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Gabby Douglas to Usain: Don't Worry About Stripped Gold Medal ... WIN ANOTHER ONE!

1/25/2017 10:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

U.S. Olympic legend Gabby Douglas has some advice for Usain Bolt after the sprinter was stripped of an Olympic gold medal this week ... GO OUT AND WIN ANOTHER ONE!! 

The 21-year-old gymnast -- who has 3 Olympic gold medals of her own -- was at LAX when she heard that Bolt must hand over the 4x100 relay gold Jamaica won during the 2008 Games in Beijing. 

FYI, Bolt's Team Jamaica teammate at the time, Nesta Carter, was found guilty of doping -- after a retest of his 2008 sample came back positive for a banned substance.

As a result, the entire relay team must hand back their medals. Sucks for Bolt, who did nothing wrong. 

But Douglas has an easy solution for Usain ... don't retire and pick up a replacement gold at the 2020 Games.

Great advice!

Simone Biles and Aly Raisman Flippin' Hot Bikini Photo Shoot ... For S.I. Swim 2017

1/10/2017 9:23 AM PST
Breaking News

Yet another gold medal performance from the U.S. Gymnastics team.

2016 Rio Olympics stars Simone Biles and Aly Raisman have proven again that they deserve a perfect 10 score ... this time posing for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2017 issue.

You gotta check out the vid ... the girls are in incredible shape and seem to have the modeling thing down pat.

The issue will be released in February.

Ashton and Brianne Eaton We're Definitely Retired No Chance At Comeback

1/6/2017 9:45 AM PST
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The most athletic couple at the 2016 Rio Olympics is calling it a career ... and they want to make one thing clear -- there ain't gonna be a comeback.

TMZ Sports spoke to Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton -- who each retired from competitive track and field this week at age 28 -- and asked if there was ANY chance they'd change their minds and come back to the sport. 

"We're definitely done," Ashton, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon, says.

The duo adds that they won't be in the broadcast booth anytime soon ... and would rather spend their free time doing new things outside the sport.

Congrats on the retirement!!

Ronda Rousey Needs To Cut Bad People Out Of Her Life ... Says Ex-Training Partner

1/4/2017 12:24 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ronda Rousey's former training partner, Kayla Harrison -- who's still friends with the UFC superstar -- says Ronda is surrounded by some people who don't have her best interests at heart ... and she needs to ditch them ASAP.

FYI, Kayla is a 2-time Olympic gold medalist in judo -- and trained with Ronda on a daily basis for years. They're still friends and spoke on the phone just a few weeks ago.

Harrison says Ronda seemed to be in a great mental space before the fight and "expected her to come back with a vengeance."

But the one thing that concerns Kayla ... she believes there are people who have latched on to the UFC star "that maybe don't have Ronda's best interest at heart."

She didn't call anyone out by name -- but wants to remind Ronda that she still has TRUE FRIENDS and family members out there who care about her ... and those are the people she should surround herself with.

By the way, Harrison also tells TMZ Sports she's one step closer to fighting MMA ... and got the itch while announcing at the World Series of Fighting this past weekend.

Michael Phelps One More Gold Medal ... For Epic Wedding Day Video

12/16/2016 10:39 AM PST

And now there's one more thing Michael Phelps does better than everyone else -- his big wedding to Nicole was captured in a Hollywood-style video.

The folks over at Brides got a hold of the video, which set the stage for the Olympic legend's Cabo wedding back in October. You get to see Nicole and Michael prepping for the ceremony, and the setting is downright epic.

The entire production is gold medal-worthy. Naturally.

Nicely done.

Ryan Lochte I Got a Minnow On The Way

12/14/2016 12:45 PM PST
Breaking News

Ryan Lochte's crappy 2016 is ending on a high note -- he just announced he's expecting his first kid with his Playboy model fiancee Kayla Rae Reid.

Lochte posted an underwater shot of him kissing Kayla's belly. Cute photo, for sure, but looks like Dad's already pressuring the kid to be a swimmer!

The couple's not revealing the due date yet, except to say it would be sometime in 2017 -- which we kinda figured out. We're not that bad at math.

Looks like Boomer Phelps is gonna have a swimming partner.

Ryan Lochte Rio Prosecutors Offer Deal in Olympics Case

12/1/2016 2:00 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Rio officials have offered Ryan Lochte a deal to make his criminal case go away ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the offer is 70,000 reals, which in American dollars totals around $20,149.

Lochte was charged with falsely reporting a crime at a gas station during the Rio Olympics. Our sources say so far Lochte has not accepted the deal.

Jimmy Feigen copped a plea months ago and paid half that amount -- 35,000 reals. The prosecutor wanted 70,000 reals from Feigen all along and has actually filed legal docs trying to enforce the higher amount.

