<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Sports]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/sports http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usWed, 24 Aug 2016 03:00:54 -0400Wed, 24 Aug 2016 03:00:54 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Back From Rio, Swimmer Jimmy Feigen Apologizes]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:58:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/feigen-lochte-conger-bentz.jpg

U.S. Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen on Tuesday made his first public comments about the incident in Rio de Janeiro last week that involved Feigen, Ryan Lochte and two of their teammates.

In a written statement provided to NBC News, Feigen admitted to initially leaving out details of an early morning incident at a Rio gas station, saying he omitted the facts to police in an attempt to help Lochte.

The Aug. 14 encounter was initially described by Lochte as an armed robbery by men posing as police officers, but the tale soon unraveled into an embarrassing controversy.

By the time a judge ordered Lochte and Feigen to remain in Brazil, Lochte had already left. Feigen eventually paid almost $11,000 to a sports foundation and was allowed to leave Brazil.

Feigen also said he was given an option to pay a fine rather than wait the month in Brazil for the investigation to conclude, but the amount first suggested was the equivalent of $31,250 and 15 days of community service.

When Feigen and his attorneys rejected that offer as unreasonable, the prosecutor increased the proposed fine to the equivalent of $46,875, he said. The smaller agreement was eventually reached.



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<![CDATA[Hot Dogs as Sandwiches? Georgetown Soccer Celebrates Answer]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:17:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-544909152.jpg

It is a question that has ignited debate and angst for many years.

Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary proclaimed this year that a sandwich is defined as “two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a filling in between,” and that a hot dog is defined as such. The authoritative dictionary made the final declaration in celebration of Memorial Day weekend.

To celebrate the “end” of the debate, the Georgetown men’s soccer team will celebrate the hot dog sandwich at their game on Sept. 10 against the University of Connecticut. All fans who come to the game dressed in a hot dog sandwich costume or any fans names Oscar, Meyer, Frank or Nathan will receive free admission.

Jack the bulldog, Georgetown’s live mascot, will be wearing a new hot dog sandwich costume. There will also be a hot dog sandwich-making station by the concession stand.

During halftime, some fans will participate in a hot dog sandwich catching competition. The university is hoping there will be enough people in hot dog sandwich costumes to set a world record.

If the hot dog as a sandwich question wasn’t enough, fans will also be asked other tough questions.

• Is Joe Flacco an elite quarterback?

• Are eyebrows facial hair?

• Is Jell-O a dessert or a side dish?

• Is a lamp a piece of furniture or an appliance?

• Which armrest in a movie theatre is yours?



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<![CDATA['Final Five' Set to Tour US]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:20:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16236682575231.jpg

The Final Five are taking New York City by storm. 

The gold medal-winning U.S. women's gymnastics team visited the Empire State Building Tuesday morning as they begin a whirlwind media tour after their incredible accomplishments in Rio. 

Their Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions will officially start on Sept.15, in Spokane, Washington and end on Nov. 13 in Boston. They will visit 36 U.S. cities and showcase gymnasts from 2012 and 2016, according to Kellogg's.

Hometown hero and breakout star Laurie Hernandez, along with Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian took in the view of the city from 86 floors above the ground. And it provided another first for Old Bridge, New Jersey resident Hernandez: being able to take in the view from the observatory of the Empire State Building. It's all making for a surreal experience, she said. 

"I used to have someone pinch me beforehand just to make sure it wasn't a dream," Hernandez told NBC 4 New York. 

Biles called Hernandez a "perfect fit to the team" in Rio.

"She's always making all of us laugh," she told NBC 4. "I think she has a very similar personality to me. We roomed the whole time to Rio. We just love her to death." 

Since getting back Monday, Hernandez has been able to see her parents for a bit, and she's now looking forward to reuniting with her siblings.

In the meantime, the team is hoping to "rest and eat and chill," said Douglas, who was also on the 2012 Fierce Five.  

Raisman, also a two-time Olympian, said "it's been a blur" since the team arrived in New York and that the intense public focus and being followed by papparrazzi has been "crazy" and "surreal." 

"There's just so much, you just never expect it," she said. "Laurie lives like 45 minutes from here, I don't know if she's ever experienced the craziness of New York like this. I don't think any of the girls have right after the Olympics, except me and Gabby." 

"Everything has been go, go, go, we haven't had time to sit down and think about it," added Biles. 

One thing on top of the women's New York agenda? Finding some great pizza. 

