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China Loses Bronze Medal After Gymnast Discovered to Be Underage

Dong Fangxiao

China was ordered to return one of its bronze medals from the 2000 Summer Olympic Games for using an underage athlete, the International Olympic Committee's executive board ruled.

Gymnast Dong Fangxiao, who helped lead the women's gymnastics team to third place in the women's team event, was discovered to be two years below the age minimum of 16 at the time of the competition. Dong's results from the 2000 Sydney games, including the women's all-team event, have been... read more

NBC Signs Deal for More Gymnastics Coverage

Nastia Liukin

NBC is flipping out for more gymnastics: The network and cable partner Universal Sports have inked a deal with USA Gymnastics to carry the sport's biggest events through 2012, the Associated Press reports.

The pact secures the fifth major Olympic sport for NBC, which also has broadcast rights to key events in swimming, skating, track and skiing. The U.S. gymnastics championships, featuring ...
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Tonight's TV Hot List: Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008

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It's Punk'd for punks — real-life fugitives lured into sting operations, then arrested on TV.

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NBC to Re-Air Beijing Olympics Highlights

Michael Phelps, Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Thought you had heard the last of the Olympics until 2010? Think again.

On Saturday, Dec. 27, NBC will broadcast Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony: TV Event of the Year, a two-hour special hosted by Bob Costas and Matt Lauer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to reliving the breathtaking production that kicked off the games, the special will ... read more

Olympian Nastia Liukin Springs into Gossip Girl

Nastia Liukin by Amy Sussman/WireImage.com

Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin is an expert on the gymnastic mats, but she'll be flexing her acting muscles next. The gymnast is set to appear as herself in a "substantial" way on an episode of Gossip Girl later this fall, her agent, Evan Morgenstein, confirmed to TVGuide.com.Morgenstein explained that the story behind Liukin's guest role on the CW series was almost as exciting as her win in the all-around competition in Beijing. Gossip producers contacted the 18-year-old after hearing her tell Ryan Seacrest on his radio program that the show is her favorite. That night, producers ran into her at an L.A. restaurant and set up a meeting to talk shop. The next thing she knew, Liukin was set to shoot on location in New York, most likely in mid-October. Her scenes are currently in development.Gossip's Upper East Side is just the latest TV landing pad for recent Olympians. The Secret Life of the American Teenager got Liukin's teammate, Shawn Johnson, as a guest star for its mid-seas... read more

Regarding your item on gay ...

Question: Regarding your item on gay diver Matthew Mitcham, who was quoted as saying, "I just want to be known as the Australian diver who did really well at the Olympics. It's everybody else who thinks it's special when homosexuality and elite sport go together." This is how it should be. What difference does it make if an athlete is gay, straight, black or white? They are athletes and it doesn't matter who or what they are. It's people who make a big deal out of things like this that perpetuate homophobia and racism. Athletes are athletes. Period! Answer: True enough in principal, but at the Olympics, at least as NBC presents it, it's also a pageant of compelling personal stories, whether presented in feature form or through commentary during the events. Olympians of all types become household names for all kinds of reasons. And in many circles, athletes are also role models, depending on the circumstances of their life and triumphs. As Dennis A. writes in an e-mail: "It's sad tha ... read more

Oprah to "Welcome Home" U.S. Olympians on Sept. 8

Oprah Winfrey by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com

For its 23rd (!) season premiere, The Oprah Winfrey Show will be paid a visit by more than 150 U.S. Olympic team members.The guest list includes gold medalists such as Michael Phelps (who has become about as omnipresent as Eddie Cibrian on ABC), Nastia Liukin, volleyball queens Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, and hoops stars Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Lisa Leslie and Dwayne Wade (who always cracked me up on A Different World).As reported by the AP, the episode tapes Wednesday at Chicago's Millennium Park (to air Sept. 8) and is fancied as a both a "welcome home celebration" for the athletes as well as a showcase for the Windy City, which is among the candidates to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. By noon Saturday, the line of Oprah and Olympic athlete fans hoping to nab one of the 2,000 free tickets up for grabs stretched several blocks. — Matt Mitovich read more

I concur with your recent ...

Matthew Mitcham, Australian gold medalist for diving

Question: I concur with your recent Dispatches on the 2008 Olympics and how dazzling the 16 days in Beijing have been. However, NBC's final broadcast of events last Saturday ended my viewing on a disappointed note, due to what seemed like homophobia during their coverage of the men's platform diving final (of all places). As the event played out, Australia's Matthew Mitcham had a stunning come-from-behind effort to steal the gold away from China's Zhou Luxin with the highest-scoring dive in Olympic history. It was breathtaking. And yet, during the entire event, the NBC commentators failed to mention a single substantive thing about Mitcham's personal life (unlike most other athletes who were contenders for gold), and I can't help but think it was due to the fact that Mitcham was the only openly gay male athlete at the games. It's not as though his sexuality is an obscure fact. Since coming out, he's been discussed in papers like the Los Angeles Times. He's been on the cover of ... read more

Michael Phelps to Visit The Tonight Show on Sept. 8

Michael Phelps by Jon Furniss/WireImage.com

Michael Phelps was first to the finish line at the Olympics but hes taking his time making the talk show rounds The swimming sensation who won an Olympic record eight gold medals in Beijing will visit The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Monday Sept 8 1135 pmET NBCThe Tonight Show is the early winner in the Olympic booking race having already scored swimmer Dara Torres and all-around gymnastics champion Nastia Liukin this week Wrestling gold medalists Henry Cejudo stops by on Wednesday and on Thursday Jay welcomes swimmer Natalie Coughlin who picked up six medals in Beijing including her second straight gold in the 100-meter backstrokeDavid Letterman is racking up golden guests too Gymnast Shawn Johnson and decathlon champion Bryan Clay showed up to the Late Show on Monday and Tuesday respectively and beach volleyballers Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor will visit on Wednesday 1135 pmET CBSOver at 30 Rock Late Night With Conan OBrien has gold medal backst read more

U.S. Basketball and 4x400 Relay Teams Sweep Gold

Candace Parker, Lisa Leslie and Delisha Milton-Jones by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

The penultimate day of competition from Beijing began with the US womens basketball team dismantling Australia 92-65 in the gold-medal game There is just too much offense for the US team NBC analyst Ann Meyers said The Aussies just cant keep up with it Lisa Leslie solidified her iconic status by winning her fourth straight gold medal In her Olympic career dating back to the 1996 Atlanta Games the US has won 32 straight games We put it all out there on the floor every single time and we didnt leave anything for anybody else Leslie said after the game I thought we were the team who played the best basketball this whole Olympics and we were the team who was deserving of the gold medalRussia won bronze over China 94-81 American Becky Hammon or Rebekka as she is listed on the Russian roster led the way for her adopted team with 22 pointsAnd no surprise here the US mens basketball team comple read more

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