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The joyful Closing Ceremony crowd at Maracana Stadium radiated pride in Rio's ability to pull off the Games.
After a year of complete focus on the Rio Games, Gwen Jorgensen of St. Paul made sure the Olympic triathlon played out exactly as she wanted. She won the gold medal in her usual fashion: by dusting the field with her devastating run.
Former Gophers runner Hassan Mead made a move with four laps to go. But when the bell rang signaling the final lap he appeared to labor.
The former U runner took eighth in the 1,500 meters.
Gwen Jorgensen didn't balk at training for one more Olympic run after 2012 setback in London. The triathlete from St. Paul has eyes on gold for Saturday's race.
While not her desired result, St. Cloud's Alise Post is happy with second
Kiana Eide moved from St. Francis to suburban Chicago and trained eight hours a day. She will receive the ultimate payoff Saturday, when she competes for the U.S. in rhythmic gymnastics.
Seimone Augustus started in place of injured Sue Bird, and the Americans overcame another slow start to move into Saturday's gold medal game against Spain.
Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross rebounded Wednesday, beating the Brazilian team of Larissa and Talita 2-1 to claim the bronze medal in beach volleyball.
Confidence, heart are booming as team enters semifinal round.
Lynx star Maya Moore scored 19 points as Japan made it a game against the U.S. women's basketball team until the Americans found their groove.
St. Cloud native Alise Post has high hopes for an Olympic medal in BMX, and rides to honor her late mother.
The last time the track world gathered for the Olympics, Blankenship was enduring a year filled with injuries.
The U.S. women have charged through the Olympic tournament, going 4-0 and outscoring their opponents 47-17. They weren't bothered by another ill-mannered Brazilian crowd — "We enjoyed their booing,'' Makenzie Fischer said — or by the rough play.
The Chaska wrestler went 1-1, and opponent's next loss ended his tourney.
Several problems spotlighted before the Olympics - and a few new ones - have stubbornly refused to yield the stage during the first week in Rio.
Andy Bisek, the two-time world championships bronze medalist, ranked No. 5 in the world in the Greco-Roman 75-kilogram weight class, opens against Yurisandi Hernandez Rios of Cuba.
Britain posts a world record in taking gold from Arden Hills' Catlin and Co.
Adren Hills' Kelly Catlin, a newcomer to U.S. pursuit team, is up to gold medal challenge
For about five minutes Saturday morning, the U.S. held the world record in women’s team pursuit. Kelly Catlin of Arden Hills and teammates Sarah Hammer,…
Plymouth's David Plummer could wind up with a gold to go with his bronze after helping the U.S. into the 4x100-meter medley relay finals.
Simone Biles lived up to the expectations by taking top honors in the women's all-around while teammate Aly Raisman got some redemption by grabbing silver.
Heptathlete Heather Miller-Koch has juggled jobs, sports looking for edge
As the U.S. shoots for a sixth consecutive gold medal in women's basketball the question was (again) raised: Is a team this good ultimately bad for the game?
Paula Lynn Obanana never gave up on her goal - and by making the Olympics she made a decade-old prediction come true.
Minneapolis native Megan Kalmoe, who helped the U.S. capture the world title in France last summer, is part of a foursome that will make a run at Olympic supremacy Wednesday.
The interviews, congratulations and celebration haven't stopped since Plummer became the first Gophers swimmer to win an Olympic medal for the U.S.
The American women were as dominant as expected in Tuesday's team competition, blowing past runner-up Russia by more than eight points to take their second consecutive team gold at the Summer Games.
At age 30, David Plummer was the oldest first-time Olympian on the U.S. men's swim team since 1904. He also was the first Gophers swimmer to make it in 52 years.
The star quality Martha Karolyi infused into the U.S. program won't fade when she steps away.
As a 30-year-old Olympic rookie, Plummer has become a favorite story line on the U.S. men's swim team. He swims for the gold medal Monday night.
In her teens, Muhammad was mostly interested in using fencing as a path to an elite college. She began to see a more universal goal as she rose up the national ranks.
Considering how long it took David Plummer to get to the Olympics, he doesn't mind a few more days of discipline.
The Americans won their 22nd Olympic medal in the women's 4x100 free relay, but they have not taken gold since 2000.
Rio Olympics organizers were counting on the start of competition to push the focus of the Games away from the city's many problems and onto the feats of the athletes.
