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Toyota Launches Stipend Program for U.S. Paralympians

Toyota will launch a nearly $5 million stipend and sponsorship program for U.S. Paralympic athletes who are aiming to compete at the Paralympic Summer Games in Tokyo or the Beijing Winter Games in 2022. Toyota is a partner both at the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee, but also with the U.S. Olympic and […]

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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Names Kate Hartman as Chief Communications Officer

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee has named Kate Hartman as its chief communications officer in charge of leading the organization’s communications initiatives. Hartman most recently served as the vice president, strategic communications, North America for the Coca-Cola Company. There, she oversaw all internal and external communications for the company’s flagship market, including brand […]

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100 Days Out, Olympians and Paralympians Coming to Terms with Restrictions

The Olympic Summer Games are 100 days out today, a milestone that at one point seemed like it might never get reached. But the Games are continuing, the torch relay is already underway (even if some stops have had to limit spectators after concerns over COVID-19 outbreaks) and athletes from around the world are preparing […]

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USOPC Downplays 2022 Boycott Talk, Reveals Travel Plans for Tokyo

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee downplayed talk of a potential boycott of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing and reiterated their plans to keep athletes safe as they prepare to travel to Tokyo for the 2020 Games. In a wide-ranging press conference to kick off a three-day media summit, leaders of the USOPC […]

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USOPC Says Kneeling, Other Protest Acts During Anthem at Olympic Trials are OK

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee will allow athletes to do acts of demonstration against racial and social injustice at the U.S. team trials, including acts such as kneeling on the podium or raising a fist just as Tommie Smith and John Carlos famously did at the 1968 Olympic Summer Games. Developed and finalized […]

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Former Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), bump elbows after a ceremony to present the Olympic Order to Abe at Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. (Kim Kyung-hoon/Pool Photo via AP)

Tokyo 2020 Organizers Say No Foreign Fans Allowed at Games

Whether you call it the worst-kept secret ahead of the rescheduled 2021 Tokyo Olympic Summer Games or the most drawn-out decision ahead of this summer’s event, it is official: There will be no foreign fans allowed. The decision was announced Saturday after an online meeting of the International Olympic Committee, the Japanese government, the Tokyo […]

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Team USA Ready for Olympic Summer Games

Ever since the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo were postponed from 2020 to 2021, there has been a continual drumbeat of questions whether the Games would even still happen this year. Through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, sentiment among the Japanese public has risen against the Games because of skyrocketing costs and now, whether fans will […]

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Tokyo Paralympic Games to Air in Primetime

The Paralympics are going primetime. NBCUniversal has announced its broadcast plans for the Tokyo Paralympic Games and in a first for the United States, it will include primetime coverage on NBC. The network plans a record 1,200 hours of programming during the event, which will be staged August 24–September 25, 2021. The coverage, which is […]

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USOPC Announces First Priorities For College Sports Sustainability Think Tank

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced that its College Sports Sustainability Think Tank will focus on sustainability, sport structure and vertical partnerships in working to grow collegiate sports in a way that can develop athletes into future Olympians and Paralympians. Among the suggestions are ways for national governing bodies to partner with NCAA […]

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Baaron Pittenger, Former USOC Executive Director, Dies

Baaron Pittenger, a former United States Olympic Committee leader who played an influential role during the organization’s move to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and later rose to become executive director on two separate occasions, died on January 15 at the age of 95. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Pittenger worked as a reporter in Pennsylvania and […]

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