Natalie Coughlin, a 12-time Olympic medalist, is returning to the pool as a member of the DC Trident, one of the teams in the new International Swimming League.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taylor Ward wants to use the Los Angeles Marathon as a springboard to the Olympic marathon trials next year.
Ward is the top-ranked American woman in the field for...
Simone Manuel wins 100 free at Winter Nationals
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Simone Manuel completed a sweep of the sprint freestyles at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals, winning the 100-meter race Saturday.
Manuel touched in 53.38 seconds to beat Margo Geer by a second. Katie Ledecky, the 800, 400 and 200 free winner this week, finished fifth in in 54.76.
Ledecky, Wilimovsky win 800 free at US Winter swim nationals
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Katie Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle by nearly 14 seconds at the U.S. Winter national championships to become the first qualifier for the 2020 U.S. Olympic trials.
Ledecky touched in 8 minutes, 14.40 seconds Wednesday night. The meet is the opening of the qualification period for the trials.
Ashley Twichell finished second in 8:28.16 and Erica Sullivan took third in 8:29.02.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Track and Field has selected Eugene, Oregon, as the new site of the 2020 U.S. Olympic trials.
The organization originally awarded the trials for the Tokyo Games to Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, but the bid was reopened following uncertainty over the Los Angeles-area stadium.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Eugene City Council has declined to nominate Hayward Field's East Grandstand as a city historic landmark.
The decision Wednesday came as the 93-year-old grandstand at the University of Oregon's track and field stadium is scheduled for demolition. The venue has played host to numerous U.S. track and field championships and the Olympic trials.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Olympic diving team will again be selected in Indianapolis.
USA Diving announced Wednesday that it will hold the 2020 Olympic trials in its home city, making it the seventh time Indianapolis has been the host. The event will take place June 13-21 at the newly renovated natatorium on the IUPUI campus.
The 2016 trials also were held in Indianapolis, which hosted in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2008 as well.
Oregon plans new stadium to replace Hayward Field
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon will replace historic Hayward Field with a new track and field stadium to open in 2020.
Oregon unveiled plans Tuesday for the privately-financed venue, which will host the 2021 world championships. It will seat 12,900 but will be expandable to accommodate 30,000 spectators.
Despite being just 19 years old, gymnast Lexy Ramler has quite the resume.
Gymnast Maggie Nichols sticks hometown landing, leading top-ranked Oklahoma into NCAA regional
As disappointed as she was to fall short of making the 2016 Olympic team, Maggie Nichols didnt dwell on it. The gymnast from Little Canada had a scholarship waiting for her at Oklahoma, and just weeks after the Olympic trials, she moved on to her next goal: replicating her elite-level success in the college ranks.
Injury cut short Olympic dream for Fairfield’s Santos, who’s moving forward
BRIDGEPORT — The whirlwind of the past few months brought Fairfield’s Kristen Santos home for a few days before she goes back out for a speed skating competition up in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
She was just in Montreal for the World Short Track Championships. She had heartbreak at the Olympic trials in December. And her hand still shows the literal scars of the lead-up to the trials.
At a World Cup event in November, a competitor’s skate sliced into her hand, cut tendons in her hand and wrist.
Lexie Miller Wyman was a record-breaking Flathead track star in the late 1970s and early '80s, a phenomenal athlete who competed in two Olympic trials.
She was a regular in the Daily Inter Lake sports section, where reporters lauded her running and jumping at every opportunity.
"Lexie Miller Stars," "Speedster Cops Four Firsts," "Born To Run," the headlines proclaimed.
Some of her high school track records still stand today, in the 100- and 200-meter dash, the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump.
Humble Olympian Finds a Fit As a Running Coach in Lowell
LOWELL -- Last weekend, while she was getting inducted into the University of Michigan Track and Field Hall of Fame, Anna Willard Grenier was made aware of an impressive fact that took her by surprise.
"I was told that apparently I'm the only American woman in history to run sub-9:30 in steeplechase, sub-4:00 in the 1,500 (meters) and sub-2:00 in the 800 (meters)," said Willard Grenier with a laugh. "I had no idea."
