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The Olympics

Pollution, traffic top concerns for Beijing 2 years before Games (08/09/06)
BEIJING -- Two years to the day before the 2008 Beijing Olympics are set to begin, organizers heralded a smooth construction program and shared concerns about potential traffic and pollution problems. Construction on 12 new Olympic venues and renovation of nine sites is expected to be completed by the end of 2007, said Wang Wei, executive vice president of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games...
Houston, Philadelphia eliminated from 2016 picture (07/27/06)
TV ratings drop 37 percent from Salt Lake City Games '02 Games (03/01/06)
NEW YORK -- NBC's prime-time Olympics coverage from Turin ended up averaging 20.2 million viewers per night, a 37 percent decline from the Salt Lake City games four years ago, with an even steeper decline among young viewers. The closing ceremonies on Sunday had only 14.8 million viewers, and was clobbered by ABC's finale of "Dancing With the Stars."...
Rogge: 'You have succeeded brilliantly' (02/27/06)
TURIN, Italy -- Turin's Olympics, a topsy-turvy mix of marvels and misadventures, ended appropriately with a closing-ceremony Carnevale -- a circus-like celebration full of clowns and acrobats, vibrant and often dreamlike. Fireworks, confetti and pulsating ballads filled the air. At one point, a winged snowboarder hovered high above ground, as if by magic...
Sweden strikes hockey gold with 3-2 win over Finland (02/27/06)
TURIN, Italy -- The three crowns on Sweden's hockey sweaters are said to represent three great kings. Try convincing any fan they don't stand for hockey royalty: Forsberg, Sundin and Lidstrom. Sweden's three biggest stars came through in its biggest game ever, with Nicklas Lidstrom scoring the game-winning goal 10 seconds into the third period on assists by Mats Sundin and Peter Forsberg as the Swedes beat rival Finland 3-2 Sunday for the Olympic men's hockey gold medal...
Ohno earns gold medal with 'perfect' race in 500 (02/26/06)
TURIN, Italy -- A perfect race from start to finish for Apolo Anton Ohno. Nobody was going to get in his way this time. Ohno made this another Olympics to remember on the final night of short track speedskating Saturday, winning his second Olympic gold medal -- and even crossing the line first for a change...
U.S. skating faces uncertain future (02/25/06)
TURIN, Italy -- Get ready for a bumpy ride to Vancouver, U.S. figure skating fans. Michelle Kwan is all but gone for good, Sasha Cohen could be next and there's no telling how long before there's another star with their wattage. The men are solid, but they've got a ways to go before they can be serious contenders for gold. Pairs are a disaster...
Mancuso snares gold medal to go with tiara (02/25/06)
Julia Mancuso, the American from aptly named Olympic Valley, Calif., captured gold with a stunning victory in the giant slalom Friday that salvaged a disappointing Olympics for the U.S. women. The 21-year-old Mancuso, known for wearing a tiara in slalom races, gave the American women their first Olympic medal since Picabo Street earned gold in the super-G at the 1998 Nagano Games...
Finland, Sweden to play for hockey gold (02/25/06)
TURIN, Italy -- It's an all-Nordic final for gold in men's hockey: Sweden versus Finland. Peter Forsberg set up a goal 34 seconds into the game Friday and Sweden was on its way to a 7-3 rout of the Czech Republic in the semifinals of te Olympic hockey tournament. Not too shabby for Forsberg, the Philadelphia Flyers star who was doubtful for the Olympics...
Bloom switches gears from skiing to football (02/25/06)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jeremy Bloom walked to the podium Friday wearing the appropriate attire and buoyed by excitement at finally getting a chance to play football. Or at least work out at it. His gray sweat shirt had the usual NFL scouting combine lettering "WO 8," while his blue sweat pants were words that don't fit the NFL: "USA Team 2006."...
USOC chief Scherr says American team deserves B-plus (02/25/06)
TURIN, Italy -- Jim Scherr's report card for the U.S. Olympic team looks like this: B-plus in performance, something less in behavior. Bode's bust on the Alpine courses, flops in freestyle and hiccups in hockey were among the disappointments that forced the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee to give the Americans a less-than-perfect grade...
