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Category: Olympic Games

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Whistleblowers’ fears revealed in landmark UK Sport report

‘Culture health check’ shows widespread pride but reports almost a third of Olympic athletes fear reprisals for speaking outThe optimistic tone of the UK Sport hierarchy as they presented the results of what they called a “culture health check” has rar…

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Olympic hero Katie Ledecky set to make professional debut in Indianapolis

Five-time Olympic champion will make pro debut next weekLedecky announced in March she was forgoing amateur eligibilityKatie Ledecky will make her professional swimming debut at a Pro Series meet in Indianapolis next week.The five-time Olympic champion…

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Sir Roger Bannister, British athlete who broke four-minute mile – video obituary

Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to break the four-minute mile, has died aged 88. At the time many people had though his achievement – posting a time of three minutes, 59.4 seconds in 1954 – a near-impossible feat. Sir Roger Bannister obitua…

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Sir Roger Bannister, British athlete who broke four-minute mile – video obituary

Sir Roger Bannister, the first athlete to break the four-minute mile, has died aged 88. At the time many people had though his achievement – posting a time of three minutes, 59.4 seconds in 1954 – a near-impossible feat. Sir Roger Bannister obitua…

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USOC CEO Scott Blackmun resigns for health reasons in wake of Nassar scandal

60-year-old had faced calls to quit after gymnastics abuse caseBlackmun has been receiving treatment for prostate cancerThe US Olympic Committee chief executive Scott Blackmun is resigning for health reasons, the organization said on Wednesda…

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Well done Team GB but can we have a decade off the Olympics, please? | Paul MacInnes

We should not be obsessed with winning sporting medals, we should be obsessed with playing sport and getting as many people as possible to do itIt’s been a month of incredible success at the Winter Olympics. It was a month, right? It certainly felt lik…

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Russia says IOC has reinstated its membership after doping allegations

Alexander Zhukov claims on state TV Russia’s rights are restoredRussians competed as neutral athletes at Winter OlympicsThe head of Russia’s Olympic Committee has claimed that the International Olympic Committee has reinstated his organisation’s member…

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018: ‘the Games of new horizons’? | Sean Ingle

Russian scandal couldn’t overshadow spectacular sport and thawing relations between North and South KoreaMoments before the XXIII Winter Games ended amid a furious barrage of K-pop and firecrackers, the president of the International Olympic Committee,…

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Winter Olympics day 14 – in pictures

Devoted fans, beauty on ice, highs and lows: all the latest pictures from the Winter Olympics in PyeongchangSee the best photography from previous days Continue reading…

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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…