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  • IOC chief: Small nations like New Zealand could host games

    International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach says there's no reason a small nation such as New Zealand shouldn't aspire to host the Olympics. Bach, who is on a tour through the South Pacific, received a powhiri - or traditional welcome - from indigenous Maori in Auckland on Tuesday…

    The Associated Press
  • IOC president Bach visits cyclone-hit facilities on Vanuatu

    PORT VILA, Vanuatu (AP) -- International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach visited cyclone-damaged sporting facilities on Vanuatu and discussed with officials how some of the $500,000 aid money pledged by the IOC might be spent to repair the venues.

    The Associated Press
  • US Ski Team will manage NASTAR program

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The U.S. Ski Team says it will take over operational control of NASTAR, a recreational racing program that's in place at more than 100 resorts around the nation.

    The Associated Press
  • Italian resort Cortina set to host 2021 Alpine ski worlds

    OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) -- The Italian ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo is set to host the Alpine world championships again after four successive losing bids.

    The Associated Press
  • American Vonn named Pyeongchang honorary ambassador

    SEOUL (Reuters) - United States Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn has been named as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea's Pyeongchang, organizers (POCOG) said on Monday. Vonn, an Olympic gold medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Games, becomes the first international honorary…

    Reuters
  • Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn break up

    By Ben Everill SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Pro golfer Tiger Woods and U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn have broken up after a nearly three-year relationship, the pair said on Sunday. Vonn, 30, used her Facebook page to announce the split before Woods confirmed it on his website. "After nearly three…

    Reuters
  • Snow, cold keep New England skiers, riders stoked into May

    Skiers and snowboarders at Vermont's Sugarbush resort right now can spend the morning on the slopes and play golf in the afternoon - testament to the abundance of snow that extended the season at many northern New England ski areas. Sugarbush is one of more than half dozen areas in Vermont, New…

    The Associated Press
  • IOC president lobbies for sport to be part of UN plan

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) -- International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has urged national and regional Olympic bodies to lobby their governments to back his plan to have sport included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

    The Associated Press
  • Rio Games ticket sales extended

    Rio Olympics organisers said they are extending the current round of ticket sales beyond Friday's original deadline to next Thursday as Brazil residents flock to make purchases. Organizers also confirmed that Sao Paulo's Corinthians Arena will host football matches as one of seven venues in six…

    AFP
  • US pairs skater Haven Denney out after knee surgery

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- U.S. pairs skater Haven Denney has undergone knee surgery.

    The Associated Press
  • Corinthians Arena to be used in Olympic Games: reports

    Sao Paulo's Corinthians Arena will host football at next year's Olympics, media reported Thursday, after weeks of wrangling over who must foot the bill for adapting the stadium. The initial sales phase for Olympics tickets was due to end at midnight Friday (0300 GMT Saturday), ahead of a second…

    AFP
  • Sao Paulo confirmed as football host in 2016 Olympics

    Olympic organizers have confirmed Sao Paulo as one of the host cities of the football tournament at the 2016 Rio Games. The announcement came after a meeting between the local organizing committee and the city government Thursday. In addition to Rio, the other Brazilian cities hosting the…

    The Associated Press
  • Hamlin, Mazdzer, West headline USA Luge national team

    LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -- Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin is one of 14 sliders selected for USA Luge's 2015-16 national team.

    The Associated Press
  • Australia 2028 Olympic Games bid would stand good chance: Bach

    An Australian bid to host the 2028 Olympic Games would stand a good chance, the head of the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday, but insisted it would face strong competition. IOC president Thomas Bach said Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had raised a potential bid during talks in…

    AFP
  • Chess set for Winter Games gambit - report

    The Winter Olympics, with its spectacular ski jumpers, daring speed skaters and athletic snowboarders, should welcome chess into its schedule, the chief of the game's governing body told Chinese media Wednesday. The chequered discipline is not commonly associated with the action-packed sports of…

    AFP
  • IOC president Bach discusses potential Australia bid

    International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has discussed a possible bid by Australia's Queensland state to host the 2028 games during a meeting Wednesday with the prime minister Tony Abbott. Sports minister Sussan Ley and Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates also took part…

    The Associated Press
  • Volleyball and soccer top list of preferred Olympic tickets

    Rio's Olympic committee says volleyball and soccer are the most popular sports for fans seeking tickets for the 2016 Games. Brazilians have until April 30 to make their requests online, and a random draw in June will determine who gets the tickets.

    The Associated Press
  • Australia backs away from top-five medals goal at Rio

    Australian sport has moved to dampen expectations of a big medal haul at the Rio Olympics by admitting that the goal to finish in the top-five on the table was more "aspirational" than likely. Australia slumped to 10th in the medal standings at the 2012 London Games, the country's worst Olympic…

    Reuters
  • Jenner's transition 'still an adjustment': Kim Kardashian

    Bruce Jenner's extended family is still adjusting to the former Olympic decathlon champion's decision to live as a woman, his stepdaughter Kim Kardashian said Monday. The 1976 Olympic gold medalist, who later in life returned to the spotlight as the low-key step-dad in "Keeping Up With the…

    AFP
  • Equestrian aims for more nations competing at Olympics

    The International Equestrian Federation could cut team sizes at the Olympics to create space for more competing countries. The FEI will also consider relaxing rider dress codes and using more music in dressage to help attract broadcasters and non-expert viewers. Ideas to modernize equestrian were…

    The Associated Press