Olympics

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New Olympic Logo Features Rings, City Name, and ... Marianne

People aren't quite sure what to make of design for 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris

(Newser) - A French government spokeswoman calls it "magnifique," while an International Olympic Committee rep says it's "innovative." The rest of the world ... isn't quite sure what to make of a new Olympic logo unveiled for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. The BBC notes that... More »

Tennis Phenom's Big Move: Give Up US Citizenship

Naomi Osaka had to make a decision by age 22, per Japan's rules

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka, born in Japan to a Japanese mom and Haitian-American dad , currently holds both US and Japanese citizenship. But once she turns 22 next week, Japan's nationality laws dictate she'll have to choose between the two—and the tennis star says she's going with the latter,... More »

Gymnast Shoots for Olympics at Age 44

Oksana Chusovitina waits to hear if she'll make the team for the 8th time

(Newser) - Oksana Chusovitina intends to keep her mind off gymnastics until Saturday night, when she will find out whether she'll be competing in the Olympics for the eighth time. She'll look for distractions and maybe take a walk, USA Today reports. "But I will peek into my phone... More »

Someone Is Extremely Excited About the 2026 Olympics Pick

The mayor of Milan's joy is captured by photographers

(Newser) - The International Olympic Committee's decision was met with cheers of "Italia! Italia!" on Monday, and for an obvious reason: Stockholm-Åre lost out on the chance to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, with the honor going to Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo. That means two decades will have elapsed... More »

How Lamar Odom Cheated the Olympics

The NBA champion found a way around the drug test

(Newser) - Lamar Odom admits he beat an Olympic drug test by using something huge, rubber, and black. In his new memoir Darkness to Light, the NBA champ says it was "one of the biggest honors in my career" to be offered a place on the US Men's Olympic basketball... More »

2024 Olympics May Boast 'More Artistic' New Sport

IOC appears to be on board for break-dancing

(Newser) - Break-dancing might just become an Olympic sport. Organizers of the 2024 Games in Paris have put forth their suggestions for four sports to be added to the current roster of 28, with breakdancing listed alongside surfing, climbing, and skateboarding. The latter three sports are already confirmed for Tokyo 2020, but... More »

Taiwan to Consider Whether to Drop 'Make-Believe' Name

It competes at Olympics as 'Chinese Taipei'

(Newser) - Because of pressure from China, athletes from Taiwan compete at the Olympics under the name of a make-believe country: Chinese Taipei. They march behind an imaginary national flag and, if they win a gold medal, hear an "alternate national anthem" being played. Imagine if France or Australia had to... More »

Calgary Residents on 2026 Olympics: That's a Hard No

Vote was nonbinding, but it looks like city's bid will be nixed

(Newser) - "Does Calgary really want the Winter Olympics? Does anyone?" That's the question posed by the New York Times on Monday, and it looks like the first question has just been answered. The AP reports that, in a nonbinding referendum held Tuesday, 56% of voters (more than 170,000... More »

Olympian Is 'So Sorry' About His Halloween Costume

Shaun White dressed as a disabled character from 'Tropic Thunder'

(Newser) - Shaun White knows how to snowboard—but dress up for Halloween? Not so much, it seems. The three-time winner of Olympic gold went out this weekend as Simple Jack, the disabled character from the movie Tropic Thunder, and promptly issued an apology Monday, People reports. "I owe everyone in... More »

Track Star May Have to Lower Testosterone Levels

New IAAF rules could affect whether South Africa's Caster Semenya can compete

(Newser) - If Caster Semenya wants to compete in certain women's Olympic and world championship events, the South African track star will have to start undergoing hormone replacement therapy or otherwise find a way to lower her hormone levels, per new rules from the International Association of Athletics Federations. CNN reports... More »

Olympics Ratings Are Significantly Down

And that could be bad news for NBC

(Newser) - Was NBC's $12 billion investment in the Olympics a good idea? Based on the ratings from the Pyeongchang games, it's not clear. Viewership in the coveted 18-49 demographic is down 24% compared to the winter games in Sochi four years ago, CNN reports, though NBC points out it'... More »

N. Korea's Olympic Delegation Head: Man Blamed for Deaths

2010 attack killed 46 South Korean sailors

(Newser) - South Korea is about to host a man blamed for the killing of 46 of its citizens as part of the closing ceremonies for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Kim Yong Chol—who formerly led the North Korean military intelligence agency blamed for the deadly 2010 attack on South Korean ship... More »

The 'Mediocre' Skier Raising Eyebrows at the Olympics

Elizabeth Swaney didn't do any tricks on her halfpipe run, deliberately

(Newser) - On the surface, there's nothing at all ordinary or subpar about a 33-year-old Berkeley and Harvard grad who's competing with the best of the best at the Olympics. Yet Elizabeth Swaney has caused a hubbub in Pyeongchang, after turning in what Digg labels a "hilariously mediocre" ski... More »

They Were Going for a Medal. Then 'in a Flash, Disaster'

American figure skaters Madison Chock, Evan Bates tumble to the ice during a spin

(Newser) - Olympic figure skaters in Pyeongchang have confronted wardrobe malfunctions and political controversy , but heartbreak is what came for American partners Madison Chock and Evan Bates. Per USA Today , both skaters tumbled to the ice Tuesday during their long program after their skate blades got caught up together during a combination... More »

Olympics Gets Its 2nd Failed Drug Test

Russian delegation announces that an unnamed athlete has failed

(Newser) - The Russian delegation at the Pyeongchang Olympics has announced that one of its athletes has failed a drug test, reports the AP . Two Russian state news agencies cited Konstantin Vybornov, spokesman for the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" team, as saying the delegation received an official notification from the International... More »

US Curler's Shoes 'Look Like They Were in a Dumpster Fire'

Tyler George loves his Skechers anyway

(Newser) - Looks can be deceiving. Just ask Team USA curler Tyler George, owner of what may be the ugliest pair of shoes to grace the Olympics. George admits his tattered white Skechers—purchased eight years ago at a mall in Duluth, Minn., where he lives and owns a liquor store—"... More »

Russian Made Unprecedented Offer to American Luger

'If you have the fastest equipment, why would you give it to anyone else?'

(Newser) - Ironically, the frosty relationship between the US and Russia doesn't extend to the frozen curves of Olympic luge. “This goes against every Russian-USA stereotype ever but one of the Russian athletes actually wanted me to use his sled,” Reuters quotes Chris Mazdzer as saying. Mazdzer made US... More »

10 Countries That Have Never Won a Winter Olympics Medal

Including a country with the word 'ice' in it

(Newser) - When you think "Winter Olympics," a country with the word "ice" as part of its name would seem to be a shoo-in for the event's medal podium. Yet Iceland, which has been competing in the winter version of the Games since 1948, has yet to take... More »

Seconds in, Olympic Skaters Landed in a Very Risque Jam

Yura Min says she was 'terrified' for entire routine after costume hook came undone seconds in

(Newser) - If anyone can relate to Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction , it's figure skater Yura Min. Except as Min skated Sunday in Pyeongchang, it wasn't just a small bit of her costume she feared would come off. Just a few seconds into her Olympic routine with partner Alexander Gamelin,... More »

Kim Jong Un, Trump Cause Scene at Winter Olympics

Well, their impersonators did anyway

(Newser) - President Trump and Kim Jong Un were kicked out of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony Friday, Reuters reports. Or at least that's what it looked like. In fact the two men briefly hassled by security at the main stadium in Pyeongchang were only impersonating the world leaders. “We... More »

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