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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 »

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 »

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 »

Mystery Surrounds the Youngest-Ever Olympian

'The great mystery of Olympic history'

(Newser) - The youngest-ever Olympian may have been an 8-year-old boy who was recruited from the audience to serve as coxswain for the Netherlands in the rowing event during the 1900 games in Paris—but no one really knows for sure, reports the Wall Street Journal in a look at what one... More »

Dutch Gymnast Booted From Rio After Night Out

He broke team rules against drinking: ambassador

(Newser) - Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder was probably celebrating making the final of the men's rings event when he went partying in Rio on Saturday. Unfortunately for the former world champion, drinking—and even leaving the Olympic Village at night, apparently—is against team rules. "It's terrible for... More »

Woman Raises Cash for Her Uber Driver to Watch Son in Rio

Ellis Hill is scheduled to fly to Rio next week

(Newser) - Ellis Hill's son is competing in shot put in the Rio Olympics next week—and thanks to one of Hill's Uber passengers, Hill will be there to watch him do it. Hill was driving Liz Willock from the Philadelphia airport to her hotel last week when Willock mentioned... More »

Cyclist Has Cracks in Spine After Crash on Risky Descent

Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten tweets she'll be OK

(Newser) - A female Dutch cyclist suffered a horrific crash on a steep hill Sunday that left fellow cyclists and spectators fearing for her life. As it turns out, Annemiek van Vleuten cracked three vertebrae and sustained a concussion, reports Reuters . "I am now in the hospital with some injuries and... More »

Olympic Officials Use Bolt Cutters After Losing Stadium Keys

Whoops

(Newser) - Not exactly an auspicious start to the Rio Olympics: Officials couldn't find the keys for one of the Maracana Stadium gates Wednesday, so they had to use bolt cutters to let fans into a soccer game, Fox Sports reports. (As Sports Illustrated notes, competition has already begun for some... More »

Boxer Blows Olympic Chances With Arrest in Rio

Morocco's Hassan Saada is accused of sexually assaulting 2 women

(Newser) - Morocco's Hassan Saada was set to square off in the boxing ring against a Turkish competitor at the Olympics on Saturday, but instead he'll be in a Rio jail. The 22-year-old athlete was arrested Friday morning at the Olympic Village on charges that he sexually assaulted two maids... More »

Report: 1K US Spies Helping Brazil Monitor Olympics

All 17 US intelligence agencies are reportedly involved

(Newser) - There may be more US spies than Zika-carrying mosquitoes in Rio over the next couple of weeks, per a "highly classified" intelligence report seen by NBC News . With the blessing of Brazil's government, some 1,000 espionage experts—about 350 of them onsite in Rio—are positioned and... More »

Team USA's Most-Decorated Athlete Will Be Its Flag-Bearer

Star swimmer will be Team USA's flag-bearer at Friday's opening ceremony

(Newser) - "King of the Olympic Rings" Michael Phelps already has more medals than any other athlete in history, Fox Sports notes. Now he's going to add a flag to the mix as Team USA's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony in Rio on Friday, the Olympic National Committee announced... More »

Teen's Tweeted Olympic Dream Comes True 5 Years Later

Morolake Akinosun is heading to Rio after prophetic posting years ago

(Newser) - In the summer of 2011, a 17-year-old heading into her senior year at an Illinois high school started thinking more seriously about her future, and she determinedly announced her plans via social media. "In 2016 I will be 22, graduated from a school I have not chosen yet, and... More »

Rio's Newest Problem: 'Super Bacteria' in the Water

And a nasty oil slick in Guanabara Bay, right where sailors are set to compete

(Newser) - Rio de Janeiro has been plagued by body parts on beaches , muggings , and Zika fears ahead of the Summer Olympics, and now a "super bacteria" has entered the mix. Brazilian scientists say the drug-resistant bacteria was found along the coast of popular beaches including Flamengo and Botafogo, both of... More »

Russian Track Team Banned From Olympics

Doping scandal results in bad news for the nation

(Newser) - In what the New York Times calls "an extraordinary punishment that might be without precedent in Olympics history," the Russian track and field team has been banned from competition at the Summer Olympics. Seven months ago, the World Anti-Doping Agency published a scathing report accusing Russia of a... More »

Pregnant Savannah Guthrie: I'm Skipping Olympics

She's the highest-profile NBC employee to opt out so far

(Newser) - Today co-host Savannah Guthrie is pregnant with her second child—which means she won't be heading to Brazil to cover the Olympics this summer. "I’m not going to be able to go to Rio, so you’ll have to go to beach volleyball without me," she... More »

Usain Bolt Could Lose One of His Gold Medals

2008 teammate allegedly tested positive for banned substance

(Newser) - Usain Bolt could lose one of his three gold medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics thanks to another member of Jamaica's 400-meter relay team from that year. Amid a crackdown during which Olympic officials have been re-testing samples from the past two Summer Games with new technology, Jamaican team... More »

Detroit Tigers Pitcher Contracted Zika

Francisco Rodriguez said he didn't feel like himself for 2 whole months

(Newser) - When he's not pitching for the Detroit Tigers, Francisco Rodriguez heads home for some R&R in his native Venezuela. But the 34-year-old came back from the last offseason with more than just memories: He contracted the Zika virus , and it wasn't pleasant, ESPN reports. For two entire... More »

Expert Says Olympics Should Be Rescheduled Over Zika

He says the lives of many thousands of unborn babies are at risk

(Newser) - "But for the games, would anyone recommend sending an extra half a million visitors into Brazil right now?" University of Ottawa professor Amir Attaran writes in the Harvard Public Health Review . According to the AP , Attaran is calling on the International Olympic Committee to postpone or relocate the Summer... More »

Here's Brazil's Plan for a Zika-Free Olympics

Largest outbreak has been in host country to 2016 Summer Games

(Newser) - From polluted waterways to terrible planning , organizers of the 2016 Summer Olympics set to take place in Rio de Janeiro have faced plenty of challenges . The latest: the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has been linked to serious birth defects in newborn babies. Authorities in Brazil—home of the largest-known outbreak... More »

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