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Paavo Nurmi's five Olympic running golds will be displayed in Paris next month

Paavo Nurmi's five Olympic running golds will be displayed in Paris next month

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 26 - 11:19 a.m.  |  Save Story

World Athletics says the five Olympic gold medals won by Finnish running great Paavo Nurmi will return to Paris next month. They will be on display to mark a century since Nurmi's unique achievement at the 1924 Paris Games. To mark the upcoming Paris Games, the medals will be exhibited from March 27-Sept. 22 at the Monnaie de Paris on the left bank of the river Seine. They form part of a larger exhibition of Olympic medals organized by the museum of the French mint. Nurmi's five medals are the most athletics golds won at a single Games.
Antoine Dupont takes first steps in his bid to help France win rugby sevens at Paris Games

Antoine Dupont takes first steps in his bid to help France win rugby sevens at Paris Games

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 24 - 6:18 a.m.  |  Save Story

Standout scrumhalf Antoine Dupont has taken the first steps in his bid to help France win the rugby sevens at the Paris Olympics this summer. Dupont came on midway through the second half in a 24-12 win against the United States and once again in a 40-7 win against Samoa on Friday in Vancouver which is hosting the fourth round of the men's and women's HSBC SVNS competition. The 27-year-old Dupont is widely considered the world's best rugby union player in the traditional 15-a-side format. He has taken time out to adapt to the 7s format ahead of playing at the July 26-Aug. 11 Paris Games.
Olympic all-around champ Sunisa Lee is happy competing again. She also wants a skill named for her

Olympic all-around champ Sunisa Lee is happy competing again. She also wants a skill named for her

Gary B. Graves, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 23 - 2:38 p.m.  |  Save Story

Simply competing is an encouraging sign that Sunisa Lee is in a healthy place. Health is obviously a huge matter considering the reigning Olympic all-around champion endures a kidney-related issue that halted her college career after her sophomore season last year at Auburn. She is rebounding from the emotional lows that followed. All of which makes Lee's work toward having an uneven bars skill named after her as impressive as taking the year's first competitive step toward this summer's Paris Games. Lee is competing in this weekend's USA Gymnastic Winter Cup.
Russian Olympic Committee loses appeal against suspension by the IOC

Russian Olympic Committee loses appeal against suspension by the IOC

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 23 - 9:14 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Russian Olympic Committee has lost an appeal against its suspension by the International Olympic Committee. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it dismissed the ROC's appeal against the suspension imposed in October. The IOC objected to the ROC incorporating four sports bodies representing regions of eastern Ukraine. CAS says it found the IOC's suspension "did not breach the principles of legality, equality, predictability or proportionality." The suspension removed the ROC's right to receive funding from the IOC but has not affected any Russians who are competing in international sports as neutral athletes.
IOC says there will be no compromise if Milan-Cortina Olympics track is not ready by March 2025

IOC says there will be no compromise if Milan-Cortina Olympics track is not ready by March 2025

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 23 - 8:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

The International Olympic Committee has reiterated that the bobsled track for the Milan-Cortina Games has to be ready by March 2025 and that there will be no "compromise." Italy is going ahead with a controversial, $90 million plan to rebuild the historic track in Cortina for the 2026 Winter Olympics, despite fierce opposition from the IOC. Olympic Games executive director Christophe Dubi says the IOC "expressed a wish" but "the reality is that today there is a construction site which is in Cortina." He spoke at a news conference in Venice on Friday at the end of a three-day visit by the IOC's Coordination Commission.
2012 Olympic champ Gabby Douglas pulls out of first meet in 8 years after testing positive for COVID

2012 Olympic champ Gabby Douglas pulls out of first meet in 8 years after testing positive for COVID

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 22 - 3:28 p.m.  |  Save Story

Gabby Douglas' return to competition is going to have to wait. The 2012 Olympic gymnastics champion pulled out the Winter Cup in Louisville, Kentucky. Douglas posted on social media that she tested positive for COVID-19. The 28-year-old Douglas was planning to compete in three of the four events at Winter Cup, her first meet since the 2016 Olympics, when she helped the Americans win a team gold. While Douglas is out, reigning Olympic all-around champion Suni Lee is expected to compete in two events as she returns from injuries that limited her training last year.
Olympic equestrian champ cleared of violence in domestic dispute case

Olympic equestrian champ cleared of violence in domestic dispute case

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 22 - 12:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Former Olympic equestrian champion Kevin Staut has been cleared by a French court of assaulting his former partner, his lawyer has told the Associated Press. His ex-partner, Norwegian horse rider Marie Valdar Longem says she will appeal her sentence of a 1,500 euros fine. Lawyer Fanny Colin told the AP she welcomes the ruling. The court ruling in the French city of Lisieux was not immediately available. Staut was part of the French team that won the gold medal in the jumping team final at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The couple accused each other of violence during an argument in a hotel room in February last year.
Anti-doping law nets first prison sentence for therapist who helped sprinters get drugs

