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  • London 2012 Athletes ‘Had Really Bad Teeth’, New Study Finds

    09/29/2013 12:50:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Sunday 29 Sep 2013 | Jimmy Nsubuga
    Athletes may have some of the fittest bodies in the world but a new study has found they also have really bad teeth. Tests were carried out on 302 participants at the London 2012 Olympics and found athletes had poorer dental health than people in other occupations of the same age. Just over half of those examined had signs of cavities, three quarters were suffering from gum disease and 45 per cent showed evidence of tooth erosion. ‘Our data and other studies suggest that, for a similar age profile, the oral health of athletes is poor. It’s quite striking,’ said...
  • 'Blade Runner' Pistorius charged with murder after girlfriend shot to death in home

    02/14/2013 7:01:04 AM PST · by South40 · 15 replies
    Fox News (AP) ^ | February 14, 2013
    Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee athlete who became famous as the 'Blade Runner' when he competed in the 2012 Olympic Games, has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend after model Reeva Steenkamp was shot inside his South African home. Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours in the home, in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria, police said.
  • McKayla Maroney does her ‘not impressed’ face with President Obama (Caption Time)

    11/17/2012 1:20:18 PM PST · by raybbr · 16 replies
    sports.yahoo.com ^ | 11/17/2012 | Maggie Hendricks
    Members of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, including the gold-medal winning Fierce Five, stopped by the White House this week. They met President Barack Obama and toured the house. At the time of the visit, McKayla Maroney tweeted, "Did I just do the not impressed face with the President?" The answer is yes. Yes, she sure did.
  • Go Ahead, Imagine (Good Criticism of Lennon Lennon Song)

    08/13/2012 7:13:39 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 41 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | August 24, 2011 | Evan Sayet
    Let’s take John Lennon up on his offer. Let’s imagine what the world would be like with no countries, religions or a heaven or hell. Let’s imagine a world with no possessions and nothing important enough to be willing to kill to protect it or die to ensure its continuing. Let’s imagine Lennon’s world where all the people are living for nothing other than today. In this world, people will have saved no money for their retirement. After all, retirement is somewhere down the line. All the people would have massive debts – borrowed every penny from everywhere they could,...
  • London 2012 Olympics close with spectacular ceremony

    08/12/2012 7:03:42 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 130 replies
    BBC News ^ | 13th August 2012 | BBC News
    'The London 2012 Olympics have ended with a spectacular musical closing ceremony and the official handover to the next host city, Rio de Janeiro. The three-hour show featured some of the biggest names of British pop from decades past, including the Spice Girls, George Michael and Elbow. Games chief Lord Coe said: "When our time came - Britain, we did it right." The official Games flag was handed to the mayor of Rio before the flame at the Olympic Stadium was extinguished. President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, who declared the Games of the 30th Olympiad closed just...
  • Anyone watching the Closing Ceremonies???

    08/12/2012 3:15:19 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 138 replies
    BBC | 8/11/12 | hoagy62
    Is anyone watching the Closing Ceremonies? So far, I've seen a quite eclectic selection. I think so far, the highlight has been when Eric Idle, one of the Pythons, came out and sang "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life".
  • Team USA Athletes: 10 Christian Olympic Medal Winners Glorifying God

    08/12/2012 6:13:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/12/2012 | Christine Thomasos
    Christian athletes were a major part of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and Team USA's athletes managed to bring home multiple gold, silver and bronze medals across a wide range of sports. Although many athletes utilized their faith while training and competing, here are 10 Christians who managed to bring home a coveted medal from the Olympic Summer Games. 1. Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics, 2 gold Twitter: @gabrielledoug Gabby Douglas may only be 16, but she took the world by storm when she became the first African-American gymnast and first woman of color to become the individual all-around champion in...
  • NBC Still Ignores Romney-Killed-My-Wife Ad, But Finds Time for Obama's Socks

