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Belarusian shot-putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk has been stripped of her gold medal from the London Olympic Games after officials ruled she tested positive for a banned steroid.
Hundreds of fans gathered at the Almaty airport on August 6 to meet weightlifter Ilya Ilyin as he returned to Kazakhstan after winning a gold medal at the London Olympics. Ilyin spoke to journalists about his Olympic performance, his plans, and the special diet that helped him win gold.
Weightlifter Yulia Kalyna has won the bronze medal in the 58-kilogram weight category, bringing home the second medal for Ukraine at this year's Olympic Games. In her hometown of Mariupol, Yulia's parents told RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service about their daughter's road to victory.
Judoka Lasha Shavdatuashvili won the first gold medal for Georgia at this year's Olympic Games with a victory on July 29 in the 66-kilogram weight category. In his hometown of Karaleti, the Olympian's family and neighbors gathered to celebrate and remember. RFE/RL's Georgian Service spoke to Shavdatuashvili’s parents, who described their son’s relatively quick transition from frail boy to Olympic medalist.
With news that the International Weightlifting Federation has changed its rules to allow athletes to wear Islamic dress, the London Games will feature the first team, from the United Arab Emirates, to compete in an international competition in hijab.
Athletes from RFE/RL's broadcast region have provided plenty of Olympic thrills and spills over the years. Here's a quick pick of some of their best (and worst) moments from the Summer Olympics.
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