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 second to be held in a developing country, after the 1968 games in Mexico City.
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  • Olympic Villages Still Used Today
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    Olympic Villages Still Used Today

    Hosting the Olympics is considered prestigious, and cities vie for the honor for years in advance, despite the significant financial resources required and staggering logistics needs. A city would need to ensure there is proper transportation, vet and license vendors, agree on a logo and mascot, and a zillion other details including the not-so-small matter of security. With just those few details in mind, it's no surprise that Olympic host cities spend billions long before the first planeload of athletes touches down. To compile a list of Olympic village that are still used today, 24/7 Tempo looked each host city's Olympic park's website to determine what facilities and buildings are still operational.

  • Polished Patriotism: Athletes display flags on their fingernails at Rio Games
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    Polished Patriotism: Athletes display flags on their fingernails at Rio Games

    Athletes from around the world are showing their patriotism and Olympic pride in many ways at the Rio Games -- including on their fingernails. Athletes in sports including swimming, table tennis, shooting and more have tiny flags and Olympic rings painted on their nails. Here's a look at some of those detailed displays of pride.

  • The Summit League

    First day of outdoor NCAA Prelims in the books

    Courtesy of FightingHawks.com, GoBison.com, ORUAthletics.com, GoMastodons.com, GoYotes.com, GoJacks.com and GoLeathernecks.com A number of athletes are representing the league this weekend in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary Championships. Below are recaps of the first day's competition from around the league. North Dakota SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Facing the end of her career at the University of North Dakota, Molli Detloff looked post-graduate life in the eye and pushed it away for another couple weeks as she qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship with a fourth-place finish in the hammer throw. Detloff will compete at the national

  • Italian bid edges Swedish rival in 2026 Olympic host study
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    Italian bid edges Swedish rival in 2026 Olympic host study

    GENEVA (AP) — The Italian bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo looked stronger than the Stockholm-Are project in an IOC analysis of the candidates published Friday. Polling by the International Olympic Committee, which typically looks to get a warm welcome from host nations, showed "83% support in Italy" and "55% in favor in Sweden." The evaluation report said the Swedish bid team "considers such figures to be high in the Swedish context." The 144-page document was produced for IOC members, with about 90 of them set to pick the winner on June 24 in Lausanne. Italian public authorities have provided more financial guarantees than in Sweden to underwrite billions

  • MTN Ghana Hail Winter Olympian Akwasi Frimpong
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    MTN Ghana Hail Winter Olympian Akwasi Frimpong

    Madam Gina Asare Fiagbenu, Senior Manager for Corporate Communications of MTN Ghana has commended Winter Olympian, Akwasi Frimpong for his can do and leadership spirit as well as his desire to help others to be adventurous in life.

  • Olympic officials reassure sports federations about cuts
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    Olympic officials reassure sports federations about cuts

    Caption Close TOKYO (AP) — An Olympic official made a guarantee Thursday that will please the heads of world sports federations who are concerned that Tokyo Games organizers might be cutting things they see as "decoration" but federations view as "essential." Many federations fear what happened at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics , where bankrupt organizers began slashing everywhere a few months before the opening ceremony. They spoke out several weeks ago in meetings in Australia, with one federation head saying she feared the "cheap" look from Rio. "The expectations are extremely high and what we have to do now is make sure we can deliver," Christophe Dubi, the executive director of the Olympic

  • USOC: Reform possible with or without Congress
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    USOC: Reform possible with or without Congress

    Associated Press The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee believes the federation can reform with or without guidance from Congress. Speaking at an Aspen Institute event Wednesday in Washington, CEO Sarah Hirshland said she has delivered a proposal that would put the USOC on the hook to deliver an annual report, as a way of measuring itself more frequently against its own reform-minded goals. Under the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, the USOC currently must deliver a report every four years. A wave of sex-abuse scandals in Olympic sports has led Congress to hold a number of hearings over the past two years and consider revisiting the law. Hirshland said she was not opposed to congressional

  • OU student, former gymnast pushes towards winter Olympics
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    OU student, former gymnast pushes towards winter Olympics

    Logan Wudi has always had an underlying feeling that she was training for something bigger her whole life, but she never knew exactly what. It wasn't until 2017 when Wudi, a fifth-year finance student at OU, discovered the sport of skeleton, and her lifelong dedication to athleticism made sense and her journey to compete in the Olympics began. Skeleton is a winter sport similar to bobsled, but in skeleton the sled is ridden by a single person lying facedown and headfirst. The sport skeleton requires an intense amount of training, as it has a “huge learning curve” in learning how to drive the sled as well as the high level of conditioning, Wudi said. Skeleton races begin with a 30- to 45-meter

  • Associated Press

    Colombian soccer player Leidy Asprilla found dead

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Police say Colombian soccer player Leidy Asprilla has been found dead, several days after she was reported missing.

