- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal18 hrs ago
The Olympics has a long history of family achievement, one generation inspiring the next. What's more rare, however, is for parents and children to compete in the same Games. The Rio Olympics will feature an Olympic first: a mother and a son competing together in the same Games.
Nino Salukvadze and her son Tsotne Machavariani will represent the nation of Georgia in the Rio Games' shooting competitions. Salukvadze, 47, is competing in her eighth Games; her son, age 18, is competing in his first.
"I am very happy as the representative of the Georgian shooting federation but a million times happier as a mother that my son managed to do this," Salukvadze told the Associated Press.
- Leander Schaerlaeckens at Fourth-Place Medal5 days ago
NEW YORK – The disconnect grows wider by the day. On Wednesday, a peppy 100-days-out rally in Times Square, attended by First Lady Michelle Obama, riled the revelers into the usual pre-Olympic patriotic pomp. And on Thursday, several more to-be Olympians gave demonstrations at a second event, put on by Kellogg's, in Union Square.
Women's national soccer teamer Julie Johnston showed off ball tricks and Simone Biles, the reigning three-time world champion in women's gymnastics, flitted about on her beam in the middle of rush hour on a chilly morning. "I can't feel my toes, you guys!" she told the sympathetic crowd of 100 or so, by way of apology for taking a few corrective steps in her routine.
The United States Olympic team had already unveiled its Ralph Lauren-designed Closing Ceremony uniforms the day prior. But the message on Thursday, again, was loud and clear: The Olympics are coming.
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal6 days ago
The United States Olympic team has unveiled its Closing Ceremony uniforms for this year's Rio Olympics, and there's a profound nautical theme:
The uniforms are the creation of Ralph Lauren. Following a controversy over China-made uniforms in 2012, every element of the uniforms was made in the United States. The uniform's various components will be for sale on Ralph Lauren's website at a price of $49.50 to $350.
Here, via Ralph Lauren, are breakdowns of all the various uniform combinations:
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal14 days ago
Two years ahead of the 2018 Olympic Games slated for Pyeongchang, South Korea, a new Associated Press report charges that South Korea committed widespread human rights violations in the years prior to the 1988 Games in Seoul.
Seoul won the bid for the 1988 Games in 1981, beating out Nagoya, Japan. In the ensuing seven years, the AP report charges, the South Korean government oversaw a brutal, widespread program of "cleansing" that resulted in horrific human rights violations.
"Thousands — the homeless, the drunk, but mostly children and the disabled — [were] rounded up off the streets ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, which the ruling dictators saw as international validation of South Korea's arrival as a modern country," reads the report. "An Associated Press investigation shows that the abuse of these so-called vagrants at Brothers [Home], the largest of dozens of such facilities, was much more vicious and widespread than previously known, based on hundreds of exclusive documents and dozens of interviews with officials and former inmates."
- Andreas Hale at Fourth-Place Medal2 mths ago
Back in 1992, the United States national basketball team assembled a team of NBA pros to compete at the Summer Olympic Games after finishing third in 1988. The “Dream Team” — consisting of Michal Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and others — took the world by storm as they crushed the competition en route to bringing the gold home.
Could the U.S. boxing team assemble it’s own dream team for this summer’s games?
It’s very possible considering that the president of the International Boxing Association, Wu Ching-kuo, has suggested that a longtime rule that has prevented full-time professional boxers from competition could be abolished just in time for the Olympics.
“We want the best boxers to come to the Olympic Games. It is Aiba’s 70th birthday, and we want something to change – not after four years, but now,” Ching-kuo said in a recent interview with The Guardian. “It is an IOC policy to have the best athletes in the Games and, of the international federations, Aiba is probably the only one without professional athletes in the Olympics. We already have our own professionals, APB and WSB [World Series] boxers, in the Games [and] we will go further.”
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal2 mths ago
With fewer than six months remaining until the start of the Rio Olympic Games, a new threat has emerged to the Games' stability: the Zika virus.
The U.S. Olympic Committee has told the organizing bodies of various American sports that if athletes or support staff are concerned about the Zika virus, they should consider not traveling to Rio for the August Games, according to a new Reuters report. The USOC delivered the message to various sports federations in a late-January conference call.
"One of the things that they immediately said was, especially for women that may be pregnant or even thinking of getting pregnant, that whether you are scheduled to go to Rio or no, that you shouldn't go," said Donald Anthony, an Olympian and the head of U.S. Fencing. "And no one should go if they feel at all as though that that threat could impact them."
- Kevin Kaduk at Fourth-Place Medal2 mths ago
You could say it's been a pretty good week for fencing athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad.
The 30-year-old New Jersey native was recognized by President Barack Obama during his visit to a Baltimore mosque on Wednesday and asked to stand for a moment of recognition.
Muhammad's accomplishment? Well, she qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio over the weekend and will become what is believed to be the first U.S. woman to compete in a hijab, the headscarf worn by Muslim women.
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal3 mths ago
Bill Johnson, the first American to win an Olympic downhill gold medal, has died after a lengthy illness.
Johnson was an outspoken presence who guaranteed success in the Olympics, then backed it up with a gold medal-winning performance in 1984.
"He didn't care what anyone said, he did it his way. And he did really good," current U.S. Ski Team member Steven Nyman said. "There was a couple of years where he was really good and he kind of paved the way for us."
Johnson had suffered from a series of strokes and other ailments throughout his life, most notably following a catastrophic wreck in 2001 while preparing for a comeback at the 2002 Olympic Games. He suffered traumatic brain injury so severe that he lost a decade's worth of memories and needed to learn how to walk, talk, and eat again.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Fourth-Place Medal3 mths ago
Picabo Street, who won a gold medal in the women's Super-G at the 1998 Winter Olympics, faces misdemeanor charges in Utah after allegedly pushing her 76-year-old father down a flight of stairs.
According to reports, Street and her father Roland got into an argument at her Park City home on Dec. 23. Roland Street apparently "bumped his car into the house," according to a sheriff's affidavit. At some point, the argument spilled into the house, where it became physical. Picabo Street told police she "pushed her father down the stairs and locked him in the basement before calling police dispatch," according to KSL in Utah.
Roland Street told police he hit his head. He appeared to have cuts on his neck and elbow.
Street is expected to plead not guilty at a Feb. 16 court appearance, according to reports.
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal3 mths ago
Knock it down, start all over.
As part of a plan to combat doping in track and field, UK Athletics, the United Kingdom's athletics foundation,has proposed a far-reaching plan that would include wiping out all world records and initiating lifetime bans for any UK athlete caught doping.
"The integrity of athletics was challenged as never before in 2015," said Ed Warner, UK Athletics chairman. "Clean athletes and sports fans the world over have been let down. Trust in the sport is at its lowest point for decades. Greater transparency, tougher sanctions, longer bans - and even resetting the clock on world records for a new era - we should be open to do whatever it takes to restore credibility in the sport."
International federations have investigated doping allegations regarding athletes from Russia, Morocco, Turkey, and Kenya.