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  • Postpone or move Olympics, doctors urge

    05/27/2016 2:18:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    The letter shows a growing gap within the medical field on what to do about the Games. On Thursday, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, "There is no public health reason to cancel or delay the Olympics." The CDC's current recommendation is that pregnant women should not travel to areas where the virus is spreading and that men with the virus who have pregnant partners should use condoms when having sex for the duration of the pregnancy. "We're working closely with the USOC and Brazilian health authorities, and will update our guidance...
  • Rio Olympics to top London in supply of condoms (by 3-fold, 450,000 to be distributed)

    05/21/2016 7:01:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    AP.org ^ | 5/21/16 | AP
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- About 450,000 condoms will be distributed during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, three times more than for the London Games four years ago, the International Olympic Committee says. Part of the reason .. 100,000 female condoms will be available for the first time, along with 350,000 condoms for men. .. The IOC says the condoms would encourage 10,500 athletes and staff to practice safe sex.
  • Rio Mayor: Zika 'Not A Big Issue' For Olympics

    05/15/2016 9:34:17 PM PDT · by traumer · 6 replies
    Eduardo Paes insists that visitors to Rio for the Games will be "completely safe" despite the spread of the mosquito-borne virus. The mayor of Rio has dismissed calls for the Olympics to be cancelled or postponed because of the spread of the Zika virus. A leading Canadian public health professor last week said it would irresponsible to go ahead with the games with the virus so prevalent in Brazil. It has spread around the globe - declared a pubic health emergency by the World Health Organisation - with concerns that infection among pregnant women can lead to birth defects. But...
  • Russia 'sorry' and 'ashamed' over doping scandal: sports minister

    05/15/2016 12:38:15 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 4 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | May 15, 2016
    London (AFP) - Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko apologised on Sunday for the doping scandal that threatens the athletic superpower's participation in the Rio Olympics. Mutko, writing in The Sunday Times, admitted the Russian Athletics Federation and athletes had made "serious mistakes" breaking anti-doping rules. He said "they had rejected the principle of fair-play so fundamental to sport for immediate benefits. "Let us be clear. We are ashamed of them." Mutko's mea culpa comes just three days after he described as "absurd" allegations that Russian athletes were involved in systematic doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
  • Sochi Olympics postscript: The whole thing was a fake

    05/12/2016 7:09:38 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 23 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 5/12/16 | Dan Wetzel
    In Putin, IOC aristocrats such as Bach thought they had found their kindred spirit, willing to pay and do anything for Olympic glory. Construct lavish and ridiculous facilities that play to the IOC's over-inflated sense of worth? Check. Suck up to IOC leadership like they are all-powerful? Check. Toss a little something extra on the side to assure the voting on host city goes smooth? Cough. Cough. The New York Times on Thursday reported the latest, and most damning, proof yet that Russia did more than just host the 2014 Winter Olympics: they conspired to fix it. Grigory Rodchenkov, the...
  • Off the Podium: Why Public Health Concerns for Global Spread of Zika Virus Means

    05/12/2016 3:22:18 AM PDT · by Enchante · 15 replies
    Harvard Public Health Review ^ | May 2016 | Amir Attaran
    "Which leads to a simple question: But for the Games, would anyone recommend sending an extra half a million visitors into Brazil right now? Of course not: mass migration into the heart of an outbreak is a public health no-brainer. And given the choice between accelerating a dangerous new disease or not—for it is impossible that Games will slow Zika down—the answer should be a no-brainer for the Olympic organizers too. Putting sentimentality aside, clearly the Rio 2016 Games must not proceed."
  • Olympians Shouldn’t Swim Through Sewage

    05/08/2016 12:29:12 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 43 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | MAY 5, 2016 | LYNNE COX
    THIS summer, when the Olympic Games are held in Rio de Janeiro, marathon swimmers, sailors and triathletes will be asked to compete in the highly polluted waters of Guanabara Bay and off nearby Copacabana Beach. Any athlete coming into contact with these waters has a high probability of becoming ill. Members of the United States junior national rowing team and competitive sailors have become sick with diarrhea, vomiting and flulike symptoms after training and competing around Rio, and they experience only “incidental contact” with the water. Marathon swimmers and triathletes will ingest this water — and the consequences could be...
  • Olympic bikes to be tested for motors

