Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and commonly known as Rio 2016, was an international multi-sport event that was held from 5 to 21 August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with preliminary events in some sports beginning on 3 August. These were the first Olympic Games ever to be held in South America and the third to be held in a developing country, after the 1968 games in Mexico City and the 1988 games in Seoul, South Korea.
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  • Breaking: Why Olympic High football coach Jason Fowler is resigning
    The Charlotte Observer

    Breaking: Why Olympic High football coach Jason Fowler is resigning

    Olympic High football coach Jason Fowler won't coach a third season with the Trojans. Fowler told the Observer on Thursday afternoon that he is resigning. He will replace Ec Little as athletics director at East Mecklenburg. Little is retiring. Fowler said East Mecklenburg officials reached out to him earlier this month about the soon-to-be-vacant athletics director position. He coached football at East Meck for six years, before leaving to become head coach at Rocky River in 2010. Fowler said the new position intrigued him because East Meck is 3 miles from his house. Olympic is 23 miles — through heavy traffic on Interstate 485. With a young daughter and a teenage son who plays baseball, Fowler

  • Reuters

    Rowing: Surgery puts Tokyo 2020 into fresh focus for champion Satch

    The 29-year-old from Britain's rowing heartland of Henley-on-Thames stroked Britain's men's eight to gold at the Rio de Janeiro Games and says he is now fully motivated and ready for more. Satch underwent heart surgery a year ago to treat the hereditary condition of atrial fibrillation, while a ruptured shoulder has kept him mostly on an exercise bike since December. The heart problem, previously managed with tablets, had become increasingly an issue ahead of Rio and had to be addressed.

  • Poe's Perspective: The Special Olympics fly under the sports radar
    Daily Trojan

    Poe's Perspective: The Special Olympics fly under the sports radar

    LeBron James leaving Cleveland, for example. Last Thursday, the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics took place in Abu Dhabi, bringing together thousands of athletes from almost 200 countries. The event was met with a scattering of press awareness here in the U.S., as outlets such as ESPN interspersed its typical coverage with content and clips of events. In fact, most sports fans in America are likely unaware that halfway around the world, hundreds of U.S. athletes are competing in the biggest event of their lives.

  • Beyond The Lane Lines: Possibly The Youngest Olympian
    SwimSwam

    Beyond The Lane Lines: Possibly The Youngest Olympian

    Get your news fix on happenings outside the pool with the latest 'Beyond the Lane Lines.'  With each edition, we collect personal stories, little known facts and general items of interest from athletes around the world in their non-aquatic habitats, helping us get to know them for more than just an event ranking or time on a board. Read on and learn something new this week. 4-time Olympic medalist Alain Bernard has been named France's Special Olympics Ambassador. The 35-year-old retired freestyle ace has been on-site at the Special Olympics World Games, which have taken place in the city of Abu Dhabi this week. The international sporting event welcomes more than 7500 athletes representing 174

  • A Comprehensive Solution to Ensure Network Availability, Performance, and Security at the Youth Olympic Games
    CSO Online

    A Comprehensive Solution to Ensure Network Availability, Performance, and Security at the Youth Olympic Games

    Along with the Olympic Games and the Winter Olympics, the Youth Olympic Games is one of the largest international sporting events in the world. In each edition, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) works hand-in-hand with the host city to coordinate the organization of this competition that brings together – both in person and virtually – millions of spectators across the world. The latest Youth Olympic Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October 2018. This 12-day competitive event brought together 4,012 young athletes representing 206 delegations from different countries. This latest edition also reached a record number of attending spectators, amassing a viewership of 1.1 million

  • Biles plans to retire after Tokyo Olympics
    Daily Mail

    Biles plans to retire after Tokyo Olympics

    Simone Biles has revealed the painful cost of gymnastics greatness will contribute towards making next year's Tokyo Olympics her last. The 22-year-old, who last year became the first woman to win four all-around world titles in Qatar, is adamant there is no chance of extending her extraordinary reign beyond next year. Citing a series of relatively minor injuries and a strenuous training programme which have left her body feeling like it is “falling apart”, Biles is already planning for her future beyond the sport. Biles told Press Association Sport: “I definitely plan for the Tokyo Olympics to be my last. “I feel like my body's gone through a lot and it's kind of just falling apart – not that

  • Robots built by Toyota are going to help visitors at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
    CNBC.com

    Robots built by Toyota are going to help visitors at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

    Alessandro Di Ciommo | NurPhoto | Getty Images Robots are to play an important role at the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan. The plan to use robotic technology was unveiled at the end of last week by the games' organizing committee. Robots developed by the Toyota Motor Corporation will assist spectators in a range of tasks, from carrying food and other items to showing people to their seats and providing information on events. The robots will also aid visitors in wheelchairs. "The Tokyo 2020 Games are a unique opportunity for us to display Japanese robot technology," Hirohisa Hirukawa, the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project's leader, said in a statement. "This project will not simply be about

  • Nigeria: 11 Nigerian Athletes Get IOC Scholarship Ahead 2020 Olympics
    AllAfrica.com

