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Rio Olympics: Samba sensations

The Detroit News
Taiwan’s Liu Wei-Ting, right, got a leg up on Moldova’s Aaron Cook, who was hoping to make a statement to Britain.

Musings from around the Rio Olympics:

Plan backfires

So much for “I told you so.”

British-born Aaron Cook, who now fights for Moldova, had been hoping for a chance to prove to British officials they were wrong for refusing to pick him — and his No. 1 world ranking — for the London Olympics.

They instead chose Lutalo Muhammad, then ranked 56th in the world. Muhammad went on to win a bronze.

But in a surprising result Friday in the 80-kilogram division, Cook went out in the first round, losing to Taiwan’s Liu Wei-Ting.

So any chance for Cook meeting Muhammad, who breezed through his match, went up in flames.

“I’m devastated,” Cook said. “It didn’t go right for me on the biggest stage, and it’s heartbreaking. … I just feel like I’ve let everyone down.”

A tasty treat

A Maryland ice cream shop is giving patrons a taste of Olympic gold.

Owners of The Charmery, in Baltimore, have created a flavor in honor of American swimmer Michael Phelps’ 23 Olympic gold medals.

Shop owners started serving the limited-edition flavor Phelps Phlapjack Gold this week.

The chocolate chip pancake-flavored ice cream was made using pancakes from Pete’s Grille. It’s a breakfast the Maryland-born Phelps has been known to eat.

Charmery co-owner David Alima said they also added maple syrup, butter, chocolate chips and golden marshmallow swirl to the mix.

The store has honored other Baltimore athletes with flavors. To honor Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, they created Manny Matcha-Dough, a matcha green tea ice cream with cookie dough. Orioles slugger Chris Davis and Ravens kicker Justin Tucker also have inspired flavors.

American Laurie Hernandez won a silver medal in the individual balance beam.

Money talks

The price of success? In gymnastics.

American gymnast Laurie Hernandez performed exceptionally on the beam Tuesday on the way to a silver medal.

But after completing her routine she — and the American team — believed judges had incorrectly scored its difficulty. They believed it deserved an extra 0.1 rating points and decided to challenge.

So they pulled out their wallets.

It seems archaic — and against the Olympic spirit — but in gymnastics you have to pay cash, up to $300, to launch an inquiry into scoring.

The money is returned to the team if the challenge is upheld.

If they’re not — like Hernandez — the money goes to charity.