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  • Jean Vuarnet dies at 83, Olympic champion was first to use metal skis and tuck position

    Jean Vuarnet dies at 83, Olympic champion was first to use metal skis and tuck position

    Olympic skiing champion Jean Vuarnet, who helped pioneer the aerodynamic tuck position for downhill racers but suffered tragedy with the deaths of his wife and son in a doomsday cult murder-suicide, has died, the French Olympic Committee announced Monday. He was 83.  Vuarnet died of a stroke, a...

  • She was on course for stardom. Then she entrusted her career to USA Swimming.

    She was on course for stardom. Then she entrusted her career to USA Swimming.

    This was supposed to be the year Dagny Knutson became a household name by thrashing the competition in the pool in Rio de Janeiro. In 2010, Knutson was widely considered the next breakout American swimming star. At the urging of USA Swimming officials, she said, Knutson turned down a college scholarship...

  • Miruts Yifter, Ethiopian running legend, dies at 72

    Miruts Yifter, Ethiopian running legend, dies at 72

    Miruts Yifter, an Ethiopian running legend who inspired world-class athletes like Haile Gebrselassie, has died in Canada at age 72, his family and Ethiopian Athletics Federation officials said Friday. The athlete known by the nickname “Yifter the Shifter” won two gold medals at the 1980 Moscow...

  • Russian Olympic doping scandal: IOC opens new cases against 28 athletes

    Russian Olympic doping scandal: IOC opens new cases against 28 athletes

    The ongoing Russian doping scandal — with the country’s officials, coaches and athletes accused of systemic cheating — could take a while to clean up. On Friday, the International Olympic Committee announced that it has opened disciplinary cases against 28 athletes whose urine samples were allegedly...

  • Michael Phelps led a golden year for Maryland athletes at the Olympics

    Michael Phelps led a golden year for Maryland athletes at the Olympics

    As Michael Phelps crouched on the starting block, waiting to leap into the pool for his leg of the 4x100-meter freestyle final, it was not at all clear what we were about to see. Phelps had traveled to Rio de Janeiro to produce an immaculate ending to his unparalleled Olympic career. But in truth,...

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