We reached out to Lochte's lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, but he was mum, telling TMZ Sports, "We don't comment on a pending case but are hopeful it will be resolved to the benefit of all parties, including the people of Brazil, the Brazilian government and Ryan."

Michael Phelps Baby's 1st Swim Lessons ... 6-Month-Old Hits the Pool

11/30/2016 6:31 AM PST

Only 15-and-a-half more years 'til the 2032 Olympics ... and Michael Phelps is wasting no time getting his 6-month-old son, Boomer, ready for action! 

The Olympic hero took his kid to his old training pool in Baltimore -- where Boom got a lesson from dad's very first swim coach, Cathy Bennett

Mike's wife, Nicole Johnson, was also there.  

So, how'd Boomer do?  

Actually, not bad for a baby ... 

Justin Bieber Fast Times With Usain Bolt

11/29/2016 7:35 AM PST

Justin Bieber got down with the fastest man on Earth to celebrate a movie about the Olympian ... and he was anything but sorry to be partying with the champ.

Bieber was in London Monday night and showed up to an after-party following a screening of "I Am Bolt" -- a documentary about Usain Bolt's journey to the Rio Olympics.

Unclear if the Biebs saw the film itself, but he definitely raged with the man of the hour afterward.

One Direction's Liam Payne was there for the screening and party too, but was reportedly on the opposite side of the room ... meaning he missed out on the Bolt/Bieber selfies.

Usain Bolt Track 'Wasn't Fun Anymore' ... Before 2016 Olympics

11/28/2016 9:19 AM PST
Breaking News

Usain Bolt struggled to get out of bed to train for the 2016 Olympics -- saying the pressure and stress he was under took the fun out of running.

The Jamaican track legend opened up about his struggles at the premiere of "I Am Bolt" -- the new documentary about his life.

"The workload I had leading up to the Olympics and even at the 2015 World Championships meant there was so much pressure and stress that it just wasn’t fun anymore," Bolt said. 

Of course, Bolt powered through it and won 3 gold medals in Rio -- and now he's back to his old self.

“Now that the pressure is gone I’m much more relaxed and happy to go to training because I know it’s not going to be so intense anymore."

Bolt is gearing up for the 2017 World Championships in London ... and says he'll finally hang up his spikes after that. 

But it might not be the end of Bolt's athletic career -- he says he plans to train with the German soccer team, Borussia Dortmund, at the end of the 2017-18 season. 

"It’s something I always wanted to try to see if I was any good at ... I will do a little training to see whether I am worthy."

[h/t The Guardian]

Ryan Lochte Michael Phelps Retired for Good? ... I Ain't Buyin' It

11/22/2016 5:56 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Liar, liar, Speedos on fire ...  

Ryan Lochte says he just doesn't believe Michael Phelps is done with competitive swimming -- despite the fact he filed official retirement paperwork earlier this week. 

Phelps' Olympic teammate was leaving Catch in West Hollywood on Monday when we broke the news to Lochte that MP formally removed his name from the U.S. drug-testing program ... which essentially means he can't compete at the Olympic level anymore. 

HOWEVER, Phelps did the same thing back in 2012 ... only to put his name back on in 2013. So ... yeah. 

Clearly, Lochte ain't buyin' the retirement thing -- which should probably scare the hell out of Team Australia. 

Sorry, mates ... 

Venus Williams My Tennis End Is Near 'Targeting Next Olympics'

11/14/2016 4:07 PM PST

Venus Williams has set a target for the end of her tennis career -- hoping to hang 'em up for good after one last shot at Olympic glory ... (apparently 4 gold medals isn't enough!).

The 36-year-old tennis superstar appeared on 'Home & Family' on the Hallmark Channel (airs Tuesday morning) ... and was asked if she's thought about retirement.

"I'm kinda targeting the next Olympics (Tokyo 2020) and that's in what 3-and-half years ... and I'm not counting!"

Williams says she's played a long time -- she turned pro in 1994 -- and still loves competing but says it's time for her to "get a life outside the court."

#Legend #Pioneer

Olympian Kayla Harrison MMA Help from Ronda Rousey ... But Would I Fight Her?

10/28/2016 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Olympic judo superstar Kayla Harrison says Ronda Rousey has given her "a lot of help" when it comes to making the transition into MMA -- but the real question ... would she ever take a fight against her old friend?

TMZ Sports spoke with 26-year-old Harrison -- a 2-time Olympic gold medalist in judo -- who says she trained with Rousey every day for 7 years as they fought their way to the top of the sport.

Now, with Harrison signing a contract with the World Series of Fighting -- she says she'll reflect on the advice she got from her old friend as she begins her training.

So, who's Kayla's dream MMA fight? We asked ... wait'll you hear her answer!

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