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  • Bob Costas steps aside as Olympics host; Mike Tirico to take over

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 13 days ago

    Bob Costas, the central voice of NBC’s Olympics coverage for a quarter-century, is leaving the host’s seat. Mike Tirico will take over as host of NBC’s Olympics programming starting next year with the Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Costas is also reducing his role in several other NBC sports endeavors, including NFL football and the Triple Crown.

    “It just felt to me like the right time and it’s felt like the right time for a while,” Costas told the New York Times. “This was a good time to step away, while I could still do it.”

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    Costas hosted the Olympics for 24 years. NBC itself has broadcast every Summer Olympics since 1988, and every Winter Olympics since 2002. The network also holds the rights to every Olympics going forward through 2032.

  • Let the one-year countdown to 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics begin

    Joe Lago at Fourth-Place Medal 13 days ago

    First of all, let’s be clear: It’s Pyeong-CHANG, not Pyong-YANG.

    PyeongChang, the South Korean host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics, can easily be mistaken for Pyongyang, the capital of longtime adversary North Korea. It’s also located just 50 miles south of the demilitarized zone, aka the “DMZ,” the 250-mile-long border that has separated the democratic South from the communist North since the Korean War in 1953.

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    “PyeongChang is very different from Pyongyang,” Gangwon Province governor Moonsoon Choi said at last November’s World Press Briefing, the traditional Games grand tour for the media and national Olympic committees from around the world.

    “Do not confuse, please,” he joked.

    A year from now, the world should have no problem differentiating the two cities.

    Seven of the 12 venues have been completed with the remaining five close to completion. So preparation and organization should not be an issue like the previous two Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and Sochi.

  • Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals to be made out of recycled smartphones

    Jackie Bamberger at Fourth-Place Medal 20 days ago

    In preparation for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, host city Tokyo is going for the green.

    Organizers are hoping to construct 5,000 gold, bronze and silver medals from recycled mobile phones and other electronic items. Collection boxes will be placed outside post offices and cell phone stores until the goal of eight tons of medal is met.

    “A project that allows the people of Japan to take part in creating the medals is really good,” said Tokyo 2020 sports director Koji Murofushi. “There’s a limit on the resources of our earth, so recycling these things will make us think about the environment.”

    Some recycled materials made up medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and at this past summer’s Games in Rio, 30 percent of the silver used in the medals came from recycled mirrors, solder and X-Ray plates., but Tokyo would be the first Games to feature medals made of 100 percent recyclable materials.

    Three-time Olympic gold medalist and national hero gymnast Kohei Uchimura praised the ingenuity of the project.

  • Houston congresswoman: 'We want the Olympics'

    Eric Adelson at Fourth-Place Medal 22 days ago

    HOUSTON – In the middle of denouncing President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee made a pitch to the entire world.

    “We want the Olympics,” she said Sunday. “We think we’re ready. We will be able to be ready.”

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    Jackson Lee stood in the arrivals hall at her city’s international airport, consulting with lawyers about the Trump order. She was clearly bothered by the decree, handing out a statement calling it a “radical departure” from the principles of the Constitution.

    Still, 2024 is far in the future and any Houston bid would have to target years after that – probably 2032 or later. So Jackson Lee is thinking well beyond the current geopolitical climate.

    “We gotta get in the queue, we know that,” she said Sunday.

    The city certainly would be a viable candidate. It made an effort to host in 2012, it has hosted the Junior Olympics, and the U.S. team was processed here on its way to Rio last year.

  • Usain Bolt loses gold medal after relay teammate found guilty of doping

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 28 days ago

    Usain Bolt’s famed triple-triple—three gold medals in three Olympic Games—has vanished, through no fault of his own. One of Bolt’s teammates in the 4×100 relay in the Beijing Olympics has been found guilty of doping.

    The International Olympic Committee re-tested a sample of Nesta Carter from the Beijing Games and found the presence of the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine. As a result, Carter was disqualified, and took his entire team’s performance down with him.

    “The Jamaica Olympic Association shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medals, the medallist pins and the diplomas awarded in connection with the men’s 4x100m relay event to the athlete and his teammates,” the IOC said in rendering its decision.

    Methylhexaneamine, a stimulant, is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and numerous athletes in various sports have been disqualified for its use. Initially marketed as a nasal decongestant, it was removed from shelves in 1983.

