Summer Games 2016

By Flipboard Newsdesk | Summer Olympics kick off in Brazil on August 5, 2016. Follow the latest from Brazil, the athletes & more before, during and after the games.

Brazilian judo Olympic gold medallist gets hero's welcome in favela

Brazilian Judoka Rafaela Silva celebrated her Olympic gold medal on Monday with residents of the Cidade de Deus favela, the shantytown where shew grew up in Rio de Janeiro.<p>Silva won the 57-kilogram division of the Japanese martial art at the Summer Games on 8 August.<p>The shantytown of nearly 50,000 …

Ryan Lochte Would Rather Face Charges Than Be Banned From Olympic Swimming

Ryan Lochte would rather be prosecuted than banned from swimming in the Olympics, he said in a new interview.<p>The 12-time Olympic medalist was asked …

Summer Olympics

Olympics Day 16 roundup: Durant leads US assault, Kipchoge wins marathon

On the 16th and final day of competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Kevin Durant fired the US to basketball gold, and Eliud Kipchoge won a rainy men's marathon.<p><b>Durant bags 30 points in US masterclass</b><p>The least-surprising gold medal of the Olympics was won on the final day of competition, with the …

Rio 2016 concludes amid fireworks and concerns

South America's first Olympic Games come to an end, paving way for Brazil's economic and political issues to re-surface.<p>A blustery storm, a touch of melancholy and a sense of pride converged at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics as Brazil breathed a collective sigh of relief at having …


Brazil says it hit Olympic tourism goal and prepares for post-Games boom

Of all the benefits the Olympic Games brings to a host country, tourism is right up there at the top of the list, and according to numbers released by the Brazilian tourism minister, Brazil gets a gold for tourism.<p>Hikers looking out over Rio from the Morro dos Cabritos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, …

The Olympics left Rio with a few improvements. And a frightening police violence problem.

The victims are mostly young and black. During the games alone, police killed eight people.<p>One of the biggest scandals of the 2016 Olympics in Rio was the story of US swimmer Ryan Lochte’s admission to “overexaggerating,” as he called it, about an encounter with security guards at gas station in …


Crisis averted? Here's what actually went wrong at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Many were anticipating a total disaster, but in the end there were only a few flubs in Rio<p>Leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, there were many reasons to be concerned.<p>Security, the Zika virus and polluted water were just a few of the issues that surrounded the games. But here we are, almost a full …


Rio Olympics medal count 2016: Team USA adds 3 gold medals on the final day of competition

The last day of the Rio Olympics was a strong showing for Team USA.<p>The United States added three gold medals to its overall count on Sunday, the final day of competition in the Rio Games.<p>Claressa Shields won gold in the women's middleweight boxing final, replicating her success in the London games …

Final Rio medal count: USA nearly doubles total of closest country

The Americans dominated the podium once again at the Rio Olympics<p>The U.S. continues to dominate the Summer Games, as the Americans were all over the podium at the 2016 Rio Olympics.<p>Team USA finished with a total of 121 medals -- 51 more than second-place China. That is the largest margin by any …

Medallist Feyisa Lilesa fails to return to Ethiopia after Olympics protest

Runner was not on board team plane despite assurances he would not be punished for taking a stand over political repression in his country<p>The Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa has failed to return to Ethiopia despite assurances he would not be punished for his Rio protest over …


The 2016 Rio Olympic Games Draw to a Close: Pictures


Brazil Soccer, Mo Farah and US Miler Rule Day 15 in Rio: Pictures

Women's Basketball

Rio Olympics 2016: Brazil police want to question IOC head Thomas Bach

<b>Brazilian police say they want to speak to International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach about an alleged scheme to resell tickets during last month's Rio Olympics.</b><p>The police say Mr Bach is being treated as a witness, not a suspect.<p>Officers have found emails from Mr Bach to another …