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For professional athletes, there's nothing more rewarding than winning an Olympic medal.

For many competitors, years of hard work and determination go into competing in the Olympic Games, so you can understand the utter joy that this woman felt when she received the news she won a medal… nine years later.

Yes, British heptathlete, Kelly Sotherton, discovered today that she has been upgraded to a heptathlon bronze medal after testing revealed that Russian athlete, tatyana Chernova, was using steroids at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Kelly retired from competing five years ago, but left the Olympic circuit with two medals to her name.

She first won a bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Games for the heptathlon, which is a track and field combined event made up of seven courses.

And now she has been upgraded to a bronze medal for the 2008 Olympic 4x400m relay.

The accomplished athlete took to social media to share the moment she found out the news, and fans have been congratulating her since:

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Things are going from bad to worse for US swimmer, Ryan Lochte, after it was revealed he had fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint during his time in Rio.

The 32-year-old Olympian, who this year won a gold medal in the 4 x 200 metre freestyle, claimed he had been set upon at a petrol station, but CCTV told a different story and Ryan was forced to come clean.

With his reputation in tatters, the athlete, who has earned 12 Olympic medals over the course of his career, has now learned that Speedo have made the decision to end their sponsorship, and took to Twitter this afternoon to confirm the news.

"Speedo USA today announces the decision to end its sponsorship of Ryan Lochte," the post began.

"As part of this decision, Speedo USA will donate a $50,000 portion of Lochte's fee to Save the Children, a global charity partner of Speedo USA's parent company, for children in Brazil."

"While we hve enjoyed a winning relationship with Ryan for over a decade and he has been an important member of the Speedo team, we cannot condone behaviour that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for."

Ending their post on a positive note, the company finished: "We appreciate his many achievements and hope he moves forward and learns from this experience."

The announcement have been met with mixed response from the public who wasted no time sharing their thoughts on Speedo's decision.

"Not okay for Olympic swimmer to lie. It is ok for presidential candidate to lie. Got it," wrote one while another remarked: "About time for this 32 year old to 'grow up' and learn an expensive lesson."

It is understood that Ralph Lauren, who also works with Ryan, is currently considering its position.

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Well, shutting your eyes and pulling like a dog obviously works because the O' Donovan brothers have earned Ireland a silver medal in rowing at the Olympic Games today.

Gary and Paul, who revealed their tactic while speaking to RTÉ before the race, have made history as Ireland takes home its first ever medal for rowing at the Olympics.

Finishing behind France and ahead of Norway, the O'Donovans from UCD and Skibbereen rowing clubs, have sent Irish fans into meltdown as Twitter celebrates alongside the siblings.

Coming out in their hundreds to support the brothers, Skibbereen residents waited with bated breath as they watched the siblings make their way to finish line.

And then there's the guy who says what everyone is thinking…

Massive congratulations, lads! 

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Caitlyn Jenner is appearing on the summer issue of Sports Illustrated, to celebrate the anniversary of her gold medal win in the 1976 Olympic games in Montreal.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star earned first place in the Olympic decathlon 40 years ago, 'with a score that would be competitive for a place on the 2016 U.S team.'

Caitlyn, 66, took to instagram to share her Sports Illustrated cover with her 7.2 million followers.

Bowled over by the cover, one of her follows commented "You look sexy with your gold medal and you are so brave!" and we could not agree more. 

Caitlyn told the magazine reporter, Tim Layden, that she had a rather complicated relationship with her medal.

"It commemorates extraordinary work that allowed her to withstand the pain of what is now called gender dysphoria but then was seldom talked about at all" said Tim in his interview.  

In an interview with Diane Sawyer in 2015, Jenner came out to the world as transgender, stating that "for all intents and purposes, I'm a woman."

Three months after the groundbreaking interview, Caitlyn covered the July issue of Vanity Fair, wearing a cream corset, and quite literally broke the Internet. (Take that, Kim.)

Caitlyn then starred in her own documentary-series, which followed her through her new life as a woman.

I am Cait received positive praise from critics, due to the way it shed a light on social issues within the transgender community. 

Keep doing your thing Cait! 

Centre Image: vanityfair.com, people.com 

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We're already on the cusp of Rio 2016 – while the 2020 Games have now been awarded to Tokyo.

And this morning, the short-list for the 2024 Olympics was announced, and FOUR out of the five cities are in Europe. 

Close to home Budapest, Hamburg, Paris and Rome all fancy their chances, while Los Angeles takes up the final spot. 

There will now be a period of intense lobbying before the International Olympic Committee makes its decision in 2017.

As the announcement was made earlier today, IOC president Thomas Bach said the five cities were all “outstanding” candidates.

They're not all novices either: LA held the Games in 1932 and 1984, while Paris also has the same experience: it played host in 1900 and 1924.

Rome was the location for the 1960 Olympics, although Budapest and Hamburg have yet to hold the sporting spectacle. 

London spent around €15bn hosting the Olympic Games in 2012 – with security alone costing around €750m.

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