    05/04/2016 1:30:42 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 35 replies
    radionz.co.nz ^ | May 4, 2016 | radionz
    Bikes will be tested at the Olympics and Tour de France to try to find hidden motors and stop 'mechanical doping. Cycling's governing body, the UCI says up to 12,000 bikes will be tested this year using a new scanning system introduced in January.
  • Amy Van Dyken-Rouen said she was 'embarrassed' by TSA agent at Denver International Airport

    05/02/2016 7:00:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 98 replies
    7NEWS & The Denver Channel ^ | May 2, 2016 | Mark Boyle
    Colorado's six-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen says agents with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) humiliated her. She took to social media Sunday to detail her experience getting through security at Denver International Airport. She said agents made her go through a full body search even though she has Pre check. "They go around your breasts, they basically go under your butt and the just grab things, not grab, they touch things that are not appropriate and it's really embarrassing," said Van Dyken-Rouen. Van Dyken-Rouen said as much as she and husband Tom travel all over the...
  • Olympic flame lit for troubled Rio Games

    04/21/2016 9:05:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | April 21, 2016 | John Hadoulis with Eleni Colliopoulou
    The Olympic flame was lit Thursday in an ancient temple in one country in crisis and solemnly sent off carrying international hopes that Brazil's political paralysis will not taint the Rio Games that start in barely 100 days. As the flame was kindled in the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera at Ancient Olympia, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and Rio organisers sought to rally support.
  • Failure to sell Olympic seats is Brazil's big ticket headache

    04/03/2016 7:58:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    AFP ^ | April 2, 2016 | Sebastian Smith
    . Failure to sell Olympic seats is Brazil's big ticket headache Sebastian Smith AFP April 2, 2016 The zika virus, high crime and a major political crisis have all dampened the initial excitement over Rio's hosting South America's first Olympic Games View photos The zika virus, high crime and a major political crisis have all dampened the initial excitement over Rio's hosting South America's first Olympic Games (AFP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba) More Brazil's government sounded the alarm Saturday over meager sales of Olympic tickets and public apathy just five months before Rio hosts South America's first Summer Games. With worries about...
  • This Day in History: 1980: U.S. hockey team makes miracle on ice

    02/22/2016 8:46:38 AM PST · by PROCON · 23 replies
    history.com ^ | Feb. 22, 2016
    In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The Soviet squad, previously regarded as the finest in the world, fell to the youthful American team 4-3 before a frenzied crowd of 10,000 spectators. Two days later, the Americans defeated Finland 4-2 to clinch the hockey gold. The Soviet team had captured the previous four Olympic hockey golds, going back to 1964, and had not lost an Olympic hockey...
  • Rio Has Given Up On Its Goal To Clean Up The Water In Time For The Olympics

    02/18/2016 4:42:50 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    Deadspin ^ | February 18, 2016 | Tom Ley
    Rio Has Given Up On Its Goal To Clean Up The Water In Time For The Olympics When bidding to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Jaineiro promised the International Olympics Committee that it would eliminate 80 percent of the sewage found in the city's notoriously filthy water, and would fully regenerate the lagoon in which rowing and kayaking events will be held. Now a few months from the start of the games, Rio has given up on keeping those promises. Outside The Lines' Bonnie Ford has a thorough examination of the current state of Rio's water pollution, and...
  • IOC transgender guidelines may go too far, leading to an unfair Olympic playing field (O. Sentinel)

    01/26/2016 12:10:46 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 28 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 1/24/16 | David Whitley
    Sometimes the world is moving so fast you just want to hop off. I am tempted after hearing that the Olympics will no longer require men to have the one thing that has always pretty much determined whether you are a man or a woman. (snip) I don't know about you, but I strive to be tolerant, enlightened and avoid being considered a knuckle-dragging moron. But I have to admit, the IOC's move feels like a bridge too far. "It is an adaptation to a human rights issue," IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist told the Associated Press. "This is...
  • IOC relaxes guidelines on transgender athletes (International Olympic Committee)

