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US sprint great Allyson Felix joins IOC athletes' commission

Jul. 27, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — American sprint great Allyson Felix and a refugee cyclist originally from Afghanistan joined the International Olympic Committee's athletes' commission on Thursday. Felix is the most decorated female track and field athlete in Olympic history with seven...

Paris 2024 gets Macron's support for huge opening ceremony

Jul. 25, 2022 13:39 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Organizers of the Paris Olympics marked the two-years-to-go milestone to the 2024 games by unveiling the official slogan — "Games Wide Open" — on Monday and said they got fresh backing from French President Emmanuel Macron for their planned giant opening ceremony along the Seine...

Tokyo Olympic aftermath still being untangled a year later

Jul. 21, 2022 01:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics survived the COVID-19 postponement, soaring expenses and some public opposition. A year later, the costs and benefits remain as difficult to untangle as the Games were to pull off. In his speech at the closing ceremony, IOC President Thomas Bach said...

Los Angeles Olympics to begin July 14, 2028

Jul. 18, 2022 19:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2028 Los Angeles Olympics kicked off a six-year countdown on Monday with the announcement of the dates for the Games’ return to the city. The opening ceremony will be July 14. Competition will run through July 30. The Paralympic Games will be Aug. 15-27. ...

Ukraine on her mind as high jumper goes for gold at worlds

Jul. 16, 2022 19:26 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — It took her three days by car to escape from Ukraine after the war started. Champion high jumper Yaroslava Mahuchikh can only guess at how long it will take to get back. On her way out, Mahuchikh heard gunfire and could sometimes see shells raining down miles...

Jim Thorpe reinstated as sole winner for 1912 Olympic golds

Jul. 15, 2022 21:31 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Jim Thorpe has been reinstated as the sole winner of the 1912 Olympic pentathlon and decathlon in Stockholm — nearly 110 years after being stripped of those gold medals for violations of strict amateurism rules of the time. The International Olympic...

Column: Welcome to the Island of Misfit Sports

Jul. 15, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Like a fish out of water, Elisabeth Hammerstad tracks down a simple garden hose to wash off the sand and drench herself in a bit of relief from the blistering Alabama heat. The fair-skinned Hammerstad, her hair tied back in a French braid, has just helped...

Coe: 'Inconceivable' Russians would be allowed at worlds

Jul. 14, 2022 22:49 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The leader of global track and field said it would have been “inconceivable” to have allowed Russians into this week's world championships given the country's war against Ukraine. At his news conference Thursday, the eve of the championships, World Athletics...

Abe impersonated 'Super Mario' to promote Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 09, 2022 07:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Despite his prominence as Japan’s longest serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe may have enjoyed his biggest moment at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics before 70,000 at the city’s renown Maracana stadium. As a video was shown with Abe portrayed...

Russians officially out of track world championships

Jul. 08, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

Track and field officials confirmed Friday that Russians will not be allowed to compete at this month's world championships due to the war in Ukraine. The federation banned Russians from major international events shortly after the country invaded Ukraine in February. At the time,...