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Rio Olympic ticket sales picking up, but still have a ways to go

Earlier concerns about ticket sales for this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro seem to be easing as the games inch closer and closer in Brazil. It took fewer than five hours for the host nation to sell 100,000 tickets that were put on sale the same day authorities thwarted and arrested 10 people planning a terror attack at the games. To date, approximately 4.4 million out...
Via The Comeback
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

It is possibly the only story line ahead of the opening ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro that is garnering as much attention as the Zika virus, but the scandal surrounding Russia’s track and field team could be more than just a splashy headline as the Summer Olympics get underway.It’s considered one of the biggest doping scandals in the history of the games, with the International...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Brazilian police arrest 10 for planning terrorist acts at Rio Olympics

Police in Brazil have prevented what could have been a wide-scale terrorist attack at the upcoming Rio Olympics. CNN reports 10 people suspected of planning terrorist acts at the Olympics have been arrested according to Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes. All ten were from Brazil with one suspect reportedly being a minor. Two others have warrants out for their arrest. Moraes...
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Olympics set record by ordering 450,000 condoms for athletes

If you thought 150,000 condoms for the Olympic Village in London four years ago sounded a bit excessive, just wait until you hear the order that is being shipped to Rio. The International Olympic Committee has ordered 450,000 for the Summer Games this year. As The Guardian notes, there are 10,500 athletes competing. If you break it down by averages, that means each athlete is being...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Russian Sport Minister is just fine with IOC probe

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to open an investigation into the Russian doping allegations, to the surprise of absolutely no one. What may surprise some however, is how openly Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko is to the IOC’s investigation. Just a day after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released a report on Monday accusing Russian and the Russian...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Team USA arranges Olympic photo to block Nike rivals

Nike is the official sponsor of the Olympic team, so it’s no surprise that they want to obscure any ties some of the Team USA athletes have to rival companies. For that reason, they arranged the Team USA basketball photo in a specific way to block its competitors from being seen. As Nick DePaula pointed out, Team USA basketball’s photo was set up so that Harrison Barnes and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Anti-doping officials expected to ask for Russia to be banned from Rio Olympics

If antidoping officials have their way, Russia will be completely barred from the upcoming Rio Olympics. According to Rebecca R. Ruiz of The New York Times, antidoping officials from at least 10 nations — including the United States (and 20 athletes groups) — are in the process of requesting the entire Russian Olympic team be barred from the games over the ongoing alleged state...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

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France thwarted planned terror attack on its Rio Olympics team

France’s enemies are targeting its people at home and abroad. While this comes as no surprise, the location around which one attack plot centered will dismay sports fans worldwide. Security services have disrupted a plan to attack France’s delegation at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, The Telegraph’s Donna Bowater reported Friday. The leader of France’s military...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Protestor tries to put out Olympic torch with fire extinguisher

As is tradition with every Olympic games, the Olympic torch is making its way across the world from Greece to the host city in the weeks leading up the games. The relay began on April 21 in Greece, passed through Switzerland in late April, and made it to Brazil on May 4. The torch will continue to pass through Brazilian cities on its way to Rio de Janeiro prior to the Opening Ceremony...
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QUIZ: Name the US Olympians who have won the most medals

Twenty-two US athletes have earned seven or more total medals over the course of their respective Olympic appearances (both Summer and Winter). How many can you name? Clue given is the event and the years in which the athlete participated in the Olympics. Last names are acceptable as answers.
9 days ago  |  Discuss

'Most live Olympics ever' will have tape-delayed Opening

Heading into August’s Rio Olympics, NBC has been emphasizing both the sheer tonnage of their Olympic coverage (6,755 hours) and the amount that will be carried live on TV and streaming platforms, leading to their “Most Live Olympics Ever” tag. However, the marquee Opening Ceremonies will not be available for American viewers to watch live through NBC’s TV or streaming platforms...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jarryd Hayne fails to land Fiji Olympic rugby sevens selection

After ditching his NFL dream earlier this year to pursue his Olympic dream, Jarryd Hayne failed to land a spot on Fiji’s rugby sevens squad this summer for the 2016 Rio Olympics. For Hayne, it was always a stretch that he’d earn a spot on the Olympic team, and he admitted that he “wasn’t ready yet.” “I had a meeting with Ben to discuss my future with the team and...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rio Police say people at Summer Olympics will not be safe

With the 2016 Summer Olympics a month away, Rio De Janeiro seems to be in a lot of trouble. According to CNN’s Arwa Dawson and James Masters, police officers took their message to the airport, telling people that safety cannot be guaranteed. “The state’s police officers vented their anger Monday with a sign saying, ‘Welcome to Hell,’ outside Rio’s main airport,...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

'Super Bacteria' found in Rio water one month from Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are fast approaching, and there are several reasons for athletes and visitors to be concerned about the event. Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, is the main concern. Police also claim they haven’t been paid, which could lead to safety issues. If those weren’t enough, a “super bacteria” was recently found in Rio...
Via NESN.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Rio police department is asking for donations due to insufficient funds

Three months after Rio’s government slashed its Olympic security budget by $500 million, the city’s police force is desperate for any resources it can get. Just weeks before the 2016 Olympic Games begin, the Rio police department is cutting costs any way it can so it will have some semblance of funds when the Games begin Aug. 5. This includes grounding helicopters, delaying...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Caitlyn Jenner rocks 1976 gold medal on cover of S.I.

What a difference 40 years make. Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, is on the cover of the most recent issue of Sports Illustrated rocking the gold medal she won as a man at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Her life has changed drastically since the decathlon victory, but Jenner, who made her transition from male to female public in 2015, has become a huge figure for the LGBT...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Man says he was dared to extinguish Olympic torch

You know when you were a kid and you couldn’t back down from a dare because your pride was on the line? Eventually you grew up and realized you didn’t need to prove yourself to anybody by responding to a silly dare. That is unless you’re this sorry 27-year-old man in Brazil, who for some reason felt the need to prove how tough he is by throwing a bucket of water on the Olympic...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Rio Olympics drug testing facility suspended

Whether it is environmental standards, financial crisis, facilities issues or athletes dropping out with fears over the Zika virus, little has gone right in the lead-up to what should be a celebration for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. Now, just six weeks away from the start of the 2016 Olympic Games, news that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) suspended the drug testing facility...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Amazon jaguar shot to death after Olympic torch photo shoot in Brazil

As the Olympic torch makes its way to Rio, a jaguar was shot to death after posing for a shot with the torch in the Brazilian Amazon on Monday. The jaguar was shot after escaping from its handlers by a soldier from connected military base connected to a zoo. According to a report from Reuters, the jaguar had already been tranquilized when it started to approach the soldier. The...
Via The Comeback
June 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Rio declares financial disaster as Summer Olympics loom

Concerns about the spread of the Zika virus are just the tip of the iceberg for the troubles surrounding the 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio De Janeiro’s government has declared a state of financial disaster in a desperate attempt to earn more funding for the Olympic Games, which are set to begin less than two months from now in Brazil’s second-largest city. Rio governor Francisco...
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June 19, 2016  |  Discuss

"Miracle on Ice" goalie Craig auctioning Lake Placid memorabilia

Famed ‘Miracle on Ice’ goaltender Jim Craig has auctioned off some of his prized possessions. Sean Leahy of Yahoo.com reports Craig auctioned off both his 1980 Olympic gold medal from the iconic underdog 1980’s U.S. hockey team, along with his goalie mask in order to financially support his two kids and their future children. The mask had no issue selling at auction, getting...
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June 18, 2016  |  Discuss
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