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

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...

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

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

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...

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

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...

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”

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

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

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?

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...

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?

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...

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

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...

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

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

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...

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...

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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