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  • 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...
  • Jihadi Airport Bombers To Putin: 'We coming for your 2014 Olympics, bro!'

    01/25/2011 1:26:17 AM PST · by Yehuda · 32 replies
    JewPoint ^ | 01/25/11 | Jewpoint
    Six days after Putin's puppet President Medvedev made his first-ever visit to and repledged Russia's support for a new jihadi cancer to be implanted in Israel, Abbas' fellow koranimals from Chechnya blew up the airport outside of Moscow, killing 35 and wounding over 150. Along with our condolences, and the "surprise... you reap what you sow" factor, astute readers will note that Al-Reuters had an interesting little tidbit in their "reporting":Islamist rebels [ah, how nice, Al Reuters calls them rebels....] have vowed to take their bombing campaign from the North Caucasus to the Russian heartland in the year before presidential...
  • 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...
  • Dallas-Fort Worth sports columnist likens our (sic, Canadian) patriotism to Nazi Germany

    03/03/2010 6:40:32 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies · 907+ views
    The Province ^ | March 2, 2010 | Cam Battley
    Dallas-Fort Worth sports columnist likens our patriotism to Nazi Germany An American sports columnist gets a bizarre Nazi flashback in Vancouver By Cam Battley, Canwest News Service March 2, 2010 It took the investigative skills of intrepid Fort Worth Star-Telegram sports columnist Gil LeBreton to uncover the ugly truth. Like Edward R. Murrow in pre-Second World War Vienna and London, Mr. LeBreton put his personal safety at risk to file a brave report from the turbulent city of Vancouver. Sure, Canadians seem multicultural, friendly and good-natured on the surface. But that's just what they want you to think. Dig a...
  • No snow? No surprise. Vancouver is warmest city to ever host Winter Olympics

    03/01/2010 5:47:58 PM PST · by JimWayne · 21 replies · 682+ views
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | CHAD SKELTON
    ..an article I wrote for The Vancouver Sun way back in 2003...But Vancouver has an average snowfall of just 48 centimetres and -- as most Vancouverites know -- it is rare for even that small amount to stay on the ground for more than a couple of days. Vancouver's lack of snow will have no practical impact on the Games.
  • Vancouver: Mutton Dressed as Lamb

    02/26/2010 4:23:10 AM PST · by Loyalist · 13 replies · 699+ views
    Pravda Online ^ | February 26, 2010 | Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
    We all knew it weeks before the game started, with accusations about doping being levelled at Russian athletes, and we all saw it on day one of the games, with the death of a Georgian athlete on a corner which miraculously was elevated the following day. Vancouver is not fit to hold the Winter Olympics. Far from being a question of sour grapes, Russian commentators were already expressing their reservations as to the integrity of the Vancouver Lobby being able to host the Olympic Games weeks before the start. After all the IOC was starting to fire off in all...
  • Gay rights group to launch complaint over 'homophobic' comments by RDS (TV Sports) analysts

    02/21/2010 4:37:36 AM PST · by Loyalist · 37 replies · 1,658+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | February 21, 2010 | Jessica Murphy/Canadian Press
    MONTREAL - A Quebec gay rights group plans to file a complaint Monday with the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council over comments made at the Olympics by two announcers on French-language sports channel RDS. The Quebec council of gays and lesbians says it wants a public apology for remarks it deems homophobic from veteran sportscasters Claude Mailhot and Alain Goldberg earlier this week. The remarks came during an RDS Olympic broadcast of the men's figure skating competition. Mailhot, a former provincial assistant deputy minister, and Goldberg, were discussing the skating of Johnny Weir, the flamboyant 23-year-old and three -time U.S. champion...
  • Peaceful protest sours as 'criminal element' takes over streets

    02/15/2010 3:47:49 AM PST · by myknowledge · 19 replies · 607+ views
    The Province ^ | February 14, 2010 | Lena Sin and John Colebourn
    Bystanders and Olympic revellers expressed disgust Saturday as they watched 200 anti-Games protesters storm downtown Vancouver and smash windows, knock over newspaper boxes and spray-paint transit buses, cars and postboxes. Curious passersby who followed the demonstration said the protesters crossed the line with violence and vandalism. "These guys are lucky they have the opportunity to voice their opinions -- and I think when they try to interrupt a police barricade and they have machine guns, they should back off, realize they have the freedom to express their opinions, but leave it at that," said Greg Smith, who followed the protest....
  • Morning Bell: Global Warming – Is There Anything It Can’t Do?