What the Opening Ceremony lacked in extravagance, it made up for with the immense spirit and energy that attracted the Summer Games to Brazil in the first place.
A Disneyland for athletes, where Olympians live, eat and mingle with their counterparts from all over the planet, the Olympic village is ground zero for the spirit of the games -- and sanctuary from all that troubles them.
As the city scrambled to make final preparations for the first Olympics in South America, the Olympic torch arrived in Rio to an enthusiastic, complete with samba dancers.
Chaska's Andy Bisek persevered through injuries, disappointment and debt to become an Olympian.
With a whirlwind of concerns surrounding Rio, athletes and families hope for the best.
Gwen Jorgensen enters the Rio Games as the most dominant, decorated athlete in her sport's history.
Many athletes without major sponsors must cobble together the money to pay for expenses, and financial stress can distract from the focus required to become an Olympian.
The 2012 gold medalist wants to justify the faith placed in her over others such as Little Canada's Maggie Nichols.
Simone Biles leads the five-person U.S. team. Little Canada's Maggie Nichols, despite finishing sixth in the all-around standings, did not make the team even as an alternate.
Like everyone else in the sport, Retton is captivated by Biles' ability to make the most difficult skills in gymnastics look effortless.
Even the stars who are virtual locks to make the U.S. gymnastics squad are nervous about team selections. The final events are Sunday evening.
Even when her training isn't going well, Gabby Douglas always seems to find her best form when it counts.
Little Canada's Maggie Nichols, showing her post-injury grit, ended the first night in 8th place. But not even the top participants were flawless.
Sometimes, inexperience can be a good thing.
Farriers have the arduous task of keeping horses comfortable on their feet and primed to race.
Passion for pole-vaulting, at great sacrifice, drives two Olympic hopefuls who competed for the University of Minnesota.
The defending Olympic gold medalist in the women's 100-meter backstroke graciously praised the victors and smiled after her seventh-place finish
The former Gopher swam the 100-meter backstroke in 52.28 seconds in Tuesday's finals at the U.S. Olympic trials.
Ryan Lochte started the trials at CenturyLink Center by pulling a groin muscle in his first race.
Rachel Bootsma is fired up about the Olympic trials while looking forward to what comes afterward.
The former Gophers swimmer is producing the best results of his career at age 30 as he pursues a spot in Rio.
The gymnast from Little Canada is just returning to competition.
The Lynx moved to 5-0 with a 74-71 victory over the Fever, a game that Minnesota led by as many as 24 yet only scored five points in the fourth quarter.
In April, Canterbury announced it was lowering its takeout—the amount of money it keeps from each wager to pay for purses and track expenses—to the lowest level of any track in the country.
Improved competition, higher purses mark fresh progress at Canterbury Park
Canterbury Park has lowered the share it keeps on bets at the track, and eager horseplayers are already excited what's to come during the 69-day meet that opens Friday night.
The defending WNBA champs routed Phoenix after enjoying ring ceremony.
Lynx players will get their championship rings and the banner will be raised before the season tips off with rival Phoenix.
Despite her jet lag, the veteran, just back from Europe, will start in the season opener.
Stillwater native Ben Blankenship is happy to be running near home, but has big goals in mind for Thursday night's race.
The first Summer Games in South America are facing concerns about the Zika virus, filthy water in boating venues, a severe economic recession and nationwide political unrest.
Head coach Geno Auriemma said four Lynx players on the team are "incredibly unselfish."
The core of the Lynx's championship team is expected to be in Rio.
Coach's focus shifts to a possible future with team he called "a good group."
Mikko Koivu's urgent Game 3 effort gave Wild teammates a needed emotional lift, something they'll have to repeat and then some Wednesday night against the Stars at the X.
His young Dallas teammates benefit from 132 playoff games of wisdom, along with a proven scoring knack.
Though they will be cheering for the Wild in an upscale St. Paul arena, some fans will be channeling memories of the North Stars and those raucous nights at the Met Center that made them fall in love with the NHL.
The Gophers guard is projected as a high first-round pick in Thursday's WNBA draft, and the Lynx won't make their first selection until early in the second round.
Bounced early at 2012 trials, the Chaska native fulfills dream by making Greco-Roman team for Rio.
"I wasn't at my best, by any means,'' he said. "But I'm learning. That's the biggest part.''
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