Ben Rohrbach

  • Kenyan Olympians stuck staying in Rio favela as country awaits 'cheap flights'

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 3 days ago

     

    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

    And the drama continues in rio for #TeamKenya @citizentvkenya @UKenyatta this team kenya home for tonight !! pic.twitter.com/NE4UiAf5n3

     

  • Houston celebrates U.S. gymnastics star's homecoming on 'Simone Biles Day'

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 3 days ago

     

    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.

    On behalf of all #Houstonians, we welcome home @Simone_Biles & all returning #Houston area #Olympians. #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/UoAxMt8Frd

    — Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) August 24, 2016

  • The story behind Tony Parker and Team France's heartwarming unselfishness

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 3 days ago

     

    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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  • Tinder releases list of sports receiving most right swipes in Rio de Janeiro

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 4 days ago

     

    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.

    Men

    Women

  • Venezuela will give free houses to all the country's Summer Olympians

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 4 days ago

     

    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.

  • Rio police expand investigation into Ireland's alleged ticket-scalping scheme

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 4 days ago

     

    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.

  • Trio of Chinese gold medalists among 15 weightlifters suspended for doping

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 4 days ago

    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:

  • Appeal denied: Russian athletes officially banned from Paralympics

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 5 days ago

    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.

  • Indian marathoner who ran without water in Rio heat thought she would die

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 5 days ago

    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.

  • Report: Rio police exaggerated their version of Ryan Lochte events, too

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 5 days ago

    There is no evidence Ryan Lochte or his three U.S. swimming teammates ever entered — let alone damaged — a bathroom at the gas station where a late-night rest stop exploded into an international incident at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last week, according to a USA Today report on Monday night.

    In a press conference called to debunk Lochte’s claims of a robbery at gunpoint, Rio police chief Fernando Veloso painted the bathroom as a crime scene, claiming American swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen, along with Lochte, broke a soap dispenser and mirror. Meanwhile, media outlets cited law enforcement officials who accused them of also breaking a bathroom door.

    However, there is no such damage, and none of those items appear to have been replaced, per the USA Today report. Likewise, the newspaper reviewed extensive security footage from the Shell station, including a camera aimed at the restroom entrance, and the swimmers never entered the door.