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Paris memorial for 1972 Munich massacre to be held in secret

Paris memorial for 1972 Munich massacre to be held in secret

The memorial ceremony for victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics terror attack at the upcoming Paris Games will be held in a secret location outside of the Olympic Village, Times of Israel reported Sunday. The ceremony was originally scheduled for 24 July at the Paris City Hall, but was cancelled due to concerns that it may be targeted by extremists, given heightened antisemitic and anti-Israel sentiment.


Team USA's success depends on more than just medals

Team USA's success depends on more than just medals

Success for Team USA in the Paris Olympics will be measured by more than just the number of medals won: according to US Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland in her interview with Rapid Response, where she talks about the anticipation and preparation for the Games in Paris and Los Angeles in 2028. 


"The best day of my life," Barbora Krejcikova reacts to her Wimbledon win

"The best day of my life," Barbora Krejcikova reacts to her Wimbledon win

Czechia’s Barbora Krejcikova clinched her second Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon on Saturday, defeating Italy's Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. The 31st seed broke down in tears when she saw her name etched on the same Centre Court honours board which also recognises the 1998 final victory of her childhood mentor Jana Novotna. Her win comes 26 years after Novotna, who died of cancer in 2017 at the age of 49, claimed the Wimbledon title after two runners-up finishes.



Summer McIntosh, a "force of nature" heading for Olympics

Summer McIntosh, a "force of nature" heading for Olympics

Canadian prodigy Summer McIntosh, expected to be one of the stars of the Paris Olympics, has already made her mark in swimming, and nobody in her family or entourage is surprised. The 17-year-old swimmer is already a four-time gold medallist at the World Championships —in the 200m butterfly and 400m medley in 2022 in Budapest and in 2023 in Fukuoka.


Zimbabwe's Golden Girls: The first champions of women's hockey

Zimbabwe's Golden Girls: The first champions of women's hockey

Zimbabwe women's hockey team's Triumph at the 1980 Moscow Games is one of the most inspiring stories in the history of the Olympics. The team, affectionately known as the "Golden Girls", are the unlikeliest winners of a gold medal, having been told just 35 days before they were showcased that they would be competing at the Games.




Alexander Ekman to choreograph Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Alexander Ekman to choreograph Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Internationally renowned choreographer Alexander Ekman has been selected as Stage and Choreography Director of the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games Paris 2024 that will see thousands of Para athletes from 180 international delegations parade down the legendary Avenue des Champs-Elysées to the Place de la Concorde on 28 August. Thomas Jolly, artistic director of the ceremonies, has brought in the Swedish choreographer to shake up the traditions of the event and Ekman has chosen to place dance at the heart of the show.


Olympic artistic swimming gold up for grabs with new scoring system

Olympic artistic swimming gold up for grabs with new scoring system

The artistic swimming competition at the Paris Olympic Games promises to be more thrilling than ever before:  with a new scoring system and the absence of Russia making waves before the first swimmer has even dove into the pool. For the first time in a long time, the Olympic gold is virtually anyone's for the taking.