  • Jamaican bobsled team crowdfunds for coach

    Sunaya Sapurji at Fourth-Place Medal 1 mth ago

     

    This might be the sequel to Cool Runnings everyone has been waiting for.

    The Jamaican Bobsled team needs a coach and with John Candy’s fictional character of Irv Blitzer nowhere to be found, the squad has started a Go Fund Me page to try and fund/find a coach.

    We are up before the sun. Off to the track! pic.twitter.com/hyILcBviXE

    — Jamaica Bobsled Team (@Jambobsled) January 17, 2017

    The team is looking to raise $60,000 and after eight days, they’ve managed to get $1,125 in donations.

    From the Go Fund Me Page: 

    The Winter Olympics are in just over a year, and we are in the midst of our training. With trust in God, and each other, we are working as hard as we can; however, we are missing one thing-a coach.

    Jamaica is hoping to qualify both men’s and women’s teams for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games – the 30th anniversary of their Olympic debut.

  • Great Dane sets badminton record for world's fastest smash (Video)

    Sunaya Sapurji at Fourth-Place Medal 1 mth ago

    There’s a new fastest gun in the badminton world as Denmark’s Mads Pieler Kolding has entered the record book with the world’s fastest smash.

    Kolding, who is listed at 6-foot-9, was clocked sending the  birdie shuttlecock back to his opponents at 264 mph, setting a new record for tournament play.

    Kolding’s smash came during a doubles match with his partner in India’s Premiere Badminton League.

    Almost as impressive as the smash, is the commentary that goes along with it:

    After setting the new mark, Kolding was awarded a check for 21,000 Rupees, which roughly works out to $308 U.S. dollars.

    @MadsKolding of Denmark has hit a FastestSmash in a Game during the ongoing @PBLIndiaLive He plays for Team @ChennaiSmashers#PowerSmash426 pic.twitter.com/y9lS4jZ4mT

  • Lindsey Vonn opens up about horrifying injury

    Mackenzie Liddell at Fourth-Place Medal 1 mth ago

     

     

    Eight weeks after suffering a gruesome arm injury in a training crash, Lindsey Vonn will return to competitive skiing this weekend.

    It’s a pretty remarkable comeback considering the new details Vonn shared about her horrifying injury in a video posted to Instagram on Thursday.

    A video posted by Lindsey Vonn (@lindseyvonn) on Jan 11, 2017 at 1:05pm PST

    Along with severely fracturing the humerus bone of her right arm, the Olympic gold medalist lost function in her hand due to nerve damage. Although she has regained some function in her hand, Vonn said she still struggles with basic things like putting on a glove and doing her hair.

    Vonn, 32, has spent a great deal of time on the road to recovery in recent years, as this was the fourth time in the last five winters she has suffered a serious injury.

    Last February, Vonn’s season ended early after she suffered three fractures in her left knee following a crash in a World Cup race. It was the second major injury for Vonn that season, as four months earlier she broke her ankle while training in New Zealand.

  • Simone Biles, Aly Raisman to appear in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 1 mth ago

    Fans of both the United States’ gold medal-winning gymnastics team and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, take heart: Simone Biles and Aly Raisman will be appearing in the magazine’s upcoming issue.

    .@aly_raisman and @simone_biles are trading in their leotards for bikinis in #SISwim 2017! https://t.co/lr4TLzKcHB pic.twitter.com/fAUHDfFCWu

    — SI Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) January 10, 2017

    Here’s a promo video:

    Five months after turning heads in #Rio, @Simone_Biles and @Aly_Raisman will make their #SISwim debut! pic.twitter.com/YQ8sOZtBrC

    — SI Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) January 10, 2017

  • Report: At least 368 youth gymnasts abused over last 20 years

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 2 mths ago

    A far-reaching Indianapolis Star report indicates that at least 368 youth gymnasts have been abused while in gymnastics programs over the last 20 years, with 115 adults accused of abuse in locations all over the country.

    The hard numbers are a follow-up to an August IndyStar report entitled “Out of Balance,” which charged that USA Gymnastics protected coaches over potentially abused gymnasts. This new report, the culmination of thousands of documents from multiple states, puts numbers to the charges.

    However, the IndyStar contends many who have sought to bring abuse allegations against their coaches have found that the organization is not as responsive or sympathetic to victims’ concerns as it could be, prizing winning and growth over gymnast protection.