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LANE ONE: The 39th anniversary of Jimmy Carter and the U.S. boycott of...

For most people, 21 March is not a significant date on the annual calendar. But for more than 1,000 athletes trying to make the United States Olympic Team in 1980, it was the end of their dreams of competing in Moscow. In response to the December 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union, U.S. […]
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LANE ONE: More projections on what the Commission on the State of U.S....

Last Tuesday’s introduction of a bill by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) may be the start of a process which will empanel a 16-member working group to be called the “Commission on the State of U.S. Olympics and Paralympics.” According to Gardner’s bill, its task will be to conduct a nine-month review of the USOC […]
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SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Friday, 18 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of the week (so far) in the turbulent world of international sport: LANE ONE: Wednesday: There really is a change going on in Olympic bidding, if you believe what the Milan-Cortina bid has in their presentation submitted on 11 January. Its organizing […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: Colorado Senator Gardner introduces bill to review the USOC

Now we are getting serious. After all of the posturing, press releases and yelling about reform of the United States Olympic Committee, the only body...

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

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 on Friday, the USOC selected Salt Lake City, Utah, as its bid city for a future Winter Games. The specific Games has not been confirmed, but the 2030 Games are […]
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UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE: Blackmun referred to U.S. Justice Dept.

Former USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun faces new legal issues as a follow-up to the release of the Ropes & Gray report last week about the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal at USA Gymnastics. A Friday news release from U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) started: “U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) – chairman […]
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LANE ONE: USA Gymnastics to USOC: “We’re not dead yet”

You have to give credit to the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors. They aren’t giving up and they are not about to roll over for the convenience of the United States Olympic Committee. That stance may or may not matter in the end, but Wednesday’s unexpected announcement that USA Gymnastics had filed for protection under […]
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LANE ONE: Walking in parallel, the IOC and USOC are reworking their power...

Perhaps not unexpectedly, the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee are walking, side-by-side, down a parallel road of de-certification of a sports governing body. What they do – and just as importantly – how they do it will re-shape the relationship between the IOC and the International Sports Federations and the USOC […]
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LANE ONE: Where once there were too few, are there now too many...

Way back in 1978, the United States Olympic Committee organized the first National Sports Festival to give U.S. athletes some additional competition opportunities during the summer months. There weren’t so many events back then and USOC President Robert Kane pushed for a cost-effective event that would also give American athletes a taste of a multi-sport […]
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United States Olympic Committee: More money for Paralympic bonuses, SafeSport

There was a lot of activity at the 2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Some of the highlights: ∙ The U.S. National Governing Bodies voted to send about $1 million in additional funding to the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Each NGB will contribute 0.25% of its revenues, with a cap of […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Assembly coming

The annual U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly will take place at the end of the week from 20-22 September in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Colorado Springs Gazette ran a long story last Friday about the “demands for change” being made on the organization, but the reality is that a significant part of the meeting will […]
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THE BIG PICTURE: USOC chair Larry Probst announces retirement; Susanne Lyons will take...

The question whispered on the sidelines of the Larry Nassar abuse scandal: “Where is Larry Probst in all this?” was answered on Monday, when Probst announced that he would be retiring from his position as chair of the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee at the end of 2018. Probst, 68, was […]
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LANE ONE: USOC working smartly to maintain U.S. collegiate Olympic-sport programs

“These athletes aren’t saying, ‘Pay me,’ they’re saying, ‘If I could just use that little bit of prize money I got or hold it until after I graduate to pay rent that would really help me.’ “To be honest, there’s a lot of red tape around what is deemed actual and necessary per NCAA rules […]
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U.S. athletes tell Congress: Fix the “unregulated monopoly” you set up in 1978

TSX HEADLINES – for July 27, 2018: The U.S. Senate Sub-Committee hearing on “Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions” last Tuesday focused mostly on the sexual abuse issues at the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and at Michigan State University. But the most important part of the hearing was the […]
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U.S. athletes tell Congress: Fix the “unregulated monopoly” you set up in 1978

TSX HEADLINES – for July 27, 2018: The U.S. Senate Sub-Committee hearing on “Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions” last Tuesday focused mostly on the sexual abuse issues at the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and at Michigan State University. But the most important part of the hearing was the […]
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Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kenya most penalized by the Athletics Integrity Unit

TSX HEADLINES – for July 25, 2018: The Athletics Integrity Unit set up by the International Association of Athletics Associations (IAAF) made its first comprehensive report public and there’s one conclusion to be drawn. Doping is still with us. The report on the AIU Web site shows a total of 120 cases handled by the […]
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Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kenya most penalized by the Athletics Integrity Unit

TSX HEADLINES – for July 25, 2018: The Athletics Integrity Unit set up by the International Association of Athletics Associations (IAAF) made its first comprehensive report public and there’s one conclusion to be drawn. Doping is still with us. The report on the AIU Web site shows a total of 120 cases handled by the […]
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Tokyo and Paris sign mutual-cooperation accord, but will they really cooperate?

TSX HEADLINES – for July 13, 2018: With considerable fanfare, the chief executives of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and Paris 2024 committee signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in various areas to help ensure the success of both Games. It’s a good idea, but will these organizations – and beyond them, the Los […]
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Tokyo and Paris sign mutual-cooperation accord, but will they really cooperate?

TSX HEADLINES – for July 13, 2018: With considerable fanfare, the chief executives of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and Paris 2024 committee signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in various areas to help ensure the success of both Games. It’s a good idea, but will these organizations – and beyond them, the Los […]
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Memo to U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen: USOC spent 65% of its money on...

TSX HEADLINES – for June 8, 2018: The U.S. Senate hearing on sexual abuse and Olympic sports was notable for Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s call for the United States Olympic Committee to have its charter changed by the Congress and that 50% of its revenue should go directly to athletes. In fact, the USOC already spends […]
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