"Gabby will probably find us the best pizza because she's gotten pizza multiple times here, so she's probably our best best," said Raisman. 

As for the native Hernandez's pick? 

"It's all pretty good!" she said diplomatically. 

The team will later appear Tuesday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 



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<![CDATA[Ryan Zimmerman Excited for Battle of the Beltways]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:45:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015858046_1200x675_749390403930.jpg The Battle of the Beltways series between the Nationals and Orioles is taking over our region this week. The Nationals' first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been playing in it since 2006 and is excited to see how far it's come with fans from both sides. Zimmerman talked with News4's Jason Pugh about his new bearded look and his reaction to being cleared of performance-enhancing drug allegations.]]> <![CDATA[Katie Ledecky to Throw First Pitch at Nationals Game]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:15:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-587853500.jpg

Do you think she can she pitch wearing all that gold?

Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky will throw the ceremonial first pitch at a Washington Nationals game this week.

Newly returned from Rio, the 19-year-old Bethesda, Maryland, resident will kick off the game Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles, the Nationals announced Tuesday afternoon. 

Ledecky won four gold medals in Rio, smashed her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle and broke an Olympic record in the 800m freestyle during the preliminary heats.

She anchored the silver medal 4x100-meter freestyle relay and the gold medal 4x200-meter freestyle relay. In her final event, Ledecky crushed her own world record in the 800-meter freestyle Friday night.

The Beltway Series game is set to start at 7:05 p.m. Tickets still were available as of Tuesday afternoon and started at $23 each, plus fees.



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<![CDATA[Raisman Says Yes to Date]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:46:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WEB+RAW+UNDERWOOD+ASKING+ALY+FB+-+00001703.jpg

Aly Raisman caught the attention of many with her incredible performance at the Rio Olympics, especially Oakland Raiders tight end Colton Underwood, who hopes to snag a date with the gymnast the next time she’s in San Jose.

In an interview with Yahoo Sports, Raisman watched a recorded video of Underwood congratulating her hard work at the Olympics, and took the opportunity to ask her out on a double date with long snapper Andrew East the next time she’s in San Jose.

East also happens to be married to 2008 gold medalist Shawn Johnson, Raisman’s friend.

Raisman giggled and said she would go out with him.

In September, Raisman and the Final Five team will be in San Jose for their champions tour. Maybe Underwood will make an appearance and snag Raisman for that date.

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<![CDATA[Nike's Gold Medal Newborn Giveaway]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:27:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Elena+Delle+Donne+Baby+Nikes+Medal.jpg

One of Delaware's most famous athletes took home gold at the Rio Olympics and that means each baby born Saturday in her hometown hospital is taking home a pair of sweet sneakers.

WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne and the U.S. basketball team took home gold in dominating fashion Saturday – beating Spain by 29 points — and in honor of that big win, the parents of every child born at Christiana Hospital in New Castle County, Delaware, on the gold medal day got a special gift Sunday.

The bright green Nike kicks — with an orange swoosh — came with a special notice mentioning Delle Donne being born in the same hospital on Sept. 5, 1989.  It just so happens that Delle Donne is a spokeswoman for the hospital as well as Nike.

"It all starts now. 26 years ago, it started in Wilmington for a little champ just like you," read the message. "And today, Elena Delle Donne conquered the world. Maybe, someday, that could be you. Or maybe you’ll choose to do something else. There really are no limits to your potential. Whatever you decide, get up. Get out. And get started. Life moves fast. And in these, it will move a little faster. Just do it. Unlimited future."

The hospital, which says it delivers more than 6,000 babies each year, said it gave out around three dozens pairs of sneakers. Other hospitals in other athletes' hometowns, including Delle Donne's teammate Brittney Griner's birthplace, also had similar Nike promotions.

The hospital said it's "#DelawareProud" and can't wait to see what this next generation of Delawareans accomplish.

No word yet if any of the newborns have a jump shot.



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<![CDATA[A Very Premature Look at the 2018 Winter Olympics]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:14:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mikGettyImages-516484680.jpg

The Rio Olympics just ended and it's summer, so is it too soon to think about the Winter Olympics? Of course not!

Here's a look at the United States and its prospects for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The opening ceremony is just 536 days away.

FIGURE SKATING

The USA’s strongest competitors in Sochi were the ice-dancing duos of Charlie White and Meryl Davis, and the brother-sister pairing of Alex and Maia Shibutani — known as the Shib Sibs.

