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Wendy Hilliard Is Raising Up the Black Future of Gymnastics

Sports Illustrated
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American Swimmer Justin Ress Wins Gold at Worlds After Initial DQ

Sports Illustrated
SI – For more and to sign up click here Daniel Chavkin The FINA swimming world championships got a little strange on Saturday as the officials had to hold two medal ceremonies due to some controversy. American swimmers Justin Ress and Hunter Armstrong initially finished first and second in the......

Olympics Snub Women’s Nordic Combined and Put the Sport on Notice

New York Times
Matthew Futterman The International Olympic Committee decided Friday not to add a women’s Nordic combined event to the 2026 Winter Games in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, a devastating setback for dozens of women who have dedicated their lives to the event in recent years and a potentially fatal blow......

Anthony Robles, the former wrestling champ, wants to break the world’s toughest pullup record

ESPN
7:30 AM ET Ryan Hockensmith Close Ryan Hockensmith is a Penn State graduate who joined ESPN in 2001. He is a survivor of bacterial meningitis, which caused him to have multiple amputation surgeries on his feet. He is a proud advocate for those with disabilities and addiction issues. He covers......

“It felt like we were celebrities:” World’s largest peacetime airlift brings hundreds of athletes to the Special Olympics

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here The world’s largest Peacetime Airlift is helping to bring more than 800 athletes and coaches to and from the Special Olympics this year. The games, where more than 5,000 athletes are participating, are underway in Orlando, Florida, and conclude......

Six Members Of Haiti’s Special Olympics Delegation Vanish In FL, Police Launch Search

Six Haitians who were in Florida for the Special Olympics this month have mysteriously vanished … and now, an active search is underway to find them. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office announced this week that Oriol Jean, 18, Anderson Petit-Frère, 18, Peter Mianovich Berlus, 19, Nicholson Fontilus, 20, Steevenson Jacquet,......

Special Olympics lifts a vaccine mandate at its Games in Orlando after Florida threatens a fine.

New York Times
Remy Tumin Special Olympics lifted its coronavirus vaccine requirement for athletes and staff members at its U.S.A. Games in Orlando, Fla., this weekend after Florida threatened a $27.5 million fine over the mandate. In a letter to Special Olympics International on Thursday, state health officials said the vaccine requirement violated......

Liz Cambage Denies Directing Racial Slur at Nigerian Players Before Olympics

Sports Illustrated
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Report: WNBA Star Cambage Directed Racial Slur at Nigerian Players Prior to 2021 Olympics

Sports Illustrated
SI – For more and to sign up click here Jelani Scott WNBA star Liz Cambage reportedly directed a racial slur at Nigerian national team players during a scrimmage prior to the 2021 Summer Olympics, according to an investigation by The Daily Telegraph.  The report includes details of a stunning video showing......

SafeSport Investigating Teri McKeever After Abuse Allegations, per Report

Sports Illustrated
Content warning: This story contains graphic language of abusive nature. Days after Teri McKeever, the swim and diving coach at University of California-Berkeley, was reportedly accused of running a “toxic” culture, the U.S. Center for SafeSport is now opening an investigation into the former Olympic coach, according to The Orange County......

DOJ refuses to charge FBI agents accused of mishandling Larry Nassar case

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Jerry Dunleavy The Department of Justice is sticking to its decision not to charge FBI agents accused of botching the sexual abuse investigation into former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, a now-convicted sex predator, and lying to the......

FIBA Bans Russian, Belarusian Teams From Men’s, Women’s World Cups

Sports Illustrated
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Pop Star Cody Simpson Qualifies For Australian National Swim Team

Sports Illustrated
SI – For more and to sign up click here Zach Koons Pop star-turned-competitive swimmer Cody Simpson most likely booked himself a spot on the Australian International team for the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships later this year, with a blistering swim in the 100-meter butterfly at the Australian......

Mikaela Shiffrin can’t explain her Beijing Olympic performance. She’s just doing the next right thing

ESPN
7:42 AM ET Alyssa RoenigkESPN Close Alyssa Roenigk is a senior writer for ESPN whose assignments have taken her to six continents and caused her to commit countless acts of recklessness. (Follow @alyroe on Twitter). MIKAELA SHIFFRIN’S BUTT was getting cold. She’d been sitting on the icy snowpack near the......

Former Olympian, Sports Illustrated Writer Kenny Moore Dies at 78

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Paralympian and gold medalist Oksana Masters brings hope to Ukraine

ESPN
Oksana Masters was born in Ukraine in 1989 with tibial hemimelia, a congenital disorder caused by the Chernobyl nuclear reactor incident. Her left leg was six inches shorter than her right and both legs were missing weight-bearing bones. She was born with six toes on each foot, five webbed fingers......

Mikaela Shiffrin Writes Emotional Essay on Navigating Father’s Death

Sports Illustrated
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Caeleb Dressel Faced Mental Health Struggles Before Tokyo Games

Sports Illustrated
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