While Shaun White was doing his best to undermine the ideals of Olympism Monday, top flight athletes Michael Phelps and Allyson Felix were honored by the USOC for their achievements in London. Both were named the best U.S. athletes of the Games for their respective genders.
“Through their commitment to excellence on and off the field, these athletes represent our country with incredible grace and composure,” chief executive Tom Blackmun said in a statement he presumably dusted off from 2008. “Their outstanding achievements are an inspiration to all Americans.”
Phelps won four gold medals in London to bring his career total to 18, twice that of any other athlete in history, and Felix finally broke through to win gold in the 200m after finishing second in the event in back-to-back Olympics, then threw in gold in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays for good measure.
The women’s eight rowing crew, which hasn’t lost in six years and led wire-to-wire in London, was awarded best team, and athletes Raymond Martin and Jessica Long were also recognized for their achievements during the Paralympics. None have since tried to kick anyone while fleeing a hotel. It can be done.
Swimmers Allison Schmitt and Elizabeth Beisel hosted the Team USA Awards Red Carpet Show live on Facebook.
The show will air on NBCSN on Oct. 4 from 10-11 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, here are photos from the red carpet:
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC has sanctioned three boxers – two from Ireland and one from Britain – for betting on fights at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The International Olympic Committee issued “severe reprimands” to Ireland’s Michael Conlan and Steve Donnelly and Britain’s Antony Fowler for violating the rules that prohibit betting.
None of the boxers won medals.
The IOC says all three placed bets on fights at the games, but adds that “there was no intent to manipulate any event.”
Athletes and officials are banned from betting on Olympic events and required to report any approach or suspicion of fixing.
The IOC says, in order to be eligible to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the three boxers must undergo an “educational program.”
The Irish and British national Olympic committees also received reprimands for “not having properly informed” their athletes of the betting rules.
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