U.S. claims bronze in slalom snowboarding (02/24/06)
TURIN, Italy -- As they so often do in this Swiss-dominated era of parallel giant slalom, clanging cowbells announced the winner. This time, the clanging was pleasing to American ears as well, as the bronze went to Rosey Fletcher, the first U.S. woman to climb on the podium in the Olympics' final snowboarding event...
Go figure: Japan wins gold (02/24/06)
TURIN, Italy -- She was elegance on ice, her spirals superb, her skating sublime. That she was standing in the end didn't hurt, either. Shizuka Arakawa made this one look easy. Her brilliant performance Thursday night gave Japan its first medal of these Olympics -- a gold in the showcase event...
Ohno skates closer to sprint medal (02/23/06)
Apolo Anton Ohno had a short night at the short track. It was good enough to give him a shot at another medal. Ohno safely advanced from his heat in the 500 meters Wednesday and will go to the final night of competition with two chances to add to the bronze he has already won at these Winter Olympics...
U.S. hockey searches for answers after being eliminated (02/23/06)
TURIN, Italy -- Mike Modano took no shots in the loss that bounced the U.S. men's hockey team from the Olympics. He saved his best one for afterward. The three-time Olympian was benched for most of the third period in the Americans' 4-3 loss Wednesday night to Finland in the quarterfinals. Then he took aim at the people who put the disappointing squad together...
U.S. hockey ends pool play with loss to Russia (02/22/06)
TURIN, Italy -- After managing only two goals in two consecutive losses, the U.S. men's hockey team broke out with three power-play tallies on Tuesday, yet still fell 5-4 to Russia in an Olympic game that mattered only in the confidence department...
Austria admits there may be wrongdoing (02/22/06)
TURIN, Italy -- The scandal surrounding a disgraced Austrian ski coach deepened Tuesday as team officials said two Olympic athletes may have engaged in "illegal methods" and potentially damaging new details emerged about what was seized in a surprise raid on the team's living quarters...
Cohen figures way past Russian (02/22/06)
TURIN, Italy -- Sasha Cohen saved the best for last. And boy was it good. With U.S. flags waving and chants of "USA! USA!" rocking the arena, the U.S. champion dazzled the judges with a sassy, sensational short program and slipped past world champion Irina Slutskaya of Russia by a slim .03 points...
Russian pair dances off with gold (02/21/06)
TURIN, Italy -- At last, a figure skating medal for the United States -- in ice dancing, of all things. And yet another Olympic gold for Russia. Tanith Belbin and partner Ben Agosto snapped the U.S. medals drought in figure skating with a silver Monday night. ...
Biathlon governing body looks for missing drug test documents (02/21/06)
CESANA, Italy -- Biathlon's governing body is looking into the disappearance of documents that purportedly detail an athlete's test that indicated the presence of a stimulant taken last month. It's not known if the papers were stolen or simply misplaced. IBU president Anders Besseberg would not confirm reports that they were taken during a vehicle break-in...
Broadcasting great Gowdy dies at age 86 (02/21/06)
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- He was the smooth voice of sports history, a welcome companion who brought listeners Ted Williams' last home run, the first Super Bowl and dozens of other dramatic moments. Curt Gowdy, who died Monday, told generations of Americans about the games they loved from the broadcast booths at 13 World Series, 16 All-Star baseball games, numerous Rose Bowls and the 1976 Montreal Olympics...
Austrian drug raid leads to car chase (02/20/06)
VIENNA, Austria -- The banned Austrian ski coach at the center of a doping investigation at the Turin Olympics crashed his car into a police roadblock Sunday evening after leading authorities on a bizarre chase. Walter Mayer was slightly injured in the accident, in which he struck an unoccupied police car set up as an impromptu barrier in the town of Paternion in the southwestern province of Carinthia, about 15 miles from the Italian frontier and some 250 miles from Turin, police said. ...
Russian pair lead ice follies (02/20/06)
TURIN, Italy -- Fiesta time on ice turned into an Olympic fallfest, with only the Russians and Americans avoiding real calamity. With three of the final five couples taking spills, including local favorites Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio of Italy, two-time world champions Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov of Russia surged into the lead in ice dancing...
