Rio 2016: Olympic Village Chefs Serve Surplus Food To The Hungry

Two chefs in Rio have continued an initiative started at the Milan World Expo in 2015 by Bottura’s Refetterio Ambrosiano, where 65 international chefs prepared meals with food that would have been disposed of and served them to the underprivileged. Now, at the Rio 2016 Olympics, along with the Olympic Village chefs, they are doing the same by serving surplus food to the hungry that live in the ghettos surrounding the city says ABC News. The project, called RefettoRio Gastromotiva, aims to “offer food and dignity to people in situations of social vulnerability,” says a statement released by the city of Rio. The city is offering its support by way of allowing the use of a building in the city center for the project. Planning began in December of last year, and after many meetings, failed partnerships, and much persistence, chef Massimo Bottura, owner of one of the world’s best restaurants, and David Hertz, the founder of Gastromotiva NGOs, managed to secure a 400m2 premises. Their efforts were further rewarded by a 200,000-euro contribution from the Food for Soul organization. The house will serve 108 meals a day to preregistered underprivileged people and be prepared with food that would normally be wasted. Italian top chef Massimo Bottura attends a press conference at Rome’s Chigi Palace government office. [Photo by Angelo Carconi/Ansa/AP Images] During the day, the Refettorio Gastromotiva will be open to the public and offer a tasting menu prepared by its own staff in partnership with renowned guest chefs, and in the evenings, the underprivileged will be served. “As you can see, it was the result of hard work and many partnerships with people who have the will to do good. It’s time to give back to the world what it has given us. We are building new traditions through culture and leaving a legacy for the city,” said Massimo. All the meals served will be prepared using the surplus food donated by the catering company that cooks for the Olympic Village. The Village houses more than 11,000 athletes, the Olympic media center, and the entire staff of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The incentive is supported by more than 40 associations and individuals and aims to continue providing free meals to the underprivileged of Rio long after the Olympic Games. It hopes to rely on the help of sponsors, as they have the use of the building for the next 10 years. According to the Associated Press, Brazil is currently experiencing its worst economic crisis in decades just two years after hosting the FIFA World Cup. The Olympic stadium is surrounded by slums and rife with gang violence and poverty. “The poor, we don’t really get to experience the Olympics. We are close in distance, but far away,” said Luiz Alberto Araujo, a 30-year-old resident who works as a doorman in the upmarket Ipanema beach area. “We still have fun, but this party is for foreigners, for the rich,” he said. Ipanema beach is seen from the Vidigal shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Images] “I like having my family over. Of course, it would be a lot better to be right there,” school teacher Sandra Prado said. “But those prices are impossible for us.” She invited friends and family to watch the opening ceremony from the rooftop of her house in the slum. For the poor, the festivities of the ceremony were far beyond their means, with tickets for the opening ranging between around $63 and $1,400, while a minimum wage worker in Brazil takes home around $55 a week. “It is scandalous that ticket prices cater to very few higher-income residents and that the bulk of profits will leave the country,” said Bruno Carvalho, author of the book Porous City: A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro. “It was as if many Brazilians found out that they were hosting a global party to which only a select few had been invited.” The initiative taken by the chefs will hopefully be a positive and lasting benefit for at least some of the thousands of Rio’s poor long after the 2016 Olympic Games have concluded. [Photo by Renato Spyrro/AP Images]

Olympics 2016: From Ryan Lochte's Scandal To Simone Biles' Domination — The Biggest Moments From Rio

