Olympics

Russian Athletes Can't Stop Doping

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Why would you cheat at curling?

A Russian curler has failed a doping test at the Winter Olympics just days after winning a bronze medal, putting the IOC’s decision not to ban all Russian athletes under the spotlight.

The Daily Mail report that Alexander Krushelnitsky, who came third in the mixed doubles curling alongside partner Anastasia Bryzgalova, tested positive for banned substance meldonium. The International Olympic Committee have yet to comment, and are likely waiting on the results of his B sample which could yet clear him of any wrongdoing.

It's important to note that you can be exonerated if you test positive for meldonium, but this does not help Russia's reputation at all. It does not appear that they have abandoned their cheating ways. Olympic victory means more to Russia than it does in many other countries. It must be a status thing.

What I don't understand is--why would you cheat when the sport is curling? Do you have to be in tip-top shape or something? I don't get it.

Another Story of Disaster at the Olympics

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At this point, I am hoping they'll hold the Olympic games in a site where there won't be a disaster:

The Olympic Games are 31 days away -- and Rio de Janeiro is in crisis.

Violence is on the rise, and police officers are at loggerheads with the Rio state government after claiming they've not been paid for months.

    The message from police to tourists is clear: We won't be able to protect you.

    The state's police officers vented their anger Monday with a sign saying, "Welcome to Hell," outside Rio's main airport. "Police and firefighters don't get paid, whoever comes to Rio de Janeiro will not be safe," the sign said.

    And it's not just those coming from abroad who may be in danger -- locals are losing patience, too.

    That's the harsh reality in the favelas around Rio, according to one resident, as the city gears up to host the 2016 Olympics amid increasing concerns over police brutality and the officers' ability, and desire, to keep people safe.

    London was supposed to be a disaster. So was Beijing. I can remember when some jackass set off a bomb in Atlanta, making that a real clusterfuck as well. Nothing like domestic American issues to ruin your Olympic experience. 

    Someone will have something to gripe about this year, and someone else will have a great time, and the story of the Olympics will be someone who no one thought could do anything winning a medal they weren't supposed to win. Really, the media could write these stories again and again and no one would notice.