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  • 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...
  • Looks Like Rio Police Were The Biggest Liars In The Lochte Drama…If Anyone Still Cares

    08/22/2016 1:51:30 PM PDT · by drewh · 74 replies
    Hot Air ^ | POSTED AT 1:31 PM ON AUGUST 22, 2016 | BY LARRY O'CONNOR
    You heard it all weekend: “Four American swimmers trashed a Rio bathroom in a drunken rage and then lied to investigators about an armed robbery to cover-up their story.” It’s become conventional wisdom from network anchors trying to paint a rosy picture on a troubled Olympics to journalists who embrace the narrative of “ugly Americans” taking advantage of the downtrodden, third world Brazilians. There’s only one problem with this narrative: It appears it’s completely false. USA Today has done a thorough and extensive investigation of the security videos from the gas station in question and they’ve done something Matt Lauer...
  • Speedo USA, Ralph Lauren end Ryan Lochte endorsement deals

    08/22/2016 12:57:48 PM PDT · by PROCON · 32 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Aug. 22, 2016 | FoxNews/AP
    Ralph Lauren announced Monday it would not renew its sponsorship contract with Ryan Lochte, becoming the second company to drop the U.S. Olympic swimmer in the wake of his scandal in Rio de Janeiro. Earlier Monday, Speedo USA executives said the company would drop its sponsorship of Lochte and donate $50,000 to charity. In Ralph Lauren's case, the company stated its contract with Lochte was for the 2016 Rio Olympics only, and would not be renewed. "Ralph Lauren continues to sponsor the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team and the values that its athletes embody."
  • 'Marathon sex session' at Olympics leads to end of synchronized diving tandem

    08/22/2016 10:08:14 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 82 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 16 Aug 2016
    After an apparently sleepless night for both divers – albeit for very different reasons – the two finished in last place in the women’s 10-meter synchronized platform dive, a performance described as "pathetic" by local outlets.... Blame it on Rio.
  • Olympic pole-vaulter dramatically halts his run-up at the LAST second to stand to attention [tr]

    08/22/2016 6:32:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 22, 2016 | Clarence Michallon
    A patriotic pole vaulter stopped right before a qualifying jump in Rio to pay attention to his national anthem. US Army reservist Sam Kendricks, 23, from Mississippi, was running pole in hand when he heard the first notes of the Star-Spangled banner. The second lieutenant was set to perform one of his attempts to qualify that day - but instead stopped dead in his tracks and let go of his pole to respectfully stand still.
  • Ouch! Ukrainian wrestler BITES his American opponent in the middle of quest for Olympics bronze [tr]

    08/22/2016 6:29:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 22, 2016 | Clarence MIchallon
    A Ukrainian wrestler was caught on camera biting his American opponent's arm in the middle of an Olympics match. Andriy Kvyatkovskyy, 26, fought against the United States' Frank Molinaro, 27, during the men's freestyle 65 kg quarterfinals on Sunday in Rio. Molinaro held Kvyatkovskyy in a tight grip, pinning him against the ground and twisting Kvyatkovskyy's left leg. The Ukrainian wrestler resorted to unusual means to get away from this dire situation - and ended up planting his teeth into his rival's arm.
  • 'I used to love the Olympics. Then NBC decided to use tape delay': NBC is criticized again [tr]

    08/22/2016 6:26:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 22, 2016 | Kalhan Rosenblatt
    NBC came under fire Sunday night after frustrated viewers took to Twitter to complain about the closing ceremony being aired on an hour delay. Tweets poured in from across the United States as viewers slammed the network for choosing to air the closing ceremony at 8pm, rather than 7pm. Typically, a network will delay a broadcast due to time difference.
  • Olympics ends with a spectacular closing ceremony..held in front of a half-empty stadium [tr]

