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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Monday, 14 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 72 hours in Olympic sport (this time, with links!): LANE ONE/Sunday: The news that the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, is under serious investigation by a French judge concerning potential bribes paid to […]
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LUGE: Russians Pavlichenko and Ivanova win again at their favorite track … in Latvia!

Germany has dominated the Luge World Cup through its first five stop, but Russia performed best in Sigulda (LAT), winning the men’s and women’s...

LUGE Preview: Is it Taubitz’s turn to be the best women’s luger?

Until last week’s races in Konigssee, there was no question but that Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger is the best women’s luger in the world. Maybe...

LUGE: Taubitz wins in Konigsee; Geisenberger’s medal-race streak ends at 25

Germany’s Julia Taubitz won her second World Cup race of the season at the famed Konigssee track in Germany, but just as remarkable was...

LUGE Preview: Geisenberger’s streak on the line in Konigssee

The FIL World Cup season passes the halfway mark in Konigssee (GER) this weekend, with Germany’s Olympic women’s champion, Natalie Geisenberger putting her streak...

LUGE: Germans and Russians sweep the six races in Lake Placid

The Lake Placid stop on the FIL World Cup tour was a good one for Russia’s Roman Repilov and Germany’s Dajana Eitberger, Natalie Geisenberger...

LUGE Preview: Geisenberger’s streak on the line in Lake Placid

It’s hard to imagine, but this week’s races at Lake Placid, New York (USA) are already the fourth out of nine stops on the...

LUGE: Third seasonal win for Kindl in Calgary

Austria’s Wolfgang Kindl won the men’s world title back in 2017, but has never won a seasonal World Cup title. He’s trying to change...

LUGE Preview: Geisenberger tries to stay perfect in Calgary

The North American section of the FIL World Cup tour for 2018-19 continues this week in Calgary (CAN), with the third of nine World...

LUGE: Geisenberger still perfect after Whistler World Cup

Germany’s Olympic and World Champion Natalie Geisenberger continued to dominate the women’s World Cup circuit, winning her third race in a row, this time...

LUGE Preview: World Cup comes to North America

The annual stopover for the Luge World Cup in Canada and the United States starts this weekend, with racing in Whistler, followed by stops...

LUGE: Surprises at Innsbruck season opener

Every season is a new one and the FIL World Cup opener in Innsbruck showed that what happened last season might not happen in...

LUGE Preview: Innsbruck hosts the season opener

The 2018-19 FIL World Cup season will get started this weekend with competition at Innsbruck (AUT) with the standard races plus a Sprint competition....

LUGE: Olympians Mazdzer and Britcher claim U.S. Nationals

The season after an Olympic Winter Games is a time for transition and this was illustrated by the USA Luge National Championships in Lake Placid, New York last weekend. With the retirement of Erin Hamlin and Emily Sweeney recovering from injury at the 2018 Winter Games, two-time Olympian Summer Britcher took her place at the […]
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Have doping and criminality overtaken sport? David Howman says pay attention!

TSX HEADLINES – for June 29, 2018: In a speech to a high-profile anti-doping conference in Oslo this week, the director of the Athletics Integrity Unit told the attendees that one respected observer has declared that the battle against “systemic, institutionalized, state-organized doping is over” and the dopers won. Moreover, “the criminal underworld are getting […]
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U.S. performance in PyeongChang wasn’t great, but it wasn’t a disaster

TSX HEADLINES – for Feb. 28, 2018: The U.S. medal count in PyeongChang wasn’t what was hoped for and there were plenty of critics. Plenty. But a closer examination of how the U.S. did as a team, based on our own exclusive analysis showed that the American squad hardly failed at the Winter Games. Taking […]
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Gold rush starts for Shiffrin; how deep is the mine?

TSX EXTRA – for Feb. 14, 2018: Brilliant and brave skiing by Mikaela Shiffrin brought a hoped-for – but not expected – victory in the women’s Giant Slalom in PyeongChang. Her best event, the Slalom, in which she is the defending Olympic Champion, comes next, and she could enter three more events at the Games. […]
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