    01/24/2016 12:33:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 24, 2016 2:45 PM EST | Stephen Wilson
    Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without undergoing sex reassignment surgery, according to new guidelines adopted by the IOC. International Olympic Committee medical officials told The Associated Press on Sunday they changed the policy to adapt to current scientific, social and legal attitudes on transgender issues. ...
  • Olympics to change policies and allow transgender athletes to compete

    01/22/2016 8:38:06 PM PST · by Teotwawki · 53 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | January 22, 2016 | Kelly McLaughlin
    The Olympics are reportedly adopting a new policy that opens the field of competition to transgender athletes. The International Olympic Committee received proposed guidelines in November from its 'Consensus Meeting on Sex Reassignment and Hyperandrogenism', which allow for broader policies that would include transgender athletes. Olympic officials have not confirmed the new guidelines, which have already been adopted by other regulatory sports organizations, but the policy is available on the organization's website. The policy change would be in line with NCAA standards in the United States, which allow male-to-female and female-to-male transgender athletes to compete without having gender reassignment surgery,...
  • The Rio Olympics are a mess 7 months before the opening ceremony

    01/12/2016 11:02:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/12/2016 | Emmett Knowlton
    The 2016 Summer Olympics kicks off on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro -- but with less than seven months until the Opening Ceremony, a slew of problems still show no signs of improvement. Will Connors had a good, if troubling, piece in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday laying out the concerns in Rio. Not only does the list of concerns appear to be trending in the wrong direction as the Games draw closer, it also shows no signs of improvement. Let's break down the biggest problems: 1. Questions over Rio's mobility plan Rio is racing to build a...
  • UPDATE 3-Olympics-Hamburg 2024 Games bid collapses in referendum defeat

    12/01/2015 6:15:44 AM PST · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | Karolos Grohmann
    BERLIN, Nov 29 Hamburg's bid to host the 2024 Olympics collapsed on Sunday after the majority of the city's residents voted against the multi-billion euro project in a referendum, killing off the candidacy and leaving officials in shock.
  • Amy Goodman’s “Canadian Bacon” Moment

    12/10/2009 6:44:33 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 20 replies · 1,108+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsRealblog ^ | 10 December, 2009 | Karen Northon
    A recent headline in the British Columbian newspaper The Globe and Mail reads “Amy Goodman’s Border Woes Have Americans in a Tizzy.” Really? Because this is the first I’ve heard of it. Don’t know who Amy Goodman is? You’re not alone. As host of the television/radio program Democracy Now! (undoubtedly the most ironic misnomer in the history of news media), her activist-style “journalism” has kept her operating on the periphery of mainstream media. Fact is, a quick Google news search shows that the only U.S. news outlets to report on her “ordeal” have been, well, Amy Goodman for Democracy Now!...
  • Oscar Pistorius to Be Released After One Year in Jail

    10/15/2015 9:42:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 15, 2015
    Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic runner who shot his girlfriend to death on Valentine’s Day 2013, can leave prison and move to house arrest next week, South Africa’s Department of Corrections said Thursday. A parole board at the prison where Pistorius has served nearly a year of his five-year sentence for manslaughter made the decision. It came after an initial ruling to release the athlete in August was canceled at the last minute after intervention by the justice minister. This time, the board “approved the placement of offender Oscar Pistorius under correctional supervision as from 20 October 2015,” the corrections...
  • Canadian Olympic Committee head Marcel Aubut faces new sexual harassment allegations

    10/02/2015 9:22:59 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 3 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | October 2, 2015 | Sean Gordon and Daniel Leblanc
    More women are coming forward with allegations concerning Canadian Olympic Committee head Marcel Aubut, who has stepped aside pending the investigation of a sexual harassment complaint from a staffer. They accuse Mr. Aubut of making unwanted advances that include fondling, touching and forcibly kissing them. On Thursday, the TVA network reported Mr. Aubut reached a financial settlement in a complaint made by a former executive assistant around the time he was a partner at Heenan Blaikie, the now-defunct law firm. The allegations were never proven in court. In an interview with the news channel, the unidentified woman alleged that on...
  • L.A. Touts Itself as "Northern Capital of Latin America" for 2024 Olympic Bid

