Starting next month, Sarah Hirshland will officially take over as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee. One of the big issues she will have to deal with is ongoing sexual abuse scandals.

In recent months, athletes have come forward in sports like swimming, gymnastics, diving and taekwondo with allegations of sexual abuse or assault. Many athletes don't go public until years after the alleged assaults take place. They stay silent in part because of the taboo around sexual abuse. In some cases, young people can't identify what has happened to them as a crime.

Pyeongchang takes center stage of the sporting world on Friday, hosting elite athletes for the Winter Olympics and hoping to raise its profile as a winter resort destination. But if you had never heard of Pyeongchang before now, you're not alone.

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Olympic athletes train for years to get their bodies into peak condition and a shot at a gold medal.  The physical demands of competition are intense, but many athletes and trainers say that the mental pressure to succeed is the biggest strain. 

Join us today as we discuss tactics Olympic athletes use to maintain a healthy mentality as well as the purposes and benefits of emotional support animals.

When Matt and Becca Hamilton are on the ice together, it's pure chemistry. The brother and sister compete in curling, the "roaring game" where players take turns lunging down a sheet of ice, pushing a 44-pound rock.

Sexual Assault in Sports

Jan 24, 2018
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The Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal has rocked the amateur sports world. Over 100 women have accused the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor of sexually assaulting them, under the guise of medical treatment.

We'll take a look at the occurrence of sexual assault in sports and what is being done to prevent predators from victimizing athletes. 

The International Olympic Committee has suspended the Russian Olympic Committee "with immediate effect," essentially banning the country from the upcoming Winter Olympics over Russia's system of state-supported cheating by athletes using performance-enhancing drugs.

Russian athletes can compete in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the IOC said Tuesday — but the athletes will have to pass strict scrutiny, and instead of wearing their nation's uniform, they will compete under the title "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)."

The International Olympic Committee decided Tuesday that Paris and Los Angeles can work out a deal to be awarded the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games.

The committee's members voted unanimously that it can award both Olympics at its next meeting in September and that a three-way deal can be brokered among the two cities and the IOC.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo joined IOC President Thomas Bach on stage in Lausanne, Switzerland. Bach raised their hands in the air in a pose of shared victory.

The NHL won't be pausing its season to allow players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, officials announced on Monday.

Many pro players have expressed a desire to compete in the Games at Pyeongchang, South Korea. But the league says it doesn't see a benefit to the sport — and does see a risk of injuries.

The NHL has allowed players to participate in every Olympic Games since 1998.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, disputes over money played a role in the decision not to continue.

The University of Akron is celebrating its first ever track and field Olympic medalist. Clayton Murphy, 21, won the bronze in the 800-meter final in Rio on Monday.

The Olympics Are Back, And So Is After The Score

Aug 12, 2016
: Olympic rings at Mane Garrincha stadium, Brasilia. 2016 Summer Olympics
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89.7 NPR News's weekly sports show After The Score is back after taking most of the summer off.

This week we talk with an Upper Arlington native competing at the Summer Olympic in Rio. We also look check in on Ohio State's football team as they start training camp and talk about an OSU world championship in powerlifting. Then we'll get an update on the first place Cleveland Indians. 

Upper Arlington Olympian Strives For Laziness On Few Days Off

Aug 10, 2016
Olympic diver Abby Johnston
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Upper Arlington native and Olympic diver Abby Johnston is aiming for gold in the Rio Olympics. When she’s not diving or studying medicine, she’s probably eating fast food and lounging with her fiancé.

Opening Cermony Music for the Summer Olympics in Rio

Aug 5, 2016

Friday evening, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio will begin with an opening ceremony that will undoubtedly be colorful and dazzling with dancing and wonderful music.  There's sure to be choro, samba, bossa nova, and other popular music forms, but I hope there is also a nod to classical music with something by Heitor Villa-Lobos, the best-known Brazilian composer to blend classical and native Brazilian themes, as in his Bachianas brasileiras

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A gold-medal experience from a former Buckeye, a sexual assault case from the University of Michigan and the state of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Join Steve Brown and Thomas Bradley for this week's episode of After The Score.

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Olympians Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the US's first gold medal in ice dancing last week, and tonight we wait in anticipation for the final figure skating event: Women's free skate. This hour we'll talk about the artistry and athleticism that go in to planning an Olympic-level skating event, from the music to the choreography to the costumes.


If a scenario plays out that Team USA is eliminated from Olympic hockey, don’t be surprised to see a ton of midwesterners rooting for Russia in the Olympics. Why is that?