A former Olympic gold medalist from Norway died in a jet-skiing accident over the weekend, the International Ski Federation confirmed Monday. Cross-country skier Vibeke Skofterud was reported missing Saturday night, and her body was found Sunday morning near the island of St. Helena in southern Norway, according to the governing body. Torbjørn Trommestad, an investigator with the nearby police department, told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) that police are still investigating the specific circumstances of Skofterud's death, but they are confident that she was alone. Skofterud won a gold medal in a relay event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and also won relay golds at the 2005 and 2011 World Championships.
With two months until the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, ET has teamed up with Visa to get you familiar with all the female athletes breaking barriers on the world stage. First there's Nigerian athletes Ngozi Onwemere, Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omega, who came to "sleigh,” becoming Africa's first ever bobsled team. “People have recognized us and we never really say it's us initially. We're just kinda like…. waiting for the reaction to come. They're like, 'Yeah, we heard that there's this Nigerian bobsled team we're just like…[laughing].” Initially, the team didn't even have a bobsled to practice with. “We did have a wooden sled that we made,” Onwemere explained. Then there's
Dancing With the Stars has found its judges for this fall’s Juniors edition — and they’re no strangers to the ABC ballroom. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, Emmy-winning choreographer Mandy Moore and longtime DWTS pro Val Chmerkovskiy will be sitting at the judges’ dais this October. The announcement was made on Monday’s Good Morning America broadcast. Rippon, […]
With the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea closed, we turn the page and look ahead to the next Olympics: the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Russia could be provisionally reinstated to worldwide track and field competition in December if it meets certain conditions, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said Friday. Track and field's governing body suspeded Russia in November 2015 after a World Anti-Doping Agency report detailed widespread, state-sponsored doping in the sport. “They have made significant improvement in meeting the outstanding requirements,” Rune Andersen, the IAAF's Russia task force head, said during
(Reuters) - International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said on Friday that an exemption from the U.N. Security Council to transfer sports equipment to North Korea would boost its efforts to thaw tensions on the Korean peninsula. The U.N. Security Council has increased sanctions on North Korea since 2006 to choke off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Luxury goods are banned with recreational sports equipment falling under that category. The IOC said that a request to the U.N. Security Council's sanctions committee was made to help North Korean athletes prepare, qualify and participate in Olympic Games. Bach said he was hopeful of a positive result.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said on Friday that an exemption from the U.N. Security Council to transfer sports equipment to North Korea would boost its efforts to thaw tensions on the Korean peninsula. The U.N. Security Council has increased sanctions on North Korea since 2006 to choke off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Luxury goods are banned with recreational sports equipment falling under that category.
The 2022 Winter Games in Beijing will be historic for several reasons -- it will feature the highest number of women's events in an Olympic Winter program, and the Games will also see the highest number of gender-balanced disciplines. To accomplish that, the IOC last week announced the inclusion of seven new medal events, increasing female participation from 41 percent in PyeongChang to 45.44 percent for 2022. With that in mind, the women's monobob made the cut ahead of a four-women bobsleigh event (to coexist with the men's event). Monobob's popular run at the 2016 Youth Winter Olympics and its feasibility -- bobsleigh costs 3-4 more times than a monobob -- made it the more obvious choice.