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Top 10 medal-winning moments from Rio

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The U.S. Olympic team came away with 121 medals during the Rio games that concluded on Sunday. Among those were 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze. They won golds in 14 different sports that included ending long droughts in certain events. Of the 121 medals, 77 came from swimming, track and field and gymnastics. Some of the medal-winning performances stand out among some of the others. At the risk of slighting medal-winning performances, here is this observer’s top 10…

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His career over, Michael Phelps looks forward to being full-time dad

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Michael Phelps has nothing left to do at the pool. He’s ready to start branching out. At the top of the list: being a father. The most decorated athlete in Olympic history insisted again Sunday that his swimming career is over, less than 24 hours after claiming his 23rd gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay. He ditched the athletes village and spent the night with his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, and their 3-month-old son, Boomer. “Being apart from him for…

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Phelps wins 23rd Olympic gold with relay win

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Michael Phelps closed out the Rio Olympics in the only way imaginable. Gold. Phelps put the United States ahead to stay on the butterfly leg of the 4×100 medley relay and Nathan Adrian finished it off, giving the most decorated athlete in Olympic history his 23rd career gold medal. If that was the end, and Phelps insists it is, what a way to go out. He would finish his career with 28 medals overall, having won five golds and a…

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Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte go at it one last time

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Olympic roommates Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte maintain a relaxed vibe at the athletes’ village. There’s an ongoing card game in their suite, and they amuse themselves with endless Snapchat sessions. It’ll be all business on Thursday night. They’ll race against each other for the final time in the 200-meter individual medley, ending a 13-year rivalry that has been one of the greatest in swimming history. The Americans are the top two all-time performers in the event. Phelps and Lochte…

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Clearwater’s Melanie Margalis helps U.S. reach relay final

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Clearwater native Melanie Margalis joined with three teammates to win their heat in the 4×200 freestyle relay on Wednesday afternoon. Allison Schmitt, Missy Franklin and Cierra Runge joined with Margalis to earn the top seed for the U.S. Schmitt swam a 1:55 first leg, while Franklin and Margalis each turned in times of 1:57. Runge swam the anchor leg and brought the U.S. one and eight-tenths seconds ahead of the Chinese at 7:47.77. The Australians, swimming in the first heat,…

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Gator Olympic swimmers are two vastly different people

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Two U.S. men’s swimmers with ties to the University of Florida are both in the pool on Wednesday. That is about where the similarities end. Calaeb Dressel, the Gator junior, is out to win his second medal of the games. On Sunday night he was part of the gold medal-winning USA freestyle relay team. Ryan Lochte has won five gold medals spanning three prior Olympiads. The 32-year-old Lochte is a 2007 Florida graduate. The coverage surrounding Dressel describes a humble,…

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Hillary Clinton spends big on Olympic ads, with Donald Trump on sidelines

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The Rio Olympics are in full swing: Michael Phelps is back to winning races in the pool, Simone Biles is running up the score in the gym and Hillary Clinton is advertising with eyes on doing just as well on Election Day. Donald Trump isn’t even competing. The Democratic presidential nominee is airing $13.6 million in campaign commercials during the Summer Games, seeking to reach the millions of television viewers who can’t skip past the commercials as they watch live…

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