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USOPC: Olympic hopefuls must be fully vaxxed

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U.S. athletes trying to make the Winter Olympics will have to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 under a new policy announced Wednesday by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. CEO Sarah Hirshland wrote in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that, starting Nov. 1, the USOPC will require staff,......

Ledecky joining Florida as volunteer swim coach

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Katie Ledecky, one of the most decorated swimmers in history, will join the University of Florida as a volunteer swimming coach, the school announced Wednesday. The announcement is also telling as far as Ledecky’s future plans. In addition to helping out with Florida’s swimming and diving program, Ledecky will train......

500 athletes back abortion rights in SCOTUS filing

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WASHINGTON — A group of prominent women athletes, including soccer star Megan Rapinoe and basketball standouts Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to protect abortion rights in a case involving Mississippi’s Republican-backed bid to ban the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion opponents......

Star gymnasts say FBI mishandled Nassar case

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12:36 PM ET John Barr Close ESPN.com Joined ESPN in June 2003 Winner: 2013 Peabody Award; 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award/Video Investigative Reporting Covers breaking news, investigative pieces and human interest features Dan Murphy Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Big Ten Joined ESPN.com in 2014 Graduate of the University......

Tony Hawk serves up nostalgia, sings Millencolin’s ‘No Cigar’ from ‘Pro Skater 2’ soundtrack

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2:00 PM ET Tory BarronESPN Editor Close Tory Barron is a Bristol-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. After retiring from playing lacrosse at UConn, the DC native decided to try her hand at writing about people playing sports. Here’s hoping you like your Tuesdays with a hearty dose of nostalgia.......

NHL players to participate in ’22 Beijing Olympics

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The NHL and NHLPA have come to an agreement with the IIHF and IOC that will allow NHL players to participate in the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing. The agreement does carry an opt-out clause: The NHL and NHLPA can pull out of the Olympics should COVID-19 conditions worsen, or......

Canada tops U.S. for women’s world hockey title

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CALGARY, Alberta — Marie-Philip Poulin scored in overtime and Canada beat the five-time defending champion United States 3-2 on Tuesday night for its first gold medal at the women’s hockey world championship since 2012. Poulin, the Canadian captain, skated down the left side, took a pass from Brianne Jenner and......

Simone Biles, on her competitive future and new business ventures

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After what she describes as a “unique” Olympic experience and a grueling extra year of training due to the pandemic, Simone Biles remains uncertain about what’s next for her competitive gymnastics career and a potential bid for the 2024 Paris Games. But she’s more than OK with that. Instead, she’s......

South Africa’s silver surfer Bianca Buitendag inspired by mom’s cancer fight

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Competitive surfing consumed Bianca Buitendag’s every thought until her father’s sudden death in 2015 sapped her motivation. But then her mother’s two bouts with cancer inspired her to a silver medal performance at the Olympics in Tokyo. Her mother’s struggle with colon cancer, which was removed, and then lymphoma, which......

How Paralympic gold only served to fuel Andy Lewis’ fire to help others — just don’t call him superhuman

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Content warning: The following story contains descriptions of suicidal ideation. Andy Lewis has a phrase tattooed on his left leg: Never Give Up. It’s more than a slogan; it’s a way of life for the 38-year-old. He is a father, a husband, who is also an amputee and a Paralympic......

Happy National Dog Day! Check out how athletes’ furry friends have taken over social media

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There is never a bad time to show your dog some love. National Dog Day is upon us and has provided countless displays of appreciation for their respective pups. The pandemic has given everyone ample time to forge deeper bonds with their pets, and athletes have been no exception. NationalDogDay.com......

South Africa’s new blade phenom: ‘I’m not Oscar Pistorius, I’m Ntando the Great!’

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Having won a silver medal in the men’s 200m at the Rio Paralympics, aged just 14, South African sprinter and long jumper Ntando Mahlangu is ready to go a step further at this year’s Games in Tokyo. This time, he is going for gold on September 3 in the T61......

Tokyo 2020’s most unlikely team, the Refugee Paralympians want to make their mark

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Two refugee athletes led out the flag parade of the Paralympic Games opening ceremony on Tuesday, emerging from the tunnel into the joy and pandemonium unfolding at the Olympic stadium in Tokyo. The record books will note them as part of the first organised Refugee Paralympic Team, with a total......

‘My mind wasn’t working’: What drove Julius Ssekitoleko to go MIA in Tokyo?

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Aug 25, 2021 Ed DoveSpecial to ESPN Close Ed Dove is a writer and scout who has a deep and enduring passion for African sport, politics and literature. Instagram: @EddyDove22, Facebook: @EddyDoveAfrica Content warning: The following story contains descriptions of suicidal ideation. On July 17, six days before the Olympic......

Birdman x blood boards? Tony Hawk blood-infused skateboards for sale

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3:00 PM ET Tory BarronESPN Editor Close Tory Barron is a Bristol-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. After retiring from playing lacrosse at UConn, the DC native decided to try her hand at writing about people playing sports. What in the Tony Hawk? The world of sports is a mysterious......

Blind Paralympian sprinter David Brown found clarity in just 10.92 seconds

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FIVE YEARS AGO, Paralympian and world champion sprinter David Brown walked out to the 100-meter final race at the Rio Olympics to a rousing crowd of Brazilian fans. He smiled, adjusting his blinders, trying to pick up on what the fans were chanting. He cocked his ears as he slapped......

Knight ties goal record; U.S. women beat Finland

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CALGARY, Alberta — Hilary Knight tied tied former U.S. star Cammi Granato’s record for goals in women’s world hockey championship play with 44 in a 3-0 victory over Finland on Sunday night. Making her U.S.-record 11th appearance in the event, the 32-year-old Knight scored from the slot to cap the......

Richardson last in 100-meter return; ‘Not done’

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Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson’s return to the track after not being allowed to compete at the Tokyo Olympics did not go as she had hoped, but she stressed that she’s “not done.” Richardson finished last in a field of nine runners in the 100 meters at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday......

USA women’s hockey getting younger, and Caroline Harvey is proof

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When 18-year-old Caroline Harvey showed up to the U.S. women’s national team selection camp in June, she was the youngest player there. And she had no idea what her next few months would look like. If Harvey didn’t make the national hockey team, she was set to enroll for her......

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