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Kevin Durant Wins Gold In Men’s Individual Basketball

RIO DE JANEIRO—Beating out Serbian Nikola Jokic by .87 points in order to claim the all-around title, U.S. forward Kevin Durant won Olympic gold Friday in men’s individual basketball, becoming the first man to win consecutive golds in the competition since Gary Payton at the 1996 and 2000 Games.

Michael Phelps Spots Estranged Father Poseidon In Stands

RIO DE JANEIRO—Immediately recognizing the booming, thunderous voice he hadn’t heard since he was 5 years old as he warmed up ahead of his first heat in the 200-meter individual medley, U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps reportedly spotted his long-estranged father, Poseidon, God of the Sea, cheering for him Thursday in the stands of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
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Athletes Excelling Past Their Prime

With Brett Favre leading the Vikings to victory and achieving a career-best 5-0 start the day after his 40th birthday, Onion Sports examines other athletes who successfully overcame their advancement in years.

  • 1986: World champion "dartist" Henry Warren wins his 50th consecutive title, well past the age at which he should be able to throw a thing at a wall
  • 1995: Though many said his best years were behind him, Nolan Ryan goes on to make one pretty fucking incredible Advil commercial
  • 1996: Laughed at by her competitors and ridiculed by her own teammates, Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller is able to win the gold medal on the balance beam at the ripe old age of 19
  • 2002: Patrick Ewing was only 40 when he retired? Jesus Christ, he looked like he was at least 60
  • 2004: Sam Snead wins the Senior PGA Championship at the age of 91, two full years after his death
  • 2007: Robert Horry hits a shot in the playoffs, someone notices that he's almost 37, makes a big deal about it
  • 2008: Though Dikembe Mutombo can't wag his finger as fast as he used to, he makes up for that by not blocking as many shots
  • 2009: 74-year-old Vladimir Guerrero gets a game-winning hit in the ALDS

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