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  1. British swimmer Rebecca Adlington retires at 23

    Feb 5, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT

    Rebecca Adlington

    British swimmer Rebecca Adlington joined swimming’s list of retirees on Tuesday when she announced her decision to stop swimming at the competitive level. The 23-year-old said distance swimming is in the hands of the younger generation now. She’s right about that: 15-year-old American Katie Ledecky won the 800m freestyle at last summer’s London Olympics, while…

  2. FLASHBACK: Lindsey Vonn’s injury history

    Feb 5, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    Lindsey Vonn 2009 World Cup crash

    Lindsey Vonn’s crash at the Alpine Worlds on Tuesday was certainly the most severe injury of her career, as she tore two ligaments in her right knee during the super-G. But it’s not the first time the American has been injured on the slopes, particularly at important events. Here’s a brief history of Vonn’s injuries:…

  3. Michael Phelps arrives at the Super Bowl

    Feb 1, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT

    Michael Pheps and Ray Lewis

    The Baltimore Ravens’ No. 1 fan has arrived in New Orleans, the site of Sunday’s Super Bowl. Michael Phelps, who can also be called the Greatest Olympian of All Time (G.O.A.T.), hopes to cap his busy – and definitely exciting – week by witnessing a Ravens victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Phelps visited the…

  4. The Special Olympics come to 2018 Olympics host S. Korea

    Jan 29, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

    PyeongChang Special Olympic Opening Ceremony

    South Korea will host the Winter Olympics in 2018. In the meantime, the nation is showcasing its sports culture at this week’s Special Olympics. The Games started Tuesday and run through Feb. 5. South Korea’s bid to host the Special Olympics started in 2009 after former lawmaker Na Kyung-won went to the Games in Idaho…

  5. Chinese swimmer, 17, suspended for doping

    Jan 29, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

    Li Zhesi

    Last summer, Li Zhesi’s hopes of competing at the Olympics were taken away when she was busted for taking EPO, a banned substance. EPO, you may remember, is what Lance Armstrong took during his cycling career. It’s a blood-boosting drug that we normally see endurance athletes take. On Tuesday, it was announced that swimming’s international…

  6. Jeremy Abbott skates error-free at U.S. Figure Skating Champs

    Jan 26, 2013, 12:47 AM EDT

    Jeremy Abbott

    He’s safe! That’s how one could describe Jeremy Abbott’s skate in the short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Friday night. Abbott was awarded 84.10 points for his performance, three more than Ross Miner. Sitting in third is Joshua Farris, who earned the silver medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships. Abbott was one…

  7. Stars on ice: Figure Skating Nationals take over Omaha

    Jan 25, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

    Ashley Wagner

    The last time we saw the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., two massive 50-meter pools – one in the main arena and another backstage – were in place for the 2012 USA Swimming Olympic Trials. This week, the powers that be turned the water into ice for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. OK, so the…

  8. Lucky 13: Shaun White shooting for more X Games gold

    Jan 23, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Shaun White

    As we approach the one-year-out date from the Sochi Olympics, it’s time for the annual pilgrimage that snowboarders, extreme skiers and, more recently, snowmobile operators make to Aspen, Colo. The X Games are here. And what would the X Games be without its biggest star, Shaun White? He’s won the superpipe gold medal the last…

  9. Swimmers Franklin, Lochte return to the pool in Austin

    Jan 17, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

    Missy Franklin

    Missy Franklin is back. The 17-year-old swimmer, who won four gold medals and one bronze at the London Olympics last summer, recently made waves when she returned to high school meets. Now she’ll make her 2013 debut at the national level at this weekend’s Austin Grand Prix. Franklin will be joined by 11-time Olympic medalist…

  10. Beijing swimming hero Jason Lezak retires

    Jan 16, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

    Jason Lezak

    Jason Lezak, the guy who swam arguably the greatest relay leg in swimming history, has decided to call it quits at the age of 37. Lezak became a household name during the Beijing Olympics when he brought the U.S. 4x100m freestyle relay team from a distant second to the gold medal in the last 50…

  11. Bode Miller to miss entire Alpine season

    Jan 16, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT

    Bode Miller

    Are Bode Miller’s chances of defending his super combined gold medal at next year’s Sochi Olympics dwindling? The U.S. Alpine skiing star, who has been off the slopes since having his left knee surgically repaired a year ago, announced this week that he will take the rest of the season off to continue his rehab.…

  12. Aussie swimmer Magnussen hires a ‘mind coach’

    Jan 16, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

    James Magnussen

    Australian swimmer James Magnussen has come up with what he feels is the solution to not winning a gold medal in London: A “mind coach.” Or, as we’ll call it, a head doctor. Amid reports of drug and alcohol use, bullying and hazing rituals, the Aussies won just 10 swimming medals at last summer’s Olympics…

