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Olympic Sports on TV for Wednesday, July 24

Olympic Sports on TV for Wednesday, July 24

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 5:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

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U.S. women's basketball Olympic team rebounds from rare exhibition loss to top Germany 84-57

U.S. women's basketball Olympic team rebounds from rare exhibition loss to top Germany 84-57

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 3:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

A'ja Wilson had 19 points and 14 rebounds to help the U.S. women's basketball Olympic team rebound from a rare exhibition loss to beat Germany 84-57 on Tuesday night. The Americans lost to a team of WNBA All-Stars on Saturday before traveling over to London for the exhibition contest against Germany. These two teams are in the same pool in the Olympics and will play again in the Paris Games on Aug. 4. The U.S. raced out to a 22-9 lead, scoring the first seven points of the game. By the end of the first 10 minutes, the Americans had built that 13-point lead. The Americans led by 12 at the half and scored the first seven points of the third quarter. Germany never threatened in the second half.
France to get conditional approval to host 2030 Winter Games at IOC meeting before Paris Olympics

France to get conditional approval to host 2030 Winter Games at IOC meeting before Paris Olympics

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 1:54 p.m.  |  Save Story

France will get just a partial Olympic win on Wednesday when its bid to host the 2030 Winter Games is presented to IOC members. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has confirmed that full approval for the bid cannot be given since parliamentary elections this month left France with only a caretaker national government. The bid centered around ski resorts in the French Alps and coastal city Nice needs sign-off guarantees from layers of government. Bach says Wednesday's vote will come with conditions attached. The IOC had wanted to confirm France as the 2030 host and also give Salt Lake City the 2034 Winter Games.
British equestrian great Dujardin out of Olympics after coaching video reveals possible horse abuse

British equestrian great Dujardin out of Olympics after coaching video reveals possible horse abuse

Jake Seiner, Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 12:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin of Britain has withdrawn from the Paris Games after a video emerged that the sport's governing body says shows her "engaging in conduct contrary to the principles of horse welfare." Dujardin says in a statement that the video from four years ago "shows me making an error of judgment during a coaching session." It wasn't clear what video Dujardin referred to or what specifically the video shows. The International Federation for Equestrian Sports says it is investigating. The 39-year-old Dujardin won gold at the 2012 London Olympics in team and individual dressage and won another individual gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
Sen. Mitt Romney won't be in Paris for the 2034 Winter Games decision. Here's why

Sen. Mitt Romney won't be in Paris for the 2034 Winter Games decision. Here's why

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted July 23 - 9:53 a.m.  |  Save Story

Plenty of prominent Utahns will be in Paris when the International Olympic Committee votes Wednesday on whether the state will host the 2034 Winter Games.
1,000 people suspected of spying have been blocked from Olympics, French official says

1,000 people suspected of spying have been blocked from Olympics, French official says

Sylvie Corbet And Barbara Surk, Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 9:45 a.m.  |  Save Story

Three days before the start of the 2024 Olympics, France's interior minister says about 1,000 people suspected of possibly meddling for a foreign power have been blocked from attending the Olympics. About 1 million background checks have scrutinized Olympic volunteers, workers and others involved in the Games as well as those applying for passes to enter the most tightly controlled security zone in Paris. That's along the banks of the Seine, where the opening ceremony is being on the river Friday. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said Tuesday the checks blocked about 5,000 people from attending.
Life-changing month for James Corrigan finds BYU star taking 'Steeplechase U' to Olympics

Life-changing month for James Corrigan finds BYU star taking 'Steeplechase U' to Olympics

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted July 23 - 9:02 a.m.  |  Save Story

For BYU cross country and track and field standout James Corrigan, the weeks leading up to and surrounding his marriage in early July changed his life.
AP PHOTOS: The Summer Olympics is remaking Paris

AP PHOTOS: The Summer Olympics is remaking Paris

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 5:25 a.m.  |  Save Story

Paris looks a little bit different these days.
Biles, Osaka and Phelps spoke up about mental health. Has anything changed for the Paris Olympics?

Biles, Osaka and Phelps spoke up about mental health. Has anything changed for the Paris Olympics?

