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You've heard about all of the problems that threatened or hampered the Games. Here are the things that went right:
The U.S. women are one of the most dominant teams in the modern history of sports with 49 consecutive wins and six Olympic golds in a row. They did not play a fourth quarter in Rio with the outcome in doubt.
New Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau's supporting vocals help orchestrate gold medal blowout.
Title IX isn't the sole reason for the Olympic dominance of U.S. women — many gymnasts and swimmers begin winning medals before they graduate from high school — but it has helped grow the ranks of female athletes, and has given girls incentive to pursue sports and athletic scholarships.
For a team that is undefeated, this tournament has been a relative struggle, but the coaching staff has found player combinations that have led to improved defensive performance.
Four Lynx players and their coach earned medals, and the tears and hugs made gold seem like anything but a foregone conclusion.
Consistent excellence is Team USA's hoops stamp. The Americans go for a sixth consecutive gold medal on Saturday.
The U.S. defense bottled up Ricky Rubio and Spain in winning Friday's semifinal matchup.
Dan and Jennie Johnson turned a family vacation into a chance to hold a fundraiser for children of the favelas, the infamous slums that hover above Rio.
With perhaps just a few precious strides left in an unmatched Olympic career, Usain Bolt on Thursday won his eighth gold medal
Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, playing for Spain in the Olympics, will face Tom Thibodeau, an assistant coach for Team USA, in the semifinals.
Lindsay Whalen dedicated herself to making the U.S. team. She was thrilled to compete in her first Olympics in London, and is no less thrilled to be on the current team that is dominating in Rio.
The Americans climbed out of an early hole with their work on defense.
After initially being denied, the former Minneapolis South and Gophers runner's appeal for a spot in the 5,000-meter finals was granted late Wednesday following a final-lap fall.
Defensive gaffes have plagued the gold medal favorites in Rio. The latest three-point victory came against a French team that played without star point guard Tony Parker.
Mead said he would file an appeal. If successful, that would get him into the finals of the event. The South High graduate was on pace with the top runners before the fall.
MSU Mankato track star, with mom watching, made his native country proud
What do you get the team that has everything? How about a 6-foot-5 center who comes off the bench and makes like Usain Bolt?
What's different about these Games is the way the "organizers'' react to problems. These are the "Don't Blame It On Rio'' Olympics.
Seimone Augustus, whose family in Baton Rouge, La., has been displaced by floods, helped the U.S. women set an Olympic record in her 100th game.
Usain Bolt's pursuit of records is like an Alfred Hitchcock murder. The suspense is not so much in the deed as in the possibility of what may happen.
While Usain Bolt preps for Sunday, Elaine Thompson headlined Saturday.
These Olympics, at least so far, belong to great moments for Simone Biles and Simone Manuel.
Phelps savors his career swan song, adding a silver to four Rio golds
What saved the Americans in the first half and allowed them to pull away in the second half to move to 4-0 in the Olympics was their intensity on defense.
Usain Bolt is not out to surpass Michael Phelps in number of medals but in the mark he leaves on the Games.
At what might have been the end of a successful decade of competing internationally, Minnesota rower Megan Kalmoe went out not with a roar but with a couple of tweets.
Michael Phelps sped away from the field Thursday to win gold in the 200-meter individual medley, giving him 22 Olympic gold medals. No other athlete has won more than nine.
Four-time Olympian Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and set a U.S. Olympics scoring mark in Wednesday's victory over Australia.
Minnesotan Garrett Bender and his U.S. teammates went toe-to-toe with the world's best rugby team Wednesday in Rio.
At a time when his long-term future with the Wolves is in doubt, Ricky Rubio is damaging Spain's chances at a third consecutive gold medal game with the U.S.
Australia isn't expected to beat the Americans, or necessarily stay close, but in this lopsided competition they are one of a few teams considered to have an outside chance of testing the U.S. when the teams play at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
A sport that seemed like a lark or a departure when it became an official Olympic sport in 1996 has become one of the best shows of every summer Games.
Garrett Bender kept fighting to make the rugby sevens team after an invitation to train fell through.
The Bulls star fired up his team following a ho-hum opening period.
After the U.S. women's basketball team's first practice in Rio, Lynx star Seimone Augustus told Cheryl Reeve to "grab the bags." How could a player haze her coach?
The U.S.held a remarkable 9.959-point lead over second-place China after Sunday's qualifying.
A lack of turnover is a source of pride for the U.S. women's basketball team, which opens its quest for another gold medal Sunday morning.
Before the IOC announced that women's rugby sevens would be added to the 2016 Games, Katie Johnson never thought she would have a chance to play in an Olympics.
