Things Just Got Worse for Swimmer Ryan Lochte

[DIGEST: NPR, USA Today] 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 … Continued

No More Criminal Trials for Judge in Stanford Swimmer Rape Case?

[DIGEST: ABC, Buzzfeed] Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced Stanford University swimmer Brock Allen Turner to six months in jail for the rape of an unconscious woman, has asked to no longer preside over criminal cases. Judge Persky’s ruling garnered him international notoriety and ignited a global conversation on privilege bias … Continued

Karma Is Quickly Catching Up With Ryan Lochte

[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. “While we have enjoyed a winning relationship with Ryan for over a decade and … Continued

Meet America’s Golden Champions: Simone and Simone

[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 … Continued

Rival for Gold Likely Regrets Trash-Talking, Provoking Phelps

[DIGEST: New York Times, Mashable] Michael Phelps won his 21st gold medal, emerging victorious from the 4X200 freestyle relay, but it was the performance that won him his 20th––the 200-meter butterfly––that left viewers from around the globe talking. The 200-meter butterfly is Phelps’s signature event (he placed fifth in the event in 2000 and won … Continued

After Calling Out Russian Doper, Lilly King Proves Fair Play Is Golden

[DIGEST: Los Angeles Times, Jezebel] During the 100-meter breaststroke semi-finals on Sunday evening, 19-year old swimmer Lilly King made headlines for admonishing Russian competitor Yulia Efimova, who the International Swimming Federation initially banned as part of Russia’s doping scandal, and the Games’ decision to allow her to compete. After winning the first semi-final race, Efimova held … Continued

U.S. Swimmers Strike Gold in Rio

[DIGEST: New York Times, Huffington Post] 19-year old swimmer Katie Ledecky shattered her world record for the women’s 400-meter freestyle with a time of 3:56:46, winning a gold medal, her first of the Rio Games. She set her previous record of 3:58:37 in 2014. “To see the 56 up there feels really good,” Ledecky said, … Continued

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