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Decorated Olympic swimmer Yamanaka dies at 78

Feb 14, 2017

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 ...

Yuna Kim unveils Olympic torch

/ Feb 9, 2017

Yuna Kim unveils Olympic torch

The one-year countdown to the Pyeongchang Games began Thursday with Yuna Kim revealing the Olympic torch and organizers opening online ticket reservations. South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn and an International Olympic Committee delegation led by Gunilla Lindberg, who heads the IOC's coordination commission for ...

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 imposed ...

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 a ...

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 invented the ...

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 me and ...

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 medal ...