OLYMPICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Rio Olympic organizers on the hook for $3.7 million in debt

Oh, you thought we were done talking about how much of a disaster the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were? I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news. Four months after the closing ceremonies and the official handoff to Tokyo, Olympic organizers in Rio de Janeiro are still struggling to pay their bills. According to a report from the Associated Press, organizers are still in debt of $3...
Via The Comeback
December 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Rio governor arrested for allegedly embezzling $65M from Olympic construction projects

Corruption continues to rear its ugly head in Rio. Former Rio governor Sergio Cabral was arrested on corruption charges Thursday after he allegedly embezzled away $65 million that was supposed to be allocated toward buildings in Rio, including upgrades to Olympic construction, reports Plus55.com. Cabral held office as governor in Rio De Janeiro from 2007 to 2014. The allegations...
Via The Comeback
November 17, 2016  |  Discuss

O.J. Made in America director Ezra Edelman in negotiations to direct Richard Jewell film

In May of 2016, ESPN and its 30 for 30 series released a five-part series entitled O.J. Made in America about the life and double murder trial of O.J. Simpson. The critically acclaimed documentary was directed by Ezra Edelman, who is now in talks to direct a movie about another famous sports story. During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Richard Jewell was a security guard...
Via The Comeback
November 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Biles defends taking ADHD meds after hackers leak files

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles released a statement on Tuesday defending herself over the medication she takes after Russian hackers managed to leak confidential files. The hackers, who are calling themselves “Fancy Bears,” released confidential information from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) that compromised the privacy of Biles and Serena Williams, among...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Usain Bolt finishes with gold medal in 200m

Another day, another gold medal for the fastest man alive. Usain Bolt blew past the competition in the 200-meter final Thursday night en route to his second gold medal of the 2016 Rio Games and his eight Olympic gold overall. The Jamaican sprinter finished with a time of 19.78 seconds, which as you can tell in the photo below, was far better than any of his opponents. It wasn...
Via NESN.com
August 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Pole vaulter breaks silence on embarrassing disqualification

Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita became an unfortunately comedic footnote to the Rio Olympics when footage surfaced that appeared to show his manhood was the primary cause of his disqualification. And now he’s trying to clear the air, denying the alleged circumstances that caused things to go so awry in his Olympic experience. As Ogita attempted to clear the bar set at 5...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Brazilian judges order Ryan Lochte passport seized after he ‘lied’ about robbery

There has been no small amount of controversy over Ryan Lochte’s claim that he and others were robbed at gunpoint at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Lochte has never wavered about his version of the story. He says they were pulled over while riding a taxi by men wearing police badges, made to lay down on the ground with guns pointed at them. “And then the guy pulled out his gun, he...
Via Sportsnaut
August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Former Olympic gold medalist has worst dive ever

Russian diver Ilya Zakharov attempted to defend his title in the  3-meter springboard event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, but things didn’t go as planned. The qualifiers were held on Tuesday, and the former 2012 Olympic gold medalist didn’t advance, because the dive he attempted was one of the worst you’ll ever see. He splashed face-first into the water, and that’s probably...
Via The Sports Daily
August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Hope Solo after loss to Sweden: 'We lost to a bunch of cowards'

Hope Solo, the United States women’s soccer goalkeeper, already wasn’t the most popular athlete down in Rio after her Zika-related social media posts this summer. Her comments after her squad’s loss to Sweden on Friday aren’t going to help. After her team’s crushing loss to Sweden, which ensures the United States won’t medal in this year’s Olympic games for the first...
Via College Spun
August 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Gabby Douglas under fire again after video emerges

Gabby Douglas already heard criticism for being the only member of the US women’s gymnastics team not to hold her hand over her heart during the playing of the national anthem after the team won the gold medal on Tuesday. Now she’s dealing with a similar line of criticism about her comportment. Many on social media were rubbed the wrong way by Douglas’ seeming lack of enthusiasm...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Michael Phelps tied a nearly 2,200-year-old Olympic record?

It might be time to stop comparing Michael Phelps to the athletes of today. The elite American swimming phenom is on a planet of his own. And following what has already been a stunning Olympic performance during the 2016 games in Rio, Phelps has etched his name into the record books. It’s a record book that dates back to Leonidas of Rhodes some 2,168 years ago. You read that...
Via Sportsnaut
August 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Seven of the best Olympic rivalries of all time

The Rio Olympics have seen some great rivalries reborn. Already we have seen swimmers Lilly King and Yulia Efimova get into it before their 100-meter breaststroke meet. Russia's Efimova, who has twice previously been popped for performance enhancers yet was allowed to swim, defiantly shook her finger as she won her qualifying race. American King shook her finger back at her, called...
Via Yardbarker
August 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Explaining Michael Phelps' rivalry with Chad le Clos

Michael Phelps’ “rivalry” with Chad le Clos was on full display on NBC last night. Prior to the 200-meter butterfly semifinals, Michael Phelps, 31, and the South African swimmer, 24, were both in the green room, getting ready for their heat. As the greatest Olympic swimmer of all time listened to music, le Clos danced around, seeming to taunt Phelps a bit. Phelps’ wasn’t...
Via College Spun
August 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Dutch cyclist conscious, able to communicate after brutal crash

Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten appears to be recovering well from her nasty crash during the women’s road race at the Olympics in Rio on Sunday. Van Vleuten was leading the race with under 11 km to go when she flipped her bike and landed on her head in a horrific looking crash. Many were concerned about the status of the previous race leader, and all seems to be well for now...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Carmelo Anthony addresses Team USA's brothel visit

Carmelo Anthony wants Team USA to move on after some players stumbled upon a high-end brothel in Rio, which was supposedly an accident. TMZ first reported the incident, noting the players were not given forthright information about the brothel and that they didn’t do anything other than have some drinks. Whatever you believe about the incident, team leader Carmelo Anthony, playing...
Via Sportsnaut
August 07, 2016  |  Discuss

US women's basketball looks to continue a legacy of dominance

Forty years ago in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, the first U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball team took the court for their second international competition. Led by head coach Billie Jean Moore and co-captains Juliene Simpson and Pat Head (who would go on to become the legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt), the team would exceed all expectations and leave...
Via Yardbarker
August 05, 2016  |  Discuss

The post-Games legacies of the last five Olympic Stadiums

Historically, the centerpiece of a host city’s Summer Games has always been the designated Olympic Stadium. Like the best player on a title contender, Olympic Stadium is the face of the franchise and all of the other venues serve as role players, if not standout stars in their own right. With honor of hosting the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletics/track &...
Via Yardbarker
August 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Olympic athletes warned about Rio's 'human crap' waters

Olympic athletes will have to deal with a lot of crap in Rio. Literally. According to News.com.au, government and Olympic officials have acknowledged that efforts to treat sewage and clear garbage from Guanabara Bay and other beaches in Rio have been insufficient. This has prompted health experts to warn those competing in swimming, sailing and windsurfing events. “Foreign athletes...
Via NESN.com
July 28, 2016  |  Discuss
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