- Daniel Tran at Fourth-Place Medal11 hrs ago
When you want a job done right, why not do it yourself?
Unsatisfied with the state of their portion of the Olympic Village, members of the Italian national Olympic committee, CONI, did not wait for repairs on a few apartments on their block. Instead, they hired contractors to complete the job that Rio has not been able to finish with athletes just days away from traveling to the Olympic host city in droves.
“Manual workers, electricians, plumbers and bricklayers – hired by CONI officials there as a matter of urgency – have been working over the past few days so that the athletes’ accommodation can be brought up to normal conditions as soon as possible,” said Italian Olympic team leader Carlo Mornati.
With the Olympic Village’s repair tickets backing up faster than its plumbing, it’s no surprise that a team took the lead on making its accommodations more inhabitable. Australia faced similar issues and had a list of some 200 problems with their building before an odd exchange resulted in expedited repairs.
- Alex Baker at Fourth-Place Medal12 hrs ago
It’s a generally held consensus in the world of sports and beyond that American swimmer Michael Phelps – with 18 career gold medals won across three Olympics – is the greatest Olympian of all time. However, Olympic historian Bill Mallon would beg to disagree.
According to Mallon, that honor should rightfully fall to American discus thrower Al Oerter.
Mallon’s argument? In his opinion, Phelps competes in swimming, a sport that like gymnastics or track and field, enables athletes to accumulate medals quickly by taking part in a number of different events.
But as a discus thrower, Oerter was only eligible to compete for gold once every four years, which he did successfully in 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968.
Mallon, who co-founded the International Society of Olympic Historians, also makes the case that Oerter was never really an outright favorite going into any of the Olympics he competed in.
“Oerter never won the U.S. Olympic trials,” Mallon said to Reuters. “Yet he won each gold with an Olympic record and a personal best.”
- Daniel Tran at Fourth-Place Medal15 hrs ago
When you’re hosting a guest in your home, malfunctioning appliances can be an embarrassing ordeal. But when that guest points out that, hey, you should probably fix it, being condescending may not be the best response.
Because of a litany of problems at their future Olympic Village building, the Australian National Team has decided to house their athletes in other accommodations. Eduardo Paes, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, wanted to show that the city was making its best efforts, but may have missed the mark on his delivery.
“We want them to feel at home here,” Paes said. “I almost feel like putting a kangaroo to jump up and down in front of their building.”
To the surprise of no one, the Aussies weren’t too happy with Rio’s latest offer. Australian committee spokesman Mike Tancred responded to Paes’ offer through a Brazilian newspaper.
- Alex Baker at Fourth-Place Medal15 hrs ago
The 2016 Rio Olympics will mark a number of firsts – the first time in history that a South American country has hosted the Games and the first time golf has been included as an event in more than 100 years, to name a few. Rio de Janeiro will also be the first games in Olympic history to feature different kinds of medal ceremonies based on the styles of individual sports.
The three different types of ceremonies in which athletes well receive their medals – traditional, popular, or cool – will feature different kinds of music and presenter wardrobe intended to reflect the character of the sports.
“There are so many sports in the summer Olympics and some of them are so different,” explained . “For example the music at gymnastics would be very different to BMX, or beach volleyball would be very different to fencing. So we wanted three different styles of ceremonies.”
Medals in “traditional” sports, such as gymnastics, fencing, tennis and equestrian, will be presented in more formal ceremonies featuring traditional music and medal presenters dressed in formal blazers.
- Adam Stites at Fourth-Place Medal16 hrs ago
Many concerns have been raised about the water quality in Rio de Janeiro, but one Olympic rower says that the worries are distracting from the most important part of the games: The athletes themselves.
Megan Kalmoe will be representing the U.S. in her third Olympic Games after finishing fifth in double sculls in Beijing in 2008 and earning bronze in quadruple sculls in London in 2012. She’s heard the media raise doubts about the readiness of host cities before and she’s sick of it.
“My request to everyone who is fixated on [expletive] in the water: Stop. Stop trying to ruin the Olympics for us,” Kalmoe wrote in a blog post last week.
“At this point, it is known that there are issues with the water quality. It is known that athletes are going to be at risk for illness. It is known that we are going to have to be smart, hygienic and take precautions. Great. Let’s move on,” Kalmoe wrote.
- Jackie Bamberger at Fourth-Place Medal1 day ago
LOS ANGELES — In his first game at an NBA arena since he made the decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant was met with a cascade of boos Sunday after his name was announced in pre-game introductions for Team USA’s exhibition against China.