    09/15/2015 12:25:58 PM PDT · by magellan · 13 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 9/14/2015 | Ryan Parker
    The International Olympic Committee just got an eyeful of the City of Angels. Los Angeles is amazing and diverse. That is the message in a new promotional video released Monday by Los Angeles' 2024 Olympic bid organizers. In the video, which is a little longer than a minute, L.A. is called the "western capital of the U.S., the northern capital of Latin America and the eastern capital of the Pacific Rim." All that is accompanied with amazing visuals of some of the city's most iconic sites. "Hosting the Games in Los Angeles would give our city the chance to show...
  • L.A. Touts Itself as "Northern Capital of Latin America" for 2024 Olympic Bid

    09/15/2015 7:30:56 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 11 replies
    hollywood reporter ^ | 9/14/2015 | Ryan Parker
    The International Olympic Committee just got an eyeful of the City of Angels. Los Angeles is amazing and diverse. That is the message in a new promotional video released Monday by Los Angeles' 2024 Olympic bid organizers. In the video, which is a little longer than a minute, L.A. is called the "western capital of the U.S., the northern capital of Latin America and the eastern capital of the Pacific Rim." All that is accompanied with visuals of some of the city's most iconic sites. "Hosting the Games in Los Angeles would give our city the chance to show the...
  • U.S. Olympian's Secret Life As Las Vegas Escort (Possibly NSFW)

    12/20/2012 12:30:43 PM PST · by servo1969 · 61 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 12-20-2012 | TSG
    DECEMBER 20---A three-time U.S. Olympian whose illustrious running career has included a Nike TV commercial, a swimsuit calendar, and ongoing promotional work for Disney has spent the last year doubling as a $600-an-hour call girl, an astounding secret life that she now regretfully calls a “huge mistake.” Beginning last December, Suzy Favor Hamilton, 44, has worked with one of Las Vegas’s premier escort services, booking scores of “dates” in Sin City and other U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.While Favor Hamilton (seen at right) has used an alias, “Kelly Lundy,” when working as an escort, she inexplicably shared...
  • Neither the Olympics nor NFL will rescue Los Angele

    09/10/2015 9:16:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    OC Register ^ | 09/10/2015 | Joel Kotkin
    We all tend to have fond memories of our greatest moments, and for Los Angeles, the 1984 Olympics has served as a high point in the city’s ascendency. The fact that those Summer Games were brilliantly run, required relatively little city expenditure and turned a profit confirmed all those things we Angelenos loved about our city – its flexibility and pragmatism and the power of its civic culture. After Boston turned down its chance to be the U.S. entrant in the sweepstakes to host the 2024 Olympics, it’s natural that Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city establishment, at least what’s...
  • LA Mayor Wants Jenner to Carry Olympic Torch (and light the cauldron)

    09/01/2015 7:05:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 28, 2015 | Dylan Gwinn
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti apparently doesn’t think Bruce Jenner has won enough laurels in his heroic struggle against biology, so the mayor is recommending that Jenner headline an event with a wee bit more visibility than his foundering E! Channel reality series. According to TMZ: If L.A. gets the Olympics in 2024, the Mayor says he already has one person in mind for the all-important lighting of the Olympic Cauldron ... Olympic legend Caitlyn Jenner!!! The lighting of the cauldron is a HUGE honor – with the host country usually selecting someone it feels can proudly embody what the...
  • Gold Medal Democracy

    08/02/2015 5:41:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Beijing won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games on Friday. But Boston topped that earlier in the week, winning the right not to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Beantown abandoned its bid for the games after Mayor Marty Walsh refused to sign a contract with the International Olympic Committee that would have left the city responsible for billions in possible cost overruns. Did I say possible? Call it seemingly inevitable. “I cannot commit to putting the taxpayers at risk,” declared Walsh. People throughout the Bay State can now rest easy — no tax hike or debt burden...
  • Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics

    07/31/2015 5:56:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 31, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee announced Friday morning. The Chinese capital will have the shortest gap between games in modern Olympic history — and become the first city to host both summer and winter games.
  • Athletes at Rio Olympics to compete in 'basically raw sewage', study reveals

    07/30/2015 11:24:42 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 30, 2015 | By Associated Press
    RIO de Janeiro--Athletes in next year’s Summer Olympics will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues – results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic...
  • 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...
  • 'The Olympics are dead': Does anyone want to be a host city any more?