Howard Fendrich And Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 4:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

Athletes heading to the Paris Olympics have more access than ever to resources in the once-taboo realm of mental health and many sound more willing than ever to use them. That seems significant given that the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee's senior director of psychological services says about half of the country's athletes at the past two Olympiads were flagged for at least one of the following: anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, eating disorders, substance use or abuse. Among the key questions at the Summer Games that start Friday is whether everyone will seek the help they need and is enough help available?
Olympic drug-fighting failures make Enhanced Games 'not so radical' says former anti-doping advocate

Olympic drug-fighting failures make Enhanced Games 'not so radical' says former anti-doping advocate

Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 3:49 a.m.  |  Save Story

An expert on the ground floor of some of anti-doping's most broad-reaching advances says it might make sense to stop testing athletes. Michael Ashenden says the recently proposed idea of the Enhanced Games, an Olympic-style sports competition with reduced doping oversight, might be an improvement over the recurring drug-fighting failures of the current Olympic system. Ashenden played a key role in the creation of the athlete blood passport system that is one of anti-doping's best tools. He wrote a paper called "Not So Fast," which he allowed The Associated Press to report on before he published it online.
Sabally sisters ready to lead Germany women's basketball team to its first Olympic appearance

Sabally sisters ready to lead Germany women's basketball team to its first Olympic appearance

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted July 23 - 3:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

Satou and Nyara Sabally plan on enjoying Germany's first trip to the Olympics in women's basketball. The sisters are proud to have a chance to play together and will take advantage of the total experience. The Sabally sisters helped Germany reach the Olympics by rallying to beat host Brazil in a qualifying tournament in February. Nyara Sabally says at one point in the tournament she looked over and took a moment to soak reflect on the opportunity to play with her sister again.
United States favored to top overall medal table at Paris Games. China may challenge for most gold

United States favored to top overall medal table at Paris Games. China may challenge for most gold

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 11:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

34 gold, 27 silver, and 25 bronze.
Paris bound: Utah athletes and delegates rally for 2024 Olympics

Paris bound: Utah athletes and delegates rally for 2024 Olympics

Emma Pitts, Deseret News  |  Posted July 22 - 10:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

Just days away from the 2024 Paris Olympics opening ceremony, a crowd gathered on Monday at the Salt Lake City International Airport to send off Utah athletes and delegates representing the state and country across the pond.
Here's a list of athletes with ties to Utah competing in the Summer Olympics in Paris

Here's a list of athletes with ties to Utah competing in the Summer Olympics in Paris

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted July 22 - 6:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

As Utah's Olympic delegation prepared to board a flight for Paris, their minds couldn't help but drift to 10 years in the future when an Olympic bid will mean a short drive instead of a transcontinental flight.
LeBron James scores final 11 points for US in 92-88 win over Germany as pre-Olympic tour ends

LeBron James scores final 11 points for US in 92-88 win over Germany as pre-Olympic tour ends

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 3:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

On Friday, LeBron James will carry the U.S. flag. But first, he carried the U.S. men's basketball team. Again. James scored the final 11 points for the Americans down the stretch, and the four-time reigning Olympic gold medalists held off World Cup champion Germany 92-88 in London on Monday night in their final tune-up before the Paris Games start later this week.
Ahead of 2024 Paris Olympics, IOC leaders tout games as multilateral unifier in divided world

Ahead of 2024 Paris Olympics, IOC leaders tout games as multilateral unifier in divided world

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 2:13 p.m.  |  Save Story

On the eve of the Paris Olympics, IOC president Thomas Bach has touted the games as a uniting force in a world of divisive and "deeply disturbing" trends. Bach told an audience that included French president Emmanuel Macron that "we are witnessing a new world order in the making." The IOC leader highlighted "narrow self-interests trumping the rule of law" among threats to the multilateralism that has shaped global affairs for almost 80 years. Bach says the Olympics is part of a global and multilateral world that still values cooperation and compromise. The Paris Olympics formally open Friday.
Tour winner Tadej Pogacar withdraws from Paris Olympics road race due to fatigue

Tour winner Tadej Pogacar withdraws from Paris Olympics road race due to fatigue

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 2:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Three-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar has withdrawn from the road race at the Paris Olympics. The decision came Monday, a day after he became the first rider to win the Tour and the Giro d'Italia in the same season in nearly three decades. The Slovenian Olympic Team announced Pogacar had withdrawn from the Aug. 3 road race due to fatigue. His professional teammate, Domen Novak, will replace him. Primoz Roglic, the defending Olympic time trial gold medalist, was not picked after he was left off the nation's provisional lineup and because he is likely still recovering from a crash that took him out of the Tour.
Athletes enjoying their first days at the giant Olympic village ahead of the Paris Games

