I’m pretty sure that for the rest of my life I’ll happily click on any and all articles about Gus Kenworthy’s Sochi puppies.

Yay! A+ choice, NBC.

From Nick Zaccardi at NBC’s Olympic Talk:

The world’s two best gymnasts last year, Simone Biles and Kyla Ross, will lead the U.S. at the World Championships in Nanning, China, from Oct. 5-12.

Biles, Ross and four women who have never competed at an Olympics or Worlds are charged with winning a third straight global gold, something no nation has done since the Romanian dynasty of the late 1990s. The Americans, then led by Gabby DouglasJordyn WieberAly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, won the 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympics.

There was no team event at the 2013 World Championships. This U.S. squad is far different from the Fierce Five of the London Games. For one, there are six gymnasts on a World Championships roster.

In Nanning, the U.S.’ biggest competition should be Russia, which won silver at the 2011 Worlds and 2012 Olympics.

The Russian team pillar is Aliya Mustafina, who led the nation to team gold at the 2010 Worlds, tore an ACL in 2011, won Olympic all-around bronze in 2012 and World all-around bronze in 2013.

Viktoria Komova, the 2011 World and 2012 Olympic all-around silver medalist, could miss a second straight World Championships. She wasn’t on Russia’s nominative team and has dealt with injury since the London Games.

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Organizers have announced the basic outline of ticket prices for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Organizers said Tuesday that 7.5 million tickets will be issued for the Rio Games. Half of them — 3.8 million — will be priced under $30. Organizers said the cheapest ticket will be about $20.

The most expensive ticket to the Games will be 4,600 Brazilian reals (about $2,000) for the opening ceremony.

Spokesman Mario Andrada issued a reminder that “many of the events will be seen for free, walking around the Copacabana beach area” or the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon area where rowing events will be held.

Organizers said tickets can be applied for beginning about March of 2015, though they will not be delivered to buyers until just a few weeks before the games open on Aug. 5, 2016.

Important news for everyone putting together their Rio 2016 budget!

The Opening Ceremony of the Seoul Summer Olympics took place 26 years ago today.

An Olympic channel is not going to solve everything at a stroke. But what it does is put a marker down and put a destination down for what we stand for.

It’s not just the notion of the Olympic Games — but the values and everything we stand for. And hopefully we can get in there and stretch the Olympic brand beyond the two weeks beyond the huge spike of the Games, and leverage that spike.

Timo Lumme,managing director of IOC TV, as quoted in Alan Abrahamson’s “Olympic TV: The time is now.” Obviously I love this idea, especially if the programming includes classic Olympic moments as well as the ongoing competitions.

Via Team USA and Chobani on Pinterest.

From the Boston Globe: “Compact Boston may have Olympic advantage”:

“The city is the Olympic park,” said Dan O’Connell, president of the Boston 2024 Partnership, the city’s potential bid committee. “It becomes a public-transit and walking Olympics.”

By contrast, Los Angeles would have five of its facilities in Long Beach, 25 miles to the south. Washington would use sites in Maryland and Virginia. San Francisco would spread its venues in a large loop around the Bay Area.

While Suffolk Construction chief executive John Fish, who chairs the partnership, acknowledges that “theoretically we have a 25 percent chance as one of four cities,” he publicly has reckoned the city’s odds of being named the US entry as 75 percent based on the perceived reaction to Boston’s pitch to USOC officials.

“I’m not in this to lose,” Fish said. “I would never bet against myself.”

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On this day 14 years ago Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony was held!


The look on Michael’s face when he came back from receiving his first gold medal is something that I’ll never forget. It was the sign of someone that is absolutely, purely happy, and it was…amazing. —Bob Bowman 

I’m crying.

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From Around the Rings:


Happy 101st birthday, Jesse Owens! Born today in 1913, Owens would become one of America’s most prominent athletes.

Owens first came onto the national radar at the 1935 Big Ten Track Meet where he broke three world records (the long jump, 220 yard dash, and the 220 low hurdles) and tied another (the 100 yard dash), in under an hour - a feat now referred to as “the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport.”

After his astounding collegiate performance, Owens went on to represent the United States in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, where he won 4 gold medals (the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, the long jump, and the 4X100 meter relay). He was the most decorated athlete at the Berlin games, shattering Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan superiority.

Image: "Photograph of Olympian Jesse Owens," undated

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You know what’s a surprising treasure trove of Olympic stamps? Pinterest. And they’re all gorgeous! Art you can lick.


Olympic Charms

In 1996, Lucky Charms celebrated the summer Olympics, held in Atlanta, with awesome new Olympic marshmallows! Lucky gets the gold medal for deliciousness!


Epke Zonderland, Olympics 2012