    02/13/2010 10:58:08 PM PST · by myknowledge · 7 replies · 300+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | February 11, 2010 | Conn Carroll
    Tomorrow, NBC (which is owned by General Electric) will begin broadcasting the 2010 Winter Olympics from Vancouver, Canada. Only two events are scheduled for the opening day (alpine skiing and ski jumping), but even those events will be difficult to pull off. Why? There is no snow in Vancouver. And International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge knows exactly what is to blame: global warming. Rogge tells AFP: “Global warming of course is a worry, it is a worry for the entire world.” Considering that NBC/GE was a target of TARP bailout cash, received billions in loan guarantees from the Obama...
  • Seven people arrested in police protests

    02/13/2010 4:26:28 PM PST · by myknowledge · 15 replies · 724+ views
    Vancover Sun ^ | February 13, 2010 | Rebecca Lindell
    VANCOUVER - Police arrested seven people in downtown Vancouver Saturday after an anti-Olympic protest turned violent, prompting officers to promise to clamp down on "criminal protests." Protesters threw objects at police, spray painted cars and transit buses and intimidated pedestrians as they proceeded down Georgia street past Granville, said police spokeswoman Jana McGuinness. The protesters also broke windows at retailers including The Bay. "About half the group today were criminals intent on committing violent acts including damage to property, including assaulting passersby," said Chief Constable Jim Chu. ""Because of those actions...the Vancouver police commander on the scene decided to move...
  • Lighting of 2010 Winter Olympic Flame Suffers Cauldron Malfunction in Vancouver - Video 2/12/10

    02/13/2010 7:55:12 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 16 replies · 4,327+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | February 13, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video from last night of the lighting of the Olympic Flame at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. Things did not go off smoothly, with one of the four legs of the Olympic Cauldron failing to emerge from the stadium floor. As a result, only three of four planned lighters of the flame were able to participate: As Rick Hansen wheeled into the arena holding the torch, a collective gasp emerged as people assumed it would be him, only to be foiled when Catriona Le May Doan took the flame forward to Steve Nash, who ran...
  • Australia And Winter Olympic Gold

    02/13/2010 7:36:36 AM PST · by TonyfromOz · 1 replies · 139+ views
    PA Pundits International ^ | 13 February 2010 | TonyfromOz
    Australia with its small population base consistently performs well on the World Sports arena in most Sports. This is ably demonstrated by its ranking as the eighth highest Olympic Medal winner in both the overall total, and eighth also in numbers of Gold medals. Because it is consistently warm to hot all year round, there is a distinct lack of facilities and venues for Winter Sports, so most athletes get their Winter Sports training outside of Australia, and they also do well in that arena also. Even though Australia has competed at 16 of the 20 Winter Games till now,...
  • Washington Border Area Is Bracing for Games

    01/16/2010 9:24:14 PM PST · by Cindy · 15 replies · 645+ views
    NYTIMES.com ^ | January 16, 2010 | William Yarley
    BELLINGHAM, Wash. — SNIPPET: "The goal, officials say, is to be ready for any emergency that might be magnified by having the Olympics and a few hundred thousand visitors next door, whether a terrorist attack, a truck overturned on Interstate 5 near the border or disruptions from the big winter storms that often pound the region."
  • NBC plans 835 hours of Winter Olympic coverage

    01/15/2010 4:38:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 831+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/15/10 | AP
    NEW YORK – NBC will spread 835 hours of coverage of the Vancouver Olympics over five networks and its Olympic Web site, all of it in high definition. The network announced the numbers Thursday, saying it will be the most total hours ever for a Winter Olympics, and more than the last two Winter Games combined. Coverage starts with Opening Ceremonies on Feb. 12. In addition to NBC, programming will be on the USA Network, MSNBC, CNBC and Universal HD.
  • Winter Olympics: The Big Bust