The 2016 Rio Olympics are officially over. This year’s events featured incredible individual achievements, serious injuries, and plenty of drama. With the closing ceremonies now complete, here is a look back at Rio’s biggest moments. For starters, Ryan Lochte and his fellow American swimmers created a lot of controversy over their robbery scandal. According to Hollywood Life, Lochte and his teammates turned to the police after they reportedly got robbed at gunpoint in Rio. However, after a short investigation, Rio police accused Lochte of lying about the incident. While Lochte stuck by his story, the other swimmers eventually confessed that the robbery was a lie. Lochte eventually came clean, but not before Al Roker destroyed him live on the Today Show. (below) Apart from the high-profile scandal, Simone Biles made a huge splash in Rio. Not only did she win four gold medals, but the 19-year-old gymnast quickly won over fans with her skills on the vault, balance beam, and floor. Simone Biles [Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images]Speaking of stealing the show, Michael Phelps once again proved his status as the world’s most decorated Olympian. Phelps won 5 gold medals in Rio, including the 200-meter butterfly and the 4×100 meter relay. When it was all said and done, Phelps walked away with the most medals in the history of the Olympics. Of course, Phelps also made a huge splash online. According to Time, the world’s greatest athlete will go down in history with one of the best memes from Rio. When you know you’re going to see this meme for the next month. #PhelpsFace pic.twitter.com/N3axBEK0hI — M.A.Larson (@M_A_Larson) August 9, 2016 Phelps was caught glowering by himself under a hoody before facing off with Chad le Clos in the pool. The ensuing meme quickly made rounds on social media with the tag, #PhelpsFace. In regards to injuries, this year featured several heartbreaking ones. Samir Ait Said, a gymnast from France, broke his leg during the vault qualifying round. Said’s leg snapped while he attempted a dismount. Samir Ait Said [Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images]At the same time, a weightlifter from Armenia, Andranik Karapetyan, endured a terrible injury to his elbow during a clean and jerk lift. Meanwhile, one of the more memorable moments came when Shaunae Miller won gold after diving across the finish line in the 400-meter race. Not only was the diving finish one of the best photos from the Olympics, but it also led fans to suggest Miller should become a part of Bahamas’ diving team in four years. Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas dives over the finish line to win the gold medal in the Women’s 400m Final on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. [Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images]According to The Guardian, Miller did not plan on falling across the line to finish. Instead, the move happened in the moment and, fortunately for Miller, was completely legal. Miller wasn’t the only athlete to offer fans a great snapshot at the finish line. Apart from winning another gold for the 200-meter dash, Usain Bolt took the time to turn around and grin at his opponents during the race’s semifinals. The image has already become an iconic part of Bolt’s greatness and begs for an appropriate caption. Usain Bolt [Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images]Athletes weren’t the only form of entertainment in Rio. While fans wondered about the psychedelic vibe at Rio’s opening ceremony, things got particularly weird when one of the diving pools turned green overnight. The green pool had most people adjusting their televisions, but Olympic officials claim that hydrogen peroxide and algae were to blame. Lastly, the Olympic games wouldn’t be complete without true displays of sportsmanship. According to ABC News, New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin and Unites States’ Abbey D’Agostino showed what true sportsmanship is like after Hamblin went down during the 5,000-meter race. Abbey D’Agostino of the United States (R) is assisted by Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand after a collision during the Women’s 5000m Round 1 – Heat 2 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images]D’Agostino stayed behind and helped Hamblin to her feet before encouraging her to finish the race. While these moments were some of Rio’s finest, there were plenty others – including Simone Manuel becoming the first African-American female swimmer to take home an individual gold medal – that helped cement the Rio Olympics as one of the most memorable games in recent history. Tell us! What was your favorite moment from the 2016 Olympics? Let us know in the comments below. [Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images]

Egyptian Judoka Islam El Shehaby Refuses To Shake Hands With Israeli Judoka After Loss At '2016 Olympics' In Rio

There was some tension between Israel and Egypt, not in the Middle East but at the 2016 Olympic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Reportedly, Egyptian judoka, Islam El Shehaby, refused to shake hands with Israeli judoka, Or Sasson, after Shehaby lost to Sasson in their bout. Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby loses to Israeli Or Sasson, refuses to shake hands in a major breach of etiquette. pic.twitter.com/kOU1oAd5YW — Zaid Benjamin (@zaidbenjamin) August 12, 2016 According to an article written by NBC My News 4, the two judo competitors faced off in a bout on Friday in the early-rounds of the men’s heavyweight division for Judo. Or Sasson emerged victorious in the bout and following his win, went to shake Islam El Shehaby’s hand. However, El Shehaby backed away in what looked like an attempt to avoid contact. The crowd responded with disdain as numerous “boos” echoed about. Mark Doran, a commentator for the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), provided a statement that sums up Islam El Shehaby’s actions while somewhat praising Or Sasson’s response to Shehaby’s back-peddle. “Very disappointing. That is what the Olympics is not about. To his credit, Sasson just moved on.” Along with not shaking Or Sasson’s hand, Islam El Shehaby walked off the mat without bowing. The referee called him back to bow in which Shehaby returned to give a quick nod of the head. Islam El Shehaby is an ultraconservative Salafi. This means he is a fundamentalist who believes in a return to the original ways of Islam. This does not necessarily mean he is opposed to Israel and Jews, but reports state that he was “under pressure” to withdraw from the bout. A spokesman for the International Judo Federation stated that the ethics commission will review the incident. Islam El Shehaby is on the chopping block for his actions not shaking hands with Or Sasson and forgetting to bow, but he is recognized for his willingness to compete against him. #Israeli Jukoda Or #Sasson is a champion on & off the mat! Unlike some of his Muslim opponents sadly. https://t.co/4oAI56qdDN — Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) August 14, 2016 Etiquette is said to be an integral part of Judo. The Japanese martial art that traces back to the 16th Century begins and ends with bows as a demonstration in which opponents recognize the character of the other person, showing respect to them. Kodokan Judo Institute further details said etiquette in Judo as read on their official website. “In Judo practice or competition, the protagonists look to defeat each other as they grapple. If the spirit of Rei [a bow] is lost, the encounter descends into a violent struggle, a fight, and the possibility to learn anything of any value falls by the wayside.” As mentioned earlier, Islam El Shehaby actually grappling with Or Sasson. According to Times of Israel, a bout between a Muslim from the Arab States and a Jew from Israel would be in question back in the past. Ergo, Shehaby and Sasson grappling is a “big improvement” in Arab States’ attitude in competing with Israelis. However, it should also be reported that Egypt has no prior history of backing out of a Judo bout with an Israeli in past Olympic games. Ultimately, Islam El Shehaby reportedly retired as reported by Israeli news site Mako through The Wrap. Shehaby might have retired after the pressure he received from Egypt in which if he defeated Or Sasson, he would have made “Egypt happy.” However, Shehaby lost so he made “Egypt cry” and will now be “seen as a traitor and a normalizer in the eyes of the people.” As for Or Sasson, he continued to climb the ranks in the 2016 Olympics ultimately winning a bronze medal for Israel. [Photo by Elsa/Getty Images]

