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Jordan Larson comes out of retirement to play in fourth Olympics

Jordan Larson comes out of retirement to play in fourth Olympics

Three-time Olympic medallist Jordan Larson has come out of retirement to play in her fourth Olympiad. The 37-year-old retired after leading the US Team to a long-awaited gold medal at the Tokyo Games. Yet after a divorce and some serious soul-searching, Larson finds herself back on the national team and headed to Paris.


IOC president says urban sports crucial to Olympics' future

IOC president says urban sports crucial to Olympics' future

Thomas Bach emphasised the importance of urban sports for the future of the Olympics as he kicked off the second stop of the Olympic Qualifying Series yesterday in Budapest. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president has been impressed with the inaugural series of the OQS so far, with the Olympic trials which determine which athletes will compete in the Paris 2024 attracting thousands of spectators to watch over 450 athletes from more than 120 National Federations compete in breaking, BMX freestyle, skateboarding and sport climbing in a festival-like event fusing sport, art, music and culture in a festival atmosphere.


Ralph Lauren chooses blue jeans for Team USA's Olympic uniforms

Ralph Lauren chooses blue jeans for Team USA's Olympic uniforms

Ralph Lauren —who has dressed Team USA at nine consecutive Olympics and Paralympics— has unveiled Tuesday his latest creations for the athletes who will represent the country at the Paris Olympics. For the opening ceremony on the Seine, the designer has opted to outfit the Olympians in a classic navy Ralph Lauren blazer with red and white detailing, paired with a striped Oxford shirt, navy knit tie, and tapered light denim jeans.


Last stop on the Olympic Qualifier Series begins Thursday in Budapest

Last stop on the Olympic Qualifier Series begins Thursday in Budapest

The second and final stop of the Olympic Qualifier Series (OQS) begins this Thursday in Budapest with over 460 athletes competing to qualify for a spot in the Paris Olympics. The OQS is the International Olympic Committee’s new multi-sport festival-style series to determine which athletes will go on to represent their respective countries in BMX freestyle, breaking, climbing and skate. Its inaugural four-day event in Shanghai was attended by 45,000 spectators, including the IOC’s president, Thomas Bach, who praised the event’s organisers


Snowboarding legend Shaun White starting own halfpipe league

Snowboarding legend Shaun White starting own halfpipe league

Three-time Olympic gold medallist, Shaun White is launching a professional snowboarding circuit, The Snow League, in March 2025, which will run past the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milano Cortina. The season-long halfpipe league will feature five events —all of which will include snowboarding— with plans to include freeskiing at mid-season. 


Seven countries add women's recurve Olympic spots

Seven countries add women's recurve Olympic spots

Eight Olympic spots were up for grabs in the women’s individual recurve event at the Final Olympic Qualifier in Antalya, Türkiye and seven countries — Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Moldova, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine— gained their first women's quotas for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games with the final spot to be decided via world ranking.


Matt Richards tells IOC to "take care of their athletes" after ticketing scam

Matt Richards tells IOC to "take care of their athletes" after ticketing scam

Olympic freestyle gold medallist Matt Richards has urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take better care of athletes competing at the Games and their families after his parents fell victim to an online ticketing scam. Richards' mother Amanda has told the BBC that the family had been scammed out of £2,500 pounds (€2,955 euros) by a ticket website that "looked perfectly legitimate”. The swimmer has called out the IOC and its President for not providing competitor’s families with better access to tickets. 


Emmanuel Wanyonyi: Olympic berth with third fastest time ever

Emmanuel Wanyonyi: Olympic berth with third fastest time ever

Nineteen-year-old Emmanuel Wanyonyi claimed the men’s 800m final at the Kenyan Olympic trials Saturday, clocking in at a world-leading and personal best time of 1:41 —the third fastest in the world behind fellow Kenyans David Rudisha and Wilson Kipketer. Wanyonyi almost failed to qualify for the finals after he was tripped and fell during Friday’s semifinals, where he finished sixth. Despite struggling with a swollen leg, Wanyonyi bounced back on Saturday to secure a spot on the Olympic team. 



Palestinian Olympic head hopes Olympics will spotlight war in Gaza

Palestinian Olympic head hopes Olympics will spotlight war in Gaza

Head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, Jibril Rajoub, said Wednesday he hoped the Paris Olympic Games would bring more attention to the war in Gaza and the "Israeli occupation of the West Bank," Times of Israel reported last week. So far the country is set to participate in the Games with one athlete confirmed in taekwondo while other hopefuls are training to meet the International Olympic Committee standards to have priority for wildcards. Rajoub said in a press conference earlier this month that Palestine will have a minimum of 6-8 (athletes), three of which are likely to come from Gaza. 


Olympic swimming events still set for the Seine after heavy rains

Olympic swimming events still set for the Seine after heavy rains

Despite recent heavy rains, swimming in the River Seine is still the plan at the Paris Olympics after a $1.5 billion (€1.3 billion) investment to improve the water quality, according to a report Thursday by the Associated Press. Marathon swimmers and triathletes are scheduled to plunge into the cleaned-up waters after the Olympics open in July.


Lithuania celebrates Olympic Day with centenary

Lithuania celebrates Olympic Day with centenary

The city of Šiauliai played host to the country’s celebration of Olympic Day , together with the 100th anniversary of the Lithuanian Olympic Movement, last Saturday in a festival with more than a hundred different sports and entertainment activities. 20,000 people are estimated to have attended the day-long event for a chance try out various sports, chat with professional athletes, meet national Olympians, engage in games and tournaments, and join educational and Olympic educational events.