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Ryan Lochte: Future U.S. military soldier?

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What’s 11-time Olympic swimming medalist Ryan Lochte going to do when he’s done competing in the pool?

In the past, he’s expressed an interest in everything from working in fashion to doing TV gigs (he appeared on “30 Rock” and “90210” last fall). But now we can add one more item to his list of possibilities.

The military. More specifically, the Special Forces.

Lochte and the other members of the Florida Gators swim team – including London gold medalist Conor Dwyer – worked out with members of the 920th Air Force Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach, Fla. on Friday. The unit is one of the U.S. military’s elite groups, and it specializes in rescuing members of the U.S. armed forces in all situations and conditions.

The Gators were put through a workout that consisted of CrossFit training, kettlebell work, group push-ups in the sand, pull-ups, running on the beach and underwater swimming in a pool on the base.

“It’s definitely something that I might look into when swimming is all said and done,” a visibly tired Lochte said in this video posted on FloridaToday.com.

For the record, there’s nobody more fit to be a member of the Special Forces than a disciplined Olympic athlete. What do you say, Lieutenant Lochte?

Blake Griffin will miss Olympics, report says

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For the second straight Olympics, Blake Griffin will not be able to join Team USA due to injury, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Clippers power forward will be out several months due to his left quad injury, according to the newspaper.

Griffin was originally chosen for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team but withdrew due to a torn meniscus, opening a spot for Anthony Davis.

Davis is also expected to miss the Rio Games due to injury.

Other power forwards on the U.S. finalist list released in January are LaMarcus Aldridge, Kenneth Faried, Draymond Green and Kevin Love.

Love is the only name from that list of healthy players with Olympic experience. Faried is the only player from that list who suited up at the 2014 World Cup, starting all nine games.

At London 2012, the U.S. started NBA small forwards LeBron James and Kevin Durant at the forward spots in all eight games, with another small forward, Carmelo Anthony, bringing similar versatility off the bench.

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Rio Olympic cauldron likely to be located near Plaza Maua

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Mayor Eduardo Paes says he wants the Olympic cauldron to burn in Rio de Janeiro’s revitalized port area.

The cauldron will be lit at Maracana Stadium during the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 5, and will spend the night there before traveling to a permanent home.

Mario Andrada, spokesman for the Rio organizing committee, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the cauldron will be placed in the port area, but not in the heart of the renovated port area known as Plaza Maua.

“It will be close to Plaza Maua, but not exactly in Plaza Maua,” Andrada said. He said it was likely to be located near the Candelaria Church, which is near the plaza.

“Don’t get me into a fight with the mayor,” Andrada added.

Paes said he hoped the new plaza would be a center for outdoor entertainment during the Games, including performance stages, musical attractions, and large-screen televisions.

“It seems that the Maracana Stadium has limitations,” Paes said, adding that moving out of the Maracana “is good because it democratizes the access to the cauldron.”

The new plaza and downtown Rio are far from the heart of the Games in suburban Barra da Tijuca. It is also an area not usually visited by tourists.

The Olympic flame arrives from Greece and Switzerland on Tuesday in the capital Brasilia, to be carried off the plane by IOC member Carlos Nuzman, the head of the Rio organizing committee.

The flame then goes to the Planalto presidential palace where it is expected to be greeted by President Dilma Rousseff.

Andrada said IOC President Thomas Bach and other top IOC officials would not be at the ceremony.

Rousseff is facing impeachment charges and could be suspended from office as early as May 11, turning over authority to Vice President Michel Temer.

Temer, himself, could also face impeachment proceedings and has a scandal-tainted career.

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