Thomas Bach

Thomas Bach elected as ninth IOC president


German Thomas Bach was voted the new president of the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday.

Bach, 59, a 1976 Olympic champion for West Germany in team foil fencing, succeeds Jacques Rogge, whose term limit is up after an initial eight-year term followed by a second four-year term.

“I know of the great responsibility of an IOC president,” Bach said. “This makes me humble. I want to lead the IOC according to my motto, ‘Unity and Diversity.'”

Bach, elected to an eight-year term with the possibility of a four-year renewal, is the ninth president in the 119-year history of the IOC. He has been an IOC member since 1991, the IOC vice president and the head of the German Olympic Committee.

Bach won a majority of votes over six total candidates. It took two rounds of secret-ballot voting.

“I will do my very best to balance well all the different interests of the stakeholders of the Olympic movement,” Bach, a lawyer, said. “You should know that my door, my ears and my heart are always open.”

He beat five other candidates — Sergey Bubka (Ukraine), Richard Carrion (Puerto Rico), C.K. Wu (Taiwan), Ng Ser Miang (Singapore) and Denis Oswald (Switzerland). The voting would eliminate one candidate per round until somebody received more than 50 percent of the total vote.

The final vote totals in the second round:
Bach: 49
Carrion: 29
Ng: 6
Oswald: 5
Bubka: 4

Wu was eliminated in the first round after a tiebreaker runoff vote with Ng.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Organizing Committee, captured video of the announcement and posted it shortly after:

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Here is the full list of IOC presidents:
Demetrius Vikelas, Greece (1894-96)
Pierre de Coubertin, France (1896-1925)
Henri de Baillet-Latour, Belgium (1925-42)
J. Sigfrid Edstrom, Sweden (1946-52)
Avery Brundage, U.S. (1952-72)
Lord Killanin, Ireland (1972-80)
Juan Antonio Samaranch, Spain (1980-2001)
Jacques Rogge, Belgium (2001-13)
Thomas Bach, Germany (2013-)

USOC head elected as IOC member

Ashley Wagner leads U.S. 1-2 at Skate America

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Ashley Wagner bolstered her international reputation again, winning Skate America on Saturday in her first top-level full competition since her world championships silver medal in April.

Wagner totaled 196.44 points over two programs in Hoffman Estates, Ill., holding off countrywoman Mariah Bell by 4.85 points. U.S. champion Gracie Gold was fifth. Full results are here.

“The short program was definitely one of my world-class programs,” Wagner said on NBC. “Long program, I left a little bit out on the table.”

Wagner, who led by 3.75 points after Friday’s short program, was flawed in her free skate, including singling the back end of a jump combination and under-rotating two more jumps.

Still it was enough to overtake Bell, who had the highest free skate score by 3.73 points but was sixth in the short program.

It marked the first U.S. women’s one-two in a Grand Prix event since 2012 Skate America (Wagner and Christina Gao).

“I’m starting to realize my own potential and believe in myself,” Bell, who shares a coach with Wagner, said on NBC. “I’m very excited for the future.”

Gold fell in both of her programs as she tries to bounce back from dropping from first to fourth at last season’s world championships. Gold had her lowest Grand Prix finish (excluding Grand Prix Final) since her debut at 2012 Skate Canada.

Wagner notched her fifth career Grand Prix series win (only Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen own more among U.S. women). Wagner joined Kwan as the only women to bag multiple Skate America and U.S. Championships titles.

The women Wagner must be compared with are Russian teens. Wagner ended a 10-year U.S. medal drought at worlds last year, but Russia still rules women’s skating.

None of the top Russians competed at Skate America. Wagner is slated to face 2015 World gold and bronze medalists Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Yelena Radionova at her next event, Cup of China, in four weeks.

The reigning world champion, Yevgenia Medvedeva, makes her Grand Prix season debut at Skate Canada next week. Medvedeva and Wagner could go head-to-head at the Grand Prix Final in Marseille, France, in December.

Earlier Saturday, Japan’s Shoma Uno topped the men’s short program with 89.15 points, landing one of his two quadruple jump attempts.

Uno, 18, was followed by the last two U.S. champions, Adam Rippon (87.32, no quads) and Jason Brown (85.75, fall on single quad attempt).

The men’s free skate is Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET (NBC and NBC Sports app).

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Simone Schaller, oldest living Olympian, dies at 104

FILE - In this July 15, 1936, file photo, Simone Schaller, lower right, waves with members of the United States women's Olympic track and field team as they depart for Europe on the SS Manhattan. Schaller, an American hurdler who competed at the 1932 and 1936 Summer Games and was believed to be the oldest living Olympian, died of natural causes Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016,  in the Arcadia, Calif., home she and her husband built when they married in the 1930s, her grandson Jeffrey Hardy said, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. She was 104. (AP Photo/File)
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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Simone Schaller, an American hurdler who competed at the 1932 and 1936 Summer Games and was believed to be the oldest living Olympian, has died. She was 104.

Grandson Jeffrey Hardy said Saturday that Schaller died of natural causes Thursday in the home she and her husband built when they married in the 1930s.

Schaller tied Babe Didrikson Zaharias for the world record in the first round of the 80-meter hurdles at the 1932 Los Angeles Games. Schaller finished fourth in the final behind Didrikson, who set another record. According to Olympic historian David Wallechinsky, Schaller had taken up hurdling only three months earlier.

At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Schaller made it to the semifinals.

She won the hurdles at the 1933 U.S. Championships. She was also an avid tennis player.

Schaller had three children, seven grandchildren, a dozen great-grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

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