Posts Tagged Summer Olympic games

Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth

In this photo taken Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, Chinese schoolchildren waves their national flags and the 2022 Olympic bid logo to show their support at the ski resort in Yanqing, a suburb of Beijing, where the speed mavens of Alpine skiing and the sliding events - bobsled, skeleton and luge - have been proposed to be held in the bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Chinese authorities are making the final push in its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics that will make the Chinese capital Beijing the first city to hold both the summer and winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

CHONGLI, China (AP) — Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Olympic champ Zaripova faces losing gold in doping ban

In this Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 file photo, Russia's Yuliya Zaripova poses with her gold medal for the women's 3000-meter steeplechase during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. Russian athlete Yulia Zaripova faces losing her gold medal in the 3,000 steeplechase from the 2012 London Olympics after being banned for doping. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

MOSCOW (AP) — In the latest of a slew of Russian doping cases, Yulia Zaripova faces being stripped of her gold medal in the 3,000 steeplechase from the 2012 London Olympics after being banned for a drug violation.

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2016 Rio Olympic torch relay to reach 90 percent of people

President of Brazil's Olympic Committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman attends a press conference to launch the Olympic torch relay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Organizers of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics say the Olympic torch relay will visit 250 towns and cities, reaching 90 percent of Brazil's 200 million people. Organizers gave few specific details Thursday about the exact route, but the announcement of the on-going preparation is another milestone with the games set to start in 1 1/2 years. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Organizers of the torch relay for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro say it will visit 250 towns and cities across Brazil, reaching 90 percent of its 200 million people.

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Bubka troubled by Ukraine conflict as he seeks IAAF top job

In this Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, retired pole vaulter Sergei Bubka gestures to spectators before presenting the medals for the men's pole vault at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia. Bubka has made it official: He's running for president of the International Association of Athletics Federations. The Ukrainian announced his candidacy Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 confirming what had been widely expected for months. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

LONDON (AP) — Sergei Bubka has more than just votes on his mind as he campaigns for the top job in track and field.

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Doping case gives unwanted attention to Olympic host nation

In this July 30, 2013 file photo, Brazil's Joao Gomes Junior looks up after finishing a Men's 50m breaststroke semifinal at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. The Brazilian Swimming Confederation confirmed in the third full week of January 2015 that Gomes, a member of three winning relay teams, had tested positive for a banned diuretic, a substance that if often used as a masking agent that can hide the presence of other drugs. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian swimming reached new heights in December when it topped the gold-medal table at the short-course world championships in Qatar.

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