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Today, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming has decided to punish Olympian Ryan Lochte for the scandal which erupted after he alleged that he––and fellow Olympic swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen––were the victims of a violent robbery in Rio de Janeiro after leaving a party on August 14. Authorities later deemed the claims to be false. Both organizations announced they would impose a 10-month suspension on Lochte, barring him from domestic and international national swim team competitions through June 30, 2017. Lochte will be unable to compete in the 2017 national championships and his punishment disqualifies him from competing in the 2017 FINA World Championships. Conger, Bentz and Feigen received four-month suspensions.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte attends the Speedo Rio 2016 Olympic Games racing suit unveiling at SIR Stage37 on December 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

[DIGEST: CBS, BBC]

Swimmer Ryan Lochte has lost all four of his major endorsements after admitting he’d lied about being robbed at gunpoint during Rio’s Olympics. Speedo USA, the biggest sponsor of the four, said it would not tolerate his behavior.

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[DIGEST: CNN, NBC]

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe delighted the crowd gathered at the closing ceremony for The Rio Games with his appearance via video feed. In the video, Abe announced he would not make it to the ceremony in time. To get there, he turned into video game plumber Mario and used a huge green pipe as a shortcut. His appearance set the tone for Japan’s plans for Tokyo’s upcoming Olympics.

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[DIGEST: CNN, New York Times]

Swimmer Ryan Lochte issued a formal apology for the controversy surrounding an incident at Rio’s Olympics this week, but for many, especially in the host city of Rio de Janeiro stung by the allegations, it fell far short. In a message posted on Twitter, Lochte stated that he wanted to apologize “for not being more careful and candid in how he described the events” but failed to mention that he apparently fabricated much of his story. The apology made no mention, for example, that Lochte initially had claimed he was robbed at gunpoint––something that apparently never happened.

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Odessa Swarts cheered from the sidelines as her son, Wayde van Niekerk, won South Africa's first gold medal of the Games and set a world record in the Men's 400-meter in Rio yesterday. Thanks to his victory, Swarts finally gets to taste Olympic glory.

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[DIGEST: NPR, Jezebel]

Simone Manuel, 20, made Olympic history in Rio last night as the first African-American woman to win an individual gold medal in swimming. She shared her victory with Penny Oleksiak, her Canadian competitor: Both swimmers finished the women's 100-meter freestyle in the same instant, finishing the race with a time of 52.70 seconds, shattering a world record set by Australia's Cate Campbell in the semifinals only the day before. Olympic scoring rules decreed both swimmers would get a gold medal, but that there would be no silver medalist. Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom, who finished 0.29 seconds behind the winners, received the bronze medal.

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Kristin Armstrong turns 43 today. She works as the Director of Community Health for St. Luke's Hospital in Boise, Idaho. She is happily married to her husband, Joe, and has a five-year-old son named Lucas. And as of yesterday morning, she has three Olympic gold medals. She is the only cyclist to win three consecutive gold medals in the same discipline (she previously won at the Beijing Games in 2008 and the London Games in 2012).

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