Tag Archives: Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Hope Solo suspended for 6 months for “coward” comments

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - AUGUST 03: Hope Solo #1 of United States looks on during the Women's Group G first round match between the United States and New Zealand during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 3, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

Goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended six months from the national team for what U.S. Soccer called “conduct that is counter to the organization’s principles.” After the U.S. was eliminated from the Rio Olympics earlier this month in a penalty shootout, the 35-year-old Solo criticized the winning Sweden team, calling it “a bunch of cowards.” “The comments by Hope Solo ...

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Ryan Lochte: Speedo and Ralph Lauren among four to end sponsorship


Four sponsors have dropped disgraced US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, including swimwear manufacturer Speedo and fashion label Ralph Lauren. They were followed by announcements from skin care firm Syneron-Candela and Japanese mattress maker Airweave. It comes after Lochte lied about being robbed at gunpoint by a policeman after a night out during the Rio Olympics. Lochte, a 12-time Olympic gold ...

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Rio Olympics 2016: Spectacular closing ceremony as Olympic flag goes to Tokyo


The Rio Olympics ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo. The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil’s arts and was held in a wet Maracana. Among the highlights were Tokyo’s impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade. “These were a marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city,” said International Olympic Committee ...

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Rio Olympics 2016: USA women get reprieve after baton drop

2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Preliminary - Women's 4 x 100m Relay Round 1 re-run - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 18/08/2016. Allyson Felix (USA) of USA and teammates English Gardner (USA), Morolake Akinosun (USA) and Tianna Bartoletta (USA) react after they qualified. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

Defending champions United States reached the women’s Olympic 4x100m relay final at the second attempt after dropping the baton in their heat. The Americans ran on their own in the Olympic Stadium after successfully arguing they were obstructed in the first race earlier on Thursday. They ran 41.77 seconds to beat the time set by eighth-fastest China. Britain were second ...

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Rio Olympics 2016: Ashton Eaton retains decathlon title to match Daley Thompson


American Ashton Eaton has become the second man to retain the Olympic decathlon title, winning in Rio to emulate Great Britain’s Daley Thompson. The 28-year-old world record holder equalled the Olympic record – set by Czech Roman Sebrle at Athens 2004 – by scoring 8,993 points in Rio. France’s Kevin Mayer took silver with 8,834, while Canada’s Damian Warner secured ...

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Rio Olympics 2016: US and NZ runners help each other

New Zealand's Hamblin (left) encourages the injured D'Agostino after the American had helped her earlier (Image credit: Reuters)

An American runner has been praised as a true Olympian after stopping mid-race to help a fallen rival on to her feet. Abbey D’Agostino helped New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin who was lying dazed on the track after the two entangled and fell in the 5,000m heats in Rio. “Get up. We have to finish this,” D’Agostino told her. It was ...

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Rio 2016 Olympic Football: Swedes hold nerve to end hosts’ golden dream

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Sweden progressed to the final of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, guaranteeing themselves a medal in the process, by seeing off hosts Brazil 4-3 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes at the Maracana. It was Lisa Dahlkvist who scored the winning penalty once more, after scoring the decisive spot kick to decide the quarter-final against USA. At a bubbling ...

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