Davis and White have not said for sure they’ll return to defend their gold medals in Pyeongchang, but they've kept sharp. Meanwhile, the Shib Sibs got a silver medal at world championships in 2016 and fellow Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates got bronze there.

In the individual events, the USA will be trying to get back on the podium. Ashley Wagner ended a 10-year drought for women at worlds and Olympics when she won silver at 2016 worlds in Boston.

ALPINE SKIING

Lindsey Vonn missed the Sochi Games but has already been to Pyeongchang to check out the ski runs. She could be looking to end her storied career on a positive note at the Olympics in 2018.

Mikaela Shiffrin, meanwhile, has been up her usual dominating ways in the slalom — she won all five World Cup races she entered this season. But a knee injury caused her to miss plenty of races, too. If she’s healthy for Pyeongchang she could be one of the Games’ biggest stars. On the men’s side, Ted Ligety was the only American to win a race in the World Cup, though Andrew Weibrecht and Steven Nyman also found the podium. 

ICE HOCKEY

The shape of this tournament will be largely determined by whether the National Hockey League continues to release players. If it does, Canada will be expected to win the gold medal for a third straight Olympics.

Other contenders will be Sweden, Russia and the United States. Finland is coming off a gold medal at the world junior championships and has some of the best goaltenders in the NHL. If the NHL declines to participate, the medal chances of the North American teams go down, to the benefit of Sweden, Russia and Finland.

In the women’s tournament, the USA and Canada will be the teams to beat. Canada will be aiming for a fifth straight Olympic gold medal, while the U.S. also has made the podium every time since 1998. 

SPEED SKATING

The USA almost has to do better in these events in South Korea, if only because Sochi was such a fiasco — no Americans medaled for the first time in 30 years. That said, Brittany Bowe and Heather Richardson Bergsma are coming off excellent World Cup seasons, while Joey Mantia set personal bests at three distances in the fall.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

The USA continues to slowly improve in the nordic disciplines. Kikkan Randall has been the face of the team for years, but in January, Sophie Caldwell won a World Cup sprint event, joining Randall as the only American women to win a race on the circuit. 

OTHER SPORTS

Unlike the speed skaters, the American sliding sporst athletes had a bumper crop of seven medals in Sochi in bobsled, skeleton and even luge. Elana Meyers Taylor improved on her Vancouver bronze with a silver in two-woman bobsled. She also just won bronze at the 2016 world championships. … Snowboarders get another chance at a medal since the addition of Big Air as a discipline. Shaun White flamed out in Sochi but says he plans to come back and compete in 2018 … American 22-year-old Ashley Caldwell joined 2014 silver medalist Devin Logan as a force to be reckoned with in freestyle skiing this season.

— Denis P. Gorman contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Think You Remember the Rio Olympics? Take the Quiz]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 22:16:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/michael-phelps-200m-im-web-aptopix-rio-olympics-_webf-5.jpg

For 17 days in August, athletes from around the world competed in Rio de Janeiro for the ultimate prize in sports: an Olympic gold medal.

You probably didn't win gold yourself, but you can try to get the next best thing by acing our Olympics quiz.



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<![CDATA[Trailblazers, Record-Setters and More: Rio's Top Moments]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:27:24 -0400 first Olympic soccer gold and a rematch for the two countries, which faced each other in the 2014 World Cup. Two years ago, Germany won 7-1.]]> first Olympic soccer gold and a rematch for the two countries, which faced each other in the 2014 World Cup. Two years ago, Germany won 7-1.]]> http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-592597200.jpg

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<![CDATA[Simone Selfies Dominate Rio Closing Ceremony]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:05:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16235012101506.jpg

Being the flag bearer in the Closing Ceremony has its privileges. But it also makes you stick out in the crowd.

Simone Biles knows this firsthand after carrying the American flag during the Rio finale Sunday night. While it was an honor to carry the flag, it also meant that selfie seekers could track her down pretty easily.

Many fellow Olympians wanted to take a picture with Biles after her outstanding gymnastics performance during the 2016 Olympics. Seems like she won over as many fans outside of the U.S. as she did stateside.

Here's a sampling of the pictures that showed up on social media:

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And while Biles dominated the selfie lines, don't count out our little Tongan friend:

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<![CDATA[Biggest Letdowns of the 2016 Rio Olympics]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:52:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/587771844-olympics-hope-solo-rio-colombia.jpg There were plenty of winners during the 2016 Rio Olympics, but there were also plenty of disappointments. Some of the world's best athletes left Brazil without the medals they dreamed about, and instead were left with bitter tastes in their mouths.

