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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Articles tagged: Rio Olympics

Ryan Lochte charged in Brazil for filing false police report

Ryan Lochte

The Brazilians really have some balls on them.

AFP reported Thursday that Ryan Lochte has been charged in Brazil for filing a false police report.

“Ryan Lochte was charged with the crime of falsely reporting a crime,” police said in a statement, via the AFP.

Lochte and fellow swimmer Jimmy Feigen initially told police they were pulled over at random in their taxi and robbed at gunpoint. Lochte later admitted he lied about the circumstances surrounding the holdup. Two other swimming teammates, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, did confirm they were forced to pay for damage caused at a gas station at gun point.

That Brazil hasn’t dropped this entire situation yet shows how corrupt they are.

Yes, Lochte and Feigen lied about a story that they were randomly pulled over/robbed, making them seem like total victims. But they did have guns pulled on them at a gas station by men in badges. That happened. That part is true.

Let’s do a breakdown here and see who comes off worse.

Lochte: Embellished robbery story, omitted that he acted like a jerk in a foreign country and damaged sign at gas station, made Brazil look more dangerous through his original story.

Brazil: Makes international incident out of it; tries to seize passports of Lochte and Feigen; pulls Conger and Bentz off a plane; makes Bentz and Conger answer questions; tries to extort Feigen for $46K to end his case; charges Lochte with a crime; is a place where men with badges pulling out guns to demand money for a sign being damaged is totally acceptable.

Yes, Lochte is a juvenile, trouble-making, lying idiot who got his friends in trouble and doesn’t know how to behave, but Brazil is showing it’s true colors by extorting our athletes and going so far overboard with their handling of things. This is the story that needs to be remembered, told and shared; not one about what Lochte has done wrong.

Everyone is getting robbed in Rio yet they’re trying to poke holes in Ryan Lochte’s story

Ryan Lochte

Whether or not Ryan Lochte has told the complete truth about what happened to him and three other American swimmers on Sunday morning in Rio remains to be seen. Maybe we’ll get to the bottom of the story, maybe not.

I do not doubt that Lochte was robbed in Rio, though, and I am left wondering why officials in the Brazilian city are so fixated on trying to prove he was lying.

They publicly questioned Lochte’s story, tried to poke holes in it, and they ordered the swimmer and teammate Jimmy Feigen to remain in Rio pending further questioning. Luckily Lochte had already left for the U.S. and got out, but Feigen still needs to deal with authorities. Meanwhile, the two other swimmers who were part of the alleged robbery, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, were pulled off their airplane Wednesday and detained. That’s just taking things way too far.

Let’s all look at the reasons why one Brazilian judge has ordered all of this commotion, along with the LBS counterpoints for every argument.

Rio Judge: Notes a discrepancy between when Lochte said they left a party (4:00 am) and when they arrived at the Olympic village (minutes before 7:00 am).

LBS Counterpoint: What if the guys left at 4am, got robbed, their ride ditched them, and then it took a while to regroup and find another ride back? Nothing adds time to one’s night more than getting robbed and ditched at least 30 minutes away from where you’re staying. Or what if they were drunk and not really paying attention to the time they actually left, and they were an hour off? Isn’t that plausible?

Rio Judge: Analyzing their behavior and body language on the security footage at the Olympic village, they did not look like they had been robbed.


Second bullet found in Rio Olympics equestrian center

Rio bullet hole

Safety at the Summer Games in Rio continues to be a concern, especially at the equestrian center where a bullet was found in the tent for a second time.

Reuters reports that a bullet was found close to the stables.

On Saturday, a bullet was found inside the media tent at the equestrian center. Rio organizers believe the bullet came from a local person shooting at a police blimp.

The bullets found at the equestrian center underscore safety concerns at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. On Tuesday, a bus containing media members saw its glass shatter due to either bullets or stones.

(photo shows bullet from Saturday, not Wednesday)

Rio organizers explain why Olympics pools turned green

water polo Olympics green

The people in charge at the Rio Olympics have finally explained why the water turned green in the pools of the Olympics. According to them, water tanks ran out of chemicals that are used to treat water, resulting in the color changing from blue to green. They say the conditions are safe for all athletes and that the water will be back to blue soon.

People first noticed the water in the Olympics diving pool at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center had turned green on Tuesday. A day later, the water in the water polo pool was also turning green.

“FINA can confirm that the reason for the unusual water color observed during the Rio 2016 diving competitions is that the water tanks ran out some of the chemicals used in the water treatment process. As a result the pH level of the water was outside the usual range, causing the discoloration. The FINA Sport Medicine Committee conducted tests on the water quality and concluded that there was no risk to the health and safety of the athletes, and no reason for the competition to be affected,” FINA said in a statement.

Olympic spokesman Mario Andrada also explained the color change, but said the water was safe.

“There was a sudden decrease of alkalinity,” Andrada said. “We probably failed to note that with more athletes the water could be affected.

“There is absolutely no risk to anybody. The independent group (charged with checking the water quality) confirmed the measures to bring the pool back to its normal color. The rain affected a bit the changes in the state of the water. It should go back to classic blue colour during the day.”

Here is a photo of the green diving pool:

The diving pool and water polo pools side-by-side:

Glass on media bus breaks due to bullets or stones

Rio bus

A bus traveling to the media center from one of the Olympics venues in Rio was attacked on Tuesday and its glass was shattered, causing injuries to two of the 12 passengers, according to reports.

Though there is no dispute that glass was shattered leading to injuries, the impetus for the glass breaking is in dispute. Those on board the bus seemed to feel gun shots hit the bus, causing the issues. Police, an official, and the bus driver believe it was just stones thrown at the bus.

HoopFeed’s Lee Michaelson was aboard the bus and gave this account of the event via Twitter:


Stray bullet finds its way into Rio media tent at equestrian center

Things continue to go exceptionally well at Rio, if you disregard the stray bullets making their way into media tents.

For reasons that remain unclear, a bullet landed in the media tent near the equestrian center in Rio on Saturday. No one was injured, but it still provided for a rather unsettling visual.

The bullet came through the roof, as seen in this image.

The explanation being floated around was that it was a stray military bullet from a nearby base.

Between this and the errant couch, things are off to an inauspicious start in Rio. Here’s hoping things get better.

Olympics photographer robbed in Rio, loses $40K in equipment

Brett Costello

One photographer covering the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro learned a tough lesson this week that you can never let your guard down in the city — not even for 10 seconds.

Brett Costello, an Australian photographer for NewsCorp, was robbed of $40,000 in equipment this week after being scammed by a team in the middle of a busy coffee shop.

Costello was in Ipanema — a town in Rio — covering the 2016 Summer Games for The Daily Telegraph/NewsCorp, and was asked by a woman at the coffee shop to help her. He had just ordered a coffeee and thought he was helping her, but in the 10 seconds that he got distracted, an accomplice took Costello’s gear and made off with it in a vehicle.

“I’m gutted and I feel stupid that I wasn’t wise to their plan,” Costello told The Daily Telegraph.

“I know that I’ll probably never see my bag or gear again. And as disappointing as that is, I take solace that I wasn’t injured or hurt.

“It only took 10-seconds, but even that is enough to remind the thousands of tourists and media here in Rio for the games to never let down your guard.”

Costello told police about the robbery, and they were not too surprised. Those types of robberies — where thieves work in teams — are not uncommon.

Prior to being robbed, Costello was fortunate enough to capture these cool photos from Ipanema:

Between this robbery and some of the other disgusting conditions that have been reported, it hasn’t all been peaches and cream so far in Rio.