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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...

LANE ONE: Echoes of the failed Int’l Track Association in the new Int’l Swimming...

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Being old does have some benefits. One of them – for as long as it lasts – is memory. When the International Swimming League (ISL)...

THE BIG PICTURE: FINA and Int’l Swimming League trade barbs

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The furor between the International Swimming League (ISL) and the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) continued unabated this week. ISL held a meeting in London...

LANE ONE: U.S. House committee report indicates little change coming to the Ted Stevens...

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While the Ropes & Gray Report on the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal has grabbed most of the national headlines, an important report from one...

DOPING: Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act introduced in Senate

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The Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act previously introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) and...

THE BIG PICTURE: Salt Lake City selected by USOC for a future Winter Games...

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The U.S. is back in the Olympic bidding business, this time for an Olympic Winter Games. At its Board of Directors meeting in San Francisco...

LANE ONE: Why is FINA trying to keep swimmers from making money at swimming?

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If you listen to the leaders of the Olympic Movement, and especially International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach of Germany, you will hear –...

DOPING: WADA sending “technical mission” to Moscow next week

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The World Anti-Doping Agency announced last Friday that “A full technical mission from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will be in Russia next week...

THE BIG PICTURE: After being sued, FINA announces new meet series

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In the blowback from the twin lawsuits filed against it for restraint of trade in the U.S., the International Federation for swimming, FINA, suddenly...

LANE ONE: Larry Nassar preyed on young girls; why is gymnastics focused that way?

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Larry Nassar has been convicted of crimes that will keep him in jail for the rest of his life. He sexually abused hundreds of...

THE BIG PICTURE: IOC’s bad pun in its commitment to sustainability release underlines the...

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The International Olympic Committee came out with a emotionally-worded statement entitled “IOC Takes Leadership Role in the UN Sports for Climate Action Initiative,” supporting...

LANE ONE: The Nassar sex-abuse scandal: What actually happened (and didn’t happen)?

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The long-awaited report on the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal in gymnastics from the Boston-based Ropes & Gray law firm was made public on Monday...

THE BIG PICTURE: Olympic Summit reveals IOC policy on eSports

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The International Olympic Committee convened its seventh Olympic Summit over the weekend, including representatives of most of the stakeholders in the Olympic Movement. A lot...

LANE ONE: USOC’s reformation attempt with gymnastics is only its latest NGB adventure

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The move by the United States Olympic Committee to institute revocation of recognition proceedings against USA Gymnastics drew headlines in the wake of the...

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