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A Chinese Olympic gold medallist and world record holder has reportedly confessed that her coach forced them to take part in state-sanctioned doping.

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Cost-cutting at the Rio Olympics is destined to continue, Australia’s chef de mission warns.

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Lauren Jackson racing the clock for Rio Olympics

Lauren Jackson says she’s spent so much time off the court battling knee trouble that she doesn’t even feel like a basketballer any more.

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Jana Pittman’s past Olympic pain is the motivation driving her towards Rio.

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The IOC on Thursday made a public call for bids to host the 2024 Summer Olympics with a host of major cities already preparing their campaigns.

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WADA to investigate alleged Russian doping

The World Anti-Doping Agency says it will conduct its own probe of allegations of systematic doping in Russian athletics.

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The International Olympic Committee on Monday voted to allow Olympic Games to be hosted by two countries as it started passing sweeping changes to the world’s biggest sporting event.

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It may take extra black out blinds and accommodating swimmers high above the noise of the Olympic village.

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A bright yellow cat-like figure is the mascot of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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The Australian Olympic Committee has a simple message for its Rio hopefuls: Don’t be a drongo.

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Olympics chief Thomas Bach has urged delegates to approve a wide-ranging revamp of the Games, likely to include a shake-up of the sports contested and a new TV channel.

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Australia’s Olympics chief has urged all sporting bodies to bring their anti-drugs codes up to world standard or risk not being able to participate in major events.

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Potential Australian Olympians will have to sign a “prohibited association” clause preventing them from dealing with coaches, trainers, sports scientists and other support personnel who have violated anti-doping rules in the lead-up to the Rio Games.

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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach says he had no fears that Brazil’s World Cup humiliation will sour the atmosphere ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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Rowing Australia believe additional funds from the Australian Institute of Sport will result in medals for the nation at the 2016 Olympics.

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It all started with some casual conversation over dinner at an Italian restaurant in Manhattan six months ago. It ended with an eye-popping $US7.75 billion ($A8.4 billion) deal that will keep Olympic coffers flowing for another two decades.

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Australian aerials skier Lydia Lassila. (AAP Image/Julian SMmth

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Rio 2016: Looking back at Australia’s gold medal performances

It’s the start of an Olympic year. The Olympics only come around every four years and they are the big stage where lifelong dreams can be made or shattered in an instant.

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The Rio Olympics’ watersport venue is a toilet

Remember that Seinfeld episode where Kramer swims in the East River and an onlooker mistakes him for a dead body on the grounds that no one would be stupid enough to swim in such fetid waters? That’s next year’s Olympics.

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Oscar Pistorius: What price for a human life?

By Andrew Jardine, 20 Nov 2014
Oscar Pistorius: What price for a human life?

I wonder what people locked up in dinghy prison cells for killing rhinos think about the Oscar Pistorius affair.

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Australia has a long proud history of sportsmanship on the water. Just as all settlers do, new settlers to the island brought with them the culture of their former lands.

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Bright’s theatrics overshadow a great Winter Games

The Winter Olympics are over for another four years, which means our short-term affairs with curling and figure skating will finish as we return to our sporting wives in Aussie rules and rugby league.

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Canada wins historic hockey gold in Sochi

By Andrew Kitchener, 25 Feb 2014

In the storied annals of Canadian hockey history, the 2014 national team, led brilliantly by Sidney Crosby and Mike Babcock, will doubtless be hailed as one of the greatest to ever leave their country’s shores.

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In the space of less than a day, Team USA might just have emerged as the favourites for hockey gold at the Sochi Olympics.

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Team USA prevail in Russian epic

By Andrew Kitchener, 17 Feb 2014

In terms of style and offensive firepower, Team USA’s second outing of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games could not have been any different to their tournament debut.

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Big ice? No worries. Defensive inexperience? No worries there, either. Memo, Olympic hockey teams: The United States of America are shaping as legitimate contenders in Sochi.

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If rumours are to be believed, this will be the final year – at least for the foreseeable future –where we see NHL players taking part in the Winter Olympics.

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Ten’s Sochi coverage off to a rough start

By Andrew Kitchener, 10 Feb 2014 Popular article!
Ten’s Sochi coverage off to a rough start

We’re well into the thick of the competition in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, but with a few notable examples, it’s been a rough beginning for Network Ten.

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As we head into arguably the most anticipated Olympic men’s hockey tournament ever staged, here are three things to keep an eye on as teams get set to take the ice for the preliminary rounds.

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After analysing the medal chances of some of Australia’s top skiers and snowboarders, including Torah Bright and Lydia Lasilla, it’s time to turn our attention to arguably the most important medal of the games: the Men’s Ice Hockey gold medal.

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Begg-Smith and Thorpey: a tale of two champions

In the past two days, two of Australia’s greatest Olympic achievers have been in the news. Both Dale Begg-Smith and Ian Thorpe have hit the headlines for behaviour different to the somewhat dreamy images.

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Can Torah repeat her Vancouver heroics?

By Cameron Mee, 30 Jan 2014
Can Torah repeat her Vancouver heroics?

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are just days away, so now is the perfect time to explore Australia’s top medal hopes for the ‘Other’ Olympics.

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In part one, I detailed the eight defencemen and three goaltenders who will be on the blue line and in net for Canada’s run at back-to-back men’s hockey gold when the Sochi Winter Olympics get underway.

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James Magnussen talks to the press

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Australia's Mitchell Watt competes in the men's long jump qualifying rounds

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Girls perform at the Olympic stadium during the closing ceremony

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