Simone Biles Leaves Nike for a Sponsor That Focuses on Women

As part of the deal, Athleta, the new sponsor, has agreed to back a post-Olympic exhibition tour that Biles was already planning.

#athleta, #athletics-and-sports, #gymnastics, #nike-inc, #olympic-games-2016, #olympic-games-2020, #track-and-field, #usa-gymnastics

Sprinter Christian Coleman Barred From Tokyo Olympics

Christian Coleman of the United States is the reigning world champion in the 100 meters and has never failed a drug test, but he missed three tests in 2019, resulting in an 18-month suspension.

#coleman-christian-1996, #court-of-arbitration-for-sport, #doping-sports, #olympic-games-2020, #track-and-field, #world-athletics

Two Sports, a Fast Time and Some Questions

The British track Olympian Beth Potter switched sports, but her stardom in triathlon came too late to qualify for Tokyo. Then she set a world record in a 5K that won’t count. What’s a world-class athlete to do?

#olympic-games-2020, #track-and-field, #triathlon

He’s the Ideal College Athlete. So Why Did He Quit?

Hunter Woodhall made history in track and field, but N.C.A.A. restrictions on athletes’ earnings drove him out of college sports.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #basketball-college, #content-type-personal-profile, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #social-media, #supreme-court-us, #track-and-field, #university-of-arkansas, #woodhall-hunter-1999

Russia Track Officials Suspended for Aiding a Doping Lie

With investigators closing in, the high jumper Danil Lysenko needed a paper trail to support his story. Top Russian track officials provided it.

#danil-lysenko, #doping-sports, #russia, #track-and-field, #world-athletics

Rafer Johnson, Winner of a Memorable Decathlon, Is Dead

His triumphant performance at the 1960 Olympics was his farewell to track and field. He went on to become a good-will ambassador for the United States and a close associate of the Kennedy family.

#deaths-obituaries, #decathlon, #johnson-rafer, #kennedy-robert-francis, #olympic-games-1960, #presidential-election-of-1968, #special-olympics, #track-and-field

Why Did the World’s Fastest Man Miss Drug Tests — and a Shot at the Olympics?

Christian Coleman was poised for a major breakout at the Tokyo Games this summer, but he was suspended for two years for missing drug tests. How did that happen?

#coleman-christian-1996, #court-of-arbitration-for-sport, #doping-sports, #olympic-games-2020, #track-and-field, #world-athletics

Another Double Amputee’s Fight for the Olympics Is Dealt a Major Setback

Blake Leeper says his prostheses level the playing field. But World Athletics has successfully argued that they give him an unfair advantage by making him artificially taller.

#black-people, #discrimination, #leeper-blake-1989, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2020, #prostheses, #track-and-field, #world-athletics

Reading All the Books on Nike, Déjà Vu Sets In

“Win at All Costs” is the latest effort, following books like “Swoosh,” “Bowerman and the Men of Oregon” and “No Logo,” to better understand the company.

#books-and-literature, #nike-inc, #running, #salazar-alberto, #track-and-field, #win-at-all-costs-inside-nike-running-and-its-culture-of-deception-book

The World’s Fastest Family

There is a blessing and a curse to being the child of Olympic gold medalists. Cameron Burrell has world-beating speed in the family, but will that be enough?

#cameron-burrell, #coaches-and-managers, #houston-tex, #leroy-burrell, #lewis-carl, #michelle-finn-burrell, #olympic-games-2020, #track-and-field, #university-of-houston

At Cal, Every Sport but Football Feels Like Second String

As the Pac-12 tries to formulate a plan for its most prominent sport, dozens of other sports are awaiting news on their seasons. But how do you prepare for a schedule that doesn’t exist?

#athletics-and-sports, #coronavirus-reopenings, #football-college, #pacific-12-conference, #track-and-field, #university-of-california-berkeley, #volleyball

Athletes’ Rest and Recovery in Pandemic Enhances Performance

Limitations imposed by the coronavirus have helped, not hurt, the performances of some world-class athletes.

#claire-curzan, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crouser-ryan-1992, #joshua-cheptegei, #sports-injuries, #stephen-piscotty, #track-and-field, #valarie-allman

Exercise May Boost Your Vaccine Response

Two new studies of elite athletes found that working out amplifies the immune response to a flu shot.

#athletics-and-sports, #badminton, #colds, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cycling-road, #exercise, #immune-system, #influenza, #swimming, #track-and-field, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wrestling

An Onslaught of Sports Set for August

The N.H.L., Champions League, U.S. Open Tennis and Tour de France are all slated to return this month … virus pending.

#cycling-road, #golf, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #playoff-games, #tennis, #tour-de-france-bicycle-race, #track-and-field, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

At the Olympics in Bombed-Out London, She Forever Changed Women’s Sports

The 1948 Summer Games, the first held after the war, were a celebration of improvisation, renewal and change, embodied in a Dutch track star named Fanny Blankers-Koen.

#athletics-and-sports, #london-england, #olympic-games-1948, #swimming, #track-and-field, #women-and-girls, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Running Past an Olympic Dream

When Kyle Merber’s plans to reach the Tokyo Games were derailed by the pandemic, he realized how much the singular pursuit had been holding him back.

#careers-and-professions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kyle-merber, #olympic-games-2020, #running, #track-and-field

Six Feet? Try Seven Separate Tracks

Call it extreme social distancing. Track and field athletes will compete in eight disciplines at seven different tracks in Europe and the United States.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #felix-allyson, #miller-shaunae-1994, #pole-vault, #track-and-field, #world-athletics

With Pandemic Keeping Them Apart, Runners Embrace Virtual Races

Marathons and meets are canceled, so runners are using tech to stay connected and compete.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise, #mapmyfitness-inc, #marathon-running, #mobile-applications, #new-york-city-marathon, #new-york-road-runners-club, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #running, #track-and-field, #wearable-computing

Inclusion of Transgender Student Athletes Violates Title IX, Trump Administration Says

Three female high school students in Connecticut had challenged a scholastic sports policy that allows transgender athletes to compete against them in track.

#alliance-defending-freedom, #athletics-and-sports, #bloomfield-conn, #boughton-mark-d, #canton-conn, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #connecticut, #danbury-conn, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #education-secondary, #education-department-us, #glastonbury-conn, #hartford-conn, #interscholastic-athletics, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #title-ix-gender-discrimination-legislation, #track-and-field, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #trevor-project, #women-and-girls

Athing Mu Might Be America’s Fastest Teenager. How Much Faster Will She Be in 2021?

Mu was heading for the Olympic Trials with a shot to make the United States team when the Tokyo Games were postponed. A year from now, she and other budding stars should be that much better.

#athing-mu, #olympic-games-2020, #running, #track-and-field, #world-athletics

Two Olympic Marathoners. Two Lives Turned Around, Then Turned Around Again.

Jacob Riley and Molly Seidel came out of obscurity to qualify for the Olympic Games. Everything about their lives changed. Then it changed again.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #olympic-games-2020, #running, #seidel-molly-1994, #track-and-field, #usa-track-and-field