Anti-doping law nets first prison sentence for therapist who helped sprinters get drugs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 22 - 12:29 p.m.  |  Save Story

The first person charged for violating a 2020 law that forbids conspiracies to taint international sports events through performance-enhancing drugs received a three-month prison sentence. Federal prosecutors used the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act to charge Eric Lira, a Texas-based therapist, with supplying human-growth hormone and other performance enhancers to a pair of Nigerian athletes who were regulars on NCAA, Olympic and world championship podiums. Lira pleaded guilty in May. U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said the message the prison sentence sends is especially important this year with the Olympics coming this year to Paris.
Los Angeles organizers hire 2 companies to sell tickets for 2028 Olympics

Los Angeles organizers hire 2 companies to sell tickets for 2028 Olympics

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 21 - 2:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Organizers for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics have reached an agreement with two major companies to sell tickets for the games. The deal involves Los Angeles-based AXS and Germany-based CTS EVENTIM forming a joint venture to promote, sell and distribute LA28 tickets globally. The companies' websites, as well as LA28's website, will sell tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic games. CTS EVENTIM has two decades of experience selling Olympic tickets. AXS was founded in 2011 and sells tickets for sports and entertainment events. It is owned by AEG.
Hundreds are set to descend on Tahiti for Olympic surfing. Can locals protect their way of life?

Hundreds are set to descend on Tahiti for Olympic surfing. Can locals protect their way of life?

Daniel Cole, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 19 - 9:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

The world-famous surf spot of Teahupo'o in Tahiti, French Polynesia, is set to host the 2024 Paris Olympics surfing competition. But the decision has thrust unprecedented challenges onto a small community that has long cherished and strives to protect a Tahitian way of life more closely connected to its wild lands and crystal-clear ocean than the fame promised by an Olympic stage. And while organizers are trying to adjust their plans to conserve the local environment, making sure that the village of Teahupo'o stays a village will still be an uphill struggle for locals.
Run Utah roundup: Another BYU alum has qualified for the Olympic marathon

Run Utah roundup: Another BYU alum has qualified for the Olympic marathon

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 19 - 9:06 a.m.  |  Save Story

Former BYU harrier Rory Linkletter ran the Olympic marathon standard in the Seville Marathon in Spain, while a trio of Utah prep stars set meet records at the Simplot Games in Idaho.
Carnival parades on the French Riviera celebrate pop culture and the Olympics coming to Paris

Carnival parades on the French Riviera celebrate pop culture and the Olympics coming to Paris

Barbara Surk, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 18 - 12:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

As most of Europe moves into the solemn weeks before Easter, the party is just getting started on the French Rivera. The Mediterranean town of Menton showcased its lush citrus and celebrated the upcoming Olympics in Paris during its Carnival parade on Sunday. Sculptures of athletes assembled from lemons and oranges decorated the streets and rode on giant floats. Nice, the Rivera's capital, kicked off its annual Carnival season on Saturday night with a pop culture-themed parade that featured "Star Wars" character Luke Skywalker as king and Marilyn Monroe, clad in a Superwoman costume, as his queen. Modern versions of Carnival over the past century mocked politicians and ridiculed public figures.
Six-time Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy says he is undergoing treatment for cancer

Six-time Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy says he is undergoing treatment for cancer

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 16 - 5:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

Six-time Olympic champion Chris Hoy says he has been diagnosed with cancer and that he felt "forced" to reveal the news. The 47-year-old former track cycling star said he was diagnosed with the disease last year and that he is currently undergoing treatment, including chemotherapy, adding that it is "going really well" and he currently feels "fine." Writing on his Instagram account, Hoy said: "For the sake of my young family, I had hoped to keep this information private but regrettably our hand has been forced." He gave no further details or the type of cancer he has.  Hoy won gold in the 1-kilometer track time trial at Athens in 2004 and added to his gold medal total by winning three more at Beijing four years later and two at London in 2012.
Netherlands, China each claim two swimming gold medals at world championships

Netherlands, China each claim two swimming gold medals at world championships

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 16 - 12:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

Marrit Steenbergen and Tes Schouten made it a golden night for the Netherlands at the World Aquatics Championships. China was celebrating, too, adding two more victories to its medal haul. Steenbergen touched first in the women's 100-meter freestyle and Schouten captured gold in the 200 breaststroke. The Dutch nearly made it three golds, but China's Dong Zhihao chased down Caspar Corbeau in the men's 200 breast. With a similar comeback, China rallied on the final lap behind 16-year-old anchor Zhang Zhanshuo for a victory in the men's 4x200 freestyle relay. Spain's Hugo González captured gold in the men's 200 backstroke.
Ice dancers Torvill and Dean return to Sarajevo on 40th anniversary of their Winter Olympic gold

Ice dancers Torvill and Dean return to Sarajevo on 40th anniversary of their Winter Olympic gold

