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Salt Lake City bids for 2nd Olympics in changed climate

When Salt Lake City pursued the Winter Olympics more than two decades ago, competition was so fierce that lavishing International Olympic Committee members with gifts and favors seemed commonplace. Salt …


Koreas to inform IOC of intent to co-host 2032 Games

Korean sports officials after meeting at a North Korean border town on Friday also agreed to send a combined team to next year’s world handball championships.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018

50 years ago: Smith and Carlos’ historic protest during 1968 Olympics

By the time they reached Mexico City in October 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos represented a country torn apart. The Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., …


Report: Swim coach who allegedly sexually abused Ariana Kukors Smith banned from the sport for life

Sean Hutchison, the swim coach who stands accused of sexual abuse by Federal Way native and Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith, has been banned from the sport for life by …


‘America’s sweetheart’ Adam Rippon donates his Olympic costume to the Smithsonian

Figure skater Adam Rippon, the bronze medalist whose sparkle endeared fans at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, is adding another feather to his hat.


Russia’s reinstatement after doping scandal goes to a vote

Should Russia be reinstated without publicly admitting wrongdoing in its state-sponsored doping scandal? That question has caused ferocious infighting at the World Anti-Doping Agency, the watchdog body tasked with stopping …


North and South Korea plan to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement that the countries planned to jointly bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics. At a …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018

Progress slow for USA Gymnastics in wake of Larry Nassar scandal

Reigning Olympic champion Simone Biles says it’s time for new USA Gymnastics president Kerry Perry to speak up. Perry has remained largely in the shadows since taking over last December. …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018

Kerri Walsh Jennings plans to chase gold in Tokyo, retire

Kerri Walsh Jennings will retire from competitive beach volleyball after the Tokyo Olympics in two years. Walsh Jennings made it clear in a sit-down with The Associated Press that she …


Hearing points to Vladimir Putin’s role in Russian doping scandal

Supporters of a bill that would make international sports doping a crime argued the legislation would deter scandals like Russian state-sponsored drug use at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Whistleblower Yulia …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018

Olympic swim coach Bob Bowman apologizes for inappropriate texting

The longtime coach of retired Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps has acknowledged and apologized for inappropriate text messages that were sent from his cell phone to former Olympic swimmer Caroline …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018

Senator to U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics: Take legal responsibility for abuse

A senator called on the U.S. Olympic Committee to cease efforts to be dropped as a defendant in sex-abuse lawsuits filed by gold-medal gymnasts. Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut …


Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten killed

Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten was killed Thursday, and prosecutors in Kazakhstan said they were treating the case as murder.


Russian athletes accused of working with banned coach

The Russian anti-doping agency says athletes from the national track and field team are still working with a coach who was banned for life for doping. The agency says its …


Australia’s Peter Norman honored for 1968 Olympic protest

Australia is honoring the late sprinter Peter Norman for his role in the protest that shook the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Norman shared the podium with Americans Tommie Smith and …


With USOC in turmoil, athletes testify about sex-abuse cases

The question sex-abuse victim Craig Maurizi would like to ask to leaders at the U.S. Olympic Committee is simple and searing: “How can you sleep at night?” Every bit as …


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018

U.S. figure skater and Olympic medalist Adam Rippon to perform at the Spokane Arena

U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon, who proclaimed himself “America’s Sweetheart” during his triumphant debut at the 2018 Winter Olympics, will perform at the Spokane Arena on May 18, as part …


Huckleberries: Curling is a gas in North Idaho

Long before John Shuster led the U.S. men’s curling team to Olympic gold, the Utility Now Known As Avista was touting the merits of the sport.


US women’s goalie wants Bieber to take shot

Olympic goalie Maddie Rooney is challenging Justin Bieber to take his best shot.


Scott Blackmun resigns as CEO as USOC addresses wide abuse scandal

Scott Blackmun has resigned as chief executive of the U.S. Olympic Committee on Wednesday, citing difficulties with prostate cancer and the federation’s need to urgently move forward to address the …


Russia reinstated into Olympic movement after doping scandal

Russia’s ban from the Olympic movement was lifted on Wednesday despite two failed doping tests by its athletes at the Pyeongchang winter games. The decision by the International Olympic Committee …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018

Political end to Olympics: North Korea offers talks with U.S.

The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity’s finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of …


World plays catch-up as Russian women rule Olympic figure skating

The Russians have come to dominate women’s figure skating and they showed it by sweeping the top two medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Not even their closest rivals are willing …


U.S. curlers to compete for Olympic gold after upsetting Canada

The United States men’s curling team will play for a gold medal against Sweden after knocking out their Canadian opponents 5-3 in a tense semifinals showdown. The U.S. win was …


Goalie Maddie Rooney delivers gold medal performance for U.S.

Maddie Rooney couldn’t stop smiling. She was on top of her game, and it didn’t seem to matter that it was a shootout against the powerhouse Canadians.


Grip on Sports: If you can pull yourself away from the Olympic drama tonight, there are some important college basketball games

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Not sure how I was able to do it, but I pulled myself away from watching Jocelyne Lamoureux’s gold-medal winning shootout goal this morning with …


Goggia gets gold; Bjoergen sets Winter Games medals mark

Sofia Goggia refused to let Lindsey Vonn catch her. Or, anyone else.


Grip on Sports: At the Olympics, a 10th of a second can change the next four years – and a lifetime

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The best part of the Winter Olympics? That’s hard to say. It varies from person to person, taste to taste. The worst part, though, is …


Once again, U.S. will meet Canada for women’s hockey gold

The United States will play for a gold medal in women’s hockey for the third straight Olympics.


Kim dominates for 1st Olympic gold, Hirscher breaks through

A few hours after 17-year-old Chloe Kim dominated the women’s halfpipe snowboarding final on Tuesday, 28-year-old Marcel Hirscher, a six-time overall World Cup champion, won the men’s combined at the …