Congrats on the winning Futura design!
The van Dorens sure do get training in where they can. (ad)
Long time, no see, Caterine!
Kai Kazmirek trains in b&w.
Maria Espinoza is joyous.
Skiing great Deborah Compagnoni and figure skaters Noemi Tali & Stefano Frasco help introduce Milano Cortina 2026's Futura logo, chosen after a public vote.
On yesterday's International Transgender Day of Visibility, Olympic runner Nikki Hiltz gets personal.
Ahead of last week's Volta Ciclista a Catalunya where he finished 21st), UCI.org chatted with Richard Carapaz, proud to represent Ecuador on the world stage and promote road cycling.
World champion heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson updates 22 Voices podcast listeners on her injury recovery, and her plans for Tokyo 2020 and Birmingham 2022.
Team Great Britain marathon Olympic trials winner Chris Thompson is a "heart-warming story of hard work and persistence".
Tanzanian marathon hope Alphonce Simbu articulates the difficulties athletes - particularly from farther-flung and less wealthy nations - face as they strive for Tokyo during the ongoing pandemic.
The New York Times looks back with Mikaela Shiffrin on the unique challenges she faced as she embarked on the 2020/21 season.
Jimmy Shea: 2002 Olympic skeleton champion facing severe legal issues.
Rio 2016 medal-winning canoeist Steffi Kriegerstein struggles to recover from Covid-19 in time for Tokyo.
Former Major League Baseball-er Ian Kinsler set to make his Olympic debut for Team Israel this summer.
Can Tan Ya-Ting improve upon her Rio 2016 bronze at Tokyo 2020 and conquer the Korean team in women's archery?
Speedy "try machine" Jordan Conroy is confident that Team Ireland can qualify for Tokyo 2020 at June's last-ditch qualification tournament for rugby sevens.
Pole vault legend Sergey Bubka talks pole vaulting, Olympics, and Laureus World Sports Awards with Armand Duplantis.
Faster Skier has a nice profile on U.S. Olympic cross country skier Sophie Caldwell Hamilton as she closes her career.
Fresh off scoring "the most important goal" of his career, Juan Carlos Obregon celebrates Team Honduras' qualification to the men's soccer tournament at Tokyo 2020. (in Spanish)
LPGA star Inbee Park reiterates her eagerness to defend her Rio 2016 title after another tour win.
Canadian BMX freestyler Corey Walsh pens a poignant social post and comes out as gay.
More Canada: the CBC checks in with water polo star Krystina Alogbo, who's set to miss her Olympic debut, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Daniel Andre Tande: improvement in his recovery from a much publicized crash in ski jumping.
London 2012 medalist and three-time Olympian Saina Nehwal tells The Olympic Channel that maintaining fitness is the focus goal as she approaches Tokyo 2020 badminton.
European Climate Pact Ambassador, and double OIympic medalist sailor, Hannah Mills talks "Big Plastic Pedge" sustainability with Olympic.org.
Boryana Kaleyn does her part to bring Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics back to the top, as she dominates the conclusion of the first World Cup of the year.
How to Strengthen Olympic Figure Skating
While following the World Figure Skating Championships concluding this weekend, I'm struck by the absence of a team event competition in the schedule. In fact, it hasn't ever been included in the competition.
Official team competition first appeared with the International Skating Union's World Team Trophy in 2009, ahead of its Olympic debut at Sochi 2014 and features national teams competing across men's and ladies' singles, pairs and ice dance. At the Team Trophy, two men's and two ladies' singles skaters are entered, while Olympic competition only features one each.
The World team Trophy is usually held at the end of the season, and every two year, sometimes viewed as "icing on the cake" for a long few months of competition. Perhaps including it in the annual World Championships would further cement its growth and stature as a legitimate event.
As it is today, the team event in the Olympics feels a bit like a forced spectacle, and just a tune-up to individual events to-come. While it does bring a national team-oriented spirit to the sport, and does support an IOC agenda of mixed events, top skaters on teams outside a podium reach have sometimes shown little interest.
