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  • Calgary residents voted against a 2026 Olympics bid on Tuesday

    11/14/2018 8:05:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 14, 2018 | Ryan Young
    Calgary, Alberta, voters shot down a potential bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics on Tuesday, likely putting to bed the city’s plan to host the upcoming games. 56 percent of voters chose “no” on Tuesday when asked whether they wanted to pursue an Olympic bid, according to the Associated Press. While the vote isn’t official, it will likely impact the city council — which has the final say. The vote is expected to be declared official on Friday. “The opportunity to welcome the world to Canada, where people can experience the uniting power of the Games and within our...
  • U.S. Olympic Committee seeks to revoke USA Gymnastics as a national governing body

    11/05/2018 5:38:40 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 7 replies
    ESPN ^ | October 6, 2018 | ESPN News Services
    The U.S. Olympic Committee is moving to revoke USA Gymnastics' status as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, a move that comes in reaction to an organization that has botched its own restructuring in the wake of a sexual abuse case involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. In an open letter to the gymnastics community Monday, USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said "you deserve better" and that the challenges facing USA Gymnastics are more than it is capable of overcoming as currently constructed. Under its bylaws, the USOC has the power to review all matters related to...
  • [Czech gymnast] Vera Caslavska and the forgotten story of her 1968 Olympics protest

    10/20/2018 5:03:14 PM PDT · by foreverfree · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/20/2018 | Tom Reynolds
    Mexico City, 1968. A newly-crowned Olympic champion is about to make the life-changing decision to stage a political protest on the podium. Tommie Smith's Black Power salute, right? Wrong. This 'other protest' came from Czech gymnast Vera Caslavska as a reaction to the Soviet-led invasion of her country two months earlier.
  • In indicting Russian spies, Justice Department shows the guts IOC and WADA won't

    10/04/2018 2:31:33 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    The Daily American ^ | Oct 4, 2018 | Nancy Armour
    Doping is, unfortunately, a part of sport, and it happens in every country. But there is a big difference between individual cheats like Lance Armstrong and Marion Jones, and a program that is imagined and implemented by the state. A new and improved drug cocktail. Detailed schedules to ensure optimum results. And in the height of audacity, dirty samples that disappeared through a mouse hole in the official anti-doping laboratory at the Sochi Games and were handed to state security agents, who swapped them for clean urine collected before the Olympics. This is what the Russians did. At the behest...
  • End of the Olympic dream: Haunting images show abandoned venues a decade after the Beijing games

    08/06/2018 6:00:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 6, 2018 | Kelsey Cheng
    As the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games approaches, its legacy remains unmistakable from the smallest alleyways in the Chinese capital to the country's growing clout abroad. However, since the high of the capital's enthusiasm for the Games, many of the venues built for the lavish event have fallen into disrepair, leaving them unloved and abandoned. Logos bearing 'Beijing 2008' were left rusting at the deserted beach volleyball stadium in the city centre and broken statues of the Olympic mascots were left lying among trees behind unfinished buildings.
  • Ryan Lochte suspended after posting photo of himself receiving improper IV drip

    07/23/2018 4:58:16 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 23, 2018 | David Wharton
    The social media post seemed harmless enough: swimmer Ryan Lochte sharing a photograph of himself hooked to an intravenous bag, writing “athletic recovery with some #ivdrip.” But when officials noticed the photo in May, they launched an investigation that has now resulted in Lochte being suspended just days before the national championships in Irvine. The 14-month sanction has nothing to do with the substance in the IV bag, which was permitted, but rather the amount Lochte received. Athletes, who often take infusions of vitamins and other dietary supplements, are allowed 100 milliliters every 12 hours. The 33-year-old Olympian exceeded that...
  • Olympic medalist (figure skater Denis Ten) stabbed to death over car mirrors

    07/19/2018 10:57:37 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 19, 2018 | Noah Bressner
    Denis Ten, a Kazakh Olympic medal-winning figure skater, was stabbed to death Thursday in Almaty, the country’s largest city. He was 25. Ten was stabbed in the right thigh by two men who tried to steal his car’s mirrors, according to news agency Kazinform. He won bronze at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in the men’s singles competition and was just the fourth Kazakh athlete to win a Winter Olympic medal. Ten was rushed to the hospital, remaining in critical condition until he died from his injuries three hours later.
  • Team USA returns to first place in Olympics of high school math

