Yaroslava Mahuchikh leads a chorus in support of her fellow Ukrainians.
Headline News Featuring Olympic Sports Stars and Athletes
A "mentally drained" Elina Svitolina speaks on mental health and the impact the war in her native Ukraine has had on her as the Tokyo 2020 tennis medalist considers when to return to competition.
The injured daughter of slain water polo player Eugine Obedinskiy gets a hospital visit from Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Olympic champion rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabaeva included in sanctions against Russian figures with ties to Vladimir Putin.
The International Judo Federation comes through again to support youth athletes looking for relief from the war in Ukraine.
More from Inside the Games: London 2012 Olympic boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk's new charitable foundation aims to assist his civilian countrymen as Ukraine suffers through Russia's war.
Athens 2004 medalist and world boxing champion Amir Khan announces his retirement.
Slovenian Olympic basketball player Luka Doncic joins the 700-NBA playoffs-points club in quick fashion.
The news for Team USA's Brittney Griner, jailed in Russia on dubious charges, doesn't get better.
Tokyo 2020 gold medalist boxer Kellie Harrington to be awarded a 'Freedom of Dublin City' honor.
Get to know 2022 U.S. field hockey Hall of Fame inductee and Olympian Lauren Crandall Liska.
While she contemplates a possible run at Milano Cortina 2026, short track speed skater Elise Christie is focusing on scooter racing. (really)
The friendly rivalry between triathletes Alex Yee and Hayden Wilde leans into sportsmanship.
Former youth gymnast tells CNN how she quit the sport at age 13 due to "straight up child abuse".
Albanian gymnast Matvei Petrov considers 'perfection' may be the key to ultimate competitive success
Ilia Malinin lands a quadruple axel? Figure skating will "have to update their scale of values very soon".
Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus and coach Dean Boxall reflect on Tokyo 2020 and what's next as the swimmer is "just in a different headspace" now.
More news from Australia swimming...super star Emma McKeon lands in the gossip pages with a connection to pop star (and once Olympic hopeful) Cody Simpson.
Nhat Nguyen talks with Team Ireland on his transition from Vietnam to Ireland and his rise in badminton.
Is soccer superstar and Beijing 2008 gold medalist Lionel Messi the 'posterboy of sportswashing'?
Track & field Olympic medalist Gwen Torrance puts in her opinion on the status of Florence Griffith-Joyner's sprint world records in the era of today's marks.
Rio 2016 pole vaulting surprise medalist Eliza McCartney has had to 'reset' as she bounces back from injury woes and looks ahead to regain competitive form.
Olympic marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk shares thoughts on motherhood as an elite athlete.
Sprint hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson shares her struggles with 'rock-bottom' mental health issues.
Cocaine scandal-plagued Leon Reid has his funding reviewed after initial approval for the Irish sprinter.
Evening Standard: Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith is 'harder, better, faster, stronger'.
'He's just going to have to run a lot faster now.' After that Tokyo 2020 race, hurdler Rai Benjamin reflects on still wanting to be the fastest hurdler on the track.
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame class for 2022 includes Olympic medalists Hayley Wickenheiser (ice hockey), Adam van Koeverden (canoeing), and Tricia Smith (rowing).
"I've had so many fantastic experiences and races." Multiple Olympic medal-winning canoeist David Florence calls it a career.
Team Great Britain shooter Kirsty Hegarty is 'herself again' after a disappointing Tokyo 2020 appearance.
Anamarija Lampic announces a pending switch from cross country skiing to biathlon. (in Slovenian)
Tennis star Naomi Osaka doubles down on mental health awareness with a Modern Health partnership and also takes charge of some business affairs.
Tennis champion and Olympic bronze medalist Novak Djokoic joins an exclusive 1,000-win club.
Bobsledder Josh Williamson makes a Keep the Flame Alive podcast appearance to discuss Beijing 2022.
Freestyle skiing champion Eileen Gu walks the catwalk for Louis Vuitton.
"Waterman" Showcases an Olympian Every Sports Fan Should Know
A Quick Film Review
As an Olympic fan, I've certainly known the name of Duke Kahanamoku as a swimming and surfing legend, but I've not delved much deeper into the Olympian's background beyond that. And that's a shame, as his life story runs parallel to so much critical history of sport and United States culture.
Luckily, Waterman is here to offer a well-rounded look at the, at times bittersweet, life of a sporting hero. Produced by Sidewinder Films and narrated by actor Jason Momoa, Waterman takes us from Kahanamoku's childhood in Hawaii through his death in 1968, all framed by a look at his 1959 appearance on This is Your Life, prompting multiple flashbacks to key points in his history.
Growing up amidst the turmoil of colonial-era Hawaii, as a white population increasingly marginalized native Hawaiians, Kahanamoku embodied both the traditional spirit of 'aloha' - described as a generosity and a 'lifestyle of sharing from within', and pull toward becoming a 'waterman' - one connected with the power and potential of water. His surf club enabled him to teach surfing while showcasing an inclusivity and community the white-run Outrigger Club didn't, and which gave foundation to his swimming career.