New Blair on big oval: Bonnie’s daughter is a speedskater
MILWAUKEE (AP) — There's a new Blair on the big oval. The daughter of Olympic champion speedskater Bonnie Blair has taken up her mom's old sport.
Even before strapping on her clap skates, you can't miss the family connection. Blair Cruikshank is a high school senior who got interested in speedskating three years ago.
"Literally couldn't do a crossover stroke," Bonnie says, smiling.
Cory Christensen and John Shuster scored one point in the last end to win Sundays semifinal at the U.S. Olympic trials for mixed doubles curling, setting up a rematch against Matt and Becca Hamilton in Sunday afternoons championship game.
Top seeds set in U.S. Olympic trials for mixed doubles curling in Blaine
John Shuster and Cory Christensen rolled through the round robin at the U.S. Olympic trials for mixed doubles curling, starting on a 4-0 run and finishing with only one loss.
Matt and Becca Hamilton found the early going a little rougher, dropping their first two games before winning five in a row.
Though their paths to the playoffs were different, both finished the round robin the same way: with victories Saturday morning at Fogerty Arena, which earned them the top two seeds for the playoffs.
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Korey Dropkin found solace in a 5-mile run, purging memories of his near-miss at the U.S. Olympic trials by pushing himself to exhaustion on the roads of Duluth. Jamie Sinclair cleared the disappointment from her mind by plunging into the holidays, decorating her St. Paul apartment and watching a marathon of Christmas movies with her mother, Suzanne.
Team Shuster rides early momentum to beat Team McCormick 9-4 in Game 2 of men’s U.S. Olympic curling trials
OMAHA It could have been a handprint. Maybe it was a tiny bit of lint, or a thread from a hem.
Heath McCormick didnt bother to go back and look at what might have knocked his final shot off line. It didnt matter what caused the rock and Game 2 of the mens playoffs at the U.S. Olympic trials for curling to abruptly change course. Whatever it was, it set up four points for John Shuster in the ninth end, causing McCormick to concede a 9-4 loss Friday at Baxter Arena.
Team Sinclair forces deciding third game at women’s U.S. Olympic curling trials
OMAHA As her last rock crawled down the ice, Jamie Sinclair felt a moment of unease. I was a little bit scared, she said. Im not going to lie.
Sinclair needed only to put that final stone into the eight-foot circle to seal a victory Friday, keeping her team alive in the best-of-three womens playoffs at the U.S. Olympic trials for curling. The throw felt like a winner coming out of her handuntil the rock decided to put one final twist into a Game 2 already overflowing with drama.
Team McCormick advances to best-of-three final in Olympic men’s curling trials
OMAHANo one on Team McCormick got much sleep Wednesday night. The foursome could have clinched a playoff berth at the U.S. Olympic trials for curling with a victory in the final game of the round robin, but an 8-6 loss to Team Birr forced a tiebreaker.
John Shuster’s team advances, is top seed in playoffs of U.S. Olympic curling trials
OMAHA With his team down 3-0 after the first end Wednesday night, Todd Birr didnt panic. Weve all been through this before, multiple times, he said of himself and his curling team. I just didnt get that excited about it. You just keep playing.
Cory Christensen likes her young team’s chances at U.S. Olympic Curling Trials
Cory Christensen knows what people assume when they see her age. At 22, the Duluth native is the youngest skip of either gender competing at the U.S. Olympic trials for curling, which begin Saturday in Omaha.
While the FINA World Championships for aquatics got underway last week in Budapest, Hungary, the six athletes who either recently completed their careers at Missouri or are still competing for the Tigers don't kick into action until Saturday.
Here's a look at what to expect when five swimmers and diver Lauren Reedy compete at Worlds:
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA track and field says the Olympic Trials for the 2020 Tokyo Games will be held in the Los Angeles area.
