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America wins another gold medal… at Athens Games

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Congratulations, Adam Nelson! You’re about to the be proud owner of a 2004 Olympic gold medal.

After more than 3,000 days as the silver medalist in the shot put, Nelson is expected to be awarded the gold medal after the original victor, Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine, was recently found to have been doping.

“I’m still processing this one, but the 2004 Olympics were a really special moment for me,” Nelson told the New York Times. “My wife was there, a bunch of my friends from college, my family…

“The downside of this is I feel like our country was robbed of a medal at the relevant time. One of the biggest parts of an Olympic career is when you hear your anthem and see your flag when you stand on that podium. That’s something I can never replace.”

Nelson, who also owns a silver from the Sydney Games, actually tied for the gold medal in 2004 by throwing the shot 21.16 meters. However, he lost the tie-breaker based on the athletes’ second-best throw.

Bilonog is one of four Eastern Europeans athletes caught using performance-enhancing drugs when their eight-year old urine samples from Athens were thawed and retested using more sophisticated methods.

The other athletes include Russia’s Svetlana Krivelyova, who won bronze in the shot put, and Belarus’s Ivan Tsikhan and Iryna Yatchenko, who won silver in the hammer throw and bronze in the discus, respectively.

Fiji Olympic rugby coach given 3 acres of land, special name

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11:  Gold medalists Ro Dakuwaqa of Fiji and Fiji head coach Ben Ryan celebrate after the medal ceremony for the Men's Rugby Sevens on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Deodoro Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.

Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.

Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.

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Aksel Lund Svindal says season, career still at risk after crash

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OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal says the knee injury that took him out of the World Cup last season was worse than he’s been letting on.

Svindal was the overall World Cup leader when he injured his right knee in a crash during a downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria, on Jan. 23. Watch video of the crash here.

In an interview with Norwegian broadcaster NRK, Svindal said not only did he rupture a cruciate ligament, he also damaged his meniscus and cartilage.

Svindal, who won a medal of every color at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, is back on skis training for the upcoming World Cup season.

But he said the cartilage problems are particularly worrisome and could put the season, and even his career, at risk.

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