Ryan Lochte
In the words of Nick Zaccardi, the 'understated' Ryan Lochte.

Olympic links: 25 November, 2014

Ryan Lochte
In the words of Nick Zaccardi, the ‘understated’ Ryan Lochte.

Authors denoted in brackets. OW – Ollie Williams

2024 Summer Olympics

Could a temporary Olympic Stadium help Boston’s potential bid? Meanwhile, the snarky Boston media is having some fun with the bid. (OW)


Both Britons who reached world finals in South Korea lost, finishing with silver medals. That means an impressive medal for Sandy Ryan in her first major senior tournament. Ireland’s Katie Taylor won her fifth successive title then vowed to make history in Rio, while Claressa Shields and Marlen Esparza both won gold for the US. (OW)


The BBC’s day three update from the European Championships in Switzerland. (OW)


It transpires that Chinese swimmer Sun Yang was apparently banned for three months, earlier this year, after testing positive for the stimulant trimetazidine – which has been a banned substance since January. There’s more info here, including a statement from Sun and the news that he has reportedly also lost his 1,500m national title as a result: (OW)

“I have taken many doping tests during years of training and competition and I had never failed one before,” Sun said in a statement. “I was shocked and depressed at that time, but at the same time it made me cherish my sporting life even more. I will take it as a lesson and be more careful in the future.”

The ban lasted until August 16, but news is just breaking about the suspension. Sun was also fined 5000 RMB (which is around 816 U.S. dollars).

Sun stated during a July hearing that he took the drug for medical reasons, and was not aware that the drug was banned.

“Sun proved with sufficient evidence that he did not intend to cheat, which helped reduce his ban to three months,” Chinese Anti-Doping Agency deputy director Zhao Jia said. “But his failure to inform the doping control official should be punished all the same.”

This much-delayed news is, obviously, not massively reassuring as regards the nature and integrity of China’s swimming and doping programmes. (OW)


GB’s William Whitaker and Fandango won a jumping World Cup qualifier on Sunday. (OW)


Reports suggest Rio will host the 2016 fencing World Championships ahead of the Olympics, as a test event. (OW)

Figure skating


South Africa’s Ernie Els calls the chance to compete at the Rio Olympics “the extra special bit of icing on my career”. (OW)

Hockey (ice)

Russia’s “miracle on ice” hockey coach, Viktor Tikhonov, has died at the age of 84. On a sad day for hockey, noted coach Pat Quinn – who took Canada’s men to gold in 2002 – also passed away, aged 71. (OW)


GB’s Giles Scott, balancing Olympic ambitions for GB with America’s Cup sailing commitments, hopes it will be “easy to integrate the two” over the coming years. (OW)


A preview of the forthcoming moguls season. (OW)

The puppies famously adopted by US freeskier Gus Kenworthy during Sochi 2014 are apparently doing well. (OW)


New Zealand and Australia have now both voiced concerns over plans to hold late-night swimming finals at Rio 2016. (OW)

Missy Franklin is continuing physical therapy to try to stop the back spasms she has been suffering of late: (OW)

“My career had been very much sunshine and rainbows every single meet,” Franklin said. “It was kind of only a matter of time before I had this moment where I wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be. It’s been an unbelievable motivator. I’m very much ready to get back going upwards again.”

Other news

Five Olympians and two Paralympians have made the 10-athlete shortlist for the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Nominees include Charlotte Dujardin (dressage), Jo Pavey (athletics), Lizzy Yarnold (skeleton), Max Whitlock (gymnastics), Adam Peaty (swimming) and Paralympic skier Kelly Gallagher alongside guide Charlotte Evans. There’s more detail on each contender here. (OW)

The bidding process has opened for the next two editions of the Invictus Games. (OW)

The US Olympic Committee and Nike have extended their partnership through to 2020. (OW)

The OlympStats mascot hall of fame (and shame. OW)

Everyone loves a list of budding Olympic sports. Here are “Five amazing local Indian sports that must be included in Olympics!”. (OW)