    08/22/2016 6:13:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 22, 2016 | Shekhar Bhatia, Ben Ashford, Ruth Styles, and Regina F. Graham
    Rio said farewell to hosting the Olympics on Sunday as the closing ceremony experienced periods of rain that poured down on the thousands of athletes and spectators in attendance from around the world. The Olympic flame was extinguished at Maracana stadium, signaling that the Rio Games are officially over. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach gave a poignant speech during the ceremony that saw Toyko's new governor, Yuriko Koike, the first woman to hold that job, happily accept the Olympic flag from Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes.
  • Japanese Prime Minister as Super Mario Ignites Social Media

    08/21/2016 11:15:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    How do you connect the current host of the Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, and the next, Tokyo? Send in Super Mario, of course — with a little political help. SNIP a video showed Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who announces he won't make it to Rio in time. So Abe turned into the Japanese video game plumber Mario and then popped up in the flesh out of a huge green pipe in the stadium that he allegedly used as a shortcut to get from Tokyo to Rio. SNIP
  • Where Texas Would Rank in Olympic Medal Count if it Was its own Country

    08/21/2016 9:44:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Chroncle ^ | Sunday, August 21, 2016 | Matt Young
    If Texas was its own country - which, let's be honest, to many of us, it is - it would rank eighth in the 2016 Olympics medal count with 41 total medals. That means the Lone Star State by itself has more medals than all of Canada (22). Countries like Australia (29), Italy (28) and Spain (17) don't want to get into any kind of medal-counting contest with Texas, either. Oh, and host country Brazil (19)? Thanks for all your medals. The 26 gold medals from athletes with Texas ties would rank third, only behind the United States (46) and...
  • Obama to apologize for USA Olympic victories (a satire)

    08/21/2016 4:58:27 PM PDT · by Lera · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/21/16 | Jack Engelhard
    Every satire has a ring of truth... If not for Jamaican Usain Bolt, the United States would've walked home with every gold medal that wasn't nailed down in Rio. USA doubled the score against the rest of the world in nearly every event save for ping-pong. Isn't that great, Mr. President? We've trounced them fair and square. USA doubled the score against the rest of the world in nearly every event save for ping-pong (and that's not satire). "Micro aggression is the term we use in Liberal circles. Now I have no choice except to beg the world to forgive...
  • ‘Intersex’ Athlete Wins Gold Medal In Women’s 800M

    08/21/2016 1:20:41 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 140 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/20/16 | Peter Hasson
    South African runner Caster Semenya dominated the women’s 800-meter final Saturday in Rio, finishing well ahead of the competition to take home the gold medal. Semenya is widely believed to be “intersex,” defined by the United Nations as people born with sex characteristics “that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies.” The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last summer suspended International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) rules prohibiting athletes who exceed a testosterone threshold from competing in women’s track and field events, clearing the way for Semenya to compete in Rio. The CAS ruling claimed...
  • The politics behind the Olympic spirit (Barf alert)

    08/21/2016 8:14:59 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 8 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | August 21th | Yousef Munayyer
    How realistic is it to expect a global event to be entirely detached from global politics? "Two disaffected black athletes from the United States put on a public display of petulance that sparked one of the most unpleasant controversies in Olympics history and turned the high drama of the games into theatre of the absurd." That is how the Time Magazine chose to describe the now iconic scene of Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising black-gloved fists high while standing atop the medal pedestal and refusing to look at the American flag. The year, of course, was 1968. Months earlier,...
  • Gold Medal Olympian Speaks for Self Defense; Against Second Amendment Infringements

    08/21/2016 4:17:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
     Image from sgvtribune.com When Olympic athletes speak out in favor of "progressive" causes, they make front page news in the United States.  But when a multiple gold medal winner at multiple Olympics speaks in favor of the Second Amendment and self defense, it was the foreign press that covered the issue. Multiple gold medal winner Kim Rhodes spoke out on 5 August in Rio de Janeiro.  From the independent.co.uk: Ms Rhode said she was “becoming more vocal” about her opposition to what she sees as restrictive new gun control measures, including in the context of recent terror attacks. “When...
  • Good as gold: US women win 6th straight Olympic hoops title

