South Africa's Cameron Van Der Burgh won the gold medal in the 100M breaststroke in world record time. But his victory came under scrutiny after the Australian team accused him of making illegal "dolphin kicks."
As he is the most decorated Olympian of all time, we may never see another athlete accomplish what Michael Phelps has in our lifetime. But, does that make him the ultimate athlete of the Olympic Games? Since creating their Competitive Index for Sport, Mitchell and Stewart found that it was possible to rate the competitive quality of a given sport and the chances for success, whereby the lower the competitive index score the greater chance an individual stood to be successful at the Olympic Games. After seeing the index, it's no wonder why winning the gold medal in the 100 metre is one of the most coveted medals in the world.
One shot. That's what many of these Olympic athletes will get. The stress is nearly unimaginable. How do they deal?
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According to the new IOC rules, the test won't be administered to all female athletes but only when "the chief medical officer of a national Olympic committee or a member of the IOC's medical commission requests it." This will disadvantage any woman perceived as not sufficiently feminine.
In successfully defending his 100-meter title, he became just the third sprinter ever to do so, but given his dominance, the world wants -- and needs -- to see more.
I hope the world changes the way we view our limitations and how we see people with disabilities, particularly children.
Did you hear the one about the guy who got in trouble for sleeping with his wife? Sprinter Kim Collins got booted off the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic team because he left the Athlete's Village and spent time with his wife at a local hotel.
It was always the memory of those athletes that helped me persevere through hard times and push past insurmountable obstacles -- and believe me, there were many. And ten years later, I was walking into my own Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
So if you're reading this it means a) it's raining or b) you are in full-body traction, because every other Canadian is out celebrating... what? Maybe it's time for a large corporation to buy the rights to our lamely titled "Civic Holiday." Let's just put it out to the highest bidder, shall we? Tim Hortons Day. Labatt's Blue Day. Surely those are themes all Canadians could rally around?
Listen carefully and you'll notice the barrage of comments referencing the monumental role mental state has on the performances of athletes competing in the Olympic Games. Often the difference between a podium performance and going home empty-handed is the difference in one's mental state.
LeBron and Kobe Bryant have made it clear that they believe their 2012 team would beat the 1992 Dream Team, but word to the wise: Get through this field before making any other declarations about the single greatest team ever assembled.
Guts are a key ingredient in the makeup of any athlete who meddles in endurance sports. Just stand at the final 400 metres of any marathon, major or small, and you'll see it on the salt-stained faces of finishers.
London's building boom is typical for host cities eager to make a big impression on the world stage. But the coolest stadiums make an enduring impression, not only through architectural flair and historic importance, but also by hosting events.
The morning after another stirring night of action at the Olympics, I tune into my local sports radio station on the way to work. They are discussing whether Eli Manning deserves to be elected to the Football Hall of Fame. It was as if the Olympics simply did not exist.
Four years ago, I didn't have an iPhone and I had only recently gotten a Facebook account. Watching the Olympics was more exciting because I didn't know what would happen next.