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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 &...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Fall in love with USA Gymnastics… again

There isn’t a more annoying relationship stereotype than the on-again, off-again romance. I say this fully knowing that Ross and Rachel kept people interested in 10 seasons of Friends, and How I Met Your Mother somehow kept things going after Ted and Robin’s shtick was about as fresh as proposing to a significant other at a ballgame. (Seriously, people. Love is supposed to be...
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20 days ago  |  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...
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20 days ago  |  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...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Phelps vs. le Clos: When poking the bear goes wrong

Sometimes you poke the bear, other times the bear beats you in a race and wags his finger afterwards. Michael Phelps shut down the 200-meter butterfly final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, reclaiming the gold medal that he lost to South Africa’s Chad le Clos in 2012. The two swimmers have been locked in a rivalry that has added a little steam to the Olympic pool. Le Clos shadowboxed...
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14 days ago  |  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
13 days ago  |  Discuss

What Summer Olympics sports should move to the Winter?

Are you enjoying the Olympics so far? The die-hard fans have been watching NBC all week, plus their sister channels, live streams on their computers, tablets and phones while discussing it all on social media. The Rio Games are full of a variety of events that it is so hard to keep up with it all.Of course, there is so much going on during the Summer Games that a lot gets lost amidst...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

USA Basketball still on the path to gold in Rio

Through three games of play in Rio, both the men's and women's USA basketball teams have made it through the first three games of group play at the 2016 Olympics unscathed. However, the paths that they've taken to their respective 3-0 starts have been markedly different, and that's mainly due to the level of competition that each team has faced so far.On the men's side of things...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Mother of Gabby Douglas says gymnast bothered by bullying

U.S. Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas is suffering because to social media bullying, according to her mother. Natalie Hawkins told Pritha Sarkar of Reuters that the criticisms, including the “Crabby Gabby” nickname, have hurt her daughter. “She’s had to deal with people criticizing her hair, or people accusing her of bleaching her skin,” Hawkins said. “They said she had...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Lochte 'refused' to get on ground after gun was pulled

Ryan Lochte on Sunday afternoon explained what happened when he and three other U.S. Olympic swimmers were robbed at gunpoint in Rio. After conflicting reports swirled about what actually happened, Lochte told TODAY’s Billy Bush that the swimmers were riding in a taxi when it was pulled over by a group of men posing as police. Lochte says a gun was pressed against his forehead...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Phelps for harsher doping penalties: ‘Somebody needs to step up’

Having already accomplished virtually everything that there is to accomplish at the individual level, Michael Phelps is now trying to use his platform to bring some much-needed reform to the sport of swimming. Phelps, who won five gold medals at the Rio Games to bring his record career Olympic total to 23, spoke with reporters on Sunday and took the opportunity to call for harsher...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Yasiel Puig has great reaction to Monica Puig winning gold medal

On Saturday, Monica Puig became the first athlete representing Puerto Rico to win an Olympic gold medal and the first woman participating on behalf her country to win an Olympic medal of any kind. Among those to watch her history making victory was Yasiel Puig, who was cheering as loud as anyone. Puig won her match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s wrong with Team USA Basketball at the Rio Olympics?

Okay, so we knew going in to the Rio Olympics that there might be some bumps along the way for Team USA basketball. LeBron James, after all, elected to stay home this time around. Same goes for Steph Curry — you know, the two-time reigning league MVP — and Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis and Chris Paul and a host of other studs who would have filled the holes on this current...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

USA Olympic greats: Where are they now?

Before Michael Phelps there was Mark Spitz. Before Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix? Michael Johnson and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. With the Olympics in full swing, we wanted to take a look at the top 10 Olympic athletes who had their days in the sun and soaked up every moment in the spotlight. But with the kliegs now shining on a new crop, what are the ones who paved the way up to?...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Has the summer/winter split been good for the Olympics?

It's been 30 years since the International Olympic Committee voted to separate the Summer and Winter Olympic Games and place them two years apart from each other. With the 2016 Rio Olympics in full swing, it's fair to ask if this move been successful. In a word, yes, but to understand why, it's important to look at why this decision came about in the first place.The reasoning...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Olympic pole vaulter contracts nasty virus in Rio

American pole vaulter Jenn Suhr will be battling a serious illness when she competes at the Olympics in Rio on Tuesday. Suhr, the defending gold medal winner in the pole vault at the Olympics, contracted a virus while in Rio and has been ill, her husband says. Jenn’s husband Rick, who doubles as her coach, posted about the athlete’s condition Monday morning on Facebook. ...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Allyson Felix falls just short of 400m gold in photo finish

Shaunae Miller captured the gold medal in the women’s 400m on Monday and she did so with maximum effort. The 22-year-old from Bahamas was running side-by-side with Allyson Felix of the United States for the last portion of the race. As the two approached the finish, Miller dove for the line and the gold medal. Here a a coupe of photos of how close the finish was. Got her...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Olympic volunteers not showing up due to little food, hours

Infrastructure has been a major issue at the 2016 Rio Olympics, including the network of Olympic volunteers that grease the wheels. According to Kim Brunhuber of CBC News, 30 percent of the 50,000 Olympic volunteers haven’t been showing up for work. One such former volunteer, Luis Moreira, explained why so many have bowed out. “Many volunteers had to quit because they had...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

CP3 on Team USA’s struggles: ‘Now it’s the world’s game’

Chris Paul may have decided to skip out on playing with Team USA the Rio Olympics, but even he claims to recognize from afar that other countries may be catching up to the United States. The Los Angeles Clippers superstar point guard believes that the U.S. men’s basketball team’s so-called struggles so far in Rio don’t stem from anything the team is doing wrong. Instead...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Olympic boxer flips off judges, says fight was fixed

Michael Conlan lost to Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin in a bantamweight quarterfinal match at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, and the Irishman feels he was robbed. When the judges awarded Nikitin the decision after the three-round bout, Conlan immediately flipped the double-bird and became furious (an unedited image can be seen here). Conlan later dropped a bunch of F-bombs in a live...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

What USA Basketball's past Olympic losses mean for 2016

Still the favorite for the gold, the USA men's basketball team has had a few close calls in the past week during pool play. After blowing through the exhibition games and crushing China and Venezuela in the first Olympic matches, Team USA fought off a tough Australian team by 10, then a scrappy Serbia squad and an experienced France team by just three points apiece.   While the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Carmelo Anthony is the embodiment of USA Basketball

It’s afternoon in Rio, and the USA men’s basketball team is 5-0 in group play preparing for its first medal-round match against Argentina. In the final game in group play, the team edged out a narrow victory, 100-97, against a French team that sat point guard Tony Parker. As they have against teams with guards who can handle on-ball pressure, the Americans struggled defensively...
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9 days ago  |  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...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

French pole vaulter cries on medal stand after being booed

French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie cried on the medal stand after winning silver in the pole vault in response to being booed by the Brazilian fans. Lavillenie competed with Brazil's Thiago Braz da Silva for the gold in the pole vault on Monday. When Lavillenie attempted his jumps, the Brazilian fans booed and whistled. It was clear they were trying to rattle the native athlete...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Haitian hurdler wipes out on hurdle, gets ridiculed

Haitian hurdler Jeffrey Julmis is going to want his performance in the 110-meter hurdles this evening during the Rio Olympics back. As he approached the first hurdle of the semifinal heat, he…well, he mostly just tripped and went through it rather embarrassingly. It is hard to feel anything but awful for Julmis after watching this. To Julmis’ credit, after this awful moment...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss
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