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Michael Phelps Tries to Break 2,168-Year-Old Record Today

He tied the record for individual Olympic gold medals this week

(Newser) - Michael Phelps will try to break an ancient Olympic record this week. The swimmer has won 21 Olympic gold medals, 12 of them in individual events—and those dozen personal medals mean Phelps has tied an Olympic record that had been held for 2,168 years, Deadspin reports. Olympic historian... More »

Girl Finds Stolen Gold Medal, Thinks It's a Frisbee

$500 reward should help replace her new toy

(Newser) - Six-year-old Chloe Smith was out for a walk with her dad in Atlanta on Saturday when she picked up a shiny disc from the ground and threw it like a Frisbee, reports Fox 5 . Had she known it was an Olympic gold medal, she might have thought twice. The medal,... More »

'Miracle on Ice' Goalie Hawking His Gold Medal

And American flag Jim Craig wore after 1980 victory at Olympics

(Newser) - The "Miracle on Ice" hockey team is an indelible memory from the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, with the US coming from behind to defeat the long-reigning Soviets, and then Finland, for the gold. And goalie Jim Craig, then 22, made an equally poignant impression after his team's victory,... More »

This American Just Won Gold—for Russia

Vic Wild didn't get support he needed from US, he says

(Newser) - Vic Wild is an American, born and raised in Washington state—but the gold medal he won at the Sochi Olympics today was for none other than ... Russia. Why? Wild decided to compete for Russia because his event, men's snowboarding parallel giant slalom, wasn't getting much support in... More »

Olympic Medal That Enraged Hitler Up for Auction

Jesse Owens' only surviving 1936 gold hits the block

(Newser) - A precious piece of sports history—and history itself—is hitting the auction block: the only known original Jesse Owens gold medal. It's unclear which of Owens' four 1936 Olympic wins the medal is attached to, and the whereabouts of the other three are unknown. But it's the... More »

Gabby Douglas: I Almost Quit Over Racist Digs

Bullied, called 'slave,' Douglas tells Oprah

(Newser) - America's darling gold medalist Gabby Douglas was so distraught by fellow athletes' bullying and racist taunts during early training that she often cried herself to sleep, she confides to Oprah Winfrey . Gabby, 16, nearly gave up her dream to be an Olympic gymnast because she was tormented at a... More »

16% of Olympic Gold Medalists Cry on the Podium

But there's a big difference between male and female criers

(Newser) - After winning Olympic gold, who cries the most? The Wall Street Journal reviewed the evidence, watching footage of 129 London winners as they accepted their medal to find out:
  • One-quarter of women cry, while just 8% of men break down. (But, the Journal notes, many of the male criers "
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US Grabs Judo Milestone

Kayla Harrison wins nation's first gold in the sport

(Newser) - For the first time in Olympic history, the United States has taken home a gold medal in judo. Kayla Harrison won the top spot in the 78-kilogram division today, the AP reports. She defeated Britain's Gemma Gibbons, who won silver, throwing her twice in the final. Harrison, a former... More »

Near Stunner: Phelps Barely Qualifies

Meanwhile, the Olympics gets its first doping scandal

(Newser) - Some milestones on day one of the London Olympics:
  • First near upset: Michael Phelps just barely qualified in his first event, the 400-meter individual medley, reports AP . "That one didn't feel too good," said Phelps, who squeaked into the eighth and final spot by seven-hundredths of a
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Favorite to Win Archery Gold Is Legally Blind

Target colors blend together for Im Dong-Hyun

(Newser) - Katniss Everdeen has nothing on this archer: South Korea's Im Dong-Hyun already has two Olympic golds under his belt, and he's been tapped as a favorite to win another in London, despite the fact that he's legally blind, reports the Telegraph . The 26-year-old has 20/200 vision in... More »

Michael Phelps Kills Chance of 2008 Repeat

Coach announces he's pulling out of 200M free

(Newser) - Remember how thrilling it was when Michael Phelps managed to grab eight gold medals in the 2008 Olympics? Yeah, that won't be happening this time around. Phelps pulled out of the 200 meter freestyle today, though he had qualified for it. His coach broke the news via Twitter , tweeting... More »

2012 London Gold Medals 'Sold' for $10M: BBC

The money is just an 'investment,' say officials

(Newser) - A boxing official made arrangements to "sell" two 2012 Olympic gold medals to the Azerbaijani team for $10 million, according to an investigation by the BBC . Millions of dollars in secret payments have already been made to international boxing organization World Series Boxing, sources say. In exchange, the head... More »

Cyclist Surrenders Gold Medal Over Doping

Tyler Hamilton gives it up; Lance Armstrong still denying

(Newser) - Congratulations, Viatcheslav Ekimov of Russia. It looks like you've won the gold medal in cycling at the 2004 Olympics. The US cyclist originally awarded the medal, Tyler Hamilton, surrendered it last week and has admitted to doping, reports Bloomberg . Hamilton also is making headlines by accusing former Tour de... More »

Canada Peed in Unison During Hockey Final

Water usage spiked between periods of gold medal match

(Newser) - Apparently most of Canada was holding it during the gold medal hockey game. Water consumption spiked wildly between the game’s periods, as much of the city ran to the bathroom, according to this incredible graph from Edmonton’s water utility. During the final moments of the game, and during... More »

US Dominates New Sports, Old Soviet Strongholds

US, Asia make radical gains over former Soviet Union in classic events

(Newser) - Nate Silver hears the “cynical perspectives” on the US’ record take of 37 medals at the Vancouver Olympics: that newfound dominance is based on the inclusion of “new-fangled sports" like snowboarding and short-track. It’s not particularly valid. If you look only at events contested in the 1988... More »

37 US Medals Set Record, Canada Scores Most Gold

Epic hockey game ends with unprecedented haul for each country

(Newser) - The US and Canada each set Winter Olympic medal records yesterday, after a men’s hockey final that’s already being talked about as one of the greatest games of all time. Canada came away with 14 gold medals, the most any country has ever won in the winter games,... More »

IOC Probing Boozy Hockey Gold Party

Victorious Canadian women swigged beer, champagne on ice

(Newser) - Canada's victorious women's hockey team should have left the ice before they cracked open celebratory beers and champagne, said the executive director of the International Olympic Committee. "It is not what we want to see," Gilbert Felli told AP . "I don't think it's a good promotion of... More »

Canadian Women Top US, Claim Hockey Gold

Marie-Philip Poulin scores both for home team

(Newser) - Marie-Philip Poulin’s two first-period goals stood up tonight as the Canadian women’s hockey team shut out the US, 2-0, to claim the gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics. Shannon Szabados turned away all 28 shots she faced. It’s the third consecutive gold for the Canadians, who have... More »

Tiny Norway Hauls in the Medals, Gets Zero Respect

People assume Norwegians 'born on skis,' have it easy

(Newser) - The country that has won the third-most 2010 Olympic medals so far at 17—and the second highest number of golds—is one you probably haven’t given much thought to. But not only does Norway lay claim to these stats, it also has more Winter Games medals than any... More »

Defago Sweeps Past Bode for Downhill Gold

Miller forced to settle for bronze

(Newser) - The men's downhill skiing competition surged out of the gate in Whistler today, but with all eyes on Bode Miller, little-known Swiss skier Didier Defago unseated the American's solid performance and snatched the gold for himself. Defago, which the New York Times notes isn't even the most famous skier with... More »

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