2016 Olympics

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Rio Revenge? Russian Hackers Hit Medical Info of US Athletes

'What we're seeing here is a digital temper tantrum,'

(Newser) - In what one analyst calls a "digital temper tantrum," hackers linked to the Russian government have hacked into the World Anti-Doping Agency's Olympic database and released information on star American athletes, including Serena and Venus Williams. WADA has confirmed the security breach, and the hacking group "... More »

Lochte in Line for Long Suspension

IOC, USA Swimming will ban him for 10 months

(Newser) - Ryan Lochte has been hit with a 10-month suspension for his behavior in Rio, sources tell USA Today , CNN , and other outlets. The punishment handed down by the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee, and USA Swimming also includes a ban from 2017's world championship meet in... More »

'17 F---ing Years and It's Over!': Solo on Suspension

Soccer star didn't take news well in documentary clip

(Newser) - Hope Solo didn't react well to her team losing to Sweden during the Rio Olympics, earning her a six-month suspension from US Soccer for her remarks that the Swedes were "a bunch of cowards." Her reaction upon finding out about her suspension was similarly explosive, and USA ... More »

Ethiopia's Assurances Don't Convince Olympic Medalist

Silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa didn't fly out from Rio with rest of team

(Newser) - Silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa said the Ethiopian government would likely kill or imprison him if he ever returned to the country from Rio, where he crossed his wrists above his head in solidarity with protesters in his homeland as he crossed the marathon finish line. Ethiopia shot back that he'... More »

10 Best Olympic Moments

Simone Biles' jaw-dropping performance makes the list

(Newser) - The 2016 Olympics came to an end when Rio officially handed things over to 2020 host Tokyo Sunday night in a jubilant closing ceremony that featured, among other things, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rising from a pipe dressed as Super Mario. A look back at some of the... More »

After Protest Gesture, Medalist Can Never Return Home

Ethiopian says government will kill or jail him

(Newser) - If they awarded Olympic medals for bravery, Feyisa Lilesa would have a gold to add to his marathon silver. The Ethiopian runner crossed his wrists above his head at the end of the men's marathon in Rio to show solidarity with protesters in his homeland, and he says the... More »

NZ, US Runners Win Fair Play Awards

D'Agostino, Hamblin helped each other finish race

(Newser) - One of the most touching moments of the Rio Olympics has been rewarded with this year's Fair Play Awards. American runner Abbey D'Agostino and New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin, who helped each other finish the race after falling during a women's 5,000-meter heat, were given the... More »

Ryan Lochte: Sorry for 'My Immature Behavior'

Swimmer admits he 'over-exaggerated' his telling of the story

(Newser) - If backpedaling were an Olympic sport, Ryan Lochte might have a 13th medal to add to his pile. Furthering the apology tour by the four American swimmers in Lochte's fantasy robbery at the Rio Games, Lochte tells NBC News that as for the version of events he spun last... More »

Lochte on Twitter: I'm Sorry for Not Being 'Candid'

Swimmer says he should've handled himself better after 'traumatic' experience

(Newser) - Is Ryan Lochte trying to wrest back control of Lochte-Gate ? USA Today points out the US swimmer posted a lengthy mea culpa—though TMZ labels it nothing more than a doubling down—on social media Friday morning. In it, he says he's sorry to "my teammates, my... More »

USOC Apologizes Over 'Robbed' Swimmers

2 athletes allowed to fly home

(Newser) - An embarrassed US Olympic Committee apologized Thursday night for what it called a "distracting ordeal": the alleged robbery of four US swimmers, which Brazilian police now say was a fabrication. In a statement , USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said sorry to "our hosts in Rio and the people of... More »

Lochte, US Swimmers Were in Gas Station Fight: Sources

'Robbery' of Ryan Lochte, teammates in Rio now coming under question

(Newser) - Even more controversial than Ryan Lochte's new hairstyle: the murky story of what happened with him and other US swimmers in Rio. Although Lochte says he was robbed at gunpoint in a taxi over the weekend with Olympic teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen, the story got... More »

Brazil Yanks 2 US Swimmers Off Plane Home

Ryan Lochte changes details but insists robbery took place

(Newser) - American swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz are going to be staying in Brazil for longer than they bargained for. Authorities pulled the men off their flight back to the US at Rio's international airport on Wednesday for questioning over their alleged robbery , the New York Times reports. Their... More »

Ellen Insists She's Not Racist After Controversial Bolt Tweet

She tweeted picture of herself riding the sprinter

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres is in hot water after tweeting a photo Monday showing her riding on the back of Usain Bolt. The photo of the Jamaican sprinter grinning back at his competitors as he won gold in the 100-meter dash in the Rio Olympics quickly got turned into quite a few... More »

Irish IOC Exec Wanted for Ticket Scalping

Arrest warrant issued for Patrick Hickey

(Newser) - An International Olympic Committee executive is in big trouble for allegedly scalping tickets to the Rio Games. Brazil authorities issued an arrest warrant for Patrick Hickey, and said Wednesday that he and six others were involved in the illegal ticket sales plot, the AP reports. Hickey, a member of the... More »

Meet Rio's Golden Couple

Britain's Laura Trott and Jason Kenny have 10 golds between them

(Newser) - Rio saw a different kind of historic night on Tuesday as Laura Trott became Britain's most successful female Olympian ever and the first woman to nab four gold medals in track cycling as she defended her women's omnium title, reports CNN . But her fiancé, Jason Kenny, collected some... More »

Defending Olympic Pole-Vault Champ Gets 'Quite Ill' in Rio

Jenn Suhr will not withdraw

(Newser) - Jenn Suhr, New York resident and defending Olympic pole vault champion, may not get a chance to win gold for the US again. "Jenn has fallen ill, quite ill in the last two days," her husband and coach, Rick, posted on Facebook Monday from Rio de Janeiro. "... More »

Meet the Great-Grandma Who Trains South Africa's Fastest Man

They call the 74-year-old coach 'Aunt Ans'

(Newser) - South African sprinter Wayde Van Niekerk set a world record Sunday night in the men's 400-meter race, an Olympic feat that the Washington Post says "no one saw coming"—except, perhaps, for the 74-year-old Namibian great-grandmother who trains him. Van Niekerk first caught the eye of Ans... More »

After Olympic Loss, Swimmer Dares Mention Her Period

Fu Yuanhui broke a sports taboo

(Newser) - On Sunday, Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhui did something kind of extraordinary: She told a TV interviewer she was menstruating. After China finished 4th in the 4x100 relay, Fu was seen holding her stomach, and when asked if she was feeling ill, she put it plainly: "Because my period came... More »

Why Gymnast Gabby Douglas Is 'Heartbroken'

Her mom refutes accusations that her daughter is 'unpatriotic'

(Newser) - Gabby Douglas conceded Sunday she hadn't performed as well during the 2016 Olympics as she had hoped, especially considering her gold-winning turn at the 2012 Games . But just as confusing and "hurtful" to the 20-year-old gymnast, per the Washington Post , was criticism about everything from the look on... More »

Ryan Lochte Robbed at Gunpoint in Rio

American swimmer, 3 others are held up

(Newser) - American swimmer Ryan Lochte had a brief brush with becoming the late American swimmer Ryan Lochte early Sunday, he tells NBC News , when he and three other swimmers were held up at gunpoint while returning from a party in Rio. Men posing as cops pulled over their taxi, he says.... More »

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