Olympians - updates

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U.S. Olympian charged with attempted murder

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Police find a woman with 'multiple gunshot wounds' at the equestrian training facility of Olympian Michael Barisone

PH sports legends 'confident' of 1st Olympic gold in Tokyo 2020

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Celebrated former national athletes Elma Muros-Posadas, Akiko Thomson and Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta continue to support the Philippines' Olympic buildup

INSPIRATION. Former long jumper Elma Muros-Posadas (center) and para triathlete Andy Avellana (left) kick off the torch relay featuring 5 pairs of Olympians and Paralympians. Photo release

LOOK: Filipino special olympian is on Humans of New York

Mar 19, 2019 - 12:03 PM

20-year-old powerlifter Eduardo Munarriz shares his story

SUPERHERO. Eduardo Munarriz is featured on Humans of New York. Photo from Instagram.com/humansofny

Olympian sues USA Swimming alleging sex abuse cover-up

May 22, 2018 - 3:45 PM

It is written in the lawsuit that 'no one did anything to protect plaintiff as a minor from inappropriate grooming and ultimate molestation'

#TIMESUP. Former Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith takes further action after opening up about her sexual abuse story. Photo from Twitter (@ArianaKukors)

Filipino Olympian boxer dies in motorcycle accident

Apr 21, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Leopoldo Cantancio was a two-time Olympian and took home medals in the 1986 and 1990 Asian Games as a lightweight boxer

COUNTRY'S PRIDE. Leopoldo Cantancio saw action in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics as a lightweight boxer. Photo from Cantancio's Facebook account

Fans, colleagues salute late Philippine basketball great Danny Florencio

Feb 26, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Contemporaries praise the two-time Olympian who died in the US last week

Mary Joy Tabal completes historic Milo 5-peat in her toughest race ever

Dec 04, 2017 - 5:10 PM

She runs with a heavy heart as she coped with her father's death just hours before the race

HEARTBREAKING. Mary Joy Tabal sheds tears of anguish as her father will never be present in the sidelines to watch her run ever again. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

Tabal aims for record 5th Milo Marathon queen title

Dec 02, 2017 - 11:13 PM

Olympian Mary Joy Tabal is favored as she will be racing over a familiar route when the Milo Marathon National Finals will be held for the first time in her home city of Cebu

Hidilyn Diaz misses SEA Games, looks forward to 2019 edition

Aug 28, 2017 - 9:58 PM

The 26 year old was denied a chance to give the Philippines a gold medal after host Malaysia scrapped women s weightlifting from this year s Southeast Asian Games

MISSING SEA GAMES. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz admits she misses the SEA Games atmosphere. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Filipino Olympian Ian Lariba diagnosed with leukemia

May 30, 2017 - 10:50 AM

The De La Salle University table tennis star will undergo treatment this week according to a statement from De La Salle University

LEUKEMIA. Ian Lariba, Filipino Olympian and La Salle table tennis star, is diagnosed with leukemia. File Photo from Rappler

PH Olympian Ian Lariba in need of blood donors

May 28, 2017 - 5:24 PM

The La Salle community has united behind the table tennis star posting calls for blood donations on social media

CALL FOR BLOOD DONORS. Ian Lariba, seen here competing in the Rio Olympics, is in need of blood donors for an unspecified medical issue. File Photo by Juan Mabromata / AFP

Soon: Tax incentives for those who help Filipino Olympic medalists

Dec 24, 2016 - 7:14 PM

A House bill seeks to give tax exemptions and deductions for individuals and corporations who give donations grants and more to Filipino Olympic medalists

SILVER SMILE. Hidilyn Diaz waves and smiles after a successful lift. She was the first Filipina to earn an Olympic medal. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

NBA: Lakers sign Chinese Olympian, FIBA Asia MVP Yi Jianlian

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:57 PM

Fresh from the Olympics Chinese Yi Jianlian joins a team that has been at or near the bottom of the NBA the past several seasons

LAKERS-BOUND. 2015 FIBA Asia MVP Yi Jianlian of China, seen here in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, is signed by the Los Angeles Lakers. Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP

Cray looking forward to future; Sunang unsure of what's next

Aug 17, 2016 - 6:02 PM

What s next for Eric Cray and Marestella Torres Sunang after the Rio Olympics?

