Latest Olympic games News

Inaugural Aurora Games ready to kick off in Albany, NY

Aug. 18, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — When former UCLA gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field was asked to be part of the inaugural Aurora Games, she jumped at the chance. Celebrating the female athlete is right up her alley. "The thing that really struck me is that we do celebrate these high-level athletes so infrequently...

Can Tokyo's efficient rail system handle Olympic strain?

Aug. 15, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — First, Tokyo Olympic fans will have to find scarce tickets and pay the price. Then there's the quandary of landing a hotel room with rates that are being inflated due to unprecedented demand. And the summer heat and humidity will be off-putting for some. Then there's one more hurdle: getting...

Nike track shoes used in 1972 Olympic trials sell for $50K

Aug. 15, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A pair of handmade Nike track shoes from the 1972 Olympic trials has sold for $50,000. Dave Russell, of Sacramento, sold the rare kicks last month to the Graduate Eugene hotel, a Nike-themed property in Eugene, Oregon. "They wanted something that would say, 'This is Nike town,' "...

Tokyo's summer heat forces triathlon test to be shortened

Aug. 15, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's summer heat has forced an Olympic women's triathlon qualifying event to be shortened because of high temperatures that are likely to impact next year's games. The International Triathlon Union reduced the running portion of the triathlon from 10 kilometers to 5 kilometers on Thursday...

Judge detains former Olympian charged in shooting at farm

Aug. 14, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A judge declined Wednesday to release a former Olympic equestrian charged with shooting and wounding a woman at his training center, while the man's lawyer claimed he was the target of threats and harassment by the victim and her fiance. Michael Barisone is charged with two counts...

USA Bobsled and Skeleton parting with CEO Darrin Steele

Aug. 13, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

USA Bobsled and Skeleton has decided to terminate the contract of CEO Darrin Steele, who oversaw teams that won nine Olympic medals and 12 world championship medals. Steele will remain in place for about another month. The federation's board of directors did not cite a specific reason for the change. Athletes...

How the Larry Nassar scandal has affected others

Aug. 12, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

Michigan State University's agreement Monday to resolve a federal civil-rights investigation related to now-imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar is the latest development stemming from the case. Numerous people have been charged, fired or forced out of their jobs during the investigations into the...

PHOTOS: Making most of small spaces in Tokyo's Golden Gai

Aug. 12, 2019 2:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It's no secret Tokyoites are masters of making the most of space. Take the Golden Gai in the Shinjuku district: Tucked between the Kabukicho entertainment district and Hanazono Shrine, nearly 280 bars and restaurants are squeezed into an area about the size of half a soccer field. The Golden...

Simone Biles soars to 6th US gymnastics title

Aug. 12, 2019 1:59 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The choice was entirely hers. Only there really wasn't of one for Simone Biles to make. Sure, she could have taken her triple-twisting double-flip (aka "the triple-double") out of her floor exercise routine during the final night of the U.S. women's gymnastics championships on...

US men's volleyball team secures bid to 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Aug. 11, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The U.S. men's volleyball team secured a bid to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, beating the Dutch host 25-18, 25-20, 17-25, 25-21 to go unbeaten in the round-robin Tokyo Volleyball Qualification Tournament. Ranked second in the world, coach John Speraw's squad will look to...