The type of reaction, though likely amplified by the number of Los Angeles Clipper fans among the sold-out Staples Center crowd, is something Durant will have to get used to as he takes on the role of NBA villain with his new super-team.
Though fans at Sunday’s contest jeered at the sound of Durant’s name, they couldn’t help but cheer his game as he led the Americans to a lopsided 106-57 victory.
For the second consecutive game, Durant was the brightest star for Team USA. He followed up his 23-point performance against Argentina with a game-high 19 points Sunday, 12 of which came from beyond the arc.
- Jeff Eisenberg at Fourth-Place Medal2 days ago
The United States Olympic Committee on Saturday released the full list of American athletes who will compete next month in Rio De Janeiro. Below is a by the numbers look at Team USA:
555: Number of U.S Olympians who will compete in Rio. U.S. athletes will participate in 27 sports and 244 of the 306 medal events contested.
191: Number of returning U.S. Olympians. That includes a trio of six-time Olympians, seven five-time Olympians, 19 four-time Olympians and 50 three-time Olympians. Sixty-eight of the returning Olympians are former gold medalists.
22: Number of medals won by the most decorated male U.S. Olympian, swimmer Michael Phelps. In Rio, he’ll seek a fourth straight gold in the 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley.
6: Number of medals won by the most decorated female U.S. Olympian, sprinter Allyson Felix. The four-time gold medalist had hoped to attempt a 200-400 double in Rio, however, she fell just short of qualifying in the 200 meters.
16: Age of the youngest U.S. Olympian, Kanak Jha (Table Tennis). The Northern California native is one of two Americans born in 2000 to qualify for the Olympics. Gymnast Laurie Hernandez is the other.
- Armando Botello at Fourth-Place Medal3 days ago
Usain Bolt dominated the field Friday at the London Diamond League with a time of 19.89-seconds in the 200-meter race. Bolt starred as one of the headliners of the event and the BBC broadcast even featured a special “Boltdown” to countdown the minutes until he took the track. Fortunately for event organizers, Bolt’s injury didn’t seem to bother him one bit.
A grade 1 tear in Bolt’s left hamstring had forced the sprinter to withdraw from the Jamaican national athletic championships, but didn’t prevent him from being named to the Jamaican national team or competing in Friday’s event.
Now, with the injury scare behind him, Bolt can direct all his energy to repeating his gold medal-winning performances from the last two Olympics and help Jamaica’s medal count climb. Should Bolt win gold in the 100m, 200m and the 4×100-meter relay at the Rio Games, he will be the first person to have accomplished the “ .”
Before his relatively easy victory Friday, Bolt told reporters he is ready to make history at the Rio Olympics:
- Joe Lago at Fourth-Place Medal3 days ago
Keni Harrison isn’t going to Rio de Janeiro as a member of the United States Olympic team. But she does have her place in track and field history.
The American record holder in the women’s 100 hurdles finished sixth in the U.S. Olympic trials earlier this month in Eugene, Ore. Disappointed but still determined, she turned her attention to a new goal — breaking the event’s 28-year-old world record.
At the Prefontaine Classic in May, Harrison came close to tying Yordana Donkova’s world mark of 12.21 with a time of 12.24. On Friday, Donkova’s 1988 world record finally fell as the 23-year-old Harrison clocked a blistering 12.20 at the London Muller Anniversary Games.
Going into the Diamond League meet, Harrison felt confident about her chances of setting a new world mark, saying “every time I get on the line I know I still have a chance to break the world record.” After her career-defining moment, she was overcome with emotion taking about what she had just accomplished.
- Tanner Walters at Fourth-Place Medal3 days ago
The Olympics are a big-name event, but most Olympians are not big names.
With over 550 athletes on the 2016 U.S. roster alone, many of the world’s most talented individuals find themselves without major endorsement deals and barely able to put together the money to train for and attend the Games.
Jeremy Taiwo, a fifth-year decathlete at the University of Washington in 2013, wanted to be noticed by shoe companies during his final collegiate season. He was the runner-up in the NCAA decathlon that year, notching the seventh-best total in collegiate history, before qualifying for the World Championships in Russia. A knee injury kept him from placing there.
Injury concerns aside, he was convinced he should be getting paid. And then reality hit.
“My agent at the time was like, ‘Yeah, man, you’re not really worth anything,'” Taiwo said.