A star Olympic runner from Australia was suspended over a positive drug test of a kind that critics have called alarmingly open to human error.
Tag Archives: Olympic Games (2020)
An American Paralympian Says He Was Sexually Abused by a Teammate
Parker Egbert, 19, said in a lawsuit that he was repeatedly assaulted by a fellow swimmer at the Tokyo Paralympics and a training center in Colorado.
In Track and Field, Money Flows to the Flashy and Stylish
Winning is important when it comes to making a living in the sport. But so is finishing in style.
Yaroslava Mahuchikh High Jumps for Ukraine But Can’t Go Back
An Olympic medalist high jumper from Ukraine, fearful of returning home because of the war, arrives at the world championships with a heavy heart — and expectations to win.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen Does Not Plan on Losing at the World Championships
The Kardashians of Norway are middle-distance runners who have competed on the global stage. But it’s Jakob, 21, who transformed from onetime prodigy to generational talent.
Cuba Allows Its Boxers to Fight Professionally
A move to allow boxers to fight professionally is a big shift for Cuba’s communist government.
Boston Marathon: Natasha Wodak and Malindi Elmore Make Their Debuts
After taking breaks from the sport, Natasha Wodak, 40, and Malindi Elmore, 42, expect to be in the mix among the elites at the Boston Marathon.
‘The Sport of Love’: Ping-Pong, the Great Equalizer
Wally Green has played everywhere from Brooklyn to Pyongyang, becoming a beloved American ambassador for table tennis — and international understanding — in the process.
Olympic Marathoner Goes From Kenya to Front Lines in Ukraine
Mykola Nyzhnyk was training in Kenya, the world’s distance running hotbed, when he was called up to fight in the war.
Like Biles, Winter Olympians Are Focusing on Their Mental Health
Simone Biles’s public struggles gave other Olympians tacit permission to share their vulnerabilities. Some of them have.
NBC Opens Olympics With ‘Worst Hand Imaginable’
The Games are central to the network’s brand, and NBC will have to navigate complications resulting from the pandemic and politics.
Heather MacLean is Back on Track at the Millrose Games
For many 2020 Olympians, the return to competition comes after an inevitable post-Olympic question: What’s next?
Kristian Blummenfelt Is the Triathlon’s Data-Driven Future
The most advanced science in the triathlon world can be found in Norway, where athletes embrace the data found in heat sensors, oxygen measuring masks and their feces.
Texas Man Is First Charged Under New Antidoping Law in U.S.
The law targets people who would skirt doping regulations in international competitions, but it does not apply to major American leagues like the N.F.L. and Major League Baseball.
The Sports World’s Most Memorable and Human Moments of 2021
Most of them happened off the courts and playing fields, when the competitions were over and the athletes were at their most human.
Why the International Concern over Peng Shuai?
The tennis star’s allegation that a senior official sexually abused her ignited global concern. Her comments retracting that claim seem unlikely to end the matter.
Sports in 2021 Tried to Return to Normal
The coronavirus pandemic still had an impact, but players and leagues had their moments.
How Slowing Down Helped Marathoner Molly Seidel Speed Up
The American runner says she owes her Olympic bronze medal to her coach, Jon Green, who turned her training approach upside down. New York’s 26.2 miles could be her toughest challenge yet.
Italy’s Lamont Jacobs: a Surprise Hero After Olympics Gold
Lamont Marcell Jacobs, a mixed-race Italian athlete, was not well known heading into the Olympics but he emerged as the world’s top sprinter, with two gold medals.
Connor Fields, BMX Racer, Doesn’t Know If His Brain Will Let Him Ride Again
Connor Fields’s gruesome crash on the Olympic BMX track left him with serious brain trauma, a fractured memory and a lot of questions about the future.
Can a Mantra Make You Run Faster? This Olympic Medalist Has No Doubt.
“I love these words and phrases because usually they start in practice or in conversation,” Courtney Frerichs said. Those words and phrases helped her win a silver medal.
Tom Daley Is All-Around Gold
The Olympic diver made waves in Tokyo this summer, both during rounds and while knitting on the sidelines. He’s been keeping busy ever since.
The Moving Moments as the Paralympics Ended
Sights from Tokyo as the Games wrapped up.
Dispatch From the Paralympics
What happened in competition during the first week of competition in Tokyo.
Goalball Teammates Set Paralympic Record for Longevity
Asya Miller and Lisa Czechowski, who have won three Paralympic medals as teammates, first competed together at the Sydney Games in 2000.