  • Garcetti publicly criticized for endorsing Trump's move of embassy in Israel
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    Garcetti publicly criticized for endorsing Trump's move of embassy in Israel

    LOS ANGELES – Muslim and Jewish activists on Monday criticized Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's public approval of Jerusalem as the new site of the United States embassy in Israel. The joint condemnation was issued in a statement by the Los Angeles office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Los Angeles chapter of the Jewish Voice for Peace. Garcetti's backing of the move authored by President Donald Trump was made in a Friday interview he gave to the Los Angeles Times. “I support the embassy being here,” Garcetti said from Jerusalem, where he chaired a delegation of American mayors in the Holy Land seeking opportunities between their cities and Israel. The comments caused a

  • Why Olympic Swimmer Simone Manuel Put an Inclusion Rider in Her Latest Contract
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    Why Olympic Swimmer Simone Manuel Put an Inclusion Rider in Her Latest Contract

    Making swimming more inclusive is a top priority for her.

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    The golden friendship between the two first Asian American Olympic champions

    Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. Victoria Manalo Draves and Sammy Lee were not only the first Asian Americans to win Olympic gold medals but also lifelong friends. The divers' friendship began well before their triumphant turns at the 1948 London Olympics. Manalo Draves grew up in San Francisco, the daughter of a Filpino father, Teofilo Manalo, and an English mother, Gertrude Taylor. Interracial marriages were frowned upon in those days. “When she was young, her mother would say to her and her two sisters, 'You guys look down at the ground, don't look up,'” David Lyle Draves, Manalo Draves' son, said.

  • David Boudia leaving fear behind as he takes on springboard challenge, eyes 2020 Tokyo Olympics
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    David Boudia leaving fear behind as he takes on springboard challenge, eyes 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    Four-time Olympic medalist David Boudia goes for U.S. title in Indy INDIANAPOLIS – Fear clings as closely to a platform diver as it does to those in extreme sports. Even champion divers acknowledge they must overcome anxiety to jump off a 32-foot tower — as high as a three-story building — twisting and turning before hitting the water at 35 mph. For 16 years, David Boudia conquered such fear. He drew stick figures of dives he would attempt, went off 10-meter platforms all over the world, won four medals at three Olympic Games. Then, in a February 2018 workout, he lost his position in the air on his favorite dive — a back 3 ½ pike — and smacked the water. He was diagnosed with a concussion. He

  • Mary Kom still out to prove a point, achieve the improbable
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    Mary Kom still out to prove a point, achieve the improbable

    Interviewing MC Mary Kom can sometimes feel like a bout; one in which, unsurprisingly, she calls the shots. Mary is in Guwahati, at the India Open, with a point to prove and an improbable goal in mind—that at 36, she is still at the top of her game; and she is still aiming for the Olympics in 2020. After her sixth world title in 48kg—a weight class she has come to own over a career that has spanned an incredible 17 years—Mary had declared that she wants to keep going, and wants to have another shot at the Olympics. She had won the bronze at the 2012 Games, and did not qualify for 2016. Her less-than-stellar performance at the Olympics is explained by the fact that before each of these Games,

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    Athletics: Former Kenya athletics head Rotich banned for 10 years

    Michael Rotich, the former head of Kenya's track and field team, has been banned from athletics for 10 years after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) found him guilty of "dishonest and corrupt" conduct. The IAAF's ethics panel found that Rotich, who managed the Kenyan athletics team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, agreed to give advance notice of drugs tests to athletes and coaches in return for money. In its decision that was published on Wednesday, the IAAF said Rotich's explanation -- that he had gone along with the interview because he was investigating the reporters -- was not credible.