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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 »

Forget Rio: Rednecks Throw Own, Er, 'Olympics'

Except they can't call their games that, thanks to prickly Olympic Committee

(Newser) - There were no world-class athletes or top-notch sporting venues in Maine, but there was cold beer, barbecue, and a muddy tug-of-war Saturday at the event formerly known as the Redneck Olympics, reports the AP . The event, now officially known as the "Redneck (Blank)" after the real Olympics threatened to... More »

Olympic Officials to US Athletes: Skip Rio if Zika Scares You

USOC delivers message to American sports federations, says Reuters

(Newser) - If the US medal count is lower than normal at the Summer Olympics this year, blame mosquitoes. The United States Olympic Committee has spread the word to American athletes: If the Zika virus worries them, they should skip the Games in Brazil, reports Reuters . The message came in a conference... More »

Boston Bid Ends for 2024 Olympics

Ties were "severed" after teleconference call, the AP says

(Newser) - Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over. A person familiar with the decision told the AP that the city and the US Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference today. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been made public.... More »

Boston Will Be US Contender to Host 2024 Olympics

City beats out LA, San Francisco, and DC

(Newser) - One American city will be in the running to host the 2024 Summer Olympics: Boston. The US Olympic Committee picked the city today over Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, reports the Boston Globe . Now comes two years of wooing the International Olympic Committee, which will make its final... More »

US Olympic 'Go USA' Mittens Made In China

USOC says it wanted affordable option

(Newser) - Looks like there are some short memories on the US Olympic Committee: Not much more than a year after news that Team USA uniforms were made in China had lawmakers like Harry Reid suggesting they be torched in a bonfire , the USOC is raising money by selling mittens that say... More »

Team USA Uniforms to Be Made in USA —Next Time

Designer Ralph Lauren announces switch for 2014

(Newser) - The long, sartorial nightmare is nearly over. The US Olympic team will wear uniforms made in the US-of-A starting with the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, reports the AP . Ralph Lauren, who designs the team's outfits, announced the change yesterday. It's too late to change them this... More »

US Won't Bid on 2020 Olympics

Economic climate, lingering revenue dispute prevent bid

(Newser) - The 2020 Summer Olympics may be nine years away, but one thing's for sure: They won’t be happening here. The US Olympic Committee won’t seek to host the Games in any American city, an official tells the Chicago Tribune . The USOC has long been at odds with... More »

USOC Threatens 'Redneck Olympics' With Lawsuit

Apparently they're not happy about the name...

(Newser) - The Redneck Olympics, held last weekend in Hebron, Maine, may be forced to change its name. Not the "redneck" part, the "Olympics" part. Harold Brooks, who held the three-day event on his land, got a call from the US Olympic Committee's legal division Monday telling him if... More »

US Olympics Chief Will Step Down

Streeter's decision follows Chicago bid, no-confidence vote

(Newser) - With the sting of Chicago's loss still fresh, the acting chief of the US Olympic Committee has decided to step down before being pushed out. Stephanie Streeter said today she will not seek the job on a permanent basis and will leave by March. The decision comes five days after... More »

US Paralympians Sue for Equal Treatment

Complain about disparities with able-bodied Olympians

(Newser) - When the Paralympics opened today in Beijing, American Tony Iniguez proudly wore his uniform—but he’s also suing the US Olympic Program that provided it. Iniguez, like many of his teammates, believes paralympians deserve the same benefits as their able-bodied counterparts. His suit, filed with two retired wheelchair racers,... More »

US Olympians Under 'Lockdown'

Organizing committee keeps close watch on athletes

(Newser) - The US Olympic Committee is keeping a tight grip on its athletes headed to Beijing. Ninety percent of Olympians are being "processed" through California's San Jose State University, and the USOC has requested that they not leave campus or talk to outsiders, an experience some athletes are describing as... More »

China Bristles at US' Olympic Food Snub

Beijing insists meat is safe, but Americans will brown-bag it

(Newser) - China says it's a "pity" that US athletes won't be joining their international counterparts at dinner tables during the Olympics this summer over worries about the safety of food and water. American athletes will ship in their own meat and eat at their own training center, and China is... More »

Chicago's Olympic Bid Faltering, US Chairman Says

Effort to land 2016 Games 'third or fourth'

(Newser) - Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics is falling behind its main foreign rivals, the chairman of the US Olympic Committee said today. The Chicago Tribune reports that Peter Ueberroth, who captained Los Angeles' 1984 Games, puts Chicago's effort fourth among cities vying for the 2016 Olympics, behind Rio... More »

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