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  • '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...
  • Olympic anti-China conspiracy afoot? Some Chinese think so

    08/09/2012 8:06:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/09/2012 | William Wan
    BEIJING — China may lead the Olympic gold medal tally in London, but some Chinese still apparently believe the rest of the world is ganging up on their country. Several Chinese state-run media outlets alleged Wednesday that a conspiracy may be afoot in London following a string of controversies involving Chinese athletes. The latest incident to infuriate the Chinese occurred this week when judges awarded a Brazilian gymnast gold over the largely favored Chinese competitor Chen Yibing, known in China as the “King of Rings.” “Anger grows over alleged Olympic bias,” blared the front page of China’s government-owned Global Times...
  • Olympics Offer More Proof that Central Planning is a Bad Idea

    08/09/2012 5:26:29 AM PDT · by Tallguy · 6 replies ^ | 8/9/12 | Simon Black
    (Snip) There’s only one way to buy London Olympic tickets– through the ’official’ office that’s controlled by the government. They’ve even solidified their monopoly by making it a CRIMINAL OFFENSE for individuals to resell Olympic tickets. The concierge at my hotel, an affable Italian named Paulo, explained to me that the police even came around to warn (i.e. threaten) him against helping hotel guests find tickets. Paulo directed me to the government’s official website so I could buy tickets the legal way. I quickly found out how Byzantine it is– there are all sorts of ridiculous hoops to jump through;...
  • Standing ovation for hijab-wearing Saudi woman athlete as she finishes Olympic 800m heat

    08/09/2012 3:39:54 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9th August 2012 | Adam Shergold
    'They say in the Olympics it's not the winning that counts, but the taking part. And that was certainly the case this morning as Sarah Attar, the first female track athlete to compete for Saudi Arabia in the Olympics, was cheered every step of the way in her 800m heat. In the end, she completed the two laps of the track nearly 45 seconds behind the winner, but her participation alone represented an historic moment. Attar completed the two laps of the 800m in a time of two minutes 44.95 seconds, nearly 45 seconds behind the leader Dressed in a...
  • The little miracle girl of the velodrome: Laura Trott becomes double Olympic champion aged just 20

    08/09/2012 3:36:57 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9th August 2012 | David Williams
    'She is the new darling of the velodrome. But few who watched 20-year-old Laura Trott race to gold for the second time in three days will realise how her very presence on the Olympic track is a minor miracle in itself. The blonde 5ft 4in cyclist from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire is lucky to be alive after she was born a month prematurely suffering from a collapsed lung, leading to six weeks in intensive care. This led her to suffer from severe asthma as a young girl for which doctors advised her to start swimming to strengthen her body. She was eight...
  • Sneers from the French, whining in Oz - how other nations view the London 2012 Olympics

    08/09/2012 3:14:11 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9th August 2012 | Daily Mail
    'While the British have been overwhelmed by the record breaking success of Team GB, what do the rest of the world think about the London Olympics? Here, the Daily Mail looks at a cross-section of the foreign press coverage...'
  • 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....
  • Parkinson’s sufferer arrested in Leatherhead for ‘not smiling’

    A MAN arrested during the Olympic cycling road race says he was detained for "not smiling". Martial arts trainer Mark Worsfold, 54, was arrested shortly before cyclists passed through Leatherhead on July 28 due to "his manner, his state of dress and his proximity to the course", according to police. But Mr Worsfold, who had been doing a Taekwondo demonstration in Red House Gardens, said officers told him he was arrested because he was not smiling – and he added that his face can seem expressionless due to his Parkinson's disease. "I was sitting minding my own business," he said....
  • 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
    ( – 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...
  • Aussie Sports Minister Concedes Defeat to British Counterpart

    08/08/2012 11:34:18 AM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 August 2012 | BBC
    Australia's sports minister is set to don a Team GB shirt and take to the water after resigning herself to losing a wager with her UK counterpart about who would win more gold medals.
  • The 1904 Olympic Marathon May Have Been the Strangest Ever

    08/08/2012 10:13:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    America’s first Olympics may have been its worst, or at least its most bizarre. Held in 1904 in St. Louis, the games were tied to that year’s World’s Fair, which celebrated the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase while advancing, as did all such turn-of-the-century expositions, the notion of American imperialism. Although there were moments of surprising and genuine triumph (gymnast George Eyser earned six medals, including three gold, despite his wooden leg), the games were largely overshadowed by the fair, which offered its own roster of sporting events, including the controversial Anthropology Days, in which a group of “savages” recruited...
  • N. Korea fires at Australian paper's 'naughty' medal tally joke

