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Tyson Gay offers to pay back near $500,000 to track meets, report says

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U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay is returning close to $500,000 in appearance fees and prize money from six meets in which he competed since he began taking a banned anabolic steroid on July 15, 2012, according to the Telegraph.

Gay, the joint second fastest man of all time in the 100m, failed three drug tests last year and hasn’t competed since admitting to one of them on July 14. He was given a one-year suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, backdated to June 23, when he could have received a two-year ban. USADA said he was given a reduced suspension for “providing substantial assistance” to the agency.

Gay is paying money back to five Diamond League meets and one meet in Jamaica, according to the newspaper. One of them is the 2012 Birmingham Grand Prix in Great Britain, where Gay finished second in a 200m race two weeks after the Olympics.

“I can confirm the [Birmingham] money is already on its way back from Gay’s agent,” British Athletics chairman Ed Warner told the newspaper. “They are aware their contract said the money was returnable if there was a doping violation, but [Gay’s agent] Mark Wetmore was on the case before we got on to it.”

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President Obama to female Olympians: ‘Y’all crushed it’ (video)

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President Barack Obama hosted the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House on Thursday.

Obama opened his speech by saying that he had planned on doing a floor routine with Simone Biles, before ultimately deciding that the room was too crowded. First Lady Michelle Obama interjected to remind the crowd that her husband “can’t touch his toes.”

The President then singled out the athletic accomplishments of Olympians including Biles, Michelle Carter, Simone Manuel, Claressa Shields, Kristin Armstrong, Kim Rhode, Allyson Felix, Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali, Kristi Castlin, Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps and the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

He also recognized: Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab, Sam Kendricks, the U.S. Army reservist who put down his pole and stood at attention when the national anthem started playing, Will Claye, who proposed to U.S. hurdler Queen Harrison after winning an Olympic silver medal, and Abbey D’Agostino, who helped an opponent to her feet after a crash.

“That is exactly what the Olympic spirit and the American spirit should be all about,” Obama said about the sportsmanship of D’Agostino.

The President was particularly enthusiastic about the performance of the female athletes.

“2016 belonged to America’s women Olympians,” Obama said. “Y’all crushed it.”

Watch Obama’s full speech here.

After Obama’s speech, Biles presented him with a surfboard autographed by the Olympians in attendance.

“I’m going to have a lot of time to surf next year,” Obama said.

MORE: Photos of Team USA at the White House

Photos: Team USA at the White House

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House on Thursday.

Below are some of the best photos of Team USA from inside the White House: