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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  • There Have Been 121 Positive Doping Tests and Counting From 2012 Olympics
    Sports Illustrated

    There Have Been 121 Positive Doping Tests and Counting From 2012 Olympics

    The number of athletes doping during the 2012 London Olympics is higher than originally anticipated, according to historian Bill Mallon and Hilary Evans of OlympStats.

  • Al Attiyah eyes seventh Olympics after third Dakar triumph
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    Al Attiyah eyes seventh Olympics after third Dakar triumph

    Dakar Rally champion Nasser al-Attiyah said Friday that his next ambition is to compete in his seventh Olympic Games -- with a shotgun in his hand. The 48-year-old Qatari captured his third Dakar title on Thursday in Peru to add to his 2011 and 2015 wins on the world's most gruelling endurance race. Now he wants to resume his Olympics career in Tokyo next year where he hopes to take part once again in skeet shooting having won a bronze medal in London in 2012.

  • Olympic diver Steele Johnson has a great response to 10 year challenge
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    Olympic diver Steele Johnson has a great response to 10 year challenge

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WTHR) — The 10 year challenge on Facebook is all the rage. But there's a call for a new twist. The idea is to post what you were working on or trying to accomplish 10 years ago and what happened with it or where are you now. Olympic diver and Indiana native Steele Johnson had a great response. He posted how 10 years ago he "hit my head on a 10m platform and thought I'd never dive again...10 years later I've got an Olympic Medal because of the dive I hit my head on." In 2009, Johnson suffered a life-threatening injury during diving practice at IU's Natatorium. He was attempting a reverse 3½ somersault in tuck position when he hit his head on the platform and fell 33 feet

  • Canadian Olympian passing on his success to next generation of Lethbridge boxers
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    Canadian Olympian passing on his success to next generation of Lethbridge boxers

    Kyle Oliver and Josh Peck are working on their strength and cardio in the lead up to next month's Canada Winter Games. The teen boxers are just two of the more than 3,000 athletes heading to Red Deer for the multi-sport competition. One of their coaches knows from personal experience this stage can lead to greater things. “(It could lead to them being a part of) the Canadian national boxing team … or they could possibly make the Olympic team or the Commonwealth Games teams,” said former Canadian Olympian Rick Duff. The five-time Canadian boxing champion was on top of the podium at the 1983 Canada Winter Games before he went on to compete at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. WATCH: Boxer

  • WCTV Tallahassee

    Thomas University athlete training for spot in Olympics

    THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- A Thomas University athlete who graduated last month is now training to compete in the Olympic Games. Perry Lindo, from Curacao, swam for TU and made school history by claiming national NAIA championships two years in a row. Friday, Lindo is leaving for Holland, where he will train for the Olympic trials. "Getting a W. That's what it's all about for me," Lindo said. "So, this thing is great, but it's what comes with it, the achievements that I've done. Those are what stick with me the most." Lindo won the NAIA 50-meter freestyle in each of the past two years, finishing with a time of 19.99 in 2017 and a 20.15 time this past March. This will be the second time Lindo

  • WADA say 'successfully retrieved' doping data from Moscow lab
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    WADA say 'successfully retrieved' doping data from Moscow lab

    WADA said Thursday that they have "successfully retrieved" data from the Moscow laboratory at the heart of Russia's state-sponsored doping scandal which involved more than 1,000 athletes and 30 sports. The world anti-doping agency had demanded the data be handed over to complete its probe into the 2011-2015 scandal which saw Russia's athletics team barred from the 2016 Rio Olympics and exiled from the 2018 Winter Olympics. "This is a major breakthrough for clean sport," said WADA President Craig Reedie.

  • Sen. Cory Gardner introduces legislation to evaluate U.S. Olympic Committee
    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

    Sen. Cory Gardner introduces legislation to evaluate U.S. Olympic Committee

    A Republican senator from the U.S. Olympic Committee's home state of Colorado introduced potentially groundbreaking legislation on Tuesday that would create a 16-member panel selected by Congress to evaluate the USOC and recommend structural and policy changes for an organization whose future has been called into question in the wake of the backlash over its and other Olympic sports organizations' handling of sexual abuse in gymnastics, swimming and several other sports. Sen. Cory Gardner's introduction of the “Strengthening U.S. Olympics Act” follows more than two years of increasing pressure on Congress to take a more active role in overseeing an overhaul of the Colorado Springs-based USOC and determining the extent USOC and national governing body officials were involved in covering up sexual abuse within American Olympics sports.

  • Rowlands eyeing up return to action following Olympic heart-break
    Yahoo Sport UK

    Rowlands eyeing up return to action following Olympic heart-break

    Injury cruelly ended Madi Rowlands’ hopes of an expected first appearance at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games – but the fiercely talented young skier is now targeting a return to the slopes. Rowlands is no stranger to rewriting the history books despite her tender years, having become the youngest-ever athlete to win the overall British Championships slopestyle competition in 2013. Add to that the glittering accolades of gold and bronze in respective halfpipe and slopestyle events at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer – Kent’s Rowlands becoming the first ever GB athlete to win a gold medal in those Games.

