OLYMPICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Rio police department is asking for donations due to insufficient funds

Three months after Rio’s government slashed its Olympic security budget by $500 million, the city’s police force is desperate for any resources it can get. Just weeks before the 2016 Olympic Games begin, the Rio police department is cutting costs any way it can so it will have some semblance of funds when the Games begin Aug. 5. This includes grounding helicopters, delaying...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Caitlyn Jenner rocks 1976 gold medal on cover of S.I.

What a difference 40 years make. Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, is on the cover of the most recent issue of Sports Illustrated rocking the gold medal she won as a man at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Her life has changed drastically since the decathlon victory, but Jenner, who made her transition from male to female public in 2015, has become a huge figure for the LGBT...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Man says he was dared to extinguish Olympic torch

You know when you were a kid and you couldn’t back down from a dare because your pride was on the line? Eventually you grew up and realized you didn’t need to prove yourself to anybody by responding to a silly dare. That is unless you’re this sorry 27-year-old man in Brazil, who for some reason felt the need to prove how tough he is by throwing a bucket of water on the Olympic...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rio Olympics drug testing facility suspended

Whether it is environmental standards, financial crisis, facilities issues or athletes dropping out with fears over the Zika virus, little has gone right in the lead-up to what should be a celebration for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. Now, just six weeks away from the start of the 2016 Olympic Games, news that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suspended the drug testing facility...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rio declares financial disaster as Summer Olympics loom

Concerns about the spread of the Zika virus are just the tip of the iceberg for the troubles surrounding the 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio De Janeiro’s government has declared a state of financial disaster in a desperate attempt to earn more funding for the Olympic Games, which are set to begin less than two months from now in Brazil’s second-largest city. Rio governor Francisco...
Via NESN.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Refugee team granted permission to participate in Rio Summer Games

For the first time in Olympics history, a team made up solely of refugees will be participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, while announcing the unprecedented move, called it a “historic day.” “These refugees have no home, no team, no flag, no national anthem,” Bach said, per olympic.org. “We will offer them a home...
Via Sportsnaut
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Caitlyn Jenner rips report about 'sex change regret'

Caitlyn Jenner says she is not contemplating transitioning back to a man. A representative for the former Olympian told the New York Daily News on Thursday that there is no truth to the “idiotic” report about Jenner having second thoughts about becoming a woman. “Not worth commenting on such an idiotic report,” Jenner’s rep said. “Of course it’s not true.” Ian...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Caitlyn Jenner considering transitioning back to a man?

Caitlyn Jenner has reportedly been having a difficult time with her transition to a woman and has considered transitioning back into a man. Ian Halperin, who wrote a book about the Kardashian family called “Kardashian Dynasty: The Controversial Rise of America’s Royal Family,” told The Wrap on Wednesday that he was told by multiple sources Jenner has been “miserable” and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Vonn's Twitter photo hints she has no issues with Nordegren

Lindsey Vonn tried to make it quite clear on Tuesday that her relationship with Tiger Woods’ ex-wife is just fine. Vonn, who supposedly got along very well with Elin Nordegren while the Olympic skier was dating Tiger, shared a photo from the Kentucky Derby that was clearly a response to a Page Six report. Great to se Elin and friends at the #kentuckyderby last weekend. She...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Why sports media need to spotlight Rio's huge Olympic issues

Four months from the start of the Rio Olympics, there are an incredible list of issues facing the Games. As Bruce Arthur writes in The Toronto Star, between the economic crisis, spending cuts, massive political corruption investigations that have Brazil’s president under fire, the Zika virus and the sewage-filled waters that will host the open-water events, things look bad even...
Via Awful Announcing
March 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Krzyzewski has ‘every intention’ of coaching Team USA in 2016 Rio Olympics

Mike Krzyzewski and Jerry Colangelo issued a joint statement Thursday confirming the Duke basketball head coach’s desire to coach the United States National Team in the 2016 Rio Olympics. There was a report that indicated Krzyzewski’s status for the Olympic Games this summer could be in jeopardy. Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com reported Colangelo as saying he was considering...
Via Sportsnaut
February 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Three French athletes perish while filming reality show

The phenomenon of reality shows is not just limited to the United States, it’s a worldwide phenomenon.  We usually don’t associate real human tragedy with them, though.  In a shocking and saddening story, three French athletes – sailor Florence Arthaud, boxer Alexis Vastine, and swimmer Camille Muffat – were killed while filming the French reality show Dropped.  The...
Via Awful Announcing
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

The 10 stories that defined the Sochi Olympics

As with any great sporting event, the Sochi Olympics had a mix of both triumph and tragedy over the course of the Winter Games. Here’s a look at the top 10 storylines – in no particular order – that came out of Russia over the past few weeks. 1. #SochiProblems Before the Games actually began, the talk was all about #SochiProblems and the various calamities that visitors, namely...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Gallery: The complete Johnny Weir Sochi Collection

After being the darlings of the Sochi Olympics, we wondered whether NBC would find a way to keep Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir in our lives until the next Winter Olympics in 2018.  Four years is a long time to reconvene and with figure skating events happening only periodically on television, fans of Tara & Johnny's wit, wisdom, and wardrobe were left worried that they may not...
Via Awful Announcing
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Gold medalist gets surprise visit from family on 'Ellen'

American snowboarder Jamie Anderson won the first ever slopstyle gold medal while competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. It earned her instant fame, a first-class seat upgrade, (probably) a few more endorsement deals and — most importantly — a guest appearance on “Ellen.” Anderson, 23, showed Ellen DeGeneres her bling in what was her first public appearance since...
Via NESN.com
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Lebanese Olympic skier Jacky Chamoun apologizes for racy topless photo shoot (SFW pics)

Lebanese Olympic skier Jacky Chamoun, scheduled to race in the women’s slalom and giant slalom next week in Sochi at the Winter Olympics, was forced to apologize after a behind-the-scenes video surfaced from a racy photo shoot she participated in where the skier appears topless. The shoot was for a calendar released last year and […]The post Lebanese Olympic skier Jacky Chamoun...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Sochi Olympics Biathlon Center has 'bi-toilets'

Russia has spent $50 billion dollars on the Sochi Olympics — much of it making sure everyone is safe from the global threats of in-country terrorism and foreign gay athletes. But this just might be taking security and team unity to new levels.Here’s the restroom at the Sochi Winter Olympic Biathlon Center, as photographed by BBC correspondent Steve Rosenberg and retweeted by...
Via The Other Paper
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

U.S. women's hockey goalie forced to remove Constitution from mask

A goalie for the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team has been forced to repaint her new mask by the International Olympic Committee this week. Jessie Vetter was forced to change her mask by the IOC because she had a copy of the U.S. Constitution on the back plate. That ruling is bound to upset plenty of people. Artist Ron Slater told InGoal Magazine the following regarding the reason...
Via Rumors and Rants
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Olympic ski jumper hospitalized after frightening crash

Three-time Olympic ski jump champion Thomas Morgenstern of Austria was hospitalized with skull injuries and a bruised lung on Friday after crashing during training for this weekend’s ski flying World Cup.“Thomas Morgenstern is conscious and well responsive,” the Austrian ski federation said in statement hours after the incident, adding the athlete’s condition would be monitored...
Via The Other Paper
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: U.S. women’s ski team lip-synchs Katy Perry medley

Julia Mancuso published a YouTube video of the U.S. women's ski team lip-synching a medley of Katy Perry songs.
Via Gamedayr
December 10, 2013  |  Discuss
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