    07/13/2018 10:47:36 AM PDT · by BBell · 52 replies
    The U.S. team won first place for the third time in four years at the 59th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) which took place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on July 3-14, 2018, with 116 countries participating. Prior to a fourth place finish in 2017, the U.S. team won first place in 2015 and 2016 in the prestigious international competition. In 2018, the International Mathematical Olympiad brought together the top math students from around the world with 615 student competitors. The six U.S. team members also took home five gold medals and one silver medal for their individual high scores in the competition,...
  • Male-to-Female Transgenders in Women's Sports (The 2020 Games are slated to be the first Olympics)

    03/22/2018 8:08:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3/22/2018 | Peter Skurkiss
    To get a feel for the level of craziness of today's world, take a look at sports – women's sports in particular. It is on the cusp of being turned upside-down because of the rise and societal acceptance of the phenomenon known as "transgenderism." "Transitioning from male to female" does not make a man into a woman. In spite of any cosmetic surgery, hormone treatments, affected mannerisms, and so on, the cellular DNA of the body does not change. A man is still a man. As this relates to women athletics, it doesn't take a detective of Nero Wolfe's caliber...
  • Adam Rippon May Be Getting A Reality Show — Why His “15 Minutes” Aren’t Up

    03/14/2018 7:40:12 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 21 replies
    Red State ^ | March 14th 2018 | Sarah Quinlan
    Adam Rippon is back in the news, this time from rumors that he is producing a reality show with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. The news is likely to ruffle some feathers, as Rippon has become a polarizing figure — perhaps unfairly. Rippon, 28, is a 2018 Winter Olympics athlete and medalist. He received significant attention for being one of the first openly gay athletes to represent Team USA at a Winter Olympics and the first openly gay male athlete to win a medal in a Winter Olympics. But throughout the Olympics, it seemed as though Rippon made headlines just...
  • The American Olympic Hero Rankings

    02/26/2018 11:14:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Ringer ^ | Feb 26, 2018 | Rodger Sherman
    A look at the members of Team USA who generated the most hyperbolic buzz in Pyeongchang, and who could keep the spotlight moving forwardThe Winter Olympics are over. We’re finally done with the whirlwind of sports we typically don’t watch, athletes we’d never heard of, and NBC packages convincing us to care deeply about both. The United States underperformed in the overall medal count—Americans won just 23 medals, our fewest as a nation since 1998, when there were significantly fewer events. (Meanwhile Norway broke the record Team USA set in 2010 for most medals in a Winter Olympics, winning 39.)...
  • Despite Political Differences, Bobsledder Manages to Have Fun Meeting Ivanka at Olympics

    02/25/2018 3:48:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | February 25, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    I hope Adam Rippon is taking notes.Lauren Gibbs, a brakeman for the U.S. women's bobsled team at this month's Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games, proved Sunday that not everything has to be consumed by political ideologies. She, along with several other athletes, were greeted by First Daughter Ivanka Trump and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders ahead of the Games' closing ceremony. There were no protests or chants, just goodwill and a fun selfie session. While she may differ politically from her new friends, their meeting was all smiles. It’s important to remember that we don’t have to agree on everything...
  • Jesse Owens, a Film Hero once again

    02/25/2018 3:24:01 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | Feb 2016 | S. Tillet
    Commissioned by the Propaganda Ministry to film the 1936 Berlin games, Leni Riefenstahl was set to showcase the triumph of German athletes as proof of Aryan physical and intellectual superiority over the rest of the world. But Jesse Owens, who earned gold in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 4-by-100-meter relay, became the true star of Riefenstahl’s film. The close-up on Owens’s face, the white flare of the starting gun, Owens’s lurch, and then his upright run past his competitors in 10.3 seconds, and the ever-so-close tight shot of a perturbed Hitler. Owens had become...
  • Gus Kenworthy slams Ivanka Trump at closing ceremony