The NBA players willing to venture to the Olympics have taken seriously their role as ambassadors for their game and their country.
The Olympics shouldn't be used to whitewash Rio's problems, but there's nothing wrong with enjoying the view. None of the warts scars the city's raw beauty.
Megan Kalmoe was born in Minneapolis, grew up in St. Croix Falls, Wis., emerged as a standout rower at the University of Washington
Dennis Koslowski used to brag that he hit the athletic trifecta. "I was slow, small and weak,'' he said. So how did he become an Olympic wrestler?
Not many Americans are born into rugby, but Katie Johnson's athletic future might have been decided when her father first saw Katie's mother.
Nate Ebner has worn three of the most celebrated logos in American sports, has won a Super Bowl ring and is a member of the first U.S. Olympic rugby team in 92 years.
Four Lynx players and one coach take their winning formula from the WNBA to the Rio Olympics.
For cyclist and Mounds View High graduate Kelly Catlin, the harder the knock, the stronger she gets.
To believe this Vikings team can become the first to ever improve on a season of 11 or more victories, you have to believe a number of things.
As Minnesota's first Ryder Cup is scheduled for Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, Hazeltine National in Chaska is prepping and primping all over the grounds.
Minnesotans don't actually want Minnesotans involved with their sports teams. They want Minnesotans involved with their sports teams who make them feel good.
There might not be another place in the world with so many beautiful arenas located so closely together, not with the addition of U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Twins are in need of a full-time GM now that Terry Ryan has been fired. This is the hire that will define Jim Pohlad's tenure as the Twins' primary boss.
The Twins' firing of Terry Ryan feels shocking, but only because of his personality and the organization's longstanding commitment to loyalty among its most visible employees.
Of all the starting pitchers capable of taking charge of the Twins rotation, Kyle Gibson has the best pedigree.
For the eighth consecutive summer, Chad Greenway played touch football, ran drills and participated in other events at a life skills day camp in Hutchinson.
The relationship - or lack thereof - between Norv Turner and Cordarrelle Patterson is a fascinating dynamic.
Amid the big moves, Minnesota did well by staying out of the fray.
Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, collects famous guitars. Last week, he paid $137,500 in an auction to buy a guitar that at least looks a lot like the yellow version of Prince's "Cloud" guitar.
In the 1980s and '90s, football fans often couldn't wait to open the morning newspaper to see what Buddy Ryan had said, or done. The blunt former coach died Tuesday.
The team should practice patience with their top prospect, just like they did with Torii Hunter.
Tom Thibodeau's selection of Kris Dunn means he doesn't want to rely on a point guard who never seemed to be as good as he was projected to be, and who never seemed to elevate his team.
Oklahoma's Buddy Hield was the safe, even obvious, pick. Kentucky's Jamal Murray was the safe upside pick. Kris Dunn was a less obvious fit but that doesn't mean he wasn't the right guy.
Johnson's major breakthrough at Oakmont is a wonderful sign for the United States' chances of a rare Ryder Cup victory.
Dustin Johnson is an aloof golfer who oozes athletic arrogance and married the daughter of a hockey legend. Sunday at the U.S. Open, Johnson's calm and the USGA's inanity actually made him a man of the people.
If the USGA hadn't commanded so much unwanted attention, the 2016 U.S. Open could have been remembered for how poorly Shane Lowry played on Sunday.
If Shane Lowry can't maintain his two-shot lead over the field, there will be dozens of players within reach of the lead in what has become a strange and fascinating tournament.
The world's top-ranked player shot a 66 and got to sleep in.
Dustin Johnson is the most intimidating player on the PGA Tour in terms of ball-striking and athletic ability, and perhaps the frailest under pressure.
He's a major contender again after a climactic his 50-foot par.
Andrew Landry, No. 624 in the World Golf Rankings, was one of only nine golfers to finish. But his 1-under par is good enough for the lead at the U.S. Open.
Jordan Spieth is at 1 over, as an amateur and fellow Texan sits in first place during a delayed Round 1.
Phil Mickelson, six times a runner-up in the U.S. Open, turns 46 on Thursday. Only one golfer older than 46 has won a major.
This week, Oakmont and the USGA seem intent on protecting par. The question is, why?
When pro teams sign free agents, they often get damaged, arrogant or selfish goods.Somehow, the Vikings and General Manager Rick Spielman have avoided these pitfalls.
Sure, the Wolves could have had Warriors' stars Steph Curry or Klay Thompson - maybe both. But given how things played out, they're just fine now without them.
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