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U.S. Border Guards Detained Mo Farah, Who Won Two Olympic Gold Medals Six Months Ago, On Suspicion Of Being A Terrorist

Mo Farah, gold-medal winner in the men's 5,000m and 10,000m this summer in London, hilarious celebrator, and world-famous meme, couldn't get through customs in Oregon over the Christmas holiday because he is of Somalian descent. That'll show him for beating us in the Olympics! (And also expose our border control as… » 12/30/12 3:30pm 12/30/12 3:30pm

NBC Has Only Shown Four Total Hours Of The Paralympics, And The IPC Would Like To Know Why

It seems quaint now, bitching over NBC's lack of live Olympic broadcasts, when the International Paralympic Committee has its own complaints about the network's coverage: zero live TV, and what little there was shunted to the little-watched NBC Sports Network. And now the IPC president is openly wondering why NBC… » 9/11/12 10:00am 9/11/12 10:00am

Russia's Women's Volleyball Coach, Distraught Over Olympic Failure, Found Hanged

Sergey Ovchinnikov, who coached Russia's women's volleyball team at the London Olympics, was found hanged in his hotel room in Croatia, according to local media reports. Dynamo Moscow, the club team he coached that is training in Croatia, announced his death on its website earlier today. Ovchinnikov was 43. » 8/29/12 4:40pm 8/29/12 4:40pm

NBC Cut A Memorial Tribute To A Dead U.S. Marine From Its Opening Ceremony Telecast. Here's His Story.

Three weeks ago we brought you the story of U.S. Air Force Academy cadet Andrew Chin. Chin's friends and family submitted his photo to be included in a memorial segment of the London Olympics opening ceremony, only for them to realize when the program aired on NBC in tape delay that the memorial segment had been… » 8/23/12 12:30pm 8/23/12 12:30pm

Area Couple Offended By "Loud, Sexualized, Pagan" Olympics

There is nothing in the world like the letters to the editor section of a small newspaper. Remember the Ohio man who wanted the "bisexual" buckeye removed as the state tree? By definition, the people who write these things have too much time on their hands and a capacity for outrage that only kicks in at age 60. So we… » 8/22/12 11:20am 8/22/12 11:20am

Vlade Divac Says Novak Djokovic Destroyed His Racquets With A Saw After The Olympics

That's according to Drop Shot Dispatch, which translated a report from Vesti Online. Divac, the former NBA player, is now the president of the Serbian Olympic Committee. He was critical of the performance of Serbia's athletes at the recent Olympics, though he did exempt swimmer Milorad Cavic and Djokovic, since they… » 8/22/12 10:50am 8/22/12 10:50am

Ryan Lochte Had A Tough Time Learning His Lines For His Cameo On 90210

Ryan Lochte, gold-medal-winning aquatic bro. You've heard of him. 90210, so-so CW reboot of iconic 90s teen soap Beverly Hills 90210. It's probably less likely that you've heard of it, especially given that its cast consists of Shenae Grimes and a bunch of afterthoughts. (Grimes ditched the vastly superior Canadian… » 8/16/12 6:50pm 8/16/12 6:50pm

Who Owns Team USA: Nike Wins The Olympic Gold Medal Count

It's been 20 years since the Dream Team's Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Magic Johnson showed the world which loyalties truly matter at the Olympics, wrapping themselves in the American flag on the gold-medal podium to cover up the Reebok logo on their warmups. So here in 2012, the United States won the London… » 8/16/12 5:00pm 8/16/12 5:00pm

We Should Have Tape-Delayed More Of The Olympics, Says NBC Sports Chairtroll

Yet again, a reminder that NBC's Olympic coverage was not for you. Not with your internet savvy and your ability to watch online video and your desire for a stream that only freezes up when it's not running ads. The tape-delayed primetime highlight shows were made for real America, the teeming masses who have actual… » 8/15/12 2:55pm 8/15/12 2:55pm

Adorable Canadian Child Sends Medal To DQ'd Relay Team, Accurately Describes Canada As "Cold"

Well isn't this fricking precious? Ten-year-old Elijah Porter was heartbroken when the Canadian 4x100 team appeared to take bronze, only to be disqualified for running outside the lane. So Elijah sent a letter to Justyn Warner, Gavin Smellie, Jared Connaughton, and Oluseyi Smith, and included his medal, awarded at a… » 8/14/12 5:25pm 8/14/12 5:25pm

NBCmetrics: China Got 16 Fewer Olympic Medals Than The United States, And 1,594 Fewer Mentions In Primetime

We've been analyzing NBC's primetime Olympics coverage sort of the way we analyze SportsCenter in Bristolmetrics, breaking down what countries the Peacock is talking about, and which athletes are getting the most attention. Here's your final installment, with the grand totals. » 8/14/12 5:12pm 8/14/12 5:12pm

Asylum-Seeking Cameroon Boxers Say They Were Threatened

We told you last week about the seven Olympic athletes from Cameroon—five boxers, a swimmer, a soccer goalie—who went missing from the Olympic village in London. At the time, it was reported that those athletes would likely seek asylum. It now turns out that's exactly what the five boxers are doing, according to… » 8/13/12 6:10pm 8/13/12 6:10pm

NBC Cut Nearly An Hour From Its Closing Ceremony Telecast. Here's Everything They Didn't Show You (Including The Kinks' Ray Davies)

We knew NBC would heavily edit its broadcast of last night's London Olympics closing ceremony; they cut out a bunch of stuff from the opening ceremony, too, in the name of "tailoring programming to our American audience." Last night presented an additional scheduling challenge for NBC, as they had to ensure enough… » 8/13/12 1:44pm 8/13/12 1:44pm

Belarusian Lady Shot Putter Stripped Of Gold Medal For Doping

It's always bittersweet when the Olympics come to an end, and the wait until the next games seems interminable. But take some solace in the knowledge that the coming weeks and months will be rife with failed doping tests and legal battles, and the current medal count is no more permanent than a Belarusian shot… » 8/13/12 1:15pm 8/13/12 1:15pm