Athletes enjoying their first days at the giant Olympic village ahead of the Paris Games

Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 12:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

Australian beach volleyball player Taliqua Clancy got an unexpected surprise walking around the athletes' village at the Paris Olympics. Among the legions of other athletes from around the world, one figure stood out: French President Emmanuel Macron. Clancy says "we got to see him which was cool" adding "hopefully we can see a few more famous faces." The village houses more than 14,000 athletes and officials and is the size of 70 soccer pitches. Clancy's teammate Mariafe Artacho del Solar says "it feels very safe." Volleyball players may be the envy of other Olympians because they play next to the Eiffel Tower.
Brittney Griner honored to be wearing a USA Basketball jersey again after time in Russian prison

Brittney Griner honored to be wearing a USA Basketball jersey again after time in Russian prison

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 11:41 a.m.  |  Save Story

There were times Brittney Griner thought she would never wear a USA Basketball jersey again. The two-time Olympic gold medalist was sitting in a Russian prison in 2022 sentenced to nine years in jail for drug possession and smuggling. Playing for her country again was a far-fetched idea at that point. Ten months later Griner was free after a high-profile prisoner exchange. Now, 19 months later she's suiting up for the U.S. in the Paris Games. Griner, wearing her No. 15 USA jersey before the team played at the WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday, said she gets chills now putting it on.
Secret Service oversaw security at 2002 Olympics and would do it again for 2034 Winter Games

Secret Service oversaw security at 2002 Olympics and would do it again for 2034 Winter Games

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted July 22 - 10:02 a.m.  |  Save Story

If the Winter Games return to Salt Lake City in 2034, it would be designated a "National Special Security Event" with the Secret Service in charge.
Sports betting roundup: Xander Schauffele goes from third favorite to first place at British Open

Sports betting roundup: Xander Schauffele goes from third favorite to first place at British Open

Ryan Hannable Of Betmgm Sportsbook, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 9:11 a.m.  |  Save Story

Xander Schauffele had the third shortest odds heading into the British Open at the BetMGM online sportsbook, and he ended up first on the leaderboard. Schauffele won his second golf major of the season at Royal Troon on Sunday. He also won the PGA Championship in May. Schauffele shot 6-under 65 in the final round to finish at 9 under, beating Justin Rose and Billy Horschel by two. Tiger Woods missed the cut at plus 14. He was the most bet player to make the cut. In an Olympic tuneup on Saturday, the United States basketball team beat South Sudan 101-100 victory in London.
Hallock looking for elusive Olympic medal with US men's water polo team

Hallock looking for elusive Olympic medal with US men's water polo team

Jay Cohen, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 7:31 a.m.  |  Save Story

except for the Olympics. And the 6-foot-6 center desperately wants to check that box this summer. Hallock says, "I'd throw every single medal away that I have now for a medal in Paris." The American captain is hoping to lead the U.S. men to the program's first podium finish since it won silver in 2008.
Olympic marketing deal hopes to meet young fans where they are - on Roblox

Olympic marketing deal hopes to meet young fans where they are - on Roblox

Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 7:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

and other features that include ways to interact with U.S. athletes while also checking out highlights from the Paris Games and making visits to a virtual Team USA House called "The Vibe House." This new Roblox feature includes animated versions of 20 U.S. Olympians, including a surfer, a skateboarder and two break dancers. Those four represent sports that have been added recently to the Olympic program in hopes of driving young fans to the Games.
Competing and parenting: Some athletes are doing double duty at the Olympics

Competing and parenting: Some athletes are doing double duty at the Olympics

Tales Azzoni, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 5:37 a.m.  |  Save Story

From training and competing to preparing bottles for feedings and changing diapers, some of the Olympians at the Paris Games will be balancing their roles of athletes and parents. There will be some help from organizers this time for athletes in Paris juggling the demands of elite sports with the tasks of parenthood. The International Olympic Committee and Paris organizers set up what they call the first Olympic Village nursery to allow athletes to be closer to their children and have quality time with them during the Games.
LeBron James selected as Team USA male flagbearer for Paris Olympics opening ceremony

LeBron James selected as Team USA male flagbearer for Paris Olympics opening ceremony

