A year after Olympic gold, US curlers reflect on success, 2019 February 15

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Nearly a year has passed since he won gold in South Korea, and John Shuster can still smile about his transformation from obscure curler to Olympic sensation.

"It's a lot of pinch-yourself kind of days," he said.

Shuster is back on the ice this week, competing ...

IOC chief: North Korea commits to 'remedy' anti-doping issue, 2019 February 15

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - The IOC received commitments from North Korea that it will work to "remedy" its anti-doping controls that led to the country's testing agency being suspended this week.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach met with sports and government officials from North and South Korea on Friday, ...

Japan, Australia dominate 1st day of SailGP in Sydney, 2019 February 15

SYDNEY (AP) - Olympic gold medalists Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge dominated the opening day of the inaugural SailGP races for their respective teams in light winds on Sydney Harbour.

Skippered by 2012 Olympic Laser champion Slingsby, Australia finished fourth out of six in the first race on Friday before ...

Cost of 2020 Tokyo Olympics ceremonies up 40 percent, 2019 February 15

TOKYO (AP) - The price of the opening and closing ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has risen about 40 percent.

Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of the games, told executive committee members on Friday the cost for the ceremonies would be capped at 13 billion yen, about $118 million. ...

Olympic volunteers: One-time chance, or exploitation?, 2019 February 15

TOKYO (AP) - Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries and translate for lost fans.

IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn't be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers and monarchs.

The billion-dollar Olympics are awash with cash. But volunteers work ...

Lawmaker pulls proposed transgender birth certificate ban, 2019 February 14

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A proposal that would have blocked transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates in Utah was shelved Thursday, prompting relief from LGBT advocates but leaving the issue in limbo.

The legislation would have reversed longstanding practice in many parts of the ...

Russia says another Olympic bid possible, despite doping, 2019 February 14

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said Thursday the country is interested in hosting the Olympics in 2032 or 2036, even as it still faces the fallout from years of doping scandals.

"As regards organization and hosting there are no doubts that Russia would be up to the ...

Caster Semenya appeal case mixes science, sports, gender politics, 2019 February 14

GENEVA — Caster Semenya's running future will be decided by three judges starting next week in a landmark case that will challenge science and gender politics.

The two-time Olympic 800-meter champion from South Africa is looking to overturn eligibility rules for hyperandrogenic athletes proposed by track and field's governing body. ...