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Chloe Kim qualifies for US Olympic snowboard pipe team

Chloe Kim qualifies for US Olympic snowboard pipe team

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Chloe Kim is the first snowboarder to confirm their nomination to the U.S. Olympic team In 2014, Chloe Kim ranked high enough to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in snowboard halfpipe, but she was too young to compete at the Winter Games.Four years later, she'll finally have the opportunity to represent the red, white and blue at the Olympics.Kim won her second straight Olympic qualifier, which will secure her nomination to the U.S. halfpipe team. The 17-year-old, who is the only woman currently capable of landing back-to-back 1080s, is considered the gold medal favorite for PyeongChang 2018."It seems like a dream almost, and I'm trying to wake up," Kim said of earning her spot on the Olympic team. "I think today when I get home, it's going to sink in, and I'm probabl...
1994 Olympics Judge Audrey Williams Remembers Tonya Harding and the Broken Lace

1994 Olympics Judge Audrey Williams Remembers Tonya Harding and the Broken Lace

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Audrey Williams, the Canadian judge at the 1994 Winter Olympics, didn't see Tonya Harding's broken lace with her own eyes, but she was at the table when Tonya tearfully glided over to tell the ref it had given out. "I just couldn’t believe that she would do it," Williams says over the phone. At the time, many saw Harding's meltdown as karma: She was competing at the Olympics despite having maybe, possibly helped her ex-husband (Jeff Gillooly) and bodyguard (Shawn Eckhardt) plan an attack on Nancy Kerrigan. This is what she gets.Advertisement - Continue Reading BelowBut to see the moment depicted in Craig Gillespie's I, Tonya, the black-comedy biopic that paints Harding as a sympathetic character rather than a "white trash" villain, the scene is nothing short of tragic. Harding was an ex
Illinois Olympian Eyes 'Comeback' in 2018 Olympics

Illinois Olympian Eyes 'Comeback' in 2018 Olympics

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Katherine Reutter-Adamek calls herself the “Comeback Queen.” The Champaign native, 29, is a two-time 2010 Olympic medalist and was once at the top of the speed-skating world. But chronic pain and injuries forced an early retirement in 2013. Four years later and with the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea in sight, Reutter-Adamek is back on the ice. “I just loved to skate,” Reutter-Adamek said. “I just wanted to be back at doing what I loved.” Reutter-Adamek was 5 years old when she put on her first pair of ice skates. “I did figure skating for a bit, but I had no interest in dresses or jumps and routines. I just wanted to go fast,” Reutter-Adamek said. “All the coaches would say, ‘You skate like a figure skater. You dress like a figure skater.
Olympic committee schools Trump on Russia

Olympic committee schools Trump on Russia

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Probity and resolve are not words often associated with The International Olympic Committee. For decades, it fecklessly allowed East German athletes to dope its athletes. More recently, it has been unable to stop the flow of bribes to some of its members involved in site selection.So its decision last week to ban Russia from the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, stands out.The evidence of widespread Russian doping at the last Winter Games was so overwhelming, even the Russian  government had to admit that the charges were true. When the government then tried to downplay the significance of its admission, the IOC did the right thing. And that is its most impressive act in 123 years.As bad as the news is for Russia, it is worse for the Trump adminis...
A robot cut through a wall to pass on the Olympic torch in South Korea

A robot cut through a wall to pass on the Olympic torch in South Korea

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We’re less than two months away from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, and the Olympic torch has been making its way across the country through the hands of athletes, boy-band members, and proud residents. On day 41 of the Olympic Torch Relay, HUBO the humanoid robot had the honor of passing the torch at its birthplace of the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon. It walked about 500 feet to a wooden wall (painted to look like bricks), used a drill to cut a hole, then punched through it with the torch to pass it along to its creator, Professor Oh Jun-ho.There are a couple of stand-out moments from the event which you can see in the video above from KBS News. First, HUBO gives Professor Dennis Hong, founding director of the Robotics and Mech
North Korea terror threat remains a concern as Winter Olympics prep gets underway

North Korea terror threat remains a concern as Winter Olympics prep gets underway

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South Korean officials are getting ready for the worst as they prepare for their Winter Olympic games in PyeongChang in February.The site is just 50 miles south of the heavily militarized border between North and South Korea. There are concerns the regime of Kim Jong Un will use the global event to stir up trouble.And so, on Tuesday over 400 police officers ran through drills, staging a range of offensive actions that the North might target while the event is underway. They included a drone armed with a bomb, a chemical weapon attack, and hostage-taking. Some 5,000 armed forces personnel will be deployed to the actual Games.South Korean Prime Minuster Lee Nak-yon said he would continue making sure there are no “security loopholes.”South Korean police officers take part in a security dri
Russian athletes hope to compete at Olympics despite ban

Russian athletes hope to compete at Olympics despite ban

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[unable to retrieve full-text content]Russian athletes hope to compete at Olympics despite ban  Christian Science MonitorNorth Korea tensions spark plea over Olympics  Financial TimesThree More Russian Athletes Appeal Lifetime Bans From Olympics For Doping  RadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertyIOC bars Russian athletes, excludes Russian national anthem and flag from Winter Olympics 2018  PravdaFull coverage Source link
Russia says its athletes want to compete at the Olympics

Russia says its athletes want to compete at the Olympics

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian athletes are overwhelmingly in favor of competing at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games despite a ban on the national team, the country's Olympic committee said Monday.Sofia Velikaya said the Russian Olympic Committee's athletes' commission, which she chairs, has heard from "all the athletes in all sports" on the Olympic program, with a majority in favor of competing.Velikaya said no athletes have told the ROC they would rather boycott."At the current moment, everyone's training and everyone's hoping to take part in the Olympics," Velikaya said.The International Olympic Committee last week barred the Russian team from Pyeongchang because of doping offenses at the 2014 Sochi Games, but is allowing Russians to compete under a neutral flag as "Olympic Athletes from Russia
Haley: US will send a full delegation of athletes to Olympics

Haley: US will send a full delegation of athletes to Olympics

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyHaley: 'Open question' if US athletes will attend Olympics amid North Korea tensionsHaley: Trump isn't deciding who controls east Jerusalem Emergency UN Security Council meeting called after Trump's Jerusalem announcement: reportMORE confirmed on Sunday that the U.S. will send a full delegation of athletes to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, clearing up confusion sparked when she said last week that it was an "open question." "Yes, we are," Haley told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" when asked whether the U.S. would send its full team in February. ADVERTISEMENT"If you look back, we have always talked about security in the Olympics. We have always talked about keeping our athletes sa...
Lindsey Vonn injures back during World Cup race, but her father says she's 'okay'

Lindsey Vonn injures back during World Cup race, but her father says she's 'okay'

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Lindsey Vonn winces in pain after crossing the finish line Saturday. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn injured her back Saturday during a World Cup Super-G race in St. Moritz, Switzerland.As you can see from the video, Vonn looked tentative on the course and collapsed to the snow after crossing the finish line with a time that put her in 24th place, 1.56 seconds behind winner Jasmine Flury of Switzerland:Video of Lindsey Vonn suffering a back injury in her run, dropping to the snow after finishing (sorry no sound). pic.twitter.com/QLTywWlb1E— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) December 9, 2017The Associated Press reports that Vonn limped slowly to a waiting car about an hour after the race. However, her father told the AP she was “okay.” An update on her condition is expected