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.
Monday's Canada vs. the States soccer game was so good it made you forget you were watching women's soccer, or care (if you did). Too often, female athletes have to fight for airtime, and for recognition. It shouldn't be like that, but sports are sexist in nature. We're all guilty of slighting female athletes. So, thank God for Monday, because we can't now. Compared to this, Usain Bolt's thrilling 9.63 seconds was like a warmup to something better.
The excitement and energy is all around us. We can't wait to have the opportunity to show everyone who we are. Check out Canada's Synchronized Swimming team closely; you will see things that you've never seen before in our routines. We innovate, push the limits of the impossible and push the acrobatics to a higher level. We're here to win a medal.
My Olympic experience in 2012 has been very different than that of 2008, but the greatness of the Games is no less amazing, and I'm so honored to once again be a part of the Olympic experience.
On the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre, when Olympic honchos refused to honor the memory of the slain Israeli athletes with a moment of silence, Aly Raisman was anything but quiet.
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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?