    08/20/2016 7:02:19 PM PDT · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 2 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | 8/20/16 | Doug Feinberg, AP
    RIO DE JANEIRO — Geno Auriemma and Diana Taurasi shared a long, emotional embrace. Mission accomplished. The dominant U.S. women's basketball team did what was expected, winning a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal and doing it in impressive fashion. In yet another rout, the U.S. dismantled Spain 101-72 on Saturday.
  • The Thrill of Victory, the Agony of defeat, and Just Showing Up at the Olympics

    08/20/2016 2:13:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 20, 2016 | Noel S. Williams
    The official Olympic medals table doesn’t fully capture participation, which is more reflective of the spirit of the Olympic Games. While it’s natural to celebrate winners, the pathos of losing can be more compelling, and some “losers” who tripped on the way to the podium have exhibited bravery that transcends sports. The official table is medals won, whether ranked by gold medal count or by total medals. I’ve seen some interesting variations: one that adjusts for population; one that tallies points (3 for gold, 2 for silver and 1 for bronze) then divides by a score on human rights, as...
  • U.S. swimmer Gunnar Bentz tells his story of Rio gas station incident

    08/20/2016 9:01:08 AM PDT · by bgill · 105 replies
    KXAN ^ | August 19, 2016 | NBC
    On the way back to the Olympic Village, we pulled into a convenience store to use the restroom. There was no restroom inside, so we foolishly relieved ourselves on the backside of the building behind some bushes. There was a locked door out back and I did not witness anyone breaking it open. I am unsure why, but while we were in that area, Ryan pulled to the ground a framed metal advertisement that was loosely anchored to the brick wall. I then suggested to everyone that we needed to leave the area and we returned to the taxi.
  • Catholic Caucus: Catholics Setting Records in the Olympics

    08/18/2016 7:33:58 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies
    Curch Militant ^ | August 17, 2016 | Aaron Maxwell
    RIO DE JANEIRO (ChurchMilitant.com) - The world's fastest man is Catholic. Before he begins a competition, he says a prayer to The Holy Trinity. He is also devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and is usually seen wearing the miraculous medal, a Catholic devotional medal to Mary.Usain St. Leo Bolt was born in Sherwood Content, Trelawny, Jamaica. Born Catholic, he was given the middle name St. Leo in honor of St. Leo the Great, the 45th pope.Bolt, who competed in this year Olympics, makes the Sign of the Cross before he competes in any race, demonstrating his devotion. He...
  • VANITY: NBC News segment says Team USA women winning in Rio & neglects to mention Thrasher & Rhode!

    08/19/2016 11:04:24 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 6 replies
    Self ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | n/a
    Watched NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt last night (Thursday, August 18th). Lester's last segment was on how the USA women were winning more medals than the men in Rio 2016. They showed a variety of photos of different women who have won medals - but I noticed that they didn't include Ginny Thrasher and Kim Rhode, air rifle and skeet shooter respectively, in the segment. They've won medals too -- Gold Medal for Thrasher and 4 or 5 career Olympic medals for Rhode, including one in Rio. The NBC Nightly News website shows last night broadcast, but it does...
  • Woman Speaks Out: I Saw a Gun Pulled on the Swimmers

    Bruna Castro-Ruiz, 28, says she saw part of what unfolded early Sunday at a gas station in Rio, as Lochte and his teammates headed back to the Olympic village. (She says she has already spoken to police about what she saw.) Lochte has said the foursome was robbed at gunpoint after stopping at the gas station on the taxi ride home – an account he has changed slightly from earlier versions given to media. But local police later told PEOPLE that one of the swimmers in the group was seen on security video allegedly damaging a bathroom at the gas...
  • I'm not a Usain Bolt fan

