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(The IOC permitted professional athletes to compete in the Olympics starting in ) . With , square feet of training space spread across 35 acres, the . program because he did not meet competitive standards last year. at the trials also had a USOC “Road to Rio” logo with the Olympic rings. In the shadow of a doping scandal, Russian athletes, friends and fans NPR logo for Russian Olympic fans to meet at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. is the location: The Sports House is located on a side street just feet away At these Olympics, Russian athletes don't compete under their own flag. The Summer Olympics officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and More than 11, athletes from National Olympic Committees, including first time . which served as the ceremonies venue and site of the football finals. The official emblem for the Summer Olympics was designed by the.
A billboard showing information on a new high-speed train line for the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, at Seoul station in Seoul on December 22, The train will cut travel time significantly. How can you watch? What are the events? The Winter Olympics features events in 15 sport disciplines.
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The sports include bobsleigh, curling, figure skating, luge, snowboard and ski jumping. Russia is banned from the Games. The International Olympic Committee announced in December that it was barring Russia's national Olympic committee from the Winter Olympics as a punishment for its alleged state-sponsored cover-up of doping by its athletes.
Some Russian athletes will still be allowed to participate in the Games by competing individually under a neutral Olympic flag. The International Olympic Committee said its report had not found any evidence that the Kremlin was aware of the doping cover-up, but confirmed the findings of previous investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Those investigations uncovered evidence that Russia had concealed doping by hundreds of its athletes for years, aided by the country's intelligence services.
The cover-up reached a crescendo during the Winter Olympics hosted by Russia in Sochi. Russian President Vladimir Putin said his government won't prevent athletes from competing in Winter Olympics under a neutral flag, but he questioned the premise of the ban if the International Olympic Committee concluded there was no state-sponsored system of doping. That, of course, is a big question. What do the medals look like?
South Korean designer Lee Suk-woo created the medals for the Games.
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Inspired by the texture of tree trunks, the medals feature a design of dynamic diagonal lines and three-dimensional characters from Hangeul, the Korean alphabet. The teal and red ribbon from which the medal hangs was made using Gapsa, a traditional South Korean fabric, and is embroidered with Hangeul patterns and other designs.
The gold medal weighs the most at grams. A total of sets of medals have been made for the Winter Olympics, according to the Games official website. What is the mascot? A white tiger named Soohorang is the mascot of the this year's Winter Olympics. The white tiger has been long considered a guardian in Korean history and culture, according to the Games website.
This is Soohorang, a white tiger. The Triathlon made its Olympic debut with the women's race. Set in the surroundings of the Sydney Opera HouseBrigitte McMahon representing Switzerland swam, cycled and ran to the first gold medal in the sport, beating the favoured home athletes such as Michelie Jones who won silver.
McMahon only passed Jones in sight of the finish line. The first star of the Games was Ian Thorpe. Swimming the last leg, Thorpe passed the leading Americans and arrived in a new world record time, two tenths of a second ahead of the Americans.
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In the same event for women, the Americans also broke the world record, finishing ahead of the Netherlands and Sweden. Samaranch had to leave for home, as his wife was severely ill. Upon arrival, his wife had already died.
Samaranch returned to Sydney four days later. The Olympic flag was flown at half-staff during the period as a sign of respect to Samaranch's wife. Day 3—17 September[ edit ] Canadian Simon Whitfield sprinted away in the last metres of the men's triathlon, becoming the inaugural winner in the event.
Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel set a world record in the semi-finals the same event for women. In the swimming pool, American Tom Dolan beat the world record in the m medleysuccessfully defending the title he won in Atlanta four years prior. Dutchwoman Inge de Bruijn also clocked a new world record, beating her own time in the m butterfly final to win by more than a second.
Day 4—18 September[ edit ] The main event for the Australians on the fourth day of the Games was the m freestyle. Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband had broken the world record in the semi-finals, taking it from the new Australian hero Ian Thorpewho came close to the world record in his semi-final heat.
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As the final race finished, Van den Hoogenband's time was exactly the same as in the semi-finals, finishing ahead of Thorpe by half a second. China won the gold medal in the men's team all-around gymnastics competition, after being the runner-up in the previous two Olympics. The other medals were taken by Ukraine and Russia, respectively.
Zijlaard-van Moorsel lived up to the expectations set by her world record in cycling in the semis by winning the gold medal. Day 7—21 September[ edit ] Controversy erupted at the Women's Gymnastics All-Around final, when gymnast after gymnast fell on the vault. Some gymnasts were physically injured, and all were shaken, but nothing was done to try to discover the reason most gymnasts were having severe problems.
While athletes were allowed to vault again, the remedy did not fully repair injuries and shaken confidence. The medals were eventually all won by Romanian gymnasts, with Andreea Raducan becoming the first athlete from her country to win the title since Nadia Comaneci in Teammates Simona Amanar and Maria Olaru took silver and bronze, respectively.
This result also marked the first sweep of the event since the Soviet Union's in Day 9—23 September[ edit ] By rowing in the winning coxless four, Steve Redgrave of Great Britain became a member of a select group who had won gold medals at five consecutive Olympics. The swimming 4 x metre medley relay of B. Karelin had won gold in SeoulBarcelona and Atlanta. Before this fight he had never lost in international competition, had been unbeaten in all competitions in 13 years, and had not surrendered a point in a decade.
Freeman's win made her the first competitor in Olympic Games history to light the Olympic Flame and then go on to win a Gold Medal. The attendance at the stadium was— the largest attendance for any sport in Olympic Games history.