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Twitter mocks Ryan Lochte as his teammates are detained in Rio

U.S. Olympic Swim Team members Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were detained in Rio de Janeiro Wednesday night, following their teammate Ryan Lochte’s allegations that a group of swimmers had been robbed at gunpoint. 

>> Brazil pulls 2 of Ryan Lochte's teammates off plane amid robbery probe

Lochte, who left Brazil before authorities could seize his passport and detain him as well, has since come in for a heap of Twitter mocking.

>> Judge orders Ryan Lochte, James Feigen to stay in Brazil as robbery investigation continues

Bentz, a University of Georgia standout, and the University of Texas’ Conger were removed from an airplane bound for the United States and were taken to the police station at Galeão International Airport.

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Attorney Sergio Viegas told The Associated Press that Conger and Bentz left the Rio de Janeiro airport for an unspecified location in Brazil and had yet to testify. The swimmers did not speak to reporters upon leaving, but the USOC said they will cooperate with police.

Meanwhile, here’s what Twitter users have to say about Lochte:

Brazil pulls 2 of Ryan Lochte's teammates off plane amid robbery probe

Brazil detained two U.S. swimmers and told a third that he couldn’t leave the country until it further investigates the swimmers’ claims they were robbed at gunpoint by fake police officers during the Olympic Games in Rio.

All of the swimmers are members of a relay team that included Ryan Lochte, a figure central to growing controversy. Lochte has left Brazil and is back in the United States. But the situation deteriorated for three of his teammates — Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen.

>> Judge orders Ryan Lochte, James Feigen to stay in Brazil as robbery investigation continues

According to The Associated Press, Conger and Bentz were detained at the airport Wednesday night, then released after they agreed to comply with authorities. All three swimmers reportedly will talk to police Thursday.

Lochte — along with the rest of his relay team — said they were robbed at gunpoint in Rio early Sunday.

From NBC News:

“We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over,” Lochte said. “They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not getting down on the ground.”

According to Daily Mail, authorities are investigating a possible “false communication of a crime,” which carries a maximum three-year jail sentence in Brazil.

While Lochte is already out of the country, Feigen remains in Brazil. He told USA Today Sports that he’s safe, is cooperating with authorities and just wants to get out of Brazil.

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As NBC News pointed out on its Wednesday evening broadcast, this is as much a public relations as it is a potential criminal issue. Rio de Janeiro is very sensitive to its crime issues, and Olympic athletes being robbed by fake cops — and gaining tremendous media attention — would be an embarrassment to the country. 

Reports originally conflicted on whether Lochte was robbed, and later reports show that the Rio police seriously doubt whether the crime happened. According to Rio police, Lochte and his teammates never reported the crime, and the unit only began investigating after a report from Lochte’s mother indicated that he had been robbed.

The Daily Mail also obtained video of Lochte arriving at the athletes’ village Sunday, with at least some of his belongings with him.

A judge in Brazil ordered the swimmers to surrender their passports and cooperate with authorities. So far, Lochte is the only one who is back on U.S. soil.

Simone Biles meets, gets kiss from celebrity crush Zac Efron

Simone Biles finished her time at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with an incredible floor routine and a fourth gold medal.

She also got quite the surprise — a visit from her celebrity crush, Zac Efron.

>> Simone Biles' celebrity crush Zac Efron making her heart flutter one tweet at a time

Efron has been showing his support for Biles and Team USA by sending out affectionate tweets to them during the competition.

Then Efron took it a step further and flew to Rio to meet Biles and her teammates on "Today," giving Biles a surprise she will never forget.

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Biles could not contain her joy when she met the “High School Musical” star, but when he planted a kiss on her cheek, she just about lost it.

In a video posted to Twitter, Biles and Efron are seen posing for a selfie when all of the sudden he leans down and kisses her on the cheek. Her giddy reaction is absolutely adorable and shows that, even though she’s the best gymnast in the world, she can still be a regular girl, too.

Later in their meeting, Biles got to return the favor when she planted a kiss on Efron's cheek.

After the meeting, Aly Raisman and Biles sat down with Bob Costas for their post-competition interview, but a good portion of it consisted of the girls talking about meeting Efron and their plans to see him again afterward.

While Biles, for the most part, played it cool when meeting her celebrity crush, she was obviously even more excited than she let on because, during a Facebook live event, she and her teammates were already planning her future wedding.

Photos: Rio Olympics, day 12

#Phelpsface: Michael Phelps explains angry-faced image

Dubbed the "Angry Michael Phelps Face," an image of the Olympic swimmer stormed social media before the men’s 200m butterfly semifinal Monday.

Commentators pointed out that before the qualifying event, Phelps aimed his serious expression toward South Africa's Chad le Clos, who was dancing nearby

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Competition between the two swimmers goes back to the 2012 London Olympics, where le Clos beat out Phelps in the race, earning the gold medal while Phelps placed second. 

But Phelps said he didn't mean to aim any resentment toward le Clos Monday.

"I just had music going on in my head. I had thoughts going on in my head, spitting water a little bit all over the place, so I was in my own zone," he told the "Today" show on Tuesday. "I was not intentionally mean mugging him or giving him a dirty look."

After the angry face, Phelps qualified, coming in second place behind Tamas Kenderesi, of Hungary. Le Clos qualified in fourth.