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<![CDATA[Rio's Goodbye Party: Images from the Closing Ceremony]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:52:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-593262134.jpg After 2 weeks of intense competition, one last celebration in Rio.

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<![CDATA[Rio Rewind: Snyders Have Different Approaches, Similar Results on Wrestling Mat]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:48:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/synder-brothers-wrestling-converted_8-21-16_1200x675_748240963976.jpg In January 2011, News4 Sports reported on Good Counsel's Kyle Snyder continuing his family's success on the wrestling mat and his older brother Stephen trying to defend his state title. Now Kyle is a gold-medal winning freestyle wrestler. Take a look back at the Snyders in high school.]]> <![CDATA[Most Painful Moments of Rio Olympics]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:51:30 -0400 when he fractured his tibia while trying to land on vault. Despite his leg being bent grotesquely at a nearly 90-degree angle, Said is already planning a comeback for the 2020 Games.]]> when he fractured his tibia while trying to land on vault. Despite his leg being bent grotesquely at a nearly 90-degree angle, Said is already planning a comeback for the 2020 Games.]]> http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/french-gymnast.jpg There were plenty thrills of victory at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, but there were also many agonies of defeat (and a few slips and stumbles thrown in for good measure). Here are some of the moments we will always remember, but a few images we'd really like to forget.

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<![CDATA['Maybe They Will Kill Me': Runner Stages Protest in Rio]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:06:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-593225412.jpg

When Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa raised his hands at the marathon finish line in Rio on Sunday, he wasn't just celebrating his silver medal in the grueling race.

The long-distance runner crossed his wrists high above his head as a sign of protest against the killings and arrests that have been carried out by Ethiopia's government. 

The gesture, he said, could get him killed.

"If I go back to Ethiopia maybe they will kill me. If I am not killed maybe they will put me in prison," Lilesa said, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. "[If] they [do] not put me in prison they will block me at airport." 

"I have got a decision," he added. "Maybe I move to another country."

According to Human Rights Watch, the Ethiopian government has killed an estimated 400 people, and injured thousands more since November 2015 for participating in protests in the Oromo region. The demonstrators protested plans by the capital, Addis Ababa, to expand its territory into adjacent Oromia lands, which would displace farmers. The Oromo people are the country's largest ethnic group.

The government's proposal has since been retracted, but the protesters have remained jailed. 

Earlier in August, hundreds took the streets to demanded the release of those detained during the Oromo protests earlier this year.

In a statement, Amnesty International said at least 67 people were killed in the Oromia region alone when security forces fired on protesters, and that another at least 30 were shot and killed in the northern city of Bahir Dar in early August. The rights group cited "credible sources" and said hundreds of people were detained.

An opposition politician, Mulatu Gemechu of the Oromo Federalist Congress party, told The Associated Press that more than 70 people were killed across Oromia. "Many others were injured, and we have lost count of the number of those who were arrested," he said.

The Obama administration's top official promoting democracy and human rights, Tom Malinowski, said in a column published by AllAfrica.com that the Ethiopian government's tactics in response to protests are "self-defeating." 

He said "security forces have continued to use excessive force to prevent Ethiopians from congregating peacefully, killing and injuring many people and arresting thousands. We believe thousands of Ethiopians remain in detention for alleged involvement in the protests - in most cases without having been brought before a court, provided access to legal counsel, or formally charged with a crime."

Lilesa told The Sydney Morning Herald that the government had removed people from their land and then jailed or killed them for protesting.

A video posted to YouTube in June showed protesters making the same gesture as Lilesa did on Sunday before some of them were gunned down.  

He said he wanted to express support for his family members who were illegally jailed.

"I was protesting for my people," Lilesa said.

He repeated his protest again on the medal podium. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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<![CDATA[Wrestling Coaches Strip in Protest of Penalty Point]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:56:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/210*120/sdfsdfsdfsdf1.jpg

A controversial penalty point at the 65kg bronze wrestling bout resulted in two coaches stripping down to their underwear on the mat.

Seconds away from a victory, Mongolia’s Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran started celebrating his assumed victory in front of his opponent, Iktiyhor Navruzov of Uzbekistan.

When the match ended, judges gave a penalty point to Navruzov because Mandakhnaran didn't engage with his opponent in the final moments of the bout. That resulted in Navruzov winning the bronze on criteria as the last wrestler to score, The Associated Press reported. 

In protest of the controversial point, Mongolian coaches stripped on the mat. The audience booed the decision and chanted "Mongolia, Mongolia."

