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People wearing face masks to protect against COVID-19 walk past a display showing a countdown clock to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on August 18, 2021. Beijing's top official is reiterating the need for strict anti-coronavirus measures at the Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

USOPC Trying to Stay Apolitical Ahead of Beijing 2022

Athletic competition itself was not the focus of a press conference by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee on Tuesday morning as questions focused on Beijing, the host of the upcoming 2022 Olympic Winter Games, and how the Games have become a flashpoint for the various geopolitical issues surrounding China. “We encourage our athletes […]

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USA Triathlon Wins USOPC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee has given its annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Choice Award to USA Triathlon’s Together, We Thrive initiative, the third time the national governing body has been honored for its diversity and inclusion efforts since 2017. Launched in August 2020, USA Triathlon’s initiative is centered around four principles: Inclusivity […]

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US Gymnastics Olympic Trials
Shane Wiskus competes on the pommel horse during the men's U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials on June 26, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

USOPC Think Tank: Combine NGB and NCAA Championships

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee College Sports Sustainability Think Tank has released seven recommendations to address college sports programs that have faced financial challenges, including a call to combine national governing body and NCAA championships in certain sports. When the United States sent 613 athletes to Tokyo, 463 of them — more than […]

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The TEAMS Conference will be held October 24–27, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (Photo by Jared Wickerham)

TEAMS ’21 Underscores the Importance of Sports to the Travel Industry’s Recovery

The world’s largest gathering of sports-event professionals returned to in-person business this week as the TEAMS Conference & Expo, held at the Atlantic City Convention Center in New Jersey, brought together hundreds of destinations and event organizers to continue the crucial work in helping rebuild the tourism industry from the COVID-19 pandemic. Sports has been […]

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USOPC Talks Vaccine Mandate for Olympians, Salt Lake Winter Games Bid

The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee officially announced it will mandate full vaccination for athletes, staff and anyone using USOPC training facilities by November 1 ahead of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. USOPC Chief Executive Officer Sarah Hirshland made the announcement on Friday morning after the organization’s board meeting, two days after […]

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The 2021 Paralympic Games will have considerably more coverage on television in the United States and around the world compared to the last Summer Games in 2016. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Paralympians Get TV Spotlight of Their Own

For years, the Paralympic Games has been one of the pinnacle events for the adaptive sport world, regardless of whether or not it received anything similar to the attention and coverage that the Olympic Games receives on a bi-annual basis. This year the tide is starting to turn as more than ever before, Paralympians will […]

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Kara Winger of United States competes in the women's javelin throw at the 2020 Olympic Summer Games on August 3, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Kara Winger Selected as Team USA’s Closing Ceremony Flag Bearer

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee has announced that four-time Olympian Kara Winger will lead the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team into the Closing Ceremony as flag bearer on August 8 at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Chosen by a vote of fellow Team USA athletes, Winger is the fourth track and field athlete to lead […]

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Shane Wiskus competes on the pommel horse during the men's U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials on June 26, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Olympic Sports Fight to Survive on Collegiate Level

When the United States men’s gymnastics team that had been selected for the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo was announced, one thing stood out about the five-man group: Each was a college gymnast. Sam Mikulak, the elder statesman of the team, was a three-time national champion at Michigan. Yul Moldauer helped Oklahoma win three NCAA […]

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Leaders of the USOPC address the media in Tokyo in advance of the Olympic Summer Games. Photo: Jason Gewirtz
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USOPC Says Focus on Safety as Games Begin

Hours before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, leaders of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said their primary focus was the safety and security of the 613 athletes that will represent Team USA, while acknowledging the extreme logistical hurdles in getting the team to Tokyo and prepared to compete. USOPC […]

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Track star Allyson Felix will be the most decorated U.S. athlete on the 613-member team with nine medals. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Team USA to Send 613 Athletes to Olympic Games

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee will send 613 athletes to represent Team USA at the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. The team features 193 returning Olympians and 104 medalists, including 33 who have won multiple medals. “Team USA is ready. Our roster includes 613 remarkable athletes, one of our biggest teams ever, all […]

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