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Category: Olympic Games

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Prost! How to drink ‘beer’ like a German Olympic athlete

The country’s team has been knocking back the alcohol-free booze to rehydrate. Here are five to try if you want to join themYou may have seen headlines lauding the non-alcoholic beer consumption of German Olympic athletes and, tenuously, linking it to …

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Skeleton: how to hurtle down an ice-track on a ‘tea tray’ – Winter Olympics video

Skeleton is a winter sport in which competitors hurl themselves head-first down an ice track on a sled resembling a tea tray and back in the news again thanks to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Before the 2014 Games, Barry Glendenning visited the U…

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Winter Olympics: women’s long race to parity

It’s been 94 years since the first Winter Games, but still women do not compete on the same terms as men. How far have we come and how far to the finish line?By Monica UlmanuAmong the 258 athletes lining up at the start of the first Winter Olympics hel…

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IOC considering appeal against Cas ruling on Russian doping bans

• Cas says there is ‘insufficient evidence’ to uphold suspensions• Aiba governance could threaten boxing place at 2020 OlympicsThomas Bach has confirmed the International Olympic Committee is contemplating an appeal against the Court of Arbitration for…

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Badminton and archery get Olympic funding reprieve for Tokyo 2020

• Athletes in badminton, archery, climbing and karate get funding• UK Sport has increased Olympic medal target for 2020 as a resultBadminton is one of four sports to benefit from increased National Lottery funding targeting potential medal-winning athl…

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The Icarus of ice: bittersweet film celebrates life of skating star John Curry

The British Olympian and pioneering gay athlete is to shine again in The Ice King, a documentary telling his storyJohn Curry’s graceful path to Winter Olympic triumph for Britain in 1976 – and to a place in the hearts of his fans – really began when hi…

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Stand up for Aly Raisman in fight to purge the horrors of Larry Nassar | Marina Hyde

The US gymnast, who gave an electrifying victim statement face to face with her abuser in court, is now is now taking on the US Olympic CommitteeLast Friday, the multiple gold-medal winning US gymnast Aly Raisman delivered an electrifyingly powerful vi…

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Double first: the twin sprinters with the Tokyo Olympics in their sights | Tim Lewis

Champion athletes Cheriece and Shannon Hylton only started running competitively five years ago. Now both sisters aim to represent Britain in 2020. By Tim LewisWhen the Hylton sisters were teenagers – they are now 21 – they were netball ninjas, terrori…

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‘How do you sleep at night?’ Olympic duo Wieber and Raisman confront Larry Nassar in court

Jordyn Wieber fourth member of Fierce Five to break silenceAly Raisman lauds ‘army of survivors’ in impact statementAttorney general to investigate university’s handling of allegationsOlympic gold medalists Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman said in court o…

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‘How do you sleep at night?’ Olympic duo Wieber and Raisman confront Larry Nassar in court

Jordyn Wieber fourth member of Fierce Five to break silenceAly Raisman lauds ‘army of survivors’ in impact statementAttorney general to investigate university’s handling of allegationsOlympic gold medalists Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman said in court o…

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Frosty reception for South Korea’s Winter Olympics detente with North

Young people and conservatives in South Korea accuse President Moon Jae-in of sacrificing Olympic ideals for diplomatic expediencySouth Korea is facing a public backlash over its sports rapprochement with North Korea, with critics accusing the governme…

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South and North Korea discuss joint women’s ice hockey team for Olympics

The two countries have also talked about having their athletes march together at the Pyeongchang Games opening ceremonySouth Korea has proposed fielding a joint women’s ice hockey team with North Korea at next month’s Winter Olympics, days after Pyongy…

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Japanese kayaker banned eight years for spiking rival’s drink

Yasuhiro Suzuki caused rival to fail doping test last yearBoth men had been competing for a place at the 2020 OlympicsA Japanese kayaker has been banned from competition for eight years for spiking the drink of a rival so that he would fail a doping te…

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US Olympic Committee chief sorry for ‘failing’ sexually abused gymnasts

Scott Blackmun says he was unaware of Larry Nassar scandalMcKayla Maroney’s lawyer blasts the apology as ‘repugnant’Scott Blackmun, the leader of the US Olympic Committee, has said he was not aware of the Larry Nassar sex abuse allegations before law e…

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Of course Russian sport is corrupt, but then so are the Olympics | Simon Jenkins

The whole project needs a rethink. Scrap all the flags: let athletes compete as citizens of the worldI have some sympathy for Vladimir Putin. For years, he was playing footsie with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC had surely known per…

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Golf should loudly celebrate Olympic inclusion, then tinker with formats | Ewan Murray

The news golf has an Olympic future barely caused a ripple but should be shouted from rooftops – provided the formats are more imaginative than in RioIt felt like a classic case of missed opportunity. Olympic golf had been beset by such a wave of negat…

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Naim Süleymano?lu obituary

Weightlifter who fled communist oppression in Bulgaria to represent Turkey at the OlympicsThe weightlifter Naim Süleymano?lu escaped the communist oppression of his native Bulgaria by evading the agents detailed to keep an eye on him while he was compe…

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Aly Raisman, six-time Olympic medalist, says she was molested by team doctor

Star gymnast confirms she was sexually abused by Lawrence G NassarSix-time Olympic medalist was team captain at London and Rio GamesNassar currently faces 22 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conductAly Raisman, one of the most decorated American …

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Cracking the vault: Artificial intelligence judging comes to gymnastics

Japanese IT giant Fujitsu is developing a 3D sensory system that will make scoring easier. But will computers ever fully replace human judges?A light blinks on the black box alerting the gymnast to begin her routine. She launches off the vault, lands a…

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The day a non-league defender marked Aubameyang … after running a 10k

Gabon were looking for a warm-up match before the 2012 Olympics. Newcastle United were busy and their U21s were away, so up stepped Heaton StanningtonBy Tom Nicholson for The Set Pieces, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkIn July 2012 Geoff Walker, the …