    08/10/2012 9:40:32 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 10 replies
    Still working hard to avoid mentioning an outrageous Obama super-PAC ad that basically accused Mitt Romney of being responsible for the cancer death of a woman, Thursday's NBC Nightly News had the gall to instead promote pro-Obama fluff, as anchor Brian Williams gushed: "Knowing a hot product when he sees one, the President today visited the U.S. Olympic training facility in Colorado." Williams made sure to inform viewers that Obama "Promptly took his shoes off, got on the mat, and said his grandmother would be proud there were no holes in his socks."
  • Sounds of Silence: Shhhhhhsh!!!!!! — Jews Were Killed

    08/01/2012 5:58:17 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | August 1, 2012 | Michael Widlanski
    There are times when even keeping silent is deemed a political “provocation.” That appears to be the view of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which has refused to hold even a short moment of silence to honor the Israeli team murdered at the 1972 Olympic games. It might offend someone. So on the fortieth anniversary of the Olympic massacre of 1972, when Palestinian terrorists killed 11 Israeli athletes and coaches, the IOC broke the Olympic record for stupidity and obtuseness by again refusing a moment of silence as “inappropriate.” It is strange that treating Jews as human beings or Israel...
  • American completes relay heat with broken leg

    08/09/2012 5:09:09 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 8 replies
    Eurosport News ^ | 9th August 2012 | Eurosport News
    'America's safe passage into the men's 4x400 metre Olympic relay final on Thursday morning was not as painless as it had first appeared after Manteo Mitchell revealed he broke his leg half way round the track but still managed to finish.'
  • US overtakes China in total, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals after US Soccer Team win

    08/09/2012 1:54:08 PM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 75 replies
    Medal Count ^ | 8/9/12 | Self
    U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
  • 'The Olympics has destroyed womanhood': Columnist provokes storm...'chestless, manlike' competitors

    08/09/2012 8:19:19 AM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 181 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 9 August 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A Turkish newspaper columnist has been heavily criticised after writing an article which said the Olympic Games is destroying the female figure. The piece - called "Womanhood is Dying at the Olympics"... soon spread around the world by saying the Games was distorting women's bodies .... 'Their breasts – the symbol of womanhood, motherhood – flattened into stubs as they were seen as mere hindrances to speed. 'I am not even talking about female javelin throwers, shot-put athletes, weightlifters, wrestlers and boxers.' He added that the appearance of many female Olympians was 'pathetic'. Following the publication of the article, Mr...
  • Kate Bush, The Who and George Michael tipped for Olympics Closing Ceremony

    08/08/2012 4:29:35 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | August. 8, 2012 | Sam Marsden
    Full details about the line-up for the musical extravaganza that will bring the London Games to an end are being kept a closely-guarded secret, but some acts have confirmed they are playing and there are strong rumours about others. Fans of Bush had their hopes raised when a new 2012 remix of her classic song Running Up That Hill appeared on the Amazon website with a release date of this Sunday, the day of the closing ceremony. The listing was later removed and there has been no official confirmation that reclusive 54-year-old British singer-songwriter, who has not toured since 1979,...
  • NBC Uses Olympics to Promote Sitcom on Same-Sex Couple Seeking Surrogate-Hatched Child

    08/08/2012 1:35:45 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/7/2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) – NBC is using its coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games--programming sure to be watched by many children around the country--to promote a new sitcom about a same-sex couple seeking to have a child gestated for them by a surrogate mother. NBC’s ads promoting “The New Normal,” and it story line about two homosexual men pondering hiring a women to have a baby on their behalf, reaches about 35.6 million viewers during Olympic broadcasts. The network has enjoyed higher ratings than expected and the most of any other summer Olympics from outside the United States since the 1976 Montreal...
  • Olympic gold medalist Brittney Reese: 'I had the whole Gulf Coast behind me' (Mississippi)

    08/08/2012 5:05:56 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 16 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | Aug 8, 2012 | AP
    ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON — After leaving the most important decision of her career up to her persuasive mother, Gulfport's Brittney Reese knew there was only one place to start looking when it was time to celebrate her Olympic gold medal in the long jump. Reese claimed one of the three gold medals the U.S. track and field team won Wednesday night at the London Games, becoming the first American woman to win the Olympic long jump title since Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1988. "It's a surreal moment," she said. "I got very emotional — you do when you're representing your country....
  • Haters Need to Shut the Hell Up About Gabby Douglas' Hair