Track's governing body said Wednesday its board of directors voted 11-2 to bring the event to Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. The stadium is going through a $62 million upgrade that's scheduled to be completed in 2019 and will expand seating to more than 21,000.
TrackTown Summer Series expands to 3 cities
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With an eye on sparking greater interest stateside in track and field, the TrackTown Summer Series is expanding this year.
The unique team competition — the brainchild of TrackTown President Vin Lananna — made its debut last year in Eugene, Oregon. It was a one-off meet that was overshadowed by the Olympic Trials and ultimately the Rio Games.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — USA Swimming knew it wanted to return to Omaha for the Olympic trials in 2020 and it didn't seek or accept bids from other potential host cities, interim executive director Mike Unger said Monday as he announced the event would be back in Nebraska's largest city for the fourth straight time.
Michael Chadwick sat on a bench and held his Bible in an Omaha hotel garden. He flipped through the pages of the book of Corinthians, searching for something to help him understand what had just happened.
After two hours, the 21-year-old rising senior reached for his iPhone. He typed a brief message to Missouri assistant coach Andrew Grevers, who joined him on the bench 10 minutes later.
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota archery center is planning a large expansion with an eye toward potentially hosting the Olympic trials.
Utah Olympic Oval to host US short track speedskating trials
KEARNS, Utah (AP) — US Speedskating will hold the short track Olympic trials in December at the Utah Olympic Oval.
The event from Dec. 15-17 will decide the 12 skaters who will compete in the PyeongChang Games in 2018. Athletes will compete in the 500, 1,000 and 1,500 meters.
The oval, known for its fast ice that has led to over 100 world records being set, hosted the 2014 Olympic trials for short and long track speedskating. It was built for the 2002 Salt Lake Games.
Most people these days are struggling to maintain New Year resolutions. For Merrimack College senior Carly Muscaro, the changing calendar page simply means the 2020 U.S. Olympic track and field trials are a year closer.
East Helena's Toby Erickson, competing for the U.S. Army's World Class Athlete Program, captured the U.S. Greco-Roman Senior National Wrestling Tournament heavyweight championship in Las Vegas.
A two-time State AA champion for Helena High (2008-09), he defeated Oregon's Jacob Mitchell 2-1 in Sunday's finals of the 286.5-pound class.
Skating Olympic trials headed to San Jose for 2018
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose will host the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which essentially serves as the trials for the Winter Olympics.
The championships will be held from Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018 at the SAP Center, home of the NHL's San Jose Sharks. Nationals also have been staged there in 1996 and 2012.
Champions will be crowned in 20 events in women's, men's, pairs and ice dance at the senior, junior, novice, intermediate and juvenile levels.
Duluth rowers try to recapture heyday with club’s new energy
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — One hundred years ago this month, Duluth hosted the National Rowing Regatta. At the time it was a big deal: the event served as the Olympic trials for American rowers, MPRNews (http://bit.ly/2bAcEC6 ) reported.
Jared Ward, of Kaysville, finished sixth in the men’s marathon Sunday at the Rio Olympics.
Rudy Winkler of Averill Park competes for the USA on Wednesday in the Rio Olympics hammer throw.
The competition begins at 8:40 a.m.
The hammer throw competition consists of the athlete holding a 16-pound ball, or hammer, attached to a cord. The athlete swings and spins to gain momentum before launching the hammer as far as possible. The world record is 284 feet, 6 inches, set by Yuriy Sedykh in the 1986 European Athletics Championships.
RIO DE JANEIRO As Ben Blankenship made plans for the 2016 season, he never doubted the 1,500 meters was still the right race for him. The distance fit his running and training style perfectly, and at 26, the former Gopher didnt feel ready to move up to longer races.
It's football season.
Oh, wait, it's not.
Still, Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen takes center stage today in a bid to win the 110-meter hurdles.
Allen is the first collegian to win the 110-meter hurdles at the Olympic Trials since Maryland's Renaldo Nehemiah in 1980.
The Ducks football team plans to take a break from practice to watch Allen, a receiver on the team, run in his heat, which is scheduled to start at 9:04 p.m.
