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  • Alice Coachman Davis, 1st black woman to win Olympic gold, dies

    07/14/2014 8:18:02 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    WSFA 12 ^ | July 14, 2014 | WALB News Team
    ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Alice Coachman Davis, the first black female to win Olympic gold, died Monday. She was 90 years old. Coachman Davis suffered a stroke in April, and died at an Albany hospital Monday morning.
  • 4 suspended for rigging Vanessa-Mae results

    07/11/2014 7:55:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Xfinity ^ | 7-11-14
    Four Slovenian ski officials were suspended Friday for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Competing in Sochi for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, using the surname of her Thai father, she finished a distant last among the 67 racers who completed the two runs in the Olympic giant slalom. To earn enough points to be eligible for the games in February, she had to compete in official races in Sweden, Norway, Slovenia and Switzerland. The Slovenian Ski Association said Friday it found evidence indicating that the races it hosted...
  • Louis Zamperini, ‘Unbroken’ Olympian and war hero, dies at 97

    07/03/2014 7:16:56 AM PDT · by Pelham · 17 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 3, 2014 | Philip Caulfield
    Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic runner and war hero who survived 47 days at sea and three years in a Japanese POW camp after his plane crashed in the Pacific during World War II, died of pneumonia late Wednesday. He was 97. "After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives," Zamperini's family said in a statement, according to Deadline. "His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days." The Olean, N.Y., native's astonishing...
  • San Francisco Among U.S. Host Contenders for 2024 Summer Olympics

    06/13/2014 9:03:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Jun 13, 2014
    If the U.S. Olympic Committee decides to enter a city in the selection process, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington are the host site contendersSan Francisco is one of four U.S. cities on a short list of possible host sites for the 2024 Summer Olympics, part of a lengthy and expensive process that will not result in a selection for about three more years An American bid would come from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington, if the U.S. Olympic Committee decides to put a city in the running. A United States Olympic Committee process that began 16...
  • LA Named As Finalist To Host 2024 Summer Olympics

    06/13/2014 3:40:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | June 13, 2014 1:17 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The city of Los Angeles is on a short-list of four finalists to potentially host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, officials announced Friday. San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C., landed the other three spots on the United States Olympic Committee list of potential bidders for the game following its board of directors meeting earlier this week outside Boston. If Los Angeles is chosen to make the U.S. bid, and is ultimately chosen as host, it would become the first American city to host the Games three times, tying it with London as the only worldwide city...
  • Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken severs spine in accident

    06/10/2014 1:48:12 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 31 replies
    CBS News ^ | 09 June 14
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken severed her spine in an all-terrain vehicle accident over the weekend, and told emergency workers she could not move her toes or feel anything touching her legs. The 46-year-old swimmer, who goes by her married name Van Dyken Rouen, was injured Friday. She was airlifted to a hospital and had surgery to stabilize her spine. Hospital spokeswoman Alice Giedraitis didn't provide details Monday on Rouen's injuries. She said the swimmer was in good condition. A letter from the Van Dyken and Rouen families said she severed her spinal cord...
  • Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics

    05/28/2014 5:05:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Deadspin ^ | May 27, 2014 | Barry Petchesky
    The next Olympics to be awarded, a little more than a year from now, will be the 2022 Winter Games. Rather than going to the strongest bid, the games may end up going to the last city standing—a long list of potential hosts have given up on their Olympic dreams because the whole thing is one huge, useless waste of money. Yesterday, Krakow, Poland, officially withdrew its bid for the games, a day after a citywide referendum where 70 percent of voters came out against hosting the Olympics. "Krakow is closing its efforts to be the host of the 2022...
  • WATCH: The Worst Grenade Toss Ever – What Were They Thinking? (Video)

    05/18/2014 7:16:18 AM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 30 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 05-18-2014 | Top Clip
    Yikes! During training of the cadet corps of the Units of Pacifying Police (UPP) in Rio de Janeiro last week, Brazilian police evidently thought it would be a swell idea to let this girl with zero experience toss  a grenade -- a LIVE grenade. Well let's just say it didn't exactly go as planned... WATCH:
  • IOC Says 'Totally Unfeasible' for London to Step in for Rio as 2016 Olympics Host

