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AP WAS THERE: 1924 Paris Olympics

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th - 11:22am

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story from the Paris Games of 1924 was published in the Aberdeen American newspaper on July 9. The story is published as it appears in the newspaper despite several punctuation errors and one major error is the description of the 800-meter race. There was no Olympic runner in that race named Leon Stafford. But William Richardson attended Stanford University and at the time the AP put in schools or clubs and referred to that particular university as Leland Stanford. It is unclear who made the error. Note also the language to describe DeHart Hubbard. The American long jumper was the first Black athlete to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics.

Planning for Olympics in a pandemic has echoes of 1920 Games

James Ellingworth, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th - 2:18pm

Olympic athletes competing for gold medals in a world reeling from a pandemic? It won't be the first time.

AP WAS THERE: 1920 Olympics

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th - 1:57pm

With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of the Summer Games. This story was published in the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger newspaper on August 23, 1920. The story is published as it appears in the newspaper, using the contemporary style and any published errors. The marathon winner was Hannes Kolehmainen, not Kolehminen, and his challenger in the race was Chris Gitsham, not Charles Gitsham.

NBC resets focus for Tokyo while looking ahead to Beijing

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th - 12:10am

which has the U.S. media rights through the 2032 Summer Games — had already done most of its features and taped promos before the International Olympic Committee postponed the games in March. With hardly any access to athletes currently, the network is asking them to chronicle their revised training routines for any updates or new features.

3 sporting trailblazers light up Stockholm Olympics in 1912

Steve Douglas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 26th - 11:55am

Hannes Kolehmainen was the first of the “Flying Finns.” Duke Kahanamoku was the father of modern surfing. Jim Thorpe was the modest, uncomplicated Native American who might be the greatest athlete ever.

AP WAS THERE: 1904 St. Louis Olympics

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 24th - 9:35am

With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was transmitted from the 1904 Olympics on the day of the marathon. The story is reprinted here as it ran in The San Bernardino County (California) Sun on Aug. 31, 1904, using the contemporary style, terminology and including any published errors. Note that Fred Lorz, who would later win the 1905 Boston Marathon, is identified in this report as Fred Lorg.

St. Louis Olympics was really World's Fair with some sports

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 24th - 9:31am

The first Summer Olympics held in the U.S. looked unlike anything that had happened previously in Europe.

AP WAS THERE: 1900 Paris Olympics

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 23rd - 1:17pm

With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on July 17, 1900. The story is published as it appears in the newspaper, including errors and language of the time.

P&G extends Olympic sponsorship, focusing on equality drive

Rob Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 22nd - 6:48am

Procter & Gamble will use its Olympic and Paralympic sponsorship to campaign for racial equality after extending its backing of the games through 2028.

Bach warns against Olympic boycotts, seeks re-election

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 17th - 10:46am

IOC president Thomas Bach warned against Olympic boycotts on Friday while also confirming he will seek re-election next year.

American sprinter Stevens banned 18 months for missed tests

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 6:42am

Olympic finalist sprinter Deajah Stevens was banned for 18 months on Thursday for missing doping tests and will miss the Tokyo Games.

Ready to fight, Herring knocked out by virus again

Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 12:48pm

Jamel Herring was supposed to fight Tuesday night as part of a feel-good card topped by two boxers who had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Rainout sets up NASCAR Sunday tripleheader

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 27th - 11:42am

NASCAR is set for a tripleheader of racing tomorrow at Pocono Raceway from three national series, after rain washed out a Truck Series race today. That race was moved to tomorrow morning, ahead of the scheduled 225 miles of Xfinity racing and a 350-mile Cup Series race. NASCAR says it’s the first time three NASCAR National Series races will be raced on the same day at the same track. So far, the Cup Series race scheduled for this afternoon is still on.

Carlos, US athletes take stand to end Olympic protest rule

Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 27th - 10:51am

John Carlos wants to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics.

Osterman, teammates criticize softball team for anthem tweet

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 7:08pm

A fast-pitch softball team was sharply criticized by U.S. star Cat Osterman and several of her teammates after it tweeted to President Donald Trump that its players were standing for the national anthem and respecting the flag.

Trial of Diacks exposes dark backdrop of track golden era

John Leicester and Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 18th - 4:21am

As Usain Bolt set the world ablaze, making athletics the hottest ticket at the Olympic Games, the sport was also being eaten from within.

Women sue USA Swimming over sexual abuse by coaches

Beth Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 10th - 4:14pm

two in Alameda County Superior Court in Northern California and one in Orange County Superior Court in Southern California. Among individuals named in the suits are former U.S. Olympic and national team coach Mitch Ivey, former U.S. national team director Everett Uchiyama and former coach Andrew King.

IOC to open talks about easing protest ban at Olympics

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 10th - 1:55pm

Amid a global wave of demonstrations against racism, the IOC said Wednesday it would open talks that could let athletes make stronger protests at the Olympic Games.

USOPC forming group to look into Olympic protests

Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 9th - 6:09pm

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is creating an athlete group that will look into loosening restrictions on protests at the games.