Carsyn Koch (right) nears the finish line to win the 800-meter final at the NCAA Div. II Track and Field Championships held May 28 in Bradenton, Florida.

Versatility at root of Washburn grad’s berth in U.S. Olympic Trials

By Ernie Clark on June 30, 2016, at 11:39 a.m.
Carsyn Koch specialized in versatility while starring in cross-country, soccer, basketball and track at Washburn District High School, but a collegiate focus on a single event has landed her in the same spotlight.
Isaiah Harris

7 Mainers to compete in US Olympic Trials for track and field

By Ernie Clark on June 28, 2016, at 4:16 p.m.
Riley Masters of Veazie and Bangor High School is one of six Mainers who have declared to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field, which run from July 1 through July 10 at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Matthew …
Veazie native Riley Masters, seen crossing the finish line in the Beach to Beacon 10K on Aug. 3, 2013, in Cape Elizabeth,  will compete in the 5,000-meter race at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Monday in Eugene, Oregon.

Bangor High graduate poised for Olympic Trials encore

By Ernie Clark on June 28, 2016, at 3:51 p.m.
“This is my legitimate shot at making the Olympic team, so this time it’s all about trying to qualify for Rio.”
Emma Waddell of Bangor, here in a March 2014 file photo, competed in the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials Monday night in Omaha, Nebraska.

Maine swimmers don’t advance at US Olympic Trials

By Robby MacDonald, Special to the BDN on June 27, 2016, at 10:16 p.m.
The Olympic Trials continue through Sunday.

TV, radio sports schedule for June 23, 2016

on June 22, 2016, at 5:43 p.m.
BASEBALL, COLLEGE WORLD SERIES Game 10, COASTAL CAROLINA vs. TEXAS TECH, 8 p.m., ESPN2-TV BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE CHICAGO WHITE SOX at BOSTON, 1:30 p.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), WYBA Rockland (105.5 FM), WKTJ Farmington (99.3 FM), WALZ …
Emma Waddell

Three Maine swimmers to compete at US Olympic Trials

By Robby MacDonald, Special to the BDN on June 20, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
Mainers Emma Waddell of Bangor, Caitlin Tycz of Brunswick and James Wells of Bath are preparing to compete at the United States Olympic Swimming Trials June 26-July 3 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Waddell swims at Williams College, Tycz will be a senior at Morse High of Bath …

Reports: IAAF will not lift the ban on Russian track athletes in time for Olympics

By Rick Maese, Washington Post on June 17, 2016, at 6:57 p.m.
Their reputations already tarnished, Russia’s track and field athletes will be banished from competing at the Rio Olympics this summer following a ruling Friday by the International Association of Athletics Federations to uphold a suspension.

Baseball, surfing among 5 sports added for 2020 Olympics

By Karolos Grohmann, Reuters on June 01, 2016, at 7:51 p.m.
Five sports, including baseball, skateboarding and surfing, are set to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Down East native Gladys Ganiel runs past St. Patrick's Church in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, on her way to winning the Jimmy's 10K Road Race in March.

Maine native named alternate to Irish Olympic women’s marathon team

By Ernie Clark on May 24, 2016, at 2:20 p.m.
Gladys Ganiel could become eligible to replace one of the three team members should any of them be forced to drop out because of injury.
Julia Clukey

Augusta’s Julia Clukey named to USA Luge ‘C’ team

By Ernie Clark on May 02, 2016, at 7:52 p.m.
BANGOR | Julia Clukey was in the Queen City on Monday morning, bringing her “Julia Inspires” speaking tour to more than 400 students at John Bapst Memorial High School. The Augusta resident and member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic luge team not only delivered a motivational message encouraging the …
Bridget Woodward (from left) and Jamie Wren chat with Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan after Kwan spoke in support of Hillary Clinton in a conference room in the Charles Inn in Bangor on Tuesday.