    05/10/2014 11:33:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 9 May 2014
    Rio's preparations damned as 'worst ever' but IOC knocks down suggestion London could be last-ditch replacementMisty-eyed fans can forget about digging out their Team GB shirts, the army of 2012 volunteers can leave their distinctive purple uniforms in the wardrobe, and Boris Johnson can stand down. Much to the disappointment of those hoping for an action replay of the heady summer of 2012, the International Olympic Committee has rejected as "totally unfeasible" claims that London could step in for troubled Rio to host the 2016 Olympics. A report in the London Evening Standard has claimed that the capital had been...
  • IOC chiefs "make secret plea" to use London 2012 venues

    05/09/2014 2:46:41 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 9,2014 | Telegraph Sport
    So worried are Olympic organisers by how far behind schedule the 2016 Rio Games has fallen, London has reportedly been asked, in secret, if it could host the event at the last minute. According to the London Evening Standard, an informal approach has been made by IOC chiefs to ascertain whether London's 2012 Olympic venues could be brought back into use.
  • Ugh: NBCUniversal Acquires Rights to Olympic Games Through 2032

    05/07/2014 9:49:14 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 22 replies
    DFW NBC ^ | 5/7/2014
    The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday announced that it has awarded NBCUniversal the broadcast rights in the USA for the Olympic Games through 2032. NBC was in competition with ABC/ESPN and Fox/Fox Sports.
  • Passenger wIelded a Toblerone 'like a sword' and demanded to be Flown to Sochi to Watch Olympics

    04/18/2014 2:27:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    A Finnish man attempted to 'hijack' a plane using a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanding to be taken to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, had wrapped two economy class blankets around his head, wearing a third as a cape when he waved the chocolate bar 'like a sword' as he walked towards the cockpit. Manselius also made a false bomb threat on the Cathay Pacific flight from Amsterdam to Hong Kong on February 14, and said he was robbing the plane, airplane staff said. SNIP He said he was trying to entertain...
  • Swimmer Ian Thorpe Could Lose Use of Left Arm

    04/08/2014 4:53:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Straits Times ^ | APR 8, 2014
    Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe is in intensive care in a Sydney hospital receiving treatment for an infection that could result in him losing the use of his left arm, Australian media reported on Tuesday. The five-times Olympic champion reportedly contracted the bug after surgery at a hospital in Switzerland, where he now lives. In February, Thorpe's manager James Erskine said the 31-year-old was suffering from depression after being found disorientated and behaving oddly near a vehicle in Australia after taking a mixture of anti-depressants and painkillers for a shoulder injury. Thorpe, who made his Games debut in Sydney in...
  • Photos Of Sochi Looking Like A Ghost City One Month After The Olympics

    03/26/2014 10:47:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/26/2014 | Tony Manfred
    The future of the Sochi Olympic venues is unclear. Alexander Valov, a Russian reporter for BlogSochi, visited Sochi's "coastal cluster" — a site that includes six venues, the Olympic Village, and the Olympic Park, all built from scratch on an undeveloped plot of land — and he took some eerie photos this week. He called the area around the Olympic Village "Dead City." The photos are a reminder that much of what was built for the Olympics has no long-term use. While a few arenas and other buildings have plans going forward — the media center is being turned into...
  • Protests break out in Brazil

    03/22/2014 4:57:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    AFP News ^ | March 22, 2014
    Demonstrators from both ends of Brazil's political spectrum clashed briefly Saturday in Rio, where leftists came to blows with a group commemorating 50 years since the military coup. More than 2,000 people meanwhile demonstrated in Sao Paulo, sending out a message to President Dilma Rousseff which read, "Dilma, listen, there will be fighting at the (World) Cup," and there were smaller protests in various other Brazilian cities. "Democracy doesn't exist in Brazil -- we don't have a majority but a slew of minorities, such as Indians and feminists, with Dilma in charge," activist Felipe Paulomo told AFP. "Our government is...
  • Living Beyond Limits

