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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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Justin Gatlin defends competing in Rio Games

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It didn’t take long for Justin Gatlin‘s name to get dragged into the doping drama swirling at the Olympics. No big deal to Gatlin. The sprinter considered the best threat to stop Usain Bolt in the 100-meter final Sunday told The Associated Press he’s not paying attention to what people are saying about him, and is not concerned with those who think he doesn’t belong here. “At the end of the day, the time has been served. I’ve served that…

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Olympic TV advertisers not getting bang for their bucks

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Each morning, SaintPetersBlog readers will find a piece advising them of the top Olympic events on television for that day. Perhaps viewers from around the country need to check out the lineup as well. Over the first few days of Olympic coverage, ratings are not what they should be. In fact, they were  down to 1992 levels until they began an upswing on Monday. Beginning with the mediocre opening ceremony on Friday, the Olympics were more than three ratings points…

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Spats over doping dominate Olympic swimming events

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Lilly King has her sights set on winning Olympic gold and she’s not about to let anyone get in her way, especially not world champion breaststroker Yulia Efimova of Russia. King made that clear in a finger-wagging display after her 100-meter breaststroke win over the Russian, who has a history of doping. King pointedly disparaged the Russian after the event over her drug history, and the feud has helped make doping spats among swimmers an intriguing subplot in the Rio…

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