Former world champ banned for ten years

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London silver medal discus thrower Darya Pishchalnikova has been banned for ten years and stripped of her medal by the Russian Track and Field Association after she was caught doping.

Pishchalnikova, 27, tested positive for Oxandrolone in the retest of an out-of-competition sample taken last May. The sample originally came back clean, but was reexamined by the World Anti-doping Agency with more sophisticated methods recently, and found to be tainted.

The ten year suspension actually could have been worse, since she was facing a lifetime ban after serving a two-year suspension between 2007-09 that eliminated her from competing in the Beijing Games.

China’s Li Yanfeng will now likely move up to silver, and Cuba’s Yarelys Barrios will slide into bronze.

‘Gold Map’ launched to promote youth Olympic sports participation

Gold Map
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Olympic fans can visit NBCOlympics.com/GoldMap from now through the Rio Games in August for information on how youth can participate locally in the Olympic sport they are watching.

“Lots of kids are going to be inspired by the Olympics, and they’re going to want to do sports that they may not know about,” four-time Olympic track champion Allyson Felix said on TODAY. “This is a place where they can get information.”

NBC Olympics will integrate a series of short promotional features during NBC Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Olympic Trials with more information on “Gold Map.”

“Gold Map,” which debuted for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, was launched by NBC Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Summer Olympic sport national governing bodies.

VIDEO: P&G Olympic ‘Thank you, mom’ ad

Watch P&G’s Olympic ‘Thank you, mom’ ad

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You may remember the inspiring P&G “Thank you, mom” ads from the London 2012 Olympics and the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.

Well, the brand published its Rio 2016 ad on Wednesday with more tear-jerking moving pictures.

Note the Romanian flag in the gymnastics arena.

Romania didn’t qualify a men’s or women’s team for Rio but can send gymnasts for individual events.

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