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After Rio risk, Olympic officials can learn lessons

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Taking the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro was always considered a bit of a risk. Now that South America’s first games are drawing to a close, the question is: Did the gamble pay off? The answer, according to experienced Olympic officials and experts, is a mixed bag. Yes, Brazil managed to pull it off under difficult economic and political conditions, with the sports competitions, venues, athletes, friendly hosts, television images and Rio’s scenic backdrops all rising to the occasion. Yet,…

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The good, the bad and the ugly of the Rio Games

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Michael Phelps won more medals than anyone else, again. And then he said farewell, also again. Usain Bolt kissed the finish line good-bye after enhancing his Olympic legacy. Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky delivered under the burden of enormous expectations. Two strangers went from rivals to forever linked by a display of kindness, an entire nation seemed to celebrate a tennis match, and a gold medalist scampered home to avoid legal issues after a robbery story unraveled. The Rio de…

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Usain Bolt saved his sport – and kept the Olympics relevant

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It began in a rain-drenched 5,000-seat stadium on an island between Manhattan and Queens. Some Jamaican kid with the improbably awesome name of “Bolt” was in the Big Apple, not so much to announce his presence to the world, but to figure out who he was. We clambered into a van and headed over to Ichan Stadium. The headliner that night: American sprinter Tyson Gay. Or so we thought. Wearing a white top and black shoes — nothing flashy —…

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What to watch at Rio games on Friday

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Day 14 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, soccer, wrestling, boxing, platform diving and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): TRACK AND FIELD A day after winning another gold in the 200 meters, Usain Bolt will appear in what he’s said will be his final Olympic race. He’ll look to add to his medal stash as part of the Jamaican team in the 4×100 relay finals at 10:35 p.m. Bolt and Jamaica…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Thursday

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Day 13 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, beach volleyball, platform diving, wrestling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): TRACK AND FIELD Usain Bolt should be lining up for gold medal No. 8 at 10:30 p.m. in the 200 meters and the biggest drama may not be whether he wins, but whether he cracks the once-thought-untouchable 19-second barrier. He already owns both the world record at 19.19, and Olympic record…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Wednesday

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Day 12 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, beach volleyball, wrestling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): TRACK AND FIELD Expect a good showdown between Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and Tori Bowie of the U.S. in the 200 meters at 10:30 p.m. following semifinals Tuesday night. Bowie is coming off a silver in the 100. There’s no worry about Allyson Felix, the reigning Olympic champ, because she didn’t qualify…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Tuesday

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Day 11 of the Rio Games features medal action in gymnastics, track and field, boxing, wrestling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): GYMNASTICS Simone Biles can wrap up her remarkable time in Rio with a fourth Olympic gold medal when she competes in the floor exercise at 2:47 p.m. Biles has already earned three golds and a bronze, though her chance to become the first female gymnast to capture five golds in a single Olympics…

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