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February 20, 2014
Special Olympics Maryland will host its annual Winter Games at Ski Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pa. on Monday and Tuesday. More than 250 Special Olympics Maryland athletes from across the state will take to the snow, competing in alpine skiing and snowshoe events over the course of two days, including: advanced giant slalom, advanced slalom, advanced slalom (unified), intermediate giant slalom, intermediate slalom, intermediate slalom (unified), novice giant slalom, novice slalom, super glide and glide; snowshoe - 25 meter, 50 meter, 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter, 1600 meter, 5 kilometer, 10 kilometer, 4 x 100 meter relay, 4 x 200 meter relay, 4 x 400 meter relay, 4 x 100 meter relay (unified)
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Sports Digest | June 23, 2014
The Washington Capitals have learned their 2014-15 regular-season schedule, announced Sunday afternoon by the NHL It begins Oct. 9 versus the Montreal Canadiens at Verizon Center and includes four home contests over the first five games. The 82-game slate also features the Winter Classic at 1 p.m. Jan. 1, against the Chicago Blackhawks. The location for the annual outdoor game appears to be Nationals Park, though sources have indicated that the NHL and the Nationals organization are currently finalizing negotiations to use the stadium.
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Susan Reimer | February 7, 2014
Women will compete in the ski jump for the first time ever in the Winter Olympics Tuesday. Don't blink, you might miss it. While the men will compete on both hills and in team competition this week, the women will take only one day to jump from the smaller hill. But it is a big leap for womankind, the culmination of a long legal battle. Though men have competed in ski jumping since the first Winter Games in 1924, and though women are allowed to compete in bobsled, luge and ice hockey, the International Olympic Committee had refused to let women ski jump in the games until now. Why?
SPORTS
March 28, 2014
Baltimore's Becca Meyers and Ian Silverman set world records on the opening day of the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Spring National Championships/Spring CanAms on Thursday at Miami's Ransom Everglades School. The event, which runs through Saturday, serves as the U.S. team qualifier for the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in August. Meyers, a Loyola Maryland student from Timonium, who competes in the S13 classification, won the women's 1500-meter freestyle in 17 minutes, 53.90 seconds in the morning session to smash the world record.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
You start with a little girl, dropped in an orphanage and afflicted with a spinal condition that has paralyzed her below the belly button. She's cared for, yes, but none of the well-meaning adults look at this child, scooting around the facility on her hands, and imagine a future ripe with possibility. How do you get from there to a 24-year-old woman nicknamed "The Beast," a fearsomely muscled athlete who believes her body can fulfill the most outlandish ambitions her mind concocts?
NEWS
February 20, 2006
Bel Air's Kimmie Meissner takes to the ice in search of Olympics glory as the Ladies Figure Skating competition begins at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Our reporters, photographers and artists provide complete coverage of Meissner's training for tomorrow's short program, as well as spotlight friends, family and fans cheering for the 16-year-old. In addition, you can keep track of Meissner by logging on to The Sun's Web site at baltimoresun.com/olympics where you can find full coverage of the Winter Games, including stories, blogs, podcasts and photo galleries.
NEWS
March 19, 1999
EXPULSION of six International Olympic Committee members, joining four who quit, is one step out of the pit the IOC has dug for itself. But alone it does not end the scandal by proving the IOC is purging itself of corruption. Nor does it restore the credibility the Olympic movement requires.The Justice Department is investigating reported bribery in the selection of Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Games. Bills before the U.S. Senate would strip tax exemption from Olympic activities.In fairness, the IOC promises to do more, including cooperate with a U.S. Senate investigation and create an outside ethics commission and a commission to plan structural reform.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candus Thomson | January 17, 2002
Don't know your Lutz from you Salchow? Does explaining the Iron Cross make you Daffy or maybe just a little goofy? Not to worry. This year's Winter Games come with an online primer, courtesy of NBC. Through its Web site, www.nbcolympics.com and nbcsports.com, casual fans and rabid ring-heads can brush up on figure skating moves, take a video ride down the bobsled run or listen to Olympic legends tell of their glory days. Tom Feuer, coordinating producer of both sites, says that while the sites sizzle, the key to the Web operation is providing information in a format that's close to real time, from results to TV schedule changes.
SPORTS
February 5, 2006
If baseball and women's softball are to be a part of the Summer Olympics in 2012, they'll have to rally at these Winter Games. Seven months after they were voted off the Olympic program, the sports could get a second chance from the International Olympic Committee when members consider possible reinstatement during their annual session next week on the eve of the Turin Olympics. "I'm optimistic," International Softball Federation president Don Porter told the Associated Press. "Everyone I've talked to is very supportive at least to come back and give us an opportunity for another shot at it. That's all we're asking for."
