The Australian swimmers who admitted to “stupid” actions, including taking the sleeping pill Stilnox weeks after it was banned by the AOC, may face additional sanctions sometime next week when a report detailing their childish behavior is released.
“We decided to continue in what we felt was a harmless activity and tradition,” the swimmers explained in a statement. “We acknowledge that our actions on the night were stupid.”
London medalist James Magnussen and his 4x100m relay teammates Eamon Sullivan, Matt Targett, James Roberts, Tommaso D’Orsogna, and Cameron McEvoy were already fined and given deferred suspensions by Swimming Australia in February after speaking with a review board that was commissioned to investigate why the team fell well short of its medal target for London.
The review board concluded that the “toxic incidents” – which included hazing, prank phone calls, and a “lack of collective leadership” – led to the team’s worst showing in two decades, and Australian head coach Leigh Nugent stepped down from his post after accepting responsibility.
Now an AOC spokesman told the Sydney Morning Herald that the swimmers could see a withdraw of funding and Magnussen could lose at least part of the $17,500 in incentives he made for winning his silver and bronze medals last summer.
JEONGSEON, South Korea — The United States has a fixation at the Olympics on winning gold. Lindsey Vonn showed Wednesday how to win bronze.
“I skied a great race today,” Vonn also said. “Sofia [Goggia] just skied better than I did.”
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She also said she hoped she had made her grandfather proud. Dabbing away tears, she said: “It’s sad. This is my last [Olympic] downhill. I wish I could keep going, you know? I had so much fun. I love what I do. My body just can’t — probably can’t — take another four years. But — I don’t know, I’m proud. I’m proud to have competed for my country. Proud to have given it my all. I’m proud to have … come away with a medal.”
Pilot Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz won Germany’s latest gold in a sliding sport in PyeongChang, defeating Team USA’s Elana Meyers Taylor sled by 0.07 seconds. Meyers Taylor, along with brakeman Lauren Gibbs, matched the silver she won in Sochi.
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Jamanka led after two runs, and delivered in Run 3, setting a track record with a phenomenal run down the course. She hit the lines perfectly to put the pressure on Meyers Taylor — and Meyers Taylor, who has dealt with an achilles injury in PyeongChang, delivered with a course record of her own. She was 0.07 seconds back after two runs, but closed the gap to 0.04 heading into the final run.
The stage was set for a thrilling final leg. It, too, did not disappoint. Elana Meyers had her best run of the Games, but Jamanka matched it, to give Germany yet another win on the PyeongChang sliding course.
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Gold: Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz (GER) – 3:22.45
Silver: Elana Meyers-Taylor and Lauren Gibbs (USA) – 3:22.52
Bronze: Kaillee Humphries and Phylicia George (CAN) – 3:22.89
4. Annika Drazek and Stephanie Schneider (GER) – 3:22.97
5. Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans (USA) – 3:23.02