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Heavy Medal: October 26, 2008 - November 1, 2008

Pairs Team Withdraws from Cup of China

From U.S. Figure Skating : U.S. pairs team Brooke Castile and Ben Okolski have withdrawn from the upcoming Cup of China. The event, taking place Nov. 6-9 at the Beijing Capital Gymnasium in Beijing, China, is the third of six...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 31, 2008; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Broke 1960 Olympian Auctioning Medals

Sydney Morning Herald offers a moving story about a former Olympian selling his medals: Fifty years ago John Konrads swam eight world records. He set marks for every distance between 200 metres and 1650 yards, won three gold medals at...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 31, 2008; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Softball Seeks Distance From Baseball

From the Associated Press: Softball's world governing body told its members they must break their ties with baseball to help the sport get back into the Olympics. The International Softball Federation has asked 35 of its 131 national bodies that...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 31, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Greek Hurdler Charged With Steroid Use

From the Associated Press; Former Greek Olympic hurdles champion Fani Halkia was charged with steroid use, an offense that carries a penalty of two years in jail. Halkia's coach, George Panagiotopoulos, was also charged Friday by a Greek prosecutor...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 31, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kayakers and Swimmers Clash in San Diego

The San Diego Union-Tribune writes: Three months ago Leslie Freedle-Boren lost a row of teeth when she was hit in the face by a kayak. She was swimming off the Marine Room restaurant in La Jolla Shores and didn't see...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 31, 2008; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Banned Aussie Back in Water

News services contributed to this report: Australian Nick D'Arcy, who was bounced from the 2008 Olympic team for allegedly assaulting fellow swimmer Simon Cowley, took another step in his return to the sport by finishing an impressive third at a...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 31, 2008; 6:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Father of Olympic Medalist Lauryn Williams Dies

From the Beaver County (Pa.) Times: Oct. 30--Rochester's David Williams, who fought through illness to see daughter Lauryn win an Olympic medal, has died. He was 55. A father of seven, Williams died Sunday following a decades-long battle with leukemia...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 30, 2008; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swimmer Diagnosed With Cancer to Give Keynote

AUSTIN, TX; Oct 30, 2008 Swimmer Eric Shanteau, who competed in this summer's Olympics weeks after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, has agreed to give a joint keynote address at the nation's largest conference on adolescent and young adult cancer...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 30, 2008; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Eventing Team Keeps Phillips

Captain Mark Phillips will remain the U.S. Eventing Chef d'Euipe and technical advisor through the World Equestrian Games in 2010 in Lexington, Ky., and the 2012 Games in London. In 16 years in charge of the eventing team, Phillips' teams...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 30, 2008; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Speedo's LZR the 26th Best Invention of '08

Time Magazine called Speedo's LZR Racer swimsuit the 26th best invention of 2008 in its Nov. 10 edition. The retail DNA test from 23andMe, the Tesla Roadster and NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter won the top three spots respectively. Of the...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 30, 2008; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rogge: Economic Crisis Hasn't Hit Oly Movement

From the Associated Press: IOC president Jacques Rogge foresees no immediate threat to the Olympics from the global financial crisis and says the fight against doping will be a key priority for a second term in office. Rogge, a 66-year-old...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 30, 2008; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Aussies Love Swimming, But Less Than '04

From news services: Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice's three gold medals in Beijing topped Australia's favourite Olympic moments but she still couldn't fill the huge shoes of Ian Thorpe. Swimming was unsurprisingly the country's most popular sport at the Beijing Games...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 30, 2008; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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China Pegged U.S. 'Troublemakers'

From the Associated Press: The Chinese government, concerned about the possibility of demonstrations during the Beijing Olympics, created a list of nine U.S. athletes and one assistant coach it thought might cause problems, USA Today reported Thursday. The newspaper obtained...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 30, 2008; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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USC Female Swimmers Save Men

From the University of Southern California's "Daily Trojan": LOS ANGELES--A potential blow to the USC men's swimming team has turned into an opportunity for the women's team. The USC Athletics Department notified the men's swimming team about a week ago...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 30, 2008; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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2010 Oly Packages Selling Out

From the Associated Press: VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The rough economy has not hurt ticket sales for the 2010 Olympics. With a little more than a week to go in the first phase of ticket sales, packages to the Winter...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 30, 2008; 6:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Marion Jones Apologizes on Oprah

from the Associated Press: Disgraced track star Marion Jones says she often thinks she would have won gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, even if she hadn't taken a designer steroid known as "the clear." "I'll ask myself, 'Well,...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 29, 2008; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Victor Conte on Marion Jones's 'Oprah' Appearance

Victor Conte in an email: "I cannot believe Marion Jones continues to lie. Enough is enough. She knowingly used performance enhancing drugs and has already been to prison for lying about it in the first place. In April 2001, during...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 29, 2008; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Aussies Consider Ban on Long Swimsuits

From The Sydney Morning Herald: AUSTRALIAN coaches are considering banning the controversial swimsuits that contributed significantly to the rewriting of the record books before and during the Beijing Olympic Games. The coaches have been in talks and are preparing to...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 29, 2008; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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IOC Asthma Test Backed

A team of Australian scientists examined the International Olympic Committee's test for exercise-induced asthma to ensure that it did not underdiagnose elite swimmers, and the group's research showed the test--known as EVH challenge--was valid and should continue to be used....