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | February 14, 2002
SALT LAKE CITY - The Olympics might be getting too big for their britches, but reining them in won't be easy. Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, and other officials are concerned that the cost and size of the Summer and Winter Games are increasing to where only a handful of nations will be able to afford playing host to the world. Rogge has appointed IOC member and troubleshooter Richard Pound to investigate the problem and make recommendations. Pound was runner-up to Rogge in the election for president and handled the highly charged issue of athlete doping.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
You start with a little girl, dropped in an orphanage and afflicted with a spinal condition that has paralyzed her below the belly button. She's cared for, yes, but none of the well-meaning adults look at this child, scooting around the facility on her hands, and imagine a future ripe with possibility. How do you get from there to a 24-year-old woman nicknamed "The Beast," a fearsomely muscled athlete who believes her body can fulfill the most outlandish ambitions her mind concocts?
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Sports Digest | February 22, 2014
Football Mariners make Luddy first overall pick in AIF draft The newly formed Baltimore Mariners selected quarterback T.J. Luddy with the first overall pick in the American Indoor Football college draft Thursday night. The draft pool consisted of 88 outgoing college seniors, all of whom participated in the USA Football Bowl on Jan. 20 in Hoover, Ala. Luddy, of Division III Albright College (Pa.), was the first of five picks for the Mariners, who are beginning their first season in the seven-team league.
NEWS
February 20, 2014
Special Olympics Maryland will host its annual Winter Games at Ski Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pa. on Monday and Tuesday. More than 250 Special Olympics Maryland athletes from across the state will take to the snow, competing in alpine skiing and snowshoe events over the course of two days, including: advanced giant slalom, advanced slalom, advanced slalom (unified), intermediate giant slalom, intermediate slalom, intermediate slalom (unified), novice giant slalom, novice slalom, super glide and glide; snowshoe - 25 meter, 50 meter, 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter, 1600 meter, 5 kilometer, 10 kilometer, 4 x 100 meter relay, 4 x 200 meter relay, 4 x 400 meter relay, 4 x 100 meter relay (unified)
NEWS
Susan Reimer | February 7, 2014
Women will compete in the ski jump for the first time ever in the Winter Olympics Tuesday. Don't blink, you might miss it. While the men will compete on both hills and in team competition this week, the women will take only one day to jump from the smaller hill. But it is a big leap for womankind, the culmination of a long legal battle. Though men have competed in ski jumping since the first Winter Games in 1924, and though women are allowed to compete in bobsled, luge and ice hockey, the International Olympic Committee had refused to let women ski jump in the games until now. Why?
SPORTS
By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
She hails from a family of Baltimore firefighters, but Summer Britcher's life runs counter. She battles the ice. One of the youngest members of the Olympic luge team, Britcher, 19, is competing in her first Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Opening ceremonies are Friday and come Monday she'll lay on her back and rattle her sled down a frozen track with 17 banked turns for nearly one mile at speeds exceeding 80 miles an hour. Sans brakes. "It's terrifying, but I'm hooked," Britcher said.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | January 7, 2014
Under Armour-sponsored athlete Lindsey Vonn  is pulling out of next month's winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia because of a knee injury. "I am devastated to  announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi," Vonn said on her Facebook page. "I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no ACL but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level. " The world champion downhill skier said on her post she is having surgery soon to be ready for the World Championships in her hometown of Vail next February.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2002
SALT LAKE CITY - As Mitt Romney drove from his mountain home to downtown yesterday morning, he saw the Olympic caldron ablaze for the last day. "I liken it to the feelings of taking my last son to college," said the president of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. "It's easy to fall into a deep melancholy." Instead, he said, he'll concentrate on accomplishments and "the incredible experience." Last night, with fireworks lighting the sky from one end of town to the other and the air filled with music, the 19th Winter Games closed.
FEATURES
By Seattle Times | May 19, 1991
For Americans, the opportunity to combine European travel and the Olympics won't get any better than 1992, when the winter games will be held in the French Alps and the summer games in Barcelona, Spain.It will be the last year in which both the summer and winter games are staged the same year. The winter games then will move to the alternate biennials, starting in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway. The next stop for the summer games will be in Atlanta in 1996.Both the French Alps and the Mediterranean seaport of Barcelona are tourist destinations of their own; the addition of the Olympic Games either adds to their lure or detracts from it, depending on your affinity for competition and congestion.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2014
When the winter Olympics gets underway next month in Sochi, Russia, Under Armour's logo will be seen by millions of viewers around the globe as the Baltimore-based brand sponsors two U.S. teams and another from Canada. The Olympic sponsorships - the greatest exposure yet for Under Armour at any winter games - could pay off not only in brand awareness, but in stronger sales and profits, company officials say. They hope wins by sponsored athletes or even just the exposure will reinforce the company's mantra of "making all athletes better" in consumers' minds.
FEATURES
By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2013
Let's start with facts: Two members of the Russian women's 4x400-meter relay team, Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova, kissed on the podium after their team won gold Saturday at the World Athletics Championship in Moscow. The smooch sparked a huge response, with many on Twitter and in several media outlets (especially Spanish-language ones, judging by my search last night) framing it as a protest against Russia's "gay propaganda" law. It may have been a stand of solidarity with the LGBT community.
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