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Trash talk: Controversial words from Rio 2016

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The U.S. women's soccer team is out of the Olympics after losing to Sweden in the quarterfinal. American goalkeeper Hope Solo's angry outburst after the loss did not go down very well with the Swedish coach. Read through to hear more about the statement made by the American, and let's also take a look at  some other major controversial words from the Rio Olympics.

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“We played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today. I strongly, firmly believe that.”- Hope Solo

During the quarterfinal game, the American soccer team were eliminated by Sweden on penalty kicks after the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Unable to accept defeat, goalkeeper Hope Solo verbally lashed out at Sweden. She also said, "We played a creative game. We had many opportunities on goal. We showed a lot of heart. We came back from a goal down. I’m very proud of this team." Swedish coach and former U.S. national team coach Pia Sundhage replied sternly, “According to Hope Solo, I think you should define what is a good team. Well, usually – especially with the Americans – a good team is when they’re winning. And they’re winning all the time. That’s the best team in the world. But for once they didn’t go the whole way through.”

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There were no bitter statements exchanged between the two swimmers, but their body language spoke volumes. The le Clos-Phelps rivalry that began at the 2012 Olympic Games has reached new levels this year at Rio. While Phelps was caught staring daggers at le Clos (L) minutes before the start of the 200m butterfly semi-finals, le Clos returned the favor by shadow boxing with Phelps and then doing a little dance in his face. Phelps facial expression spawned the now infamous hashtag #phelpsface.

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"He kind of desensitized from it. Sun Yang is just the drug cheat"- Mack Horton, Australia Australian swimmer 

Mack Horton (R) stirred up controversy when he labelled 20-year old Chinese rival Sun Yang (L) a "drug cheat" after beating him for gold in the 400m freestyle category. Horton did not shy away from his statement, saying that it was justified since Yang had served a doping ban in secret in 2014. This is after Yang reportedly tried to ‘taunt’ Horton in the training pool last week. 

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“In many serious essays written by Westerners, Australia is mentioned as a country at the fringes of civilization. This suggests that no one should be surprised at uncivilized acts emanating from the country.” – The Global Times, China

Not to be left behind, Chinese state-run media and viewers have blasted Australia’s gold medal-winning swimmer Mack Horton for his ‘cynical smugness,' even going on to say that he was ‘immoral’ and his nation was a former ‘offshore prison.' Despite his drug-abuse history, Sun Yang remains a hero of his people. One Chinese fan went on to say about Horton, “You even won the match, but you are still a loser, you don't deserve to have an Olympic gold medal."

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“You know, you're shaking your finger No. 1 and you've been caught for drug cheating. I'm just not, you know, not a fan.” - Lilly King, United States

There has been a war of sorts between United States’ Lilly King and Russia's Yulia Efimova who took turns wagging fingers at each other after finishing their 100-meter breaststroke race. It all started when King waved her index finger after she posted the fastest time at the preliminaries. In response Efimova, the defending champion, who has also been twice-banned for drug-cheating, responded by signaling ‘No.1’ after she won the first semi-final. King, not to be left behind, waved her finger after she won she won the second one.

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“As an out gay athlete from a country that is still very homophobic, @thedailybeast ought to be ashamed #deplorable"- Amini Fonua, Tonga

Tongan competitive swimmer Amini Fonua lashed out at news website “The Daily Beast” in a series of furious tweets for their article that exposed athletes using the hook-up app Grindr. The article titled “The Other Olympic Sport in Rio: Swiping” exposed the identities of many gay athletes at Rio who had yet not come out. Hailing from a country where being gay is still illegal, the Olympian accused the website of “endangering people’s lives” by publishing an article that was in extremely bad taste and insensitive. “The Daily Beast” later removed the article and acknowledged that it had “screwed up."

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"Olê, Olê, Olê, Olá — Zika! Zika!"- Brazilian spectators

This Olympics definitely seem to be the game of controversies with each country vying for the top spot in creating a scandal. American goalkeeper Hope Solo was heavily booed by the Brazilian crowd every time she came to play on the field at Team USA’s opening match against New Zealand. This was in response to the photos that she had posted on social media that showed her dressed up with an anti-mosquito hat and holding a bottle of insect repellent, a jab at Brazil's Zika virus crisis. These pictures did not go down well with the Brazilians. 

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"I don't want to see people taken out of the sport, but I don't think that's quite right. She shouldn't have been in the race and a 20-year-old from Britain should have had a medal."- Chloe Tutton, Great Britain

After Russia’s controversial swimmer Yulia Efimova (R) finished ahead of her in the 200m breaststroke, Welsh swimmer Chloe Tutton (L) had only criticism for her rival’s re-reinstatement into the Games after her drug bans. She went on say, “I would've preferred it to have been a completely clean Games”. It seems Efimova did not make many friends this Olympic season.

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"It is those actions that make people wonder why we've lost faith in the system."- Geoff Huegill, Australia

Former Australian world swimming champion Geoff Huegill (L) came down heavily on FINA executive chairman Cornel Marculescu (R), who opened a can of worms when he embraced controversial Chinese swimmer Sun Yang after his 200m freestyle medal ceremony. Marculescu has been criticized in the past for his soft stance on drug cheats.

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“In the Olympic Games, usually all wars stop, but now they can’t find a way to beat Russia and now they try to make use of athletes.”- Yulia Efimova, Russia

Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova who has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism from fellow athletes and viewers, reacted to the finger-wagging and boos that she has been getting. While claiming that she stopped using meldonium before it was banned, the Russian said that this was all a part of a new propaganda war, a new Cold war of sorts that was using the drug abuse scandals to make villains out of the Russian athletes. 

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“He was not a top athlete. Maybe he was lucky.’’- Georgii Zantaraia, Ukraine

There are some smug winners, and then there are some bad losers. Former world judo champion Georgii Zantaraia (L) of Ukraine was not very happy after losing to Sergiu Oleinic (R) of Portugal in their 66-kg match and lashed out at his opponent with his words.

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