The International Olympic Committee opened the bidding process for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games in 2022 on Thursday.
2012 Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) claimed the title of 2012-13 Arena Grand Prix Series women's champion with wins in the 200-meter backstroke (2:08.24) and 200 freestyle (1:58.26) at the 2013 Arena Grand Prix, held May 30-June 2 in Santa Clara, Calif. Meanwhile, Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) earned four victories to take home the men's crown, including a meet record in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:11.36.
The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee recommended the sports of baseball/softball, squash and wrestling for possible inclusion on the Olympic program for the 2020 Olympic Games.
A number of U.S. Olympians finished atop the podium at the 2013 adidas Grand Prix, held May 25 in New York. Tyson Gay (Lexington, Ky.) won the 100-meter in 10.02 seconds. In just two attempts, 2012 Olympic pole vault champion Jenn Suhr cleared 4.63 meters to win the event. Against stiff competition, Janay DeLoach Soukup (Fort Collins, Colo.) set a meet record and won the long jump with a distance of 6.79 meters. In other events, Ryan Whiting (Harrisburg, Pa.) led a U.S. sweep over the top four spots in the men's shot put and Michael Tinsley (Little Rock, Ark.) won the 400 hurdles.
It appears Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has decided to remain at the helm of the U.S. men's Olympic basketball squad.
The U.S. Men's National Ice Hockey Team captured bronze at the 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship, held May 3-19 in Stockholm. In a fitting finale, Team USA prevailed in a thrilling 3-2 shootout victory over Finland. Alex Galchenyuk (Milwaukee, Wis.) notched goals on back-to-back attempts, including the game-winner, while goaltender John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) stopped three out of four attempts from Finland during the three-round shootout. Gibson tallied 36 saves throughout the nail-biter to deliver the U.S. its first medal since 2004.
Brittney Reese (Gulfport, Miss.) and Ryan Whiting (Harrisburg, Pa.) each recorded meet records and world-leading marks in their respective events to open the IAAF Diamond League season on May 10 in Doha, Qatar. Reigning Olympic champion Reese posted a personal best leap of 7.25 meters to win the women's long jump, while Whiting also set a personal best with a mark of 22.28 meters in men's shot put. Meanwhile, Dawn Harper-Nelson (East St. Louis, Ill.) won the women's 100-meter hurdles in a world-leading time of 12.60 seconds. Olympic medalists Michael Tinsley (Little Rock, Ark.), Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) and Justin Gatlin (Woodham, Fla.) all also earned medals in the men's 400 hurdles, the men's triple jump and the men's 100m, respectively. Olympian and IAAF Female Athlete of the Year, Allyson Felix (Santa Clara, Calif.), secured second with a time of 50.19 in the 400.
Team USA came out firing, setting an American record in the women's 4x800-meter by 13 seconds at the Penn Relays, held April 24-26 in Philadelphia. The team of Lea Wallace (Napa, Calif.), Brenda Martinez (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Ajee Wilson (Neptune City, N.J.) and Alysia Montano (Canyon Country, Calif.) crossed the finish line in 8:04.31. Their opening victory set the tone for Team USA to win four of the six events in the 14th edition of USA vs. the World.
Just six days after her Boston Marathon victory, Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, M.D.) celebrated her 24th birthday by capturing the women's wheelchair race in the London Marathon, held April 21. Smashing the course record with a time of 1:46:02, McFadden dedicated her win to the city of Boston in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. Fellow American Amanda McGrory (Kennet Square, Penn.) placed second.
The USADA announced that United States Olympic sprinter Shawn Crawford has received a two-year suspension for committing an anti-doping rule violation in which he failed to file his whereabouts information.