Philip Craven: Russia Banned From Competing In Paralympics Due To Doping

The president of the International Paralympic Committee, Philip Craven, has announced that Russia will be banned from competing in the Paralympic Games which will take place Sept. 7-18. The reason Craven gave for the banning of Russia was due to the doping scandal involving the athletes from Russia. A report written by Richard McLaren for the World Anti-Doping Agency was the smoking gun that showed how much doping was going on in Russia. Philip Craven referred to McLaren’s report in his statement. “The McLaren report marked one of the darkest days in the history of all sport. The actions were a body blow to clean, fair, honest sport. The Russia state-run program of cheating questioned the integrity and credibility of sport as we know it. The facts really do hurt. The system in Russia is broken, corrupted and entirely compromised. Their medals over morals mentality disgusts me. The Russian government has failed its athletes. It shows a blatant disregard for the health and wellbeing of athletes. Their thirst for glory at all costs has damaged all sports.” Russia Has Been Banned From Competing In The Paralympics In Rio https://t.co/eRSDnXisJE pic.twitter.com/Ema1ScwfWd — BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) August 7, 2016 The McLaren report was a bombshell when it was released. Sports committees across the globe called for Russia to be banned from the Olympics but the International Olympic Committee decided to let each sports federation to make their own decision regarding athletes from Russia. The IOC also had the authority to make the decision to ban Russia from the Paralympics but backed down, forcing Philip Craven to make the decision himself. Entire Russian team banned from competing in Rio Paralympics https://t.co/SDQdwT4ebc — TIME.com (@TIME) August 7, 2016 Craven and the IPC didn’t make their decision without giving Russia the benefit of the doubt. The IPC spoke with McLaren directly and they even went as far as to have the athlete’s test samples retested from Russia just in case some false positives had occurred. Philip Craven commented further on the IPC actions. “We had to establish the full facts. And I cant tell you how sad we were to discover that the state-sponsored doping program extends to Russia para-sports as well. Our decision is driven on the need to hold our members accountable. (Russia) has shown it is unable to comply with our doping code within its jurisdiction. It can’t fulfill its fundamental obligations as an IPC member. We resolved to suspend Russia with immediate effect.” In 2014, at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia brought home 37 percent of the medals awarded. Out of those medals, 41 percent were gold. It was stated in McLaren’s report that athlete’s samples from Russia were manipulated. Part of the manipulation was urine samples were given from people who were not the athletes that were competing. Due to the number of medals won by Russia, and the evidence gathered in the McLaren report, Craven and the IPC will begin the process of retesting every urine sample that they were given from the athletes from Russia. Wowza – strong message as Paralympics committee bans every single Russian athlete: https://t.co/dCSyQWesCj #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/v0ekqeemmL — Louise Ridley (@LouiseRidley) August 7, 2016 Due to the fact that the International Olympic Committee did not do a sweeping ban of Russia from the games, 271 athletes from Russia are currently in Rio competing. So far, Russia has won five medals in Rio. They took home gold and bronze in judo, silver in archery and shooting, and bronze in fencing. Many feel that Russia should have been banned entirely from the Olympics in Rio. It is hard to understand why the IOC backed down and passed the decision down the line. Do you think Philip Craven and the IPC made the right decision to ban Russia from their games? [Image Via Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, file]

Can Ryan Lochte's Lochtegate Cost Michael Phelps And The Entire Team Their Rio Medals?

Ryan Lochte has been the butt of ridicule on Twitter for lying that he and his fellow swimming athletes were robbed at gunpoint during the 2016 Rio Olympics. Now the star athlete is being castigated by the American media, calling him the boy who cried wolf or simply stupid. The crux of the matter is that four U.S. Olympic athletes went for a night out after a harrowing day at the games and they all got very drunk. Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen would drop by a gas station to answer the call of nature. However, finding the comfort room closed, Lochte had to break the door — but not before urinating on the door or was it the wall? Security guards swooped in on the Fantastic Four after Lochte created a loud noise by yanking the door. #MichaelPhelps breaks his silence on the #RyanLochte scandal! https://t.co/olTq0qtdWm #LochteGate pic.twitter.com/6zRhyobd7m — Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) August 19, 2016 The guards point the gun at the athletes and order them to pay for the damages. They pay up and security allows them to leave. End of story. So the aforementioned is the actual sequence of events, and all media covering the story agree, including Sporting News. However, Ryan Lochte would lie about what happened because he admittedly wanted to cover up the fact that he and the rest of the boys were behaving badly — which would be way too embarrassing if the Olympic committee found out. According to Nylon, Bentz, Conger and Feigen have told Brazilian authorities that Lochte made up the whole story. The Telegraph underscores the extensive backlash that Ryan Lochte has been receiving from the American press since he went back home to the United States. Here are just a few of the myriad terminologies that have sprung up to refer to the now infamous athlete who is second in rank to Michael Phelps when it comes to Olympic swimming achievement. doofus, a Faulknerian idiot man-child Liar, liar, speedo on fire Lochte Mess Monster #Lochtegate The Ugly American Sporting News would advise Ryan Lochte to make the right move as soon as he could by apologizing for lying as “the American public likes to forgive erring celebrities who seem genuinely sorry.” NY tabloids spare no one #lochtegate pic.twitter.com/vfc3sGzkye — Joshua Hoyos (@JoshuaHoyos) August 19, 2016 And true enough, a long apology in the Lochte saga follows on Twitter and Instagram. NBC News, however, finds that the apology was not contrite enough, as follows. “Lochte, who’d never publicly mentioned the vandalism or argument with gas station staff, suggested in his statement that he still viewed himself as a victim, but that it didn’t excuse how he acted.” American media also weighed in on the consequences of the Ryan Lochte fiasco, with NBC News stating that “the International Olympic Committee confirmed Friday it has set up a disciplinary commission to look into the matter.” Translation: Lochte and his swimming colleagues’ worst nightmare is not over yet. So what exactly are the possible consequences of #Lochtegate? Jail Time Jail time is not likely, says CNBC. You can almost imagine Lochte, Bentz, Conger, and Feigen having a big sigh of relief about this one. As the source explains, “misdemeanor filing of a false report is not an offense, under the applicable treaty between Brazil and the United States, that is subject to extradition.” “Extradition would be applied only in more serious offenses such as murder and rape,” the source clarifies further. Banning from Future Olympics That the Fantastic Four would be banned from future Olympic games is definitely a possibility says Sporting News. “Who’s to say USA Swimming or other Olympic bodies, won’t seek to punish him [Lochte] for concocting a bogus crime story? His participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — he says he plans to try to make the team at the age of 36 — could be on the line here.” There it is the 4 x 200 free relay winning #gold for #USA #oympics A photo posted by Ryanlochte (@ryanlochte) on Aug 9, 2016 at 11:54pm PDT Hey, Give Back All Those Medals Medal confiscation is definitely a possibility not only for Ryan Lochte and his gang, but the entire U.S. Olympic swimming team as a matter of command responsibility, says Romper. After all, this happened before on many different occasions and for many different reasons — big and small. So, in case you are still laughing about all the name-calling that is happening to Ryan Lochte and his cohorts, it’s time to get serious and consider how the scandal can affect even Michael Phelps’ very own medals. Never forget — the Olympics have strict protocols for everything and with extensive documentation to boot. Right now, somebody could be examining all the relevant protocols with a fine-tooth comb. Immediate Consequences Such As Loss Of Sponsorship Loss or diminished sponsorship is frightening to imagine on the part of Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen. This is where it will hurt the guys the most because it directly affects their livelihood — especially their individual net worth. Remember that companies like Nike, Adidas and so on base their sponsorship decisions primarily on the credibility and trustworthiness of the endorser, says CNBC. Think Tiger Woods and what happened when the scandal about him broke. Does it look like the champion golfer has recovered from it yet? It always helps to stay positive, especially in matters like the Olympics. At the same time, Olympians like Ryan Lochte know only too well of the need to take a hard look at the worst case scenario. He, Bentz, Conger, and Feigen have admitted their mistakes. Now it’s time to face the music. 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Simone Biles' Tragic Childhood Turns Into Olympic Gold, And A Love Story With Zac Efron