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 5:21 a.m.  |  Save Story

LeBron James wasn't totally sure what the opening ceremony was all about when he was picked for his first Olympics in 2004. This time, he'll be one of the stars of the show. James has been picked by his fellow U.S. Olympians to serve as the male flagbearer for the Americans in Friday night's opening ceremony for the Paris Games. He becomes the third basketball player to carry the U.S. flag at the start of an Olympics, joining Dawn Staley for the Athens Games in 2004 and Sue Bird for the Tokyo Games that happened in 2021.
Athletes are as excited as regular visitors to be tourists in Paris during the Olympic Games

Athletes are as excited as regular visitors to be tourists in Paris during the Olympic Games

Howard Fendrich And Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Posted July 22 - 4:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

Paris is a popular destination for tourists, of course. The food and drink. The art and history. The landmarks. And so on. The city itself will be one of the protagonists of the 2024 Olympics. That's why the Eiffel Tower and Seine River are featured just as prominently as Simone Biles or Katie Ledecky in NBC's ads. And it's why many of the athletes heading to France for the Summer Games that start Friday have drawn up lengthy to-do lists of the various tastes they want to taste or sip and the museums and other sights they want to see while there.
Jajaira Gonzalez left boxing after missing out on the Rio Olympics. She fought her way back to Paris

Jajaira Gonzalez left boxing after missing out on the Rio Olympics. She fought her way back to Paris

Greg Beacham, Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 1:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jajaira Gonzalez will fight for the U.S. Olympic boxing team in Paris eight years after she narrowly missed out on a spot in Rio de Janeiro as a teenage prodigy. She left boxing for about four years in the interim while she navigated anxiety, depression, a high-profile relationship, a brief Army stint and a general lack of direction familiar to anyone who missed out on their greatest dream. Gonzalez got back in the gym about three years ago and fought her way onto the Olympic team with a fortunate change in weight class and a determination to seize her dream.
The wake-up call for the US men's basketball team arrives with the Paris Olympics a few days away

The wake-up call for the US men's basketball team arrives with the Paris Olympics a few days away

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 10:18 a.m.  |  Save Story

South Sudan is the 33rd-ranked team in the FIBA world rankings, by far the lowest of any of the 12 nations that will be vying for men's basketball gold in the Paris Olympics that start this week. The U.S. is ranked No. 1. Yet South Sudan nearly beat the Americans anyway. The every-four-years wake-up call for the U.S. Olympic team seems to have arrived. The Americans lost two exhibitions on the way to Tokyo in 2021 and then lost to France to open those Games before rallying to win gold at the end. They are going for their fifth straight gold.
Pope Francis calls for Olympic truce for countries at war, prays for peace

Pope Francis calls for Olympic truce for countries at war, prays for peace

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 9:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

Pope Francis has voiced his hope that the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games will provide an opportunity for countries at war to respect an ancient Greek tradition and establish a truce for the duration of the Games. During his Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square, Francis said that "according to ancient tradition, may the Olympics be an opportunity to establish a truce in wars, demonstrating a sincere will for peace." The pope stressed that sport also has "a great social power, capable of peacefully uniting people from different cultures." The opening ceremony of the 33rd Olympic Games will be held in Paris on July 26 with the participation of 205 delegations.
Cecile and Laurent Landi helped Simone Biles reach new heights. The Olympics serve as a homecoming

Cecile and Laurent Landi helped Simone Biles reach new heights. The Olympics serve as a homecoming

Will Graves, Associated Press  |  Updated July 21 - 8:51 a.m.  |  Save Story

Gymnastics coaches Cecile and Laurent Landi are heading home for the Olympics. The France natives are the personal coaches of two U.S. gymnasts, including superstar Simone Biles. Biles says the Landis have served as important mentors to her over the years, both in the gym and in life. The Landis say the key to their coaching success is making it a point to adjust to each athlete rather than the more rigid style they grew up with in France. The Landis are moving on after the Olympics. Cecile Landi was named co-head coach at the University of Georgia in April.
The loneliness of an Olympic athlete training in wartime Ukraine through an AP photographer's lens

The loneliness of an Olympic athlete training in wartime Ukraine through an AP photographer's lens

Francisco Seco, Associated Press  |  Posted July 21 - 7:45 a.m.  |  Save Story

Francisco Seco, based in Istanbul, enjoys making photos of daily life in cities around the world. This assignment, though, took The Associated Press photographer to Ukraine to document the toll Russia's invasion of the country has had on the lives of athletes training for the Paris Olympics, which starts next week. Here is what Seco had to say about making this extraordinary photo.
James hits game winner with 8 seconds left, US avoids upset and escapes South Sudan 101-100