    08/08/2012 4:23:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    xojane.com ^ | 8/2/12 | Dodal Stewart
    As of yesterday, 16-year-old Gabby Douglas is officially an Olympic gold medalist. But some people watching her compete weren't focusing on her floor exercise --they were distracted by her hair. Monisha Randolph, who runs a blog called Sporty Afros, has been dismayed with what she's seen: So what's the big deal about Gabby's hair? From what I am reading on Facebook and Twitter, many African American women who are SITTING and WATCHING Gabby compete believe her hair is not "kept." She needs some gel and a brush… Someone needs to give her a hair intervention… She has to "represent"…
  • Ann Romney’s horse won’t win an Olympic medal

    08/07/2012 9:57:11 AM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 37 replies
    yahoo ^ | 8/7/12 | Holly Bailey
    Ann Romney's horse Rafalca won't win a medal in the dressage competition at London's Olympic Games. But Romney, the wife of GOP candidate Mitt Romney, still praised her horse's "fabulous" performance. "It was wonderful," Romney told the Associated Press' Nicole Winfield after watching her horse compete Tuesday in London. "She was elegant and consistent again. We just love her."
  • London 2012: Inquiry after unofficial condoms found in Olympic village

    08/07/2012 6:45:47 PM PDT · by null and void · 28 replies
    London 2012 are investigating how a bucket of unofficial condoms found its way into the athletes' village without official consent. The Australian BMX cyclist Caroline Buchanan tweeted a photograph of the bucket, which featured a sign reading "Kangaroos condoms, for the gland downunder", and a picture of a boxing kangaroo. "Haha, the rumours are true. Olympic village." The London Olympic organisers provided 150,000 free condoms in dispensers for the 10,800 athletes at the Games, supplied by Durex which paid for the supply rights. A Locog spokeswoman said they were trying to find out who distributed the Kangaroo condoms, with the...
  • Gabby Douglas, Ryan Lochte: Why Families of America’s Olympics Athletes Are Broke

    08/07/2012 5:51:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 08/07/2012 | Kevin Fallon
    Gabby Douglas is America’s newest sweetheart. She’s also its newest millionaire. Her mother, however, is broke. The 16-year-old gymnast, who became the first black gymnast to win the all-around competition last week in London, stands to make between $1 million and $3 million a year in endorsements, and has already agreed to plaster her infectious smile on the Kellogg’s corn flakes box. Douglas’s forthcoming gold-medal payday makes a new revelation about her family all the more shocking. Natalie Hawkins, Douglas’s mother, filed for bankruptcy earlier this year in Virginia, court documents show. The Chapter 13 filing reveals roughly $80,000 in...
  • Ryan Lochte says he NEVER has one-night-stands after mother said he does...

    08/06/2012 5:11:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 5, 2012 | Laura Pullman
    A mortified Ryan Lochte is desperately exercising damage control after his mother claimed on national TV that he only does ‘one-night-stands.’ Now both the swimming star and his mother have tried to clarify that she meant to say that he only takes girls on dates as he doesn’t have time for a serious relationship. ‘She meant since the last four years I just wanted to focus on swimming, and I didn't really have time for a relationship,’ he told Us Weekly on Friday.
  • Liberals to Olympic shooter Corey Cogdell: Shoot yourself

    08/06/2012 11:06:33 AM PDT · by massmike · 35 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 08/16/2012 | Joe Newby
    Olympic shooter Corey Cogdell - a trap shooter who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games - is also a trophy hunter. After she published pictures of herself with animals she killed, liberal anti-hunting activists expressed their hatred on Twitter, with some calling on her to shoot herself, Twitchy reported Sunday. One person wrote Cogdell, saying: "please go shoot yourself in the knees. YOU ANIMAL MURDERER!! you're a disgusting human being. (sic)" Another wrote: "kill yourself please ! (sic)" Others suggested violence against Cogdell or her family, Twitchy noted. "I really hope the olympic games do something about...
  • Awesome: Usain Bolt Stops Interview During American National Anthem (Watch the video)

