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Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

With representation in just about every event and a history of garnering lots of hardware, it is anticipated that the USA will bring home quite a few medals from Rio de Janeiro in the upcoming Summer Olympic Games.The odds are certainly in their favor. USA took home the most overall medals and the most gold medals — 46 golds out of a total 104 medals won, to be exact — in the...
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4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jiu-jitsu athlete says he was kidnapped in Rio by men dressed as police

In another disturbing Rio story as we head into next month’s Summer Olympics, New Zealand jiu-jitsu athlete Jason Lee claims he was kidnapped in Rio on Saturday by men dressed in police uniforms. What did you guys get up to yesterday?I got kidnapped. Go Olympics!#Rio2016 — Jason Lee (@jasonleejitsu) July 24, 2016 Lee told New Zealand website Stuff that two armed men dressed...
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14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Why did Rio mayor offer to put kangaroo in Olympic village?

Rio de Janeiro appears nowhere close to prepared to host the Summer Olympics in less than two weeks, but the city’s mayor does not seem overly concerned. On Sunday, Rio mayor Eduardo Paes was asked about the Australian Olympic Committee deeming the athlete’s village “uninhabitable” after running some tests at the dorms over the weekend. Rather than reassure people that the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Olympic village in Rio deemed 'uninhabitable' for time being

With the official start of the 2016 Summer Olympics less than two weeks away, the city of Rio de Janeiro should probably be ready to host by now. But is it? Let’s just say if the Games started today, the athletes would have nowhere to live. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Olympic Committee confirmed on Sunday night that the athlete’s village in Rio has...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rio Olympic ticket sales picking up, but still have a ways to go

Earlier concerns about ticket sales for this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro seem to be easing as the games inch closer and closer in Brazil. It took fewer than five hours for the host nation to sell 100,000 tickets that were put on sale the same day authorities thwarted and arrested 10 people planning a terror attack at the games. To date, approximately 4.4 million out...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

It is possibly the only story line ahead of the opening ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro that is garnering as much attention as the Zika virus, but the scandal surrounding Russia’s track and field team could be more than just a splashy headline as the Summer Olympics get underway.It’s considered one of the biggest doping scandals in the history of the games, with the International...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brazilian police arrest 10 for planning terrorist acts at Rio Olympics

Police in Brazil have prevented what could have been a wide-scale terrorist attack at the upcoming Rio Olympics. CNN reports 10 people suspected of planning terrorist acts at the Olympics have been arrested according to Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes. All ten were from Brazil with one suspect reportedly being a minor. Two others have warrants out for their arrest. Moraes...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Olympics set record by ordering 450,000 condoms for athletes

If you thought 150,000 condoms for the Olympic Village in London four years ago sounded a bit excessive, just wait until you hear the order that is being shipped to Rio. The International Olympic Committee has ordered 450,000 for the Summer Games this year. As The Guardian notes, there are 10,500 athletes competing. If you break it down by averages, that means each athlete is being...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

France thwarted planned terror attack on its Rio Olympics team

France’s enemies are targeting its people at home and abroad. While this comes as no surprise, the location around which one attack plot centered will dismay sports fans worldwide. Security services have disrupted a plan to attack France’s delegation at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, The Telegraph’s Donna Bowater reported Friday. The leader of France’s military...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the US Olympians who have won the most medals

Twenty-two US athletes have earned seven or more total medals over the course of their respective Olympic appearances (both Summer and Winter). How many can you name? Clue given is the event and the years in which the athlete participated in the Olympics. Last names are acceptable as answers.
11 days ago  |  Discuss

'Most live Olympics ever' will have tape-delayed Opening

Heading into August’s Rio Olympics, NBC has been emphasizing both the sheer tonnage of their Olympic coverage (6,755 hours) and the amount that will be carried live on TV and streaming platforms, leading to their “Most Live Olympics Ever” tag. However, the marquee Opening Ceremonies will not be available for American viewers to watch live through NBC’s TV or streaming platforms...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jarryd Hayne fails to land Fiji Olympic rugby sevens selection

After ditching his NFL dream earlier this year to pursue his Olympic dream, Jarryd Hayne failed to land a spot on Fiji’s rugby sevens squad this summer for the 2016 Rio Olympics. For Hayne, it was always a stretch that he’d earn a spot on the Olympic team, and he admitted that he “wasn’t ready yet.” “I had a meeting with Ben to discuss my future with the team and...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Rio Police say people at Summer Olympics will not be safe

With the 2016 Summer Olympics a month away, Rio De Janeiro seems to be in a lot of trouble. According to CNN’s Arwa Dawson and James Masters, police officers took their message to the airport, telling people that safety cannot be guaranteed. “The state’s police officers vented their anger Monday with a sign saying, ‘Welcome to Hell,’ outside Rio’s main airport,...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

'Super Bacteria' found in Rio water one month from Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are fast approaching, and there are several reasons for athletes and visitors to be concerned about the event. Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, is the main concern. Police also claim they haven’t been paid, which could lead to safety issues. If those weren’t enough, a “super bacteria” was recently found in Rio...
Via NESN.com
20 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...
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27 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...
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June 04, 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...
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March 26, 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...
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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

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...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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