Vahe Gregorian

Vahe Gregorian

U.S. men’s basketball team shakes off doldrums — and echoes of 2004

The U.S. men’s basketball team had struggled in its previous three games, including winning its last two by three points apiece. With 10 new players, the vulnerability was reminiscent of the 2004 Athens Games, when it lost in the semifinal to gold-medal bound Argentina. On Wednesday, though, Team USA drubbed Argentina 105-78 in the quarterfinal to go into the final four with momentum at the expense of the team (and several players) that were the impetus for the turnaround of the U.S. program to begin with.

Olympics

With sportsmanship in short supply, Olympic archery provides a reassuring reminder it’s not dead

Days after winning silver in the team event, archer Zach Garrett of Wellington, Mo., had to compete against his close friend and mentor Brady Ellison on Friday in the individual competition Friday. Ellison triumphed and went on to win a bronze medal. But the way it all unfolded said something important about the culture of the sport and the character of the competitors and their families. It’s a good time for that.

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Take a tour of Copacabana Beach, which is bustling during Olympics

Kansas City Star sports columnist Vahe Gregorian takes you on a scenic tour of one of the world's most famous beaches. It is a popular spot for people at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Vahe Gregorian vgregorian@kcstar.com
Take a tour of Copacabana Beach, which is bustling during Olympics 1:06

Take a tour of Copacabana Beach, which is bustling during Olympics

Vahe Gregorian's update from Rio de Janeiro 2:11

Vahe Gregorian's update from Rio de Janeiro

Rio Olympics diary from Vahe Gregorian 3:09

Rio Olympics diary from Vahe Gregorian

Boxing coach is hopeful for Cam F. Awesome’s Olympic bid 3:46

Boxing coach is hopeful for Cam F. Awesome’s Olympic bid