Countdown clock for Paris Olympics hits 100-day mark on same day Olympic Torch is lit

[ad_1] PARIS — The Olympic Torch is lit and the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics is 100 days away. The countdown clock in Paris hit the 100-day mark Tuesday. That came on the same day the torch was lit at the birthplace of the sporting competition in Ancient Olympia, Greece. A relay of torchbearers … Read more

The Paris Games’ grandiose opening ceremony is being squeezed by security and transport issues

[ad_1] PARIS — The talk before the opening ceremony of the Paris Games ideally should be about its grandiose backdrop: a summer sun setting on the Seine River as athletes drift by in boats and wave to cheering crowds. But behind the romantic veneer that Paris has long curated, mounting security concerns already have had … Read more

Paris-bound Olympians look forward to a post-COVID Games with fans in the stands

[ad_1] NEW YORK — The biggest races, routines and games for many of this generation’s Olympic athletes were contested in front of mostly empty stands, largely devoid of coaches to help them out or friends and family to cheer them on. That was three years ago at the COVID-19 Summer Olympics and two years ago … Read more

Paris prepares for 100-day countdown to the Olympics. It wants to rekindle love for the Games

[ad_1] PARIS — In Paris’ outskirts, a bright-eyed young girl is eager for the Olympic and Paralympic Games to end. That’s because the swimming club where 10-year-old Lyla Kebbi trains will inherit an Olympic pool. It will be dismantled after the Games and trucked from the Olympic race venue in Paris’ high-rise business district to … Read more

Macron says Olympic opening ceremony could be moved if security risk is too high

[ad_1] French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said the opening ceremony for the Paris Olympics planned on the River Seine could be shifted instead to the Stade de France if the security threat is deemed too high. France is on high security alert ahead of the Paris Olympics and Paralympics, which are expected to draw … Read more

Paris exhibit shows how the Olympics mirror society

[ad_1] PARIS — More than a sporting competition, the Olympics are also a powerful political stage widely used in the past by totalitarian regimes as a propaganda tool but also by athletes as a driver of change in the fight against racial inequalities. Before this summer’s Paris Olympics, an exhibit in the French capital shows … Read more

Olympics taster: Paris race celebrates the waiters and waitresses who nourish city’s life and soul

[ad_1] PARIS — PARIS (AP) — Usain Bolt’s sprint world records were never in danger. Then again, even the world’s fastest-ever human likely wouldn’t have been so quick while balancing a tray with a croissant, a coffee cup and a glass of water through the streets of Paris, and without spilling it everywhere. France’s capital … Read more

USA Basketball learns its groupings for the Paris Olympics. Tough draws await the men and women

[ad_1] USA Basketball’s men’s team is assured of seeing Serbia and South Sudan in the group stage of the Paris Olympics, while the U.S. women are guaranteed of a gold-medal-game rematch against Japan in France this summer. FIBA, the sport’s global organizing body, held the draw for the Paris Games in Mies, Switzerland, on Tuesday, … Read more

Italian companies making the track and pools for the Paris Olympics aim for world records

[ad_1] The purple pieces of vulcanized rubber track being produced at a factory in northern Italy will be run on by the world’s fastest athletes at the Paris Olympics. They have been made with one clear goal. Records. After three world records and 12 Olympic marks were set on the track in Tokyo three years … Read more

Paris won’t allow tourists free access to the Olympics opening ceremony along the Seine River

[ad_1] PARIS — Tourists won’t be allowed to watch the opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics for free as initially promised, the French government announced Tuesday, as it grapples with security concerns about the unprecedented open-air event along the Seine River. Organizers had planned a grandiose opening ceremony July 26 for as many as 600,000 … Read more