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  • Who Gets the Winter Games No One Else Wanted?

    07/29/2015 10:15:15 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 29, 2015 | MATTHEW FUTTERMAN
    As choices for potential Olympic cities go, the decision that the International Olympic Committee faces on Friday for the 2022 Winter Games ranks as one of the strangest in recent memory. Back in 2012, it looked like the race for 2022 would be extremely competitive. But after exploring bids, Oslo; Stockholm; Munich; Krakow, Poland; and St. Moritz, Switzerland; all dropped out amid public opposition and concerns over costs. Lviv, Ukraine, dropped out because of an ongoing war. That left Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, neither of which holds a reputation as a top winter sports destination compared with past cities such...
  • 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...
  • Gafur Rakhimov: The Heroin Trafficker Who Brought to Winter Olympics to Sochi

    01/30/2014 1:54:32 PM PST · by Marcus · 10 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | January 30, 2014 | Mark R. Whittington
    The fact that the 2014 Winter Olympics is taking place is Sochi, Russia, a city with a mild climate that is close to the volatile region of Chechnya has puzzled many observers. ABC News points the finger to a man named Gafur Rakhimov, Rakhimov is an Uzbek gangster, according to the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, with ties to that country's regime. He has been associated with the production and distribution of heroin in Central Asia. He has ties with the Uzbekistan regime and claims to be a legitimate businessman who founded an import/export business in the wake of...
  • Europeans on alert after Olympic athletes in Sochi receive terror threats

    01/22/2014 6:17:21 AM PST · by Innovative · 5 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Jan 22, 2014 | FoxNews
    Several European countries said Wednesday that they have received messages containing terrorist threats ahead of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi. Hungary and Italy's Olympic committees said they received an email written in Russian and English threatening their athletes with terrorist attacks at the upcoming games. Slovenia said it received a hand-written letter in Russian, which was translated and forwarded to police, according to Reuters. Hungarian Olympic Committee International Relations Director Zsigmond Nagy told Reuters in an interview that the letter was also sent to the International Olympic Committee and the Russian organizing committee, but downplayed any possible threat.
  • Russia retaliates: New report says EU’s promotion of homosexuality ignores real human rights issues

    01/18/2014 4:39:59 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 90 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1-16-14 | Hilary White
    Far from backing down on its national ban on homosexual propaganda, the Russian government is going on the offensive, saying the European Union's promotion of homosexuality has led it to ignore real human rights violations, including the growth of ultra-nationalist and neo-Nazi groups. Since the bill was signed into law, Russia has been the target of a massive international campaign, spearheaded by the European Union and homosexual campaigners at the EU, to overturn it. A report on human rights to the EU by the Russian government, accuses the EU of “the dissemination of their neo-liberal values as a universal lifestyle...
  • Doku Umarov: Kremlin's enemy who aims to ruin Sochi Olympics

    12/30/2013 6:15:56 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 61 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 31, 2013 11:45AM | Roger Boyes
    HE is known as Russia's Osama bin Laden; Public Enemy No 1 for the Kremlin. Even the US has put a $5 million bounty on his head. Doku Umarov, 49, the Chechen warlord with the blackest of reputations, is assumed to be the mastermind behind a bombing campaign intended to disrupt Vladimir Putin's cherished dream of a successful Winter Olympics in Sochi. Certainly, he has set out his aims clearly enough. The Olympics, he said, were being held on "the bones of many, many dead Muslims buried on our land by the Black Sea".
  • Russian world champion condemns homosexuality (pole vaulter)

    08/16/2013 2:56:02 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 39 replies
    My FoxNY ^ | 8-15-13 | CHRIS LEHOURITES
    Pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva condemned homosexuality Thursday after criticizing fellow competitors who painted their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia. The Russian, who won her third world title Tuesday in front of a boisterous home crowd, came out in favor of the law which has drawn sharp criticism and led Western activists to call for a boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in the Russian resort of Sochi. "If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about...
  • George Takei petitions: 'Move the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia' (video)

    08/08/2013 4:19:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 7, 2013 | Evan Puschak
    Actor and LGBT activist George Takei weighed in on Russia's harsh new anti-gay policies–and the news that those policies would be enforced on athletes and spectators at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. "Given this position, the IOC must do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans, and move the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia," wrote Takei on his blog.
  • Gay Athletes Could Be Prosecuted at 2014 Winter Olympics, Russian Lawmaker Suggests

    08/01/2013 4:49:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 31, 2013 | Kirit Radia
    In Russia it is now illegal to even speak about homosexuality around minors, much less openly display gay pride. Technically the ban is against “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” around minors, but the implication for openly gay individuals is clear. Public displays of affection by gays, including holding hands or displaying symbols like a rainbow flag, are now banned. Violators face steep fines and jail time; foreigners face similar penalties plus deportation. So what will happen to openly gay athletes and fans, as well as any vocal supporters or protestors, when Russia hosts the Winter Olympics next year in Sochi?...
  • Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Security Will Be Beefed Up...

    04/21/2013 4:11:43 PM PDT · by Cindy · 44 replies
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | 10:10AM BST 16 Apr 2013 | By Telegraph Sport, and agencies
    SNIPPET: "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics security will be beefed up following Boston Marathon explosions, officials say Russian sports officials said they will beef up security at forthcoming sports events and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the wake of deadly explosions at Boston's marathon that killed three people, and injured over 140 others." "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics security will be beefed up following Boston Marathon explosions, officials say" SNIPPET: "The World Athletics Championship takes place in Moscow on Aug 10-18, and the event is seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort...
  • Militants from Russia's North Caucasus join "jihad" in Syria

    03/07/2013 10:46:57 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 10 replies
    reuters ^ | Mar 6, 2013 | Thomas Grove and Mariam Karouny
    Flanked by almost 20 men with rifles, Omar Abu al-Chechen kneels on a carpet and delivers a rousing speech urging fellow Muslims to support the 'jihad' against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Dressed almost entirely in black, the militant from Russia's Chechnya region declares an Islamist state is within reach. Fellow fighters from the brigade of foreign militants he leads translate his Russian words into Arabic. "Jihad needs very many things. Firstly it needs money. Much is dependent on money today for jihad," said al-Chechen, his nomme de guerre, the leader of what rebels and websites call the Brigade of Migrants,...
  • IS DOKU TOAST?

    06/08/2009 7:13:27 PM PDT · by Cindy · 48 replies · 1,395+ views
    OSINT.INTERNET-HAGANAH.com ^ | Posted on 08 June 2009 @ 16:36 GMT | n/a
    Snippet: "On the other hand, this would be the fifth time he's been killed."
  • Al-Qaeda Propagandist Called For Attacks On Sports Events

    04/16/2013 2:13:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 141 replies
    http://cnsnews.com/ ^ | April 16, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Although no group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s deadly bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon, a leading al-Qaeda ideologue last year recommended that jihadists in America include sporting events in their list of prospective terror targets.
  • NBCU Debates Timing of Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' Debut

    03/20/2013 6:44:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 1:14 PM PDT 3/20/2013 | by Kim Masters
    Sources say some network execs want to launch with Olympics in February; exec producer Lorne Michaels might want more time. It has become clear that Jimmy Fallon is going to become the host of The Tonight Show, but sources say an internal debate among key players is underway regarding the timing.According to these sources, some top executives at NBCUniversal are leaning toward a February launch to take advantage of the promotional platform of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Others, including Late Night executive producer Lorne Michaels, are said to have concerns about rushing the transition.STORY: Sources: NBC Discussing...
  • Could Barack Obama Have Saved The 2002 Winter Olympics?