    Nigeria: 11 Nigerian Athletes Get IOC Scholarship Ahead 2020 Olympics

    Succour has come the way of 11 Nigerian athletes ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo after they were listed in the latest International Olympic Committee scholarship scheme. This is less than the number of Nigerian beneficiaries in the previous scheme as 12 athletes including Nigeria's track queen Blessing Okagbare, Ese Brume, Ejowkoghene Divine Oduduru, and Adekuoroye all benefitted from the IOC scholarship. This time, fast rising 100 metres hurdler and reigning Commonwealth Games gold medalist Oluwatobiloba Ayomide Amusan and Portugal based table tennis star Aruna Quadri top the list. The deal brokered by the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), also include Commonwealth Games wrestling champion

  • Monster Energy's Nyjah Huston and Tom Schaar to Represent the United States on the USA Skateboarding National Team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
    Houston Chronicle

    Monster Energy's Nyjah Huston and Tom Schaar to Represent the United States on the USA Skateboarding National Team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

    Monster Energy congratulates team riders Nyjah Huston and Tom Schaar on joining the first-ever USA Skateboarding National Team. Monster Energy congratulates team riders Nyjah Huston and Tom Schaar on joining the first-ever USA Skateboarding National Team. Both skateboarders – Huston in Skateboard Street and Schaar in Skateboard Park – will compete in the 2019 qualifier season as official national team members for a chance to represent the United States in the premiere of skateboarding as a sanctioned Olympics event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will feature male and female skateboarders in two disciplines: Skateboard Street (July 24–25, 2020) and Skateboard Park

  • Tampa Bay Times

    Japanese Olympic Committee head resigns amid bribery scandal

    TOKYO (AP) � Tsunekazu Takeda is stepping down as the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee amid a vote-buying scandal that French investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next year's Olympics. Takeda announced Tuesday at the committee's executive board meeting that he will resign when his term ends in June, and he again denied corruption allegations against him. The 71-year-old Takeda is also a powerful International Olympic Committee member and the head of its marketing commission. When he resigns, he will lose the IOC membership which is tied to his JOC presidency. The scandal, which French authorities have been investigating for several years, has cast a long shadow over the Tokyo Olympics

  • Olyroos row: club versus country, Olympic Games, Olympic qualifiers, Robbie Slater, Mark Bosnich
    Fox Sports

    Olyroos row: club versus country, Olympic Games, Olympic qualifiers, Robbie Slater, Mark Bosnich

    I was surprised and disappointed by some of the comments from certain A-League coaches, A-League players and my mate and colleague Mark Bosnich about the importance of the Olympic qualifiers and the Olympic team in general. Let's make one thing clear — the fact that we rarely qualify for junior tournaments and haven't qualified for an Olympic Games since Beijing 2008 is actually hindering our progress as a nation. It has already affected the Socceroos and will only affect them more in the future. Bozza, as well as some of those A-League coaches, have played at the Olympic Games. Bozza was part of our best-performing team when we reached the semi-finals at Barcelona 1992 and I also played at an

  • Tokyo 2020 unveils 'cherry blossom' Olympic torch
    latimes.com

    Tokyo 2020 unveils 'cherry blossom' Olympic torch

    The design, unveiled on Wednesday, makes use of not only a traditional “Sakura-mon” blossom emblem but also the same aluminum extrusion technology used in the manufacture of the country's well-known bullet trains. It will generate five flames from a cluster of petal-shaped cylinders.

  • Tokyo 2020 unveils 'cherry blossom' Olympic torch
    latimes.com

    Tokyo 2020 unveils 'cherry blossom' Olympic torch

    The design, unveiled on Wednesday, makes use of not only a traditional “Sakura-mon” blossom emblem but also the same aluminum extrusion technology used in the manufacture of the country's well-known bullet trains. It will generate five flames from a cluster of petal-shaped cylinders.

  • Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas in Lakewood: 'Go for it'
    Daily Record

    Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas in Lakewood: 'Go for it'

    Gold medalist Gabby Douglas offered her advice for future gymnasts - and everyone - during a stop at Georgian Court University in Lakewood on Tuesday. LAKEWOOD - Three-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas told a crowd here on Tuesday they should give up their cellphones for a day, or at least try it. Parents in the audience at Georgian Court University applauded. The reaction from students was about as you'd expect in the era of iPhones and social media: hesitance. "It's so beneficial to not be so obsessive over something, and crave anything, and not to answer to anyone," said Douglas, who has seen her share of criticism on social media. "It's such a huge relief." The gymnast who made history

  • Doping in cards? Bridge ban fuels backlash to Olympic link
    The Associated Press

    Doping in cards? Bridge ban fuels backlash to Olympic link

    When the top-ranked bridge player tested positive for a steroid that Lance Armstrong also used to cheat at the Tour de France, it was easy to snigger. Ha! But within the card game recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee, fans and players seethed. Whereas the eventual unmasking of Armstrong as a cycling swindler was widely hailed as a resounding victory for sports' fight against doping, critics in bridge saw the positive drug test for Geir Helgemo as a black mark for the anti-doping system and proof that it shouldn't be applied uniformly across sports.