James hits game winner with 8 seconds left, US avoids upset and escapes South Sudan 101-100

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Updated July 20 - 4:49 p.m.  |  Save Story

LeBron James saved the U.S. from a stunning loss. James' layup with 8 seconds left was the go-ahead basket, and the U.S. Olympic team escaped with a 101-100 win over South Sudan in London, rallying from a 16-point deficit to avoid what would have been a massive upset. South Sudan, which gained its independence just 13 years ago, had a chance to win it. Carlik Jones had a decent look off the glass with about 4 seconds left, but it missed.
Noah Lyles warms up for Olympics by setting PB of 9.81 seconds to win 100 in London

Noah Lyles warms up for Olympics by setting PB of 9.81 seconds to win 100 in London

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 9:57 a.m.  |  Save Story

Heading into the Paris Olympics, Noah Lyles has never been faster. The American world champion warmed up for the Paris Games by setting a personal best in the 100 meters at Saturday's Diamond League meet in London, clocking 9.81 seconds to beat a strong field in the last major meet before the Olympics. Lyles trailed his rivals at the start before powering past the field over the last 50 meters. Akani Simbine of South Africa was second in 9.86 and Letsile Tebogo of Botswana was third in 9.88, with the top five finishers all breaking the 10-second mark.
Utah high school athletes to represent state at festival in France ahead of Paris Olympics

Utah high school athletes to represent state at festival in France ahead of Paris Olympics

Brigham Tomco, Deseret News  |  Posted July 20 - 8:32 a.m.  |  Save Story

A group of six Utah teenagers will travel to France on Sunday to participate in a global youth sports festival ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
For Palestinian athletes, the Olympics is about more than sports

For Palestinian athletes, the Olympics is about more than sports

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 8:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

Most of the athletes representing the Palestinian territories at the Paris Olympics were born somewhere else -- Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Germany, Chile and the United States – yet they care deeply about the politics of their parents' and grandparents' homeland. They are eager to compete but hyper-aware their presence at the Games isn't only, or even primarily, about sports. With Israel and Hamas locked in a brutal war that has killed tens of thousands in Gaza, these eight athletes -- two of whom hail from the West Bank – carry heavier burdens. Yazan Al Bawwab, a 24-year-old swimmer who was born in Saudi Arabia, said he uses his sport as a ″tool for Palestine."
A French alleged neo-Nazi sympathizer, suspected of targeting Olympic torch, sentenced to 2 years

A French alleged neo-Nazi sympathizer, suspected of targeting Olympic torch, sentenced to 2 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 5:25 a.m.  |  Save Story

French authorities say a French alleged neo-Nazi sympathizer was sentenced to two years in prison after making threats online and was suspected of wanting to target the Olympic torch relay. The Paris public prosecutor's office said in a statement Saturday the 19-year-old man was convicted after a swift trial overnight Friday on charges of sharing bomb-making instructions on social media, posts inciting hate and death threats as well as posts with personal information that put people at risk. Prosecutors said he ran a group titled "French Aryan division" on Telegram. After his arrest, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the suspect had "a willingness to intervene during a stage, evidently, of the torch relay."
Katie Ledecky just keeps chugging along, still excited about swimming after all these years

Katie Ledecky just keeps chugging along, still excited about swimming after all these years

Paul Newberry, Associated Press  |  Posted July 20 - 4:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

For Katie Ledecky, there is seemingly no such thing as burnout. Sure, there are times when it all gets a bit monotonous, staring at that black line at the bottom of the pool, turning lap after  lap. Yet, a dozen years after she burst on the scene with a surprising gold medal at the London Olympics, Ledecky keeps finding ways to enjoy swimming as much as ever. The ultimate payoff is staying on top year after year, Olympics after Olympics, even as other swimmers struggle to deal with the mental and physical side of their grueling sport.
Why a final decision on France's bid for the 2030 Winter Games may be delayed

Why a final decision on France's bid for the 2030 Winter Games may be delayed

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted July 19 - 10:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

Before the International Olympic Committee decides on July 24 whether Utah will host another Olympics in 2034, there's supposed to be a vote on France's French Alps bid for the 2030 Winter Games.
Celebration for 2034 Olympics announcement planned at Utah Olympic Park

