2024 Paris Olympics

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Goldman Bankers Need OK to Travel to Paris This Summer

Investment firm wants to stop employees who are trying to catch Olympic Games on company's dime

(Newser) - Goldman Sachs apparently doesn't completely trust its bankers when it comes to how they handle expenses, and this summer's Olympics are presenting a new reason for the company to be keep an eye on its wallet. Bloomberg reports that the investment firm has laid down the hammer on...

Nike&#39;s Track Outfits for the Olympics Aren&#39;t Going Over Well
Nike's Track Outfits for Female
Olympians Are ... Interesting
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Nike's Track Outfits for Female Olympians Are ... Interesting

'This is a costume born of patriarchal forces'

(Newser) - The Nike outfits set to be worn by Team USA track and field athletes during this summer's Paris Olympics were unveiled last week, but one version isn't going over too well. The New York Times reports that the big reveal on Thursday by the sportswear giant showed off...

No Thanks to Apollo, Olympic Flame Is on Its Way

Traditional lighting ceremony in Greece suffered a bit of a glitch, but fire happened anyway

(Newser) - Even without the help of Apollo, the flame that is to burn at the Paris Olympics was kindled Tuesday at the site of the ancient games in Greece. Cloudy skies prevented the traditional lighting, when an actress dressed as an ancient Greek priestess uses the sun to ignite a silver...

France Readies a Plan B for Olympic Ceremony

Amid heightened security concerns, opening of Paris Games may be moved

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said the opening ceremony for the Paris Olympics planned on the River Seine could be shifted instead to the country's national stadium if the security threat is deemed too high. France is on a high security alert ahead of the Paris Olympics and...

At Paris Olympics, That Gold Is Also Worth Cash

Top finishers will receive $50K from World Athletics

(Newser) - This year's Olympians are fighting for more than a medal. They'll each vie for a chunk of a $2.4 million prize pot offered for the first time by governing body World Athletics. Gold medalists in each of the 48 athletic events will take home $50,000, with...

Race Honors Paris&#39; Celebrated Waiters
Race Salutes Paris'
Famed Waiters

Race Salutes Paris' Famed Waiters

Apparently by making them walk a mile and a quarter carrying coffee, water, croissant

(Newser) - Usain Bolt's sprint world records were never in danger. Then again, even the world's fastest human likely wouldn't have been so quick while balancing a tray with a croissant, a coffee cup, and a glass of water through the streets of Paris without spilling it everywhere. France'...

Russians Excluded From Olympic Opening Ceremony

Belarusian athletes also barred from July ceremony in Paris

(Newser) - Russian and Belarusian athletes will not be allowed to take part in the opening ceremony at the Paris Olympics, the IOC said Tuesday. The opening ceremony on July 26 will see thousands of athletes travel on boats down the River Seine for several miles toward the Eiffel Tower, instead of...

At Suggestion She'll Perform at Olympics, She's Bombarded

French-Malian singer Aya Nakamura accused by France's far right of butchering the language

(Newser) - Aya Nakamura is "the most listened-to French artist in the world," according to the organizing committee of the Paris Olympics, so it makes sense that she might perform at the opening ceremony in July. There's been much speculation that she will. Local media reported Nakamura had discussed...

As Olympics Loom, Eyes on France's Mystery 'Invader'

Street artist's mosaics have appeared in more than 4K locations around the globe

(Newser) - For the Paris Olympics, it could almost be a new sport: Score points by hunting down mosaics that a mystery artist who calls himself "Invader" has cemented to walls across France's capital, the world, and even had carried aloft to the International Space Station. Vincent Giraud, one of...

Aussie Showjumper Cleared in Mankini Investigation

Olympian Shane Rose was temporarily suspended for alleged breach of code of conduct

(Newser) - At the Wallaby Hill Extravaganza showjumping event in Australia earlier this month, equestrian Shane Rose wore a mankini, the revealing swimsuit seen in the 2006 Borat movie, and it almost cost the three-time Olympic medalist his chance to compete in the Paris Olympics this summer. After the Feb. 11 event,...

