Russia confirmed that it will appeal against its four-year Olympic ban for manipulating doping data. The Russian anti-doping agency, known as RUSADA, sent a formal letter Friday disagreeing with the sanctions imposed earlier this month by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The case now heads to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Four-time Olympic ski-jumping champion Matti Nykanen, whose personal life was affected by alcohol problems, has died at 55. The International Ski Federation (FIS) said Nykanen, who also won seven world championship gold medals, died Sunday. The cause of death was not immediately known. Nykanen became an icon of sport in Finland.
When Salt Lake City pursued the Winter Olympics more than two decades ago, competition was so fierce that lavishing International Olympic Committee members with gifts and favours seemed commonplace. Salt Lake City got caught in a bribery scandal that nearly derailed the plans for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Two decades