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 14 - 1:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

British ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have received a warm welcome as they returned to Sarajevo to mark the 40th anniversary of their gold medal-winning Winter Olympic performance. Torvill and Dean skated together Wednesday evening at an event celebrating the legacy of the 1984 Olympics. The pair called on spectators to wear purple, the color of the costumes they wore in 1984. Their performance will open a figure skating competition being held to mark the anniversary. It's taking place at the rink which hosted ice hockey at the Olympics.
President's intervention keeps Paris' riverside bookstalls in place for the Olympics

President's intervention keeps Paris' riverside bookstalls in place for the Olympics

Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 13 - 12:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

French President Emmanuel Macron has canceled plans to move Paris' famed second-hand booksellers' boxes from the banks of the Seine River in preparation for the opening ceremony of the Olympics in July. A statement from the Elysee presidential palace on Tuesday said Macron asked France's interior minister and Paris police "to ensure that all booksellers are preserved and that none of them be forced to move." It says Macron considered the riverside book stalls an example of the "living heritage of the capital." Police told the booksellers last summer that, for security reasons, several hundred of their stalls would be temporarily relocated a few days before the July 26 opening ceremony of the Summer Games.
USA Basketball names Cheryl Reeve's assistants as Americans chase 8th straight Olympic gold

USA Basketball names Cheryl Reeve's assistants as Americans chase 8th straight Olympic gold

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 13 - 10:58 a.m.  |  Save Story

U.S. women's basketball coach Cheryl Reeve will have Mike Thibault, Duke coach Kara Lawson and Texas A&M coach Joni Taylor as her assistants at the Paris Olympics. USA Basketball announced Reeve's coaching staff for the women's national team Tuesday. It keeps together the staff that clinched an automatic berth for the 2024 Olympics by winning the World Cup. Reeve says each has different strengths and she's looking forward to working with them. The Americans will be trying to win an eighth straight and 11th Olympic gold overall dating back to 1996 when the Games start on July 26.
Adam Peaty marks his return from a mental health break with a bronze at swim worlds; US wins 2 golds

Adam Peaty marks his return from a mental health break with a bronze at swim worlds; US wins 2 golds

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 12 - 11:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

World-record holder Adam Peaty marked his return to major competition with a bronze medal in the 100-meter breaststroke at the World Aquatics Championships after an extended break to deal with mental health issues. American swimmer Nic Fink won gold in 58.57 seconds. Nicolo Martinenghi of Italy claimed silver in 58.84 and Peaty touched in 59.10. Peaty had a slow start and never quite recovered but his main goal this season is still to come at the Paris Olympics. Kate Douglass took the Americans' second gold of the night by defending her 200 individual medley title. Angelina Kohler of Germany won the 100 butterfly and Diogo Ribeiro of Portugal took the 50 fly
War-scarred Sarajevo celebrates 40th anniversary of 1984 Winter Olympics and looks to the future

War-scarred Sarajevo celebrates 40th anniversary of 1984 Winter Olympics and looks to the future

Sabina Niksic, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 12 - 2:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

War-scarred Sarajevo is looking back to happier times from February 1984 as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of staging a successful Winter Olympics. It was a time of opportunity for Yugoslavia, of which Bosnia was then a part, but less than a decade later everything had changed. Bosnian Serb forces laid siege to Sarajevo in the early 1990s during the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia. Bosnian and international athletes and officials gathered Thursday in Sarajevo to mark the 40th anniversary of the opening ceremony. IOC president Thomas Bach thanked Sarajevo by video for rebuilding its Olympic heritage after "the guns fell silent."
Olympic weasels? New Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Games mascots revealed

Olympic weasels? New Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Games mascots revealed

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 11 - 10:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

The official mascots for the next Winter Games, being held two years from now in Milan-Cortina, Italy, will be a pair of, well, weasels known for their luxurious winter pelts, who hang out with a half-dozen snowdrops.
Paris Olympics women's basketball field set as qualifying tournaments finish

Paris Olympics women's basketball field set as qualifying tournaments finish

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 11 - 6:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

The women's basketball field is nearly set for the Paris Olympics, with nine teams joining the U.S. and France. The most unlikely of the bunch to qualify was Canada. The Canadians lost on Sunday and needed host Hungary to lose to Spain to get in to their fourth straight Olympics. Spain had already qualified and didn't have much to play for. The Spaniards were down 22, but rallied for the one-point win by outscoring Hungary by 15 in the fourth quarter. Other teams to qualify at the four tournaments included Australia, Belgium, China, Japan, Nigeria, Puerto Rico and Spain. The final two bids went to Serbia and Germany. The Serbians had to wait until the Germans beat Brazil in the last game of the four tournaments.
Pan swims fastest 100 meters in history to help China win relay gold at aquatics worlds

Pan swims fastest 100 meters in history to help China win relay gold at aquatics worlds

