Sochi Olympics Speedskating Women

Drought continues: U.S. women’s speed skaters fail to medal in 1000m

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There were high hopes that Brittany Bowe and/or Heather Richardson would give the U.S. women’s speed skating program its first medal since an all-time best run in 2002, but that didn’t happen in the 1000m on Thursday. Instead, China’s Zhang Hong won a gold medal with a time of 1:14.02.

The Netherlands filled up the rest of the podium as Ireen Wuest grabbed silver at 1:14.69 and Margot Boer brought in bronze thanks to a 1:14.90 mark.

Fellow Dutch skater Margot Boer finished third, winning another medal for the Netherlands.

Richardson finished in seventh place (1.21 away from gold) and Bowe came in eighth (1.45 behind). They’ll get another shot at breaking that post-Salt Lake City slump in the 1500m.

President Obama appoints Gabby Douglas, more Olympic medalists to posts

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London Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas was among four Olympic medalists appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, in one of Barack Obama‘s final acts as president.

Also appointed were Olympic soccer champion Carli Lloyd, hockey silver medalist Caitlin Cahow and fencing bronze medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Olympic medalists Dominique DawesAllyson FelixGrant HillMichelle KwanAlonzo Mourning and Chris Paul already have roles on the council.

One month after taking gold in London, Douglas led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention, where Obama was formally nominated to run for re-election.

Douglas also appeared on “The Tonight Show” with First Lady Michelle Obama in 2012 and joined the First Lady for a Let’s Move event in Chicago in 2013.

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Ryan Lochte ‘wipes away the past’ in Power Bar video

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For the second time in as many months, Ryan Lochte stars in a jocular ad making a veiled reference to his Rio Olympic gas-station incident.

The swimmer wipes away “the past” on a foggy bathroom mirror and throws a blond wig out of a sunroof in a one-minute Power Bar video published Tuesday.

The company’s tag line in the video is “Clean Start.”

“For example, I am going to recommit myself to water sports,” Lochte says in the spot.

The ad follows a December video for Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops, where Lochte starred in a spot with a closing banner that read, “Pine Bros.: In this Season of Forgiveness.”

Lochte had previously lost sponsorship deals, including with Speedo, after his Rio Olympic gas-station incident for which he was suspended through June by USA Swimming, plus for the world championships in July.

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