    08/06/2012 9:05:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/06/2012 | Kate Hicks
    I warned you all that I love the Olympics (maybe a little too much), but this is a story worth sharing. While American Sanya Richards-Ross was accepting the gold medal for winning the 400-meter dash, Usain Bolt, the amazingly fast Jamaican man who won the 100-meter dash, was giving an interview. And instead of continuing to talk over the Star-Spangled Banner, he turned around, pointed at the flag, and indicated to the reporter that he would like to watch in silence. Watch: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO So cool. As much as I love watching the USA take the...
  • Two BILLION people watch Usain Bolt's win... but none of them in America

    08/06/2012 5:03:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 6, 2012 | Staff
    An estimated two billion people around the world saw Jamaica's Usain Bolt thrash his rivals to win gold in the men's 100m final - but none of them were in the U.S., as NBC declined to broadcast the historic moment live. Bolt sailed through the semi-finals before successfully defending his Olympic title - against a field that included three Americans - at 4.50pm EDT. But, not for the first time this Games, NBC took the controversial decision to hold off broadcasting the hugely popular event until prime time, leaving millions of track and field fans outraged.
  • Al Michaels: fearless NBC welcomes London Olympic challenge (Reason for no live coverage)

    08/05/2012 9:06:34 AM PDT · by JimWayne · 42 replies
    Guardian ^ | 29 July 2012 | Robert Booth
    NBC has calculated that the TV audience for the Olympics in the US is 56% female, and this conditions what it calls its "storytelling model" of presentation.
  • Vote - Are Women's Beach Volleyball Uniforms Too Sexy?

    08/04/2012 9:56:20 AM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 102 replies
    There is a controversy brewing at the London Olympics and it doesn't involve judges, steroids, or tanking matches (we're looking at you Badminton) - it involves bikinis. Critics are claiming that not only are the women's beach volleyball uniforms too sexy, but that photographers seem to be focusing an inordinate number of their images on certain parts of the female anatomy. Are the Olympics women's beach volleyball photos too sexy? That is the claim being made by some people who find that too many pictures of these female Olympians are filled with crotch shots and close-ups of women's derrieres in...
  • U.S. Gymnastics Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas: ‘I Give All The Glory to God’

    08/03/2012 5:39:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    CNS News ^ | 08/03/2012 | By Michael W. Chapman
    Gabrielle Douglas won the gold medal in the all-around women’s gymnastics event at the Olympics on Thursday and in a post-win interview said that “all the glory” for her win goes “to God.” She also tweeted her thanks to God, stressing “may I never forget the good things he does for me.” Gabby Douglas, 16, came in first for the gold medal on Thursday after superior performances on the uneven bars, the balance beam, and the floor exercise mat. This was her second gold medal at the games and she is the first African American woman in Olympics history to...
  • Phelps - latest even [spoiler alert]

    08/03/2012 12:06:41 PM PDT · by WellyP · 108 replies
    Fox News Radio | 3 Aug 2012 | Fox News Radio
    Phelps wins another Gold, 21 total medals and 2 triple wins in the same event.
  • The Olympics Called A 'Complete And Utter Disaster' For London Businesses

    08/03/2012 10:19:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/03/2012 | Ashley Lutz
    London businesses are seeing a drastic drop in sales as natives avoid leaving their homes during the Olympic games. From restaurants to hotels, everyone's hurting, reports Samantha Conti at Women's Wear Daily. “The Olympic Games have been a complete and utter disaster. The shops are empty, the bars are empty, the restaurants are empty,” Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, said in the Daily Telegraph this week. He also said that taxi drivers have seen a 20 to 40 percent drop in their income this month. And WWD profiled a retailer that was disappointed by Olympic...
  • London Olympics' $1.6 billion investment in dhimmitude and political correctness