Paris' Olympic Medals Feature a Little Something Special

Yep, that's an actual piece of the Eiffel Tower going home with victorious athletes

(Newser) - An Olympic medal with an inlaid piece of the Eiffel Tower. How's that for a monumental prize? A hexagonal, polished chunk of iron taken from the iconic landmark is being embedded in each gold, silver, and bronze medal that will be hung around athletes' necks at the July 26-Aug....

Paris Just Made Your SUV a Lot Costlier

City of Lights votes in favor of eye-popping parking fees for SUVs ahead of Olympic Games

(Newser) - Parisians voted Sunday to muscle SUVs off the French capital's streets by making them much more expensive to park, the latest leg in a drive by Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo to make the host city for this year's Olympic Games greener and friendlier for pedestrians and cyclists. More...

NBC Is Getting a Smokin&#39; Olympics Correspondent
Snoop's
Next Gig
Is Olympic

Snoop's Next Gig Is Olympic

NBC has just hired itself an unusual correspondent for the Paris Games

(Newser) - Sounds like Snoop Dogg might be trading in his gin and juice for some baguettes and brie this summer. The 52-year-old rapper, marijuana aficionado , and Martha Stewart bestie is adding NBC Olympic correspondent to his resume at the Paris Games, reports NBC News, which flagged the news three days after...

Paris Olympics Hit a Surfing Snag
Paris Olympics
Hit a Surfing Snag

Paris Olympics Hit a Surfing Snag

Construction of a new tower apparently caused problems before it even began

(Newser) - Tahiti's Teahupo'o "is one of the most powerful and deadly waves on the planet for surfing," in Surfer Today's view, a place that has only been surfed since 1985 but one that now features on the World Surf League's championship tour. It's also...

Ahead of Paris Olympics, a Pesky Issue: 'No One Is Safe'

Bedbugs are overrunning France, with the Games less than 10 months away

(Newser) - The Summer Olympics kick off in Paris in a little under 10 months, but France is now contending with a pesky issue it hopes it can contain before then. NPR reports on a nationwide "resurgence of bloodsucking bedbugs," six-legged insects about the size of an apple seed that...

The Seine Was Taboo for a Century. Now, Swimmers Rejoice

Paris to allow public to swim in river starting in 2025, more than 100 years after ban was instituted

(Newser) - When Georges Seurat painted Bathers at Asnieres in 1884, his scene of people frolicking in the Seine was one that reflected real life, as the French back then were permitted to swim in the river. Bathing in the Seine was banned less than 30 years after that, though "rogue"...

2 Big Names Return to Gymnastics Competition

Simone Biles and Sunisa Lee are looking ahead to the 2024 Olympics

(Newser) - Next year's Summer Olympics in Paris could be particularly epic for fans of US gymnastics: Two huge names are returning to competition, with the Paris games in mind. Simone Biles and Sunisa Lee will participate in the US Classic on Aug. 5 outside Chicago, NPR reports. It's the...

Olympics Booze Ban Has an Elite Exception

VIPs will get to swill alcohol, while the masses will drink water, soft drinks

(Newser) - Paris has deemed that the hoi polloi will not be getting a buzz on at its 2024 Olympics—but there's a notable exception to its booze ban, and that is the folks in the VIP section. As the Guardian reports, VIPs can swill champagne to their hearts' content under...

Paris Olympics, Paralympic Mascots Are Hats

Phrygian caps are 'a very strong symbol for the French Republic'

(Newser) - Organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics have unveiled their mascots, and they are hats. The mascots are Phrygian caps, also known as liberty caps, which were worn in antiquity by peoples including the Phrygians in what is now eastern Turkey and the Persians. The two mascots— Olympic Phryge...

Gustave Eiffel 'Would Have a Heart Attack' if He Saw Tower Today

Experts suggest $60M paint job is 'mostly useless' for rust-riddled structure

(Newser) - The 1,083-foot-tall Eiffel Tower is undergoing its "most expensive" and "most inefficient" paint job ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, according to Marianne , which reports the $60 million project will do nothing to treat a significant problem hiding under the Iron Lady's coats: lots...

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