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FIGURE SKATING Panorama: Nathan Chen’s “transcendent greatness,” but Yuzuru Hanyu is also no. 1...

Has it been only a week since the brilliant showdown between American Nathan Chen and Japan’s double Olympic champ Yuzuru Hanyu? Chen’s dominating victory at...

GLOBETROTTING by Phil Hersh: The John Coughlin story, tragic for all involved, should lead...

Let’s start with the simple fact that John Coughlin’s death is a tragedy. Whatever the circumstances and reasons that led the 33-year-old former national pairs...

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 ONE: Wednesday: Ready for chaos? This might be the year for it in Olympic politics. Our column looked at seven issues ready to boil over in 2019, including ● Will […]
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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...

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...

LANE ONE: The IOC is slowly – but quite surely – changing, and...

This is usually a quiet time for the Olympic Movement and for the International Olympic Committee. But not in 2018. The winter-sports season hasn’t started yet and most of the major world championships in the summer sports are over, although wrestling and weightlifting are still to come. But the IOC has been in overdrive and […]
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Are we making progress? Doping tests up, positives down in 2017

TSX HEADLINES – for August 6, 2018: The World Anti-Doping Agency has published its report on worldwide testing for performance-enhancing drugs and, at least on the surface, the news is good. The number of tests is up, and in Olympic sports anyway, the number of positives in down. There are a lot of details to […]
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Are we making progress? Doping tests up, positives down in 2017

TSX HEADLINES – for August 6, 2018: The World Anti-Doping Agency has published its report on worldwide testing for performance-enhancing drugs and, at least on the surface, the news is good. The number of tests is up, and in Olympic sports anyway, the number of positives in down. There are a lot of details to […]
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The IOC adds some new 2022 Winter events, but is really thinking about...

TSX HEADLINES – for July 20, 2018: The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board approved the addition of seven events to the competition program for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, China. Even with the added events, however, the total number of athletes to compete in 2022 will now be less than in 2018. Part of […]
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The IOC adds some new 2022 Winter events, but is really thinking about...

TSX HEADLINES – for July 20, 2018: The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board approved the addition of seven events to the competition program for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, China. Even with the added events, however, the total number of athletes to compete in 2022 will now be less than in 2018. Part of […]
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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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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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The SafeSport Code is the U.S. standard for conduct in Olympic sports. What...

TSX HEADLINES – for May 28, 2018: The core of the United States Olympic Committee’s response to the sexual abuse scandal engulfing multiple sports and their national governing bodies is the establishment and opening of the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Its work is to enforce the U.S. SafeSport Code, a 40-page document that specifies what […]
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The SafeSport Code is the U.S. standard for conduct in Olympic sports. What...

TSX HEADLINES – for May 28, 2018: The core of the United States Olympic Committee’s response to the sexual abuse scandal engulfing multiple sports and their national governing bodies is the establishment and opening of the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Its work is to enforce the U.S. SafeSport Code, a 40-page document that specifies what […]
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Thanks to Larry Nassar, being a coach or a team doctor is going...

TSX HEADLINES – for May 25, 2018: The House sub-committee hearing on the sexual abuse of Olympic athletes on Thursday painted a picture of a new day in the U.S. Olympic community for coaches and others who work with athletes. Although fairly slow and ponderous for most of the time, the discussion heated up in […]
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Thanks to Larry Nassar, being a coach or a team doctor is going...

TSX HEADLINES – for May 25, 2018: The House sub-committee hearing on the sexual abuse of Olympic athletes on Thursday painted a picture of a new day in the U.S. Olympic community for coaches and others who work with athletes. Although fairly slow and ponderous for most of the time, the discussion heated up in […]
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New world record: 198 days for Paris 2024 budget projected to explode

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 2, 2018: It took the Tokyo government about two years to determine that the 2020 Olympic Games budget was out of control. The French government, looking into the Paris 2024 project, got to the same conclusion in a new, world-record time of just 198 days! A report from a task […]
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New world record: 198 days for Paris 2024 budget projected to explode

TSX HEADLINES – for Apr. 2, 2018: It took the Tokyo government about two years to determine that the 2020 Olympic Games budget was out of control. The French government, looking into the Paris 2024 project, got to the same conclusion in a new, world-record time of just 198 days! A report from a task […]
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Ho Ho Ho: The top stories of 2017, a tumultuous year in Olympic...

TSX HEADLINES – for Dec. 25, 2017: This has been anything but a tranquil year in international sport, mixing great performances with uneasy politics, cheating and controversy. What were the top stories in 2017? We’re starting our count-down from no. 10 to no. 1 over two issues, starting with a tie for no. 10 and […]
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Ho Ho Ho: The top stories of 2017, a tumultuous year in Olympic...

TSX HEADLINES – for Dec. 25, 2017: This has been anything but a tranquil year in international sport, mixing great performances with uneasy politics, cheating and controversy. What were the top stories in 2017? We’re starting our count-down from no. 10 to no. 1 over two issues, starting with a tie for no. 10 and […]
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