Oregon receiver Devon Allen to run in Olympic 110 hurdles
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Almost 7,000 miles away from the Olympic Stadium, the Oregon Ducks have started football practice with an eye on the season-opening game.
Former Lobo Courtney Frerichs on Saturday morning in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, comfortably qualified for the Olympic finals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Frerich?s time of 9 minutes, 27.02 seconds was good for third best in her heat and the 12th best time in the preliminaries. Fifteen runners advance to the finals, which will be run on Monday at 8:15 a.m. MT.
She is one of three Americans who qualified for the finals along with Emma Coburn and Colleen Quigley.
Finley makes Olympic discus finals
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Former Wyoming thrower Mason Finley has qualified for the final round of the men's discus throw at the Olympic Games in Rio.
Finley throw of 208 feet, 11 inches on his final attempt was the sixth-best mark in the qualifying round. He is one of 12 throwers to advance to Saturday's finals.
However, his best throw Friday is still 10 feet short of his personal best, which occurred at June's U.S. Olympic Trials.
After a lengthy, successful career as a professional swimmer, Long Beach native and Wilson High School alum Jessica Hardy confirmed recently that she will retire from competition.
“I would’ve loved to have ended my career in Rio, but I had 11 years of my dreams coming true,” she said. “I’m leaving the competitive side of the sport super proud and grateful.”
RIO DE JANEIRO Considering how long it took David Plummer to get to the Olympics, he doesnt mind a few more days of discipline.
The former Gophers swimmer wont indulge in any Olympic festivities until he has swum his final stroke in Rio. That means a visit to Copacabana Beach or cheering at a basketball game will be delayed until after the mens 100-meter backstroke, which begins Sunday with the morning preliminaries and evening semifinals.
US riders aim to make the jump in BMX at Rio Games
BMX seems like a sport added to the Summer Games with American audiences and athletes in mind. Yet, no American has won gold in BMX Olympic cycling's short history.
The United States was shut out entirely in 2012 after taking a silver and two bronze medals in BMX's debut in 2008.
A strong, deep field of U.S. riders would like to make the...
Olympics: Columbus native Heather Miller-Koch’s sacrifices spur her to Rio Games
Nearly every day for the better part of three years started at 5 a.m. for Heather Miller-Koch. A 45-minute subway ride through Manhattan to the lone indoor track in New York City followed by training for the 2012 U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials.
Miller-Koch, who competes in the heptathlon, would hop back on the train to her home, shower quickly, then work the noon to 8 p.m. shift at the Hospital for Special Surgery as part of her nursing residency. Sometimes, another...
Gwen Jorgensen, the first American to win back-to-back world triathlon titles, could have been an accountant.
She gave up on her Olympic dream as a teenager when she realized she couldn't swim fast enough and decided she'd go to college.
She spent three years on the swim team at Wisconsin, where she was an All-American and Big Ten track champion, and would parlay her master's degree and CPA into a job at Ernst & Young upon graduation.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):
The U.S. added long jumper Michael Hartfield to its track team after Marquis Dendy withdrew with a leg injury.
Hartfield finished fifth at U.S. Olympic trials earlier this month and was next in line for a spot because he had reached an Olympic qualifying standard earlier in the year.
A swimming legend: Former MC standout shined at BYU, U.S. Olympic Trials
When Jake Taylor was a sophomore at BYU, he missed qualifying for the NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships by a measly one-100th of a second.
It was a noteworthy accomplishment when considering the former Mountain Crest star was coming off a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to El Salvador and Belize, nevertheless he was extremely motivated to not let history repeat itself.
Sami Spenner calls it an “emotional roller coaster.”
The moment she trained so hard for finally arrived, yet she knew her run toward the Olympic Games may very well end in Eugene, Oregon.
“Nothing about this meet went the way I thought it was going to,” said Spenner.
The Scotus Central Catholic graduate first set her sights on the U.S. Olympic Trials while attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a school she transferred to in 2010-11 after...