Fourth-Place Medal

  • Chinese IOC official found dead at 2018 Winter Olympics World Press Briefing

    Joe Lago at Fourth-Place Medal 19 days ago

     

    PyeongChang 2018 president Heebeom Lee confidently talked about the mountain resort area being a “reliable host” for the Winter Olympics at last week’s World Press Briefing. However, a dark cloud has unexpectedly enveloped the South Korea city.

    An International Olympic Committee official from China was found dead on Friday, the last day of the World Press Briefing for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, Yonhap News Agency reported on Monday.

    Police said the 62-year-old IOC official was discovered in his hotel room around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, the last day of PyeongChang 2018’s week-long conference with members of the media, national organization committees and IOC from around the world. The World Press Briefing comprised day-long logistics presentations and tours of the competition venues and accommodations.

    Police, who did not reveal the IOC official’s name, are investigating the cause of death.

  • Track and field community mourns the death of Tyson Gay's daughter

    Joe Lago at Fourth-Place Medal 1 mth ago

     

    News of the fatal shooting of Tyson Gay’s daughter – 15-year-old Trinity – outside a Louisville restaurant spread through the sports world on Sunday, with the track and field community taking to social media to express their own heartfelt grief for the American 100-meter record holder’s tragic loss.

    USA Track and Field tweeted its “thoughts and prayers” to Gay and his family.

    Sending our thoughts & prayers to @TysonLGay & his loved ones as they mourn the tragic & senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity.

    — USATF (@usatf) October 16, 2016

    Some American sprinters, including Natasha Hastings and Arman Hall of the United States’ gold medal-winning 4×400 relay teams at the Rio Olympics, also took to Twitter to show they were thinking of their teammate.

    My heart is so heavy for my teammate and friend, @TysonLGay, today. Praying for him and his family in these tough times. ❤️

    Prayers up for Tyson ????????

  • Tyson Gay's daughter shot, killed in Kentucky

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 1 mth ago

    Trinity Gay, a high school sprinter and daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay,has died after shots were fired early Sunday morning at a Lexington, Kentucky restaurant.

    Two cars were involved in a shootout at the Cook Out restaurant near the University of Kentucky campus. Trinity Gay, 15, who was reportedly not in either car, was hit in the neck and pronounced dead at 4:41 a.m. Sunday. Police are seeking the drivers of the cars based on descriptions.

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    “She didn’t make it,” Tyson Gay said. “I’m so confused. She was just here last week for fall break. It’s so crazy. I have no idea what happened.”

  • How American Natalie Bieule soared to make her Paralympic dreams come true

    Leander Schaerlaeckens at Fourth-Place Medal 2 mths ago

    The bird shows up most days, watching her train from above.

    Natalie Bieule likes to think it’s her grandfather, Joaquin. Life took one of his legs, too. Well, actually, cancer did before he passed away at 69. Hers was claimed by a drunk driver in a head-on car accident a decade and a half ago when she was 18. Her right leg had to be amputated below the knee. The same leg as the one her grandfather lost. He sometimes called her Joaquina.

    The accident that made her an accidental Paralympian in the F44 discus event happened back home in Miami. She had just graduated high school, and she was headed to a friend’s house to stay over.

    “I just remember getting pulled out of the car and telling myself I need to stay alive and see my mom one more time,” Bieule recalls. “The Jaws of Life extracted me out of the passenger’s side.”

    “I had a dancing career ahead of me,” she remembers. “That’s what I wanted to make a living out of, theater and dancing. And then I got a lot of ‘You can’t’ and ‘You won’t be able to.’ It was a difficult thing for me, but I think my life turned out better than I would have ever expected. I wouldn’t take it as misfortune; I take it as life-changing.”

  • There's a new No. 1 in the Best American Swim Cities list

    Pat Forde at Fourth-Place Medal 2 mths ago
  • Former open-wheel champion Alex Zanardi wins 3rd Paralympic gold medal

    Nick Bromberg at Fourth-Place Medal 2 mths ago

    Former open-wheel driver Alex Zanardi won a gold medal at the Paralympics for the third time Wednesday.

    The 49-year-old was victorious in the H5 time trial in Rio De Janeiro. The H5 is a hand-cycling road event and Zanardi’s winning time of 28:36.81 beat out Australia’s Stuart Tripp by more than 2.5 seconds.

    Isn't about the 144 digits, simply that's impossible to describe some kind of feelings Thanks to YOU all, I mean it! pic.twitter.com/8KOjXT5izY

    — alex zanardi (@lxznr) September 14, 2016

    Zanardi’s Rio gold comes almost exactly 15 years after he lost parts of his legs in a horrific open-wheel accident. Zanardi was driving for Mo Nunn Racing in the CART race at Lausitz (Germany), on September 15, 2001. Zanardi’s car spun after he left the pits late in the race and he was struck by the oncoming car of Alex Tagliani.

    The impact from Tagliani’s car tore the nose off the car. Open-wheel cockpits are unlike a traditional driver’s seat setup. Drivers sit low in the car and with their legs straight out in front towards the nose of the vehicle.

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  • WADA confirms hack of medical records, information on Americans released

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 2 mths ago

    The World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed that it suffered a cyber attack on its databases, and is blaming the incursion on a Russian hacker group. The attack on WADA’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System resulted in the release of records on four American athletes: Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, Venus Williams and Serena Williams. The information posted online consisted of confidential medical data, including Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) for permitted medications, and doping officials were quick to note that the information was in no way incriminating or indicative of any cover-up.

    “While it is an evolving situation, at present, we believe that access to ADAMS was obtained through spear phishing of email accounts; whereby, ADAMS passwords were obtained enabling access to ADAMS account information confined to the Rio 2016 Games,” WADA said in a statement. “At present, we have no reason to believe that other ADAMS data has been compromised.”

    Fancy Bear promises more data dumps with “sensational proof of famous athletes taking doping substances” are to come.

    — Richard Ings (@ringsau) September 13, 2016

  • A crime prevention company decided Ryan Lochte was a worthy sponsor

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 3 mths ago

     

    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.

    Excited to partner with @robocopp

    A video posted by Ryanlochte (@ryanlochte) on Aug 30, 2016 at 1:13pm PDT

     

  • Rio police charge Ryan Lochte with filing false robbery report

    Jackie Bamberger at Fourth-Place Medal 3 mths ago

    Rio police have charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte with filing a false robbery report stemming from an incident at the Olympic games.

    Lochte initially said that he and three other teammates were pulled over and held up at gunpoint by individuals claiming to be police officers after leaving a party in the early morning hours of Aug. 14. After evidence revealed that the four swimmers were not pulled over, and were instead involved in an altercation with armed security guards at a Rio gas station who accused them of vandalizing a bathroom, Lochte retracted his claims, saying he “over-exaggerated” parts of the story.

    The AP reports that the penalty for the charges carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison. If Lochte is found guilty, Brazilian authorities could ask the U.S. to extradite Lochte.