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Story not yet over for Ryan Lochte and friends

USA TODAY Sports Olympics reporter Nicole Auerbach is joined on the telephone by USAT sports editor David Meeks to dive into the ever-changing story of U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte and his three Olympic teammates and their encounter with Brazilian security guards at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro. David offers the latest findings in the investigation, which tilt the story toward the possibility that Brazilian police, like Lochte, might have embellished their story. The pair also discuss how...

Duration: 00:26:05

Olympic highlights after one week in Rio

Rachel Axon and Nancy Armour of USA TODAY Sports catch you up on everything from the first week in Rio, including the many American stars at this year's Olympics, the city's security problem and Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi testing positive for a banned substance. View the Facebook Live video of this podcast at: https://www.facebook.com/usatodaysports/videos/1221358757896284 Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes.

Duration: 00:20:56

Women's gymnastics, Lilly King, Phelps Face and more story lines from Rio

In a rare free moment, USA TODAY Sports' Rachel Axon and Nancy Armour discuss the top topics from the first three days of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The discuss Lilly King vs. Yulia Efimova and all dopers, Michael Phelps vs. Chad le Clos and the U.S. women's gymnastics team vs. the world. And why aren't the American men as dominant as the American women in gymnastics? Subscribe to and rate us on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter at @RachelAxon and @nrarmour.

Duration: 00:14:27

Swimming talk with David Marsh

USA TODAY Sports reporter Nicole Auerbach chats with swimming coach David Marsh about Ryan Lochte, Katie Ledecky and the U.S. Olympic Trials, which will be held June 26-July 3 in Omaha. Subscribe and rate us on iTunes. Follow Nicole on Twitter at @NicoleAuerbach.

Duration: 00:27:12

Brittney Reese is back and better than ever

USA TODAY Sports' Rachel Axon has a chat with American long jumper and defending Olympic gold medalist Brittney Reese. Reese divulges what it's going to take to be the event's first woman to win back-to-back golds, how she was mentally able to overcome injuries and retirement ponderings, and what it has been like being a first-time mother while balancing her already-hectic schedule. Follow Rachel on Twitter at @RachelAxon, and follow Brittney on Twitter at @DaLJBeast.

Duration: 00:17:29

Countdown is on: 100 days to Rio

Ready or not, here they come! The Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are only 100 days away, and USA TODAY Sports’ Nancy Armour and Rachel Axon give an in-depth primer on what to expect from the various Olympic sports and American athletes, as well as the off-field chaos (i.e.: Meldonium, Ziki virus, Dilma Rousseff’s presidency) that surrounds these Games.

Duration: 00:38:17

Swimming with Olympian Ryan Lochte

USA TODAY Sports columnist Nancy Armour hosts with special guest and USAT Sports reporter Nicole Auerbach, who provides a glimpse into her recently-completed project: A day at the pool with 11-time Olympic medalist, Ryan Lochte, who teaches Nicole the fundamentals of the freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke. See the video in its entirety at www.usatoday.com/videos/sports/olympics/2016/03/29/82373064. Then Nancy and Nicole talk about the talented crop of American swimmers for...

Duration: 00:33:25

Casey Eichfeld dishes on canoeing, Rio Games

Olympic canoeist Casey Eichfeld talks to USA TODAY Sports’ Roxanna Scott about training for Rio after some great results in 2015. Eichfeld was fourth at last year’s world championships, which put him in a strong position to make the U.S. Olympic team. The 26-year-old got his start in the sport at age 2 when his parents paddled him around in a canoe and he has since traveled the world racing on whitewater. He discusses his biggest competition at the Rio Games, how dance has helped him in...

Duration: 00:26:19

Alysia Montano on training for Olympics while pregnant

Olympic runner Alysia Montano talks to USA TODAY Sports’ Rachel Axon about life as a mom. Perhaps best know for running at U.S. nationals while 8 months pregnant, Montano describes why it was important to show exercise as part of a healthy pregnancy. They talk about the zika virus that could have an effect on the Games in Rio. The discussion then turns to how PEDs have been a problem of late. Montano, who finished fifth in the 800 meters in London behind two Russian medalists later found...

Duration: 00:17:16

The Zika virus and how Rio is preparing for the Olympics

With the spread of the Zika virus in Brazil, we discuss the implications on the Rio Olympics and the city's preparations to host the Games in August

Duration: 00:14:50

Boxer Luis Feliciano on balancing school and Olympic training

Nancy Armour talks with Luis Feliciano about his boxing journey, balancing training with earning his degree from Marquette University and what food he will never eat before training.

Duration: 00:28:57

Tony Azevedo talks Rio and water polo

USA TODAY Sports reporter Maggie Hendricks sat down with four-time Olympian Tony Azevedo to discuss Rio de Janeiro, the city where he was born, and water polo.

Duration: 00:20:57

Katelin Snyder discusses Olympic rowing success

Katelin Snyder is the coxswain for the United States Olympic rowing team, one of the most successful national squads in the country. Snyder chats with USA TODAY Sports columnist Nancy Armour about what's it like to be part of a team that has won two consecutive gold medals and eight consecutive world championships, and how it feels to be nearing her first Games.

Duration: 00:31:35

Natalie Coughlin on going for her fourth Games

Natalie Coughlin, one of the most accomplished female swimmers of all time, on what drives her to keep going. She is going for her fourth Olympics and talks to Nicole Auerbach about training, nutrition and all of the outside pressures - like promotions and sponsors - on athletes trying to make the Games. She has won 12 medals, including three golds.

Duration: 00:33:18

Mariel Zagunis is on top of Olympic fencing

Mariel Zagunis is a three-time Olympian with two gold medals and has her sights set on Rio. She talks with USA TODAY Sports' Maggie Hendricks about why she loves fencing, how a rivalry with the best fencers in the world have shaped her, and about the many heads of states she has met. Zagunis also talks about what being a teammate means in fencing, what her future holds, and how baking figures into it.

Duration: 00:29:53

Sarah Groff True on U.S. hoping for a medal in the triathlon

In this episode of the Going for Gold podcast, USA TODAY Sports columnist Nancy Armour visits with triathlete Sarah Groff True. True finished fourth in triathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She will represent the U.S. at the 2016 Games in Rio.

Duration: 00:37:48