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Saturday, July 11, 2020


Russian bobsledder who failed doping test once wore anti-doping shirt

Olympics PyeongChang

File this one under “life comes at you fast.”

Russian bobsled pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva failed a doping test last week, the country’s federation announced, the second Russian athlete to do so during the Winter Olympics.

Making this all the more awkward? Via Greg Walters of Vice News, Sergeeva appeared in an online video prior to the Olympics wearing a shirt that proudly proclaimed “I Don’t Do Doping.”

Unsurprisingly, the video that featured this apparel has swiftly been taken off Youtube.

Russia had already been troubled by a state-sponsored doping operation that resulted in many athletes — and the federation itself — being officially banned from the Olympics. The first doping allegation of these Games has already created an awkward situation, but there will be no such issue here, as Sergeeva’s Russian bobsled team finished 15th, well out of medal contention.

Ron Rivera awkwardly learns how to curl (Video)

Ron Rivera

Olympic fever has inspired Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera so much, he’s taking a curling lesson.

Rivera hit up the Charlotte Curling Club on Friday for a formal lesson in the sport, and, well, it’s safe to say his form is a work in progress.

Look, he’s getting a little better with each video. Nobody becomes a star overnight. Maybe he’d be even better if he got his hands on an awesome pair of pants.

The United States men’s curling team will go for a gold medal early Saturday morning against Sweden. We can only assume Rivera will be staying up late to cheer them on.

Britney Spears shouts out Jocelyne Lamoureux over aptly-named goal

US womens hockey

The gold medal-winning U.S. women’s hockey team named a key shootout move after a Britney Spears song, and have duly been rewarded for it with a shoutout from the singer herself.

The shootout move that resulted in Jocelyne Lamoureux’s winning goal was named “Oops, I Did it Again” by the team, and that did not go unnoticed by Spears herself.

Naturally, Lamoureux was a bit excited.

It turns out Spears has been a surprisingly frequent celebrity figure in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Who saw that coming?

Russian skater Alina Zagitova shows love to Yuzuru Hanyu after gold medal victory

After winning gold in the women’s singles competition on Friday, Alina Zagitova had to shout out the gold medalist of the men’s competition too.

The 15-year-old Russian figure skater put together a stunning performance in her free program to finish with a total score of 239.57 and take home the gold medal. Speaking with the media after her triumph, Zagitova showed love to Japanese men’s counterpart Yuzuru Hanyu, who himself won individual gold last week. Here is what she had to say, per Jackie Wong of Rocker Skating:

The two figure skating phenoms also appeared to have met face-to-face earlier in the PyeongChang Games, according to images posted by fans on Twitter.

When you also consider the extent of what Hanyu, who is only 23 himself, battled through to win his gold, it’s easy to see why there’s a deep mutual respect between the two young stars as they both now sit atop their sport.

Jocelyne Larocque apologizes for taking off silver medal

Jocelyne Larocque medal

Canadian hockey player Jocelyne Larocque issued an apology for taking off her silver medal after losing the gold medal game to the United States 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

“I want to apologize to the IOC, IIHF, the PyeongChang Olympic Organizing Committee, Canadian Olympic Committee, Hockey Canada and most especially to my teammates and our fans for removing my silver medal after it was presented to me,” Larocque said in a statement.

“In the moment, I was disappointed with the outcome of the game, and my emotions got the better of me. I meant no disrespect – it has been an honour to represent my country and win a medal for Canada. I’m proud of our team, and proud to be counted among the Canadian athletes who have won medals at these Games. Being on the podium at the world’s biggest sporting event is a great achievement and one that I’m thankful I was able to experience with my teammates.

“For all fans, young and old, please understand this was a moment in time that I truly wish I could take back. I take seriously being a role model to young girls and representing our country. My actions did not demonstrate the values our team, myself and my family live and for that I am truly sorry.”

Larocque’s actions received widespread attention, but many understood that her reaction was reflective of her immediate disappointment over losing. She even said as much after the game, explaining that they wanted to win gold.

An apology from Larocque probably was not necessary, but this should satisfy those who were upset by her actions.

Canadian Jocelyne Larocque explains why she took off silver medal

Jocelyne Larocque medal

Canadian hockey player Jocelyne Larocque drew attention when she took off her silver medal upon being awarded it following the gold medal game at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang on Thursday.

Larocque’s Canadian team lost 3-2 in a shootout to rival US, whom they’d beaten in the gold medal game at the last two Olympics.

The medal presentation ceremony takes place on the ice after the game. Immediately after the silver medal was placed around her neck, Larocque removed it.

Larocque’s actions were questioned by some, who thought it showed poor sportsmanship and a lack of appreciation for her accomplishment. Larocque explained why she did it and said it was because they didn’t achieve what they wanted to.

“It’s just hard,” Larocque said, via the AP. “You work so hard. We wanted gold but didn’t get it.”

Larocque’s actions — especially so soon after the loss — make complete sense for a competitor. The silver comes as a disappointment to many, because you receive it after losing a gold medal game. That’s why the gold and bronze medal winners may feel more accomplished immediately after a game.

Perhaps Larocque will feel more appreciation for her silver in time, but for now, it’s understandable why it stood as a symbol of disappointment for her.

Shootout hero TJ Oshie sends shoutout to Jocelyne Lamoureux

TJ Oshie

TJ Oshie sent a shoutout from Team USA shootout hero to another.

The US women’s hockey team won gold on Thursday at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang with a 3-2 shootout win over rival Canada. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the sixth round of the shootout, which turned out to be the winning goal after Maddie Rooney stopped Canada to give the US the edge.

In 2014, Oshie helped the US beat Russia at the Winter Olympics in Sochi by scoring on four of six shootout attempts, including the clincher.

Upon learning of the US’ victory over Canada, Oshie sent the following tweet congratulating scorers Monique Lamoureaux and Gigi Marvin, as well as Jocelyne Lamoureux, who scored the golden goal in the shootout.

That’s some pretty awesome love shared by Team USA hockey heroes. Unfortunately only one of them received a medal, as the men’s team finished fourth in 2014.