The Early Lead: Olympics


Posted at 06:55 PM ET, 01/19/2014

Lolo Jones named to U.S. Olympic bobsled team

Track star is one of three push athlete/brakemen chosen in close competition.

By Cindy Boren  |  06:55 PM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lolo Jones, Winter Olympics

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Lindsey Vonn undergoes knee surgery

Former Olympian tweets that the procedure went well, just eight days after pulling out of the Olympics.

By Missy Khamvongsa  |  10:22 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 Winter Olympics, Lindsey Vonn

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Olympic ski jump champion Thomas Morgenstern in scary crash (video)

Condition of three-time gold medalist is not know, although he was talking and moving after fall.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Thomas Morgenstern

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Lindsey Vonn will not compete in Sochi Olympics

Most successful American alpine skier in history will miss what would have been her fourth Olympics.

By Barry Svrluga  |  08:45 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sochi Olympics

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Brian Boitano announces he is gay ahead of Sochi Olympics

U.S. delegation will have three openly gay athletes, including Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:10 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Boitano, Sochi Olympics

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Obama names openly gay athletes to Sochi Olympic delegation

Billie Jean King, Caitlin Cahow will be in a U.S. delegation missing the president, vice-president and first lady.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:14 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Sochi Olympics

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Tom Daley: Olympic diver reveals he’s in relationship with a man (video)

A bronze medalist in London, Daley says, “I still fancy girls” in YouTube video.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:33 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay athletes, Olympics, Tom Daley

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Ron Burgundy. Curling. SportsCenter. Will Ferrell is everywhere.

Great Odin’s raven, it’s Will Ferrell.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:00 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Curling, Olympics

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Lindsey Vonn has partially torn right ACL

Olympic skier will rest a few days, her publicist said, then begin “aggressive physical therapy.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:58 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lindsey Vonn, Winter Olympics

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Lindsey Vonn crashes, hurts knee on training run (updated)

Skier reportedly will undergo MRI after suffering injury in Colorado.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:53 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lindsey Vonn, Olympics, Skiing

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 11/18/2013

Russian official says timing of anti-gay law was wrong with Olympics looming

With Sochi Winter Olympics ahead, sports minister says “it was possible to calculate how much resonance it would cause in the West.“

By Cindy Boren  |  01:17 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sochi, Winter Olympics

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Maria Sharapova joins NBC for Winter Olympics in Sochi

Tennis star will return to her homeland for the network.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:30 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maria Sharapova, Olympics, Tennis

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Lindsey Vonn postpones return to racing for a month

Olympic champion, who is recovering from knee surgery, has her eye on the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:47 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lindsey Vonn, Winter Olympics

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Lance Armstrong returns Olympic medal

Bronze from 2000 Sydney Games has been returned to IOC.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:24 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lance Armstrong, Olympics

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 09/04/2013

Usain Bolt says he’ll retire after 2016 Olympics in Rio

Jamaican sprinter says he wants to go out like Ali, Pele.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:07 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Usain Bolt

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 08/27/2013

Daniel Snyder, Redskins back Olympic bid (updated)

Now comes the hard part: landing the 2024 Games for the nation's capital.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:55 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Daniel Snyder, NFL, Olympics, Washington Redskins

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 08/19/2013

Oscar Pistorius indicted for murder, faces March 3 trial

Olympian known as the Blade Runner contends shooting of his girlfriend was an accident.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:24 AM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Oscar Pistorius

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 08/07/2013

President Obama has "no patience" for Russia's anti-gay stance

Russia still has "a big stake in making sure the Olympics work," he tells Jay Leno.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:50 AM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, President Obama, Sochi Games, Winter Olympics

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 07/29/2013

Michael Phelps fractures his foot on a golf course

Olympic champion arrives at world wearing a walking boot.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:09 AM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michael Phelps, Olympics, Swimming

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Some Sochi gold medals will have Russian meteorite fragments

Medals awarded Feb. 15, 2014, will commemorate the first anniversary of the meteor.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:15 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Winter Olympics

Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 07/17/2013

Lolo Jones won't be punished by bobsled officials after bar altercation

Hurdler-turned-bobsledder reportedly tangled with stepdaughter of the sport's "Bobfather."

By Cindy Boren  |  07:40 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lolo Jones, Olympics, Winter Olympics

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 07/14/2013

Tyson Gay tests positive for banned substance

American 100-meter record holder says, "I basically put my trust in someone and was let down."

By Cindy Boren  |  11:20 AM ET, 07/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Track and field, Tyson Gay

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 06/28/2013

Lolo Jones draws heat for tweet about George Zimmerman trial

Sprinter/bobsledder mentioned the testimony of Rachel Jeantel -- and quickly heard about it.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:38 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lolo Jones, Olympics

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 06/18/2013

Lolo Jones does damage control after video irks bobsled team

Hurdler, now aiming for the Winter Olympics, complained about her $741 paycheck.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:41 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lolo Jones, Steven Holcomb, Winter Olympics

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 06/05/2013

Lindsey Vonn was drug tested at CFDA Awards

Random tests, no matter how inconvenient, are just part of being a modern athlete.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:31 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lindsey Vonn, Olympics