Simon Biles’ incredible journey to the 2016 Olympics wasn’t easy. Biles is a favorite to take home another gold medal when she competes in the women’s gymnastics all-around competition tonight, but her career in gymnastics could have easily ended before it ever began. According to Radar Online, Biles was raised by a mother who suffered from severe alcohol and drug addictions. Throughout Biles’ tragic childhood, her mother, Shanon, was arrested multiple times for theft, assault, drug possession, and driving under the influence. Biles’ mother spent so much time in jail and in trouble with the law that Biles’ grandparents, Ron and Nellie Biles, adopted her and her younger sister, Adria. Biles was only 3-years-old when she left her mother’s side. The US Olympic gymnastics team has dubbed themselves the ‘Final Five.’ [Photo by David Ranos/Getty Images]Ron and Nellie have been outspoken about their daughter’s behavior in interviews, which Shanon has been less-than-thrilled to learn about. “I feel like they’re defaming my character,” Shanon revealed. “I was struggling back then, but I’ve gotten better….He didn’t have to be so harsh about it. He could’ve been a little bit more classy with it. He didn’t have to put me under the bus.” Despite her awful childhood years, Biles managed to turn her life around and is currently taking the Rio Olympics by storm. According to USA Today, Biles is a heavy favorite to win her next event and could win more gold medals in the days to come. Of course, winning is nothing new for Biles. Over the past three years, the young gymnast has won just about all of the all-around competitions she has entered. Biles has taken home four titles in the U.S. and three world championships. Right now, Simone Biles is on pace to win a record 10 gold medals by the time the Rio Olympics wraps up next week. Simone Biles of the United States competes on the balance beam during the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images]As far as Biles is concerned, she is confident in winning more medals in the events to come. “I think if we hit our sets, we’re very capable of medaling,” she admitted. “But it just comes down to the day.” If things continue to go her way, then there’s no reason to believe that Biles will slip up when it’s her turn to take the stage. Meanwhile, winning gold medals isn’t the only thing on Biles’ mind. According to E! Online, Biles’ success at the Olympics has attracted the attention of her favorite celebrity crush, Zac Efron. Biles has never been afraid to express how much she adores Efron. During an interview on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Biles admitted that she liked Efron because “he’s gorgeous.” DeGeneres then gave Biles a leotard pattern of Efron’s face, which she desperately hoped to wear during competition. “CAN I PLS PLS WEAR MY ZAC EFRON LEO TO P&G’S,” she wrote on Twitter. “Thanks @TheEllenShow for having me!” After Biles started winning medals at the Rio Olympics, Efron took to Twitter to congratulate his favorite fan. “So phenomenal a skill’s named after her,” Efron shared. “Congrats on sticking the Biles and qualifying for the finals @Simone_Biles!” “@ZacEfron Thanks Zac! I hope you can watch Team Final tomorrow night,” she responded. Biles love for Efron runs deep. In fact, the Olympian also revealed that she has a life-size cutout of Efron in her bedroom. Of course I’m watching the #FinalFive????????????????????dominate the floor!????#Rio2016 #TeamUSA pic.twitter.com/wdgVnvWOCa — Zac Efron (@ZacEfron) August 10, 2016 “Sometimes I used to kiss him on the cheek,” she stated. In response to Biles’ latest request, Efron took a picture of himself in front of a poster of Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, and Aly Raisman. “Of course I’m watching the #FinalFive,” he told her on Twitter. “dominate the floor! #Rio2016 #TeamUSA.” Biles has yet to respond to Efron’s message. Tell us! Do you think Simone Biles will take the gold as the all-around competition tonight? Let us know in the comments below and tune in to watch on NBC. [Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images]

Which 2016 Rio Olympic Athletes Are Landing The Biggest Endorsements?