Canada, U.S. men fall again in hockey (02/20/06)
TURIN, Italy -- O Canada, indeed. Teemu Selanne scored his sixth goal in four games and Finland stayed unbeaten in Olympic men's hockey preliminary play, beating gold-medal favorite Canada for the Canadians' second shutout loss in as many days. The flying Finns -- and they certainly have been while going 4-0 -- overcame Canada's physicality and size advantage with excellent puck movement and a strong game in net by Antero Niittymaki, who made 24 saves...
Davis skates to historic gold (02/19/06)
Say what you want about Shani Davis. Call him a trailblazer. Accuse him of selfishness. Snicker at him for being a momma's boy. Just don't forget this: He's also an Olympic champion. Davis became the first black to claim an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history Saturday, winning the 1,000-meter speedskating race and justifying his decision to focus on himself first, his team second...
Swedes stun U.S. women in shootout (02/18/06)
The U.S. women's hockey players gathered in a circle at center ice, raised their sticks and waved them to their fans in one sweeping arc over their heads. It was a routine repeated game after game in these Olympics and before, but this time was different. You could see it in their eyes, red with tears and looking at anything but the giant group hug being staged by the exuberant, wiggling heap of yellow jerseys behind them...
Plushenko skates to gold; Weir falters (02/17/06)
TURIN, Italy -- Almost all Evgeni Plushenko had to do was stay on his feet. That's more than his rivals could manage. The three-time world champion took few chances, yet still earned another personal best Thursday night to grab the fifth straight Olympic title for a Russian/Soviet man...
Russian silver medalist fails drug test (02/17/06)
CESANA, Italy -- Russian biathlon star Olga Pyleva was thrown out of the Turin Games and stripped of her silver medal Thursday for doping, the first athlete caught in the tightest drug net in Winter Olympics history. Pyleva was favored heading into Thursday's 7.5km sprint to win her second medal of the games. As athletes were walking up to the starting line, an announcer told the crowd that Pyleva was scratched because she had fallen ill...
Bloom fails to medal, turns focus to pro football (02/16/06)
A bobble through the bumps and a small splash of snow hit Jeremy Bloom harder than any linebacker could. Might have made him wish he'd stuck to football, too. Bloom's skiing adventure came to a less-than-satisfying close Wednesday. The two-sport star finished sixth in Olympic moguls and felt compelled to smile through it all, even though the ending wasn't the one everyone expected...
Ligety gives U.S. a golden surprise (02/15/06)
Young Ted Ligety gave the United States the Olympic gold medal that Bode Miller couldn't deliver Tuesday night, uncorking the two fastest slalom runs of the day to win the men's combined and break the Americans' bad luck in Alpine skiing. The 21-year-old skier from Park City, Utah, in his first Olympics, had a combined time of 3 minutes, 9.35 seconds for the downhill and two slalom runs. ...
Bloom's chance for gold arrives (02/15/06)
SAUZE d'OULX, Italy -- Jeremy Bloom has stood inside the 20-yard line waiting for a punt so many times, he can't imagine nerves being a problem when he's in the starting gate. Even if this time it happens to be the Olympics -- and most likely his last major ski competition...
Russian skaters win pure gold (02/14/06)
TURIN, Italy -- No soap opera, folks. This Russian pair deserved its Olympic gold medal. Four years after the pairs finale was torn apart by a judging scandal that tainted the entire Salt Lake City Games, the free skate Monday night was downright tame...
Ripe Tomato: U.S. picks up gold with snowboarder Shaun White (02/13/06)
BARDONECCHIA, Italy -- The Flying Tomato got his gold. Redheaded snowboarding superstar Shaun White punked the competition on the halfpipe Sunday, beating out teammate Danny Kass to win the Olympic gold medal that so many expected him to get. "I'm a little overwhelmed right now. I can't explain it," White said after a tearful celebration with his parents at the bottom of the hill...
Hedrick skates to first gold medal, plans to get many more (02/12/06)
TURIN, Italy -- Chad Hedrick cut through the ice in his first Olympic race -- arms swinging furiously, body gently swaying, mouth hanging open. When he crossed the line, flipped back his hood and caught a glimpse of the scoreboard, it was time to let out a Texas-sized yell...
