Olympics

Figure skaters, hockey players and Nigerian bobsledders: Dallas' short, fun Winter Olympic history
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Dallas has a long, proud history of Summer Olympics success. Skyline High School's Michael Johnson is one of the best sprinters of all time. Tamika Catchings starred at Duncanville High School before winning four Olympic gold medals on the basketball court. Nastia Liukin and Madison Kocian both trained at North Texas gyms before winning multiple gymnastics medals for the United States. Even Bob Hayes, the first great Cowboys wide receiver, won two gold medals as a sprinter at the 1964 Olympics before putting on the silver and white.

The Winter Olympics are another story. Because several of the prerequisites for winter...

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UNT professor heads to Russia as Olympic doping sandal unfolds
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A University of North Texas professor will head to Russia next week to attend a forum with one of the most controversial figures in international sports — Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, whom the Olympics recently banned from all future games for his alleged participation in Russia's doping program. The Russian team is banned from the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

John Nauright, chair of the UNT Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, will have better than a front-row seat as Mutko makes his first major public appearance since being banned.

"The politics of this are...

Eyes on Rio
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Sat, Aug 6, 2016 - 10:14pm

With another opening ceremony in the books, patriotism is sweeping the nation as the 2016 Summer Olympic Games get underway in Rio de Janeiro.

According to data from the U.S. Olympic Committee, 33 Texans are going for the gold in 14 sports. The Denton Record-Chronicle caught up with some local coaches and athletes to get their thoughts on this year’s crop of competitors and how the games fuel their passions.

Tennis

Sujay Lama, head coach for the University of North Texas women’s tennis team, said he thinks the U.S. tennis team will see success this year on the women’s side.

“We’ve...

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Eyes on Rio
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Sat, Aug 6, 2016 - 10:14pm

By Caitlyn Jones and Julian Gill

With another opening ceremony in the books, patriotism is sweeping the nation as the 2016 Summer Olympic Games get underway in Rio de Janeiro.

According to data from the U.S. Olympic Committee, 33 Texans are going for the gold in 14 sports. The Denton Record-Chronicle caught up with some local coaches and athletes to get their thoughts on this year’s crop of competitors and how the games fuel their passions.

Tennis

Sujay Lama, head coach for the University of North Texas women’s tennis team, said he thinks the U.S. tennis team will see success this...