Olympic skating medalist Michelle Kwan in Maine to stump for Clinton

By Dawn Gagnon on March 01, 2016, at 2:46 p.m.
With less than a week to go before Maine’s Democratic caucuses, two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Michelle Kwan stopped by Hillary Clinton’s Bangor campaign office on Broad Street Tuesday to energize supporters.
Augusta native Julia Clukey

Augusta’s Julia Clukey preps for USA Luge start competition

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 19, 2015, at 2:17 p.m.
LAKE PLACID, New York — Just when the temperatures seemingly couldn’t get hotter in the Northeast comes the start of the winter sports season. Sort of. Julia Clukey of Augusta, Maine, and other members of the USA Luge national and junior national teams are set to gather in upstate New …

‘Frisbee’ comes of age, earns Olympic recognition

By Karolos Grohmann, Reuters on Aug. 03, 2015, at 9:22 a.m.
KUALA LUMPUR — The sport of flying disc, commonly known as “frisbee,” was officially recognized as an Olympic sport by the International Olympic Committee on Sunday, opening the way for it to try and join the Games in the future. After meeting all the criteria to become an Olympic sport, …

U.S. drops Boston’s embattled bid to host 2024 Olympic Games

By Scott Malone and Jacqueline Tempera, Reuters on July 27, 2015, at 3:33 p.m.
BOSTON — The U.S. Olympic Committee on Monday rescinded Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games after the mayor said his city’s taxpayers could not afford to host the large-scale event. The move was met with relief by Massachusetts officials, who had faced an active opposition campaign that fought …

Boston mayor ‘cannot commit’ to Olympic bid if taxpayers at risk

By Jacqueline Tempera, Reuters on July 27, 2015, at 11:40 a.m.
BOSTON — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Monday said he would not “commit” to a deal to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games if doing so would leave city taxpayers vulnerable to the costs of hosting such a large-scale event. The idea of hosting the Summer Games in the city …

Clukey named to national luge team

By Ernie Clark on May 01, 2015, at 11:31 a.m.
Augusta’s Julia Clukey is one of eight Olympians named to the USA Luge national team this week. A Vancouver Olympian in 2010, Clukey overcame numerous physical issues to become USA Luge’s top-ranked woman racer and sixth-ranked in the world during the 2012-2013 season, which was highlighted by a World Cup …
Holly Stewart

Former UMaine field hockey players relish experience on Canadian national team

By Larry Mahoney on March 27, 2015, at 8:35 p.m.
Holly Stewart decided a year ago that if she wanted to realize her lifelong dream of playing field hockey for Team Canada in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she would have to finish up her University of Maine degree a semester early. That meant taking …

USOC unconcerned about drop in support for Boston bid

By Reuters on March 13, 2015, at 7:54 p.m.
Celebration has given way to concern among Bostonians as the United States Olympic Committee on Friday went about the business of shoring up support for the U.S. city bidding to host the 2024 Olympics. Boston was unveiled as the surprise choice over two-time host Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington …
Augusta native and member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic luge team Julia Clukey speaks before an auditorium of Biddeford High School seniors on April 29, 2014.

Augusta’s Julia Clukey 17th at luge world championships

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 15, 2015, at 2:01 p.m.
Augusta’s Julia Clukey finished 17th overall Saturday in the women’s singles final at the 45th International Luge Federation World Championships in Sigulda, Latvia. Clukey, a 2010 U.S. Olympic team member, finished her two runs in a combined time of 1 minute, 25.378 seconds. Natalie Geisenberger of Germany won the gold …
Augusta native Julia Clukey of the United States competes during the FIL women's Luge World Cup at Utah Olympic Park in 2013. Clukey is still adjusting to new equipment heading into this week's world championships at Sigulda, Latvia.

Maine’s Julia Clukey preps for luge world championships with new sled

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 10, 2015, at 5:46 p.m.
Julia Clukey hasn’t been as successful as she hoped to be so far during this World Cup luge season. But the 29-year-old Augusta native is focused on longer-range goals, which she hopes will get a jump-start this weekend at the 45th International Luge Federation World Championships in Sigulda, Latvia. Clukey …