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The Best Outfits And The Biggest Stars At The 2016 Olympic Opening Ceremony

6 Aug

The Olympics are always mired in controversy, and the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro are no different ― Brazil itself is in complete and utter turmoil, a lot of people are asking how these games are even happening this year.

Some of this controversy has focused on Team USA’s parade uniforms, designed by Polo Ralph Lauren, which total a whopping price tag of $1,512.50). As soon as the U.S. team’s parade uniforms were announced, the internet was quick to point out how parts of it resemble the stripes on the Russian flag.

But no one seemed worried about the controversy at the Opening Ceremony, instead celebrating their respective countries in style as they walked the Parade of Nations. Check out Canada’s blazing maple leaves, Croatia’s bold checkers, and Chile’s … well, bold choice.

See the best of the looks below:

Members of the Canada team take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Erika Olivera of Chile carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony.

Flag bearer Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica leads her team during the Opening Ceremony.

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Women’s 400m in Rio will be a magnificent spectacle

5 Aug

Source: Track Alerts

American record-holder Sanya Richards-Ross will not be defending her Olympic 400m title after failing to make the top three at the sudden-death-like US trials in July. Richards-Ross is the last woman to run sub 49 seconds in the one-lap event.

Her absence from the Rio Olympics has extended the waiting period for a female back-to-back 400m champion to 20 years. The last person to achieve that feat is French star Marie-Jose’ Perec who incidentally is also the last woman to win the 200m/400m double at an Olympic games.

Richards-Ross aside, this event is still packed with enough star power to make it a gripping encounter attracting millions of viewers worldwide.

World champion Allyson Felix will be seeking to add Olympic gold in this event to her already overcrowded closet of global championship medals. It will not come without a challenge though and Felix must prepare for a fight to the wire from a host of fiercely competitive rivals. She is the second fastest quarter-miler this season with her 49.68 victory at the US trials. Felix will be hoping to sign off her final Olympic campaign a lot better than how she started by bagging gold instead of silver. Felix is always an X-factor and usually rises to the challenge.

Although all competitors must be taken seriously, perhaps the most dangerous of them all is Bahamian superstar in the making Shaunae Miller. She has been having a sparkling season competing undefeated over Continue reading

Rio Olympic schedules for every sport

2 Aug

Source: NBC Sports

NBC Universal will air or live stream every event of the Rio Olympics, with competition starting Aug. 3, the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 5 and medal events beginning Aug. 6.

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Usain Bolt arrives in Rio ready for action

29 Jul

Source: Track Alerts

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt has landed in Rio de Janeiro more than a week before the Olympics opening ceremony to fine tune his preparations for his attempt at an unprecedented triple-triple of gold medals in the men’s sprints.

The wold record holder, who required a medical exemption after he pulled out of the Jamaican trials with a hamstring strain, proved his fitness last Friday by running 19.89 seconds to win the 200 metres at the London Diamond League meeting.

He will join the Jamaican pre-Olympic camp as he seeks to become the first man to win gold medals in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay at three successive Games.

Bolt had been training and receiving medical treatment in Munich after he pulled out of the Jamaican trials with the hamstring injury.

The lanky sprinter is among 59 track and field athletes in Jamaica’s 63-member delegation.

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Kim Collins Set To Lead St.Kitts-Nevis Olympic Team Into Rio 2016

21 Jul

Source: Times Caribbean

The St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee (SKNOC) and SKN athlete Kim Collins, have finally settled their differences and has cleared  a path had now been cleared for Mr. Collins to participate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as an athlete of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team, following closure on the long-standing issues between the two parties.

The issues, dating back from the London 2012 Olympics, were discussed at a meeting convened via teleconference on Saturday July 16th, 2016, in the presence of SKNOC representatives based at its Headquarters in Basseterre, St. Kitts, Kim Collins and Ms. Paula Collins, wife and coach of Mr. Collins.

During the meeting, Mr. Collins expressed his desire to participate as a member of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team.

President, Mr. Alphonso Bridgewater, said, “I personally welcome this new development and am pleased that Mr. Collins is now willing to compete for his country. The SKNOC and Kim Collins are committed to working together with renewed goodwill and in the interest of athletes of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Team and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. The full extent of our energies must now be focused on the final preparations and performance of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Continue reading

Beenie Man Sponsors Jamaican Olympic Gymnasts

18 Jul



Beenie Man is giving back to his country in a big way. The dancehall king has thrown his financial support behind Jamaica’s Olympic gymnast team.

The Doc is now the official sponsor of the Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association. The deal will see him sponsoring 11-year old junior gymnast Asasia Malcolm for the next four years and also covering the financial cost to get Olympic gears for Toni-Ann Williams, who is Jamaica’s first ever Olympic Gymnast ahead of the games in Brazil next month.

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Vincentian Brandon Parris to Represent Claflin University in the 2016 Olympics in Rio!

14 Jul

Claflin University Track & Field standout Brandon Valentine-Parris. Valentine – Parris has qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio!

Brandon finished third in the 400 meters and will represent his home country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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