Trell Kimmons

Tyson Gay’s relay teammate: I would give my medal up

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A member of the U.S. 4x100m relay team that won silver at the London Olympics said he would return his medal “if it comes to that point,” hours after it was announced Tyson Gay returned his silver medal due to doping.

“If it comes to that point to give that medal up, I can’t speak for the rest of the guys, but I would give mine up,” Trell Kimmons said Friday, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Kimmons ran the leadoff leg on the U.S. team that set an American record of 37.04 seconds in finishing second to Jamaica in London. Kimmons told the newspaper he hasn’t spoken to his friend Gay since the 2013 U.S. Championships in June, where Gay failed one of his three drug tests last year.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Gay first used a product with a prohibited substance on July 15, 2012, almost three weeks before his first race at the 2012 Olympics.

USADA banned Gay for a year, backdated to June 2013, and disqualified all of his results since July 15, 2012. Gay returned his silver medal to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The IAAF, track and field’s international governing body, said Kimmons and the entire U.S. team loses their silver medals, according to its rulebook.

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Christie Rampone not at fitness level to compete for Olympic spot

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Christie Rampone, the 40-year-old captain of the 2015 U.S. Women’s World Cup team, has yet to return to full fitness after December knee surgery and pulled out of a U.S. camp ahead of two pre-Olympic friendlies in June.

Her bid for a fifth Olympics, and to become the oldest U.S. Olympic soccer player of all time, is in danger.

The camp begins Friday. The friendlies against rival Japan (which failed to qualify for Rio) are June 2 and June 5.

“I don’t feel 100 percent healthy enough to train and compete at that level,” Rampone said in a press release Tuesday. “I’ve been able to manage myself and contribute to Sky Blue [her club team] this season, which I will continue to do, but I also have an understanding of the level of fitness and health needed to push for an Olympic roster spot, and I know I’m not there right now. It’s not the right choice for myself or the team to put myself in that environment.”

Rampone, a defender, hasn’t played for the U.S. since her December arthroscopic knee surgery. At the 2015 Women’s World Cup, she played a total of 14 minutes.

The U.S. national team is currently without nine players from the 23-player World Cup team, though some are expected back for the Olympics, but only one of the missing other than Rampone is a defender (the retired Lori Chalupny).

The U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team for London was named in May 2012, but the Rio roster of 18 players is expected to be announced by early July.

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Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Matt Grevers star in Fandango’s ‘I Love Movies: Rio Olympic Edition’

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NBC Olympics and Fandango partnered for Fandango’s “I Love Movies: Rio Olympic Edition,” featuring swimming gold medalists Ryan LochteMissy Franklin and Matt Grevers, among other Olympians and Paralympians.

Leading up to the Rio Games, NBC Olympics and Fandango plan to release episodes with dozens of athletes from gymnastics, track and field, diving, basketball rugby and Paralympic events.

Watch Lochte’s short film above and Franklin and Grevers reveal their favorite movies below.

Lochte, Franklin and Grevers will look to qualify for the Rio Olympics at the Olympic Trials in Omaha from June 26-July 3, with broadcast coverage on NBC Sports.

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