  13. U.S. teen Shiffrin wins third slalom of season, ties record

    Jan 15, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Mikaela Shiffrin

    News flash: 17-year-old American skier Mikaela Shiffrin is freaking good. Having won two of the last three World Cup slalom races ahead of Tuesday’s event in Flachau, Austria, Shiffrin made it three for four with another victory – by almost a full second. German Maria Hoefl-Riesch was in first place after the first run, just…

  14. ‘Shred’ unleashed: U.S. skier Ligety at center of documentary

    Jan 10, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    Ted Ligety

    Ever wonder what it’s like to be U.S Alpine skiing superstar Ted Ligety? You’ll get an inside look at the Olympic gold medalist and world champion this weekend. On Sunday from 3:30-4 p.m. ET, NBC will broadcast U.S. Ski Team 36, a documentary that will take us through the 36 hours before Ligety’s giant slalom…

  15. Jeah! Lochte lands reality TV show gig

    Jan 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    USA TODAY Sports

    Here’s an idea for a new rubber bracelet: WWRLD? As in, “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” The Olympic swimmer, who recently worked out with U.S. Air Force Special Forces, will have his own reality show on E! called, you guessed it, “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” He appeared on “30 Rock” and “90210” last fall,…

  16. Ryan Lochte: Future U.S. military soldier?

    Jan 7, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

    Ryan Lochte

    What’s 11-time Olympic swimming medalist Ryan Lochte going to do when he’s done competing in the pool? In the past, he’s expressed an interest in everything from working in fashion to doing TV gigs (he appeared on “30 Rock” and “90210” last fall). But now we can add one more item to his list of…

  17. Our top swims of 2012

    Dec 30, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    Katie Ledecky and Rebecca Adlington

    After the American swim team won 31 medals (16 gold) at the London Olympics, 2012 could be called the year of the swimmer in the U.S. of A. Among that hardware haul were some extra special swims, courtesy of wide-eyed high school kids, grizzled veterans and everyone in between. Here’s a list of five memorable…

  18. U.S. skier Shiffrin, 17, makes history in World Cup race

    Dec 21, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

    Ever heard of Mikaela Shiffrin? If you don’t closely follow Alpine ski racing, your answer is probably a no. But now is the time to start reading up on this 17-year-old Alpine skiing phenom. At 17 years, 9 months and 7 days, Shiffrin became the third youngest American to ever win an Alpine World Cup…

  19. AP names Michael Phelps its top male athlete of 2012

    Dec 20, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

    Visa Presents Michael Phelps, The Most decorated Olympian of All Time

    After Michael Phelps swam the last race of his career on Aug. 4, he announced to the assembled media – the press conference room was so crowded it felt like all of the writers and camera operators were treading water in the same lane, elbow to elbow – that he was retiring. He had 22…

  20. The Green Olympics: Sochi to have recycled snow on hand

    Dec 17, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

    Sara Takanashi

    Good news out of Sochi: If there’s a shortage of snow next winter, Olympic organizers have a battle-tested method that will ensure the Games will go on. Much has been reported about the Sochi area’s climate, which is warm at the Black Sea coast (49 degrees is the average high in February). Although it’s cooler…

  21. Lochte wins six gold medals at Worlds, then gives one away

    Dec 17, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Ryan Lochte

    Attention: Ryan Lochte is back atop the swimming world. With the retirement of his chief rival Michael Phelps, Lochte is once again the fastest man in the water. At the Short-Course World Championships, which ended Sunday in Istanbul, Turkey, Lochte won six gold medals and broke two world records. The 28-year-old also won a silver…

  22. Bode Miller sends his wife to the hospital after golf course accident

    Dec 13, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

    It’s a good thing Bode Miller is a professional skier and not a professional golfer. Miller, who has stayed off the slopes this season to rehab a knee injury, took his wife Morgan, a professional beach volleyball player and model, out to the golf course yesterday. That ended up being a very bad idea. Miller…

  23. Lochte, 16 other London Olympians swim for world titles

    Dec 11, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

    Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

    Just when you thought swimmers were done for the year, think again. Seventeen U.S. Olympians, including Ryan Lochte and Allison Schmitt, are in Istanbul, Turkey this week for the Short-Course World Championships, at which swimmers compete in a 25-meter pool instead of the Olympic-distance 50m pool. Absent from the meet is Missy Franklin, whose school…

  24. Natalie Coughlin: Professional swimmer, amateur gorilla-watcher

    Dec 10, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    USA TODAY Sports

    Fresh off her history-making performance in London that saw her tie Dara Torres’ and Jenny Thompson’s all-time Olympic medals total of 12 (the most for a U.S. female), Natalie Coughlin wants to keep swimming at age 30. We caught up with Coughlin and talked about working out, her recent trip to Africa – where she…

  25. Lochte wins big, in and out of the pool

    Nov 30, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

    Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

    Surprise, surprise: Ryan Lochte won another race Thursday night. Lochte and a host of his USA Swimming national teammates are at the University of Texas for the Winter National Championships, a short-course-yards meet. Lochte won the 200m IM, a race, at least in long-course competitions, he all but owned from 2009 until last summer. As…