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  • Rio's example: Why no city should bid to host the Olympics

    05/25/2017 6:40:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 24, 2017 | Dan Wetzel
    There were 27 world records set at the Rio Olympics last year – from swimming to weightlifting, archery to cycling. These were as thrilling as they were expected. “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” is the Olympic model after all – Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” Now comes perhaps the most enduring world record of the Games: Just seven months after the torch was doused, the host country is already acknowledging the entire operation was a terrible, perhaps criminal idea. It has left them debt-ridden and without a clue what to do with already decaying facilities.
  • US bobsledder Steven Holcomb, 37, found dead

    05/06/2017 3:57:22 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 8 replies
    ABC News / AP ^ | 5/6/2017 | Tim Reynolds
    Steven Holcomb, the longtime U.S. bobsledding star who drove to three Olympic medals after beating a disease that nearly robbed him of his eyesight, was found dead in Lake Placid, New York, on Saturday. He was 37. The U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Bobsled and Skeleton announced the death of the 2010 gold medalist, the cause of which remains unclear. However, officials said there were no indications of foul play after a preliminary investigation at the Olympic Training Center where Holcomb was found in his room. An autopsy was tentatively scheduled for Sunday. The native of Park City, Utah, was...
  • The Olympics will FINALLY be broadcast live as NBC announces next year's Winter [tr]

    03/29/2017 6:47:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    AFP ^ | March 29, 2017 | Staff
    NBC will broadcast the Olympics live across all US time zones for the first time, the TV network has announced. Up until now, the Olympics has not been shown live in Pacific and Mountain time zones which has annoyed sports fans in those regions. NBC announced that next year's Winter Olympics will be the first not to have a tape-delay. The network's move to coast-to-coast live coverage is an acknowledgement that in the age of social media and other online platforms, holding back results and highlights no longer makes sense.
  • After the crowds have gone: Haunting images show dilapidated Olympic venues.......

    03/19/2017 8:07:52 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 19, 2017 | Isobel Frodsham For Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: After the crowds have gone: Haunting images show dilapidated Olympic venues in Rio just SEVEN MONTHS after the event - despite promises the games would provide a lasting legacy A drained pool filled with mud, crumbled roads and overgrown plots of grass. These eerie images aren't from a post-apocalyptic movie, they are photographs of several Olympic venues in Rio - just seven months after the games finished. Despite promises from the organisers that the billion-dollar site would be used to benefit Brazil's citizens, it remains deserted and dilapidated. The country remains in a deep economic and political crisis...
  • Haunting images show dilapidated Olympic venues in Rio just SEVEN MONTHS after the [tr]

    03/19/2017 5:21:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 19, 2017 | Isobel Frodsham
    A drained pool filled with mud, crumbled roads and overgrown plots of grass. These eerie images aren't from a post-apocalyptic movie, they are photographs of several Olympic venues in Rio - just seven months after the games finished. Despite promises from the organisers that the billion-dollar site would be used to benefit Brazil's citizens, it remains deserted and dilapidated. The country remains in a deep economic and political crisis following the games and critics believe the money spent on the games could have been better spent on developing infrastructure in the country. 
  • Rio’s Olympic Park is already an $800 million ghost town

    02/23/2017 12:20:48 PM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Vice News ^ | February 22, 2017 | Clare Richardson
    The behemoth sports stadiums on the sprawling grounds of Rio’s Olympic Park were built to impress international visitors for the 2016 Summer Games. Today, they are eerily deserted. The space reopened as a public recreation area in January, but aside from the occasional security guard, there is hardly a human in sight at the 2.5 billion real ($800 million), 300-acre complex.
  • ANTIMEDIA.ORG: Billions Wasted: Brazilian 2016 Olympics Structures Lay in Ruins

