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USA Gymnasts Are Getting Extra Sparkly for Paris

One of the leotards for Simone Biles and Co. will feature 10K Swarovski crystals

(Newser) - One of the side attractions at the Olympics is checking out all the various outfits designed for the competitors. For Team USA's gymnastics contenders, this year is going "big on bling," per People , with leotards crafted with thousands of Swarovski crystals to make the gymnasts sparkle and...

Meet the Olympics' Youngest Male Track Star Ever

Quincy Wilson, 16, broke 2 world records during trials last month; now he's heading to Paris

(Newser) - "WE GOING TO THE OLYMPICS" read Quincy Wilson's excited Instagram post on Sunday, announcing the 16-year-old's successful bid to make it to the Summer Games in Paris as the youngest American male track star ever at the Olympics, reports NBC News . The Team USA relay roster won'...

Simone Biles Secures Her 3rd Trip to the Olympics

She nabs the only automatic spot on the 5-woman team

(Newser) - Simone Biles is heading back to the Olympics and the white-hot spotlight that comes with it. The gymnastics superstar earned a third trip to her sport's biggest stage by cruising to victory at the US Olympic trials on Sunday night, posting a two-day all-around total of 117.225 to...

It Won't Be Al Michaels' Voice at Olympics, but It's 'Close'

NBC to package highlights with version of his voice generated by artificial intelligence

(Newser) - During the upcoming Olympics, it might be more appropriate to refer to famed sportscaster Al Michaels as AI (artificial intelligence) Michaels. The Thursday Night Football sportscaster who previously worked on Olympic broadcasts for NBC and ABC has agreed to let NBC use a version of his voice generated by artificial...

Olympic Champs Tell Congress: No Faith Left in Anti-Doping Agency

Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt rip World Anti-Doping Agency

(Newser) - US Olympic athletes have lost faith in the World Anti-Doping Agency to rid their sports of cheaters ahead of next month's Summer Games in Paris, two former gold medalists told a House subcommittee on Tuesday night. The testimony by Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt followed revelations this spring that...

Simone Biles Easily Wins Her 9th US Championship

No one else has more than 7 national gymnastics titles in the US

(Newser) - Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles won her ninth US Championship on Sunday, leaving little doubt that at 27 and a decade-plus into her run atop the sport, she is as good as ever, the AP reports. Biles posted a two-day all-around total of 119.750, nearly six points clear of runner-up...

Goldman Bankers Need OK to Travel to Paris This Summer

Investment firm wants to stop employees who are trying to catch Olympic Games on company's dime

(Newser) - Goldman Sachs apparently doesn't completely trust its bankers when it comes to how they handle expenses, and this summer's Olympics are presenting a new reason for the company to be keep an eye on its wallet. Bloomberg reports that the investment firm has laid down the hammer on...

Nike's Track Outfits for the Olympics Aren't Going Over Well
Nike's Track Outfits for Female
Olympians Are ... Interesting

Nike's Track Outfits for Female Olympians Are ... Interesting

'This is a costume born of patriarchal forces'

(Newser) - The Nike outfits set to be worn by Team USA track and field athletes during this summer's Paris Olympics were unveiled last week, but one version isn't going over too well. The New York Times reports that the big reveal on Thursday by the sportswear giant showed off...

As Olympics Loom, Eyes on France's Mystery 'Invader'

Street artist's mosaics have appeared in more than 4K locations around the globe

(Newser) - For the Paris Olympics, it could almost be a new sport: Score points by hunting down mosaics that a mystery artist who calls himself "Invader" has cemented to walls across France's capital, the world, and even had carried aloft to the International Space Station. Vincent Giraud, one of...

Paris Just Made Your SUV a Lot Costlier

City of Lights votes in favor of eye-popping parking fees for SUVs ahead of Olympic Games

(Newser) - Parisians voted Sunday to muscle SUVs off the French capital's streets by making them much more expensive to park, the latest leg in a drive by Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo to make the host city for this year's Olympic Games greener and friendlier for pedestrians and cyclists. More...

