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Decorated Olympic swimmer Yamanaka dies at 78

Five-time Olympic medal-winning swimmer and former world-record holder Tsuyoshi Yamanaka died of pneumonia Friday at a Tokyo hospital, his family said. He was 78. Yamanaka won two silver medals in the men’s 400- and 1,500-meter freestyle at the 1956 Melbourne Games as a high school senior, another two silver in ...

White may compete in skateboard at 2020 Games

Feb 9, 2017

White may compete in skateboard at 2020 Games

The next Olympics are still a year away, and already, Shaun White is thinking about the games after that. And it has nothing to do with the halfpipe. The world’s best-known snowboarder tells AP he’s exploring competing at the Tokyo Summer Olympics in skateboarding, ...

IOC joins talks to get NHL players in 2018 Olympics

Feb 4, 2017

IOC joins talks to get NHL players in 2018 Olympics

The four top stakeholders in the discussion over whether NHL players will participate in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year met without resolution Friday, with one warning that time is running short to make a decision. Thomas Bach, the president of the ...

Feb 3, 2017

Russians haven't returned Olympic medals, official says

None of the Russian athletes recently stripped of their Olympic titles for doping have returned their medals, the country’s Olympic committee said Thursday. Russia has had 18 medalists disqualified in doping cases from Olympic retesting from the 2008 and 2012 Games. Ten more Russians ...

Jan 31, 2017

Travel ban won't affect athletes, U.S. government tells USOC

The U.S. government has told the U.S. Olympic Committee that the travel ban put in place over the weekend shouldn’t impact athletes traveling to the United States for international events. In a statement Monday, USOC leaders said the government told them it would work ...

Jan 31, 2017

LA mayor positive about 2024 Olympic bid

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday he is confident the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid will be evaluated on its merits even in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s new immigration ban. A temporary ban on immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations was ...

Jan 22, 2017

Germany calls for Russian Olympic ban

A ban of Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics and possibly the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games should be considered if there was state-run doping in the country, Germany’s Olympic Committee chief Alfons Hoermann said on Sunday. Leaders of 19 anti-doping agencies also called for ...

Jan 3, 2017

Former Olympic skiing champion Vuarnet, 83, passes away

Ex-Olympic downhill skiing champion Jean Vuarnet has died at age 83, French local newspaper Le Dauphine Libere reported on Monday. Vuarnet, who won a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics, died of a stroke in Sallanches in the French Alps, the newspaper said. He ...

Five-time Olympic diving champion Wu retires

Dec 15, 2016

Five-time Olympic diving champion Wu retires

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Wu Minxia, China’s most successful female diver, announced her retirement on Thursday due to her “physical condition.” “Now, though reluctantly, it’s time to leave,” the 31-year-old said on her official Weibo account. “The story of Chinese diving didn’t start with ...

Dec 10, 2016

Murofushi expresses shock over McLaren Report findings

Former Olympian Koji Murofushi said Saturday that the McLaren Report released on Fridayby the World Anti-Doping Agency implicating over 1,000 Russian athletes in an institutional doping conspiracy was “shocking.” “The scope is very big. It’s a shocking report,” said Murofushi, who won the gold ...