    12/23/2009 9:53:26 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies · 4,142+ views
    Forbes ^ | December 16, 2009 | Michael Ozanian
    The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver is going to be a financial disaster that should serve as a wake up call to sports executives ...spending on sports sponsorships and advertising--is very bad. NBC... is going to lose about $200 million on Vancouver... Over the past five years the operational costs of the 2010 Winter Games has mushroomed from $1.3 billion to almost $2 billion. Vancouver is going to take it on the chin as declining sponsorship and tourism revenue ...
  • Intrawest may be close to loan default: report

    12/23/2009 9:24:36 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies · 751+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | December 23, 2009
    VANCOUVER - ski resort giant Intrawest ULC may default on a US $1.4 billion loan and is in talks with lenders about debt repayment options. Intrawest may be pushed closer to default if it fails to make a US$524 million payment due Wednesday. The Vancouver-based company which operates some 2010 Winter Olympics venues in British Columbia, is owned by private equity firm Fortress Investment Group LLC of New York. Fortress scrambled to refinance the loan after Intrawest, which holds the debt, was pushed to the brink of creditor protection. In November Intrawest said it agreed to sell one of its...
  • Vancouver Mired in Deadly Gang Warfare

    07/06/2009 9:16:55 AM PDT · by NorwegianViking · 21 replies · 1,244+ views
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 4 (UPI) -- A brutal gang war is being waged in and around Vancouver as the Canadian city prepares for the 2010 Winter Olympics, authorities say. Jim Chu, the chief police constable in Vancouver, said at least 18 young people have been killed in 2009 to date in gangland violence, including attacks in broad daylight, the Chicago Tribune reported online Saturday. "Let's get serious. There is a gang war, and it's brutal. What we have seen are new rules of engagement for the gangsters," Chu said. Pat Fogarty of British Columbia's Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit...
  • Gay athletes to get Whistler 'safe space'

    05/09/2009 8:44:31 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 44 replies · 2,406+ views
    Vancouver Sun ^ | May 9, 2009 | Jeff Lee
    Canadian athletes at the 2010 Winter Games will have Canada House. Russians will have Russia House. The Dutch, Holland House. And now, gay and lesbian athletes will have Pride House. For the first time in Olympic history, gay and lesbian athletes will have a place to go to relax and watch events, and meet friends. On Friday, a group called GayWhistler announced it will set up a special club house in partnership with the Pan Pacific Whistler Village hotel. The free facility will be open to homosexual athletes, their families, friends and fans. It will offer a lounge, television screens...
  • Could the 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS BE cancelled? (needs bailout?)

    01/12/2009 10:07:03 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 1,351+ views
    Monday, January 12, 2009 Could the 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS BE cancelled? A BILLION DOLLAR BAILOUT IS NEEDED! Will RUSSIA BAIL THEM OUT? Vancouver taxpayers are on the hook for the entire billion-dollar Olympic Athletes' Village project after the lender cut off funding to the troubled development, Mayor Gregor Robertson said Friday. Now, the city is scrambling to renegotiate its deal with Fortress Investment Group before Feb. 15, when the money flow is to evaporate and construction will be halted unless a new deal is in place. "The Olympic village is a billion-dollar project, and the city taxpayers are on the...
  • How to Stop Putin

    08/14/2008 11:21:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies · 214+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, August 14, 2008 | Charles Krauthammer
    We are not without resources. There are a range of measures to be deployed if Russia does not live up to its cease-fire commitments: Suspend the NATO-Russia Council established in 2002 to help bring Russia closer to the West. Make clear that dissolution will follow suspension. The council gives Russia a seat at the NATO table. Message: Invading neighboring democracies forfeits the seat.Bar Russian entry to the World Trade Organization.Dissolve the G-8. Putin's dictatorship long made Russia's presence in this group of industrial democracies a farce, but no one wanted to upset the bear by expelling it. No need to....
  • 4,000 to lose homes to Vladimir Putin’s Winter Olympics

