British Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold reportedly said she “wouldn’t rule out” skipping the 2017 World Championships because they’re scheduled to be held in Russia.
Yarnold, who sat out last season, called out Russia’s well-publicized anti-doping problems on Monday, saying she would support moving February’s world bobsled and skeleton championships out of Sochi.
“The [International Olympic Committee] and [World Anti-Doping Agency] have recommended the championships aren’t in Russia, and that is something I would stand by and support,” Yarnold said, according to the Press Association news agency. “I hope the [International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation] are going to have serious discussions about what they’re going to do about the world championships in Sochi.
“We know that it may be a state-sponsored doping issue, and I don’t want to compete at an event where there are not clean athletes and questions over what is going to happen to my doping samples.
“We need to find out more, but if nothing changes ahead of the Sochi World Championships, then I wouldn’t rule out not competing.”
The 2017 World Championships were awarded to Sochi in June 2013.
On July 19 of this year, following rampant Russian anti-doping issues, the IOC asked all winter sports federations to “freeze their preparations for major events in Russia, such as world championships … and to actively look for alternative organizers.”
The IOC later clarified that statement, telling federations it did not apply to events whose host cities were already chosen, according to Inside the Games.
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DERBY, England (AP) A signed pair of running shoes worn by eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has been stolen from an address in Linton, Derbyshire.
The white, blue and red spikes were used by the Jamaican great in a 100 meters heat at the 2012 Games, Derbyshire Police said.
“The spikes are part of an extensive collection that I have built-up over the last 10 years,” the victim said. “There are only four or five pairs of spikes that have been signed from the London 2012 Olympics, they are absolutely irreplaceable.”
The victim did not want to be named.
A 35-year-old man has been charged in connection with the theft. The shoes have yet to be recovered.
Bolt, 31, who retired after the 2017 world championships in London, won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics, although he later lost the 2008 relay gold after a team-mate was disqualified for doping.
Anne Donovan, a Hall of Fame basketball player and Olympic gold medalist, has died of heart failure at age 56.
Donovan coached the Storm to a 2004 WNBA title.
“While it is extremely difficult to express how devastating it is to lose Anne, our family remains so very grateful to have been blessed with such a wonderful human being,” Donovan’s family said in a statement, according to reports. “Anne touched many lives as a daughter, sister, aunt, friend and coach.
Donovan, a 6-foot-8 center, made the 1980 U.S. Olympic team (as its youngest player after her freshman year at Old Dominion) that ended up missing the Moscow Games due to the U.S. boycott.
She then earned gold with the U.S. in 1984 and 1988, being the oldest player on the latter team at 26. She was inducted as a player into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 and into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.
Donovan later was an assistant coach for the 2004 Olympic champion team and head coach for the 2008 Beijing team that took gold. She also was the first female head coach of a WNBA champion team with the Storm in 2004.
“USA Basketball mourns the passing of Anne Donovan,” USA Basketball said in a statement. “She played for her first USA Basketball team in 1977 and during her Hall of Fame, 31-year USA career, she was a member of five U.S. Olympic teams and four USA World Championship teams as an athlete and coach, culminating in leading the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team to gold as our head coach in Beijing. She used to say she bled red, white and blue. As much as we remember her accomplishments in the game, we mourn a great friend who will be greatly missed.”