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I’m still not sure if Ryan Lochte was actually robbed in Rio de Janeiro.
The U.S. Olympic swimmer certainly exaggerated his version of events during a late-night rest stop, leaving out parts about urinating on and tearing a poster from the side of a gas station. Still, armed security guards did demand money from him and his friends. The whole controversy was ridiculous.
But it wasn’t enough to stop a company committed to crime prevention from signing Lochte, even if every major corporation associated with the three-time silver medalist dropped him as a sponsor.
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As Olympians across the globe were welcomed home to massive celebrations this week, Kenya’s Olympic team remained in Rio de Janeiro while their country awaited cheaper flights out of Brazil.
Those are the charges Team Kenya captain Wesley Korir laid out in a series of Twitter posts. With photos and video, the marathoner described dangerous living conditions — complete with gunshots — in Rio favela accommodations arranged by Kenyan officials, now that the Olympic Village is closed.
Unbeliable this is where the rest of kenyan team will spend their night today, after olympic village is closed! pic.twitter.com/h548Ds753g
— Hon wesley korir (@weskorir) August 24, 2016
Everything’s bigger in Texas, and nobody’s bigger in Texas right now than Simone Biles.
being home never felt better
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) August 25, 2016
The 19-year-old U.S. gymnastics star arrived home to a massive celebration. Houston Texans cheerleaders and a marching band welcomed her to Bush Airport, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed it “Simone Biles Day” and police escorted her home on streets lined with fans.
— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) August 24, 2016
For the second time since this month’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics began, Stephen Jackson blasted former San Antonio Spurs teammate Tony Parker for “selfish” play during the 2012 NBA Playoffs.
After describing Parker as a “double agent” on ESPN’s TrueHoop podcast, Jackson doubled down on SiriusXM NBA Radio. “I was not the only guy seeing his selfish ways,” he said of their 2012 Western Conference finals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. “I’m the only one who had balls to say it.”
Parker’s actions during a two-week stay in Rio that spanned Jackson’s comments speak louder than any words the four-time All-Star point guard could have offered in response to ol’ Captain Jack.
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The 2014 Sochi Games earned a reputation as the “Tinder Olympics, but usage of the mobile dating application in the athletes village increased 129 percent during opening weekend in Rio de Janeiro, and that upswing was expected to continue, according to Tinder spokeswoman Rosette Pambakian.
“A lot of the athletes here are using this app,” Swedish judoka Marcus Nyman told Canadian press.
Considering the International Olympic Committee outfitted the athletes village with roughly 42 condoms per athlete in Rio, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprise by the popularity of apps like Tinder.
What may come as a shock, though, is the list of sports that produced the most coveted Olympians.
And the winning sports were … drum roll, please … tennis for men and table tennis for women.
Michael Phelps returned home from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to a pushy local television reporter. Germany’s Hahner twins came home to their country’s Olympic committee accusing them of orchestrating a publicity stunt. Serbia’s Olympians got a heroes’ welcome home at a Belgrade parade.
The homecomings for Olympic athletes were as varied as the countries represented in Rio, but none was more unique than that of Venezuela, which welcomed its Olympians home with, well, homes.
Venezuela will offer free government housing to its 87 Olympians, the Associated Press reported.
In addition to arresting Olympic Council of Ireland president Patrick Hickey amid ticket-scalping allegations, Brazilian investigators now also suspect the man who replaced Hickey of being involved in a scheme that could have netted an estimated $3 million, according to the Associated Press.
Brazilian authorities are seeking assistance from the Irish government after replacement OCI chair William O’Brien left Rio de Janeiro on the eve of investigators obtaining a warrant and raiding the OCI’s Rio offices to seize the passports, laptops and cellphones of its members, the AP reported.
“There are a lot of messages mentioning William O’Brien along with Patrick Hickey,” Brazilian investigator Aloysio Falcao told the AP following a press conference called on Tuesday.
Following a retest of samples from the 2008 Summer Games, the International Weightlifting Federation published the names of 15 competitors who tested positive for banned substances, including three Olympic champions and eight others who could be stripped of their medals.
China dominated female weightlifting at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, capturing four of the sport’s seven gold medals, but three of those champions — Cao Lei, Chen Xiexia and Liu Chunhong — all tested positive for hormone growth stimulant GHRP-2, according to the IWF, via the Associated Press.
Liu, who also won the 69-kilogram weight class at the 2004 Athens Olympics, tested positive for the stimulant sibutramine as well. She set three world records during her Olympic performance in 2008.
Eight other medalists from the 2008 Summer Olympics retested positive for anabolic steroids:
Restrictions are officially even more severe for Russia’s Paralympians than the country’s Olympians.
Following the McLaren report’s exposure of a state-sponsored Russian doping program, the International Olympic Committee still cleared 278 Russians for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but the International Paralympic Committee wasn’t so kind, completely banning the country’s competitors.
Upon the Russian Paralympic Committee’s appeal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the IPC’s decision Tuesday, according to BBC. Russia will be excluded when the Paralympics begin Sept. 7.
The IOC came under fire after turning over the fate of Russian Olympians to the federations for each individual sport, rather than follow the World Anti-Doping Agency’s recommendation of a full ban. The Russians claimed 56 medals at the Olympics, including 19 gold, to finish fourth in the medal count.
An Indian woman thought she was going to die after not being provided enough fluids while running the marathon in “the scorching heat” at the Rio Olympics last week, according to reports.
Questioning the Athletics Federation of India’s efforts to provide fluids, O.P. Jaisha told the Press Trust of India, via BBC, she only received water from Rio organizers every eight kilometers, while others got water and energy drinks from officials in their countries’ athletic federations every two kilometers.
“We are supposed to be given drinks by our technical officials, it’s the rule,” Jaisha told the PTI. “We cannot take water from any other team. I saw the Indian board there but there was nothing. I had a lot of problem, I fainted after the race. I was administered glucose, I thought I would die.”
For their part, the Athletics Federation of India is denying any responsibility for Jaisha’s lack of fluids.
As a result, India sport minister Vijay Goel vowed to investigate the federation’s alleged negligence.