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Ryan Lochte Dropped By Speedo And Other Sponsors After Drunken Incident At Rio

Ryan Lochte Dropped By Speedo And Other Sponsors After Drunken Incident At Rio

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Ryan Lochte took a major financial hit on Monday following news (and a video surveillance) of him and three of his U.S. teammates getting into a confrontation with armed security guards after allegedly vandalizing a gas station bathroom, which he initially passed off as an armed robbery, just hours after a post-competition party in Rio de Janeiro.

First, swimsuit company Speedo USA decided to donate what should’ve been Lochte’s $50,000 USD to Brazil’s Save The Children and announced in a statement:

While we have enjoyed a winning relationship with Ryan for over a decade and he has been an important member of the Speedo team, we cannot condone behaviour that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for. We appreciate his many achievements and hope he moves forward and learns from this experience.

Clothing giant Ralph Lauren, which provided the U.S. team’s attire at the opening and closing ceremonies, said they would not be renewing Lochte’s contract that provided the athlete with financial support leading up to this year’s Olympics. Japanese mattress maker airweave said it had a similar arrangement with Lochte. Both companies stressed that they would still continue their support of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams.

Syneron-Candela, which offers a line of skin-treatment products, said in a statement, “We hold our employees to high standards, and we expect the same of our business partners.

Lochte has only commented on Speedo’s decision so far, saying,“I respect Speedo’s decision and am grateful for the opportunities that our partnership has afforded me over the years.

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Usain Bolt’s Gold Medal Race Celebrated At Local Jamaican Store (Video)

Usain Bolt’s Gold Medal Race Celebrated At Local Jamaican Store (Video)

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It was a show of nationalism and respect for Usain Bolt when his fans celebrated his victory on TV at a MegaMart store in Kingston, Jamaica.

Jamaican shoppers patiently waited in front of TVs and then cheered their national bet as soon as the race started. Of course, Bolt later won the race, and the place exploded with applause and even louder cheering.

Usain Bolt is regarded the fastest human ever timed and is the first man to hold both the 100m and 200m world recotd since fully automatic timing was implemented. He now holds 3 Olympic gold medals.

Watch the feel good video below:


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Daryl Homer Wins Historic American Silver In Fencing At 2016 Rio Olympics

Daryl Homer Wins Historic American Silver In Fencing At 2016 Rio Olympics

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Daryl Homer had a really good fighting chance to win the first gold medal in over a century for the United States of America at the fencing finals of the 2016 Rio Olympics on Wednesday, but he eventually lost 15-8 to rival Aron Szilagui of Hungary. Still, he makes history by becoming the first American to ever win a silver medal in men’s individual sabre.

The 26-year-old silver medalist from the 2015 World Fencing Championships also succeeds Peter Westbrook, who was the first American to bring home an Olympic medal in individual saber (a bronze, in 1984).

“I’m just very, very pleased,” Homer said. “Just happy to be on the podium, happy that I competed, happy that I left it all out there. I think I just overthought the match a little bit, got a little of the heebie-jeebies.”

The Olympic saber fencer seems to have been inspired by his mom, who was also intrigued by the sport after seeing fencers in her children’s book. Daryl later became very interested in the sport after seeing a commercial featuring two fencers promoting New York City’s bid to host the 2012 Olympics. After that, as they say, the rest was history.

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Dutch Cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten Suffers Horrific Crash At Rio Olympics 2016 (Video)

Dutch Cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten Suffers Horrific Crash At Rio Olympics 2016 (Video)

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A day after French gymnast Samir Ait Said broke his leg while competing for men’s gymnastics on Saturday, Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten also becomes a victim of a horrible injury during the women’s road race at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Van Vleuten was leading the race when she cycled through a tight right-hander for her final descent and control of her bike. She then flipped head over heels and landed with her head in the gutter off the side of the road.

The 33-year-old biker was motionless for a while after the crash, but was said to be conscious and in shock. She was later brought to intensive care with concussion and three fractures to her spine.

Former gold medallist Chris Boardman said of the incident: “I’m actually quite angry about it because I looked at the road furniture and thought nobody can crash here and get up.”

Fellow Dutch star Anna van der Breggen later claimed gold.

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