Isaiah Jewett’s Nightmare Scenario at the Olympics Was Anything But
Falling on the Olympic stage is an unthinkable scenario for any athlete. Isaiah Jewett turned it into something else entirely.
Can Novak Djokovic Be Invincible Again?
For months, the Serbian champion was unbeatable at the sport’s biggest tournaments. Then came the Olympics.
Buckie Leach, Coach of U.S. Gold Medal Fencer in Tokyo, Dies at 62
Under his tutelage, Lee Kiefer became a first for the United States. Leach led the women’s national foil team in five Summer Olympics. He died in a motorcycle accident.
Paralympics to Open With Empty Stands but a Bigger Stage
Television exposure and new interest from sponsors are raising hopes that the Games can build on their momentum.
Sha’Carri Richardson Finishes Last in 100-Meter Return
Racing the 100 meters for the first time since a drug test kept her out of the Tokyo Olympics, Richardson lost to a field that included all three medalists from the Games.
Afghan Paralympic Athlete Pleads for Help to Leave the Country
“My intention is to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Please hold my hand and help me,” Zakia Khudadadi, a taekwondo athlete pleaded in a video from Kabul.
What Is Mental Skills Coaching?
Part counselor, part strategist, mental skills trainers have helped pro competitors wrap their heads around success for decades.
Gold Medals in Style From the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Athletes, performers and commentators offered up winning looks while competing at the highest level.
Sifan Hassan Won Three Olympic Medals in Tokyo
Hassan won Olympic medals in three grueling events: the 1,500, the 5,000 and the 10,000 meters.
Seven Olympic Moments Worth Revisiting
A spicy rhythmic gymnastics finale. A 62-year-old medalist. A former prodigy with a gold. The Olympic magic was spread across sports.
What is An Olympic Gold Medal Actually Worth?
Some former Olympians have resorted to selling their medals because of financial hardships or to raise money for charity.
U.S. Wins Gold in Women’s Volleyball at the Olympics
A program with two silvers and a bronze from its three most recent Games claims its first Olympic championship.
Why India Struggles to Win Gold Medals in the Olympics
The government has overhauled an athletic system that was once underfunded and corrupt, but the pressure to perform weighs on competitors.
He’s the Chiropractor to Olympic Track and Field Stars
How did John Ball become the go-to health professional for track and field athletes with creaky hips and balky knees? A devotee answers: Have you seen his hands?
The Race When Everyone Set a Record
On a sunny summer evening in 2012, eight runners elevated the 800 meters into high art. One set a world record. Several others were never the same.
Russia Scoffs at Tokyo Olympics Ban: ‘Let Them Listen to Classical Music’
Sports fans and officials in the country have no trouble seeing through the thin fiction of a doping-related ban on their national symbols at the Tokyo Olympics.
Laurel Hubbard Had Her Olympic Moment. Now She’d Like Her Privacy.
“I’m looking forward to this being the end of my journey,” a barrier-breaking weight lifter says after an excruciating week in the spotlight.
Mondo Duplantis Gets More Swedish as He Goes
Mondo Duplantis has a world record and a good chance at Olympic gold. But he’s endeared himself to Sweden (his mother’s home country) by buying into its culture.
Russian Athletes Compete as R.O.C. at the Tokyo Olympics After Ban
A doping punishment changes a country’s official name but little else about its Olympic experience.
Shot Putter’s Gesture Renews Controversy over Podium Protests at Tokyo Games
Raven Saunders of the United States crossed her arms over her head. A second athlete, the American fencer Race Imboden, accepted a medal with a symbol drawn on his hand.
Tokyo Convenience Store Chicken Gizzards Saved My Life
Cut off from most restaurants because of coronavirus restrictions, thousands of international visitors at the Olympics make do — and delight — in convenience store offerings.
Olympics History Shows Why We Watch
New York Times readers recall the moments from Olympics history that moved them.
Mixed-Gender Relays Make Their Olympic Debut
In Tokyo, men and women are teaming up in a series of mixed-gender events that are making their Olympic debuts.
As Covid Cases Hit Record High in Tokyo, Can the Olympic Bubble Hold?
With the Games approaching their midway point, promises of a “safe and secure” event are being put to the test.
Medals On, Masks Off at Tokyo Olympics During Coronavirus Pandemic
The pandemic has changed the way Olympians receive their medals. But in the rush of elation, coronavirus rules and social distancing policies are routinely forgotten.