Ben Rohrbach

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

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 1 hr 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 1 day 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 1 day 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

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    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.

  • Usain Bolt will cash a massive paycheck in 2016

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 4 days ago

    In the realm of track and field, not even Caitlyn Jenner has approached the kind of earning power Usain Bolt has enjoyed since bursting on the scene with a pair of individual world records in 2008.

    The 29-year-old sprinter, who ran what he says was his final Olympic race Friday night when he and the Jamaican relay team won gold,  took home $32.5 million over the calendar year leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympics, and he stands to make even more in the coming year after Rio de Janeiro.

    Bolt ranked No. 32 on Forbes Magazine’s annual list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes, raking in $2.5 million in winnings and another $30 million in endorsements between June 2015 and June 2016. He is the only Olympian on the top-100 list who doesn’t play professional basketball, golf, tennis or soccer.

    [Related: Usain Bolt and the greatest 10 seconds in sports]

    Fast forward: Bolt’s estimated net worth is $60 million.

  • The first Rio de Janeiro Olympian has been stripped of a medal for doping

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 6 days ago

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    The first Olympic medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics has been stripped, according to the Associated Press, and the honor goes to … drum roll, please … Kyrgyzstan weightlifter Izzat Artykov.

    The International Olympic Committee stripped Artykov of his bronze medal in men’s weightlifting after he tested positive for strychnine, per Olympics Journalists’ Association president Steve Wilson.

    1st Rio medal stripped for doping: Izzat Artykov of Kyrgyzstan loses bronze in weightlifting after positive test for strychnine

    — Steve Wilson (@stevewilsonap) August 18, 2016

    Hicks captured gold, thanks to fellow American Fred Lorz’s disqualification for covering 11 miles of the St. Louis marathon course in an automobile, and he kept his Olympic medal until his death in 1952.

  • Reports: Ryan Lochte, U.S. swimmers 'fabricated' armed robbery story

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 6 days ago

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    Ryan Lochte’s U.S. swimming teammates told Brazilian authorities Thursday the 12-time Olympic gold medalist fabricated their story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, according to ESPN.

    American swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, James Feigen and Lochte first claimed to be victims of an alleged armed robbery of their taxi cab en route to the Olympic Village on their way back from a party at the French hospitality house early Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

    [Related: Tired of being mocked, Rio is punching back — at Ryan Lochte]

    During multiple interviews with members of NBC’s Today show, Lochte stood by the robbery story.

    Gutman’s report Thursday morning appeared to contradict Lochte’s account of the alleged robbery.

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  • Father-son French equestrians win gold 40 years apart, join exclusive list

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 6 days ago

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    Philippe Rozier comes from good stock.

    The 53-year-old French show jumping rider first competed in the equestrian competition at the 1984 Summer Olympics, but it wasn’t until Wednesday that he captured his only gold medal in team show jumping — finally matching the gold his father captured in the same event 40 years before him.

    Jean-Marcel Rozier sandwiched three French Championships between a silver medal at the 1968 Mexico Olympics and a gold at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. He established the Espace Rozier equestrian center outside Paris, and it was there that his sons Philippe and Thierry — whom he sired in 1963 and 1964, respectively — rose to prominence as part of the show jumping Team Marionnaud.

    Philippe also competed in the 1984 and 2000 Summer Olympics but finished far from a medal. The Roziers join an exclusive few father-son tandems to capture an Olympic gold medal. This list includes:

  • Japanese pole vaulter says his penis did not disqualify him

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 6 days ago

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    (I will not make a pole joke. I will not make a pole joke. I will not make a …)

    Oh, hi, didn’t see you there.

    This is the story of Japanese pole vault competitor Hiroki Ogita, who became a viral sensation when video and screenshots posted on social media appeared to show his penis dislodging the crossbar.

    (Try not to laugh. Try not to laugh.Try not to …)

    Japanese athlete Hiroki Ogita deemed bigger than his Olympic dreams. pic.twitter.com/a6UVaLPDqM

    — Denzel Shaw (@Denzelcliveshaw) August 16, 2016

    (Darn it.)

    Ogita failed to qualify for Tuesday’s pole vault final at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, even after clearing 5.45 meters on his second attempt. After all, the 28-year-old was up against some stiff competition.

    That should put out the fire.

  • German Olympic officials denounce twins for finishing marathon hand-in-hand

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    Imagine running a marathon. Now imagine doing it at the Summer Olympics. And now imagine approaching the end of that race next to your twin. After 26.2 miles, you may get a little emotional.

    So, you begin to understand why German twins Anna and Lisa Hahner say they spontaneously joined hands as they crossed the women’s marathon finish line together in 81st and 82nd place, respectively.

    But the German Athletics Federation isn’t buying it.

    “Victory and medals are not the only goal,” GAF sports director Thomas Kurschilgen said in an email to the New York Times on Tuesday. “Still, every athlete in the Olympic competitions should be motivated to demonstrate his or her best performance and aim for the best possible result. …

    “Their main aim was to generate media attention. That is what we criticize.”

    How do you really feel, Thomas?