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 11 - 1:16 p.m.  |  Save Story

Despite the absence of many of the sport's biggest names there was nevertheless a world record broken as the swimming events started at the World Aquatics Championships. Teenager Pan Zhanle swam the fastest 100 meters in history as he led off China's gold medal-winning 4x100 freestyle relay team. His time of 46.80 seconds took six hundredths off Romanian David Popovici's world record from 2022 and established the 19-year-old as one to beat in swimming's marquee race at this year's Paris Olympics. China won the relay ahead of Italy and the United States. Erika Fairweather became New Zealand's first ever gold medalist at a World Aquatics Championships by winning the women's 400 free.
Paris 2024 unveils only purpose-built Olympics venue in city, five months ahead of Summer Games

Paris 2024 unveils only purpose-built Olympics venue in city, five months ahead of Summer Games

Thomas Adamson And Oleg Cetinic, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 11 - 7:46 a.m.  |  Save Story

In a significant stride in its preparations for the 2024 Olympics, Paris has inaugurated the Adidas Arena at Porte de la Chapelle. It is the sole purpose-built site in the French capital for the upcoming Games. Situated in one of Paris' poorest neighborhoods, the arena highlights the city's pledges to the global sporting community and its local residents. The €138 million facility, constructed amidst challenges including steel supply disruptions due to geopolitical tensions, is intended to symbolize the city's aspiration for a sustainable Games. The building features recycled materials and innovative features like a sensory room for attendees with cognitive disorders.
More than 100 people protest over 'unsustainable' 2026 Olympics in Milan-Cortina

More than 100 people protest over 'unsustainable' 2026 Olympics in Milan-Cortina

Daniella Matar, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 10 - 11:11 a.m.  |  Save Story

More than 100 people turned up to protest over the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics despite the inclement weather. Around 150 people gathered in the pouring rain on Saturday outside the construction site for the Olympic Village in Milan. Many held banners and placards against what organizers of the protest called "the most unsustainable Games ever." One sign was in the shape of the Olympic logo of five rings, with the words "concreting," "gentrification," "greenwashing," "privatization" and "eviction" written in the circles. The march was organised by the Comitato Insostenibili Olimpiadi (Unsustainable Olympics Committee) against the rising costs and environmental damage.
War-scarred Sarajevo celebrates 40th anniversary of 1984 Winter Olympics and looks to the future

War-scarred Sarajevo celebrates 40th anniversary of 1984 Winter Olympics and looks to the future

Sabina Niksic, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 9 - 10:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

War-scarred Sarajevo is looking back to happier times from February 1984 as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of staging a successful Winter Olympics. It was a time of opportunity for Yugoslavia, of which Bosnia was then a part, but less than a decade later everything had changed. Bosnian Serb forces laid siege to Sarajevo in the early 1990s during the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia. Bosnian and international athletes and officials gathered Thursday in Sarajevo to mark the 40th anniversary of the opening ceremony. IOC president Thomas Bach thanked Sarajevo by video for rebuilding its Olympic heritage after "the guns fell silent."
ISU defends its decision to give Russians bronze medal from Beijing Olympics after doping case

ISU defends its decision to give Russians bronze medal from Beijing Olympics after doping case

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 9 - 11:08 a.m.  |  Save Story

The governing body that oversees figure skating has defended its decision to award the bronze medal from the 2022 Beijing Olympics to the Russian squad. That decision comes despite the disqualification of team member Kamila Valieva for a highly publicized doping violation that caused a reshuffling of the medals. The ISU stripped the Russians of the 10 points she had earned in each of her two events, but it declined to bump up the placement of athletes that finished below her. While the U.S. became gold medalists and Japan took silver, the decision still left Russia one point ahead of Canada for third.
Jamaican sprinter Fraser-Pryce to make Paris Games her fifth and final Olympics

Jamaican sprinter Fraser-Pryce to make Paris Games her fifth and final Olympics

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 9 - 9:21 a.m.  |  Save Story

and one bronze.
As the Olympics loom, Parisians ask: Should we skip town? Games organizers work to win their hearts

As the Olympics loom, Parisians ask: Should we skip town? Games organizers work to win their hearts

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 9 - 7:46 a.m.  |  Save Story

Holding the Olympic Games in bustling, compact Paris is riling and worrying some residents. Games organizers and City Hall officials are finding that out for themselves as they embark on a concerted campaign to win Parisians' hearts and minds and get people in the Olympic mood or, at least, get ready. At town hall meetings, they are fielding questions about the security measures, transport and other concerns. Some people plan to skip town entirely. By mostly using existing sports venues as well as temporary ones, Paris' goal is to avoid the legacy of waste and vast cost generated by other Games. But for the 2.1 million people who live within the city limits, the consequences of 10,500 athletes competing in their midst are going to be considerable.
US water polo star prepares for Paris Olympics as husband battles lung cancer

