World University Games

Medals shattered at World University Games

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The XXVII Summer Universiade, also known as the World University Games, kicked off in Kazan, Russia, over the weekend with some 10,000 athletes from more than 150 countries … and one small problem.

The medals aren’t quite world class.

At least two athletes’ medals have broken already, according to R-Sport, which describes the medals as having “a central emblem attached to the rim with a spindly structure.”

You can view the medals here.

Chinese diver Qin Tian dropped his bronze medal from the three-meter springboard competition on the floor, and it broke. Organizers quickly gave him a replacement, Qin said.

“Now I have two medals, and I’m going to take care of them very carefully,” Qin told R-Sport.

Russian freestyle wrestler Azamat Laipanov had his gold medal broken in similar fashion.

“We’ll get home, and we’ll fix it,” he said, smiling.

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Bob Costas’ report 100 days out from Rio (video)

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Bob Costas reported from Rio de Janeiro for NBC News on Wednesday, 100 days out from the Opening Ceremony.

In the clip below, Michael PhelpsSimone Biles and even Brazil soccer legend Pelé comment on preparing for the first Games in South America.

Costas finished the clip with a stand-up from Copacabana Beach, where beach volleyball will take place in August.

VIDEO: Bob Costas picks biggest storyline of Rio Olympics

NBC, Snapchat, Buzzfeed partner for Olympic Trials, Rio Games

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NBC Olympics will partner with Snapchat for daily “Live Stories” and an NBC Rio Olympic Discover channel (co-produced with Buzzfeed) during the U.S. Olympic Trials and the Rio Games.

The Live Stories allows Snapchatters attending select U.S. Olympic Trials events and the Rio Games to contribute photo and video Snaps to the Snapchat-curated story.

The Live Stories will include behind-the-scenes and fan moments, and Snapchat will feature NBC’s Rio Olympic brand marks, logos and more.

The Discover channel will be live from Aug. 4 (one day before the Opening Ceremony) through Aug. 22 (one day after the Closing Ceremony).

From NBC Sports Group:

Buzzfeed will leverage NBC’s access to athletes, as well as clips and shots from inside and outside Rio Olympic venues, to bring Snapchatters a fresh, mobile-first look at the Games.

MORE: Full Olympic Trials broadcast schedule