Tag: olympics

Laurent Fabius, Mauro Vieira

France to share security intelligence with Brazil ahead of 2016 Olympics

Leave a comment

The foreign affairs ministers of Brazil and France pledged to exchange information about potential security threats ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Reuters reports. France’s foreign minister Laurent Fabius said in a press conference on Sunday that his country will gladly share any relevant counterterriorism intelligence with the Olympic hosts.

In the wake of the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, Fabius said French intelligence officials believe terrorism must be fought not just nationally but globally. Fabius was visiting Brazil in preparation for next week’s United Nation’s Climate Conference and also met with Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff.

“Minister Fabius offered a possible exchange of information and experiences, which for the Brazilian government is very welcome since the French government has experience in organizing a World Cup and a Winter Olympics,” said Brazil’s foreign minister Mauro Vieira.

During the 2014 World Cup the Brazilian government spent a reported R$1.9 billion ($800 million) on security to ensure a safe and secure event.

After the Paris attacks, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach released a statement expressing the IOC’s condolences and solidarity. He said, “We support the outstanding work of so many men and women in the medical and security fields who are assisting the population in these very difficult moments. In these dark times, we should remember the unifying power of sport to unite people and communities and to bring peace and reconciliation.”

MORE: Paris 2024 Olympic bid forges ahead after attacks


‘Race’ film poster unveiled

Jesse Owens "Race"
Leave a comment

A poster for “Race,” a film about Olympic sprint legend Jesse Owens that hits theaters Feb. 19, was published Monday.

Owens, who won four gold medals at the Berlin 1936 Olympics in the face of Nazi Germany, is played by Stephan James in the film.

Jason SudeikisJeremy Irons and William Hurt are also in the cast for the Focus Features film. Sudeikis plays Owens’ coach, Larry Snyder. Irons will play Avery Brundage, then the president of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

VIDEO: Full trailer for ‘Race’


Heather Richardson takes another world record from Brittany Bowe

Leave a comment

Heather Richardson took Olympic teammate Brittany Bowe‘s name off the world record books for the second straight Saturday, breaking Bowe’s mark in the 1500m in Kearns, Utah.

Richardson won a World Cup race at the 2002 Olympic venue in 1 minute, 50.85 seconds, taking .74 off Bowe’s world record set Sunday in Calgary (Dutch broadcast video here).

Bowe, skating in the same pair, also came in under her own world record (1:51.31).

Richardson’s time was .44 faster than the time Norwegian legend Johann Olav Koss skated to win the men’s 1500m at the Lillehammer 1994 Olympics, then a world record before the clap-skate era.

Last Saturday, Bowe broke the 1000m world record and Richardson reset it about three minutes later.

“I think we feed off each other,” Richardson said, according to US Speedskating. “I know last weekend I fueled her fire after taking the record in the 1000m, then she went and did the 1500m, so I’m sure tomorrow she’s going to bring her A game [in the 1000m at Kearns].”

Now, Richardson owns the women’s 1000m and 1500m world records, while another U.S. Olympian, Shani Davis, owns the men’s 1000m and 1500m world records from 2009.

In the last two weekends, world records have been broken in four of the 10 individual Olympic speed skating events. In three of those four, the world record has been broken multiple times.

The races have all been at Calgary and Kearns, the fastest venues in the world. World Cup races are held in Calgary and Kearns annually, which makes this year’s bevy of records quite extraordinary but also means no more records should be set the rest of this season.

The record flurry included one in the grueling men’s 10,000m earlier Saturday, when Dutch-born Canadian Ted-Jan Bloemen clocked 12:36.30, taking 5.39 seconds off Sven Kramer‘s mark from 2007.

Kramer’s time was the longest-standing Olympic event world record.

On Friday, Russian Pavel Kulizhnikov broke the men’s 500m world record for the second straight week, clocking 33.98 seconds in Kearns.

MORE: Jillion Potter makes U.S. rugby team, 14 months after cancer diagnosis