    08/08/2012 5:34:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/08/12
    N. Korea fires at Australian paper's 'naughty' medal tally joke SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Wednesday chastised an Australian newspaper that jokingly named the communist state as "Naughty Korea" in its London Olympics medal standing, calling it a "rogue paper" that hampered the Olympic spirit. The rare response came after the Brisbane Metro, a regional paper based in eastern Australia, labeled the North as such while describing the rival South as "Nice Korea" in its Olympic medal table. "This is a bullying act little short of insulting the Olympic spirit of solidarity, friendship and progress, and politicizing...
  • Sir Chris Hoy wins sixth Olympic gold medal with keirin victory

    08/08/2012 3:29:54 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 10 replies
    BBC Sport ^ | 8th August 2012 | Matt Slater
    Sir Chris Hoy claimed a sixth Olympic gold medal to become the most successful British Olympian of all time. Having won gold on the first night of the track cycling in the men's team sprint, Hoy's triumph in the keirin was the perfect finale for Team GB. Hoy's six golds take him past rowing great Sir Steve Redgrave's five. And with a silver from Sydney 2000 as well, he equals Bradley Wiggins's record total of seven medals.'
  • Mitt speaks the truth: Media condemn as gaffes Romney's honest statements on foreign policy

    08/07/2012 6:24:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | August 7, 2012 | James Kirchick
    Before Mitt Romney even stepped back onto American soil, the media had already concluded that his overseas trip was “gaffe-prone.” This narrative reached its peak at the end of Romney’s weeklong jaunt to Britain, Israel and Poland, when, following a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw, the traveling press corps began shouting at the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as he walked back to his car. “What about your gaffes?” one of the journalists bayed. “He’s the prince of verbal pratfalls, overseas and at home,” Democratic political consultant Bob Shrum wrote in the Daily Beast. Such conclusions...
  • 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...
  • Israel Olympics Widows To IOC: "Shame On You" - Petition Eyes London Closing Ceremony

    08/07/2012 5:45:55 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 14 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | August 6, 2012 | Joel Leyden
    Israeli Olympics Widows To IOC: "Shame On You" - Petition Eyes London Closing CeremonyBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel --- August 6, 2012 ... The terrorism which marked the 1972 Munich Olympics as the "bloody Olympics" still has a grip on the London Olympics today. But rather than witnessing guns, knives and grenades by Palestinian terrorists, we now have a front row view of the IOC being held hostage by Arab political terrorism. Eleven Olympians were murdered in the 1972 Games but one would never know it by attending stadium events in London which are broadcast to billions worldwide....
  • 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."
  • Serena Williams responds to her gangster dance critics: 'I don't care'

    08/07/2012 11:49:28 AM PDT · by illiac · 63 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 8/7/12 | LBSports
    <p>Serena Williams caused a mini-controversy when she celebrated winning a gold medal in the women's singles at the London Olympics with a gangster dance.</p> <p>The dance, which has been referred to as a "Crip Walk," was technically more likely a "Blood Walk." Regardless, she was flogged by many for her celebration.</p>
  • Black ‘Idiots’ Respond To Olympics Champ

    08/07/2012 11:16:57 AM PDT · by ZULU · 53 replies
    Daily Rant ^ | August 7, 2012 | Mychel Massie
    Color is the bugaboo that we just cannot escape – even and especially when it should be the least important thing discussed. Which brings me to the discussions that the ignorant, race-mongers are having pursuant to Gabby Douglas. Miss Douglas has won two gold medals at the London Olympic Games. But in her case, winning two gold medals isn’t enough. The obligatory focus on the color of her skin by the politically correct, is sickening, but the ridicule she is receiving from blacks punctuates the statement made by Rev. James Manning that “black people are honorless, incorrigible idiots.”
  • Olympic Political Correctness (Why I take offense at the 2012 London Games)

    08/07/2012 7:27:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/06/2012 | John Fund
    The London Olympics features 302 events. But this year there clearly is a new category: racial sensitivity. These Olympic Games are rife with examples of people taking offense, and it’s time to discuss some guardrails and guidelines before political correctness takes over completely. First, some behavior on the part of athletes is clearly out of bounds. After Swiss footballer Michel Morganella’s team lost to South Korea, he said on Twitter that his opponents could “go burn” and were a “bunch of mongoloids.” That’s hardly sporting behavior, and he was sent home for insulting the dignity of the Korean team. Beyond...