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US Olympic sports lag on minority, women hiring

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Olympic Committee and the sports it oversees are behind the curve when it comes to placing women and minorities in key coaching and leadership positions, according to a set of "scorecards" the federation has released that chart progress over the past three years.

The USOC itself is 24 percent or more behind benchmarks it set for hiring "people of color" on its roster of professional staff, administrative support and executive and senior-level management positions.

Ledecky wins 4th straight USA Swimming athlete of year award

ATLANTA (AP) — Katie Ledecky, who swept the 200, 400 and 800-meter freestyles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, won USA Swimming's athlete of the year for a record fourth consecutive time and was honored for her world-record victory in the 800 free.

The awards were presented Saturday night at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in downtown Atlanta.

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Congress moves to block 'victory tax' on Olympic athletes

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill moving forward in Congress would block the IRS from taxing most medals or other prizes awarded to U.S. Olympians.

The U.S. Olympic Committee awards cash prizes to Olympic medal winners: $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze. That's in addition to the cash value of the medals themselves: about $600 for gold and $300 for silver. Bronze medals have little intrinsic value.

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Ledecky wins 4th straight USA Swimming athlete of year award

ATLANTA (AP) — Katie Ledecky, who swept the 200, 400 and 800-meter freestyles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, won USA Swimming's athlete of the year for a record fourth consecutive time and was honored for her world-record victory in the 800 free.

The awards were presented Saturday night at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in downtown Atlanta.