Ryan Lochte Sucks

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Published on : August 22, 2016

 

So far, this is the strangest story out of the Rio 2016 Olympics. American swimmer, Ryan Lochte, is at the center of a public relations tidal wave. It all started when Lochte and teammates Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger went out for a night in Rio. After that, the facts get hazy. But one thing is clear, Ryan Lochte sucks and his actions are an awful distraction from an entertaining Olympic games. This is how it all went down.

 

The first reports stated that Lochte and crew were robbed at gun point while out on the town. Not just by anyone, but by someone saying they were the police. Lochte said badges were shown and that one of them even pointed a gun in his face before they took all their cash and valuables. Don’t worry no medals were lost. It sounded like a tragic tale where our American athletes were the obvious victims.

 

 

The police in Rio didn’t buy the story. Plus this claim is particularly offensive because Brazil has a history with crime and corruption. But something was off. A local judge had questions too, so the passports of the swimmers were seized while everything was sorted out. Turns out Lochte was lying. He picked any easy target to blame. And he got to do it on a grand scale which sucks because the story is bullshit. Lochte lied to cover his ass at the expense of Brazil’s integrity.

 

The truth of that happened that night in Rio was finally revealed when Gunnar Bentz released a statement that explained everything. Turns out, Lochte and the boys weren’t victims, they were villains of this story. After an evening of partying, the swim team stopped at a convenience store. Finding no bathroom, they went behind the building and pissed everywhere. Then Lochte vandalized the back wall by ripping a metal sign down. The wrecking crew got back into their cab and tried to leave when two security guards stopped them and forced them out of the car at gun point.

 

 

The guards demanded money for the destruction team USA caused. Lochte apparently got into a heated exchange with the guards and Conger had to calm him down. The guys paid whatever they had and were allowed to leave. They got back to the Olympic village and that’s when the the lying started. Lochte weaved his fantastic web but thankfully, it all fell apart on him and the truth shined through. Lochte later admitted he was under the influence of alcohol not that like that is a valid excuse. I’ve done some stupid shit after too many beers but I wasn’t a 32-year-old Olympian representing my country in a foreign land.

 

The swimmers paid some fines, gave a statement, then flew home. It’s a bummer that this is the last story out of Rio. But we need to let everyone know that you can’t act like Ryan Lochte. He needs to learn something about class. About not just playing but acting like a champion. That’s what the greats do.

 

Smh.

 

 


SBS Remembers: Usain Bolt breaks the World Record

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Published on : August 20, 2016

 

These days, everyone knows Usain Bolt is the world’s fastest man. Currently holds three world records (100m, 200m and 4x100m relay) and nine gold medals in track. But before the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, the Jamaican sprinter wasn’t yet a household name. Let’s jump back in time for this chapter of SBS Remembers to hear the story of how Bolt set the globe on fire with his blazing speed. He won gold, shattered the old world record and cemented his place in history.

 

Beijing 2008. From an interview we know that Usain Bolt woke up late, ate some McDonald’s. Got a massage, took a nap, ate more McNuggets, went the arena, light warm up and destroyed the world record. Then he DJ’d the afterparty. And you may be saying “he didn’t really eat fast-food before the biggest race of his life, right?” Yup, he totally did. He loves McNuggets. Bolt estimated he was eating 100-160 nuggets a day. He did NOT mention anything about dipping sauces. If I had to guess, I’d say he sticks with classic ketchup. Or maybe that sweet ‘n sour. Either way, that’s insane.

 

 

If you watch the video, it looks like he slows down at the end because he knows he has won and starts to celebrate. It’s a ten second race and he had enough time to get a substantial lead, recognize it, and then start savoring the moment. He pounds his chest before crossing the finish line. It’s like he didn’t even try very hard and he still smoked the old world record.

 

Then broke the record for the 200 meter dash. Then won gold in the 4×100 relay. And did it all with style. Oh yeah, his shoes are made of solid gold. You’d think that weigh him down. But nah. One year later, Bolt would smash his own 100m dash time of 9.69 seconds and clock in at 9.58. The current world record. It’s pure bananas to drop a whole tenth of a second of the best time ever recorded. Maybe he really tried that time. This is why people say he is the fastest person to ever walk the planet.

 

 

Four years later in the London 2012 games, he did it again. Three more golds in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay. Plus he helped break the old 4x100m relay world record he and team Jamaica previously set. He wasn’t aging, he was just getting faster.

 

In Rio 2016, Bolt took gold again in the 100m dash. Making him the first athlete to win gold in the 100m three Olympics in a row. That’s a serious feat. Sports reporters always call Bolt more of a 200m runner but we can officially put that idea to rest. He’s a sprinter. The best ever. No surprise when the 6’5″ runner used his huge strides to win the the 200m and the 4x100m relay. That’s gold in all three events he competes in, three Olympics in a row. Bolt has never lost in the medal round of a race. All his medals are gold. Like those shoes.

 

Whether Usain Bolt ever races again, his 9 gold medals in short distances make him one of the most dominate track stars we have ever witnessed. He is a total character and simply an astonishing specimen. I consider myself lucky that he raced in an era where I was watching. Future athletes make break his records but no one will do it like him.

 

Nuggets.

