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  • A former slave and two-time Olympian just became an Airman

    02/27/2018 9:40:16 AM PST · by Freeport · 21 replies
    We Are The Mighty ^ | Feb. 26, 2018 | Airman 1st Class Dillon Parker
    After enduring countless hardships and overcoming unimaginable obstacles, Airman 1st Class Guor Maker, a dental assistant currently in technical training, found his way out of war-torn South Sudan, Africa and into the U.S. nearly 20 years ago.SurvivingAs one of roughly 20,000 children uprooted by the gruesome Second Sudanese Civil War, Maker’s childhood was far from normal. After losing 28 family members, including eight of his nine siblings, 8-year-old Maker set out on foot from South Sudan to live with his uncle.“The country I came from was torn apart by war,” said Maker. “It was all I knew growing up,...
  • Muslim American Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad was asked to remove her hijab for SXSW

    03/12/2016 3:00:31 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 25 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 03/12/2016 | LAURA BULT
    A Muslim-American fencing powerhouse will proudly become the first U.S. Olympian to wear a hijab, but she was asked to take off the religious head covering while posing for an I.D. photo at SXSW. Ibtihaj Muhammad, the world champion fencer who has become a Muslim-American icon and an outspoken critic of Donald Trump’s Islamophobic policies, tweeted Saturday that she was asked to take off her hijab while registering for the tech festival in Austin, Tex. “Even after I explained it was for religious reasons, he insisted I had to remove my hijab for the photo to receive my badge,” Muhammad...
  • U.S. Olympian's Secret Life As Las Vegas Escort (Possibly NSFW)

    12/20/2012 12:30:43 PM PST · by servo1969 · 61 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 12-20-2012 | TSG
    DECEMBER 20---A three-time U.S. Olympian whose illustrious running career has included a Nike TV commercial, a swimsuit calendar, and ongoing promotional work for Disney has spent the last year doubling as a $600-an-hour call girl, an astounding secret life that she now regretfully calls a “huge mistake.” Beginning last December, Suzy Favor Hamilton, 44, has worked with one of Las Vegas’s premier escort services, booking scores of “dates” in Sin City and other U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.While Favor Hamilton (seen at right) has used an alias, “Kelly Lundy,” when working as an escort, she inexplicably shared...
  • Bruce Jenner Is 'Transitioning into a Woman,' Source Confirms to PEOPLE

    01/30/2015 10:45:48 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 156 replies
    People ^ | 1/30/2015 | AILI NAHAS
    His changing look has been a much-buzzed-about topic for months, and now PEOPLE has confirmed that Bruce Jenner has been quietly making a very personal change. The former Olympian will soon be living life as female. "Bruce is transitioning to a woman," says a source close to the family. "He is finally happy and his family is accepting of what he's doing. He's in such a great space. That's why it's the perfect time to do something like this." And according to a different Jenner insider, the 65-year-old reality star is filming his momentous journey, to be shared with viewers...
  • Michael Phelps sex scandal: Troubled Olympians girlfriend was born a man!

    11/20/2014 3:51:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    Radar Online ^ | 11/19/14
    Before he checked into rehab in September, Michael Phelps was having a steamy affair with much older blonde, Taylor Lianne Chandler. But the most shocking aspect of their relationship wasn’t the 12-year age difference. can exclusively reveal that Chandler, 41, was actually born a man! Chandler, born David Roy Fitch, tells Radar in an exclusive interview that she was an intersex baby.
  • Olympic skater Scott Hamilton stumps for Romney

    10/18/2012 1:08:22 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies ^ | October 18, 2012 | Robyn Keriazes
    EXETER — Some came for the politics, some came for the skating and others came just to see what the commotion was about. Olympic gold medalist figure skater Scott Hamilton spoke at the Rinks at Exeter on Wednesday afternoon as his last stop on a New Hampshire tour endorsing Mitt Romney for president. "It's difficult because as a figure skater you want everybody to like you, and when you stand up here only half of (the) people like you," said Hamilton, "but I feel very strongly about this."
  • Batman killed in NT car crash

    06/26/2012 5:51:00 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 32 replies
    AUSTRALIAN Olympian Daniel Batman has been killed in a car crash on a remote Northern Territory highway, southeast of Darwin.The 31-year-old was driving on the Arnhem Highway when his car veered off the road about midnight on Monday, the NT News reported. Debris including side panels, a front bumper, shocks and the engine - strewn 100m along the road - was seen by a passing motorist about 7am. Batman was once married to fellow sprinter and Hockeyroo Nova Peris and the couple have two children. He was based in Canberra and was in the Top End visiting his children after...
  • Olympian Jenny Thompson Attacked In Brookline

    06/30/2010 8:06:01 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    CBS Broadcasting Inc ^ | June 30, 2010
    BROOKLINE (WBZ) Olympic gold medalist Jenny Thompson was attacked in Brookline on Monday. Thompson, who won 12 medals in swimming in four Olympics, was riding her Vespa scooter just before 10 p.m. when she was approached by a car. According to a police report, "two dark-skinned black males, approximately 5'7"" got out of the car and approached Thompson. "I didn't register what was going on and I said 'Your lights are out.' And the guy was like , 'What about your lights?' and proceeded to punch me in the face… then pushed me down and tried to take my scooter,"...
  • Only one American Olympian truly made us proud

    02/26/2006 9:52:49 PM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 8 replies · 838+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | Feb 26, 2006 | Tom Archdeacon
    TURIN, Italy | Bode Miller was a bust. Mike Modano proved to be a big-time whiner. Chad Hedrick was too full of himself and Shani Davis came off as a guy who thought only of himself. Then there was snowboarder Jeret Peterson, who was enough of a screw-up that the U.S. Olympic Committee packed him on a plane and sent him straight back home to Idaho. As the Olympics wind down today, you can't overlook the American athletes who didn't comport themselves well at these Winter Games. But if you watch tonight's closing ceremony, you can rid yourself of any...
  • Woman plays defense in men's game (Two-time USA Olympian hockey star Angela Ruggerio)

    01/31/2005 1:10:06 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 39 replies · 1,389+ views
    Associated Press story on Yahoo! ^ | January 29th, 2005 | Kelly Kurt
    Woman plays defense in men's game By KELLY KURT, Associated Press Writer January 29, 2005 TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Angela Ruggiero would be happy to put off her preparation for the next Olympics for another shot at playing in a men's professional hockey match. The two-time Olympian became the first woman to make more than a token appearance at a position other than goalie in a U.S. men's professional hockey game, playing defense and getting an assist Friday night for the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League. Ruggiero said Title IX, the federal law that bars sex discrimination in...
  • Florida Wreck Kills Two, Including Mom of Olympian; Texas Track Coach Injured

    12/26/2002 5:46:02 PM PST · by TLBSHOW · 3 replies · 337+ views
    AP ^ | 12/26/2002 | AP
    Florida Wreck Kills Two, Including Mom of Olympian; Texas Track Coach Injured. AUSTIN (AP) - Texas women's track coach Beverly Kearney was critically injured in a car accident in Florida that killed a university staff member and the mother of former world champion sprinter and Olympic medalist Michelle Freeman on Thursday. Killed were Ilrey A. Sparks, 40, of Austin, an academic counselor for women's athletics at UT, and Freeman's mother, Muriel Wallace, 63, who also lived in Austin. Kearney, 44, had emergency surgery for back injuries at Shands Jacksonville hospital later in the day, University of Texas officials said. According...