    08/19/2016 6:46:58 AM PDT · by McGarrett · 72 replies
    Vanity | 08/19/2016 | McGarrett
    I have to admit Usain Bolt is an amazing athlete. He looked like a man running against boys in 200 meter final yesterday. Still, his constant showboating turns me off. His total lack of respect for his competitors and post-race antics make me want to gag. I suppose I could stomach those a bit better if he was an American, but I can't say it would greatly change my opinion either. What really chaps my a** is the way NBC and the commentators fall all over this guy. We get these extended segments on him crammed down our throats instead...
  • Being American: Don’t You Dare – or – The Lochte Fallout

    08/19/2016 5:59:10 AM PDT · by quietneighbor · 60 replies
    Plain Sight Network ^ | 8/19/16 | Bill Xam
    There have been numerous articles about the crime of the century that’s only 16 years old. In one, it’s claimed that a crowd of screaming Brazilians, eager to taste American blood surrounded the car he was in, banging on it, apparently on the verge of being a murderous mob, so much so that the harried by the lies of Lochte Rio police had to save him out of a total dedication to law enforcement principles. But oddly, nowhere in the article that contains dozens of photos do we see a murderous mob. Only a mob of reporters surrounding the car...
  • Helen Maroulis wins USA's first gold medal in women's wrestling (Sweet Lady!)

    08/19/2016 5:03:06 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 27 replies
    NBC ^ | Shawn Smith
    It took some time, but the United States now has a gold medalist in women's wrestling. And to earn it, Helen Maroulis had to beat a woman who knows a thing or two about gold medals: Japan's Saori Yoshida, a 13-time world champion and three-time reigning Olympic champion. It was a gold medal showdown that the wrestling world had been looking forward to for a long time. Maroulis, the reigning world champion at 55kg, versus Yoshida, the reigning world champion at 53kg. The first period ended with Yoshida leading 1-0 after Maroulis failed to convert when put on the 30-second...
  • USOC confirms Lochte gas station incident, apologizes to Brazil as swimmers fly home

    08/18/2016 10:06:52 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | 8/18/16 | Matt Norlander
    United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun released a statement late Thursday night that largely confirmed what Brazilian authorities made public earlier in the day. Ryan Lochte and three of his USA swimming teammates concocted a story about being held up at gunpoint by men posing as police officers while returning to the athletes' Olympic Village early Sunday morning. The USOC apologized to Brazil in the statement and gave more context to the latest news developing in the case. "The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of...
  • Should Caster Semanya be allowed to compete as a woman? Tipped for 800m gold, she has no ovaries...

    08/18/2016 10:13:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/14/16 | Guy Walters
    Caster Semenya, 25, a South African runner, is tipped to win the 800m But the athlete has ignited a debate about gender at the Olympic Games Semenya has testosterone levels three times the normal level in women She has no womb or ovaries but rather internal testes due to abnormality Of all the stars at Rio, few are as hotly tipped for resounding victory as 800m runner Caster Semenya. Fewer still can match her for controversy. There are those who say she should not be allowed to compete in the Olympics women’s 800m, which she is almost certain to win....
  • Ryan Lochte, James Feigen Indicted by Brazil Authorities For Falsely Reporting a Crime

    08/18/2016 7:49:20 PM PDT · by drewh · 88 replies
    National Post ^ | August 18, 2016 7:09 PM ET | The Associated Press and National Post Staff
    US swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen were indicted by Rio de Janeiro authorities on charges of making a false police report, ABC News reported Thursday. Brazilian police said earlier Thursday that the famous swimmer and his U.S. teammates were not robbed after a night of partying, and that the intoxicated athletes instead vandalized a gas station bathroom and were questioned by armed guards before they paid for the damage and left. The robbery that was or wasn’t has become the biggest spectacle outside of the Olympic venues in Rio, and given American Olympians a black eye in Brazil after...
  • (NJ) Union Catholic goes wild watching Sydney McLaughlin advance at the Olympics (VIDEO)