Phelps went on to win gold in the 200m fly Tuesday night, earning his 20th gold medal of his career. He has a total of 24 Olymipic medals.

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Judge orders Ryan Lochte, James Feigen to stay in Brazil as robbery investigation continues

A Brazilian judge has ordered two American Olympic athletes to surrender their passports as authorities investigate a claim that they were robbed at gunpoint by people posing as police officers during the Rio Olympic Games.

>> UPDATE: Brazil pulls 2 of Ryan Lochte's teammates off plane amid robbery probe

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The office of Judge Keylan Blank confirmed to The Associated Press that swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen were to have their passports seized. However, Lochte's father told the wire service his son had returned to the United States before the order was issued.

It was not clear if Feigen remained in the country.

Patrick Sandusky, chief external affairs officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee, said officers asked to meet with the swimmers Wednesday morning to get their passports.

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“The swim team moved out of the (Olympic) Village after their competition ended, so we were not able to make the athletes available,” Sandisky said. “Additionally, as part of our standard security protocol, we do not make athlete travel plans public and therefore cannot confirm the athletes’ current location. We will continue to cooperate with Brazilian authorities.”

Four members of the U.S. Olympics Swimming Team – Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, Feigen and Lochte – said they were robbed Sunday as they took a taxi from France House to the Olympic Village, the Olympic Committee said.

>> Related: Ryan Lochte among swimmers robbed at gunpoint by men posing as police

“Their taxi was stopped by individuals posing as armed police officers who demanded the athletes' money and other personal belongings,” the Committee said in a statement. “All four athletes are safe and cooperating with authorities.”

A police official told The Associated Press authorities have not been able to verify that the robbery took place. Speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, the officials said police have been unable to find witnesses or the swimmers' taxi driver.

Thousands of Olympic volunteers are quitting

Athletes being robbed, pools turning green -- the 2016 Olympic Games certainly haven't been a walk in the park.

But now, Olympic officials are dealing with another issue: a shortage of volunteers.

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Before the games kicked off, officials selected 50,000 volunteers to do everything from directing fans to venues to driving Olympic officials around.

But a spokesperson for the Rio 2016 organizing committee told the The Wall Street Journal that at some places, only 1 out of every 5 volunteers showed up to help out.

An Olympic official told another outlet the average overall volunteer attendance is close to 70 percent.

Even though organizers have a volunteer waiting list, it doesn't appear that's helping.

So why aren't volunteers showing up?

Some say they quit because they were overworked, underappreciated and barely fed.

One volunteer, who travels two hours every morning to get to her post, said she's overworked.

She told CBC, "They ask us to come to work really early and then hold us back when it's time to go home."

Another volunteer who recently quit told the outlet volunteers only got one small snack for their entire shift. He said, "I don't think the organizing committee had enough consideration for people's lives and welfare."

According to Newsy, some volunteers are still waiting for their assignments. The games end Aug. 21.

What time is Usain Bolt running tonight?

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt will compete tonight in the 200-meter semifinal in the 2016 Olympics.

Bolt, who says the race is his favorite, is set to run around 9:06 p.m. He won the Men’s 100-meter sprint on Sunday, beating American Justin Gatlin.

The United States has won 84 medals as of Wednesday morning  -  28 Golds; 28 Silver and 28 Bronze.

Here's more on Usain Bolt:

> Usain Bolt has never run a full mile

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2016 Summer Olympics: Here's the schedule of events for Wednesday

It was heartbreak for Women’s Beach Volleyball at the Rio Olympics Tuesday when favorites Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross lost to the Brazilian home team. It was Walsh-Jennings first loss of her Olympic career.

Today, again, the biggest viewing crowd is expected for Usain Bolt’s run in a semifinal in the men's 200-meter sprint. The Jamaican took the 100-meter sprint with what looked like ease on Sunday night, allowing him to hold on to the title of “World’s Fastest Man.”

Bolt has said that the 200-meter sprint is his favorite race.

Look for diving, track and field and volleyball in the primetime coverage on NBC tonight. 

Here’s a look at some of the events set for Wednesday.

Channels

The Summer Games are being broadcast on NBC, Telemundo, Bravo, CNBC,MSNBC, NBC Sports Network, the Golf Channel, NBC Universo and USA Network. That’s just for TV. The rest of the coverage is digital. Check here for the TV schedule.

Live streams

Streams will be available on NBCOlympics.com as well as via the NBC Olympics app. Look for the app on iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, Windows phone, Roku streaming boxes, sticks and TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV sticks, the new Apple TV via the device’s app store, and Chromecast via the NBC Sports iOS or Android app.

Telemundo will stream Spanish-language commentary through its website as well as its Telemundo Desportes apps on Android and on iOS. Again, you’ll be asked for your pay TV account login info.

Wednesday's schedule (all times are ET) 

9 a.m.: Equestrian

9 a.m.: Wrestling

9 a.m.: Volleyball

10 a.m.: Table Tennis

Noon: Sailing

1 p.m.: Boxing

2 p.m.: Taekwondo

3 p.m.: Men’s wrestling

3:30 p.m.: Mens Boxing finals

4 p.m. Women’s wrestling

5:45 p.m.: Basketball

 7 p.m. to midnight: Track and field; beach volleyball; women’s taekwondo 

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