    03/18/2014 4:26:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    At 15 years of age, Amy Purdy took up snowboarding and quickly advanced in the sport she came to love and master. At 19, Amy contracted meningococcal meningitis. She had less than a 2 percent chance of living. Amy miraculously survived, but not without the life-altering loss of her spleen, her kidneys, the hearing in her left ear and both of her legs below the knee because of the ravage of the disease upon her circulatory system. But against all the odds, Amy learned not only to walk again but also to snowboard. In fact, she became a world champion!...
  • Costas In Context: His critics owe no apologies

    03/14/2014 4:23:37 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 6 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | March 14, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    Costas In Context: His critics owe no apologies by Daniel Clark In a March 3rd appearance on The O’Reilly Factor, NBC sports anchor Bob Costas complained that right-wing ideologues had taken his Olympic remarks about Vladimir Putin “out of context.” Let’s see if that’s true. On the night of the opening ceremonies, Costas said this about the Russian president: “Just in the past year, Putin brokered a deal to allow Syria to avoid a U.S. military strike by giving up its chemical weapons, and helped bring Iran to the negotiating table over its nuclear intentions. He has repeatedly showcased his...
  • Bob Costas’ Olympic pink eye from ‘botched Botox’

    03/07/2014 3:02:21 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3-6-14 | Emilly Smith
    Bob Costas got his infamous case of Olympic pink eye from botched Botox, a source claims to Page Six. NBC’s prime-time Olympics host, who had to take a six-day absence after coming down with viral conjunctivitis in both eyes, contracted the infection after a Botox procedure to smooth out wrinkles prior to the Olympics. Our source said, “Bob’s eye infection was due to botched Botox. This isn’t the first time he’s had it.” NBC strongly denies that Costas — who arrived to host the games in Sochi with a forehead smoother than the Olympic luge track — developed the infection...
  • U.S. To Boycott Sochi Paralympics In Protest Over Ukraine Incursion: Sanctions are "likely"

    03/03/2014 1:18:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Time Magazine's Swampland ^ | March 3, 2014 | Sam Frizell
    The United States announced Monday it would boycott the upcoming Paralympic Games in Sochi to protest Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, as a State Department spokesperson said it was “likely” that the U.S. would impose sanctions on Russia. The boycott effectively means a presidential delegation will not be attending the games, an announcement that comes as President Obama and Congress scramble to respond to Russia’s aggression on Ukrainian territory in Crimea. “In addition to other measures we are taking in response to the situation in Ukraine, the United States will no longer send a Presidential Delegation to the upcoming Winter Paralympic...
  • Putin says Sochi Games wrongfoot critics of Russia

    02/25/2014 3:26:00 PM PST · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:09am EST
    MOSCOW - The Sochi Olympics "opened Russia's soul" to the world and wrongfooted critics of the host country, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks broadcast on Tuesday. Taking stock after Russia topped the medals table and avoided major security problems at its first post-Soviet Games, Putin said constructive criticism from the International Olympic Committee had helped make Sochi 2014 a success. But there were other critics whose jabs were motivated by "the competitive struggle in international politics, maybe even geopolitics". "They used the Olympic project to achieve their own aims in the area of anti-Russian propaganda," he said. "Because when...
  • Sochi's Long Term Economic Impact: Good Or Bad?

    02/24/2014 12:54:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/24/2014 | Andrew Bender
    As soon as the Winter Olympics draw to a close tonight in Sochi, another sport will begin: debate over whether the city will actually benefit from hosting the games. “If costs are the benchmark for ‘successful’ Games,” says Janice Forsyth, Director of the International Center for Olympic Studies at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, Canada, “Sochi is the most unsuccessful games in history, bar none.” The Sochi organizing committee spent an estimated US$51 billion on the Games, surpassing the next most expensive Olympics (Beijing Summer Games, 2008) by about $8 billion. The problem is that “rarely, if...
  • Who says Russia doesn't have a sense of humour? Closing ceremony mocks opening of Winter Olympics..