    03/22/2008 6:47:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies · 687+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | March 23, 2008 | Mark Franchetti
    More than 4,000 people are facing eviction to make room for the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, according to campaigners, who say that many will receive little or no compensation. “My family has lived on this land for five generations,” said Dmitry Drofichev, a farmer. “We are being offered a fraction of what the land is worth. They’ll have to bulldoze me and the house to make me move.” The authorities have already begun forcibly removing people from areas where Olympic facilities are to be built. Fifteen families of refugees from a war in the...
  • Sochi to host 2014 Winter Olympics

    07/05/2007 8:27:57 AM PDT · by Webby_surfer · 6 replies · 419+ views
    Russia-IC ^ | 5.07.2007 | Natalya L.
    The Russian resort city Sochi will host 2014 Winter Olympic Games, as the head of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge has reported. In the final round Sochi beat Pyeongchang of South Korea by 4 votes with 51 votes going to Russia and 47 – to South Korea.
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 5.17.06

    05/17/2006 4:55:04 PM PDT · by GretchenM · 253 replies · 3,725+ views
    yahoo.com, whitehouse.gov, breitbart.com ^ | Wednesday May 17, 2006 | GretchenM
    President Bush signed a $70 billion tax-cut package, and honored the 2006 United States Winter Olympic and Paralympics Teams, both events being held on the South Lawn at the White House. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee. Some details here; note bias in article title. There are some late photos from last evening's dinner that the president and first lady hosted for Australia's Prime Minister, John Howard, and his wife, Janette. Tony Snow's press briefing today (transcript and video). Welcome to Sanity Island!
  • Winter athlete in nude photo mess

    03/02/2006 8:54:27 AM PST · by Kurt_Hectic · 29 replies · 969+ views
    www.aftenposten.no ^ | 02 Mar 2006, 16:38 | Aftenposten's Norwegian reporter Nicolai Heyerdahl - Aftenposten English Web Desk Jonathan Tisdall
    One of Norway's male athletes at the Winter Olympics in Torino lost his concentration after matching racy photos from a woman with one of his own. The athlete received a series of increasingly immodest photos from a woman via mobile phone, newspaper Dagbladet reports. "Unfortunately he did something stupid. He answered with a similar photo. Not exactly a bright move," the athlete's trainer told the newspaper. The trouble started when the woman suddenly said she was offended by the picture and reportedly contacted various media offering to sell the nude photo of the Olympic star. "Our man was clearly affected,...
  • Winter Olympics Tough Sledding for NBC

    02/25/2006 9:21:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 560+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/06 | David Bauder - ap
    NEW YORK - Halfpipe star Shaun White showed up for an interview with NBC's Bob Costas as an Olympic champion, the pressure lifted from his shoulders and clearly juiced by his new jewelry. So "The Flying Tomato" decided to test the power of a gold medal by trolling for a date with skater Sasha Cohen. Hey, what's the worst that could happen? Chicks dig a little bling, right? White's interview shortly after his gyrating ride to gold was a memorable television moment precisely because it was everything that NBC's prime-time Olympics coverage mostly wasn't — fun, spontaneous and infused with...
  • Why Are Women Being Left Out in the Cold?

    02/19/2006 7:59:53 PM PST · by dervish · 55 replies · 1,728+ views
    ABC News ^ | 2/16/06
    Brother and sister skiers Anders and Alissa Johnson have trained together in the ski jump for their entire careers, and both are considered among the best jumpers in the country. But at the Olympics today, Alissa will be on the sidelines while her brother goes for the gold. "I'm here [only] to support unfortunately," Alissa, 19, said. "I wish I was here to train and jump, but I'm here to support Anders." The International Ski Federation has ruled that ski jumping is too dangerous for women, making it the only winter Olympic sport that has male competitors and no female...
  • Fame is like a poison, says American skiing ace Miller

    02/16/2006 12:27:45 PM PST · by Zechariah_8_13 · 27 replies · 813+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 16, 2006 | AFP
    American skiing ace Bode Miller says he can understand while some athletes turn to drugs in their quest for fame. Miller, who on Tuesday was disqualified from the Winter Olympics' alpine skiing combined event after a slalom slip-up, believes the pressure to succeed forces some competitors to cheat. "Sport was born clean and would remain so if it was about just competing for the fun of it, but the media and the public corrupt it because of the pressure they create," the outspoken Miller told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "Any athlete who isn't doing well is left in the corner,...
  • The wit and wisdom of Bode Miller

