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Girl, 7, Finds Olympic Gold Medal in Trash

It had been stolen from Joe Jacobi weeks earlier

(Newser) - An Olympic champion is thanking a 7-year-old Atlanta girl who found his gold medal in a pile of trash weeks after it got stolen, the AP reports. Joe Jacobi won the medal in men's canoe double slalom at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Jacobi says it was stolen when... More »

Bolt Scores Amazing 3rd 200M Gold

'I've proven to the world I'm the greatest'

(Newser) - Usain Bolt completed an unprecedented third consecutive sweep of the 100- and 200-meter sprints in Rio Thursday, an accomplishment that further elevated his status as the most decorated male sprinter in Olympic history, the AP reports. He won the 200-meter race with a time of 19.78 seconds to defeat... More »

Phelps Will Owe $55K in Taxes on Rio Medals

IRS wants its cut

(Newser) - Michael Phelps is taking home five golds and one silver from the Rio Games, along with a hefty tax bill. The US Olympic Committee awards $25,000 for each gold medal, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for bronze—and the IRS then takes its cut. Depending on their... More »

One for the Ages: Phelps Nabs 23rd—and Final?—Gold

Swimmer achieves legend as he closes out his 5th Games

(Newser) - Standing atop the medal podium for the 23rd time, Michael Phelps teared up, bit his lip, and gave a little nod. This was how he really wanted to go out. On top of his game in the water. Totally content away from the pool. "It turned out pretty cool,... More »

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 »

US Adds Gold No. 2 in Slopestyle

Jamie Anderson wins women's event with monster 2nd run; UK wins 1st-ever medal on snow

(Newser) - Jamie Anderson gave the United States a gold-medal sweep in the first Olympic slopestyle snowboarding competition, while Jenny Jones took bronze to give Britain its first ever medal in any snow sport. Anderson soared her way to the gold in a near flawless run in the women's final today,... 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 »

Perfect Bolt Claims 3 Golds

Jamaica sweeps sprinting events at World Athletics Championship in Moscow

(Newser) - Usain Bolt is perfect again. And with three gold medals in Moscow, the Jamaican great became the most successful athlete in the 30-year history of the world championships. The 4x100-meter relay gold today erased the memories of the 100 title he missed out on in South Korea two years ago... 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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Gabby Douglas: You People Are Worried About My Hair?

Does anybody remember that gold medal thing?

(Newser) - Women's gymnastics all-around champion Gabby Douglas likes her hairstyle just fine, thanks. The 16-year-old said yesterday she was a little confused when she logged onto her computer after winning her second gold medal in three days and discovered people were debating her pulled-back look. "I don't know... More »

US Women Win Gold, Set Medley World Record

Jamaica's Fraser-Pryce defends title in 100-meter dash

(Newser) - The US set a world record to win the women's medley relay at the London Olympics today. The Americans clocked 3 minutes, 52.05 seconds, slicing 0.14 off the previous mark set by China at the 2009 world championships at the height of the high-tech bodysuit era. Missy... More »

Serena Williams Wins Gold

She's only the second player to complete 'Golden Slam'

(Newser) - Serena Williams became only the second woman to complete a career Golden Slam when she won her first singles gold medal today, beating Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1. The victory completed a remarkable run of domination by the No. 4-seeded Williams, who lost only 17 games in her six matches. She... More »

Women's All-Around Gold Goes to ...

USA's Gabby Douglas takes first place

(Newser) - Might be time to get Gabby Douglas a new nickname. Olympic champ might work. Known as "The Flying Squirrel," Douglas won the women's all-around title today, becoming the third straight American to win gymnastics' biggest prize. It's her second gold medal of the London Games, coming... More »

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 »

Britain Finally Grabs a Gold

5 days into games, women win top rowing honors

(Newser) - The egg-on-face potential has been eliminated: Olympic host Britain has finally captured its first gold medal of the London Games. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won the final of the women's pair at the Olympic rowing regatta on today, after establishing a big lead early in the race and... More »

Gymnastics: US Women Take...

Gold! It's the first gold for Team USA since 1996

(Newser) - The Americans lived up to the hype and then some, winning their first Olympic gold medal in women's gymnastics since 1996. Won it in a rout, too. Their score of 183.596 was a whopping five points ahead of Russia. Romania won the bronze. With three incredible vaults to... More »

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