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Budapest drops 2024 Olympic bid, leaving only Los Angeles and Paris, which could ban some participants

Fewer and fewer cities are bidding for the Olympics these days, and now, the 2024 Summer Olympics has only two hopefuls: Los Angeles and Paris.Budapest announced Wednesday that it would be taking itself out of the running after 260,000 people signed a petition against the games and the organizer said there was essentially no chance the city would win. This comes after Hamburg and...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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

Russia says it was victim of extortion by International Paralympic Committee

You have to be a pretty low organization to be on the receiving end of extortion claims by Russia. Then again, we are talking about a branch off the Olympics, so anything is possible. The International Paralympic Committee has been accused of extortion by Russia. The nation claims Russian officials were forced to pay for extra drug testing after Russian athletes were part of a...
Via The Comeback
November 23, 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

Obama does away with 'victory tax' on Olympic athletes

Read Barack’s lips: No more “Victory Tax” for America’s finest world-class athletes. President Barack Obama eliminated the so-called “Victory Tax” for Olympic athletes on Monday, which means Olympians winning medals and other prizes during Olympic competition will no longer be taxed for their winnings by the IRS. Prior to Obama signing the bill eliminating the tax,...
Via The Comeback
October 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Tokyo may move more 2020 Olympic events outside city

Still four years away, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics appear to be more of a Tokyo-Area Olympics. Despite winning the 2020 Summer Games on the promise of a compact event, the city of Tokyo is looking to move a few more events beyond the Tokyo city limits. According to a report from the Associated Press, a Tokyo government panel is looking to cut costs for hosting the Olympics by transplanting...
Via The Comeback
September 28, 2016  |  Discuss

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
September 21, 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

Olympic wrestling gold medalist wants to fight in UFC

Kyle Snyder wants to jump from the wrestling mat to the octagon. The American wrestler won his first gold medal at the age of 20 at the 2016 Olympic Games. After attending UFC 203 on Saturday night in Cleveland, Snyder tweeted he wants to become an MMA fighter and join the UFC. Snyder told Fox Sports his tweet wasn’t a joke and that if it’s possible, he’d like to transition...
Via The Comeback
September 12, 2016  |  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
September 09, 2016  |  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...
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September 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Laurie Hernandez favored to win this season’s 'Dancing with the Stars'

The contestants for the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars were officially revealed Tuesday. And you know what that means – DWTS odds! Yes, the good folks over at Bovada allow you to bet on each of the contestants competing in the 23rd season of the ABC show. U.S. gymnast and Final Five gold medalist Laurie Hernandez is the early pick to win the competition at +350...
Via The Comeback
September 01, 2016  |  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...
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August 31, 2016  |  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
August 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Lochte to be summoned to appear in Rio, charged with making false report

The Ryan Lochte saga is not over quite yet. The U.S. swimmer will be summoned to appear at a hearing in front of Brazil’s Justice Department regarding the incident from the Olympics, according to ESPN. ESPN reports that Lochte will not be permitted to give his testimony in the United States, as Decetive Clemente Braune stated. Braune was responsible for the investigation in the...
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August 25, 2016  |  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...
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August 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Ledecky turning down $5 million per year to go to school

At 19 years old, Katie Ledecky has an opportunity most people can only dream of. Believe it or not, she’s turning it down. For now. Ledecky dominated the Summer Olympics in Rio by winning four gold medals. She became a household name in the process, which has led to a number of endorsement offers. Ledecky could be earning up to $5 million annually in endorsements, but she has...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Majority of Olympic streaming was done on laptops, not mobile

We know from NBC’s many press releases that streaming was a big deal for the Rio Olympics. Despite lower ratings, NBC called the 2016 Summer Games “The Most Successful Media Event in History” stating that the online consumption for the Olympics was the the largest ever with over 3.3 billion minutes (live, replays and highlights combined). In addition, NBC cited that there...
Via Awful Announcing
August 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Team Great Britain's matching Olympic luggage, caused issues

Filed under great ideas in theory but not quite in practice: matching luggage for Great Britain’s Olympic team. Sure, it’s cool and a nice show of solidarity at first, but then you get to baggage claim and you realize that you have a pretty big problem. Just ask members of Team GB who arrived back in London and went to claim their bags, only to find that there was no real way...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 24, 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

Gabby Douglas joining judges for Miss America pageant

Gabby Douglas is used to judges determining her fate in competitions, and now the 20-year-old gymnast will get an opportunity to see what it feels like to be on the other side. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Douglas has joined the panel of judges for the upcoming 2017 Miss America pageant, which will take place on Sept. 11. The three-time gold medalist’s fellow judges will...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Ryan Lochte reportedly loses four endorsements, $1 million

Ryan Lochte has lost all four of his major commercial sponsors as part of the fallout from his dishonesty over an incident that happened in a Rio gas station. According to Matt Bonesteel of the Washington Post, Ralph Lauren, Airweave, Gentle Hair Removal, and the previously reported Speedo all severed their ties with Lochte on Monday. According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Lochte...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Aly Raisman going on date with Raiders tight end?

Olympic gymnast star Aly Raisman recently opened up about what it takes to date her, and she turned some heads in doing so. “Dating Aly Raisman” went viral, and the star revealed that she’d like to date an athlete. Raiders tight end Colton Underwood must’ve seen the clip, because he sent a video pitch regarding how badly he wants to take Raisman out. It looks like his...
Via The Sports Daily
August 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Five biggest controversies from 2016 Summer Olympics

Even prior to the opening ceremonies at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, the worldwide event was covered by a dark cloud and cast into controversy due to both the Zika virus and heavily polluted waters. Several major athletes from across the globe opted to drop out of the Games for one reason or another, but most directly cited Zika as their primary reason. When the Games...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 22, 2016  |  Discuss
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