    02/10/2006 3:41:59 PM PST · by Condor 63 · 6 replies · 412+ views
    ESPN ^ | Feb. 10, 2006 | Jim Caple
    Heck, the Olympics are like that as well, a biennial triple toe loop of faith. We live in a world where people are killing each other over cartoons, so the fact that we can get together peacefully about anything -- even if includes ice dancing -- is reason to celebrate. Especially if Bode Miller is getting the first round. If you aren't familiar with Miller's story by now, how come? The skier has been on so many magazine covers this winter, you would think he personally broke up Brad and Jen's marriage. He implied on "60 Minutes" that he has...
  • Tickled by life, Boitano even enjoys 'South Park' ribbing

    02/06/2006 10:12:14 AM PST · by EveningStar · 38 replies · 9,955+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 5, 2006 | Gwen Knapp
    Brian Boitano didn't take long to guess what the first question would be. His post-Olympic life has been full, with all of the stature and opportunities that a figure-skating gold medal can confer. But one thing has kept him in the public eye more than his ice shows or mentoring of Michelle Kwan ever could. "South Park" created a cartoon doppelganger and renewed his cult status...
  • Michelle Kwan seals spot on U.S. Olympic team

    01/27/2006 6:20:33 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 13 replies · 392+ views
    The Daily Breeze ^ | January 27, 2006 | AP
    With jumps, spins and those majestic spirals, Michelle Kwan showed she is good -- and healthy -- enough today and earned one more run at that elusive Olympic gold medal. Kwan, a South Bay native who resides in Manhattan Beach, sealed the spot on the U.S. Olympic team that she was handed two weeks ago, proving to a five-person monitoring committee that she's recovered from the groin injury that kept her out of the national championships. She performed both her long and short programs in less than 12 minutes, a quick practice session, and did every one of her jumps...
  • Protesters swipe Olympic torch in Italy

    01/23/2006 1:36:14 PM PST · by roadrunner96 · 18 replies · 504+ views
    Fox Sports ^ | 1/23/2006 | Associated Press
    ROME (AP) - Four protesters briefly grabbed the Olympic torch from Italian track star Eleanora Berlanda as the relay passed through the Italian town of Trento on Monday. The protesters known as "the disobedient ones" - demonstrators associated with the anti-globalization movement - nabbed the torch and relay escort runners took it back, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. "I saw the (protesters') banners and I thought I would be able to pass by them, but they came near," Berlanda told The Associated Press by telephone.
  • Alleged Olympics Fixer: Ice Dancing "Will Be Banned" (my title)

    08/08/2002 2:19:40 PM PDT · by GeneD · 3 replies · 299+ views
    AP via NYTimes.com ^ | 8/8/02 | Andrew Dampf
    Filed at 4:50 p.m. ET VENICE, Italy (AP) -- The man accused of trying to fix Olympic figure skating told ice dancing champion Marina Anissina her event could be banned from the games because of ``the mess,'' Italian police said Thursday. According to police wiretap transcripts, reputed Russian mobster Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov told Anissina, who won the gold medal with partner Gwendal Peizerat, that she could be ``the last champion.'' The latest transcripts were obtained by The Associated Press a week after the arrest of Tokhtakhounov on U.S. and Italian charges of corrupting judges at the Salt Lake City Games. Prosecutors...
  • All hot and bothered over winter sports

    03/31/2002 2:54:09 AM PST · by ABG(anybody but Gore) · 2 replies · 185+ views
    Miami Herald | 31 Mar 02 | Dave Barry
    Posted on Sun, Mar. 31, 2002 Have you ever wondered how professional journalists cover an international sporting event? Well too bad, because I'm going to tell you. In February I spent three weeks at the Winter Olympics in Utah (``Where the Party Never Stops Until 8:30 p.m.''). I was part of the press corps swarming around Olympic events in thermal underwear, asking penetrating questions such as: (1) Who won this event? (2) How can you tell? (3) What is this event called again? As you can see by these questions, the Olympic press corps does not always have a solid...