    08/31/2012 2:40:18 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies
    Self | August 31, 2002 | PJ-Comix
    I had an amusing thought after watching again a video clip featuring Olympians at the convention last night talking about how Mitt Romney saved the 2002 Winter Olympics. And my amusing thought is this: Imagine if Barack Obama had been placed in charge of those same Winter Olympics. What would have been the result? Most likely The One would have delegated all the responsibilities to others and the Winter Olympics would have been a huge FAIL. Even most Democrats, if they were honest, would admit that Obama just doesn't have it in him to run such an enterprise. Of course,...
  • Russia foils alleged plot on Winter Olympics

    05/11/2012 4:14:25 PM PDT · by Milagros · 49 replies
    ABC Online ^ | May 11, 2012
    Posted May 11, 2012 06:41:23 Loading...Map DataMap data ©2012 Basarsoft, GIS Innovatsia, Google, Mapa GISrael, ORION-ME, Tele Atlas - Terms of UseMap DataMap data ©2012 Basarsoft, GIS Innovatsia, Google, Mapa GISrael, ORION-ME, Tele Atlas Map data ©2012 Basarsoft, GIS Innovatsia, Google, Mapa GISrael, ORION-ME, Tele Atlas Report a map error MapMapSatelliteTerrain45°LabelsMap: Georgia Russian security agencies say they have foiled a plot by Islamic militants to attack the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) said the special services had confiscated arms, ammunition and explosives - including surface-to-air missiles and a flamethrower -...
  • Olympics: Tongan luger Bruno Banani exposed as a hoax

    02/01/2012 2:15:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | February 1, 2012 | Amy Willis
    Reminiscent of film Cool Runnings, Bruno Banani, the son of a Tongan coconut farmer, was destined to slide into the history books as Tonga's first Olympic competitor in the sport. [snip] A German underwear company was helping the 24 year-old fulfil his lifelong ambition with sponsorship due to an odd coincidence – he bore the same name as their brand. Alas, all was not as it seemed. German magazine Der Spiegel has unmasked the mischievous luger, whose catchphrase was "coconut-powered", as a hoax – his identity being the clever craftsmanship of a marketing company in Leipzig. ....... Semi, an IT...
  • Why Did Mitt Romney Keep the Boy Scouts From Volunteering at the Olympics?

    10/27/2011 9:17:06 PM PDT · by ccwman · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Reach Upward ^ | FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2008 | Scott Hinrichs
    Remember the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah? Of course, that was what helped put Mitt Romney on the map nationally and internationally. Financially, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) was deep in the hole. Then the bribery scandal surrounding the bid hit the news in a big way. The foundering committee turned to Mitt Romney, a guy with a great track record in turning around failing businesses. Romney came in and made everything better than even the most optimistic had hoped. The games went well (except for the ice skating scandal) and made money. Romney, who had previously failed in...
  • Russia's Winter Olympics slips into controversy over 'Nazi images'

    05/24/2011 10:54:02 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 20 replies
    Guardian ^ | 5-16-11 | Tom Parfitt
    A promotional campaign linked to the 2014 Winter Olympics is stirring debate in Russia because of its use of allegedly "fascist" imagery. The campaign employs images of blue-eyed, blond sportsmen and women which have been described by critics as "neo-Hitlerite" and "like something from a Leni Riefenstahl film". Images of an Aryan-looking snowboarder and an ice-skater gazing into the middle distance dominate giant billboards in Moscow and feature on the cover of brochures to advertise Gorky Gorod, an elite housing complex being built at Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi on Russia's Black Sea coast. The complex is a private-public partnership which...
  • The Winter Olympics: A Dying Proposition? (Why Demographic trends portend a dire future)

    03/07/2010 1:59:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies · 347+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 03/2010 | Joseph Finlay
    The current 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada presents a confluence of sport, civilization, and pageantry -- all of which, upon reflection, are uniquely Western. With the notable exceptions of a few winter sports-loving Asian nations like Japan, South Korea, and China -- nations that have to varying degrees opened to Western technology -- the Winter Olympics have historically been a showcase for the northern nations of Europe, North America, and the former Soviet Union. Whereas the Summer Olympics dwarfs the sister Winter games in terms of worldwide participation and popular interest, the Winter Olympics features sports that necessitate freezing-temperature...