Celebration for 2034 Olympics announcement planned at Utah Olympic Park

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 19 - 6:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

The 2034 Winter Olympics will be officially announced next Wednesday, July 24. It is expected Salt Lake City will get the bid, with celebrations planned at Utah Olympic Park and the Salt Lake City-County Building.
Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff stops by USA women's basketball practice

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff stops by USA women's basketball practice

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 5:40 p.m.  |  Save Story

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff stopped by USA women's basketball practice on Friday to wish the team success before it heads overseas to Paris for the Olympics. Emhoff spent a few minutes with the players at the Phoenix Mercury's brand new $100 million practice facility. Vice President Kamala Harris visited the men's USA Basketball practice in Las Vegas on July 9. She wasn't with her husband in Phoenix. Emhoff shared a few moments with Brittney Griner, who he and the Vice President met when she came back from being detained overseas in Russia in 2022. Emhoff will lead the U.S. delegation to the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games. The next Olympics will be in his hometown of Los Angeles in 2028.
Former Olympic and sports official Kevan Gosper of Australia dies at 90

Former Olympic and sports official Kevan Gosper of Australia dies at 90

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 9:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Australian Olympic Committee says former high-ranking IOC member and Australian Olympian Kevan Gosper has died. He was 90. The AOC said in a statement that Gosper died Friday after a short illness. Gosper won an Olympic silver medal on Australia's 4-x-400-meter track relay team at the 1956 Melbourne Games before becoming more well-known as one of the country's top sports administrators. The former Australian Olympic Committee president was an IOC member from 1977 to 2013, when he was made an honorary member. Gosper served on the IOC Executive Board on two occasions from 1986-1990 and 1995-1999 and served two stints as an IOC vice-president.
Durant returns to practice with US basketball team, 1 week before Paris Olympics

Durant returns to practice with US basketball team, 1 week before Paris Olympics

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 8:19 a.m.  |  Save Story

Kevin Durant practiced with the U.S. Olympic basketball team on Friday, a major step toward getting him back on track for the Paris Games that open next week. It was Durant's first time on the floor with the team this summer. He strained his calf a few days before the July 6 start of training camp in Las Vegas and missed the team's first three exhibition games. The U.S. is 3-0 in its pre-Olympic tune-ups, beating Canada in Las Vegas and then defeating Australia and Serbia at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, earlier this week before traveling to London.
Olympic success or failure can hinge on the snap of a finger, a tiny wobble or even a gust of wind

Olympic success or failure can hinge on the snap of a finger, a tiny wobble or even a gust of wind

Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 4:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

what toppled Conley's hopes had nothing to do with a measuring tape. The Associated Press spoke to Conley and other athletes about how they prepare to avoid those disappointments and the impact of those lifechanging finishes.
Stories on athletes and lifechanging Olympic finishes that altered the course of their careers

Stories on athletes and lifechanging Olympic finishes that altered the course of their careers

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 4:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

Several athletes discuss how close finishes of races and events during the Olympics altered the course of their careers. Those athletes include Simone Manuel, Michael Phelps, Edwin Moses, Jonathan Horton, Christian Smith and Alicia Sacramone Quinn.
Former Australian IOC official and Olympian Kevan Gosper dies aged 90

Former Australian IOC official and Olympian Kevan Gosper dies aged 90

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 11:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Australian Olympic Committee says former high-ranking IOC member and Australian Olympian Kevan Gosper has died aged 90. The AOC said in a statement that Gosper died Friday after a short illness. Gosper won an Olympic silver medal on Australia's 4-x-400-meter track relay team at the 1956 Melbourne Games before becoming more well-known as one of the country's top sports administrators. The former Australian Olympic Committee president was an IOC member from 1977 to 2013, when he was made an honorary member. Gosper served on the IOC Executive Board on two occasions from 1986-1990 and 1995-1999 and served two stints as an IOC vice-president.
Paris police are sealing off the Seine River ahead of the Olympics opening ceremony

Paris police are sealing off the Seine River ahead of the Olympics opening ceremony

John Leicester And Tom Nouvian, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 7:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

A special kind of iron curtain has come down across central Paris. Police have set up the beginning of an anti-terrorism perimeter along the banks of the Seine River before it hosts the Olympics opening ceremony next week. Parisians and tourists can only pass through if they apply in advance for a pass. Those with the precious QR code passed smoothly past police checkpoints at gaps in the barriers taller than most people. Those without got mostly turned away. The perimeter went into effect early Thursday morning, and will last through the ceremony. As an exception, Paris has decided to hold the opening ceremony on the river rather than in a stadium.
Diana Taurasi set for Paris Olympics, trying to become first basketball player to win 6 gold medals

