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Telling stories of the Olympics and Olympians are what we do at USA TODAY Sports, a leader in national coverage of the Games. Our team gives you the inside stories on the athletes and sports.

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Telling stories of the Olympics and Olympians are what we do at USA TODAY Sports, a leader in national coverage of the Games. Our team gives you the inside stories on the athletes and sports.

    Story not yet over for Ryan Lochte and friends

    Story not yet over for Ryan Lochte and friends

    USA TODAY Sports Olympics reporter Nicole Auerbach is joined on the telephone by USAT sports editor David Meeks to dive into the ever-changing story of U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte and his three Olympic teammates and their encounter with Brazilian security guards at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro.
    David offers the latest findings in the investigation, which tilt the story toward the possibility that Brazilian police, like Lochte, might have embellished their story.
    The pair also discuss how Lochte was dropped from sponsors, how the media, in general, covered this story all wrong, and how the Rio Games should not be remembered mostly for this non-Games-related altercation.
    The story by Meeks and Taylor Barnes can be read at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/08/21/investigation-ryan-lochte-rio-olympics-authorities/89082232.
    Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes, and follow us on Twitter at @NicoleAuerbach and @ByDavidMeeks.

    • 26 min
    Michael Phelps' last lap, USA Swimming's dominanace and a chat with Bob Bowman

    Michael Phelps' last lap, USA Swimming's dominanace and a chat with Bob Bowman

    USA TODAY Sports' Nicole Auerbach and Sam Amick recap the overall performance by Michael Phelps and USA Swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
    Phelps walks away with five gold medals and one silver, to run his career-best tally to 28 total Olympic medals -- 23 gold. He displayed raw emotion and appreciation and says retirement is next, as he's in a much better place than he was four years ago in London. But is this REALLY it?
    It was also a record-breaking Olympics for Katie Ledecky, and breakout stars Lilly King, Maya Dirado, Ryan Murphy and Simone Manuel helped make the Rio Games a real pool party for the Americans.
    Then USA Swimming coach Bob Bowman joins Nicole at the end of this episode to discuss all things Michael Phelps -- past, present and future.
    Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter @NicoleAuerbach and @sam_amick.

    • 24 min
    Olympic highlights after one week in Rio

    Olympic highlights after one week in Rio

    Rachel Axon and Nancy Armour of USA TODAY Sports catch you up on everything from the first week in Rio, including the many American stars at this year's Olympics, the city's security problem and Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi testing positive for a banned substance.
    View the Facebook Live video of this podcast at: https://www.facebook.com/usatodaysports/videos/1221358757896284
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    • 20 min
    Women's gymnastics, Lilly King, Phelps Face and more story lines from Rio

    Women's gymnastics, Lilly King, Phelps Face and more story lines from Rio

    In a rare free moment, USA TODAY Sports' Rachel Axon and Nancy Armour discuss the top topics from the first three days of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
    They discuss Lilly King vs. Yulia Efimova and all dopers, Michael Phelps vs. Chad le Clos and the U.S. women's gymnastics team vs. the world. And why aren't the American men as dominant as the American women in gymnastics?
    Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter at @RachelAxon and @nrarmour.

    • 14 min
    Rio's issues go well beyond hosting Olympic Games

    Rio's issues go well beyond hosting Olympic Games

    USA TODAY Sports reporter Rachel Axon is joined by a slew of guests to dissect the many issues facing Rio as the Olympics arrive. Rachel takes a look at the cost of these Olympics on Rio, how the city’s issues could play out during the Games and what will happen when the world turns its focus away after closing ceremonies on Aug. 21.
    Guests include: reporter and Rio resident Taylor Barnes; Andrew Zimbalist, Smith College professor and author of "Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup"; Jules Boykoff, Pacific University politics teacher, author of "Power Games: A political history of the Olympics" and former U.S. men's soccer player; Elizabeth Talbot, an associate professor of medicine in the section of infectious disease and international health at Dartmouth and expert on outbreak and disease control; and Renata Neder, senior researcher and human rights adviser at Amnesty International’s office in Brazil.
    Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes; follow us on Twitter @RachelAxon.

    • 25 min
    Catching up with former Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin

    Catching up with former Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin

    USA TODAY Sports columnist Nancy Armour chats on the phone with five-time Olympic medalist Nastia Liukin.
    Liukin reminisces about the 2008 Beijing Games, where she captured the gold medal in All-Around, and admits she still hasn't gotten rid of any keepsakes from those Olympics.
    Liukin also discusses the past eight years of her life, which includes graduating from New York University, appearing on "Dancing with the Stars", getting engaged and taking on broadcasting -- which she will do from Rio de Janeiro.
    She gives her take on this year's U.S. women's gymnastics Olympics team and reveals whether she misses competing.
    Subscribe and rate us on iTunes, and follow Nancy on Twitter at @nrarmour. Follow Nastia at @NastiaLiukin.

    • 29 min

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