    07/29/2015 6:52:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 79 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | July 28, 2015 | Les Carpenter
    The reason Boston’s residents didn’t want to be Athens is the same reason the residents of Oslo or Krakow or Stockholm don’t want to be Athens. Hosting an Olympics is a corporate sinkhole sucking billions of dollars and a city’s future into a bottomless abyss of excess. The internet is clogged with slide shows of empty, broken, useless stadiums built in the euphoria of a coming Olympics or World Cup then abandoned soon after, allowed to fill with weeds, rodents and other signs of human escape. Is there a better sign of Greece’s collapse than a pile of useless sports...
  • Boston 2024 Olympic Bid Dropped by USOC

    07/27/2015 11:57:18 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 41 replies
    WBZ ^ | 7-27-15 | WBZ
    — The U.S. Olympic Committee has dropped Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, sources tells WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller.
  • Globe carrying torch for 2024 Olympics

    06/30/2015 4:51:01 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 7 replies
    lowell sun ^ | june 28 | Peter Lucas
    Backers of Boston 2024 ought to make buying the Boston Globe building a part of their latest plan to win the Olympic Summer Games for Boston. Purchase of the Morrissey Boulevard building in Dorchester, which is up for sale, would allow the leaders of Boston 2024 to use the centrally located facility as its official, rather than its assumed, Olympic headquarters
  • IOC responds to petition seeking to revoke Caitlyn (then Bruce) Jenner's Olympic gold medal

    06/08/2015 11:14:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Yahoo! Sport UK & Ireland ^ | June 5, 2015 | Staff
    The International Olympic Committee has made its first statement about Caitlyn Jenner's transition to a woman, responding to an online petition requesting that the organization, which runs the Olympic Games, revoke the gold medal Caitlyn (then Bruce) won during the 1976 Montreal Olympics. In its response to the petition, IOC Communications Director Mark Adams tells Yahoo, "Bruce Jenner won his gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Games and there is no issue for the IOC." The IOC has had difficulty in the past defining the difference between men and women as it pertains to athletic competition. While it's rare, several...
  • A year before Olympics, protesters decry filthy Rio bay

    06/07/2015 9:34:10 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/7/15 | AFP
    Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Dozens of demonstrators gathered at Rio de Janeiro's heavily polluted Guanabara Bay, demanding that officials clean it up before it is used as a 2016 Olympic sailing venue. Amid whistles of disapproval and shouts of "shame!" demonstrators held a beachside protest, their boats symbolically kept on the shore as they waved their oars in the air. They launched their protest at noon to coincide with low tide, when the dirtiness of the water is most evident. "Brazilian authorities promised a series of improvements to the bay but just a little more than a year ahead...
  • Caitlyn Jenner: Bruce Can Be Erased from Olympic H.O.F. ... If She Wants

    06/05/2015 12:24:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    TMZ Sports ^ | June 5, 2015 | Staff
    Caitlyn Jenner can make Olympic history again -- the doors to the Hall of Fame are swinging wide open for her to enter ... all she has to do is ask. Caitlyn was inducted into the H.O.F. back in 1986 thanks to her legendary gold medal in the 1976 Olympic decathlon. But, of course ... Bruce is the name attached to that honor. At least for now. Patrick Sandusky, spokesperson for the US Olympic Committee, tells TMZ they would gladly update the name to Caitlyn. He says if she files a formal request, the Committee would review it, and presto...
  • ...Being transgender is a ‘mental disorder - biologically impossible’

    06/04/2015 12:03:22 PM PDT · by Truth29 · 51 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | June 3, 2015 | Carmine Sabia
    The former psychiatrist in chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital is pouring rain on the Bruce Jenner “Call Me Caitlyn” parade that’s sure to have the former Olympic athlete’s cheerleaders steaming. Not only does Dr. Paul R. McHugh consider changing sexes “biologically impossible,” he thinks being what is popularly called “transgender” these days is actually a “mental disorder.” McHugh, who has authored six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical journal articles, made the statements in a piece he penned for the Wall Street Journal that argued surgery is not the solution for patients who want to live life as the...
  • Thousands Sign Shocking Petition To Strip Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner Of His/Her Olympic Gold Medal