USA Wreslting, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, reacted to the point on social media with astonishment.

It wasn't the only eyebrow raising moment on the wrestling mats Sunday in the 65k division. 

American Frank Molinaro, of Barnegat, New Jersey, faced Andriy Kvyatkovskyy of Ukraine in a toothy repecharge bout.

He won that match 8-5 to advance to the next bout -- after weathering what appeared to be a bite by his opponent on the arm.

"There is the chomp," an announcer said on NBCSN.

Despite a protest mid-match, Kvyatkovskyy was not disqualified.

Molinaro went on to compete against 2015 world champion Frank Chamizo, of Italy, who won the bronze medal 5-3.



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<![CDATA[Maryland's Amazing Olympic Medal Haul]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:28:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160821+Centrowitz.jpg Is there something in the crab cakes? Athletes who live in or have close ties to Maryland have dominated the Rio 2016 Olympic games. More than 20 of the athletes at the games have ties to the Free State, and they have an impressive medal record. Check out our Maryland medalists!]]> <![CDATA[Sam Kendricks Stops Pole Vault for US National Anthem]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:18:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SamKendricks-AP_16229128426671.jpg

An army reservist competing at the Rio Olympics chose patriotism over the pole vault during the preliminaries. 

Sam Kendricks was about to attempt the pole vault during the qualifying round last Saturday, but stopped short when he heard the American national anthem being played. He dropped the pole to the ground and stood at attention. 

As the anthem drew to a close, Kendricks bent down to pick up the pole to take another attempt at the vault. 

Kendricks, 23, finished first in the preliminaries and won a bronze medal with a 5.85-meter jump. 

He was a member of the Old Miss Army ROTC program, according to his bio on NBC Olympics. He won the U.S. championships in 2014 and 2015 and also won a silver medal in the 2016 World Indoor Championships.



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<![CDATA[Day 16: Highlights From the Rio Olympics]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 16:56:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-593248532.jpg On the final day of the Rio Olympics, Aug 21, men run it out in the marathon, U.S. takes on Serbia in men’s basketball, Claressa Shields goes for gold in boxing and the Carnival-themed closing ceremony caps off roughly two weeks of peak athletic performance with gymnast Simone Biles as the flag bearer for the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Aussies Not Responsible For Credentials: Official]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:37:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-592278238.jpg

An Australian Olympic Committee official said the athletes detained and fined in Rio over tampered credentials were not responsible, according to NBC News. 

"I think it's very important to note that the athletes were definitely not at fault," Australia Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller said. The tampering involved a sticker being placed over the credentials, Australia's 9 News reported. 

The athletes were detained while attending a basketball game between Australia and Serbia. They were charged with falsifying a document, according to a statement by the team. The country’s olympic committee is paying the fine of about $3,120 USD. 

The AOC said it is looking into what happened.



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<![CDATA[Countdown to PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games Begins]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:01:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PyeongChang-AP_16200266849436.jpg

The closing ceremony in Rio will start the clock ticking for 547 days until the next Winter Olympics take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, in 2018. 

Former Olympic skating gold medalist and organizer Kim So-Hee told NBC News “we are a little bit nervous, but we are so excited.” 

The Games’ nearly finished skating arena, one of six new facilities, will be ready in November to hold test events. At $13 billion, the games will cost nearly four times less than those put on in Sochi — the most expensive in Olympic history.  

PyeongChang won the bid to host the Games at the third event, having narrowly lost the votes won by Vancouver and Sochi.



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<![CDATA[4 to Watch: 2016 Summer Olympics Come to a Close]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 22:34:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/simone-biles_nup_171788_3824.jpg

Sunday evening featured the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, but before that, there was more gold for Team USA to claim. The events Americans won Sunday included basketball, boxing and wrestling. 

Here are four of the biggest Things to Watch during the Summer Games Sunday:

1) Gymnastics Star Simone Biles to Carry U.S. Flag Into Closing Ceremony

The first Olympics competed in South America came to an end with the closing ceremony at Maracanã Stadium, and Simone Biles, who won five medals including four gold in gymnastics, carried the flag for the United States.

Biles was chosen by fellow U.S. Olympians in a vote. As the athletes from all countries paraded into the stadium, seemingly no one passed Biles without stopping for a selfie.

She made her Olympic debut in Rio, winning team gold and individual titles in women's all-around, vault and floor exercise, along with a bronze on balance beam. She's one of only four women, and the first American, to win four gold medals in a single Olympics.

The governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, received the Olympic flag symbolizing the conclusion of the Rio Olympics and the start to the 2020 Summer Games.

Then came the biggest surprise of the ceremony: Japan's Prime Minister appearing in the center of the stadium in an entrance right out of a video game. Shinzo Abe popped out of a green pipe dressed as Nintendo's Super Mario. A video explained Abe needed to transform into Mario and travel through the center of the Earth to get to the Maracana on time. Abe introduced a video previewing the 2020 Games, to the delight of the crowd.

Thousands of fans braved strong winds and sporadic rains to watch the closing ceremony.

The ceremony opened with original footage of Alberto Santos Dumont, the man that Brazilians recognize as the inventor of the airplane. Brazilians also believe he is the first to ever wear a wristwatch, an invention made by a friend so he could see the time in flight.

Dressed in colorful feathers, dozens of dancers formed in the shape of the arches of Lapa, a popular area of Rio akin to Roman ruins, then morphed to make the shape of iconic Sugarloaf before quickly changing again, this time to the official 2016 symbol.

"These were marvelous Olympic Games in the 'marvelous city,'" said International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, playing off the "cidade maravilhosa" nickname of Brazil's postcard city of inviting coastlines, year-round sun and lush tropical vegetation.

While the stadium erupted in applause at that designation, a few minutes later there were boos of sadness when he announced: "I declare the Games of the XXXI Olympiad closed."

Norwegian electronic musical Kygo perform with American singer Julia Michaels, and Pita Taufatofua of Tonga, who created a stir with his shirtless flag-bearing in the opening ceremony, jumped on stage looking even oilier. Brazilian soccer legend Pele, who had hoped to attend the Opening Ceremony before he was sidelined for ill health, could potentially make an appearance on Sunday.

2) U.S. Men’s Basketball Team Looks Golden

The U.S. men’s basketball team had to answer questions about being a disappointment in Olympic competition, but in the gold medal game, Team USA crushed Serbia 96-66 for its third straight Olympic title.

Kevin Durant of D.C. led the U.S. with 30 points, while DeMarcus Cousins had 13.

It was the final game for U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski, who took the Americans back to the top and leaves with them there after becoming the first coach to win three Olympic gold medals.

Carmelo Anthony of Baltimore also picked up his third gold to go with a bronze, becoming the most decorated man in Olympic basketball history.

Earlier in the games, Serbia lost to the U.S. by only three, 94-91. Team USA went undefeated in the tournament despite some close games.

The U.S. advanced to the third gold-medal game by beating Spain 82-76 Friday in another tight matchup between the teams that met in the last two championship games. The U.S. was just good enough again against Spain, winning a much different game than the all-offense matchups that decided the last two gold-medal games. This one featured several technical fouls and neither team got into an offensive flow.

It was the lowest-scoring game for the Americans in the Olympics since the 2004 semifinals, when they scored just 81 in a loss to Argentina.

Durant scored 14 points to move past LeBron James into second place on the U.S. Olympic career scoring list. Anthony moved into first place on that list earlier in these games.

Also Friday, Milos Teodosic scored 22 points as Serbia moved into the Olympic gold-medal game against the Americans with a shockingly easy 87-61 semifinal win over Australia. Serbia's win guaranteed its first Olympic medal in men's basketball since gaining independence in 2006.

3) Claressa Shields Fights for Back-to-Back Olympic Gold

Claressa Shields repeated as Olympic gold medalist in the women’s boxing middleweight division, winning by unanimous decision over the Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn.

Shields won gold medal in the middleweight division as the most dominant fighter in London at the first Olympic women's boxing tournament and repeated that feat again in Rio.

She defeated Kazakhstan's Dariga Shakimova in a unanimous decision Friday to advance to the final. Fontijin defeated China's Li Qian by split decision in the second semifinal fight.

4) Maryland Wrestler Goes for Gold

Kyle Snyder of Woodbine, Maryland, became the youngest U.S. wrestler ever to win freestyle gold, defeating Khetag Gazyumov of Azerbaijan in the 97-kilogram final Sunday.

In three seasons as a wrestler at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Snyder was undefeated at 179-0. As a freshman in college he helped lead Ohio State University to its first-ever NCAA championship in 2015.

Later that year, Snyder became the youngest American wrestler to win a world title when he defeated the reigning champion, Russia’s Abdusalam Gadisov.

In March, Snyder won the NCAA heavyweight title for Ohio State.



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