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Olympics Figure Skater Dies at 20 in Moscow

Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya was born in Russia but won a world junior title for Australia

(Newser) - A former figure skating champion who was born in Russia but skated for Australia has died in Moscow at the age of 20, CNN reports. Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya's death was confirmed Saturday by skating officials , but no cause was given. A pairs' figure skater, Alexandrovskaya obtained Australian citizenship in 2016... More »

World Champion Snowboarder Drowns

Alex Pullin had been spearfishing off Gold Coast

(Newser) - Australia is mourning one of its greatest-ever winter athletes. Alex "Chumpy" Pullin drowned Wednesday while spearfishing on an artificial reef off Queensland's Gold Coast, the BBC reports. The 32-year-old, a two-time world snowboarding champion, was Australia's flag-bearer at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. He was spotted unconscious... More »

Olympic Star Describes the Agony of COVID-19

After two weeks, walking still exhausts Cameron van der Burgh

(Newser) - A couple of weeks ago, Cameron van der Burgh would have been considered about as healthy as you can be. The winner of an Olympic gold medal, USA Today reports, he has strong lungs—no smoking—and the conditioning of a world-class athlete. His lifestyle is healthy, and he's... More »

China's Greatest Swimmer Hit With 8-Year Ban

Sun Yang broke anti-doping rules in destroying blood samples

(Newser) - The career of China's greatest swimmer may be kaput after he was hit Friday with an eight-year ban for destroying blood samples. Three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang, 28, was found guilty of breaking anti-doping rules when sample collectors paid a visit to his home following the 2018 Asian Games,... More »

Olympic Wrestler Says University Doctor Abused Him

Andy Hrovat adds to allegations against Michigan doctor

(Newser) - An Olympic wrestler on Thursday accused a University of Michigan doctor of touching him inappropriately during medical exams at the school and said the physician's reputation for such conduct was well known among his teammates. Andy Hrovat, who competed for the US in the 2008 Summer Olympics, tells the... More »

Olympian Defects From Iran

'Whatever they said, I wore,' says Kimia Alizadeh, the nation's only female medalist

(Newser) - Iran's only female Olympic medalist said she defected from the Islamic Republic in a blistering online letter in which she described herself as "one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran." Taekwondo athlete Kimia Alizadeh posted the letter on Instagram, the AP reports, as Iran's... More »

Athletic Engagement: Olympic Skier to Wed NHL Star

Lindsey Vonn is engaged to New Jersey Devils' PK Subban

(Newser) - Tiger who ? Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn has been dating New Jersey Devils star PK Subban since early last year, and now the couple is "taking things to the next level," per People , which confirms they are engaged. Although rumors of a romantic relationship got their jump-start... More »

A Year After Daughter's Death, New Joy for Bode, Morgan Miller

They're expecting identical twin boys after their little girl drowned

(Newser) - "We carry Emmy with us every day. ... Keeping her a part of our family has really made this journey a little bit easier for our family," says Morgan Miller more than a year after the drowning death of her 19-month-old daughter with husband Bode Miller. And now that... More »

Days Before Suicide: 'If I Am Not an Athlete, I Am Nothing'

Kelly Catlin was 'obsessed with success': 'NYT'

(Newser) - A Stanford graduate student with an Olympic silver medal under her belt, Kelly Catlin was bound for "something great." Or so her mother thought. Poised for a shot at gold with the US women's cycling team at the 2020 Olympics, Catlin felt differently. In a January email—... More »

She Turned Heads at Olympics. The Full Story Is Fascinating

Magazine profile: Elizabeth Swaney always finds a way to get things done

(Newser) - The name might not ring a bell, but those who followed the 2018 Winter Olympics might remember the unusual story of Elizabeth Swaney . She's an American, but she skied for Hungary (where her grandparents are from) in the women's halfpipe. Typically, skiers in this event do all kinds... More »