    02/24/2014 8:35:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 23, 2014 | Chris Pleasance and Mia De Graff
    From the opening ceremony with a malfunctioning ring, to police officers singing Get Lucky, the Sochi Winter Olympics have been a games to remember. But tonight marks the end for the highly controversial games, which are also the most expensive in Olympic history. Showing that the country has a sense of humour, dancers during the opening section of the show mocked the moment a ring failed to open during the opening ceremony. The joke was followed by an opulent show of ballet, circus performances and classical music, an ode to the country's rich literary history - before the Olympic flame...
  • Anybody Recognize the Opening Theme to the Closing Ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics?

    02/23/2014 6:09:30 PM PST · by Vigilanteman · 49 replies
    You-Tube ^ | 23 February 2014 | Dimitri Tiomkin
    I thought I did. Now I know I did. Why is it so hard for the blow hards on our alphabet news networks to give credit to a movie about Texas whose score was written by a Russian born American composer.Obviously, the Russians are proud of him.Why isn't our media? Just because he was a patriot in Hollywood in a time when it wasn't overwhelmingly dominated by Marxists?As soon as the opening dance becomes available on You Tube, I would appreciate it if someone would post it!
  • Australian TV Star Commits Suicide After Depression Triggered by Her Abortion...

    02/23/2014 10:07:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 81 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | February 23, 2014 | Jill Stanek
    <p>Abortion proponents push for easy access to abortion, deemphasizing its after-affects to the point they absolutely refuse to acknowledge post-abortion depression, which further incapacitates those actually living through it.</p> <p>This is such a tragedy. Charlotte Dawson, RIP, was born in New Zealand but achieved fame in Australia as a model and a judge on Australia’s Next Top Model.</p>
  • Canada beats Sweden to win hockey gold

    02/23/2014 6:34:04 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 31 replies
    CBC Sports ^ | Feb. 23, 2014 | Brandon Hicks
    The Canadian men’s hockey team took gold on the final day of the 2014 Olympics, defeating Sweden 3-0 in the gold medal game at the Bolshoy Ice Dome on Sunday.
  • IOC President Thomas Bach singles out Ukrainian win as standout moment

    02/22/2014 2:20:50 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 1 replies
    NBC Olympicis ^ | 2-22-14 | AP story
    SOCHI, Russia — Ukraine's victory in the women's biathlon relay was the standout moment of the Sochi Olympics, a powerful symbol of unity during the country's bloody political crisis, IOC President Thomas Bach said Saturday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Bach praised Ukraine's athletes for staying in Sochi to compete for their country despite the violence and turmoil that has left scores dead back home. "In this moment, mourning on the one hand, but knowing what really is going on in your country, seeing your capital burning, and feeling this responsibility, and then winning the gold medal, this...
  • Communist Party head shows banner at Sochi games

    02/22/2014 11:42:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2014 1:21 PM EST | Oskar Garcia
    The head of Russia’s Communist Party held up a hammer-and-sickle Soviet banner during a flower ceremony at the Winter Olympics, leading to a confrontation with staff over violating Olympic rules that bar political statements at the games. A series of photographs taken Friday night shows Gennady Zyuganov in a group of five men in the stands displaying the historic Soviet Banner of Victory toward the podium while medals were being awarded in three short track speedskating events at the Iceberg Skating Palace. The banner was a replica of the flag raised by Soviet soldiers in Berlin in 1945, in victory...
  • Dosvedanie to All That{US ambassador to Russia on freedom, security, Putin wanted Obama in Sochi}