    02/22/2017 3:30:18 AM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    http://theantimedia.org/billions-wasted-olympics-brazil-ruins/ ^ | February 21, 2017 at 11:11 am Written by Alice Salles
    The 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil cost Brazilian taxpayers $4.6 billion, conservative estimates show. But once related expenses covered by the Brazilian government are factored in, the overall costs hit the $12 billion mark, which equates to about 0.72 percent of Brazil’s national budget. Prior to the Olympics, however, the Brazilian government had already spent BR$39.5 billion on infrastructure, or about $12 billion. Stadiums and urban projects designed to ensure the country was ready for the sports event were built, but aside from the events scheduled for 2014 and 2016, there seemed to be little to no demand for such...
  • Olympic ghost town: Bills due, venues empty after Rio Games

    02/11/2017 7:12:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    AP ^ | February 10, 2017 | Stephen Wade
    Rio de Janeiro pulled off last year's Olympics, keeping crime at bay and fending off dire forecasts of corruption, environmental degradation, and cost overruns. Six months after South America's first games, the floodgates have burst.
  • The 'Rio boom' that did not happen: Why do Cities Host the Olympics?

    12/16/2016 7:17:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/16/2016 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    Why do cities host Olympic games?    The official answer is always "pride" or to project "modernity" as was the case of Mexico in 1968. Back then, Mexico used the Olympics to project a modern image with skyscrapers, expressways, and a growing middle class. The unofficial, or the other answer, is that they are hoping to create an economic boom. In Brazil's case, there is a great rivalry between Rio and Sao Paulo. We understand that kind of rivalry in Texas thanks to Dallas vs. Houston. So far, the boom did not happen in Rio after the 2016 Olympics. Let's check with...
  • Diving Legend Sammy Lee Passes Away At Age 96

    12/03/2016 3:12:55 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Swimming World ^ | December 3, 2016
    USA Olympic legend Dr. Sammy Lee – 1948 and 1952 Olympic Gold medalist – passed away on December 2nd, at age of 96, due to pneumonia. He was a true giant in the sport of Olympic diving... At the 1948 Summer Games in London, England, Lee earned a bronze medal in the 3-meter springboard and a gold medal in 10-meter platform diving events. Four years later, he won the gold medal in the 10-meter platform competition at Helsinki, Finland...
  • Three months after the Olympics, Rio de Janeiro is broke

    12/01/2016 4:11:16 PM PST · by SMGFan · 33 replies
    MSN PRI ^ | December 1, 2016
    Three months since the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, the “marvelous city,” as it’s known, is unraveling.  The state of Rio is broke. It hasn’t been able to pay its bills since long before the games. A federal bailout kept police on the streets and hospitals open while Olympics tourists were in town. But now the money has dried up, and public employees aren’t being paid.
  • Rio Olympic golf course eerily empty three months on

    11/25/2016 5:40:03 PM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    AFP ^ | November 24, 2016 | Sebastian Smith
    Just three months after the Olympics ended, Rio's beautiful but controversial golf course is eerily quiet with birds' squawks far louder than the whack of balls. Built specially for the 2016 Games on what had been a nature reserve next to the beach in western Rio, the links-style course was meant to convert Brazilians to a sport they barely know and put the city on the international golfing map. But the $19 million facility created by star US designer Gil Hanse risks turning into a white elephant instead. A payment dispute could even lead to the imminent exit of the...
  • Obama: U.S. Has Advantage Over China in Olympics Due to ‘Bigger Genetic Pool’

    11/23/2016 5:08:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 23, 2016 | 11:39 AM EST | CNSNews.com Staff
    President Barack Obama said at town hall meeting at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Lima, Peru, on Sunday that one of the reasons the United States has an advantage over China in the Olympics is because the U.S. has “a bigger genetic pool than anybody.” “You notice that the United States did really well in the Olympics,” Obama said, according to the transcript of the town hall posted by the White House. […] … “(Y)ou look at a U.S. Olympic team and there are all kinds of different sorts of people of all different shapes and sizes,” Obama...
  • Who Wants to Host an Olympic Games? Anyone?