  • Olympics: Japan's Olympic Committee head to miss meeting - IOC
    Reuters

    Olympics: Japan's Olympic Committee head to miss meeting - IOC

    Japan's Olympic Committee chief Tsunekazu Takeda, investigated in France for suspected corruption linked to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, will not attend an International Olympic Committee (IOC) marketing meeting this weekend, the IOC said on Thursday. The IOC said Takeda, an IOC member and head of the Olympic body's marketing commission, would not be traveling to Lausanne, Switzerland for a meeting of his own commission. "The IOC has been informed by Tsunekazu Takeda that he will not be attending the meeting of the Marketing Commission in Lausanne due to personal reasons," the IOC said.

  • Rising Singapore badminton star eyes Olympics after Lin Dan defeat
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    Rising Singapore badminton star eyes Olympics after Lin Dan defeat

    Rising Singapore badminton star Loh Kean Yew has his sights set on a place at the Tokyo Olympics after a stunning victory against Chinese great Lin Dan in Thailand. The relatively unknown player beat two-time Olympic champion Lin 21-19, 21-18 to win the Thailand Masters at the weekend. Loh shot 48 places up the world rankings, and is now 77th following his victory over Lin, who was the top seed at the tournament in Bangkok.

  • Business Standard India

    Olympic hero Phelps says he was scared of water as a kid

    He may have been the greatest swimmer ever whose exploits in the pool include smashing almost all world records, but as a kid, Michael Phelps dreaded the water. "I was somebody who was afraid to face the water as a kid, I guess I overcame that fear pretty fast," Phelps, the greatest Olympic athlete, said at an event organised by private equity fund Truenorth here late Wednesday. Phelps, who has had 23 Olympic golds, including the record-making haul of eight at Beijing in 2008, said many children are like him, who are afraid of water, and that a non-profit initiative started by him a decade ago has so far taught 30,000 children about swimming. Speaking about the 2008 games, Phelps said he was

  • Why Hakeem al-Araibi's plight is a test of the Olympic movement itself
    the Guardian

    Why Hakeem al-Araibi's plight is a test of the Olympic movement itself

    In the 50 days since Hakeem al-Araibi has been held in a Bangkok jail, global events for Olympic sports have continued. The Hockey World Cup and the World Swimming Championships were held and the Handball World Championships, football's Asian Cup and tennis grand slam the Australian Open have begun. At first glance, I am just like Al-Araibi. The difference is that I am free to speak out, whereas Al-Araibi has been tortured for doing the same.

  • The story behind UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi's perfect 10, viral routine
    Memphis Commercial Appeal

    The story behind UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi's perfect 10, viral routine

    We've all seen it by now — the viral, two-minute video of UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi's captivating floor routine.  Her unbridled joy, combined with her acrobatic flips, splits and dance moves and a legendary lineup of songs, resulted in a perfect 10 from the judges, as well as 38 million video views on UCLA Gymnastics' tweet and more than 858,000 retweets and favorites as of Wednesday morning.  Put simply: This wasn't your typical floor routine. But for more reasons than the obvious.  Rewind a few years, when the now 21-year-old senior — an Olympic hopeful who was on top of the gymnastics world, having beaten eventual four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles at the 2013 American Cup — decided

  • Indian table tennis team's Olympic preparation hits 'coach' roadblock after historic 2018
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    Indian table tennis team's Olympic preparation hits 'coach' roadblock after historic 2018

    The Indian table tennis team's preparations in an Olympic qualification year have hit a major roadblock with the players having to fend for themselves without a coach, following a path-breaking 2018. The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) and the Sports Authority of India, which is the employer of all coaches, are still far from finding Massimo Costantini's successor five months after the Asian Games, where India ended a 60-year-wait for a table tennis medal. India, in fact, got two medals from Jakarta with the men's team and the mixed doubles pairing of Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra winning a bronze each. The unprecedented performance at Asiad has raised hopes of an Olympic medal, mainly

  • Four Russian bobsledders banned for doping at 2014 Sochi Olympics
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    Four Russian bobsledders banned for doping at 2014 Sochi Olympics

    Alexander Zubkov on the podium at 2014 Winter Olympics Four Russian bobsledders have been banned until 2020 for their part in organised doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The four include Alexander Zubkov, who carried Russia's flag at the opening ceremony for the Sochi Games and won two gold medals which have already been stripped for doping. The other Russians banned have been named as are Alexander Kasyanov, Aleksei Pushkarev and Ilvir Khuzin. All have been banned for two years by the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, which accepted an earlier Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling that they were part of a scheme to swap steroid-tainted samples for clean urine. The sanctions bar