Latest Russia Olympic Team News

Steven Holcomb’s Olympic legacy to grow, for a final time

Nov. 18, 2019 3:28 AM EST

U.S. bobsledder Steven Holcomb is getting one last victory celebration. A long overdue one. More than 2 1/2 years after his death — and almost six years removed from the bobsled races in question — Holcomb and his team are about to finally be presented the silver medals that they should have...

Russia, US go toe-to-toe at anti-doping meeting

Nov. 6, 2019 10:29 AM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The fight was about doping. The United States delivered haymakers. Russia came back with jabs. The proverbial blows were delivered Wednesday in a vast conference room in Poland during a pair of 3-minute speeches that cut through the tedium of an otherwise sleepy rule-making forum...

IOC pledges $10 million to anti-doping fight

Nov. 5, 2019 7:39 AM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The incoming leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency asked for more money. The International Olympic Committee said "Yes." IOC president Thomas Bach pledged $10 million to fight doping in sports, half of which would go toward storing samples from pre-Olympics testing for 10 years and...

Simone Biles sets all-time medal record at gymnastics worlds

Oct. 13, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Everyone counts Simone Biles' medals except Simone Biles. Winning her 24th and 25th world championship medals in beam and floor Sunday put the United States gymnast top of the all-time medal charts for the championships. Biles won five gold medals this week. If she can repeat that...

Russia's Nagornyy wins world all-around gymnastics gold

Oct. 11, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Winning world championship gold? It can get boring, at least for all-around gymnastics champ Nikita Nagornyy. The Russian gymnast won his first individual world title on Friday by more than 1 1/2 points, a year after fellow Russian Artur Dalaloyan needed a tiebreaker to win. That...

Putin wants to leave doping issues in past amid data inquiry

Oct. 10, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin says Russia wants to leave its doping "shortcomings" in the past, even as it faces questions regarding data tampering. The Russian president tells a televised sports conference that his country is complying with the World Anti-Doping Agency "to the fullest extent." WADA has...

The Latest: Fraser-Pryce wins fourth world 100 gold

Sep. 29, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The Latest from the track and field world championships in Qatar on Sunday (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica has won her fourth world championship gold medal in the 100 meters. After revealing a new rainbow-dyed hairstyle, she clocked 10.71 in front of a...

At track championships, it's as if Russia doesn't exist

Sep. 28, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — At the world track championships, it's as if the world's biggest country simply doesn't exist. Suspended for its second world championships due to doping, Russia has sent 30 "Authorized Neutral Athletes" who can't wear national colors. The icon next to their name on television and on the...

Back on track after avoiding ban, Coleman fastest at worlds

Sep. 27, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — When the world track and field championships opened in the Middle East for the first time Friday, there were some noticeable absences: Usain Bolt, Caster Semenya, Russian flags and fans. The 40,000-seat stadium — the first open-air venue of its kind with air conditioning —...

Post-Bolt worlds: track enters new territory minus Usain

Sep. 26, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A new era of track and field begins Friday at the world championships. For the first time since 2003, the sport's biggest event outside the Olympics will take place without Usain Bolt. The effervescent Jamaican, who made the sprints can't-miss entertainment any time he was on the track,...