    02/14/2014 7:35:14 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 2 replies
    The New Republic ^ | February 14, 2014 | Julia Ioffe
    Before he headed to Moscow in January 2012 as Barack Obama’s new ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul was itching to get out of government. He had dreams of moving back to Palo Alto. The weather’s nice, his family missed the place. But Obama had come to rely on McFaul, a longtime Russia scholar and the National Security Council’s point man on the country. So he offered him a posting he couldn’t decline. McFaul’s academic specialty is revolution—a detail that Vladimir Putin, hounded by a bubbling uprising, immediately seized on. State television vilified McFaul as the man Washington had sent to...
  • United States vs. Canada Noon ET (Semi final Live thread)

    02/21/2014 9:16:51 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 44 replies
    Hockey's Future ^ | Feb 21, 2014 | hfboards
    Rematch of the epic gold medal game from Vancouver. Winner will face Sweden in the gold medal game. Let's hope the USA can get its revenge.
  • Change.org Crashes After 1.5 Million People Sign Petition To Overturn Olympic Figure Skating Result

    02/21/2014 8:09:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/21/2014 | Tony Manfred
    Change.org, a website that hosts public petitions, crashed Friday morning after a flood of users signed a petition to investigate a controversial Olympic figure skating result. Russia's Adelina Sotnikova won the gold medal in an upset over South Korea's Yuna Kim. After the event, a Change.org petition called "Open Investigation into Judging Decisions of Women's Figure Skating and Demand Rejudgement at the Sochi Olympics" was started by a user named "Justice Seeker." It went viral in a way the website had never seen before. "The petition gained 700,000-plus signatures in just six hours and is sending traffic to our site...
  • Oksana Baiul - Open Letter to Entertainment Tonight

    02/21/2014 6:49:27 AM PST · by Borges · 19 replies
    Oksana Baiul ^ | 2/20/2014 | Oksana Baiul
    Dear Entertainment Tonight: You had invited me to do an interview concerning the Ladies’ Figure Skating results and my advice for gold medal winners. I had agreed subject to you allowing me to also use the interview to raise awareness to the more than 70 people killed and 600 injured in the Ukraine in their fight against Ukrainian government corruption. Unfortunately, you pulled a “bait and switch” on me and instead dealt with issues in your program irrelevant to anything that we had agreed to discuss. I should have known better than to trust you after having only recently learned...
  • Given Ukraine, Mika Blasts People Making Money at Olympics—But Omits NBC

    02/21/2014 5:21:54 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What's missing from this list of people Mika Brzezinski blasted on today's Morning Joe for "making a lot of money at the Olympics" while Vladimir Putin's suppression of democracy in the Ukraine unfolds: "the people performing there, the people competing there, the people sponsoring there"? Did you say NBC, Mika's own parent network? You get a gold medal! To whom does Mika think "the people sponsoring there" are paying their millions to promote their products? Has Mika not noticed that regular programming on MSNBC itself has been pre-empted by the Putin Olympics? View the video here.
  • NBC: Married with Child 'Alternative Lifestyle'

    02/20/2014 5:42:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Fox News Nation ^ | February 20, 2014 | John Nolte, Breitbart
    A revealing reminder of the provincial, bubbled leftists that run our media can be found in an NBC News piece profiling Olympic gold medal skier David Wise. NBC informs us in its headline that what led Wise to Olympic gold was his "alternative lifestyle." NBC was apparently surprised to learn that, at 23-years-old, Wise is already a husband and father. At such a young age, Wise has the lifestyle of an adult. He wears a Baby Bjorn baby carrier around the house. He also attends church regularly and says he could see himself becoming a pastor a little later down...
  • Spoiler Alert: Olympics Ladies Figure Skating

    02/20/2014 11:36:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 20, 2014 | Betsy McKay and Pia Catton
    Results in comment section
  • Johnny Weir's latest statement about more than fashion

    02/20/2014 9:26:45 AM PST · by thetallguy24 · 36 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 02/20/2014 | Fox Sports
    American figure skater Johnny Weir has made quite an impression in Sochi working as a commentator for NBC during the Olympics. He frequently sports bright outfits, proclaimed his fearlessness in the face of Russia's anti-gay policies, and painted the town red (OK, pink) with fellow commentator Tara Lipinski. But on Wednesday, with his eyes on figure skating but his heart and mind on more pressing matters elsewhere, he used his fashion and his flamboyance to make a political statement. As only he can. Here is the statement:
  • Unequal Wipeouts

