Fourth-Place Medal

  • Jamaican bobsled team crowdfunds for coach

    Sunaya Sapurji at Fourth-Place Medal 12 hrs 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 7 days 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 1 mth 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.

  • New report: More than 1,000 Russian athletes involved in doping

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal 1 mth ago

    The World Anti-Doping Agency has released a new report charging Russia with widespread, pervasive, state-sponsored doping of more than 1,000 athletes during a period that includes both the London and Sochi Olympics.

    This report is a followup to, and confirmation of, an earlier WADA investigation that uncovered evidence of Russian doping through a variety of means, from sophisticated regulation of athletes’ body chemistry to crude brute-force methods, such as swapping urine samples through a hole in a wall. That report, released in July, covered the years from 2011 to mid-2015, a period which included three different major worldwide competitions which Russia hosted.

    “We are now able not only to confirm the findings of the first report but also to put them in sharper and clearer focus,” said Richard McLaren, a Canadian lawyer who led the investigation and prepared the report.

  • Pita Taufatofua, Tonga's flag-bearing hottie, eyes 2018 Winter Olympics berth

    Shalise Manza Young at Fourth-Place Medal 1 mth ago

    Think back to the Rio Olympics opening ceremony for a moment. If the first thought that came to mind was the shirtless,oiled-up flag bearer for Tonga, Pita Taufatofua, you likely aren’t alone. (He reprised his look for the Closing Ceremony, as you see above.)

    But Taufatofua, a taekwondo athlete who lost his first-round match by the mercy rule, isn’t yet ready to give up on his Olympic dream.

    In a video posted on the Olympic Channel on Monday, the 33-year old announced a desire to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

    “I’m going to be taking my Olympic dream one step further,” Taufatofua said in the video. “My goal is to let people see, if I can do it, they can do it. The goal is to hunt down that Olympic medal at the 2018 Olympics.”

    Breaking news!

    — Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) December 5, 2016

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

    Joe Lago at Fourth-Place Medal 2 mths 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 3 mths 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 3 mths 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.”