Ousted gold medal shot putter gets one-year doping ban

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Belarus shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk, who was stripped of her London gold medal after she tested positive for anabolic steroids, received a reduced one-year sentence (instead of the standard two-year ban) from the NADA after her coach, Alexander Yefimov, fessed up to spiking her food with metenolone before the Games.

“You must be a complete idiot to take doping just before the competition,” Ostapchuk, who was tested 16 times between April and the Olympics, said last month. “Especially such an outdated drug as a steroid, knowing you’re going to be tested not once but probably several times.”

The real shame is Ostapchuk, the 2005 world champ and 2010 Euro champ, was considered a favorite after tossing her shot 21.58 meters at a July meet in Minsk. It was the best outdoor throw since 1998 and 0.22 meters farther than her gold medal distance. Yefimov received a four-year suspension for his involvement, which admittedly seems light given his misdeeds.

Bob Costas’ report 100 days out from Rio (video)

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Bob Costas reported from Rio de Janeiro for NBC News on Wednesday, 100 days out from the Opening Ceremony.

In the clip below, Michael PhelpsSimone Biles and even Brazil soccer legend Pelé comment on preparing for the first Games in South America.

Costas finished the clip with a stand-up from Copacabana Beach, where beach volleyball will take place in August.

VIDEO: Bob Costas picks biggest storyline of Rio Olympics

NBC, Snapchat, Buzzfeed partner for Olympic Trials, Rio Games

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NBC Olympics will partner with Snapchat for daily “Live Stories” and an NBC Rio Olympic Discover channel (co-produced with Buzzfeed) during the U.S. Olympic Trials and the Rio Games.

The Live Stories allows Snapchatters attending select U.S. Olympic Trials events and the Rio Games to contribute photo and video Snaps to the Snapchat-curated story.

The Live Stories will include behind-the-scenes and fan moments, and Snapchat will feature NBC’s Rio Olympic brand marks, logos and more.

The Discover channel will be live from Aug. 4 (one day before the Opening Ceremony) through Aug. 22 (one day after the Closing Ceremony).

From NBC Sports Group:

Buzzfeed will leverage NBC’s access to athletes, as well as clips and shots from inside and outside Rio Olympic venues, to bring Snapchatters a fresh, mobile-first look at the Games.

MORE: Full Olympic Trials broadcast schedule