US water polo star prepares for Paris Olympics as husband battles lung cancer

Jay Cohen, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 9 - 7:42 a.m.  |  Save Story

Maddie Musselman wants to go to the Paris Games. So does her husband, Pat Woepse, who was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer in September. Musselman is looking to help the U.S. women's water polo team to an unprecedented fourth consecutive gold medal at the Olympics. But her biggest priority is being there for Woepse as he goes through his grueling cancer treatment. The U.S. team has rallied around Musselman as she joins training camp whenever she can. Woepse, a former water polo player himself at UCLA, says his one goal is to watch Musselman compete in Paris.
Leading French Olympic fencer suspended over 'abnormal' doping test ahead of Paris Games

Leading French Olympic fencer suspended over 'abnormal' doping test ahead of Paris Games

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 9 - 2:43 a.m.  |  Save Story

One of France's leading fencers has been suspended following an "abnormal" doping test result. The development comes less than six months before Paris hosts the Olympic Games. Ysaora Thibus is a three-time Olympian in fencing and won the team foil silver medal at the last Olympics in Tokyo. The French Fencing Federation says in a statement that it had been informed that a sample given by Thibus on Jan. 14 produced an "abnormal" result. The federation says Thibus denies intentionally taking a banned substance.
The Paris Olympics medals are made with pieces of the Eiffel Tower

The Paris Olympics medals are made with pieces of the Eiffel Tower

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 8 - 12:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

When they make history at the Paris Games, Olympic medalists will take a bit of France and its history home, too.
The Paris Olympics medals are made with pieces of the Eiffel Tower

The Paris Olympics medals are made with pieces of the Eiffel Tower

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 8 - 7:57 a.m.  |  Save Story

When they make history at the Paris Games, Olympic medalists will take a bit of France and its history home, too. A hexagonal, polished piece of iron taken from the Eiffel Tower is being embedded in the gold, silver and bronze medals that will be hung around athletes' necks at this year's Summer Games and Paralympics. Games organizers revealed the design on Thursday. The pieces of the Eiffel Tower each weigh 18 grams. They were cut from girders and other bits that were swapped out during renovations of the tower and stored for safekeeping. Paris jewelry house Chaumet designed the medals and the Paris Mint is manufacturing 5,084 of them.
A look at Olympic medal designs at previous Summer Games

A look at Olympic medal designs at previous Summer Games

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 8 - 6:44 a.m.  |  Save Story

Athletes who win Olympic and Paralympic medals at the Paris Games will be taking home a bit of the French capital's most famous landmark. Metal from beams and girders that have been swapped out of the iconic Eiffel Tower down the years has been stored, chopped up, polished and inserted in the heart of each of the nearly 5,100 medals. They will be handed out at the Olympics from July 26-Aug. 11 and the Paralympics that follow. The bold and revolutionary concept continues a run of fascinating and intricate medal designs used for the biggest show on earth. Medals handed out at Rio de Janeiro in 2016 were produced using recycled materials from things like leftover mirrors and X-ray plates.
Century-old Brisbane stadium no longer favored by 2032 Olympics organizers

Century-old Brisbane stadium no longer favored by 2032 Olympics organizers

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 8 - 3:49 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Australian Olympic Committee apparently doesn't like the idea of rebuilding an aging stadium as one of its centerpiece venues for the 2032 Games. Australian Olympic Committee president Ian Chesterman said in a statement that there are more creative solutions than rebuilding the Gabba, an iconic Brisbane venue, for the Games, and those comments will be put to a review committee. Named after the suburb of Woolloongabba where the stadium is located, the Gabba in downtown Brisbane was built in 1895 and was last redeveloped in 2005. Former Brisbane mayor Graham Quirk is leading a two-month 2032 Olympic infrastructure assessment review and the Gabba's reconstruction is at the top of the list.
Spanish runner Katir provisionally suspended on allegation he failed to be available for drug test

Spanish runner Katir provisionally suspended on allegation he failed to be available for drug test

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 7 - 3:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

Spanish long-distance runner Mo Katir has been provisionally suspended on accusations he failed to make himself available for out-of-competition drug testing. The Athletics Integrity Unit says he faces an allegation of breaking the "whereabouts" rule. Usually three failures of the rule will lead to a ban. Katir is one of Spain's hopes for a medal at the 2024 Paris Games. He has denied wrongdoing and said the suspension stems from an "administrative issue." He will appeal. The 25-year-old Katir represents Spain but was born in Morocco. He was a silver medalist in the 5,000 meters at the 2023 world championship and a bronze medalist in the 1,000 meters in 2022.
Russian skater's strawberry dessert excuse was rejected by judges in Olympic doping case

Russian skater's strawberry dessert excuse was rejected by judges in Olympic doping case

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 7 - 11:24 a.m.  |  Save Story

