Rio Olympics: Samba sensations

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Haiti's Jeffrey Julmis found the going a little rough during the 110-meter hurdles semifinals. He missed the first hurdle.

Thursday's Rio musings:


You have to have a little bit of arrogance to be an Olympic sprinter.

Just look at the starting blocks, where athletes strut around like peacocks and project self-confidence.

Unfortunately, when a race doesn't quite work out the way they intended, that arrogance can come back to bite them.

Take Haiti’s Jeffrey Julmis. Like most of his fellow competitors, he seized his moment when the TV camera reached him ahead of the 110 hurdles semifinals.

He was cool. He was cocky. He was confident.

And then he went out and didn’t just clip the first hurdle and fall over — he absolutely clattered into it.

Lost luggage

American volleyball player Carli Lloyd’s mother was running late to see her daughter’s first match of the Games last week.

A series of canceled and missed flights from Southern California led the family to connections in Peru and Chile — and all security checkpoints between. When they arrived, they took a taxi to the cruise ship where they’re staying, gave their names, had their passports checked and handed over their luggage.

But when they returned after Lloyd’s first match, Cindy Lloyd, was pulled into an interrogation room and shown the charred and unrecognizable remains of her suitcase.

It had been blown up because, the authorities said, they suspected it was a bomb.

“They took me back to this room, and there were some really scary people,” she said. “They started interrogating me. … After about 10 minutes, they told me they blew up my bag.”

Lloyd was told two bomb-sniffing dogs had stopped at her suitcase. She was shown a photo of the contents, presumably from an X-ray machine. Asked to explain what different things were, she pointed to something that looked like the extra cellphone she packed, a phone charger and a bottle of shampoo.

“Maybe they thought it was something wired to a bottle, I suppose,” she said.

Alessandra Ambrosio’s golden moment? Running with the torch in Coca-Cola shoes.

It’s the real thing

Have a coke and …

Some shoes?

That was the case for Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio  when she carried the Olympic torch.

For the occasion, she wore the official uniform for all torchbearers — a white “Rio 2016” top and shorts set — and a pair of red sneakers made by The Coca-Cola Company.

The tennis shoe was designed by the company’s Brazil division and features a red colorway with an asymmetrical gold panel that covers the portion of the shoe from the tongue to the counter.

The branding is featured on the tongue and toe bed.