Diana Taurasi set for Paris Olympics, trying to become first basketball player to win 6 gold medals

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 11:12 a.m.  |  Save Story

Diana Taurasi joked after the Tokyo Olympics that she'd see everyone in Paris. The 42-year-old guard turned the joke into reality. She'll be playing in a record sixth Olympics when the U.S. women's basketball team goes for its eighth consecutive gold medal. Taurasi has been a mainstay on the Olympic team since graduating from UConn in 2004 and leading the Huskies to three consecutive NCAA championships. She's still playing at a high level, averaging 16.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in her 20th season in the WNBA. The U.S. has never lost an Olympic game that Taurasi's competed in. That streak dates back even further with the last loss by the Americans coming during the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Two weightlifters from 2016 Rio Olympics notified of adverse findings from anti-doping retests

Two weightlifters from 2016 Rio Olympics notified of adverse findings from anti-doping retests

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 8:39 a.m.  |  Save Story

Two weightlifters from the 2016 Rio Olympics have been notified of adverse results discovered in retesting samples from eight years ago. Bronze medal-winning Mohamed Mahmoud of Egypt and fifth-place finisher Alexandr Spac of Moldova from the men's 77kg division are the weightlifters involved. The International Testing Agency announced this week that each tested positive for a non-specified banned substance from the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. The gold medalist from that division, Nijat Rahimov of Kazakhstan was already disqualified for a doping violation two years ago. Neither Mahmoud nor Spac was set to compete in the upcoming Paris Olympics.
Even with restrictive rules, swimsuit wars heat up in an Olympic year

Even with restrictive rules, swimsuit wars heat up in an Olympic year

Paul Newberry, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 4:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

The swimsuit that Michael Phelps wore while winning eight golds medals at the Beijing Olympics is still revered around Speedo's design center. The LZR Racer is a reminder of just how much a suit can help an athlete. Of course, the rules these days are much more of a hindrance to swimsuit designers following a summer 15 years ago in which rubberized attire was all the rage, resulting in 43 world records being set. Swimming's international governing body hastily imposed strict new rules that remain largely intact to this day. Most coaches and swimmers seem content with them. But major swimsuit designers such as Speedo, TYR and arena are pushing for more leeway to develop faster suits.
Delta organizes send-off for Team USA Olympic athletes at Atlanta airport

Delta organizes send-off for Team USA Olympic athletes at Atlanta airport

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 17 - 5:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

Delta Air Lines is celebrating members of Team USA as the athletes head off to Paris for the Summer Olympic Games. The airline organized a send-off Wednesday for archers, fencers and other U.S. athletes at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The airline had T-shirts and water bottles at the gate where archers, fencers, basketball players and other athletes were scheduled to depart. Signs read, "Good Luck Team USA!" and "A Merci Beaucoup From Us to You." Delta is managing travel for all U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The opening ceremony for the Games is scheduled for July 26.
Stephen Curry strong in US men's basketball team's 105-79 win over Serbia in Olympic warmup

Stephen Curry strong in US men's basketball team's 105-79 win over Serbia in Olympic warmup

Kyle Hightower, Associated Press  |  Updated July 17 - 1:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Stephen Curry scored 24 points, Bam Adebayo added 17 and the U.S. beat Serbia 105-79 to improve to 3-0 in its five-game slate of exhibitions before the Paris Olympics. Anthony Davis finished with seven points, six rebounds and six blocks, helping to lead a U.S. defensive effort that limited Serbia throughout. The U.S. led by as many as 31 points in the last of a pair of warmup games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Americans had an uneven start before using a 16-2 run in the second quarter to take a 56-42 advantage. They led by 31 in the fourth quarter. Nikola Jokic had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Serbia. Aleksa Avramovic added 14 points.
Carapaz earns his first Tour de France stage win

Carapaz earns his first Tour de France stage win

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 11:32 a.m.  |  Save Story

Richard Carapaz has claimed his first Tour de France stage win after showcasing his climbing prowess in the final ascents. The 31-year-old became the first man from Ecuador to win a stage at the Tour. Carapaz won the men's road race gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics but missed out on being selected for the Paris Olympics. Two-time champion Tadej Pogacar kept the overall race lead after Wednesday's 17th stage. Biniam Girmay retained the best sprinter's green jersey.
After no men picked for Olympics 2024 in artistic swimming, Italy's Minisini says he's ending career

