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  • Teen’s passion for soccer culminates in trip to USA Games Jun 12, 2014 11:06 AM
    Like most Olympians, 17-year-old Matthew Sommerer has spent near a lifetime preparing to compete at the highest levels. In his case, that will be playing soccer for Team Illinois in the upcoming Special Olympics 2014 USA Games games in New Jersey. “I started to play when I was 8 years old,” the Hoffman Estates High School junior says.

  • Switch to track and field pays off for Lincolshire Special Olympian Jun 12, 2014 11:06 AM
    Peter Hill has been competing in the Special Olympics since he was a young child living in Virginia. But last year, the 34-year-old Lincolnshire resident switched from softball to track and field. The move paid off, as Peter earned a spot representing Illinois in the upcoming Special Olympics 2014 USA Games, kicking off Saturday in New Jersey.

  • Devotion to helping others leads Hoffman teen to Special Olympics Jun 12, 2014 11:07 AM
    Vanessa Sandoval was a freshman at Hoffman Estates High School when she became intrigued by the idea of giving back to the community. Vanessa soon discovered participating in the Special Olympics was her ticket to give back to those who needed it most.

  • Suburban Special Olympians going for gold at USA Games Jun 12, 2014 1:19 PM
    You won't see them interviewed by Bob Costas live from an NBC studio, catch highlights of their exploits on ESPN, or even find their results on your favorite sports sites online. But for thousands of athletes from across the country — some of them from the suburbs — years of training, dedication and effort will culminate starting this weekend when the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games open in New Jersey.

  • Ex-Olympian swims with suburban kids at Stevenson Jun 11, 2014 8:55 AM
    Six years have passed since swimming legend Dara Torres last competed in the Olympics, but the California native showed she’s still in fine form Tuesday when she joined a group of young suburban swimmers at Lincolnshire’s Stevenson High School. “It’s a lot of fun,” Torres said of the meet-and-greets. “Some of the shy ones are so cute.”

  • Japan Olympics organizers review Tokyo 2020 plans Jun 10, 2014 11:47 AM
    Japan’s Olympics organizers said Tuesday they are reviewing their plans for the venues of Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Games due to concerns about cost. Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe told a city assembly meeting that the overall plan for the venues needs to be revised. “We must respond to concerns over rising facilities costs, including rising costs for labor and construction materials,” Masuzoe said. “We will review the plan as soon as possible from that point of view and revise what needs to be revised appropriately and promptly so that there will be no obstacles for the preparations for the games,” he said. Japan has already informed the International Olympic Committee about its intention to review and revise its plans, the broadcaster NHK cited Masuzoe as saying. Yoshiro Mori, a former prime minister and rugby enthusiast who heads Tokyo’s Olympic committee, issued a statement saying that Masuzoe and other members of the committee agree on the need to revise the plan for the venues. The statement did not refer specifically to plans to replace Tokyo’s National Stadium with a colossal, 80,000-seat facility, the centerpiece of the city’s Olympics bid. The proposed new stadium has caused protests over its size, cost and design. The Japan Sports Council has already scaled back its original proposal to spend 300 billion yen ($3 billion) on a 75-meter-tall stadium to a still-hefty 169 billion yen ($1.7 billion). It recently presented its plans for the stadium to the Olympics organizers, saying it did not envision revising the basic design concept but would take other concerns into consideration. Mori said the Tokyo committee was dedicated to creating a “legacy of sports-centered and affluent, healthy living spaces.” Tokyo, the 1964 Summer Olympics host, failed in a bid to host in 2016 but won the right to host the games in 2020 with a plan emphasizing the city’s safety and advanced infrastructure. Of the 33 competition venues, 28 will be within 5 miles (8 kilometers) of the Olympic Village, which will be built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay.

  • Olympic star Van Dyken severs spine in accident Jun 9, 2014 10:16 PM
    Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken severed her spine in an all-terrain vehicle accident over the weekend, and she told emergency workers she could not move her toes or feel anything touching her legs.

  • Quite a run by Northwestern lacrosse May 23, 2014 11:58 PM
    Northwestern was again representing at the NCAA women's lacrosse championships. The Wildcats played in their 10th straight Final Four on Friday. In other news, DePaul women's basketball coach Doug Bruno will again be coaching with USA women's basketball and former Sky forward Swin Cash returns to Allstate Arena on Saturday.

  • Who needs ice? Youngsters gather in Westmont for national luge tryout May 18, 2014 6:59 PM
    Suburban youngsters gathered in Westmont over the weekend for the "Slider Search," a recruiting event hosted by the U.S. Luge Association in hopes of identifying talented young luge standouts. Those who do well can wind up on the U.S. Olympic team.

  • Phelps still yearns to win May 15, 2014 6:08 PM
    Michael Phelps is trying some new things: A more relaxed approach. A lighter workload. A willingness to accept that things aren’t going to be perfect every day. He insists that one thing hasn’t changed at all: His desire to win.

  • Gay suspended 1 year, returns Olympic silver medal May 2, 2014 5:19 PM
    Sprinter Tyson Gay accepted a one-year suspension Friday after testing positive for a banned substance nearly a year ago and returned the silver medal he won in the men’s 400-meter relay at the 2012 London Olympics.

  • Paralympic coaches spot suburban talent Apr 27, 2014 8:04 PM
    Paralympic hopefuls had a chance to learn from elite level coaches and athletes, as well as test their skills, Sunday at Elk Grove High School. “Once they get over that fear and actually get out here, it just opens up so many doors,” said U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Coach Teresa Skinner.

  • Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case Apr 16, 2014 6:21 PM
    Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution’s momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete’s shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned.

  • Prosecutor accuses Pistorius at end of questioning Apr 15, 2014 2:22 PM
    Wrapping up five days of relentless cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius at his murder trial, the chief prosecutor insisted Tuesday that he intentionally shot his girlfriend to death after they argued and — in a final exchange — urged the Olympic athlete to take responsibility for the Valentine’s Day killing.

  • Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement Apr 14, 2014 5:42 PM
    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26.

  • Rio mayor says workers must make up lost time Apr 11, 2014 4:59 PM
    More than 2,000 workers at Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic venues remained on strike Friday, and the city’s mayor warned that the workers will have to make up for lost time.

  • Prosecutor: Pistorius' story doesn't add up Apr 11, 2014 6:06 PM
    The prosecutor cross-examining Oscar Pistorius at his murder trial Friday tried to shred his version of events on the night he shot and killed his girlfriend, saying they do not add up and go completely against how people would react in the situation the double-amputee Olympian has described. Instead, chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the “only reasonable explanation” for what happened was that Pistorius fatally shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet door from around three meters away as they argued.

  • IOC official: Slopestyle injuries “unacceptable” Apr 12, 2014 3:41 PM
    Maybe Shaun White was right all along. An International Olympic Committee official charged with monitoring injury rates at the games says the new discipline of slopestyle produced an “unacceptably high” number of injuries in its debut at the Sochi Olympics and should be dropped in future if that doesn’t improve.

  • Jamaican sprinter banned for doping Apr 10, 2014 2:51 PM
    A Jamaican disciplinary panel on Thursday banned former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell from athletics for 18 months after the veteran sprinter tested positive for a banned stimulant last June.

  • Prosecutor mocks Pistorius’ version of events Apr 10, 2014 7:12 PM
    The chief prosecutor laughed scornfully at an answer from Oscar Pistorius during the Olympic athlete’s murder trial Thursday, mocking the man who shot his girlfriend. The judge sternly instructed the prosecutor to restrain himself and he apologized — then went right back to trying to pick holes in the testimony of the double-amputee runner.

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