Winter Olympics open with party (02/11/06)
TURIN, Italy -- A dazzled, cheering audience danced on their chairs in the winter cold Friday night and the opening ceremony of the Winter Games became one giant house party. Passion was the show's theme and passion was what poured from the audience, right up to the arrival of the Olympic torch, carried by skiing hero Alberto "La Bomba" Tomba, who ran up the stage steps and handed it off to a succession of Italian medal winners...
Italy's time arrives (02/10/06)
TURIN, Italy -- Fifty years ago, at the last Winter Olympics held in Italy, the opening ceremony crowd watched in disbelief as skater Guido Caroli tripped and fell while heading to light the Olympic flame. Nothing so extraordinary should be expected at Friday night's precisely choreographed festivities in the Olympic Stadium, where the 2006 Winter Games were to begin before a full house of 35,000 spectators in Turin...
Torch run diverted for second time in a week (02/09/06)
TURIN, Italy -- The Olympic torch relay was diverted for the second time this week because authorities Wednesday feared planned protests along the route could turn violent. The torch was supposed to have passed through Avigliana, about 15 miles west of Turin. But TOROC said it diverted the relay to a stage between Buttigliera Alta and Rosta based on the recommendations of law enforcement agencies...
Chelios to captain U.S. Olympic team (02/02/06)
DETROIT -- Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios will captain the U.S. hockey team at the Turin Olympics, the third straight Winter Games he has been accorded the honor. The 44-year-old Chelios will be the oldest American hockey player to compete in an Olympics, USA Hockey said Wednesday...
Kwan seals spot on U.S. skating team (01/28/06)
LOS ANGELES -- With jumps, spins and those majestic spirals, Michelle Kwan showed she is good -- and healthy -- enough Friday and earned one more run at that elusive Olympic gold medal. Kwan sealed the spot on the U.S. Olympic team that she was handed two weeks ago, proving to a five-person monitoring committee that she's recovered from the groin injury that kept her out of the national championships. ...
Kwan receives Olympic team spot on medical bye (01/16/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Michelle Kwan has been handed one more chance to chase that elusive Olympic gold. Now she has to prove she deserves it. While Sasha Cohen earned her spot in Turin by winning the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Saturday night, Kwan needed an assist from a selection committee...
Best time to see Turin may be after the Olympics (01/15/06)
TURIN, Italy -- Can't find a hotel room in Turin for the Olympics? Worried about getting stuck in traffic on the single-lane road that leads to the games' Alpine hub? Don't want a repeat of the nightmare at the Salt Lake City airport the day after the 2002 Winter Games ended?...
Weir wins third national title, earns first Olympic berth (01/15/06)
ST. LOUIS -- Welcome to Turin, Olympic strangers. For the first time since 1976, the United States will send three newcomers to figure skating's biggest event: Johnny Weir, Evan Lysacek and Matt Savoie. After winning his third straight U.S. Figure Skating Championship men's title, the 21-year-old Weir took notice...
Historical throw lands Inoue-Baldwin in Winter Olympic Games (01/14/06)
ST. LOUIS -- So they're long shots for a medal next month at the Turin Olympics. Rena Inoue and John Baldwin gave fans something to remember Friday night by successfully landing one of the most difficult maneuvers in pairs figure skating. Their throw triple axel was a first. No other couple -- not even the Russians and Chinese who have dominated this event -- have performed one...
U.S. Olympic uniforms honor Italian fashion (01/08/06)
NEW YORK -- Italy and fashion go together. So do athletes and high-performance gear. What does that mean for team uniforms at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Turin? It means sleeker and more subtle styles than the fleece pieces that dominated the U.S. team wardrobe at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. The popular USA beret, however, returns...
Bertuzzi makes Canada's Olympic team (12/22/05)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi was selected to the Canadian men's Olympic team on Wednesday, but Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Sidney Crosby was left off the team for the Turin Games. The 23-member team for the defending Olympic champions, primarily made up of veterans and former Olympians, was announced at the GM Place in Vancouver. All 23 play in the NHL...
Gold-medal heroes must return to their jobs (02/28/06)
Mats Sundin partied in Sweden with the rest of his Olympic teammates at a gold-medal celebration in Stockholm on Monday. Today, Sundin has to go back to his real job as Toronto Maple Leafs captain. So do the rest of the NHL Olympians who played in Turin, Italy...