By Amy Shipley  |  October 29, 2008; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Invention: Swim Standing Still

A San Antonio inventor has devised a tether-and-restraining device that he claims will allow swimmers to swim in pools, lakes, rivers or other bodies of water while standing still. Carlos Eduardo Berdegue's invention, which was patented this week, includes a...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 29, 2008; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Murdoch Eying U.S. Olympic Deal?

From the Associated Press: LONDON (AP) -- Rupert Murdoch's media group secured its third Olympic deal this year in Europe and soon could challenge for the most lucrative prize of all -- the U.S. broadcast rights. The International Olympic Committee...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 29, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bernard and Manaudou to Swim in Berlin

From Agence France Presse: France's Olympic champion Alain Bernard and former gold medallist Laure Manaudou will both swim at the seventh and final leg of the shortcourse World Cup when it comes to the German capital on November 15-16. Three-time...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 28, 2008; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ravens QB Is Michael Phelps At Halloween Party

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By Amy Shipley  |  October 28, 2008; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Former DC Swimmer Rogan Won't Quit

From the Xinhua news agency: Austria's most famous backstroke swimmer Markus Rogan, a West Potomac High graduate, said Tuesday his swimming career will continue at least through next summer, but instead of the 200-meter backstroke, he will focus on short-distance...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 28, 2008; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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U.S. Swim Coach Mans British Team

Swimnews.com reports that a 14-person squad of British London 2012 hopefuls will head to the Stockholm and Berlin rounds of the FINA-Arena World Cup next month by the man now in charge of youth development, American coach Chris Martin. Martin...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 28, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Former NFL Coach to Lead USOC Coaching Clinic

From the U.S. Olympic Committee: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) will host the third annual "Building Team USA" conference Oct. 29 - 31 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Winter and summer...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 28, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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IOC Awards 2014-2016 Broadcast Rights in Turkey

from the International Olympic Committee: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced an agreement with Fox Turkey for the broadcast rights within Turkey for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the 2016 Olympic Games. Fox Turkey, one of Turkey's...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 28, 2008; 7:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. Swim Coach Faces Child Pornography Charges

According to the Virginia-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.): Soon after a Suffolk swim coach was charged in August with taking indecent liberties with a minor, two more boys said they had been victimized as well, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Nicole Belote said. The...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 28, 2008; 1:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Australian Swimmers Star in Sydney

from the world international swimming federation (FINA): Matt Jaukovic and Robert Hurley, both from Australia, were the swimmers in evidence during the third leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2008 this weekend in Sydney (AUS), by establishing respectively the...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 27, 2008; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Long Track Team Named

US Speedskating has named its long track World Cup teams after weekend competition in West Alis, Wis. Women 500 meters: 1. Elli Ochowicz (Waukesha, WI) 2. Jennifer Rodriguez (Miami, FL) 3. Heather Richardson (High Point, NC) 4. Lauren Cholewinski (...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 27, 2008; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Move Over, Apollo?

Short track speedskater Jeff Simon won his second World Cup bronze medal in as many weeks this weekend in the men's 1,500 in Vancouver, B.C. "It was an awesome feeling," said Simon, "it is really a good start for not...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 27, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hackett to Retire

From the Associated Press: Australian swimmer Grant Hackett, who won 1,500-meter gold medals at two consecutive Olympics, is retiring from the sport. The 28-year-old Hackett told his plans to Australian television network Channel Nine. He will make a formal announcement...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  October 27, 2008; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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U.S. Women: No Medals at Skate America

A great weekend for U.S. figure skaters at Skate America this weekend unraveled with a development that would have been unfathomable just two years ago: three U.S. women failed to medal at the season-opening grand prix event. U.S. skaters...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 27, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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U.S. Skier Ligety 3rd in World Cup Opener

From the U.S. Ski Team: SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 26.) - The U.S. Ski Team's Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) laid the tracks to defend his title in 2009 as he took to the hill for his 13th career podium with...

By Amy Shipley  |  October 27, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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