After Skater's Hanging, Nagging Questions Remain

Red-hat tributes come amid lack of info on misconduct allegations against John Coughlin

(Newser) - Pairs figure skating champ John Coughlin died by hanging in his father's home on Jan. 18, a day after learning he'd been suspended from activities associated with US Figure Skating. The manner of death is revealed for the first time in an incident report from the Kansas City... More »

Olympic Gold Medalist Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

Swimmer Nathan Adrian hopes to 'break the stigma of discussing men's health issues'

(Newser) - Five-time US Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian is aiming for a sixth finish atop the podium in Tokyo in 2020—cancer or no cancer. "Life … can come at you hard," the 30-year-old swimmer wrote in an Instagram post in which he revealed a testicular cancer diagnosis. "... More »

Olympic Figure Skater Stabbed to Death

Authorities say thieves killed Denis Ten

(Newser) - Kazakhstan is in mourning for a beloved Olympic athlete who was murdered by thieves on a street in the country's biggest city. Authorities in the central Asian country say Denis Ten, a 25-year-old figure skater, was fatally stabbed in Almaty by two men who had been trying to steal... More »

Why Our Olympians Are Forced to Cross an Ocean to Train

Winter sports competitors traveling around the world to find glaciers suitable for training

(Newser) - US athletes prepping for the Pyeongchang Olympics are training in Finland and the Swiss Alps—because climate change is forcing athletes to hunt farther from home for wintry conditions, per the AP . "Without the snow and the cold in the places in the [US] where it's normally cold,... More »

Gold Medalist Aly Raisman: Team Doc Abused Me, Too

Gymnast says she's 'angry' and 'upset' about Larry Nassar's sexual transgressions against her

(Newser) - Another Olympic gold-medal gymnast has joined former teammate McKayla Maroney in the #MeToo movement, alleging in a 60 Minutes interview to air Sunday that USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar also sexually abused her, USA Today reports. Per ESPN , Aly Raisman, who's now 23, started seeing Nassar when she... More »

Reveal About Usain Bolt's Stride Upends Sprinting Science

Jamaican runner has an uneven stride, perhaps due to scoliosis

(Newser) - You'd think a smooth, even gait would ensure the fastest running speeds for elite athletes—but researchers who studied the world's fastest man have found that, at least in his case, symmetry doesn't matter. Per the New York Times , scientists from Southern Methodist University in Dallas released... More »

US Bobsled Champ Found Dead at 37

Steven Holcomb was 3-time Olympian, legendary driver

(Newser) - Steven Holcomb was ordinary and remarkable. America's best bobsled pilot was a self-described computer geek who rubbed elbows with Hollywood stars. He was never exactly in the best shape, yet was a world-class athlete. He attempted suicide years ago, then revealed his story in hope of helping others. He... More »

Among Elite Athletes, Practice Isn't Everything

Practice definitely makes us better—but among the elite, not necessarily the 'absolute best'

(Newser) - Ever since Swedish psychologist K. Anders Ericsson published a paper on the impact of 10,000 hours of deliberate practice on a musician's performance in 1993, his findings have become lore—and extended to a range of activities, such as medicine, chess, and sports. But while practice makes us... More »

IOC: We Want Refugee Athletes at 2016 Olympics

It's the first time refugees will be allowed to compete without a home country

(Newser) - Refugees have never been allowed to go for Olympic gold because they can't represent the countries they've fled from. Now they're going to get their shot, thanks to a decision by the International Olympic Committee to allow "highly qualified" refugees to take part in the Summer... More »

80 Years Later, Jewish Games to Be Played in Nazi Venue

Berlin is hosting the European Maccabi Games at Olympic Park

(Newser) - Berlin is kicking off the all-Jewish European Maccabi Games tomorrow—a 10-day event where 2,300 athletes from nearly 40 countries will compete in 19 disciplines, from soccer and basketball to chess and bridge, reports the Local . If Berlin seems like an odd venue, well, "these are the games... More »

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