Kristin Armstrong could win her third straight Olympic gold medal in Rio. The women's pursuit team is favored to capture gold. Several Americans could land on the BMX podium. Will anybody in the U.S. notice? Or even care? That is perhaps the biggest challenge facing USA Cycling as the Rio Games arrive. One of the nation's most popular participatory sports is dealing with aging athletes, declining membership and a vast disconnect between amateur riders and their elite counterparts. It has left USA Cycling officials to wonder just where they stand in the sport's structure. "There is no doubt we need to adapt as an organization," agreed Derek Bouchard-Hall, who took over as the governing body's
Following the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision on Sunday not to issue a blanket ban on Russian athletes despite evidence of systematic doping across the majority of Olympic sports, global sporting federations have been left to decide which Russians can compete at next month's Rio Games. The IOC said any Russian athletes with a previous doping suspension will be ineligible to compete at the Olympics. AQUATICS (SWIMMING, DIVING, SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING AND WATERPOLO) - Yulia Efimova, Mikhail Dovgalyuk, Natalia Lovtcova, Anastasia Krapivina, Nikita Lobintsev, Vladimir Morozov and Daria Ustinova are seven Russian swimmers banned by the governing body FINA from competing at Rio.