All the medals have been handed out for the 2016 Rio Olympics, but the game of endorsement deals is just getting started. Sure, the likely suspects for big endorsement deals are American gold medal winning athletes Michael Phelps and Simone Biles, but what companies are looking for athletes to push their products, and what kind of money are they paying? But after the 2016 Olympics, one athlete, swimmer Ryan Lochte, 32, is scared that his current endorsement deals are about to end because of his sketchy behavior in Rio. But before the cereal and sportswear companies come knocking, American athletes who win medals come home with a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Medal, and a check per medal, according to the Inquisitr. For the 2016 Rio Olympics, American athletes get $25k for Gold, $15k for Silver, and $10k for Bronze, and that is per medal. So, for example, American gymnast Simone Biles received four Gold Medals, and one Bronze Medal, so she will receive $110K for her medals alone, while swimmer Michael Phelps for five Gold Medals and one Silver Medal, so he gets a check for $140k, before any endorsement deals are signed. US Olympic champions will come home to endorsements and parades—and a hefty tax bill https://t.co/j321XBbg9Z — Quartz (@qz) August 22, 2016 But even though in the United States we are most familiar with American athletes, and what products they are shilling, the top five endorsement deals for 2016 Olympic athletes right now are a mix from all over the world according to Money Magazine. Winning medals at the Olympics can make you famous, but it’s the endorsement deals make you rich. RELATED REPORTS BY INQUISITR Olympics 2016: How Much Is A Gold Medal Really Worth? What Is The Gold Medal Bonus Around The World For 2016 Rio Games Swimmer Michael Phelps currently has $12 million in endorsement deals, with likely more to come, as he is the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time. At this time, Phelps has left behind his endorsement deal with Speedo, and has a deal with Aqua Sphere (for an undisclosed amount). Additionally, his sponsor list now includes Under Armour, Omega, Master Spas, Sol Republic headphones and 800razors.com, according to the Baltimore Sun. Michael Phelps has been known to keep the dollar amounts private, but it is estimated that in 2016, Michael Phelps has a net worth of $55 million. Will Olympic standouts land luxury endorsements to remain in consumers’ consciousness? https://t.co/HgRVDDkcVv via @fancy — The Best In Luxury (@TheBestInLuxury) August 21, 2016 Another American, tennis phenom Serena Williams, also has some sweet endorsement deals, in addition to her tennis winnings. Serena did not live up to her hype at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but she still exits the games with $20 million in endorsements at present. At the moment, Williams reps Nike, Wilson, Beats, Delta Air Lines, and IBM, with her Nike contract rumored to be $40 million for five years (Serena Williams’ net worth is said to be $160 million). But while Michael Phelps might be the fastest Olympian in the water, Jamaican Usain Bolt is the fastest on land as the most decorated Olympic sprinter of all time with six Gold Medals. Puma has been partnering with Usain Bolt since 2003, and reportedly signed a deal in 2013 with Puma for $10 million per year. Right now, Bolt is still with Virgin Media and Hublot, but in the past he has partnered with Gatorade, Visa, and Comcast (Bolt is thought to have a net worth of $60 million). Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal has been plagued with injuries this past year, but he pulled it together to play in the 2016 Rio Olympics. But even though Nadal was injured, he managed to earn $32 million over the last year in endorsements alone. For now, Rafael Nada has endorsement deals with Nike, Babolat and Kia (Rafael Nadal has a net worth of $140 million). Now that @SpeedoUSA has dropped Ryan Lochte will Ralph Lauren and others follow suit? From @CBSNews : https://t.co/Xmz5oWTWi2 — Gillian Rich (@IBD_GRich) August 22, 2016 But while newly minted Gold Medal winners are striking deals with a variety of companies, bad behavior and a tarnished reputation can get your endorsement deals canceled. Swimmer Ryan Lochte is finding out the hard way that causing an international incident at the Olympics, and lying to the IOC will not only get you in trouble, but will cost your dearly in endorsements per the Washington Post. Speedo, Ralph Lauren, and Gentle Hair Removal are choosing to part ways with Lochte after he admitted to “over-exaggerating” a claim that he was robbed at gunpoint in Rio. Speedo put out a public statement to explain their decision. “While we have enjoyed a winning relationship with Ryan for over a decade and he has been an important member of the Speedo team, we cannot condone behavior that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for. We appreciate his many achievements and hope he moves forward and learns from this experience.” This leaves Ryan Lochte with one endorsement deal, and that is with a Japanese mattress company, who says they will stick by him. We're not dumb. We know how ads work, so why do brands pay Phelps, others for endorsements? https://t.co/B2GvVuFwG8 pic.twitter.com/a7K0j9UrPq — Phil Rosenthal (@phil_rosenthal) August 21, 2016 But American gymnast, and newly minted Gold Medal winner Simone Biles is going to need to sift through all of her new offers, including an invite to be on Dancing With the Stars, says WWD. Biles came into the Olympics with endorsement deals from Nike, Tide, and Kelloggs, but that seems like just the beginning for the 19 year old athlete. Watch for commercials and magazine ads coming soon with your favorite 2016 Olympic athletes. Do you think it was right for companies to dump Ryan Lochte? [Photo by Elsa/Getty Images]

