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Brazil Lets Ryan Lochte Off the Hook

Criminal case dismissed against swimmer over false robbery report at Rio Olympics

(Newser) - A Brazilian court has dismissed the criminal case against US swimmer Ryan Lochte, who had been charged with filing a false robbery report during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The court confirmed in a statement this week that it tossed out the case after determining that Lochte's... 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 »

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 »

Phelps Stunned in Final Solo Race

He was in Olympic swimming's 1st 3-way tie for 2nd

(Newser) - Michael Phelps is used to being in a league of his own. So it was strange to see him, after what he insists was his final individual race as an Olympian, crowding onto a medal stand with two other swimmers. And it wasn't even the top step. In a... More »

Brock Turner Gets Lifetime Ban From USA Swimming

Effectively ending his Olympic dreams

(Newser) - Brock Turner may have received just a six-month sentence (of which he'll likely serve only three) from a judge for raping an unconscious girl behind a dumpster, but he won't get the same leniency from USA Swimming, USA Today reports. The organization, which oversees all professional swim... More »

Michael Phelps Engaged to Former Miss Calif.

Nicole Johnson 'said yes,' swimmer tweets

(Newser) - Michael Phelps has taken the plunge and gotten engaged. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist announced on Twitter he's marrying Nicole Johnson, who was Miss California in 2010 (after the Golden State gave the world Carrie Prejean ) and has dated Phelps on and off the past few years. Phelps... More »

Rampant Sex Abuse Dogs USA Swimming

Coaches have attacked young athletes amid years of limited oversight

(Newser) - In an environment of little oversight, leading swim coaches across the US have taken advantage of a power dynamic to abuse their athletes for decades. In an in-depth piece at Outside , Rachel Sturtz recounts the story of Anna Strzempko, a former top swimmer who has reported repeated rapes by her... More »

USA Swimming Punishes Michael Phelps

The swimmer is forced to withdraw from world championships

(Newser) - USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps for six months, forced him to withdraw from next year's world championships, and taken away his funding from the sport's national governing body as a result of the Olympic champion's second DUI arrest. The sanctions announced today won't keep Phelps... More »

Michael Phelps Charged With DUI

It's his second charge in 10 years

(Newser) - Michael Phelps was charged early today with driving under the influence, reports TMZ —the second such charge the swimmer has faced in 10 years. Sources tell the site he was pulled over in his native Maryland, reportedly going 84mph in a 45mph zone, and that he "bombed" his... More »

Lochte Injured by Overexcited Fan

Swimming champ out with another 'freak injury'

(Newser) - Swimming champ Ryan Lochte will be out of the pool for a while because of a hazard on land—an overexcited fan. When a teenage girl ran at the swimmer in Florida over the weekend, he caught her and he hit his knee on the curb when they both toppled... More »

Phelps, Lochte Race Again ...

And this time Phelps wins

(Newser) - In Round 2 of Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte, Phelps reigned supreme. The American stars swam against each other for the last time in these Games in the 200-meter individual medley, with Phelps taking the gold (1:54.27) and Lochte the silver (1:54.90). Their first showdown of... More »

Michael Phelps Makes History: Medal No. 19

Nobody has more Olympic medals

(Newser) - He may not be minting gold as he did at the last Olympics, but Michael Phelps is still making history. The US swimmer picked up a gold and a silver today to bring his career Olympic total to a record 19 medals, reports USA Today . (He's got another silver... More »

US Wins 2 Golds in Backstroke

Missy Franklin wins women's race as Matt Grevers sets record

(Newser) - American teenager Missy Franklin won the women's 100-meter backstroke at the London Olympics today. Franklin won the two-lap race in 58.33 seconds for her first Olympic gold and second medal after taking bronze in the 4x100 freestyle relay. Emily Seebohm of Australia touched in 58.68 to take... More »

USA Swimming Calls for Probe Into Sex Abuse

Coach is accused of molesting teen swimmer for years

(Newser) - Managers of the USA Swimming national organization have called for an emergency disciplinary hearing to probe sex abuse charges against a coach, reports ABC News . Rick Curl, who coached swimmer Tom Dolan to medals in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, attended last month’s US Olympic trials in Omaha on... More »

Scientists Tell Swimmers to Change Their Strokes

Michael Phelps is so good thanks to mechanical advantage

(Newser) - Science has figured out one of the reasons Michael Phelps is so dang fast. A series of studies completed since the Beijing Olympics has radically challenged some long-held conventional wisdom about swimming, Reuters reports. One study funded by USA Swimming, for instance, found that when it comes to freestyle and... More »

Athlete Sues Coach, USA Swimming for Abuse

Swimmer: Sport's governing body didn't protect me

(Newser) - A former swimmer who says her coach sexually abused her for 5 years starting when she was just 15 has filed suit against the coach and USA Swimming. Jancy Thompson says the abuse from coach Norm Havercroft forced her to give up the sport she loved and abandon her dream... More »

36 USA Swimming Coaches Molested Teen Athletes

Families sue coaching authority for lax oversight

(Newser) - USA Swimming has been rocked by the disclosure that 36 coaches have been banned for life for molesting teen athletes over the last 10 years, according to a suit brought by victims' families. Coaches secretly videotaped, fondled, and were otherwise indecent with their charges, court papers reveal. One coach in... More »

Phelps Unhurt in Car Crash; Other Driver Shaken Up

Cops say alcohol not a factor in Olympic swimmer's collision

(Newser) - Michael Phelps was uninjured after the car he was driving collided with another vehicle in Baltimore tonight. The female driver of a Honda Accord was "shaken up" and taken to a hospital as a precaution. Two passengers in Phelps' Cadillac Escalade were unhurt. A police spokesman says Phelps has... More »

Swimmer Makes Ass of Himself

(Newser) - Champion US swimmer Ricky Berens got that sinking feeling when his high-tech suit split down the back an instant before he sailed into the water for his leg of a relay at the FINA Swimming World Championship in Rome. The result was a flash of muscly derrière transmitted on... More »

Phelps Smashes 100M Butterfly Record

(Newser) - Michael Phelps demolished both the 100-meter butterfly world record and any lingering concerns about his fitness at the US Nationals yesterday, USA Today reports. Phelps—who returned to training less than five months ago—finished in 50.22 seconds, breaking the 50.40 record set by fellow American Ian Crocker... More »

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