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The US wins Olympic gold in doping

Olympics Doping Scandal
All the focus is on Russia's state-sponsored doping program at these Games, but as the Olympics has a long and storied history of athletic prowess, it also has a long and storied history of people getting juiced up to win. As this graphic shows, Team USA has been at the forefront of the Olympic underbelly since doping first became a thing. Stat put together a visual history of Olympics and doping. They traced the first substance violation to 1968 and Swedish pentathlete Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall, who used alcohol to go faster.

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Chris Mills

August 17th

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We finally know why the Olympic diving pool turned green

Olympic Diving Pool Green
We all have bad days on the job. But when your bad day involves accidentally turning the world's most famous swimming pool (right now) an unnerving shade of green, it's not a fair comparison. The New York Times discovered the truth behind the oddly-colored Olympic diving and water polo pools at the Rio Olympics. A maintenance worker added 160 liters of hydrogen peroxide to the pool 10 days ago, neutralizing the chlorine and letting all manner of nastiness grow in the water.

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Chris Mills

August 15th

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Banking trojan Zeus Panda shambles into Brazil ahead of Olympics

panda It seems there’s no limit to the perils being faced by athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympics: not just their competitors, but toxic water, poor accommodations, and impressive mobile bills. Add malicious pandas to the menu — virtual ones, at least. A nasty Trojan known as Zeus Panda has made its way to the Olympic host just in time for an influx of visitors. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 4th

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Of course an Olympic athlete racked up a $5,000 cellphone bill playing Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go Data Usage
Cellular companies are bad. The Olympics are a shambles, and Pokemon Go is looking more and more like the start of a zombie movie. So it makes sense that all these events would come to a head with this gem of a news story. As reported by Kyodo News, Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura is "hooked" on Pokemon Go, and downloaded the game the second he touched down in Rio. He forgot to check his data usage however, and like the rest of us mere mortals, was hit with a ridiculous cellphone bill.

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Chris Mills

August 3rd

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Olympic Athletes Are Complaining They Can’t Play Pokémon Go And It’s So Sad

Dear Niantic, you could’ve done better.

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Carli Velocci

July 31st

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Samsung’s Olympics-themed Galaxy S7 Edge goes on sale for $850

GS7-Olympic-Edition_Main-1 Sure, you like the Olympics. But do you, you know, like-like the Olympics? As in, would you pay a $100 premium for a special limited edition version of the Galaxy S7 Edge in order to proudly display your devotion to the 2016 summer games to the world for the next two or so years? As previously noted, Samsung created a special, limited edition version of its high end smartphone with the… Read More

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Brian Heater

July 18th

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Samsung created a special Rio Olympics version of its Galaxy S7 Edge

Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Edition_2 Sure the actual Summer Olympics only last for 16 days, but now you can carry your allegiance to the games around in your pocket for the next two or so years until you upgrade your phone (just in time for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, no less). To mark the Rio games, Samsung is issuing a commemorative Olympic Games Limited Edition of its Galaxy S7 Edge handset, handing out 12,500 of… Read More

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Brian Heater

July 7th

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Swatch’s Bellamy NFC payment watch is hitting Rio in time for the Olympics

Swatch Bellamy Sure, there are still plenty of hurdles left when it comes to pulling off the Olympics in Rio this summer, but paying for stuff apparently won’t be among them. Visa is announcing its third wearable payment option set to coincide with the games, joining the aforementioned ring and a band co-branded with Brazilian bank, Bradesco. The Swatch Bellamy, a partnership between the credit card… Read More

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Brian Heater

July 6th

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This Will Be Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Stadium

Japan’s Sport Council has had a turbulent few years deciding on a design for its Olympics stadium, but it’s finally chosen one. This sympathetic structure will be the focal point of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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Jamie Condliffe

December 22nd

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These Sorrowful Holdouts Remain in a Favela Outside the Rio Olympic Park

Brazilian officials have less than a year to prepare Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics. We’ve already seen disturbing photos of the water sports site from the air and shore , but these images shows how dispossessed locals are living among the ruins of their former homes, right next to the future Olympic Park.

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Attila Nagy

October 12th

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