OLYMPICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Olympic officials scramble as Trump hotel behind schedule

With the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro just around the corner, officials booked to stay at a Donald Trump-branded hotel, are now being booked other accommodations as the hotel may not be ready for the games. Business Insider reports Trump Hotels is working quickly to get the job finished by July, but that it’s going to be a ‘potential photo-finish’ to get the hotel...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

IOC, Olympic sport federations ‘worried’ about Rio readiness

Rio’s road to hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics has not been an easy one. Plagued by protests and concerns from Brazilians since the nation won the bid, the fervor has claimed the job of Brazilian Sports Minister, George Hilton, and could have a huge effect on upcoming national politics.  Perhaps aware of the looming problems, folks have not been lining up to buy tickets and...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Olympic champion Greg Louganis finally gets his own Wheaties box

There wasn’t a more talked about figure in the United States during the 1984 and 1988 Olympic games than a diver named Greg Louganis. All he did was win four Olympic gold medals and five world championships in his diving career. He was the center of attention for two summers during the 1980s, and while he became most famous for a brutal hit to the head on one of his springboard...
Via The Comeback
22 days ago  |  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

QUIZ: Name the Top 25 Olympic medal winners by country

Can you name the Top 25 Olympic medal winners by country? Clue given is the total medal count, and accounts for both medals won at Summer or Winter games.
March 15, 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

Twitter Moments reveals Winter Olympics venues after the snow melts

Coverage leading up to the Olympic games is always peppered with shots of the chosen venue and all the special preparations that are made to make the host ready for the grand event.But what about after the torch goes out? What happens to these destinations—which are picked so many years in advance and go through so many steps prepare—after the pomp and circumstance is over and...
Via Yardbarker
November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Lolo Jones dresses up as injured Derrick Rose for Halloween

Lolo Jones has no chill. She decided to have some fun at oft-injured Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose’s expense and dressed up as him for Halloween, but the way that she did it was in poor taste. Jones donned a Bulls jersey, shorts and sneakers, which is normal. But she also wore a protective mask and stood on crutches on a basketball court in an attempt to mock Rose. ...
Via The Sports Daily
October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Caitlyn Jenner may face manslaughter charges for crash

According to a report by the New York Times, Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner—Olympic gold medalist—could face a manslaughter charge for her part in a fatal car crash that occurred in February. Los Angeles Sheriff’s investigators are expected to provide evidence that could support a manslaughter charge, per the report. The fatal car accident took place in Malibu...
Via Sportsnaut
August 20, 2015  |  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

Michael Phelps arrested for DUI

Michael Phelps was reportedly arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence in Maryland early Tuesday morning. TMZ reports that Phelps was pulled over at around 1:40 a.m.and failed a field sobriety test. A breathalyzer reportedly revealed that his BAC was nearly twice the legal limit. Law enforcement officials said Phelps was pulled over for driving 84 mph in a 45...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Lolo Jones says she misses her 'bobsled butt'

Olympic bobsledder Lolo Jones says that one of the things she misses most from the Sochi Winter Olympics is the "nice bobsled butt" that she worked so hard to get while training for the event.Jones made the admission while speaking with The Post Game at Wednesday night's ESPY awards in Los Angeles. In the process of dropping the extra weight after the Sochi Olympics, Jones was hoping...
Via Holdout Sports
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Olympian Gracie Gold says 'Yes' to prom request

via Good Morning America/Getty Images United States figure skater Gracie Gold has accepted Dyer Pettijohn’s request to attend his prom. Gold, 18,  left Sochi with a bronze medal in the team figure skating event and will now be trading in her ice skates for a pair of heels. Pettijohn made a emphatic plea for Gold to attend the prom with him in a YouTube video and it has paid off...
Via Tireball.com
February 27, 2014  |  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

Stakes are higher than ever in US-Canada semifinal game

This "Loser Keeps Bieber" billboard bet has been placed in Illinois. It's Team USA vs. Canada in hockey for all the marbles.
Via Gamedayr
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Crash results in amazing Ski Cross quarterfinals finish

The quarterfinals of the men’s Ski Cross created one of the most amazing photos of the Olympics following an epic crash on the final hill. On Thursday, Russia’s Egor Korotkov, Sweden’s Victor Norberg and Finland’s Jouni Pellinen all went down after the final jump, allowing Switzerland’s Armin Niederer to easily take the win. Niederer was obviously pleased, but the video...
Via Diehardsport
February 20, 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

Jamie Anderson: Tinder app is ‘next level’ in Olympic Village

The Olympic Village in Sochi was stocked with a shipment of 100,000 condoms for a reason. Hooking up at the Olympics is a tradition unlike any other, with many athletes having openly admitted over the years that sex is everywhere. US snowboarder Jamie Anderson says the popular dating app Tinder has taken things to the […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 12, 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

U.S. bobsledder Johnny Quinn is stuck again, this time in an elevator

Team USA bobsledder Johnny Quinn just can't win. He's now stuck in an elevator in Sochi.
Via Gamedayr
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Russia's Olga Graf celebrates with near wardrobe malfunction

Olga Graf of Russia celebrated her bronze medal win on Sunday by unzipping her suit a bit. Graf forgot that the tight suit prevented her from wearing a t-shirt and exposed some skin. Fortunately for the Russian her lady bits were covered still. RESULTS: Ladies 3000 m “I totally forgot,” Graf said through a translator. “We have very good suits and they are very tight. … You...
Via Tireball.com
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: US, Russian figure skating judges accused of collusion

It just wouldn’t be the Winter Olympics without a little figure skating drama. According to allegations in a report from French sports magazine L’Equipe on Saturday, judges from the United States and Russia conspired to help one another out during the Sochi Games. The magazine’s unidentified Russian coach reportedly said American judges would help the Russians win gold in the...
Via NESN.com
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Snowboarder puts number on helmet, gets photos from females

Russian snowboarder Alexey Sobolev is quickly emerging as one of the more polarizing athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. During the slopestyle qualifying round on Thursday, Sobolev decided to write his cell phone number on the back of his helmet. He had received more than 2,000 text messages by Friday morning. The 22-year-old said that […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Shaun White pulls out of slopestyle event, gets called out by rival

US snowboard star Shaun White, one of the few TV-ready stars of this year’s Olympics, will put his first appearance on hold. The half-pipe champion of the Vancouver games was scheduled to compete in a new event in Sochi, the slopestyle. He has opted to pull out, citing concerns about injuries. There have been concerns […]Continue reading...
Via The Victory Formation
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Mexican skier rocks Mariachi band-themed Olympics garb in Sochi

He probably won’t come close to the medal stand, but Mexican downhill skier Hubertus von Hohenlohe will most certainly make an splash at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.  At 55 years of age, von Hohenlohe is the second-oldest Winter Olympian ever, and his resume reads like something out of an action movie. He was born in Mexico City and competes under the Mexican flag, but...
Via NESN.com
January 27, 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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