Greg Wyshynski

  • Experiencing Brazil’s nuttiest fan tradition at gold medal soccer

    Greg Wyshynski at Fourth-Place Medal 3 days ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO – His plastic commemorative Rio Olympics beer cups were stacked nine high. A 10th one filled with Skol, best described Bud Light without the flavor, topped them, creating a wobbly goblet. Based on this, I knew he was my kind of people when I stood next to him on a concrete stoop, behind the last row of seats at Maracanã Stadium.

    The gold medal men’s soccer match between Brazil and Germany had a thrilling first half followed by a tense but lackluster second half. This was only rumor to me, by the way, because in true Rio Olympic tradition, my journey to the stadium was mired by late buses and abject weirdness; like when the driver made an unscheduled stop in the middle of a highway to let a man out so he could locate a bar to watch the match we were trying to reach via the bus. Such is Rio.

    My friend with the beer – something sold, by the way, through the end of the game, unlike at an NFL or MLB event in the States – is wearing a red and green soccer kit. He points to a logo that resembles an ancient language: an ‘F’ being spooned by another ‘F’ while being embraced by a ‘C.’

    “LEFT. HAND.”

  • Top 10 memorable moments of Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony

    Greg Wyshynski at Fourth-Place Medal 3 days ago

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    RIO DE JANEIRO — The party raged as the rain fell at the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics on Sunday night at Maracana Stadium, as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad officially reached their finale.

    (Although one more event, Navigating Incredibly Long Airport Lines, had yet to be completed.)

    Here are 10 of the most memorable moments from the 2016 Rio Closing Ceremony.

    Rain

    Maracana Stadium is an open-air stadium, which unfortunately meant the Closing Ceremony was exposed to the elements. A steady rain fell during it, as it had for most of the evening, and could be seen blowing through the stadium under the lights.

    But the athletes didn’t let it rain on their parade: Using hoods, plastic ponchos and official team umbrellas, the danced through the drops and kept the energy up as the rain came down.

    The anthem

    Team GB light-up shoes

    They later used the shoes on their hands to wave during the musical segments. Jolly good show!

    Return of the shirtless Tongan

  • Tokyo's Super Mario surprise was Rio Closing Ceremony’s wildest moment

    Greg Wyshynski at Fourth-Place Medal 3 days ago

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    RIO DE JANEIRO — As the Olympic torch was officially passed at the Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony on Sunday, it was time for Tokyo to make an impression for the 2020 Summer Games.

    That impression? Well, if dressing up Japan’s prime minister as Super Mario and having him pop out of a giant sewer pipe in the middle of the Rio Closing Ceremony is any indication, we’re in for a show in four years.

    As the Tokyo 2020 presentation started, a video was shown of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister. He was passed a red ball, symbolizing the Japanese flag, from an athlete. His job? Rush the ball to the Rio Opening Ceremony.

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    Tokyo 2020 … you have us officially intrigued.

  • What were the top 3 best-selling items at Rio Olympics?

    Greg Wyshynski at Fourth-Place Medal 4 days ago

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    RIO DE JANEIRO – The Rio Olympics had two “megastores” open during the Games. One was situated inside the Olympic Park, while the other was located on Copacabana Beach. “We had an average of 85,000 visitors at both stores every day,” said Mario Andrada, Rio 2016 spokesman.

    But what were they buying?

    According to organizers, here are the top three best-selling items at the Rio Olympics:

    3. Copo Elegance Dose (a.k.a. a box with three shot glasses)

    These three shot glasses with the logos of different Olympic sports were sold out at the Olympic Park megastore by Sunday’s Closing Ceremony. They retailed for 35 Brazilian Real, or about $12 U.S., which is a pretty decent bargain for officially licensed shot glasses.

    But they’re also an investment! These ones are selling for 200 Real on an auction site.

    2. Flip-Flops

    1. This Dumb Hat

     

  • Ryan Lochte, U.S. swimmers face ‘further action’ from USOC after Rio

    Greg Wyshynski at Fourth-Place Medal 4 days ago

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    RIO DE JANEIRO – As the Rio Olympics ended, the United States Olympic Committee celebrated its gold medals, its medal count and the continued domination of its athletes.

    “But it was not perfect,” CEO Scott Blackmun said. “We had the one regretful incident with our swimmers.”

    Lochte was in the U.S. while the other swimmers were detained in Rio. Feigen was charged $10,800, a fine payable to a Brazilian charity under their laws, to earn the right to leave. Lochte was not charged in the matter.

    While the USOC provided security, transportation and help with legal counsel for the swimmers stuck in Rio, Blackmun pushed back on the notion that Team USA tried to help any of them “flee.”

    All four swimmers now are back in the United States. Lochte, in at least his third version of the story, regretted his previous misstatements in a television interview with Matt Lauer on Saturday.