    02/20/2014 6:37:21 AM PST · by Personal Responsibility · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | Feb 19 2014 | Heather Mac Donald
    In a preview of the U.S. military’s planned integration of females into combat positions, female skiers and snowboarders have been wiping out at disproportionate numbers at the Extreme Park in Sochi. Unlike traditional ski runs, which vary in difficulty according to whether they are designed for males or females, the course for highflying snowboarders and freestyle skiers is largely unisex: Females are expected to navigate the same jumps as the males. The result has been an avalanche of female falls and injuries: Of the 22 accidents that either forced athletes out of the competition or required medical attention on the...
  • Michelle Kwan caught in food fight over Obama’s Fitness Council

    02/19/2014 9:07:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 18, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Are you now, or have you ever been, a shill for Coca-Cola? A conservative think tank denounced Tuesday a nutritional advocacy group for its attacks on Olympic figure skater legend Michelle Kwan for being a pusher of soft drinks while sitting on President Obama’s fitness council, while the group doubled down on its position. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) had said Miss Kwan’s dual roles as a Coca-Cola “ambassador” to the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and her membership on the Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition were “unacceptable.” It “cannot be reconciled, since Coca-Cola and...
  • Jimmy Fallon’s second night as ‘Tonight Show’ host draws more viewers than rivals combined

    02/19/2014 4:45:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 02/19/2014 | BY DAVID HINCKLEY
    Jimmy Fallon proved Tuesday he wasn't a one-night wonder. The new "Tonight Show" host — oops, star — drew 7.4 million viewers for his second night, more than the combined total for his rivals, David Letterman on CBS and Jimmy Kimmel on ABC. Fallon still had, and will have all this week, the benefit of a lead-in from NBC's popular Olympics coverage.
  • Spoiler Alert: Olympics Men's Hockey: USA vs. Czech

    02/19/2014 12:18:50 PM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    AP ^ | February 19, 2014 | Staff
    See result in comment section.
  • Pussy Riot members attacked by Cossacks while staging protest in Sochi

    02/19/2014 11:00:43 AM PST · by The KG9 Kid · 55 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | 02/19/2014 | Jay Busbee
    The Russian punk-protest group Pussy Riot had pledged for months to seek to disrupt the Sochi Olympics, and has begun carrying through on that promise. But the group's latest attempt at a protest was dismantled almost before it began. One day after members of the loosely-connected group were questioned in connection with some suspected thefts at a Sochi hotel, Pussy Riot gathered at a restaurant in downtown Sochi, about 20 miles from the Olympic village. The band attempted to begin performing, but was set upon by whip-wielding Cossack militiamen.
  • How Norway Scores So Much Olympic Gold

    02/19/2014 10:29:51 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 23 replies
    Wall Street journal ^ | feb 8th, 2014 | Wall Street journal
    In addition to physical work on the farm in the afternoons, weekends and holidays, he was regularly charged with what his father refers to as "incredibly boring stuff," like picking stones from a field, just to improve his psyche. Every time he hurt himself, his father would tease him until he stopped crying. Eventually, he came to believe pain is cool. "My father taught me at an early age to tackle pain—I think that's my strength. I can go for hours in pain without giving up," he said.
  • Bipartisan Bills Want Olympic Medals to be Tax-Exempt (Why there will never be tax reform)

    02/19/2014 9:45:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 19, 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Both chambers of Congress have introduced legislation to keep 2014 Olympic medalists and beyond from having to pay taxes on their newly acquired metals. The Senate version, introduced by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), is co-sponsored by Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chuck Shumer (D-N.Y.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and John Hoeven (R-N.D.).
  • The Olympic Games, where feast and famine collide