    09/22/2016 11:47:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 21, 2016 | Matthew Futterman
    The bidding process for the Olympics is following an eerily familiar pattern that should make the folks at the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland choke on their afternoon chocolates. It goes something like this: • World capital city floats idea of an Olympic bid. • IOC welcomes interest.
  • Pictures Of The Real Damage Caused By Ryan Lochte

    08/29/2016 7:41:17 AM PDT · by Boomer · 203 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/26/2016 | David Hookstead
    Full Title: Pictures Have Surfaced Of The Real Damage Caused By Ryan Lochte. Photos have finally been released of the alleged damage caused by American hero Ryan Lochte and his teammates. ESPN reporter Darren Rovell tweeted out a picture of the sign torn off the outside of the gas station in Rio. Rovell also clarified that the sign was given to the gas station for free.
  • Mugabe Orders Arrest Of "Rats We Call Athletes" After Zimbabwe Wins No Olympic Medals

    08/26/2016 4:41:15 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08-26-2016 | Tyler Durden
    It appears Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was banking on a precious metal inflow from Rio to fix his nation's ailing economy as he has ordered the arrest of all 31 Zimbabwean Olympic athletes arrested and detained for daring to return home with no medals.
  • Mugabe orders arrest, detention of Zimbabwean Olympic team

    08/26/2016 1:31:55 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 56 replies
    PM News Nigeria ^ | 8-24-16 | PMNews
    Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe instructed the Commissioner General of Zimbabwe Police Republic, Augustine Chihuri to arrest and detain the whole Zimbabwean Olympic Team members immediately they arrived the Harare International Airport on Tuesday, August 23. Zimbabwe which is one of the countries in the Olympics without a medal presented a team of 31 athletes. The closest any of the athletes came to win a contest was at the 8th position. Mr. Mugabe who is incensed with the team’s performance told the Police Chief to arrest all the team members and detain them. “We have wasted the country’s money on these...
  • Malpractice: The Journalistic Assassination Of Ryan Lochte

    08/25/2016 6:59:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 124 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2016 | Derek Hunter
    Man, that Ryan Lochte, what a jerk! Am I right? Of course I’m right. It’s backed up by journalism. There isn’t a news outlet on the planet that hasn’t carried a story about how Lochte and three other swimmers no one bothers to name got hammered at the Rio Olympics, trashed a bathroom at a gas station, and traumatized innocent security guards, women, children, and plant life alike. But what if it didn’t happen that way? What if, with the exception of a few minor details flubbed in a drunken haze, Lochte and his fellow mermen told the truth? That...
  • Caster Semenya returns home to heroes’ welcome:

    08/23/2016 9:23:42 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 11 replies
    Dailymailonline ^ | 8/23/16 | By Jane Flanagan, Mark Duell, Claire Duffin and David
    Controversial South Africa runner gives her gold medal to her adoring wife to look after as she is mobbed on return from Rio Controversial runner Caster Semenya arrived home to South Africa today after her predictably dominant victory in the women’s 800-metre race at Rio 2016. The athlete handed her gold medal to her wife Violet Raseboya after arriving at Johannesburg Airport following the row over her involvement in the Olympics. Semenya, 25, who once had to undergo humiliating gender testing to prove she was female, took gold and set a new national record of one minute 55 seconds. Johannesburg...
  • Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony Ratings Lose Almost 50% Of London 2012 Viewers

    08/22/2016 4:27:33 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 56 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | 22 Aug 16 | Dominic Patten
    On the Tube in London there’s a sign saying “Mind The Gap” to warn riders to be careful when stepping on the train – NBC might want to pay attention to the expression when it comes to Olympics ratings. With a 4.0/14 rating among adults 18-49 and 16.85 million viewers for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio Games, NBC is looking at the worst Summer Olympics results in decades. Not only are fast affiliates down to the second lowest result of the 2016 Olympics for the Comcast-owned net’s primetime coverage but they took a whooping 56% fall in the...