Paris Olympics Hit a Surfing Snag
Paris Olympics
Hit a Surfing Snag

Paris Olympics Hit a Surfing Snag

Construction of a new tower apparently caused problems before it even began

(Newser) - Tahiti's Teahupo'o "is one of the most powerful and deadly waves on the planet for surfing," in Surfer Today's view, a place that has only been surfed since 1985 but one that now features on the World Surf League's championship tour. It's also...

Ahead of Paris Olympics, a Pesky Issue: 'No One Is Safe'

Bedbugs are overrunning France, with the Games less than 10 months away

(Newser) - The Summer Olympics kick off in Paris in a little under 10 months, but France is now contending with a pesky issue it hopes it can contain before then. NPR reports on a nationwide "resurgence of bloodsucking bedbugs," six-legged insects about the size of an apple seed that...

2 Big Names Return to Gymnastics Competition

Simone Biles and Sunisa Lee are looking ahead to the 2024 Olympics

(Newser) - Next year's Summer Olympics in Paris could be particularly epic for fans of US gymnastics: Two huge names are returning to competition, with the Paris games in mind. Simone Biles and Sunisa Lee will participate in the US Classic on Aug. 5 outside Chicago, NPR reports. It's the...

Skater in Doping Scandal Has Disastrous Performance

Russia's Kamila Valieva finishes in 4th in a stunner

(Newser) - It might be the biggest surprise of the Beijing Olympics: Kamila Valieva, the 15-year-old Russian skater embroiled in a doping controversy , had a disastrous free skate on Thursday and finished out of medal contention in fourth place. "Stunning" is the word used by Christine Brennan of USA Today, and...

Star's Flunked Drug Test Delays Skaters' Medals: Reports

Russian newspapers say Kamila Valieva, 15, tested positive for banned heart drug

(Newser) - Updated: This file has been updated with reports of a positive drug test on the Russian team. The winners in the team figure-skating competition at the Beijing Olympics still haven't received their medals two days later because of what the International Olympic Committee said are "legal issues."...

16 Years After 'Galling Mistake,' Snowboarder Finally Wins Gold

Lindsey Jacobellis brings home first gold for US at Winter Games in Beijing

(Newser) - It took 16 years and five Olympic appearances, but Lindsey Jacobellis finally has her gold medal. NBC News reports that the world-champion snowboarder, who first competed in the Games in 2006 in Turin, took top honors Wednesday in the women's snowboard cross, earning the US its first gold at...

After Getting Visa Applications, China Questions US Boycott

Biden administration says it's sending help for athletes and coaches, but not diplomats

(Newser) - Given that the Biden administration earlier this month announced a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics, China is asking why it's receiving visa applications for US government employees. That can be explained, the US answered: Those applications are for consular and security officers—not diplomats or high-ranking officials, the...

Report: US Officials to Turn Their Backs on Winter Olympics

Sources say diplomatic boycott of Beijing Games has been formally recommended to Biden

(Newser) - The Biden administration is likely planning a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics in February in response to human rights abuses in China, according to a report. Several sources tell Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin that a formal recommendation has been made to President Biden that the US refrain from...

N. Korea Pays Piper Over Its Olympic No-Show

Pyongyang is suspended from Beijing Olympics for skipping out on Tokyo Games over COVID

(Newser) - North Korea was formally suspended from the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics by the IOC on Wednesday as punishment for refusing to send a team to the Tokyo Games citing the COVID-19 pandemic. IOC president Thomas Bach said the North Korean national Olympic body will also now forfeit money it was...

Both Beat the World Record, but Only One Could Win Gold

Sydney McLaughlin of the US wins Olympics' 400-meter hurdles event

(Newser) - Sydney McLaughlin broke the world record. Dalilah Muhammad broke it, too. Only one of the world's best hurdlers could win the Olympic gold medal—and McLaughlin came out ahead in the latest installment of the best rivalry in track, the AP reports. The 21-year-old out of East Orange, NJ,...

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