    02/19/2014 9:41:05 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/19/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Tap water that looks like urine? Soiled toilet paper that you can’t flush? Unfinished hotel rooms? Pillows you have to surrender to the athletes? The most expensive Olympic Winter Games in world history is looking to be waste gone wild in an obscene expenditure of an estimated $51 BILLION, money that could be better spent helping the world’s poor! “Critics claim that the huge cost of the Games and alleged corruption are evidence of endemic problems,” says the UK GUARDIAN newspaper that points an accusatory finger at Sochi. (1) The huge outlay for the “RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre, $265 million,...
  • Spoiler Alert: Olympics Men's Hockey Result: Russia vs. Finland

    02/19/2014 7:32:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 19, 2014 | Staff
    Result in Comment section
  • U.S. Naval ship assigned to Sochi runs aground while refueling and is out of commission

    02/18/2014 11:20:52 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 58 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Graham Watson
    One of the Naval warships assigned to the Black Sea for U.S. protection during the Sochi Winter Olympics ran aground last Wednesday in a Turkish port as it was attempting to refuel. The port was 240 miles from Sochi.
  • Why Sochi is Not Lake Placid

    02/18/2014 4:42:41 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 38 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | Februry 18, 2014 | Craig Shirley
    Try as they might, some commentators during the U.S.-Russian hockey game could not muster much credible moral argument for making a comparison between Sochi of 2014 and Lake Placid of 1980. Of course, we all wanted the US team to win this time, just like in 1980. But as part of a larger world morality play, it pales to near nothingness in comparison. President Obama immediately moved to seize a political advantage, sending out a tweet claiming to “never stop believing in miracles.” The president’s grasp of history is self-evidently weak and self-serving. Back then, the joy of the American...
  • Extreme Park Crashes Taking Outsize Toll on Women

    02/18/2014 1:32:57 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 18, 2014 | JOHN BRANCH
    ... Through Monday night, a review of the events at the Extreme Park counted at least 22 accidents that either forced athletes out of the competition or, if on their final run, required medical attention. Of those, 16 involved women. The injury rate is higher when considering that the men’s fields are generally larger. The question, a difficult one, is why. The Winter Games have always had dangerous events. But the Extreme Park, as the name suggests, is built on the ageless allure of danger. All of the events there have been added to the Olympic docket since 1992, each...
  • When Sportsmanship Trumps Cereal Boxes

    02/18/2014 3:53:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    There are those who are champions on courses of competition. Then there are those who are victors in their caliber of character, too. In our often wayward world, the latter ought to be given not just a gold medal but a golden crown. Being dead last is never fun. I would imagine that it is particularly painful if you've trained like a world champion, traveled halfway around the world and are competing at the Winter Olympics. Roberto Carcelen of Peru was racing in a 15-kilometer cross-country skiing event. One unique hurdle he had, however, was that he was competing with...
  • Discrimination Olympics: Meddling with Muslims in Sochi

    02/17/2014 7:20:20 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 23 replies
    Aljazeera via Yahoo! ^ | Khaled A Beydoun
    Sochi's more than 20,000 Muslims helped build the infrastructure and stages for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, where Muslim athletes from a range of participating nations will compete within these multi-million-dollar stadia, slopes, and structures, vying for gold and the glory that comes with Olympic victory. However, for Muslims in Sochi, the rampant Islamophobia has cast a shadow of concern and danger during these Olympic Games. Coverage of the Sochi games mentions Islam and Muslims exclusively in the form of terrorist threat , head-scarved " black widows ", and, the familiar conflation of religious observance with national security concerns....
  • Italian gay activist briefly detained in Sochi (former Italian Communist lawmaker)

    02/17/2014 7:25:47 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 22 replies
    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — An Italian gay-rights activist says she was detained by police in the Olympic host city after being stopped while carrying a rainbow flag saying "Gay is OK" in Russian. Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament who has become a prominent transgender rights crusader, said on her website and Twitter feed that she was held for several hours Sunday before being released. It was not known if she was charged with any offense. Her website published a photograph of her after her release. Before her arrest, she tweeted: "I'm in Sochi. Greetings in...