OLYMPICS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Rome drops bid for 2024 Olympics, making Los Angeles the favorite

Los Angeles — which is one of the best cities this country has to offer, and one of the best that the world has to offer — is now the likely favorite to land the 2024 Summer Olympics. Rome, who was a strong contender to land the Games, is dropping their bid for the 2024 Games. Now, Los Angeles will be competing with Paris and Budapest to host the Olympics in eight years. The...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  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
13 days ago  |  Discuss

NCAA to restrict Olympian student-athlete payouts?

The NCAA is walking on thin ice over a rule that it has no reason to want to change, other than to continue casting themselves as the bad guy, or the evil organization looking to rip the last ounces of joy from hard-working college athletes that they possibly can. The latest target could be some of the finest world-class athletes the NCAA has to offer; Olympians. As it stands now...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Team USA Paralympic athletes to watch for in Rio

They are referred to by many as “the superhumans.” It’s a noble and worthy moniker given this is bestowed on athletes who can do the semmingly impossible. By all accounts what they can do is considered impossible to many. Today marks the opening ceremony for the Paralympic Games at the massive Maracana Stadium in Rio. If you don’t know, these games also arrive every four...
Via Yardbarker
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Nicole Johnson: ‘It’s sad’ Lochte situation tainted Olympics coverage

Nicole Johnson, fiance of Olympic demigod Michael Phelps and mother to their baby, was predictably frustrated by all the negative coverage surrounding Ryan Lochte at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, she expressed sadness that the actions of Lochte, the other swimmers and the media detracted from the good things that happened in Rio. “I think...
Via Sportsnaut
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Phelps to be honored with unique Wheaties box

Wheaties and American Olympic champions are a tradition that has withstood the test of time and all the changes in the modern media world. Now the famous cereal box will have its first ever lifetime achievement box handed out, and the special box will commemorate American Olympic legend Michael Phelps. After setting the record with 23 gold medals, Phelps announced his retirement...
Via The Comeback
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Olympian auctions off medal to help young cancer patient

Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but was not interested in hanging on to the medal. Instead, he chose to auction the medal off, hoping to raise funds for Olek Szymanski, a three-year-old boy battling eye cancer. The auction was a success. On his Facebook page, Małachowski excitedly announced that the medal had been bought...
Via Sportsnaut
August 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Swimmer says Brazil officials tried to extort him for over $46K

U.S. Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen, one of the four athletes who were involved in the gas station incident in Rio, says Brazilian officials tried to get him to pay a fine of more than $46,000 before he left the country. In a statement he released late Tuesday night, Feigen gave his account of what happened during the infamous incident and in the days after. After it had been determined...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Tony Dungy: Usain Bolt would 'scare' people as NFL receiver

Speed kills in today’s NFL. So, why not strap pads on the fastest human in the world? That human would be Usain Bolt, who completed his “triple-triple” by capturing three more gold medals at the 2016 Olympics. The Jamaican sprinter has left everyone in awe of his talent, including ex-NFL head coach Tony Dungy, who stopped by NBC’s set in Rio de Janeiro to discuss Bolt. ...
Via NESN.com
August 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Neymar lifts Brazil to first Olympic soccer gold over Germany

Brazil is one of the most accomplished men’s soccer nations in the world, but it still managed to do something for the first time ever Saturday at the Olympics. Brazil and Germany played in a thrilling Olympic men’s soccer final, and Brazil eventually came out on top with a 5-4 advantage in penalty kicks to earn the nation’s first soccer gold medal ever in front of the hometown...
Via NESN.com
August 20, 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

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

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
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