    Blackmun called their actions regrettable.

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  • David Boudia takes bronze in Olympic diving

    Greg Wyshynski at Fourth-Place Medal 4 days ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO – David Boudia of Team USA swam out of the Rio Olympics 10-meter platform diving competition with the bronze medal, after finishing 10th in the semifinals on Saturday.

    The gold medalist in the event at the London Games, Boudia placed third behind Aiden Chen of China (gold) and German Sanchez of Mexico (silver) in the event, held at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center in the Olympic Park. He also won bronze in synchronized diving in London.

    It was a bit of a heartbreaker for Boudia, who entered the final of six dives in second place behind Chen. But he saved his worst for last, notching a 68.45 on his final dive – a forward, 4.5 somersault tuck – that gave Sanchez an opening to move ahead.

    It’s been along journey for Boudia, 27. He placed 10th in his first Olympics in 2008, a result that sent him into a downward spiral in his personal life.

    “It was something I used to laugh at quite frankly before that. But it really just changed my life, and told me why I’m here.”

    The next chapter? The bronze medal in Rio, the first Olympic place he’s taken since the birth of his now-two-year-old daughter.

    Live from Rio: Ryan Lochte, international fugitive; the strange side of the Games:

  • IOC straight up lies about public funding and Rio Games

    Greg Wyshynski at Fourth-Place Medal 5 days ago

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    RIO DE JANEIRO – It’s difficult, at times, to dig out from under the layers of equine excrement that is piled on by the International Olympic Committee. It’s like a well-crafted parfait of deceit and delusion, topped with the delicious froth of the Olympic Spirit.

    There were many examples of this as IOC President Thomas Bach spoke on Saturday, one day before the 2016 Rio Games stagger like a mugging victim to the finish line. But this one was perhaps my favorite:

    “There is no public money in the organization of these Olympic Games.”

    I mean, c’mon, Mr. President. You could have gone with ‘funded by the sale of dragon eggs’ or ‘funded by wagers made using a sports almanac from the future,’ and instead you went with something completely fanciful.

    Let’s talk about public funding and the Olympics:

    From the Financial Times:

    Finally, some truth.

  • Tokyo 2020 officials on ‘counter-heat measures,’ Pokemon Go

    Greg Wyshynski at Fourth-Place Medal 5 days ago

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    RIO DE JANEIRO – The Rio 2016 Games have been played during the winter months in Brazil. Rather than scorching South American heat, many days during the events were breezy and somewhat chilly at times.

    When the Summer Olympics move to Tokyo in 2020 … well, that’s a different season, and a different story.

    “Certainly during the Tokyo Games, heat will be an important element in our situation,” said Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto, at a press conference in Rio on Saturday. “We have to ensure an environment for people on how to endure heat.”

    The Summer Games are scheduled from July 24 through August 9, 2020. Temperatures in Japan around that time can sometimes reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Muto said that the organizers are keeping options open to combat that heat. “We will have a variety of counter-heat measures,” he said.

    “In the next four years, we will have the utmost efforts in combating the heat,” Muto said.

    – The map for the Games:

    So that’s a maybe , then?

  • U.S. water polo coach has joy of Olympic gold, agony of losing brother

    Greg Wyshynski at Fourth-Place Medal 5 days ago

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    RIO DE JANEIRO — The emotions finally overcame Adam Krikorian with about two minutes remaining in the match.

    His assistant coach hinted that with an 11-4 lead, it might be a good time to give the U.S. women’s water polo team’s backup goalie an Olympic cameo appearance in the tournament finale. Krikorian replied by asking if the lead was safe. He was met with an emphatic eye-roll before making the substitution.

    “And that’s when I knew we’ve got this game. And that’s when it started to hit,” he said. “I’ve kept so much emotion and feeling inside that it just started to rise, started to burst out of me.”

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    “The emotions swing so quickly,” he said. “Once you’re in the water, you’re part of the team. You’re dishing out hugs and kisses. Just to see them so happy, makes me happy.”

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  • Golden again: U.S. water polo dominates Italy for 2nd straight medal

    Greg Wyshynski at Fourth-Place Medal 5 days ago

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    RIO DE JANEIRO — The pool at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium has seen its share of American gold this month, thanks to the likes of Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky.

    The U.S. women’s water polo team added one more to that total Friday, in dominating fashion.

    The Americans captured their second-straight gold medal in the event with a 12-5 victory over Italy.

    Kiley Neushul had a hat trick, and goalie Ashleigh Johnson had nine saves.

    [Featured: Why Phelps is retiring for good this time]

    This completed an incredible three-year journey to Rio that saw them win every major tournament they entered. Their run in Rio was equally impressive, with an average margin of victory of nearly seven goals per game before the gold medal match against Italy.

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