After no men picked for Olympics 2024 in artistic swimming, Italy's Minisini says he's ending career

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 10:01 a.m.  |  Save Story

Men are eligible to compete in Olympic artistic swimming for the first time in Paris this year. But with no men picked a former world champion from Italy is ending his career this week. Four-time worlds gold medalist Giorgio Minisini says he's competing for the last time at age 28 at the Italian national championships. Minisini and Bill May of the United States were the two most likely Olympic pioneers aiming for Paris. However, 96 athletes picked by 18 different nations were all women. World Aquatics hopes to add mixed duet for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
Denmark mixed doubles badminton player Mathias Christiansen withdraws from Paris Olympics

Denmark mixed doubles badminton player Mathias Christiansen withdraws from Paris Olympics

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 9:36 a.m.  |  Save Story

Denmark mixed doubles badminton player Mathias Christiansen has withdrawn from the Paris Olympics. The Badminton World Federation confirmed his decision Wednesday. Badminton Denmark cited multiple errors Christiansen made in reporting his whereabouts in line with anti-doping regulations, which the organization says were unintentional. Christiansen and partner Alexandra Boje have been removed from the draw with no replacement, according to the BWF. They competed in the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics and finished third in their group. Group play in Paris begins July 27.
3-time world champ Ellen van Dijk to race Olympic time trial 6 weeks after fracturing her ankle

3-time world champ Ellen van Dijk to race Olympic time trial 6 weeks after fracturing her ankle

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 9:18 a.m.  |  Save Story

Three-time world time trial champion Ellen van Dijk of the Netherlands will compete in the race against the clock at the Paris Olympics six weeks after fracturing her ankle during training camp and requiring surgery. The Dutch Cycling Federation announced Wednesday that van Dijk would be ready for the Summer Games beginning in just over a week. It's the culmination of a remarkable recovery that began with riding in a cast. It sets up a potential showdown on the streets of Paris between her and Chloe Dygert, the reigning world time trial champion from the United States.
MyKayla Skinner's dedication led to Olympic dream, but its now second to her greatest accomplishment

MyKayla Skinner's dedication led to Olympic dream, but its now second to her greatest accomplishment

Kathy Aiken for KSL.com  |  Posted July 17 - 9:01 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Olympics was always the dream for MyKayla Skinner ever since she was a little girl.
Paris mayor dips into the Seine River to showcase its improved cleanliness before Olympic events

Paris mayor dips into the Seine River to showcase its improved cleanliness before Olympic events

Tom Nouvian, Associated Press  |  Updated July 17 - 8:46 a.m.  |  Save Story

After months of anticipation, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo took a dip in the Seine River, fulfilling a promise to show the river was clean enough to host open swimming competitions during the 2024 Olympics. Clad in a wetsuit, Hidalgo plunged Wednesday into the river. Paris 2024 chief Tony Estanguet joined her. It's part of a broader effort to showcase the river's improved cleanliness ahead of the Summer Games which will kick off July 26 and host open-water swimming competitions. Daily water quality tests in early June indicated unsafe levels of E. coli bacteria, followed by recent improvements.
Paris mayor dips into the Seine River to showcase its improved cleanliness before Olympic events

Paris mayor dips into the Seine River to showcase its improved cleanliness before Olympic events

Tom Nouvian, Associated Press  |  Posted July 17 - 8:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo took a dip in the Seine River, fulfilling a promise to show the river was clean enough to host open swimming competitions during the 2024 Olympics. Clad in a wetsuit, Hidalgo plunged Wednesday into the river.
The wave 'at the end of the road': A look at the unique features of the Olympic Games surf spot

The wave 'at the end of the road': A look at the unique features of the Olympic Games surf spot

Victoria Milko, Associated Press  |  Updated July 16 - 2:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

This month some of the world's best surfers will travel to Tahiti, French Polynesia, to compete for gold on what is referred to as one of the heaviest waves in the world. Called Teahupo'o, the wave has unique properties that make it difficult to ride, having claimed the life of at least one surfer. Here's a look at the dynamics of the wave and the 2024 Paris Olympics' surfing competition.