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THE BIG PICTURE: Stockholm-Are and Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo submit bids for 2026 Winter Games

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After five potential bid cities all left the scene, there were two bidders who actually submitted the formal documentation to the International Olympic Committee...

LANE ONE: The Takeda investigation could be worse for the IOC than the Salt...

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Friday’s stunning revelation that the president of the Japan Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, is under investigation in France for corruption is the most serious...

LANE ONE: Athlete protests about the USOC demonstrate how to miss an opportunity

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Much has been made over the past several days about protests from a group of athletes calling themselves the “Committee to Restore Integrity to...

SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 11 January 2019

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Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 96 hours in Olympic sport: LANE...

GLOBETROTTING by Phil Hersh: Gracie Gold ‘s wise decision to forgo U.S. Skating Championships...

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The definitive thing about the Gracie Gold situation is none of us on the outside still knows much definitive about the Gracie Gold situation. Gold...

THE BIG PICTURE: USADA files public warning against 90-year-old cyclist

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The United States Anti-Doping Agency’s job is to mercilessly root out doping in the U.S. and while its latest announcement borders on the absurd,...

LANE ONE: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in Olympic...

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If you thought 2018 was a rough year for the Olympic Movement, in board rooms, courtrooms and the halls of the U.S. Congress, get...

THE BIG PICTURE: WADA announces new “mission to Moscow”

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The dance between the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Russian government will continue on Wednesday, as a three-person WADA team will make another trip...

STAT PACK: Results from 31 December 2018-6 January 2019

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The Stat Pack: a summary of results of international Grand Prix, World Cup and World Championships events, plus U.S. domestic events and Pan American...

SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Monday, 7 January 2019

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Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a rapid review of what happened over the last 72 hours in Olympic sport: LANE ONE: Forget all the...

LANE ONE: The most interesting U.S. athletes and team to watch in 2019?

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There will be plenty of off-the-field antics to follow in 2019, like doping and the continuing fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal, but how...

GLOBETROTTING: Hanyu, Ledecká rise above it all in a year when world sport needed...

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by Phil Hersh (For 28 years the Olympic Games specialist for the Chicago Tribune, Hersh is one of the true experts in the field and...

THE BIG PICTURE: No data by 31 December, so what happens to Russia now?

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Russia has thrown one of the hottest potatoes in international sport right back into the hands of the World Anti-Doping Agency. While a WADA team...

THE BIG PICTURE: Shellie Pfohl announces she is leaving U.S. Center for SafeSport at...

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The U.S. Center for SafeSport is in the market for a new chief executive after Shellie Pfohl announced she will step down at the...

LANE ONE: The top Olympic-sport stories of 2018, part II: Nassar overshadows all

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As 2018 fades away, what were the top stories of the year in the Olympic Movement, both in the U.S. and worldwide? We found...

LANE ONE: The top Olympic-sport stories of 2018, part I: Thrills, yes, but also...

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As the calendar runs out on 2018, it’s worth looking back at the stories that were the most compelling, the most exciting and the...

BOBSLED: Disgraced Zubkov wants a personal letter in order to return his medals

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Disgraced Russian gold medalist Alexander Zubkov, who piloted the two-man and four-man sleds to victory in Sochi in 2014, but was disqualified for doping...

2020 OLYMPIC GAMES: Tokyo organizers get 162,000+ volunteer apps

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There is considerable concern about the cost of the Tokyo Games, set to begin in about 18 months. But on another measure of the...

THE BIG PICTURE: Russia’s head of anti-doping asks for Putin’s help to resolve WADA...

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The drama over access to the Russian doping database in Moscow continues, with discussions reportedly taking place over another visit from the World Anti-Doping...

THE BIG PICTURE: Russia refuses WADA team full access to Moscow lab data; now...

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The simmering fight within the anti-doping movement over Russia’s reinstatement by the World Anti-Doping Agency is now getting ready to boil over. WADA released a...

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