Tribune reporter in Rio on Michael Phelp’s cap rip, meeting the ‘Oily Tongan’

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While covering the 2016 Rio Olympics, Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair has been talking with the athletes, attending the games and capturing the historic moments. St. Clair spoke with WGN Morning News Thursday to discuss her experiences.

St. Clair talked with local swimmer Conor Dwyer about giving his swim cap to Michael Phelps after Phelps ripped his own. This occurred right before Phelps won the 200m freestyle relay. She explained Dwyer was happy his cap got to win Phelp's 21st gold medal.

The reporter has also attended the Olympic equestrian races. St. Clair said the horses are "living the life" by receiving acupuncture and massages.

St. Clair also discussed her encounter with Internet sensation the "Oily Tongan," best known for wearing only a skirt over his beefy, greased-up body in the Olympics Opening Ceremonies. The reporter said she bumped into him at a bus stop and talked to him about his outfit choice.

"He wanted to bring attention to Tonga," St. Clair said.

Aside from the issues other countries have faced with the Rio facilities, St. Clair reported for the U.S, "everything seems to be great."


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