OLYMPICS NEWS

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
July 24, 2016  |  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
July 24, 2016  |  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...
Via The Comeback
July 25, 2016  |  Discuss

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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July 25, 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

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Eddie and Bonta rundown every awful event that's occurred in Rio so far because the Zika virus isn't the only thing athletes have to fear at the 2016 Olympics.
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July 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Australian athletes evacuate the Olympic village after fire

The Opening Ceremonies for the 2016 Games are still a week away, yet the fires of controversy surrounding the games still rage on, quite literally, in the latest incident. Athletes from the Australian Olympic team were forced to evacuate the team’s building in the Olympic village on Friday due to a “small fire in the basement” of the building. There has been a small...
Via The Comeback
July 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Dirty bomb fears ahead of Summer Olympics in Rio

Things have not gone according to plan for the host nation in the lead up to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. The latest bit of news is that officials in Rio told those participating in activities in the faeces-infested water to keep their mouths closed as they swim. That’s on the absurd and ridiculous level...
Via Sportsnaut
July 31, 2016  |  Discuss

The 'What-If' Dream Team

This USA Basketball team is not the team people wanted. It’s OK to say it.After superstar players started dropping from Team USA like it was an organic chemistry class, the United States is left with a team that only has two players with Olympic experience and lot of disappointment.Are USA Basketball fans a little spoiled? Of course they are. The past two Olympic teams have played...
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August 01, 2016  |  Discuss

20 years later: How the Atlanta Olympics affect L.A.'s 2024 bid

As we get ready to sit on our couches and watch hundreds of hours of Olympic coverage while supporting American athletes in sports we typically never care to watch, we are reminded of games of the past. The Olympic Games are one of sport's great events that can be used as markers of time, where heroes can be frozen in place and we have those "where were you" moments.This is also...
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August 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Olympic golfer Matt Kuchar just learned golf is not a team sport at Olympics

Imagine being a world class athlete heading to the Olympics and not even knowing exactly what you are competing in. That was the case for golfer Matt Kuchar. Meeting with the press prior to the Olympic competition in Rio, Kuchar was asked if he was pulling for the other Americans — Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed — during the Olympics. Of course, Kuchar probably...
Via The Comeback
August 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Four countries that can compete with USA for Olympic gold

Team USA rules over the international basketball landscape with an iron fist. A starting lineup of Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis with Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, and Blake Griffin coming off the bench would probably be a shoo-in for the gold medal, not just in basketball, but in handball, judo, synchronized swimming, and the triathlon...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Rio official somehow loses keys to Olympic stadium

It’s no secret that the organizers in Rio have encountered a host of problems leading up to the 2016 Olympics, and they’ve all been nothing short of odd and outrageous. One of the recent problems involved a Rio official who happened to lose their keys to the Olympic Stadium. Unable to locate their keys, workers had to end up using bolt cutters for officials to gain access to...
Via The Comeback
August 04, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Five most memorable sneakers in Olympics history

The 2016 Olympics in Rio are finally here, as the best athletes in the world are ready to take the grand stage. Sometimes, the shoes on their feet become just as big of a story as the athlete wearing them. To pay homage, here are the 5 most memorable shoes that have graced the Olympic stage, along with the athletes that made them so well known.
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August 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Eight songs that could be anthems for the Rio Olympics

The 2016 Rio Olympics officially begin with opening ceremonies on Friday night at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although the U.S. Women’s National Team already secured its first Olympic victory against New Zealand on Wednesday evening, Olympic action won’t really ramp up across all 40 events until Saturday. And from then on, you will undoubtedly hear Katy Perry’s...
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August 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Jamaican Olympians show unfinished living conditions

For months we have been exploring the many concerns facing the Rio Olympics, from crime to health concerns, to the state of the facilities themselves. Well, time has run out in Rio, and the world’s top athletes are arriving on the scene to see for themselves just how bad things really are. The Olympians from Jamaica shared a video of their unfinished quarters in the Olympic village...
Via The Comeback
August 04, 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 &...
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August 05, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Olympic village had waterfall coming down stairwell

Some parts of the Olympic village in Rio were dealing with a water shortage over the past week or so. We might have a guess about where some of that water has been redirected. Czech cyclist Zdeněk Štybar shared a video on Instagram Thursday night that showed water pouring down a staircase in the Olympic village like a waterfall. It was not raining outside and the fire alarm had...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 05, 2016  |  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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August 05, 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

Refugee who saved lives wins Olympic 100-meter butterfly heat

No matter what happens in Rio during the Olympics, Yursa Mardini is already a winner in our eyes. The Syrian refugee is competing in the Olympics under the International Olympic Committee flag and brings with her quite the story of heroism. She’s also proving to be worthy of competing in the Olympics after winning her first swimming heat. Syrian refugee swimmer #YusraMardini...
Via The Comeback
August 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Rio Olympics photographer recognizes stolen gear on venue trespasser

The worst thing that could possibly happen to a photojournalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics would be having their photography equipment stolen. That’s what happened to News Corp. photographer Brett Costello. Costello was ordering coffee at a cafe on Thursday when he was approached by a woman asking for help. Unfortunately for him, she was merely a distraction as two male accomplices...
Via The Comeback
August 06, 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

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

Tonga flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua dominating social media

The star of the Rio Olympics opening ceremony came from an unexpected nation on Friday, and the taekwondo competitor has since gone viral. Pita Nikolas Taufatofua proudly held the Tongan flag and led his country into Maracana Stadium. Unlike other flag-bearers, Taufatofua is jacked out of his mind and got himself all oiled up for the special occasion. He immediately set the internet...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 08, 2016  |  Discuss
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