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Russian Swimmer Banned For Appearing At Putin Rally

Axios reports: Russian Olympic gold medalist swimmer Evgeny Rylov has been banned from competition for nine months after appearing at a rally in support of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. FINA, swimming’s international governing body, said in a statement Thursday that Rylov was suspended “from all competitions and activities organized or sanctioned by FINA” for nine …

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Ukrainian Athlete Flashes “No War” Sign At Olympics

The Associated Press reports: A Ukrainian skeleton athlete flashed a small sign that read “No War in Ukraine” to the cameras as he finished a run at the Beijing Olympics on Friday night, a plea for peace at a time of rising tensions between his country and Russia. Vladyslav Heraskevych’s sign was printed on a blue-and-yellow piece of paper, matching …

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Ex-Olympian Charged In Alleged $10M COVID Scheme

From the Justice Department: Allison Marie Baver, 41, of Taylorsville, has been charged with nine federal criminal counts related to making false statements on loan applications to obtain funds obtained through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). In the indictment, Baver is charged with eight counts of making a false statement to a bank and one count of …

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Out LGBTQ Athletes Won 32 Medals At Tokyo Olympics

NBC News reports: At least 182 out athletes from about 30 countries attended the Tokyo Games, more than three times the number who competed in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to the LGBTQ sports site Outsports. At least 55 of those athletes, who competed in 35 different sports, won medals — five nabbed gold for Team …

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Team USA Wins Medals Race As Tokyo Olympics Close

The Washington Post reports: The Tokyo Olympics concluded Sunday, with the last medals awarded and the stage ceded to the Closing Ceremonies. After the coronavirus pandemic forced a year-long delay, and created an unprecedented environment of empty venues and ever-present restrictions, the Games were held in their entirety without many significant disruptions once they finally got underway. Team USA finished …

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Biden Thanks “Courageous” US Olympians [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: President Biden on Saturday sent out a video message thanking U.S. athletes for representing the country in the Tokyo Olympics ahead of the event’s closing ceremony this weekend, commending their “courage” and resolve to push themselves amid the stress of the coronavirus pandemic. Biden went on to acknowledge that “getting to the Olympics is a long journey, …

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Gymnast Simone Biles Takes Bronze In Balance Beam

Yahoo Sports reports: Simone Biles made a rousing return to these Olympics, with a last-chance last stand on the balance beam that garnered her a bronze medal, her record-tying seventh and almost certainly final career medal. Biles delivered a steady, strong routine and while she was, no doubt, trying to win gold, this was as much about competing, and overcoming, …

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Belarusian Olympic Sprinter Granted Visa By Poland

Reuters reports: A Belarusian athlete who took refuge in the Polish embassy in Tokyo on Monday a day after refusing her team’s orders to board a flight home from the Olympic Games has been granted a humanitarian visa by the Warsaw government. Sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya plans to leave for Poland in the coming days, a Polish deputy foreign minister, Marcin …

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Belarusian Olympian Asks For Protection After Being Taken To Airport Against Her Will, Plans To Seek Asylum

Reuters reports: A Belarusian sprinter said she was taken to the airport against her wishes on Sunday to board a flight back home after she complained about national coaches at the Tokyo Olympics. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who was due to compete in the women’s 200 metres on Monday, told Reuters she did not plan to return to her home country. She …

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US Gymnast Sunisa Lee Wins Gold In All-Around Event

The Associated Press reports: Sunisa Lee became the fifth straight American woman to claim the Olympic title in the women’s all-around. She edged Rebeca Andrade of Brazil in an entertaining and hotly contested final while Simone Biles watched from the stands. Lee’s total of 57.433 points was just enough to top Andrade. The Brazilian earned the first gymnastics all-around medal …

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Gymnast Simone Biles Withdraws From Individual Event

ESPN reports: Gymnastics superstar and defending Olympic champion Simone Biles has withdrawn from Thursday’s individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Games to focus on her mental well-being. The decision comes a day after Biles removed herself from the team final following one rotation, on vault. She cited her mental health as the reason when speaking to the media following the …

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Alaska Watch Party Goes Wild When Local Takes Gold

The Anchorage Daily News reports: Seventeen-year-old Lydia Jacoby of Seward became an Olympic champion in dramatic fashion Monday in Japan to become the first American woman to win a gold medal in swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics. In third place midway through the women’s 100-meter breaststroke, Jacoby unleashed what has now become her signature fast finish to surge to …

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US Gymnast Simone Biles Withdraws From Team Finals

The Associated Press reports: Reigning Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles is out of the team finals after apparently suffering an injury during the vault. The 24-year-old U.S. star, considered to be the greatest gymnast of all time, huddled with a trainer after landing her vault. She then exited the competition floor with the team doctor. Biles returned several minutes later …

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Basketball Robot Sinks Half-Court Shot At Olympics

Market Watch reports: Nothing but net for Skynet! A 6′10″ basketball-playing robot sank a series of deep three-point shots and a half-court shot during halftime of the Men’s Preliminary Round Group B game between the U.S. and France on Sunday. And the mechanical man invited plenty of comparisons to the murderous, self-aware computer system from the ”Terminator” movies that nearly …

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Gay Four-Time Olympian Tom Daley Wins The Gold

ESPN reports: Team Great Britain’s Tom Daley and Matty Lee won gold with a score of 471.81 in the men’s synchronised diving on Monday at Tokyo 2020. The pair beat off strong competition from defending champions China and pushed the British duo to the very last round. It was a narrow victory for Lee and Daley who beat Cao Yuan …

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US Olympics Gymnast Tests Positive For COVID

CBS News reports: With just four days to go until the opening ceremony, the COVID-19 pandemic is casting an ever longer shadow over the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Officials have reported at least 12 new coronavirus cases connected with the Games since Sunday, including a U.S. gymnast and the first cases among athletes inside the Olympic village. Several of the latest …

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US Swimmer: I’m Representing America’s Freedoms By Competing Unvaccinated In The Tokyo Olympics [Video]

“I’m an elite athlete. Everything we take and put in our body is very calculated. You know, with the period going into Olympic trials, I didn’t want to risk any time out of the pool. “The fact that the effectiveness of the vaccine is lower than the risk of me getting COVID, I just realized it wasn’t quite necessary and …

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US Olympic Swimming Star Refuses COVID Vaccine

USA Today reports: Michael Andrew, a U.S. swimming star who will compete in multiple events in Tokyo later this month, became the biggest Olympic name yet to reveal that he has not been vaccinated, saying he didn’t want taking the vaccine to interfere with his training schedule. As an unvaccinated athlete in the midst of a locked-down Olympic Games, Andrew’s …

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Japan Declares COVID Emergency, Olympics Bans Fans

The Wall Street Journal reports: The Tokyo Olympics will be held without spectators, the organizers said, after Japan declared a new state of emergency that will continue through the end of the Games due to a rise in Covid-19 infections. Hundreds of athletes and officials from around the world have already arrived for the Olympics, which open on July 23. …

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US Sprinter Left Off Olympics Team For Marijuana Use

The Wall Street Journal reports: Team USA’s roster of track and field athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will be missing its biggest newsmaker ahead of the Games: sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson. The 21-year-old winner of the U.S. Olympic track and field trials’ women’s 100 meters last month was left off the team named Tuesday by USA Track & Field, after an …

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