    08/03/2012 10:05:55 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coacvh is Right ^ | 8/3/2012 | Doug Book
    If cowardice and political correctness have resulted in endless capitulation to the whims of Islamic groups in the United States, imagine the concessions “granted” by organizers of the London Olympics to the more than 1 million Muslims living in the British capital! Here are some of the ways in which the “relentlessly dhimmi IOC,” (International Olympic Committee) has indulged Muslim nations and athletes: Against all previous Olympic regulations, female Saudi judo participants are now permitted to compete in Hijab, regardless of rules which had banned any use of head coverings for safety purposes. The Olympic Village has dedicated areas for...
  • Gabby's Gold Ceremony Question? vanity

    08/03/2012 1:09:35 AM PDT · by jdirt · 80 replies
    Aug 2, 2012 | jd
    Is it just me? I was watching the Olympics tonight in a restaurant. There was no sound. Gabby Douglas was receiving the Gold medal for her all-around performance in gymnastics. She did wonderful from what I saw. BUT when she received the Gold, she did not put her hand over her heart when they played the National Anthem. She was holding flowers in the middle of her body with her right hand and had her left hand behind her back.. I blew it off, kinda. But hubby saw it too and we both went into shock. I have never seen...
  • London Olympics 2012: August 2 results ( SPOILER ALERT )

    08/02/2012 2:54:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    <p>Michael Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley Thursday for his first individual gold of the London Games, becoming the first man to win the same indvidual event in three straight Olympics. . . .</p>
  • 2012 USA Women's Olympic Gymnastics Team - song

    08/02/2012 8:10:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    I've been searching for the song that NBC has been playing when doing promos for the women's gymnastic events. Finally found it....it's called "Home" by Phillip Phillips. Thought maybe others were searching too. The thread source link is from a promo during the team trials - pre "Fab Five"
  • Michael Phelps not best Olympian ever? So says chief of London Olympics (Lord Sebastian Coe)

    08/02/2012 7:57:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 08/02/2012 | By Mark Sappenfield
    Lord Sebastian Coe, two-time British Olympic gold medalist, revered British Olympic long-distance runner, and chief of the London Olympic organizing committee, has said the unthinkable. Michael Phelps, in his estimation, is not the greatest Olympian of all time. Later today, American officials are expected to announce the termination of all diplomatic relations with Great Britain, withdraw embassy staff from London, and issue a new deck of "most wanted" playing cards with Lord Coe as the joker. For the record, his exact words, as reported by the Associated Press, were: "He is certainly the most successful. That goes without saying.... But...
  • Even at the Olympics, athletes in the sport of shooting face questions about gun violence

    08/02/2012 6:41:12 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 17 replies
    Katie Yergensen, spokeswoman for USA Shooting, the Olympic-chartered governing body for the sport, says the team is well aware of stigmatization. “It comes hand-in-hand with the nature of the sport. It is generalized in the public, because what we do is different than other traditional sports. . . . But that’s why we are always emphasizing safety, accountability and team building.”
  • Winning a gold medal brings a $9,000 tax bill

    08/02/2012 2:35:06 AM PDT · by chemicalman · 12 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 8/1/12 | Chris Chase
    When Olympic medalists return to the United States, they're in high demand. Everyone, from Michael Phelps to a bronze medalist in judo will be sitting for television interviews, talking to newspapers, going to assemblies at local schools and celebrating with friends, family and young athletes. They'll also draw some unwanted interest from everyone's favorite bureaucrats: the IRS. Medalists will have to pay hefty taxes for standing on the podium in London. It's not the value of the medal itself that will require a separate line on this years tax returns, it's the tax on the prize money that comes with...
  • Shocked NBC viewers watch as Olympic water polo player's breast is exposed underwater (trunc)

    08/02/2012 4:23:56 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 76 replies
    It may have arguably been the first time in this summer's Olympics a tape delay would have been useful. On Wednesday NBC's underwater camera captured a women’s water polo player briefly exposing another player's breast to shocked reaction from viewers watching live at home. 'You see a lot of suit grabbing going on underwater,' an NBC sports broadcaster said after the control room cut to the live underwater swimsuit fight between Spain and the U.S
  • Rubio introduces bill to eliminate federal tax on Olympic medals