    02/25/2018 9:06:12 AM PST · by Kozy · 39 replies
    MSN ^ | 02/25/2018 | Rebecca Savransky
  • Team USA's Kenworthy: Everyone at Olympics Worked So Hard To Make It There — Except Ivanka

    02/25/2018 6:41:00 AM PST · by usafa92 · 94 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | 2/25/2018 | Associated Depressed
    For two weeks in Pyeongchang, the Winter Olympics have mostly served as a respite from the daily grind of politics back in the United States. For at least one Team USA athlete, that changed leading up to and during the closing ceremony. Gus Kenworthy, a freestyle skier from Colorado who finished 12th in the ski slopestyle event, fired off two pointed tweets Sunday night in South Korea. After the Olympic Athletes from Russia beat Germany in the men's hockey gold medal game, Kenworthy retweeted a Los Angeles Times story with the comment, "Russia's biggest win since the 2016 US Presidential...
  • NBC's $12BILLION Olympic gamble backfires as viewers go cold on Pyeongchang Winter Games [tr]

    02/25/2018 3:50:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 62 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 24, 2018 | Marlene Lenthang
    NBC's $12billion deal to cover the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang may not see the profits the network hopes for, as the games are rated the worst ever in NBC viewership history. This year's Winter Games in South Korea saw the number of views decline by 24 per cent compared to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, within the 18 to 49 years demographic. The slump in views may have burned a hole in NBC's wallet after the network invested $12billion to cover the cream-of-the-crop competition, but had to offer free ad time to advertisers when it failed to...
  • The horrifying life of sex slavery North Korean cheerleaders face

    02/25/2018 2:59:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 106 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 23, 2018 | Natalie O'Neill
    Members of the North Korean national cheerleading squad — who have been featured gleefully rooting at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics — are systematically forced to have sex with high-ranking members of Kim Jong Un’s twisted regime, according to a disturbing report. Behind the scenes, the troupe — dubbed the “Pleasure Squad” by insiders — are forced to perform sex acts on party leaders during their trip to the Olympics, a defector with knowledge of the sexual slavery told Bloomberg News.
  • USA curling’s 'Miracurl on Ice' gold-medal win goes viral

    02/24/2018 2:33:02 PM PST · by ak267 · 41 replies
    Newsday ^ | 2-24-2018 | Neil Best
    When it ended with the United States’ first gold in the sport at about 4:15 a.m. Eastern (6:15 p.m. in Korea), more than 77,000 people were streaming the event through NBC’s Olympics website. How many were watching on television on NBCSN? It ended so late that data will not be available until Sunday for the 3 to 4:15 a.m. ET portion of the telecast. But an average of 1.58 million viewers were watching from 1:30 to 3 a.m., a remarkable figure given the hour, the sport and the channel.
  • NBC's $12 billion investment in the Olympics is looking riskier

    02/24/2018 9:38:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | February 24, 2018 | Ahiza Garcia
    In 2011, NBC paid a total of $4.38 billion for the rights to the next four Olympics. Three years later it bought another six for $7.7 billion. At the time, the deals looked to many like a sure thing. Now, they have started looking like they could end up being more of a burden than a boon. For years, the conventional wisdom in TV had been that even as younger viewers turned away from TV, live sports were invulnerable -- after all, the thinking went, people wanted to watch live sports, well, live.
  • Team USA Strikes 1st Curling Gold But Olympics Ratings Slide To 2018 Low

    02/24/2018 9:34:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 24, 2018 | Dominic Patten
    After almost being eliminated earlier in the XXIII Winter Games, last night’s all-time first gold medal in curling for Team USA was a sweeter than usual win for skipper John Shuster and crew. However, played past the midnight hour on NBC Sports Network, the victory, witnessed by a crowd-pleasing First Daughter Ivanka Trump and others from the US delegation there for Sunday’s Closing Ceremony, did nothing to help NBC primetime ratings bottom line. And bottom is the operative word today as Olympics fatigue has definitely set-in for the final stretch of the 2018 international competition for the Comcast-owned outlet.