 

 


Team USA Women’s Gymnastics owns Rio

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Published on : August 18, 2016

 

 

The women’s gymnastics events are all over. Each medal has a new home with a very proud owner. The lion’s share of that hardware is coming home to the United States thanks to “The Final Five.” This nickname is for the last five women to be trained under the tutelage of famed national team coordinator, Marta Karolyi, before she retires. The five gymnasts are Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian, and they straight owned the Rio games. This is how it all happened.

 

The team all-around. The first leg of the journey. Each gymnast does vault, balance beam, uneven bars and floor exercise and the highest combined team score wins. Team USA shined as they easily dominated the field. The final standing saw the crew up a whopping eight points ahead as they captured gold. It was a great start but there was much more to come.

 

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Individual all-around. By rule, each country can only send two gymnasts so Simone Biles and Aly Raisman got the nod. This is no knock on the others. Actually, Gabby Douglas averaged higher scores than any of the athletes competing for the other countries. She might have been the only person to give Biles and Raisman a challenge as she was the gold medalist in this event back in 2012. That’s how strong this team is. We have Douglas, the defending champ on the bench. That’s wild. No hard feelings I’m sure. All five are team first. Do it for Marta. Biles wins gold, Raisman silver.

 

On to the solo events. First was vault. Only Simone Biles qualified for the finals. Don’t worry she won gold and yes, she stuck the landing. Next up, the uneven bars. Both Douglas and Kocian made the medal round but Russia’s Aliya Mustafina took the top prize. Madison Kocian won silver after an incredible routine. She is only 16, so remember her now because she will be around.

 

 

Balance beam would be the only other gymnastic gold the American women would be denied. Sanne Wevers of the Neatherlands saw to that with a nearly flawless run. Beside her on the podium was Laurie Hernandez with the silver and Simone Biles with the bronze.

 

The last event, floor exercise. Biles and Raisman once again blew the doors off the joint with a super-heroic display. Biles could not be stopped. The 19-year-old claimed her forth gold of the Olympics. Her teammate, Raisman, followed up her 2012 floor exercise gold with a 2016 silver one. She too has a nice collection going.

 

 

The US women’s gymnastics program is legit and this isn’t news. They rocked the London Olympics in 2012 and all the big tournaments leading up to Rio. Then smashed the 2016 games. There is no reason to think this will change in 2020. Biles is the best in the world and she is surrounded by amazing talent. Reporters asked Raisman if she would retire but she hinted that maybe we could see her in at the next games. So who knows?

 

America leads in the overall medal count and more than a few of those puppies are thanks to the women on our excellent gymnastics team. So let’s take a second to honor them and their effort. And if any of The Final Five are reading this, I just want to say, I see you. I see your hard work and I thank you for it. Thank you for representing our country with class and grace.

 

Can’t wait for Tokyo 2020.

 

 


Jahvid Best is headed to Rio

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Published on : July 20, 2016

 

Once upon a time, Jahvid Best was an electrifying running back. His college career at Cal was so impressive that he still holds many records at the school, including most all purpose yards in a single season, with 2,247 in 2008. When the Detroit Lions selected him with the 30th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, it looked as if his best football was yet to be played.

 

Sadly, Jahvid Best’s career was cut short by a concussion suffered in 2011. He had a history of problems with brain injury in college and when it happened against the 49ers, he figured he would be able to come back from that one too. But that never happened. Jahvid Best was never medically cleared to return to football activities. His life in pro sports was over… Or so we thought.

 

 Jahvid Best was a playmaker during his short NFL career.

 

After almost 5 years on the shelf, Jahvid Best is making his return to the big time by being the first ever retired NFL player to qualify for the Summer Olympic Games (40 other players have competed, most before their first NFL games). Though he is originally from California, he will be representing his father’s native St Lucia. Best will head to Brasil on the country’s track and field squad in hopes of bringing some Olympic hardware to the island nation.

 

Anyone who knows this guy’s story should feel good about this. A man who had his dream snatched out from under him when he looked to have a bright future ahead of him, gets a second chance at glory in the oldest competition in the history of mankind. He appeared in 22 NFL games piling up 945 rushing yards, 774 receiving yards and 9 total touchdowns, and I can’t help but wonder how many more exciting plays he could have given us Lions fans. But he wouldn’t let the misfortune of a career ending injury keep him down, and because of that he will get to compete against some of the best track athletes in the world for a shot at gold and glory.

 

 If he can regain some of his magic from the football field, he might just have a chance in Rio.

 

Jahvid Best enters the Summer Olympics in Rio as somewhat of an underdog, though. In order to qualify for the summer games an athlete must run the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.16 seconds or better, and Best hit that mark exactly at a meet in San Diego last April. It helps that his father was born in St. Lucia, giving Jahvid the chance to join an Olympic team with a much smaller talent pool than that of the United States. As of now, there three other athletes from St. Lucia heading to the games in Rio, and the island has never won a medal.

 

That’s where Jahvid Best comes in. Could you imagine that story? A once promising NFL running back who had his career cut tragically short by injury and barely qualifies for the games come out of nowhere to bring Olympic Gold to the nation of his forebears. That’s a beautiful thought. It might be improbable but I’ll tell you one thing, I know I’ll be rooting for Best when it comes time. And if you love epic comebacks you should too.

 

 


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