2016 Rio Olympics: Everything You Need To Know – Channels, Dates, Countries, Sports, More

A few sports have already started playing for the 2016 Rio Olympics, but things will officially get underway this evening with the opening ceremony. From there, the Olympic Games will continue for 19 days in Brazil with numerous sports, thousands of athletes, and medals to be won. In order to watch as much as possible, you need to know the dates, channels, sporting events, and just who is taking part in the competitions. Believe it or not, there will be an obscene amount of Olympics coverage from start to finish as NBC Olympics is reporting they will show 6,755 hours of programming. Breaking things down, that averages out to 356 hours of coverage per day for the 19 days and that’s a lot of events and a lot of athletes. Tonight’s the night! The #Rio2016 #OpeningCeremony starts at 8PM! #Olympics pic.twitter.com/y0r2WUKkVX — Olympics (@Olympics) August 5, 2016 Tonight’s opening ceremony will air on NBC and after that, the Olympics will begin in full on the NBC family of networks and channels. Here are the networks that fans can watch their countries compete on: NBC – broadcast network Telemundo – broadcast network CNBC – cable channel USA Network – cable channel NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) – cable channel Bravo – cable channel MSNBC – cable channel NBC Universo – cable channel Golf Channel – cable channel There are some other cable channels that will also carry coverage for specific sports such as basketball and soccer. NBC News reported that these channels are temporary as is a unique 4K Ultra HD channel for those wanting things a bit higher in quality. NBC is set to have a lot of coverage simply on its primary network and most days will see this schedule: Primetime: 8 p.m. – midnight ET/PT Daytime: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET/PT Late night: 12:35 a.m. – 1:35 a.m. ET/PT Replays: 1:35 a.m. – 4:30 a.m. ET/PT For those that want to watch and won’t necessarily have access to a TV, there are some options to live-stream the different events as reported by Variety. Olympians live forever at https://t.co/18iKWUn3C5
Enjoy the Olympics anytime, anywhere and on any device. pic.twitter.com/5dUj3K7F0v — Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) August 5, 2016 From August 5 through August 21, there will be around 11,402 athletes from 208 countries taking part in the Olympic Games as reported by Olympic.org. This is even with 119 Russian athletes being sent home from the Rio games due to a blanket ban by the Word Anti-Doping Agency which was just recently reported by BBC. Some may wonder just what sports these athletes will be competing in at the Olympics, and there are actually 39 of them. Rio 2016 has a list of all the sports that will bring about 311 different events over the next two weeks and they are all unique and competitive. Archery Artistic Gymnastics Athletics (Track-and-Field) Badminton Basketball Beach Volleyball Boxing Canoe Slalom Canoe Sprint Cycling – BMX Cycling – Mountain Bike Cycling – Road Cycling – Track Diving Equestrian Fencing Football (Soccer) Gold Handball Hockey Judo Marathon Swimming Modern Pentathlon Rhythmic Gymnastics Rowing Rugby Sevens Sailing Shooting Swimming Synchronized Swimming Table Tennis Taekwondo Tennis Trampoline Gymnastics Triathlon Volleyball Water Polo Weightlifting Wrestling Anything is possible to happen in the Olympics and that is why fans around the world should watch and enjoy as many events as possible. There could be a gold medal won by an underdog. A perfect score could occur for a dive or floor routine. There may also be a moment that will never be forgotten. #Onthisday 24 years ago, this happened…????#Athleticshttps://t.co/5lTamGvqvI — Olympics (@Olympics) August 3, 2016 The Olympic Games only happen once every four years and this one event could be what many of these athletes train and live for. It may be their only opportunity to represent Sweden or Team USA or Samoa for their country and achieve the ultimate goal of a gold medal. With a number of channels and so many hours of coverage, it will always be possible to catch a game or sporting event over the next two weeks. The 2016 Rio Olympics are finally here and it’s time to binge-watch basketball, swimming, archery, track-and-field, and so much more. The NBC family of networks and channels will air plenty of coverage so you can enjoy the games for more than two solid weeks. Knowing the schedule of preliminary rounds and medal events is a must so you can cheer for your favorite countries and encourage them to the gold. [Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images]

Michael Johnson's 400-Meter World Record Gives In To Wayde Van Niekerk's Stunning Performance In Rio

Michael Johnson is no longer the 400-meter race world record holder. That title has just been grabbed from him by South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Van Niekerk is said to be a friend of Oscar Pistorius, who, known for his moniker the Blade Runner, defied his disability to become one of the 4oo-meter race’s brightest stars the world has known. Aware of his record-breaking power and speed, Pistorius had his eyes set for the Olympic gold in Rio after losing his chance in the semi-finals in London in 2012. Unfortunately, his plan would not translate into reality. He squandered it. He is now serving his six-year term for a criminal offense behind bars, “holed up in the notorious Kgosi Mampuru prison in Pretoria, where some of the country’s worst criminals are incarcerated,” according to sports journalist Martin Rogers of USA Today. Even so, Pistorius has mysteriously made his way into van Niekerk’s nerve, who was inspired by him, hoping that the fallen champion friend and former colleague will have his days again to reclaim his lost glory in the track. Michael Johnson poses next to the sign announcing his new world record of 43.18 seconds to win the gold medal in the men’s 400-meter event. [Photo by Michael Probst/AP Images]Did the South African van Niekerk know that he was bound to beat the American Michael Johnson’s world record Sunday night in Rio? All that van Niekerk had in mind, or so it seemed, on his way to the men’s 400-meter dash final was Pistorious. “He was an inspiration to us all,” van Niekerk said, as quoted by Rogers. “It’s one of the guys who opened the doors for us. What happens in your personal life does not concern me, I can not speak for him.” “But he inspired a generation to run, he gave me a reason to want to run for my country,” van Niekerk continued. “Whatever happens in his life, I wish him all the best.” However, that night, according to Rogers, was van Niekerk’s “night of glory, the kind of glory Pistorius once dreamed of. Now, his name is mentioned only as a cautionary tale.” Not only did van Niekerk break Michael Johnson’s 43.18 second world record with his stunning 43.03 seconds in 400-meter track in Rio. As Matt Norlander of CBS Sports noted, he was also “the first person ever to win a world or Olympic 400-meter race from lane 8.” Perhaps nobody could aptly describe what happened right there and then The Guardian did. “It looked… as if [van Niekerk] had gone off stupidly fast through the first 200m, and the expectation was that Kirani James, the defending champion from Grenada, and LaShawn Merritt of the United States – who fought like pitbulls in the middle lanes – would haul Van Niekerk in through the bends. “It didn’t happen. The South African in fact went faster in the second half of the race, slingshotting into the home straight in a blur of limbs. His winning margin against one of the fastest 400m fields ever assembled verged on the ridiculous. It was, as [Thomas Johnson] said on television commentary, ‘a massacre.’” South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk celebrates after winning the gold medal during the athletics competitions in the Olympic stadium of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. [Photo by Matt Slocum/AP Images]The news made headlines in the now post-Apartheid South Africa, where van Niekerk was hailed like a hero. “Wayde is actually the first South African sprinter to win an Olympic gold since Bevil Rudd, also in the 400, at Antwerp 1920,” said the Johannesburg-based news site Times Live. In fact, it was not the first time van Niekerk made history for his country. Last year in Beijing, he also became “South Africa’s first world sprint champion as he stormed around the one-lap race in 43.48 seconds, becoming the fourth-fastest athlete in the event and the quickest non-American athlete,” Times Live reported. Inspired by Pistorius in Rio de Janeiro (however unlikely that might sound), there was no question for van Niekerk that he was destined to steal from Michael Johnson the 400-meter race world record that the American held for 17 long years. “I believed I could get the world record. I’ve dreamed of this medal forever,” said van Niekerk, who was quoted by The Guardian. “I am blessed.” About which the American contender LeShawn Merritt could not help by say, “I knew the time was going to be fast, [but] I didn’t think it was going to be 43.0 fast. It is what it is. You take it. He ran his heart out.” [Photo by Natacha Pisarenko/AP Images]

