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Olympic athletes returning eco-friendly Rio medals over quick rusting, black spots

May 25th, 2017

Deteriorating eco-friendly medals from the 2016 Rio Games are forcing the world’s most elite athletes to request replacements.

Volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings (bronze), wrestlers Kyle Snyder (gold) and Helen Maroulis (gold), and dozens of other athletes have returned Rio’s “symbol of sustainability” medals since last summer. The Brazilian mint …

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Antonova upgraded to Olympic discus silver, Ukraine says

May 25th, 2017

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – The Ukrainian Athletics Federation says its discus thrower Olena Antonova has been upgraded to an Olympic silver medal from the 2008 Beijing Games after a rival failed a drug test.

Antonova’s upgrade follows the disqualification of the original silver medalist, Yarelys Barrios of Cuba. A retest …

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Column: Just say no when it comes to hosting Olympics

May 24th, 2017

It never figured to end well for Rio.

Just hosting the Olympics took everything out of the city. Trying to recover from them may be impossible.

Nine months after hosting the world’s best athletes in a flawed – and mostly joyless – Olympics, Rio has little to show for the …

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Faster, higher, rustier: Medals from Rio Olympics damaged

May 23rd, 2017

More than 80 American athletes have sent medals they won at the Rio Olympics to U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters to be shipped to games organizers, who will replace them due to flaking, black spots and other damage, the USOC said Tuesday.

The Americans, including gold-medal wrestlers Kyle Snyder and Helen …

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Putin says whistleblowing on doping echoes Stalin’s purges

May 23rd, 2017

MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that plans to encourage athletes to give evidence about doping remind him of denunciations during Josef Stalin’s purges.

While discussing a new plan of measures to fight drug use in sports, drawn up by a commission that Putin created last year, …

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After doping scandals, Putin’s commission calls for change

May 23rd, 2017

MOSCOW (AP) – A Russian anti-doping commission set up by President Vladimir Putin called for new measures to claw back prize money from drug cheats and to restore trust in Russian athletes.

The commission, headed by 82-year-old former International Olympic Committee member Vitaly Smirnov, denies the Russian government played any …

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Rio Olympic planning assailed for ‘white elephant’ venues

May 22nd, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – A federal prosecutor looking into last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics says that many of the venues “are white elephants” that were built with “no planning.”

The scathing report offered Monday at a public hearing confirms what The Associated Press reported several months after the …

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Scathing report on Rio Olympics: venues ‘White Elephants’

May 22nd, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – A federal prosecutor looking into last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics says that many of the venues “are white elephants” that were built with “no planning.”

The scathing report offered Monday at a public hearing confirms what The Associated Press reported several months after the …

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Forecast: Germany to top medal table at Pyeongchang Olympics

May 22nd, 2017

If the Pyeongchang Olympics were today, Germany would win the most gold medals and the most medals overall.

That was the forecast on Monday from U.S.-based Gracenote, a sports and entertainment data provider, which put out its calculations nine months before the Winter Games.

Germany is predicted to win 14 …

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Cross-country skier Therese Johaug has court date in June

May 22nd, 2017

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – Cross-country skier Therese Johaug has a court date in June for a doping case that could force her to miss the 2018 Olympics.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it will hear the International Ski Federation’s appeal to extend Johaug’s 13-month ban on June 6. …

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