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    Olympics: Ute coach enjoys USA distance runners' success
    Kyle Kepler, the University of Utah women's track coach, was my most faithful correspondent during the Olympics and I'm fairly sure no Utahn enjoyed w...
    Updated Aug 22 2016 09:41 am   |     |   Share
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    Olympics: Where would Gordon Hayward, Damian Lillard have fit into USA team?
    Rio de Janeiro – Ever since July 22, when I attended a USA men's basketball exhibition game in Las Vegas, I've pictured Gordon Hayward of the Jazz and...
    Updated Aug 21 2016 07:54 am   |     |   Share
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    Olympics: Team Utah's medal quest comes down to final day
    Rio de Janeiro – Mainly because he did not appear in any games, Elder Torres of the Real Monarchs became somewhat overlooked in our Utah-focused cover...
    Updated Aug 20 2016 12:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    Olympics: Pac-12 alumni boost medal count in track
    Rio de Janeiro – The Pac-12 alumni's performances in track and field got even better late Thursday. In fairly quick succession, Oregon product Ashton ...
    Updated Aug 19 2016 06:45 am   |     |   Share
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    Olympics: Missing basketball, after 22 games in 12 days
    Rio de Janeiro – This has been a weird day for me. For the first day since Aug. 6, no current Jazz players or University of Utah alumni were playing b...
    Updated Aug 18 2016 04:42 pm   |     |   Share
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    Christopher Kamrani | Salt Lake Tribune Brazilians celebrate the gold medal victory by lightweight boxer Robson Conceição on Tuesday night, Aug. 16, 2016, outside the Main Press Center in Rio de Janeiro. Olympic Insider: Brazilians take great pride in medals earned by locals
    Rio de Janeiro • The sun long had set on the 12th day of the Olympic Games, but at 7:35 p.m. local time Tuesday, the four Brazilian fans in front of m...

