US Olympic swimmer Michael Andrew refuses to be vaccinated against CCP Virus

News 07/12/21, 02:02

Team U.S.A. swimmer Michael Andrew confirmed he would not be immunized against the deadly disease just weeks before the Olympics.Andrew will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley, and 50-meter freestyle in his first Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. He decided against being vaccinated against the Chinese Communist Party ...

Former Olympic swimming champion Meilutyte retires at 22

Sports 05/22/19, 07:49

Former Olympic swimming champion Ruta Meilutyte retired from the sport Wednesday after missing three doping tests.The 22-year-old Meilutyte said she wants to focus on her studies and other interests, rather than a third Olympics next year."I have given all of myself to swimming. I used to live with it since ...

Phelps honored for honesty on mental health, helping others

Sports 05/21/19, 17:43

While swimming to Olympic glory, Michael Phelps found comfort in the pool and quite a bit of angst out of it. His bout with depression reached its nadir in 2014 after a second DUI arrest. That's when the most decorated Olympian of all time checked himself into a rehabilitative center in ...

Ticket sales: The least understood side of the Olympics

Sports 04/18/19, 04:00

It's Olympic ticket sales time again, perhaps the least understood side of the games."Time flies," said Kosuke Kitajima, a four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist from Japan. "It's as if the Rio de Janeiro Olympics were just yesterday."The now-retired Kitajima helped Tokyo Olympic organizers launch their ticket website on Thursday, which ...

Fans, athletes, volunteers will be up early at Tokyo Games

Sports 04/16/19, 03:52

For fans, athletes and volunteers, next year's Tokyo Olympics could become known as the get-up-early games.Organizers — hoping to beat the summer heat in the Japanese capital — say the men's 50-meter race walk final will begin at 5:30 a.m. The men's and women's marathon finals will start at 6 ...

Ledecky heads pro swim league set to debut in US, Europe

Europe 04/09/19, 16:40

A new professional league for elite swimmers will debut this year with U.S. and foreign teams competing in a mixed gender format with the athletes being paid.Five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky will compete for one of the International Swimming League's eight teams — four based in the U.S. and four ...

Olympic gold medalist Florent Manaudou returns to swimming

Sports 03/19/19, 04:52

Olympic gold medalist Florent Manaudou is making a comeback to swimming with the aim of competing at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.The Frenchman, who won the 50-meter freestyle title at the 2012 London Olympics, took a 2½-year break from swimming to focus on handball.Manaudou told L'Equipe newspaper he is missing ...

Chinese swimmer Sun Yang’s doping case heads to court

Sports 03/13/19, 07:02

A doping case involving Chinese swimmer Sun Yang is going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and could lead to a ban from competition, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The World Anti-Doping Agency has appealed against a decision by swimming's governing body to only give the three-time Olympic champion a ...

Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee diagnosed with leukemia

Sports 02/12/19, 01:38

Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee has been diagnosed with leukemia less than 18 months before the Olympics in Tokyo.The 18-year-old Ikee won six gold medals at the Asian Games in Jakarta last year and was tipped to be one of the faces of the 2020 Olympics in her home country.She ...

Despite doping scandals, Russia bids to host European Games

Sports 01/30/19, 07:34

Russia is bidding to host the 2023 European Games in Kazan despite a backdrop of years of doping scandals.Russian Olympic Committee president Stanislav Pozdnyakov is working with regional officials on the Kazan bid and said late Tuesday the city has "unique sports infrastructure at both the Russian and international level."Kazan ...

Former swimming champ sentenced for child rape, sexual abuse

Hockey 01/23/19, 12:59

A former French swimming champion and ex-manager of one of the country's most successful hockey clubs was found guilty Wednesday of child rape and sexual abuse and sentenced to 12 years in jail.Vincent Leroyer, 61, was found guilty of abusing five boys between the ages of 6 and 14 when ...

France: Ex-champ swimmer admits ‘shame’ at child rape trial

Sports 01/22/19, 12:37

A court in southwest France heard on Tuesday how a French former swimming champion who went on to manage one of France's most successful ice hockey teams wormed his way into the trust of admiring families to sexually abuse their children.Vincent Leroyer, 61, spoke of his "very sincere and very ...

Former French swimming champion on trial for child sex abuse

Hockey 01/21/19, 10:46

A former French swimming champion is on trial in southwest France for the alleged rape and sexual abuse of young boys and adolescents during the decade he ran an ice hockey club in northern France. Vincent Leroyer told a jury as his three-day trial got underway in Bordeaux on Monday he ...

Malaysia says it won’t host any more events involving Israel

Sports 01/16/19, 01:39

Malaysia's foreign minister said Wednesday that the government will not budge over a ban on Israeli athletes in a para swimming competition and has decided that the country will not host any events in the future involving Israel.Malaysia, a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause, is among the predominantly Muslim ...

Swimmer Missy Franklin retires at 23, citing chronic pain

Sports 12/19/18, 14:17

Five-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin is retiring from swimming at age 23. She cites chronic shoulder pain that has affected her for the last 2½ years.She announced her plans Wednesday in a letter posted on ESPN.com .Franklin's success and bubbly personality made her a darling of the 2012 London Olympics. ...

Titmus sets world record in short-course 400 freestyle

Sports 12/14/18, 16:31

Australian swimmer Ariarne Titmus broke a second world record in three days, winning gold in the women's 400-meter freestyle at the world short-course swimming championships.The 18-year-old Titmus finished in a time of 3 minutes, 53.92 seconds on Friday.The previous world record-holder, China's Wang Jianjiahe, took silver with a time of ...

US swimmers set world record at short-course championships

Sports 12/13/18, 08:47

The United States has set a world record in the 4x50-meter mixed medley relay at the world short-course swimming championships.Caeleb Dressel, Kelsi Dahlia, Michael Andrew and Olivia Smoliga won in 1 minute, 36.40 seconds, finishing .65 seconds ahead of the Netherlands.American swimmers held the previous record of 1:37.17 set in ...

US relay teams set short course world records

Sports 12/12/18, 09:32

The United States has set a world record in the 4x50-meter mixed freestyle at the world short-course swimming championships.The U.S. team of Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held, Mallory Comerford and Kelsi Dahlia won in 1 minute, 27.89 seconds, ahead of the Netherlands and Russia.The Americans beat the previous world record of ...

Le Clos adds support to growing rebellion by top swimmers

Sports 12/10/18, 09:17

Four-time Olympic medalist Chad le Clos threw his support Monday behind a planned new competition that is leading top swimmers to rebel against their own governing body.The International Swimming League, which aims to launch next year, "will benefit swimming with a new dynamic approach," Le Clos said.The ISL is privately ...

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