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Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who has admitted to sexually assaulting minors, has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography.

The International Olympic Committee has suspended the Russian Olympic Committee "with immediate effect," essentially banning the country from the upcoming Winter Olympics over Russia's system of state-supported cheating by athletes using performance-enhancing drugs.

Russian athletes can compete in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the IOC said Tuesday — but the athletes will have to pass strict scrutiny, and instead of wearing their nation's uniform, they will compete under the title "Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR)."

Olympian Frank Shorter On Living A Gold Medal Life

Aug 10, 2016
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The Rio Olympics will culminate with one of its signature events, the marathon. Frank Shorter is the last American man to have won a gold medal in the sport at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

UPDATE: Michelle Carter won gold in Rio Friday, making her the first American woman to win a gold medal in that event.

ORIGINAL STORY: It took Michelle Carter’s best throw of the year to win the Olympic shot put trials last month. The former Texas Longhorn All-American, NCAA champion and U.S. National champion qualified for her third Olympics and is looking to improve upon a fifth-place finish in London in 2012.

While Carter isn’t the only former Longhorns competing in various sports in Rio – there are 20 in total, with 13 competing for the United States – she is uniquely positioned to make U.S. Olympic history.  

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Texans must be natural fighters, because all four members of the Olympic taekwondo team were either born or raised in the Lone Star State. Youngest member Jackie Galloway goes to SMU, trains in Garland and lives in Wylie.

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Between now and the end of July, a North Texas college student will have traveled to four different continents to compete at the highest level of taekwondo. She’ll fight the Paraguay Open this weekend. Jackie Galloway hopes all her travels lead to one place: the Olympics.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas has Olympic dreams; Fort Worth comes closer to naming a new city manager; Wichita Falls’ toilet water could be transformed into drinking water; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Raise a roof on the Texas Rangers’ ballpark?; Winter Olympian and North Texan Johnny Quinn busts out of his hotel bathroom in Sochi; Flower Mound’s Marcus Smart apologizes for shoving a fan at an Oklahoma State/Texas Tech basketball game; and more.

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Despite last week's snow and cold, Texas isn't a winter wonderland. We aren't known for snowboarding or skiing or the luge.

But there are Texans – or folks with Texan ties -- competing in Sochi, Russia, in the Winter Olympics, which is underway. Here’s a guide.