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 05/22/2013

Mike Krzyzewski will return as USA coach in 2016 Olympics

After careful consideration, Duke coach decided to try for a threepeat in Rio.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:53 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mike Krzyzewski, Olympics

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Oscar Pistorius: "Man. Superman. Gunman." on Time cover

South African athlete, accused of the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, returns to court June 4.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:28 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Oscar Pistorius

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Oscar Pistorius dropped by Nike

Oscar Pistorius dropped by Nike

By Cindy Boren  |  09:43 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Oscar Pistorius

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Oscar Pistorius: Police say testosterone, needles were found (updated)

Bail hearing is extended another day for South African accused of murdering his girlfriend.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:47 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Oscar Pistorius

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Reeva Steenkamp funeral is held as Oscar Pistorius tells of shooting

"Blade Runner" charged with premeditated murder as girlfriend's family mourns her death.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:36 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Oscar Pistorius

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/18/2013

Oscar Pistorius: Bail hearing begins Tuesday; bloody cricket bat eyed as evidence

Prosecutors in South Africa are expected to detail why Olympian should be charged with premeditated murder in death of his girlfriend.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Oscar Pistorius

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Oscar Pistorius: What's next for athlete accused of murder?

"Blade Runner" is charged with premeditated murder in death of Reeva Steenkamp.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:59 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Oscar Pistorius

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Oscar Pistorius and other high-profile athletes who faced murder charges

Oscar Pistorius is hardly the first high-profile athlete to face serious criminal charges.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:29 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Oscar Pistorius

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Oscar Pistorius told of scary incident, love of shooting in New York Times profile

Athlete, charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend, said he went to the shooting range "sometimes when I can't sleep."

By Cindy Boren  |  12:18 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Oscar Pistorius

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Oscar Pistorius: Nike ad, 'I am the bullet in the chamber,' taken down

Athlete's website drops "I am the bullet" ad after he was charged in connection with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:46 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Oscar Pistorius

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Oscar Pistorius murder charge: Who was Reeva Steenkamp?

Girlfriend of Olympic sprinter was an aspiring model, TV reality show contestant.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:49 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Oscar Pistorius

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Wrestling in the Olympics: Is there a better sport to drop?

The IOC makes a controversial recommendation to eliminate one of the oldest sports in the modern Games.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:21 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Wrestling

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Lindsey Vonn has surgery amid rumors of Tiger Woods relationship

Skier undergoes successful repair of ACL, MCL tears after returning home on a private jet believed to belong to Tiger Woods.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:54 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lindsey Vonn, Skiing, Tiger Woods, Winter Olympics

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Lindsey Vonn to have surgery next week, vows to be ready for Olympics

Skier will undergo reconstructive knee surgery after frightening crash in Super-G race.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:34 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 Winter Olympics, Lindsey Vonn, Winter Olympics

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Suzy Favor Hamilton: Olympian's secret life as Las Vegas escort

Athlete takes responsibility and apologizes, saying, "Everybody in this world makes mistakes. I made a huge mistake. Huge."

By Cindy Boren  |  03:06 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Suzy Favor Hamilton

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Shaun White cuts his hair (video)

The Flying Tomato chops off his signature long locks for a good cause.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:10 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Shaun White

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 11/19/2012

Lindsey Vonn training again after hospital stay

Skier Lindsey Vonn quickly resumes training again after her hospitalization last week for "severe intestinal pain."

By Cindy Boren  |  10:37 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Skiing

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 11/16/2012

Chamique Holdsclaw arrested; bond set at $100,000

Olympic gold medalist and former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw arrested after incident involving former girlfriend.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:49 AM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chamique Holdsclaw, Olympics, Washington Mystics

Posted at 07:56 AM ET, 11/15/2012

Hope Solo, Jerramy Stevens marry after incident, reports say

U.S. women's soccer goalie Hope Solo and former NFL player Jerramy Stevens go through with their wedding hours after he was released on a domestic violence assault charge.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:56 AM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hope Solo, Olympics, Seattle Seahawks

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 10/25/2012

Hurdler Lolo Jones makes U.S. bobsled team

U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones came up just short in her bid to capture a medal on the track at the London Olympics. She's hoping for a better result on ice.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:36 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 10/15/2012

Kyle Bennett, Olympic BMX cyclist, killed in auto accident

Kyle Bennett, a member of the 2008 Olympic BMX team, was killed over the weekend in a single-car crash.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:20 AM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BMX, Olympics

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 10/08/2012

Lindsey Vonn wants to race against men in World Cup downhill

Four-time overall World Cup champion Lindsay Vonn wants "one chance" to race against the men at a Nov. World Cup event, but must be granted approval from the USSA and FIS first.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:17 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Skiing

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 07/12/2012

Michael Jordan: Kobe Bryant’s comparison of 2012 Olympic squad to Dream Team ‘laughable’

His Airness disputes Bryant’s claim that Team USA could compete with the original “Dream Team.”

By Matt Brooks  |  05:39 PM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 07/09/2012

London 2012 Olympics: Hope Solo warned by USADA after positive drug test

U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper was publicly warned but not suspended after she tested positive for the banned substance Canrenone.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:47 PM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 07/03/2012

U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe: “For the record: I am gay”

With reporters stocking up on personal stories to feature during the upcoming London Olympics, the American midfielder decided it was time to come out publicly.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:17 PM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics