- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal1 day ago
When politics and policy start dictating the Olympic Games, it's all too often athletes who suffer far more than nations.
Yelena Isinbayeva, a two-time Olympic pole vaulting champion, has threatened a lawsuit if Russia's track and field team, currently under worldwide suspension from competition because of doping allegations, is not permitted to compete in Rio.
"It's a direct violation of human rights, discrimination," Isinbayeva said, adding that she would "personally go to an international court regarding human rights. And I'm confident I'll win."
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal4 days ago
A Belgian man whose older brother was one of the Brussels suicide bombers isheaded to Rio as a taekwondo competitor.
Mourad Laachraoui, the younger brother of bomber Najim Laachraoui, won gold in the European Taekwondo Championships. He will compete in Rio representing Belgium.
Mourad, along with other members of his family, said they had not heard from Najim for several years prior to the suicide bombing at Zaventem Aiport on March 22. A second bomb went off at the Maelbeek Rail Station; a total of 32 people were killed in the attacks. Najim Laachraoui was also connected to the Paris terrorist attacks from last year.
Mourad has spoken in the past about his brother's actions, saying he was "sad and ashamed" when he heard of his family's connection to the tragedy. " Our family has the same questions you all have," he said in March. "He used to be a nice intelligent guy. I couldn't believe it."
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal6 days ago
With the Rio Olympics less than three months away, it's time to take a close look at what's really in store for these Games. Yahoo Sports writer Eric Adelson traveled to Brazil recently to get the lay of the land as the Games near, and in this ep of the podcast, we discuss:
-The most likely scenario for catastrophe at the Games, and how likely it really is -Concerns about security and terrorism, as well as the Zika virus, as the Games draw near -Infrastructure problems and questions throughout the Olympic venues -Why the in-flight movie was the scariest aspect of the trip All this, plus some discussion about what it's like to play Augusta National. Enjoy!
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal7 days ago
In response to potentially devastating allegations of widespread doping among athletes at the 2014 Sochi Games, the International Olympic Committee has rolled out a series of re-tests of athlete samples from prior games. According to the IOC, 31 athletes' samples from the 2008 Beijing Games tested positive for illegal substances, with many more tests to come.
The IOC retains samples for up to 10 years to allow for the most up-to-date testing. Tests were conducted on 454 samples from 2008, focusing on athletes who could potentially compete in 2016 at Rio. The 31 unidentified athletes across 12 countries came from six sports. The athletes could be banned from competition at Rio.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Fourth-Place Medal11 days ago
So, if you had the opportunity to ask the fastest man alive one question, what would it be?
What's it like to win an Olympic gold medal?
When was the last time you ate a cheeseburger?
A math question, like, what are the odds that the fastest man on the planet is named Bolt?
Yeah, this little kid went with something like that.
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal12 days ago
With just weeks left before the Rio Olympics begin, reports are beginning to surface that allege the most recent prior Games were tainted by doping scandals.
A New York Times report indicates that dozens of Russian Olympians at Sochi participated in a far-reaching, state-operated doping program, according to the then-director of Russia's anti-doping laboratory. Grigory Rodchenkov contends that he created a concoction of three drugs and liquor that he provided to at least 15 medal winners.
The testing agency and Russian intelligence services combined to swap out the athletes' tainted urine with clean urine taken months earlier. Rodchenkov estimated that as many as 100 samples were exchanged under the cover of darkness, and that none of the doping athletes were caught.
“We were fully equipped, knowledgeable, experienced and perfectly prepared for Sochi like never before,” Rodchenkov said. “It was working like a Swiss watch.”
- Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal21 days 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 Medal26 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 Medal27 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 Medal1 mth 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."