    Updated Aug 17 2016 11:28 am   |     |   Share
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    Olympics: Tough night for two all-time great Utes
    Rio de Janeiro – Watching former University of Utah basketball stars Kim Smith Gaucher and Shona Thorburn play – and lose – Tuesday night took me back...
    Updated Aug 17 2016 07:50 am   |     |   Share
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    Olympics: All six former Utes playing in basketball quarterfinals
    The six former University of Utah basketball players in the Olympics, playing for four teams and representing three countries, all have advanced to th...
    Updated Aug 16 2016 07:55 am   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Usain Bolt makes history in Rio with his third successive Olympic 100m gold medal as he wins the mens 100m at The Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Sunday, August 14, 2016. Olympic Insider: Phelps’ au revoir and Bolt’s continued transcendence
    Rio de Janeiro • As I scanned the enormity of the press corps stacked up so high inside the Olympic Stadium, where basically every journalist or media...
    Updated Aug 15 2016 09:07 am   |     |   Share
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    Olympics: Big day for Brazil in two basketball games, Tribune in 'decathlon'
    Rio de Janeiro – Brazil shouldn't be in this position, but the host country needs to beat Nigeria on Monday and have Spain lose to Argentina in order ...
    Updated Aug 15 2016 08:10 am   |     |   Share
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    Olympics: Pac-12 is No. 3 'country' in medal count
    Rio de Janeiro – With another impressive showing in swimming Saturday night, the Pac-12 became an even stronger country in the 2016 Olympics.  That's ...
    Updated Aug 14 2016 06:03 am   |     |   Share
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    United States’ Katie Ledecky, cries after winning gold, in the women’s 800-meter freestyle medals ceremony during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) Olympics Insider: Another gold, another world record and 90 minutes of sleep for Rio’s star Katie Ledecky
    Rio de Janeiro • Katie Ledecky, that unbeatable, unreachable 19-year-old American who made these Rio Olympics her own, got no more than 90 minutes of ...
    Updated Aug 13 2016 02:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    Olympics: USA in pursuit of 1,000th gold medal
    Rio de Janeiro – As second of three Saturdays unfolds in the 2016 Olympics, there's a chance the USA will produce its 1,000th gold medal in Summer Gam...
    Updated Aug 13 2016 09:18 am   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Taylor Sander (3) of United States hits the ball as teammate Erik Shoji (22) assists on the left for the USA, in volleyball action USA vs. Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, Thursday, August 11, 2016. Olympic Insider: Some of Rio’s event venues have impressed and others, not so much
    Rio de Janeiro • A week removed from the Opening Ceremony at these 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, here’s some insight into what it’s like cover...
    Updated Aug 12 2016 04:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    Olympics: Rainy day on the links
    Rio de Janeiro – In the Winter Olympics, hockey is my gift to myself. Whenever I see a gap in the schedule of covering Utahns on the ski slopes or sli...
    Updated Aug 12 2016 08:16 am   |     |   Share
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    Olympics: Golfers go from Lehi to Rio
    Rio de Janeiro – Even with all of the athletes with Utah ties in these Games, three international golfers are the ones who most recently competed in U...
    Updated Aug 11 2016 06:36 pm   |     |   Share
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    Christopher Kamrani | Salt Lake Tribune A man tries to direct traffic at a standstill in rainy downtown Rio de Janeiro Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 10, 2016. Olympics: It’s hard to get a feel for Rio ‘in the bubble’
    Rio de Janeiro • What makes Rio <i>Rio</i>? Wish I could tell you. More than a week into my stay here in Brazil’s bustling metropolis, I...
    Updated Aug 11 2016 11:41 am   |     |   Share
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    France’s Rudy Gobert (16) grabs a rebound over Serbia’s Miroslav Raduljica, right, during a basketball game at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Olympics: Jazz's Diaw impressive, Gobert inconsistent
    Rio de Janeiro – Jazz fans who are curious about what Boris Diaw will bring to the team should be excited about his performance for France in the Olym...
    Updated Aug 11 2016 09:07 am   |     |   Share
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    Canada guard Nirra Fields (10) and guard Kim Gaucher celebrate their team’s 71-67 win over Serbia in a women’s basketball game at the Youth Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. Canada defeated Serbia 71-67. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Olympics: Former Utes winning a bunch of basketball games
    Rio de Janeiro • Covering this Olympics from a Utah perspective, as we always do, has been different. My primary role is to cover the 10 basketball pl...
    Updated Aug 10 2016 09:42 am   |     |   Share
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    Olympics: Utahn Denise Parker's archers earn silver medal
    Denise Parker is now three times older than she was in 1988 when she won a bronze medal in archery in the Olympics, but she's young by CEO standards. ...
    Updated Aug 08 2016 07:51 am   |     |   Share
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    (Christopher Kamrani | Salt Lake Tribune)   Bountiful’s Jake Gibb hits the first serve against Qatar Saturday night at Copacabana beach. Gibb, a University of Utah grad and teammate Casey Patterson, former BYU volleyball player, beat Qatar 2-0. Olympic Insider: The unbeatable view and vibe of Copacabana Beach
    Rio de Janeiro • Hopefully I didn’t spoil myself. I probably did. For all the beauty and grandeur Rio de Janeiro has to offer, I think it will be har...
    Updated Aug 06 2016 07:45 pm   |     |   Share
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    Olympics: Jazz players, ex-Utes about to launch basketball tournament
    Rio de Janeiro – On what I consider the traditional Olympic calendar – in the era before the snowboarders and soccer players got ahead of the Games – ...
    Updated Aug 06 2016 10:54 am   |     |   Share
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    (Christopher Kamrani  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rio volunteers and journalists crowd near a large TV screen inside the Main Press Center to watch Friday’s Opening Ceremony. The Olympics begin, and Brazil beams with pride
    Rio de Janeiro • I’d never heard of Alberto Santos Dumont until Friday night. I know I’m not alone either. On a night in which I was surrounded by th...
    Updated Aug 05 2016 09:39 pm   |     |   Share
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    Olympics: U.S. athletes in Rio are 'in a good place'
    Rio de Janeiro • U.S. Olympic Committee leaders spoke highly of their athletes' experience so far in Rio, commending the Brazilian support staff for a...
    Updated Aug 05 2016 09:26 am   |     |   Share
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    Christopher Kamrani | Salt Lake Tribune Brazilian security members surround a group of four young boys on the famed sidewalk of Copacabana Beach on Aug. 4, 2016. The two older boys to the right sat in handcuffs. Olympics: Tribune reporter gets a glimpse of Rio de Janeiro's beauty, dark side
    Rio de Janeiro • Dusk hits this city differently. The massive tropic hills rise out of the earth just as quickly as they subside. Some block out the s...

    Updated Aug 04 2016 04:44 pm   |     |   Share
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    Olympics: Ex-Ute Kim Tillie enjoying family reunion
    Rio de Janeiro – Kim Tillie, a former University of Utah basketball player, strayed from family tradition in pursuing his sport. The result is a trip ...
    Updated Aug 04 2016 03:02 pm   |     |   Share
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    This Tuesday, June 28, 2016, photo shows a McDonald’s sign in Miami.  (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) Olympics: No McDonald's? Now, we have a problem
    Rio de Janeiro • In a column posted Wednesday, I cited the five most interesting questions to me about how the Olympics would unfold. No. 6 would be, ...
    Updated Aug 04 2016 02:47 pm   |     |   Share
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    Christopher Kamrani | Salt Lake Tribune  The Rio Games are two days away from kicking off during Friday’s Opening Ceremony. A Tribune reporter's first impressions from Rio
    Rio de Janeiro • I won’t pretend to know anything about this scrambling city, which obviously is very much under the microscope. But the hour-somethin...

    Updated Aug 03 2016 01:58 pm   |     |   Share