Rafael Nadal Roars In Olympics 2016 With Wrist Injury As Future Wife Maria Francisca Perello Avoids Zika

Rafael Nadal almost did not make it to Olympics 2016 because of his wrist injury. But this may be the last time that the former world number one will be able to take part in the games so he is making the necessary sacrifices to perform at Rio Olympics. Let’s hope that his future wife Maria Francisca Perello are keeping him buoyant! He won his first match in Brazil with flying colors, not showing that his wrist injury is holding him back. “With white tape peeking out from under the red sweat band on his injured left wrist, Rafael Nadal was back in action on Sunday (7 August), playing his first match in 2½ months and back at an Olympics for the first time in eight years,” reports Rio 2016. “He was not, Nadal insisted after a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Argentina’s Federico Delbonis, back at full strength, however. And he would not, he also insisted, discuss the problematic tendon sheath in his racket-wielding arm for the rest of the event.” Rafa was also very supportive of his country’s teammates, giving Twitter shout outs in Olympics 2016 to those who have already snagged gold medals for Spain. Felicidades Mireia! Primera medalla para España en #Rio2016!!! A por muchas más! @miss_belmont — Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) August 7, 2016 In English, the tweets reads: “Congrats Mireia! First medal for Spain in #Rio2016! Let’s get many more! @miss_belmont.” He admitted after the match that he is not feeling his 100% best, but admitted that this is a once-in-four-year opportunity that he could not pass up. “My wrist is not perfect. My wrist needs more time,” the Spaniard said. “If it was a ‘normal’ tournament on the circuit, I wouldn’t be here. My wrist is not perfect. It isn’t 100 percent. There’s only one chance every four years to experience an Olympic Games. It’s something unforgettable. I missed the last one in London, so I didn’t want to miss this one.” Despite his wrist injury, he did win in straight sets against Federico Delbonis. In Round 2, the 29-year-old tennis player will face Italy’s Andreas Seppi. While his current girlfriend and future wife Maria Francisca Perello was not spotted near the court, she is probably giving him a lot of support for Rio Olympics. He managed to spend a lot of time with her when he had to forego French Open and Wimbledon this summer due to his wrist injury. When he was not able to compete in Wimbledon, he went straight to a beach holiday with his future wife to keep his mind off from things that he could not control. “Tennis ace Rafael Nadal was taking his mind off his ailment on Saturday as he soaked up the sun in Formentera, Spain with his long-term girlfriend Xisca Perello, 28,” reports Daily Mail. “Off the court, Rafael showed off his impressive form on a yacht, celebrating his 30th birthday in style with friends, instead of aggravating his sports injury.” Rafael Nadal whisks girlfriend Xisca Perello away on Ibiza yacht break for his 30th https://t.co/5yzjFCVLUC pic.twitter.com/NqhojKfUky — Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) June 5, 2016 Right before Olympics, he trained on his home island of Mallorca with his uncle Tony, trying to improve the odds of being able to compete in Rio. With the first match out of the way, Rafa may be feeling a lot more confident about facing top tennis players like Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. It probably was good for his relationship with Maria Francisca Perello to train from home. Let’s hope that she is avoid as much Zik as possible. If men’s singles game does not turn out so well for him, he still has his doubles games to take a second stab at the gold medal. He is playing with Marc Lopez Tarres, a 34-year-old professional tennis player ranked 21st on ATP tour. Do you think Maria Francisca Perello will be the support Rafael Nadal needs in Olympics 2016? Let us know in the comments below! [Photo by Elise Amendola/AP Images]