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North Korean Skating Success Becomes Diplomatic Question

Will North Korean athletes participate in Olympics in South Korea?

(Newser) - Amid rising nuclear tensions, two figure skaters Friday became the first North Korean athletes to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held just 40 miles south of the demilitarized zone in South Korea, CNN reports. According to the New York Times , 18-year-old Ryom Tae-Ok and 25-year-old Kim... More »

Canoeing, Surfing Orgs Fight Over Stand-Up Paddleboarding

A court will decide which sport gets to claim SUP

(Newser) - Ending an argument we're sure has happened at least once on a slow afternoon in a bar somewhere, a court will finally decide whether stand-up paddleboarding is closer to surfing or canoeing. The New York Times reports the Court of Arbitration for Sport has been asked to settle a... More »

After 41 Years, McDonald's Makes a Change

It's ending Olympic sponsorship agreement

(Newser) - The year 2018 will mark the first time since 1976 that you won't see the McDonald's logo plastered across Olympic venues, reports USA Today . That's because McDonald's has negotiated an early end to its corporate sponsorship agreement with the International Olympic Committee, which was scheduled to... More »

Lochte: I May Have Been 'Most Hated Person in the World'

But swimmer clarifies he never considered suicide after scandal at Rio Olympics

(Newser) - Ryan Lochte spent most of last August on an apology tour for his "immature behavior" at the Rio Olympics, which saw the swimmer jump from pool water into hot water for his role in an incident at a local gas station—an event he originally "over-exaggerated" as an... More »

Only 2 Cities Are Still Bidding to Host 2024 Olympics

Budapest says bye-bye to controversial bid

(Newser) - The International Olympic Committee is due to meet in September to vote on the site of the 2024 Olympics—but if one more city drops out, they won't need to. The Hungarian government confirmed Wednesday that Budapest's bid has been withdrawn, leaving Paris and Los Angeles as the... More »

Bolt Loses Gold Medal, Treble Record

Teammate doped during Beijing relay race: IOC

(Newser) - Usain Bolt has lost his claim to having won three gold medals at three separate Olympics—through no fault of his own. Bolt will be forced to return his gold medal won in the 400-meter relay in Beijing in 2008 because his Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter tested positive for doping,... More »

Alibaba Founder: US Spent $14T on the Wrong Thing

'You're supposed to spend money on your own people,' not war, Jack Ma said

(Newser) - Tempted to blame China for your economic woes, America? Take a look in the mirror instead. That was the message of Alibaba founder Jack Ma Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he wagged a finger at the US for blowing $14 trillion on war efforts over... More »

Russia Admits Doping Was 'Institutional Conspiracy'

But officials still won't say cheating was state sponsored

(Newser) - "It was an institutional conspiracy," Anna Antseliovich, acting head of Russia's anti-doping agency, admits to the New York Times , marking the first time Moscow has come clean about an elaborate doping scheme that has marred its Olympics competitions. But all is not utter contrition, notes the BBC... More »

Olympic Wrestler Turns Down Silver Medal

Yogeshwar Dutt's opponent tested positive for doping after his death

(Newser) - It's not often an Olympian turns down a medal, but that's exactly what Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is trying to do. Yogeshwar won bronze at the 2012 Olympics in London, Indian Express reports. But the wrestler who beat him, Russia's Besik Kudukhov, was discovered to have been... 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 »

Japan Wants Olympic Medals Made From Old Electronics

It says there's enough metal in old phones and tablets to make the medals

(Newser) - The precious metals used to make the next batch of Olympic medals might not come out of the ground but out of our pockets. The BBC reports Japan's Olympic organizing committee is considering making the medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics out of recycled electronic waste. Using the tiny... More »

US Women's Basketball Keeps Historic Gold Medal Streak Alive

Team USA defeats Spain 101-72 in Rio

(Newser) - The USA women's basketball team won Olympic gold for a historically impressive sixth time in a row Saturday, defeating Spain 101-72 in Rio, USA Today reports. The team has now won 49 games in a row. And only once has an opponent come within 10 points of Team USA... More »

1st Same-Sex Olympic Couple Wins Gold

Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh are members of Great Britain's field hockey team

(Newser) - Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh were already the first same-sex married couple to compete in the Olympics, Advocate reports. On Friday, they added a gold medal to that historic first. "To win a gold medal is a dream come true—to win it standing next to my wife is really... More »

So Many Babies Are Going to Be Named Simone This Year

Thanks to Simone Biles and Simone Manuel

(Newser) - 2016 is the Year of Simone, at least as far as the Olympics and baby names are concerned. NBC News reports Google searches for "Simone baby name" are up 230% in August thanks to the Olympics success of swimmer Simone Manuel and gymnast Simone Biles. Apparently there hasn't... 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 »

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 »

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