died this week, was the captain the U.S. men's field hockey team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He joined...

Fireworks light up the sky near the illuminated Olympic rings during a ceremony held to celebrate the 6-months-to-go milestone for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in the Odaiba district of Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Tokyo Olympics reach 6-months-to-go mark with some fireworks

Jan. 24, 2020 6:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo put on a flashy fireworks display on Friday to mark the 6-months-to-go milestone for this year's Olympics. The show took place high above a barge stationed in Tokyo Bay that supports a massive replica of the five Olympic rings, a reminder the games are almost here. Japan residents needed...

FILE - In this  July 24, 2019, file photo, Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals are unveiled during a One Year to Go Olympic ceremony event in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympics open exactly six months from Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 and the United States and China are picked to finish 1-2 in the overall medal count and the gold-medal count. That's the easy part in a forecast done by Gracenote Sports about which countries will win the most Olympic medals. Gracenote supplies analysis for leagues around the world and has a solid track record forecasting recent Olympics. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Six months to go: A look at the Tokyo Olympic medal count

Jan. 23, 2020 11:02 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics open in exactly six months, and the United States and China are picked to finish 1-2 in the overall medal count and the gold-medal count. That's the easy part in a forecast done by Gracenote Sports about which countries will win the most Olympic medals. Gracenote supplies...

USOPC to fund professional staff to help athletes council

Jan. 23, 2020 4:42 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee struck a deal to provide $525,000 this year for its athletes council to hire professional staff to help the council's volunteer leaders navigate the thorny issues that surround the Olympic movement. The USOPC also has rewritten its...