Latest 2012 London Olympic Games News

Maryland hires Skinn as assistant for Willard's staff

Mar. 24, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland hired Tony Skinn as an assistant for new basketball coach Kevin Willard's staff. The school announced the move Thursday. Skinn spent this past season at Ohio State after working with Willard at Seton Hall prior to that. Skinn has...

29 hospitalized after London Olympic pool chlorine gas leak

Mar. 23, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Authorities said 29 people were taken to the hospital with breathing difficulties on Wednesday after a “high quantity of chlorine gas” leaked in a swimming pool at the London sports complex that hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics. The London Fire Brigade said around...

Russian race walker Lashmanova banned for doping, loses gold

Mar. 21, 2022 10:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Russian race walker Yelena Lashmanova has been banned for two years for doping and will be stripped of her Olympic gold medal, the Athletics Integrity Unit said Monday. Lashmanova won gold in the 20-kilometer race walk at the 2012 London Olympics and also at the world...

World judo body suspends Putin as its honorary president

Feb. 27, 2022 05:17 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Vladimir Putin temporarily lost his most senior official position in world sports on Sunday. The International Judo Federation cited “the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine” for suspending Putin’s honorary president status. The Russian...

Olympic mascots: Creative, cartoonish, at times contentious

Feb. 18, 2022 23:48 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The panda mascot of the Beijing Games has been a huge success here in the Chinese capital, where fans have lined up for hours to buy plush dolls of the round cartoon, Bing Dwen Dwen. Then last week, the character appeared on Chinese TV — and horrified viewers by...

Recent Russian doping controversies at the Olympics

Feb. 18, 2022 09:08 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The doping case of 15-year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva has dominated the conversation at the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Doping and other controversies involving Russian athletes have played a significant role at recent Olympics. Here's a timeline of how disputes...

EXPLAINER: Robots and Olympics — a potent photo combination

Feb. 17, 2022 09:38 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A figure skater framed only by ragged ice gazes up, almost beseechingly. A goaltender sprawls inside a net, defeat written all over his limbs, even with his face obscured. These Renaissance painting-like images capture the barrage of emotions evoked during Winter...