    08/18/2016 7:44:41 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies
    nj.com ^ | August 16, 2016 | Jim Lambert
    After seeing teen star Sydney McLaughlin place 5th in her heat in the opening round of the women's 400-meter hurdles at the Olympic Games, many of the close to 1,000 people that jammed themselves into Union Catholic's gym to watch the race began to head for the exits.  For some, the heat inside the gym was beginning to take its toll, but many others left feeling that the 17 year-old McLaughlin, a rising senior at Union Catholic, had probably come up short in her attempt to advance to the semifinal round at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But not brothers...
  • Lochte Police Question Uber Taxi Driver: United States Swimmers Smashed Up Gas Station TOILET

    08/18/2016 1:31:59 PM PDT · by drewh · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11:14 EST, 18 August 2016 | By Ben Ashford In Rio De Janeiro and Ruth Styles
    Unnamed taxi driver has been located by officers from Civil Police and quizzed at Rio police station Officers now say the guard did NOT pull his gun on the athletes Detectives have demanded the other three swimmers hand over their Uber records Lochte already abandoned the most dramatic details of his account of the robbery - that their taxi driver was stopped and a cocked gun pressed to the swimmer's head Another police theory is that the swimmers went to Copacabana beach, which is notorious for its raucous nightlife DailyMail.com has found that, far from being robbed, Lochte and his...
  • Rio police: A security guard did point a gun at US swimmers but there was no robbery

    08/18/2016 12:55:04 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 16 replies
    Twitter ^ | 8/18/2016 | FOX News
    Rio police: A security guard did point a gun at US swimmers but there was no robbery.
  • Brazil police: Swimmers were vandals, not robbery victims

    08/18/2016 1:20:07 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/18/2016 | Marilia Brocchetto, Flora Charner, Joshua Berlinger and Angela Dewan,
    Rio de Janeiro (CNN)[Breaking news update, posted at 3:39 p.m. ET]: Civil Police chief Fernando Veloso said at a press conference about four American swimmers: "In theory, one or all of them might be charged for false communication of a crime and for damaging private assets, the gas station. I'm not saying that they are charged right now because of that. We have to finalize the investigation and in theory that could be the case. This is not really a -- this kind of crime will not lead to their arrest."
  • Why Do Women’s Sports Even Exist?

    08/18/2016 12:32:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 150 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 18, 2016 | Selwyn Duke
    My, my, there those feminists go, complaining again. This time the whining concerns supposedly “sexist” Olympics coverage. Their problem? Many journalists are, we’re told, using different language when talking about female athletes than when speaking of male ones. Oh, the humanity! There’s the guy who credited a female swimmer’s husband/coach for her success, the talk about a six-foot-three-inch South Korean woman volley ball player’s difficulty finding a boyfriend, and a reporter who called an equestrian rider “blondie.” Putting aside the female teacher who once called me blondie when I was 13, let’s have a reality check. Do you really think...
  • How Ryan Lochte turned a drunken, frat-boy night into an international mess

    08/18/2016 11:50:34 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 53 replies
    Yahoo!!!!! ^ | 1 hour 37 minutes | Dan Wetzel
    How Ryan Lochte turned a drunken, frat-boy night into an international mess Yeah, it’s come to this: The story of the Olympics, a likely fake claim of robbery at the end of a drunken night of debauchery turned into global story courtesy of a publicity-mad swimmer-turned-reality-TV-star who, unlike his three buddies – teammates Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz – is home safe in the United States. This is likely bad news for Ryan Lochte, who appears to have found his three compatriots throwing him under the bus to authorities. At least two of the swimmers are at the...
  • Two Olympic swimmers CONFESS Lochte armed robbery story WAS made up as Brazil cops release [tr]

    08/18/2016 10:52:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 18, 2016 | Ruth Styles, Matt Roper, Ben Ashford, Chris Spargo
    US swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz have told police that they fabricated claims that they and their Olympic teammate Ryan Lochte were robbed at a gas station on Sunday. The sudden admission came as video was released in which the men can be seen running to and from the bathroom, spending over 10 minutes at the gas station a little after 6am in the morning. Sources have confirmed to DailyMail.com that Lochte and the group destroyed a gas station door and refused to pay for the damage until a security guard demanded they hand over money.