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Thanks to Women, Team USA Dominates Rio Medal Haul

America ends up 51 medals ahead of second-place China

(Newser) - The US Olympic men's basketball team won its third straight gold medal and did it easily, beating Serbia 96-66 on Sunday. With the win, the Americans claim the final medal of the Rio Games and cap a dominant medal performance by Team USA overall, reports AP . The Americans—with... 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 »

Phelps Takes Another Gold, Busts an Ancient Record

Move over, Leonidas of Rhodes

(Newser) - Michael Phelps continued his habit of winning Olympic gold Thursday night by cruising to an easy victory in the 200-meter individual-medley. It's his fourth gold at the Rio Games and his 22nd gold overall, reports AP . It's also his 13th gold in an individual event, which breaks a... More »

US Women's Gymnastics Dominates for Gold Medal

Team USA was more than 8 points ahead of 2nd-place Russia

(Newser) - The US women's gymnastics team won gold and gave retiring national team coordinator Martha Karolyi a fitting sendoff in the Olympic finals Tuesday, putting on a two-hour display of precision and class, the AP reports. Their score of 184.897 was more than eight points points clear of silver... More »

Lilly King Settles Russian Feud, Wins Gold

She defeats Yulia Efimova

(Newser) - This one will surely be seen as a victory for clean athletes over the dopers. No doubt that was Lilly King's take, reports the AP . The feisty American swimmer stared down Yulia Efimova, a rival at the center of Russia's doping scandal, and then beat her in the... More »

No, Those Aren't Hickeys on Olympic Athletes

They're bruises from 'cupping therapy'

(Newser) - If you watched Michael Phelps snag his 19th gold medal in Rio Sunday, you might also have noticed he had several red dots on his upper body like "a Gatorade bottle had given him a hickey," per Fox Sports . That's essentially what happened, but instead of a... More »

Fencer in Hijab Makes History for Team USA

Ibtihaj Muhammad hopes to inspire change

(Newser) - At age 12, Ibtihaj Muhammad chose to learn fencing because she considered it the easiest sport in which she could compete while wearing a hijab. Eighteen years later, she's made history as Team USA's first hijab-wearing Olympian, reports the BBC . The 30-year-old former world champion, ranked eighth in... 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 »

Team USA Revels in a Rare American Honor

Lloyd, Wambach, and Co. celebrated in New York City's Canyon of Heroes

(Newser) - Throngs of young girls and other fans of the US women's soccer team filled lower Manhattan this morning for a ticker-tape parade celebrating its Women's World Cup victory. The parade-goers started gathering at 3:30am along the Canyon of Heroes, a stretch of Broadway where the nation's... More »

USA Routs Japan to Win World Cup, 5-2

Carli Lloyd scores hat trick in first half en route to 5-2 victory

(Newser) - So much for drama. The US women's soccer team beat Japan for the World Cup tonight by a score of 5-2—and four of those goals came in the first 16 minutes, three of them courtesy of Carli Lloyd. Lloyd made it 1-0 at the three-minute mark, 2-0 at... More »

US Women Advance to World Cup Final

USA beats Germany

(Newser) - One more game to go: The US women's soccer team beat Germany 2-0 to advance to Sunday's championship match in the World Cup. The big difference was this: With the game tied at 0 in the second half, Germany missed a penalty kick and the US then made... More »

Team USA Advances on Wambach Goal

Women advance to elimination round in World Cup soccer

(Newser) - On to the knockout round of 16. Team USA beat Nigeria tonight in women's World Cup soccer to clinch first place in Group D and advance. The lone goal came from Abby Wambach, playing in her last World Cup, just before the end of the first half. Finishing in... More »

Still in First: Team USA Ties Sweden

Americans still lead their group

(Newser) - Team USA played to a 0-0 tie with Sweden and former coach Pia Sundhage tonight in one of the most anticipated matches of the group stage at the Women's World Cup. Abby Wambach came off the bench in the second half, but her header in the 72nd minute was... More »

Finland Takes Bronze From USA in Hockey

It was a 5-0 rout

(Newser) - They went from gold-medal hopefuls to fourth-place finishers in two days. The USA men's hockey team lost to Finland 5-0 today and will leave Sochi without a medal, reports USA Today . Unlike yesterday's 1-0 loss to Canada, this one wasn't much of a game. When Finland scored... More »

Canada Beats US in Hockey, Again

Men's team defeats USA in semifinals

(Newser) - One day after Canada's women's hockey team delivered a crushing loss to Team USA, the men's team did the same. Canada beat the US 1-0 today in the semifinals, reports AP . Jamie Benn scored early in the second period, and Carey Price stopped all 30 American shots... More »

Canada Stuns US in OT for Women's Hockey Gold

Team USA gives up two late goals in the third in 3-2 loss

(Newser) - The gold-medal game in women's hockey played out as advertised, with yet another thriller between USA and Canada. The Canadians prevailed with a 3-2 win in overtime for their fourth straight gold medal, reports AP . The loss is especially stinging for the US because it held a 2-0 lead... More »

USA Wins Ice Dancing for First Time

Meryl Davis and Charlie White take the gold

(Newser) - US speedskaters aren't doing so hot , but other Americans strapping on skates at Sochi are making up for it. Today, Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the first-ever gold for USA in ice dancing, reports CBS News . They beat the last gold-medal winners, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of... More »

A Star Is Born: TJ Oshie Wows as US Beats Russia

Scores 4 times in shootout

(Newser) - They're still in the prelim rounds in hockey, but that didn't detract from the drama as USA beat Russia 3-2 today in an eight-round shootout. All the talk afterward was about TJ Oshie, who scored four times in said shootout to secure the win, reports CBS Sports (which... More »

US Speedskaters Ask to Change Suits

After awful start, team might revert to older suits

(Newser) - The US speedskating team is still without a medal after an awful start in Sochi, and the squad hopes it can turn things around by changing suits. The team has officially sought permission from the Olympic powers-that-be to ditch their fancy "Mach 39" suits made by Under Armour and... More »

'Mellow' Snowboarder Grabs First US Gold

Sage Kotsenburg does the honors in slopestyle event

(Newser) - The first gold medal for the US—in fact, the first gold medal of the Sochi Games, period—is in the books, courtesy of the self-described "super mellow" Sage Kotsenburg of Park City, Utah. The 20-year-old won the not-so-mellow slopestyle snowboarding competition, reports the LA Times . Not familiar? It'... More »

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