    08/01/2012 8:14:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 08/01/2012 | By Stephen Dinan
    Sen. Marco Rubio introduced a bill Wednesday to eliminate the federal government’s tax on Olympic medals, saying the levy amounted to yet another way the government tries to punish those who succeed. Athletes who win a gold medal also earn a $25,000 honorarium — and with it an $8,986 tax bill to the IRS, according to Americans for Tax Reform, which crunched the numbers. That covers both the honorarium and the tax on the value of the gold in the medal itself. The silver medal tax comes to $5,385, and the bronze medal tax is $3,502 — including $2 for...
  • Olympic ceremony gatecrasher was an Indian student who claims she was told to lead out her nation

    08/01/2012 8:11:32 PM PDT · by JimWayne · 9 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 29 July 2012 | Richard Alleyne, Rob Crilly and Jacquelin Magnay
    But Sebastian Coe, the London 2012 chairman, played down the incident and said she would have had to have gone through strict security checks to get into the stadium. "She should not have been in the opening ceremony but don't run away with the idea that she sort of walk in off the street to be able to do that, she hadn't," he said.
  • Caption Michelle watching the olympics

    07/30/2012 3:45:07 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 56 replies
    U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and former Paralympian Gabriel Diaz de Leon attend a basketball between the U.S. and France during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena in the Olympic Park at Stratford in east London July 29, 2012.
  • Olympics Highlight England's Iron Stomach for Nonsense, Ineptitude

    08/01/2012 2:06:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2012 | Rachel Marsden
    Mitt Romney and I are competing in a new Olympic event that involves proffering unvarnished criticism of the Olympics themselves. We're the Lochte and Phelps of this event -- appearing united when necessary and when it serves us both, and appearing divided when Mitt says something really stupid. Last week, I blamed cronyism for the awarding of the sole-source security contract for the entire Olympic Games to a company that failed to deliver, requiring the British military to step in at the last minute to pick up the slack. Romney took that flame of denunciation and carried it all...
  • Eight Badminton Players Kicked Out Of The Olympics For Throwing Matches (Watch Video)

    08/01/2012 2:06:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/01/2012 | Tony Manfred
    Eight women's doubles badminton players from China, South Korea, and Indonesia were disqualified today after throwing matches in order to manipulate future match-ups. After the four women's pairs had qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament, they began intentionally losing games in order to dictate a more favorable match-up in the next round. The disqualified players included the world champions from China — Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, as well as the bronze-medal favorites Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min Jung of South Korea. So why in the world would they lose on purpose? Basically, they wanted to avoid playing the...
  • Win Olympic Gold, Pay the IRS U.S. Olympic medal winners will owe up to $9,000 to the IRS

    08/01/2012 10:38:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    ATR ^ | 08/01/2012 | Hugh Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — While 529 hardworking athletes proudly represent the United States in the 2012 Olympics, any medals and money they earn wearing red, white and blue will be taxed by the IRS. According to research done by the Americans for Tax Reform Foundation, U.S. Olympic athletes are liable to pay income tax on medals earned and prizes received at the London games. American medalists face a top income tax rate of 35 percent. Under U.S. tax law, they must add the value of their Olympic medals and prizes to their taxable income. It is therefore easy to calculate...
  • Twitter Kills Account of NBC Olympics Critic, But Spike Lee Still Free to Tweet?

    07/31/2012 3:26:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 31, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I was gonna talk about the Olympics, but I don't want MSNBC getting any Twitter account canceled. Did you hear about this? Guy Adams works as a writer for the Independent. It's a UK newspaper. He lives in LA. And throughout the Olympics he's gone to Twitter and he has been ripping NBC repeatedly for its coverage. And everybody, it seems, is ripping NBC. NBC's laughing all the way to the bank because their ratings are through the roof. You can't miss, with communications what it is today, you cannot miss running into the results that NBC...
  • Olympics: 16-year-old Ye Shiwen’s swim 'impossible’, says coach John Leonard [doping claim]

