Articles from The Guardian - olympics

‘Catastrophe for clean sport’: British athletes oppose Russia’s return

• Letter sent to Wada signed by top Olympic and Paralympic stars
• Russia’s potential reinstatement to be discussed next week

British athletes have sent an unprecedented letter to the World Anti-Doping Agency warning it will be a “catastrophe for clean sport” if Russia is brought in from the cold at a crucial executive board meeting next week.

Japan apologises for captive dolphin show during Olympic sailing test run

British sailor Luke Patience calls choice ‘embarrassing’ for a sport that is supposed to protect marine life

The Japan Sailing Federation has apologised after a dolphin show was held for sailors competing in the World Cup Series, an event that also doubles as a test run for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The competition, organised by a local committee in Enoshima, south of Tokyo, was intended to give the Games’ organisers an opportunity to gauge their level of readiness and to allow competitors to familiarise themselves with the course.

Olympic champion cyclist Kristina Vogel paralysed after training crash

  • Vogel has spoken publicly for first time after crash in June
  • World champion wants to be “source of motivation” for others

Germany’s double Olympic and world track sprint cycling champion Kristina Vogel has announced she has been left paralysed following spinal injuries sustained in a serious crash during training.

Related: A blueprint for the future success of women’s pro cycling | Stephanie Constand

The Syrian refugee aiming to become an Olympic swimmer

Eid Aljazairli could not swim when he arrived in Britain from Damascus in 2016. Now he aims for Olympic glory

Once upon a time, water was Eid Aljazairli’s greatest adversary, a vast expanse that stood between him and a life in Europe. Now, it sustains his greatest ambition.

Aljazairli was a non-swimmer when he fled Damascus and took his chances on a small, barely seaworthy vessel that took him across the Mediterranean. Now he spends four hours each day in a swimming pool and dreams of making it to the Olympics.

Carli Lloyd at the death: Ten years on from the USWNT's most improbable win

When the US met Brazil in the 2008 Olympic final, they were still recovering from the shock of a 4-0 defeat to Marta and Co at the 2007 World Cup

The 21st of August, 2008. For perhaps the first time in their history, the US women’s soccer team lines up for a game they are expected to lose. It’s the Olympic final in Beijing, and the USA face Brazil, who thrashed the Americans 4-0 in the World Cup semi-finals 11 months earlier.

Faster, higher, stronger? Not in Olympic women’s road cycling | Stephanie Constand

A watered-down Tokyo 2020 course suggests the Olympic motto ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ is relevant only to men

The routes for the Olympic road races were recently announced by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the UCI, and something is yet again conspicuously absent from the women’s course.

Women’s races seem to be chronically afflicted by a phenomenon whereby marquee features which form integral aspects of the men’s race tend to inexplicably go missing. Regrettably, the Olympic parcours is yet another egregious example of this.