From there, Waterman takes us on Kahanamoku's journey from a 'nobody to the Olympics in a matter of months'. A gifted athlete, he would win five Olympic medals across four Olympics (Stockholm 1912, Antwerp 1910, Paris 1924, and Amsterdam 1928) and while competing as both a swimmer and water polo player. While at it, the 'Kahanamoku kick' revolutionized the sport.
In between Games, he found success and popularity promoting surfing, previewing a role to come fully later in his life. But before that, he faced struggles - needing to retain amateurism for the Olympics combined with prejudices to limit his earning potential. Post-Games, an attempted Hollywood career never blossomed into starring roles. Waterman doesn't shy from Kahanamoku's difficulties, instead using them to fuel a complete picture of a man with an extraordinary life, and with successes to come in his later stages despite the hardships.
A post-World War II surge of interest in surfing brought his name back into the limelight, however, and powered his role as the 'father of modern surfing' while also acting as a genuine ambassador of the Hawaii spirit of 'aloha'. A particular exploit in which he rescued eight men from drowning also pioneered the surf board as a life saving tool - making him a legend in lifesaving, as well.
Fellow Olympic fans will appreciate acknowledgement of fellow Olympian Cecil Healy, whose sense of sportsmanship was crucial to Kahanamoku's success, and mention inclusion of swimming rival Johnny Weissmuller, who would eventually overshadow 'the Duke' both in the pool and on the Hollywood screen. Brother and fellow Olympic medalist (Paris 1924) Sam Kahanamoku is glimpsed on the This is Your Life telecast. And, Tokyo 2020 surfing gold medalist - and Hawaiian - Carissa Moore provides a modern athlete's perspective on Kahanamoku's legacy.
It's a shame that Kahanamoku wasn't able to see surfing debut as an Olympic sport, but its fair to say that without his work - his joy - in promoting the sport years ago, it might not be where it is today. Waterman is a must-watch, not just for any Olympics and sports fan in appreciation of his swimming and surfing achievements, but for anyone interested in an example of a uniquely American full life.
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The Curling News looks back at the inspiring run of Ukraine's men's curling team at the European C-Division Championship. "Dedicated to all defenders of Ukraine."
More curling...FISU talks with Magnus Nedregotten on how the University Games helped his success.
Eight-time (!) Olympic gymnast Oksana Chusovitina...announces what we all expected...
Volleyballer Sergio Santos, the 'most valuable libero in history', is now on the FIVB's Athletes' Commission.
Is Dusan Samardzic the 'missing piece' to potential success for his new Utsumoniya 3x3 basketball team?
Longevity: 49-year-old Olga Konysheva calls time on her career in ice hockey with Team Kazakhstan.
Is Rio 2016 basketball silver medalist Nikola Jokic the NBA's 'most VORPable player'? (in addition to the league's MVP...)
More details emerge around the drama around Australian basketball star Liz Cambage's team exit.
Biathlete Chloe Chevalier joins her sister Anais gearing up for another season on the circuit. (in French)
Pyeongchang 2018 speed skating champion Carlijn Achtereekte announces a switch to road cycling.
Tokyo 2020 equestrian champion Laura Collett gave 'one of the all-time great eventing performances' this past weekend.
FIFA.com checks in with Diana Matheson, retired Team Canada soccer star and participant in the Women in Football Leadership Program.
More Team Canada soccer: Deanne Rose's early career setbacks have propelled her to a two-time Olympian and leading role.
Rio 2016 field hockey hero Maddie Hinch recounts her battle with depression following that medal high.
More ESPN: Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin just tries to do 'the next right thing' as she continues to rebound from Beijing 2022 disappointment.
Triple jump multi-champion Christian Taylor's 'comeback nearly complete' as he rebounds from injury.
Ann-Marie McGlynn missed qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 marathon by four seconds. That hasn't stopped the veteran runner from contemplating a go at Paris 2024.
With recent success, long jumper Tiffany Yue eyes more record-breaking for Hong Kong.
Emerging sprint sensation Ferdinand Omanyala has eyes on conquering Africa...and beyond.
Irish Olympic swimmer Ellen Walshe is "training harder than ever" as she looks beyond a disappointing NCAA championships and toward the summer European Championships.
Chad Le Clos makes history for South Africa as the first swimmer to make seven FINA World Championships.
Two-time Olympic golf medalist Lydia Ko gets frank on a reporter's questioning.
Olympic luger Aiva Aparjode is a 'proud mom' of two successful lugers in their own right.
Sochi 2014 luger John Fennell makes a AIDS Lifecycle commitment.
Olympics.com looks back at the 'special bond' that powered Luisa Stefani and Laura Pegossi to a surprise bronze medal in tennis doubles.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka in Self: "I wanted to start listening to myself and doing things that I needed to do and protect my mindset".
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An Olympics fan blog celebrating the athletes of Olympic sports and all things Olympic Games
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Thoughts on Olympic sports films, art, books, TV, etc. that I've come across now and then
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