SHORT OF THE MARK. Marestella Torres-Sunang equals her longest jump at the 2012 Olympics but bows out in the preliminaries for the third straight time. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the Philippines' Olympic medalists

Aug 03, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The Philippines has won 10 medals since joining its first Olympics in 1924 Learn more about the Filipino athletes who have shined on the biggest stage in sports

Rio 2016: Nestor Colonia

Aug 02, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Filipino weightlifter Nestor Colonia will not stop at just reaching the Rio Olympics He wants to win a medal

NO STOPPING HIM. Nestor Colonia is determined to succeed at the Rio Olympics. Photo by Rappler

South Sudan refugee Olympians run for glory of lost home

Jul 30, 2016 - 2:18 PM

The refugee team was selected by the IOC in June to compete under the Olympic flag as the world struggles with its biggest migrant crisis since World War II

READY TO COMPETE. South Sudanese refugees living in Kenya arrive at the International Airport Antonio Carlos Jobim airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 29, 2016. VANDERLEI ALMEIDA / AFP

Duterte vows to triple PH Olympians’ allowance

Jul 18, 2016 - 6:30 PM

UPDATED President Duterte tells athletes not to worry about Zika while encouraging them to give it their all for flag and country on the world stage

COURTESY CALL. Philippine athletes and coaches paid a visit to President Duterte on Monday, July 18. Contributed photo

Michael Martinez pulls out of World Juniors

Mar 08, 2014 - 12:18 PM

The Filipino figure skater who had an impressive finish at the Sochi Olympics withdraws from the annual Junior World Figure Skating Championships due to injuries

NO MORE BULGARIA. Michael Christian Martinez withdraws from the 2014 World Junior Championships in Bulgaria. File Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Olympian Martinez comes home to hero's welcome

Feb 24, 2014 - 10:12 PM

After an impressive figure skating stint Michael Christian Martinez receives a hero s welcome

HERO ON ICE. Michael Christian Martinez comes home to a hero's welcome after competing in the Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Support promised as Martinez gears up for 2018 Winter Games

Feb 24, 2014 - 2:02 PM

As Michael Martinez gears up for the 2018 Winter Olympics companies pledge support to the new toast of the Philippine sports world

OLYMPIC HERO. Michael Martinez takes in the crowd's applause after a performance at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Photo by EPA

HIGHLIGHTS: Olympian Michael Martinez arrives from Sochi

Feb 24, 2014 - 11:51 AM

The Philippines lone Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez returned home to a warm welcome from fellow Filipinos

Martinez heading home after historic Winter Olympic outing

Feb 20, 2014 - 12:18 PM

Michael Christian Martinez wraps up his history making Olympics run with a short and sweet Facebook message to all his supporters

HISTORY MADE. Michael Christian Martinez may not have brought home an Olympic medal, but he still made history in his journey at the 2014 Winter Games. Photo by EPA

Palace: No letter received from Olympian's mother

Feb 12, 2014 - 6:06 PM

The Malacañang Records Office does not have any record of receiving a letter from the mother of Winter Olympic figure skater Michael Martinez

EVERYTHING ON THE LINE. With little government support, the family of Michael Christian Martinez's family mortgaged their home to send him to Sochi. Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP

Filipino Winter Olympian Martinez competes this week

Feb 10, 2014 - 3:39 PM

Michael Martinez hopes to clinch the Philippines first ever medal at the Winter Games

PINOY HOPE. Figure skater Michael Christian Martinez leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony on Friday. Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP

Gay Olympian Iraschko-Stolz lets ski jump success speak for her

Feb 09, 2014 - 10:41 PM

Austrian veteran ski jumper Daniela Iraschko Stolz said Sunday she will not protest Russia s controversial stance on gay rights preferring to let her results speak for her

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDEST. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria during the training session on the Women's Normal Hill at the Russki Gorki Jumping Centre at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Former Filipino Olympian: 'It was worth it'

Jul 26, 2012 - 5:54 PM

A 2004 Filipino Olympian recalls the grueling journey to the Athens Games and the experience of competing in the world s biggest sports stage

A Tausug girl's swim dreams

May 11, 2012 - 8:28 AM

A Tausug girl and daughter of a former Olympian swimmer tries to make her own mark through Palarong Pambansa

Shermalyn Jalmaani, member of the Zamboanga Peninsula-Elementary Girl Swimming Team