    06/04/2015 12:05:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Yahoo Celebrity News ^ | 06/04/2015 | By Rachel Pilcher
    While the overall reaction to Caitlyn Jenner's introduction has been overwhelmingly positive, restoring our faith in the world and making Caitlyn herself feel 'humbled' and extremely happy, there are some who haven't reacted quite so well. In fact, a shocking petition has now been started urging the International Olympic Committee to actually REVOKE her incredible 1976 Olympic gold medal, as they claim she was "in violation of committee rules." Yes, really. The 65-year-old won the medal for the decathlon in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, but now some are suggesting that she should give back the medal. And by some, we...
  • FIFA Scandal: Interpol Issues 'Red Notices' For Six Mentioned in Indictment

    06/03/2015 6:17:02 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    www.nbcnews.com ^ | 06-03-2015 | by Alexander Smith
    Interpol issued wanted-person notices Wednesday for six people accused by the Department of Justice of being involved in a vast corruption network surrounding soccer's FIFA governing body. The so-called "red notices" — which do not have the power of an international arrest warrant — were issued at the request of U.S. authorities, Interpol said in a statement. Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner and former FIFA executive committee member Nicolás Leoz were the top names on Interpol's list, followed by Alejandro Burzaco, Hugo Jinkis and Mariano Jinkis, all heads of marketing businesses based in Argentina, and José Margulies, who runs...
  • 500 days out, Rio risks Olympics cost surge as building lags

    05/09/2015 5:37:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 8, 2015 | Stephen Eisenhammer
    With less than 500 days until Rio de Janeiro hosts the Olympic Games, construction of several venues has not started and some major contracts have not even been tendered, setting the stage for a last-minute rush that will likely drive up costs. It may seem like a familiar script for major sporting events. As the start date nears, the headlines invariably focus on delays and the scramble to get ready on time, and yet the games end up going ahead without major hitches. Rio 2016 may, though, end up being one of global sport's closest calls yet, resulting in a...
  • 'Miracle on Ice' hockey doctor mugged at wife's graveside

    04/21/2015 7:11:14 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 4-21-15 | ap
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 94-year-old physician who served as team doctor for five U.S. men's Olympic hockey squads has suffered serious injuries in an attack while visiting his wife's grave. KMSP-TV reported that George Nagobads was mugged Sunday afternoon at the Crystal Lake Cemetery and left bleeding from the head. A witness says Nagobads managed to get back in his car and drive away. The unidentified witness says he saw a young man looking through a wallet near the mausoleum before fleeing. Nagobads was the University of Minnesota men's hockey team physician for 34 years until his retirement in 1992....
  • The Worst White House Aide [Valerie Jarrett]

    01/15/2012 9:47:07 AM PST · by freespirited · 63 replies · 3+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 01/23/12 | Matthew Continetti
    If for nothing else, Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas will be remembered for an anecdote from 2010. After he spent hours disputing an allegation in the French media that Michelle Obama thought life in the White House was “hell,” press secretary Robert Gibbs encountered senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. She told him the first lady was unhappy with his work. Gibbs exploded in a rage, informing Jarrett that she didn’t “know what the f— you’re talking about” and that if Mrs. Obama was displeased, well, “f— her too.” Subsequent relations between the senior adviser and press secretary were strained. Gibbs told Kantor...
  • The most expensive Olympics ever is now a major headache for Putin

    02/05/2015 7:03:29 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 5 Feb 15 | NATALIYA VASILYEVA
    The ski jump sits shrouded in mist, its coat of snow undisturbed by any athletes hurtling down to take off into the air. A year ago, the jump bustled with activity at the Sochi Olympics. But it made unwanted history as well, becoming a symbol of how some of the plans for President Vladimir Putin's $51 billion Winter Games went terribly wrong. The cost of the facility soared from $40 million to nearly $300 million — an overrun that caused the businessman involved to flee a corruption investigation. Russia had vowed to pay for what became the most expensive Olympics...
  • 2024 Olympics in Boston? Not so Fast, Say Taxpayers

