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High five to superstars Lolo Jones, Missy Franklin, Marlen Esparza and more for letting us steal their top songs and inspiring us on and off the couch! So (world) classy.
While no one can deny that Phelps is the greatest swimmer in history, it's silly to call him the "greatest Olympian." Anyone who's followed Olympic sports knows that swimming and multiple medals go together like vodka and regrets.
While goalie Hope Solo and striker Abby Wambach remain two of the most decorated players in the game, it is the fast ascending Morgan -- one of Team USA's youngest players -- who may turn out to be its most recognizable after her 123rd-minute striking header against Canada.
The Americans -- fresh off their Dream Team declaration -- face Australia in the knockout round Wednesday, but fiercer opponents await. What will happen next?
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.