A strawberry dessert contaminated by her grandfather's heart medication was offered in sport's highest court as a possible cause of Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva's positive doping test. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has published details of the verdict of its three judges who last week banned Valieva for four years. Her doping case at the age of 15 rocked the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The CAS judges rejected the argument that Valieva's grandfather "accidentally dropped a pill into the dessert while he was preparing it" or that crushed residues of a trimetazidine tablet was on the chopping board he used.
Italian Olympic champion Jacobs reconnects with US family by moving to Florida ahead of Paris Games

Italian Olympic champion Jacobs reconnects with US family by moving to Florida ahead of Paris Games

Andrew Dampf, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 7 - 9:59 a.m.  |  Save Story

Italian sprinter Marcell Jacobs still feels like he has something to prove as he prepares to defend gold in the 100 meters at this year's Paris Olympics. That's why he's "changed everything" by moving from Italy to Florida to train with a new coach. Jacobs was born in Texas but raised in Italy and is now rediscovering his American roots. He acknowledges in an Associated Press interview that everyone wants to beat him in Paris and it will be completely different from when he stunned the field at the Tokyo Olympics. He says he "can't wait to win again."
Olympic organizers to release tens of thousands of new tickets for the Paris Games

Olympic organizers to release tens of thousands of new tickets for the Paris Games

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 7 - 5:07 a.m.  |  Save Story

Olympic organizers will release tens of thousands of extra tickets for the Paris Games on Thursday, when they will also unveil their medal designs. Organizers said the sale will start at 10 a.m. local time on the official ticketing website, with seats available for all sports. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis, without a lottery. Organizers said that 95% of these new tickets on sale will be for events in the Ile-de-France region around Paris, and 45% of the released seats will be offered for less than €100 ($108). The 2024 Paris Games run from July 26-Aug. 11.
Former Olympic gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas announces return to competition

Former Olympic gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas announces return to competition

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 5:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Gabby Douglas will return to competition for the first time in nearly eight years at the Winter Cup in Louisville, Kentucky, on Feb. 24. Douglas won the Olympic all-around gymnastics title at the London Olympics in 2012. She was the first Black woman to win the Olympic title. The 28-year-old Douglas hasn't competed since helping the U.S. team win gold at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. Douglas returned to training in 2022 and announced last summer she was going to try to make the 2024 Olympic team.
Paris Olympics organizers 'surprised' by reports of investigation into president's pay

Paris Olympics organizers 'surprised' by reports of investigation into president's pay

Samuel Petrequin And John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 6:24 a.m.  |  Save Story

Paris Olympics organizers say they are surprised that the pay of their president is reportedly being investigated by the French National Financial Prosecutor's Office. According to L'Equipe newspaper, quoting the French agency AFP, the investigation into Tony Estanguet's pay was handed to Paris police last week. The financial prosecutor's office, contacted by The Associated Press, declined to comment. Paris organizers says they have not been contacted by investigators and could not confirm a probe is ongoing. Back in 2018 at the end of its first board meeting, the organizing committee for the Paris Games said Estanguet would receive an annual pay of 270,000 euros gross until 2020.
'We got this': BYU alums, teammates wouldn't want Olympic bids any other way

'We got this': BYU alums, teammates wouldn't want Olympic bids any other way

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 5 - 4:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

Clayton Young wasn't going to leave his longtime teammate and training partner Conner Mantz behind. Not now, after the duo had come this far together.
A lot of Utah hotel rooms are already booked for a 2034 Olympics — here's why

A lot of Utah hotel rooms are already booked for a 2034 Olympics — here's why

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 3 - 4:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

More than 21,000 Utah hotel rooms are already booked for a 2034 Winter Games, including some that have yet to be built.
O'Keeffe smashes women's US Olympic trials record in marathon debut, earns spot in Paris Games

O'Keeffe smashes women's US Olympic trials record in marathon debut, earns spot in Paris Games

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 3 - 3:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

Fiona O'Keeffe smashed the women's U.S. Olympic marathon trials record in her debut at the distance to secure her spot in the Paris Games. O'Keeffe finished in a time 2 hours, 22 minutes, 10 seconds to break the American marathon trials mark of 2:25:38 set by Shalane Flanagan in 2012. Emily Sisson was second and Dakotah Lindwurm surged into third to make Team USA for Paris. On the men's side, training partners and good friends Conner Mantz and Clayton Young finished 1-2 to qualify. Leonard Korir used a late surge to take third but now plays the waiting game until May to see if a third Olympic spot is unlocked on the American men's marathon side.
BYU alums Mantz, Young now Paris-bound after 1-2 finish at US Olympic marathon trials

BYU alums Mantz, Young now Paris-bound after 1-2 finish at US Olympic marathon trials

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 3 - 2:37 p.m.  |  Save Story

The former BYU All-Americans and training partners finished first and second, respectively, in Saturday's U.S. Olympic marathon trials to clinch a spot on the United States' squad.
Will the US Olympic marathon team run through Utah?