Some athletes likely love the team event. Why not? It gives them - especially those from top skating nations - a very real opportunity for an Olympic medal. It also gives athletes in the team event an advantage of additional experience on Olympic ice, ahead of their individual events. And, it's a way to capitalize on the popularity of figure skating by squeezing in another event.
The event does have its detractors, though. Those same reasons of support also lend some discredit. In both Sochi and Pyeongchang, Russia, Canada, and the United States medaled, as widely expected. Due to the depth of those national programs, skaters that would normally not otherwise near an individual podium can find themselves as Olympic medalists. Jason Brown was ninth in the men's individual event in Sochi, but a bronze medalist in the team event. Kevin Reynolds finished 15th in singles, yet is a silver medalist in the team. In Pyeongchang, Mikhail Kolyada was eighth in men's, but a team silver medalist. Gabrielle Daleman won gold with Team Canada, but finished 15th individually. As a result, there's an air of 'participation trophy' to the composition of the top teams.
Maybe incorporating the World Team Trophy into the World Championships, even if every other year, would help legitimize the event at the Olympics. And, create consistent enthusiasm from athletes, so it's seen as a real competitive goal.
While we're looking at Olympic figure skating, the ISU should continue to work on adding synchronized skating into the Olympics. Also offering the benefit of gender neutrality and some global diversity, that's certainly a team event that would bring a fresh air of something different on the ice to Olympic viewers. Finding two free days on the Olympic calendar shouldn't be a problem - maybe drop the gala!
2032's Summer Games Appear Set, But No Word on 2030's Winter Games Yet
At the International Olympic Committee's virtual IOC Session last week, the IOC supported the Future Host Commission's recommendations for a 'new approach' in awarding Olympic Games to a targeted host site. Particularly eyeing the 2032 Games, the IOC has now confirmed 'continuous' and 'targeted' dialogue with Brisbane and the southeast Queensland region in Australia for their candidacy.
This is certainly reinforcing a new way to award the Games site. Previously, Games were awarded to a candidate after reviewing and narrowing multiple bids, with a winner announced seven years before the respective Games. Traditionally, this bid process spurred exorbitant spending, and frequent malfeasance speculation, in frequent 'losing' bids. That meant bids became increasingly unpopular, with public scrutiny against spending and often causing would-be-competent bids to fizzle.
When Budapest dropped out of the running for the 2024 Summer Games, it left only Paris and Los Angeles as candidates. Faced with two logical hosts, and looking to avoid a messy 2028 bid season, the IOC awarded 2024 to Paris and 2028 to Los Angeles, setting up today's 'targeted dialogue' with a single preferred future host.
While some struggle to adjust to the new world, from journalists to other would-be bids, there is some logic to a revamped awarding. In addition to the opportunity to pre-select a very capable host, the new approach also helps avoid a repeat of the 2022 Winter Games bid season, in which the IOC found itself caught between a choice of either Almaty or Beijing, neither of which ideal. Beijing was the obvious choice for getting a Games held, but predictably has still caused the IOC headaches.
There was luckily no such public rancor in the race for the 2026 Winter Games, awarded to Milano-Cortina over Stockholm-Are in what is likely to be the last host selection under the old multi-bid candidature system.
Badminton is back! Congrats to all the Denmark Open winners!
On this date in 1968, the "Fosbury Flop" becomes an Olympic gold-worthy technique for the high jump.
âAfter making Olympic history for Puerto Rico at Rio 2016, Adriana Diaz still is going strong in international table tennis.
Learn about Team Canada's winter athletes in their new web feature to get you prepared for the season.
Can Team Japan win in volleyball at next year's home games? Head coach Yuiki Nakagaichi wants to make an impression.
FINA.org: Water polo superstar Filip Filipovic of Serbia still has not had final word on his stellar career.
World Archery looks back at the recent restart of international competition and looks for signs of success.
Outsports recognizes Camille Blanche's historic mountain biking world championship as an out athlete.
The alpine skiing season has officially begun! Congrats to Solden winners Marta Bassino and Lucas Braathen!
âMore skiing via The Olympic Channel: Does skiing gold medalist Ted Ligety have another Winter Olympics in him?
Aspiring chef Lisa Vittozzi shares a few diet and nutrition thoughts with Biathlon World.
It's another athletics world record this season!
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