Far away from the headlines of this headline-grabbing Olympics is an important lesson that can bring solace to almost every germaphobe. Unlike any other Olympics before, these Games have shown that preventing infection is not only possible, but also relatively easily accomplished.
Christine Sinclair, the tournament-leading six-goal scorer in women's soccer at the Olympics, meets the criteria of what many Canadians consider necessary in the role of a captain. She does not seek the spotlight, but it always, invariably, finds her. Sinclair showed the way. And she should do it again on Sunday as Canada's flag-bearer in the Closing Ceremony.
Young gay people of all ages, especially gay men, continue to be discouraged from pursuing team sports. That's a shame. Sports need gay players, and, more importantly, gay people, both those who are athletes and those who could be encouraged to be more athletic, need sports.
There is a faction of dissenters who believe that Pistorius is at an advantage over his able-bodied peers. Biomechanist Roger Kram of the University of Colorado and biophysicist Hugh Herr of MIT led a team of scientists to investigate this perceived advantage.
When American athletes -- and if not exclusively, it does seem to be at least particularly American athletes -- are interviewed after a winning performance, they tend to accredit the victory to God first and foremost. God comes in ahead of spouses, parents, and even coaches.
Although blaming capitalism for all the world's problems is ineffectual -- if not counterproductive -- this image highlights a certain inequity and injustice in the world, especially in the face of such lavish celebrations. And a question is elicited: Just how honest and honorable are the Olympic games?
One of my biggest challenges upon hanging up my racing suit was learning how to be fit and healthy without holding myself to those Olympic standards (which are nearly impossible to sustain). I am not alone in this.
Usain Bolt goes double/double, winning the 100 and 200 meter gold for the second straight Olympics.
I hate how individual sports become team sports in the Olympics. So, if the IOC has made it their business to turn individual sports into team sports, then I propose they should start turning team sports into individual events.
As I learned more about their financial conditions I became even more proud that Olympians were protesting IOC rules that limited their ability to promote the brands who helped them pay their bills in social media.
London is a city of monuments. This is especially evident as images of this remarkable city and its Olympic venues are beamed to billions of people around the globe during this unparalleled sporting event.
So where do you draw the line? Cheating is bad, agreed. But how about if everyone else is doing it?
Ever wonder how Olympic gymnasts achieve that ultimate combination of lean muscle, incredible flexibility, and impressive bodyweight-to-strength ratio?
In the run-up to the Olympics, one athlete emerged from the shadows, threatening to take prominence over all others just from the sheer force of his good looks. More importantly, he was a decathlete. There was only one problem: He wasn't competing in the games at all.
There's been a lot of talk about how Gabby will become a new role model for young black girls everywhere. She may even inspire many to take up gymnastics or follow other Olympic dreams. That's great, but I don't think it stops there.
When the royal "we" of Vancouver got behind the 2010 Olympic bid, the movement adopted a slogan. Something along the lines of: "Let's invite the world in." I wasn't so sure that that was a good idea. Vancouver was, to me at least, a nice little secret. While there were definitely enjoyable times, my political spidy-sense is still unsettled about the whole thing. It's unbelievable how much money was spent on frivolous aesthetics during that period that could easily have helped a lot of suffering people here if put toward social infrastructure.