    01/26/2015 4:26:46 PM PST · by Rockitz · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 25 January 2015 | Howie Carr
    After 30 years of disastrous multi-billion-dollar public construction disasters, cost overruns, and scandals, it appears that a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Boston may be the last straw for overtaxed voters in the deep-blue state of Massachusetts. Two weeks ago, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) gave Boston the nod as the American city to bid for the 2024 summer games. In its presentation, the pro-games group Boston 2024 smugly informed the USOC that “Boston is overwhelmingly united in its bid.” Er, no. Critics quickly began comparing the Olympics to the “Big Dig,” the ambitious downtown Boston highway project...
  • USOC picks Boston for 2024 Summer Olympics bid

    01/08/2015 4:04:14 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    AP ^ | January 8, 2015
    DENVER -- The U.S. Olympic Committee chose Boston to bid for the 2024 Games in an attempt to bring the Summer Olympics to America after a 28-year gap. During a daylong meeting at the Denver airport, USOC board members chose Boston over Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, all of which have been lobbying to become the American choice for more than a year.
  • Olympics now banned from any country restricting spread of homosexuality

    12/15/2014 6:09:45 AM PST · by wagglebee · 60 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/12/14 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    A decision Thursday by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will apply new restrictive anti-family pressure on nations wanting to host the Olympic Games. On December 8, the IOC unanimously approved a wide-ranging package of 40 recommendations, the Olympic Agenda 2020, that includes a rewording of its anti-discrimination Principle 6 clause to include a reference to "sexual orientation" as a protected category.Hosting the games, or ‘belonging to the Olympic movement’ as its styled by the IOC, “requires compliance with the Olympic Charter and recognition by the IOC." Thus, countries hoping to host Olympic Games in the future, such as the two...
  • Canadian Olympic Committee teams up with gay activists to push homosexuality in schools

    12/04/2014 6:19:21 AM PST · by massmike · 5 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 12/04/2014 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    On Tuesday the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced plans to partner with two leading homosexual advocacy groups to promote the homosexual agenda among current Olympic athletes, and Olympic hopefuls in Canadian schools. The COC signed an agreement with You Can Play and Egale Canada in order to "foster LGBTQ inclusivity in national sport" by creating homosexuality-focused "resources" to be incorporated into the Canadian Olympic School Program (COSP), which will focus its efforts on students from grades six to eight. The initiative will also create a new "OneTeam Athlete Ambassador" program, which will promote visits to schools across the country by...
  • Students Urge Gov't: Recognize Abbas's Role in Munich Massacre

    12/02/2014 7:31:05 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/02/2014 | Shimon Cohen and Tova Dvorin
    Israel must formally declare Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas responsible for the 1972 Munich massacre, the Students for Israel movement appealed to the Ministry of Defense Tuesday. From September 5-6 1972, masked terrorists stormed the apartments where Israeli athletes were staying in the Olympic Village for the 1972 Munich games. The terrorists took the athletes as hostages and demanded the release of 200 Arabs from Israeli prisons. After several tense hours, the terrorists killed the Israeli athletes. Nonetheless, the Games continued for several hours afterward. Over the past several years, it has been revealed on multiple occasions that Abbas...
  • Now, No One Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics — Here's The Master Plan To Fix It

    11/21/2014 7:49:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/21/2014 | Tony Manfred
    There's a lot to like in the International Olympic Committee's "Olympic Agenda 2020" — IOC president Thomas Bach's 40-point reform plan designed to make the Olympics more desirable to potential host cities. The plan calls for the use of existing venues, rather than the construction of expensive stadiums that could become white elephants, as we saw with the 2004 Olympics in Athens. It calls for common-sense reforms like promoting gender equality and placing limits on the number of total events in the Olympics. It also calls for a bunch of cost-reduction measures, like letting international federations run events rather than...
  • Michael Phelps sex scandal: Troubled Olympians girlfriend was born a man!

    11/20/2014 3:51:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    Radar Online ^ | 11/19/14
    Before he checked into rehab in September, Michael Phelps was having a steamy affair with much older blonde, Taylor Lianne Chandler. But the most shocking aspect of their relationship wasn’t the 12-year age difference. RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal that Chandler, 41, was actually born a man! Chandler, born David Roy Fitch, tells Radar in an exclusive interview that she was an intersex baby.