Will the US Olympic marathon team run through Utah?

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 2 - 6:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

The field of contenders at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Orlando is loaded with Utah talent, including five former BYU harriers led by former national champions Conner Mantz and Clayton Young.
Milan-Cortina organizers sign deal to rebuild 2026 Winter Olympics sliding track amid IOC standoff

Milan-Cortina organizers sign deal to rebuild 2026 Winter Olympics sliding track amid IOC standoff

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 2 - 9:40 a.m.  |  Save Story

The local organizing committee for the 2026 Winter Olympics has signed a contract to rebuild a century-old bobsled track in Cortina d'Ampezzo. But the saga has Italy's Finance Minister starting to regret backing the bid. The IOC wants an existing venue in neighboring Austria or Switzerland used instead to cut costs. The contract is with Parma-based construction company Impresa Pizzarotti & C. It will rebuild the Cortina track for 81.6 million euros ($89 million) and start work on Feb. 19. Next Tuesday will mark exactly two years before the opening ceremony in Milan but the Cortina track has to be ready before then. There is less than a year before IOC-mandated test events.
IOC pushes back again on Italy's $90M plan to rebuild bobsled track for 2026 Winter Olympics

IOC pushes back again on Italy's $90M plan to rebuild bobsled track for 2026 Winter Olympics

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 31 - 11:30 a.m.  |  Save Story

The International Olympic Committee still isn't impressed with Italy's determination to spend about $90 million rebuilding a historic bobsled track for the 2026 Winter Games. The IOC's latest statement on the public rift came one day after organizers of the Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo Olympics moved ahead with plans to revive a century-old track in the Dolomites ski resort. The IOC aims to avoid construction costs and white elephant venues. It wants to use a currently existing track in 2026 with nearby options in Switzerland and Austria. Bobsled, luge and skeleton make up 12 of the 116 Winter Olympics events.
France downsizes Paris 2024 opening ceremony crowd to around 300,000 spectators

France downsizes Paris 2024 opening ceremony crowd to around 300,000 spectators

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 31 - 2:59 a.m.  |  Save Story

French Interior minister Gerald Darmanin said Wednesday that some 300,000 spectators will be able to attend the opening ceremony for the Paris Olympic Games, about half the size of what was originally planned. The giant show on the River Seine on July 26 will mark the first time that an opening ceremony is held outside of a usual stadium setting. It will also involve a massive security operation, with tens of thousands of police officers and soldiers deployed. The athletes will be paraded through the heart of the French capital on boats on the Seine along a 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) route. Both banks of the river will be lined by spectators, behind multiple security cordons.
US figure skaters celebrate gold medal from Beijing Olympics with a touch of bittersweetness

US figure skaters celebrate gold medal from Beijing Olympics with a touch of bittersweetness

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 30 - 1:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

The U.S. figure skating team from the Beijing Olympics will receive a gold medal now that Russian skater Kamila Valieva has been disqualified for doping. That followed a two-year investigation and a case brought to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. It will still be somewhat bittersweet for the Americans, who were denied a chance to stand atop the podium in Beijing. The case dragged out so long that ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates are the only members of the nine-person squad still competing. They say their preference is to hold the medal ceremony at this year's Paris Olympics.
Russian figure skaters set to get Olympic bronze ahead of Canada despite Valieva's disqualification

Russian figure skaters set to get Olympic bronze ahead of Canada despite Valieva's disqualification

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Updated Jan. 30 - 12:46 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Russia figure skating team still stands to get bronze medals from the 2022 Beijing Olympics despite the disqualification of Kamila Valieva in a doping case. The International Skating Union has published an updated result. The United States has moved into the gold medal position and Japan has been upgraded to silver from bronze. But the demoted Russians get bronze by one point ahead of Canada. The ISU's amended standings from the Beijing competition strips Valieva's maximum 10 points from each of her two events but does not add a point to the other teams below her.
Milan-Cortina board approves proposal to rebuild Cortina bobsled track but will keep open a 'Plan B'

Milan-Cortina board approves proposal to rebuild Cortina bobsled track but will keep open a 'Plan B'

Andrew Dampf, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 30 - 8:22 a.m.  |  Save Story

The local organizing committee for the 2026 Winter Olympics has decided to move forward with rebuilding a century-old bobsled track in Cortina d'Ampezzo but will also keep open a "Plan B" in case the new venue is not ready in time. The committee says its plans hinge on signing a contract with a Parma-based construction company that has offered to rebuild the Cortina track for $89 million. The committee says that if the contract for the sliding center is signed "it would confirm the original masterplan" for the Olympics. The IOC wants an existing foreign venue in neighboring Austria or Switzerland used instead to cut costs.
What happens to Olympic medals now that Russian skater Valieva has been sanctioned for doping?

What happens to Olympic medals now that Russian skater Valieva has been sanctioned for doping?

Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Updated Jan. 29 - 10:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

The highest court in sports sanctioned Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva for doping violations at the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The ruling means U.S. skaters will receive gold medals after they finished second behind Valieva and her teammates in the team competition. The case rocked the Olympics when, about 24 hours after she led Russia to the victory in the team event, details about a sample taken six weeks earlier at Russia's national championships revealed there was a banned heart medication in her system. More than a half-dozen proceedings and appeals have taken place over the ensuing 23 months, culminating in the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
US to receive gold medals in wake of figure skater Valieva's Olympic DQ

US to receive gold medals in wake of figure skater Valieva's Olympic DQ

Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Updated Jan. 29 - 10:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

International Olympic officials have told counterparts in the United States that their figure skating team will receive gold medals now that Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva has been disqualified for doping. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee received word Monday night that the IOC received word from skating's international federation that the U.S. team will be declared the winners. The Associated Press saw an email sent from the IOC to the USOPC saying it "is now in position to award the medals in accordance with the ranking, which has to be established by the International Skating Union."
Eileen Gu chooses 'All of the Above' when faced with choices involving skiing, Stanford and style

Eileen Gu chooses 'All of the Above' when faced with choices involving skiing, Stanford and style

Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 29 - 3:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two years after exploding onto the world stage at the Beijing Winter Games, Eileen Gu is more than an Olympic champion. She's a straight-A student at Stanford and a fashion model who's as comfortable on a catwalk as a halfpipe. In 2026, the American-born skier plans to return to the Olympics, where she'll compete for her mother's home country of China, just as she did in 2022. She insists it's the right thing because she'll influence more young girls that way. In an interview at the X Games, she tells the AP she wants to remain an advocate in the ever-growing world of women's sports. She says she's been inspired by 11- and 12-year-old girls who say seeing her win gold helped define their own futures.
US skier Jacqueline Wiles finishes 2nd in Cortina downhill on the 2026 Olympics course

US skier Jacqueline Wiles finishes 2nd in Cortina downhill on the 2026 Olympics course

Andrew Dampf, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 27 - 10:40 p.m.  |  Save Story

There's something about the 2026 Olympics course in Cortina that brings the best out of American skier Jacqueline Wiles. Wiles scored her first World Cup points at the Italian resort with a 15th in a downhill 10 years ago. She placed third in a race won by her mentor and now good friend Lindsey Vonn in 2018. And then on Saturday Wiles came full circle when she finished second in a windy downhill for her best career result and her first podium result since the 2018 race in Cortina. Wiles crashed heavily a week after that 2018 result and  missed nearly two years.
Eileen Gu chooses 'All of the Above' when faced with choices involving skiing, Stanford and style

Eileen Gu chooses 'All of the Above' when faced with choices involving skiing, Stanford and style

Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Updated Jan. 27 - 11:02 a.m.  |  Save Story

Two years after exploding onto the world stage at the Beijing Winter Games, Eileen Gu is more than an Olympic champion. She's a straight-A student at Stanford and a fashion model who's as comfortable on a catwalk as a halfpipe. In 2026, the American-born skier plans to return to the Olympics, where she'll compete for her mother's home country of China, just as she did in 2022. She insists it's the right thing because she'll influence more young girls that way. In an interview at the X Games, she tells the AP she wants to remain an advocate in the ever-growing world of women's sports. She says she's been inspired by 11- and 12-year-old girls who say seeing her win gold helped define their own futures.
US national climbers talk Olympic competition

US national climbers talk Olympic competition

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 27 - 7:52 a.m.  |  Save Story

U.S. national team climbers are ready for the Summer Paris Games.
Paris Olympic medals headed in big numbers to United States and China in one forecast

Paris Olympic medals headed in big numbers to United States and China in one forecast

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 26 - 12:20 a.m.  |  Save Story

for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Nielsen's Gracenote Sports predicts the United States will win 37 gold medals and 129 overall. China is a close second with 35 gold, but far behind in the overall total of 85. The forecast was released Friday, six months before the Games open on July 26. Forecasting is particularly difficult this time with most Russian and Belarussian athletes likely to be excluded becasue of Russia's invasion of Ukraine almost two years ago. Rounding out the top five are: Britain, Japan, and host-nation France.
Months out from Paris Olympics, Russians are qualifying in some sports and absent in others

Months out from Paris Olympics, Russians are qualifying in some sports and absent in others

James Ellingworth, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 25 - 9:53 a.m.  |  Save Story

With just six months to go until the Paris Olympics, it's still not clear if Russians will be competing and, if so, how many. Russians are qualifying for Olympic spots as "neutral athletes" in combat events such as judo and wrestling. They are not yet in some of the Games' highest-profile events like track and field, swimming and gymnastics. Russian President Vladimir Putin has indicated Russia is yet to decide whether to send athletes to Paris at all. Ukrainian athletes claim some sports bodies bend the rules to allow Russians who support the war or have ties to the military to compete as "neutrals."