    07/31/2012 12:48:23 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 69 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/30/2012 | Jeremy Wilson
    One of the world’s most senior swimming coaches has raised serious doubts about the validity of the “unbelievable” performance of Ye Shiwen, the 16-year-old Chinese swimmer. John Leonard, the executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, yesterday compared Ye’s winning performance in the women’s 400m individual medley to Irish swimmer Michelle Smith, who won gold in the same event at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics but was banned from swimming for four years in 1998 for tampering with a urine sample. Smith, now De Bruin, always denied using performance enhancing drugs. Ye sent shock waves through her sport on Saturday...
  • Michelle Obama's Olympic Escapade

    07/31/2012 4:42:54 AM PDT · by kevcol · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 30, 2012 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    When Michelle Obama jetted off to Britain to instruct the US Olympic Team on what they need to do to come home with the gold, it became apparent that America's first lady had found a way to party hearty, regardless of the pledge to forgo her annual Martha's Vineyard vacation. Call me cynical, but just because Michelle Obama has well-cut biceps from doing 15-lb curls in the White House gym, trounced Ellen DeGeneres in a push-up contest, and kicked Jimmy Fallon's butt in a potato-sack race, that doesn't exactly qualify her to dole out pointers to seasoned Olympic athletes. But,...
  • Saudi woman allowed to compete in hijab

    07/30/2012 4:46:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 30, 2012 | Michael Holden and Mohammed Abbas
    LONDON (Reuters) - A female Saudi fighter will take part in the Olympic judo competition after being allowed to wear an Islamic headscarf, or hijab, of a specific design, officials said on Monday. Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani is one of only two Saudi women to travel to London after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) lobbied the conservative Islamic kingdom to end its refusal to send women to the Games. But she had said she would only compete if she was allowed to wear the hijab, and judo officials refused, saying it would be dangerous. A Saudi National Olympic Committee...
  • Ann Romney on recovering from MS, carrying the olympic torch in 2002

    07/29/2012 7:49:18 PM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 21 replies
    State-Controlled CNN ^ | July 27th, 2012
    Broadcasting out of his native England, this evening Piers Morgan welcomes Mitt and Ann Romney for a candid and revealing conversation that comes alongside the 2012 Summer Olympic Games from London. A decade since the Romneys helped host the 2002 Olympics in their home state of Utah, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host walks the couple down memory lane: "There was a very poignant moment, when you were asked to allow someone who was your hero, to hold the torch. And you chose your wife," reviewed Morgan. "Tell me about that."
  • First lady Michelle Obama hugs entire U.S. basketball team after win over France

    07/29/2012 2:03:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies
    Yahoo Sports Olympics ^ | 7/29/12 | Dan Devine | Fourth-Place Medal
    What better way to celebrate a dominant opening to group play at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London than with a hug from the first lady of the United States? After the final buzzer of their 98-71 win over France on Sunday, members of the U.S. men's national basketball team shook hands with their vanquished opposition, gathered at center court for a brief cheer, then walked off the court to a rousing ovation from the fans at the Basketball Arena in London. Before they headed back to the locker room, though, they took a quick left and headed straight for...
  • Italian Olympic Team Commemorates Munich Massacre

    07/29/2012 1:11:47 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 49 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/7/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Italian Olympic team at the London Olympic Games made a noble gesture Sunday and stood in silence outside the quarters of the Israeli team, in memory of the 11 athletes slain in the Munich Olympics 40 years ago, Voice of Israel radio reported Sunday. About 30 Italians were present at the ceremony, including Italy's Minister of Sport, the heads of the Italian Olympic Committee and athletes. Israeli Olympic Committee head Tzvi Varshaviak and Olympic delegation leader Efraim Zinger also took part. According to an unverified report on the internet, the pilot and crew of a British airliner headed for...
  • Olympics: Call For New Rules On Empty Seats

    07/29/2012 6:00:50 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies
    Olympics: Call For New Rules On Empty Seats The sight of rows of empty seats at some Olympic venues on the first full day of the Games prompts a fierce debate. The head of the British Olympic Association has called for new measures to avoid swathes of empty seats at some of the most popular events during the London Games. Lord Moynihan wants to bring in a 30-minute rule on ticketing so that people who fail to turn up on time lose their seats. "We need every seat filled," he said. "We owe it to the team, we owe it...