Tag Archives: gold medal

No One is Taking Phelps’ Medals

17 Aug

The somewhat disturbing sexy photos of Michael Phelps posing for his Louis Vuitton ad campaign might get him in trouble with the International Olympic Committee. Apparently they have some rule which prohibits athletes from participating in advertising(unless it’s an Olympic sponsor) from July 18 to August 15. The Annie Leibovitz photos were leaked to the Daily Mail on August 13th. If you violate the rule the IOC can charge you financial penalties and disqualify you from participating in the games. The disqualification can come after you have already won and would take away your winnings.

If I were an Olympic athlete I would be pissed about this rule. Especially if you are in a sport like gymnastics which only gets attention every four years. It is crucial for these athletes to line-up deals and promote themselves while they are still relevant. The IOC forbidding them for making gains after the Olympics is completely absurd. And to even go as far as removing someone’s medal for participating in an AD campaign is ludicrous.

Regardless I am sure that not even the IOC wants to touch golden boy Phelps. He is practically the Olympic mascot. Not only that but he had nothing to do with the leaking of the photos.

-M

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Rafael Nadal Missing US Open

15 Aug

Tennis player Rafael Nadal will not be playing in the US Open due to an ongoing knee injury. The injury also caused Nadal to have to withdraw from the London Olympics. Nadal hasn’t played since the shocking loss in the second round of Wimbledon to Lukas Rosol on June 28. Knee problems have been a constant problem for Nadal who know for intense playing. He is considered a grinder, which basically means he plays intense defense on court.

The US Open begins on August 27th. Everyone will be watching as Wimbledon champion Roger Federer takes on Olympic Gold Medalist Andy Murray.

-M

Usain Bolt Fastest Man, Fastest Insult

9 Aug

Usain Bolt made history tonight today in London by becoming the first man in history to win gold medals in the 100 and 200 meter races at consecutive Olympics. He crossed the 200-meter finish line at 19.32 seconds. Fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake came in right behind him at 19.44 seconds for the silver. Then another Jamaican Warren Weir came in at 19.84 seconds for the bronze. When Bolt crossed the finish line he put his finger to his lips and asked for silence so everyone could observe his greatness. Bolt said. “I was just telling them: You can stop talking now, because I am a legend.”

And it seems now that he’s a legend he feels like he can insult other legends. When Carl Lewis(he won back to back 100-meter races in the Olympics) was mentioned in the press conference Bolt quickly put him down. “Carl Lewis, I have no respect for him. The things he says about the track athletes are very downgrading. I think he’s just looking for attention because nobody really talks about him. I’ve lost all respect for him. All respect.”

Bolt was not happy that Lewis had questioned whether Bolt had used drugs to enhance his speed during the Beijing Olympics. But regardless Lewis has 9 Olympic Gold medals, Bolt has 5. I think the medals speak for themselves. Regardless shouldn’t these games be about promoting all athletes not putting them down?

-M

 

 

Olympian Most Likely to Hair Model

8 Aug

I thought the same thing about his hair. I couldn’t take my eyes off it.
-M

Aspirations of OlyVil -- Two girls scheming their way into the Olympic Village

If there’s one thing that the Olympics are good at, it’s making someone you’ve never heard of and won’t hear about again for another four years if at all your new favorite person. And men’s high bar gold medal winner from the Netherlands, Epke Zonderland, has made all of my dreams come true.

 

While his routine was insanely difficult, I’m not sure that he didn’t get the gold medal based on hair alone. Much like Sam Mikulak’s gold medal in sportsmanship and attitude.

 

 

If you ever find yourself in Holland and pass by Epke, congratulate him on his medal, but most importantly, congratulate him on those locks.

Earning an honorable Canadian mention, Derek Drouin, bronze medalist in men’s high jump.

So close, yet so far.

 

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Well Canada, That’s A Familiar Shitty Feeling Huh?

7 Aug

Great post. And it was a great game. I don’t follow soccer but apparently that call is very rare.
-M

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Alex Morgan, you sexy little minx! An American hero if I have ever seen one.

“It takes just one chance, one moment of brilliance for someone to do something special”. That’s what Abby Wambach had to say about Alex Morgan’s incredible header in the last seconds of extra time. Canada blew three leads in this amazing semifinal game, all thanks to a hattrick by Miss Piggy herself, Christine Sinclair

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It was an incredible offensive game, with two goals by Megan Rapinoe, a penalty kick goal by Abby Wambach, and then the eventual game winning header by Alex Morgan. There was some controversy on a call against Canada’s goalkeeper Erin Mcleod for breaking the 6 second rule, meaning you can’t handle the ball for longer then six seconds. She was clearly holding the ball for longer than six seconds, not just that instance, but the entire game. Well, Abby Wambach…

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So Sad: Xiang Limping to Finish Race

7 Aug

This is one of the saddest things I seen since the Olympics started. Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang falls on the first hurdle in the 110-meter hurdles. The same thing happened to him in Beijing in 2008. He has struggled with an torn Achilles. After missing the hurdle he limped his way through the rest of the race. It was one of the hardest things to watch. Xiang is a the former world-record holder in the event and won the gold medal in the 2004 Athens games. This is most likely his last Olympics.

-M

 

It’s Okay Gabby We Still Love You

6 Aug

America’s newest sweetheart Gabby Douglas failed to win a medal on the Women’s Individual Uneven Bars competition. So far Douglas has two gold medals, one with her Team USA and the individual all-round. Instead the gold medal went to Russia’s Aliya Mustafina, silver medal to China’s He Kexin and bronze medal to Great Britain’s Beth Tweddle.  It was the first gold medal for Russia in gymnastics this year. Douglas did a less hard routine(meaning less points) than Mustafina. So it would have been hard for her to medal even with a perfect performance.

So what happened to the golden girl? Douglas was exhausted. The girl has already won 2 gold medals and has practically been trapped at the gym every day competing for a week now. So let’s cut Douglas some slack. And don’t worry she has another chance for gold on the balance beam on Tuesday.

-M

Fastest Man Bolt Will Make $20 million

6 Aug

It is really tough being an Olympic athlete of sports that people only care about every four years. Whenever I see an athlete crying because they came in second or didn’t qualify, I think they just lost a lot of money. I mean don’t get me wrong I am sure part of their tears comes from pride but I think for the most part it is the pressure to earn big bucks. These athletes only get one chance every four years to earn your attention. And losing by fractions of a second can cost them millions.

Take for example the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt. He has secured his place in history along side Carl Lewis as an Olympian who has consecutively won the 100-meter race. Not only that but he has likely increased his annual earning to around $20 million. Bolt and his signature “lightning bolt” pose will be racking in the dough from sponsors like Puma and Visa. The Olympics are the kind of international exposure that smaller sports companies like Puma dream of. And with NBC(despite its lack of “live” coverage) pulling in top numbers from US audiences, Bolt can be assured to get the exposure he needs.

So basically Olympics competitions have become the ultimate in reality television with everyone vying for their time in the sun. I mean just looks at fellow Jamaican runner Yohan Blake who had previously beaten Bolt in trails. While the other athletes were claim and collected at the block, he was dancing. Why? Because Blake knows if you can’t beat Bolt you can at least still a little of his fame.

-M

 

 

Sex and the Olympics

4 Aug

I posted forever ago an article about how Olympics athletes are sexing it up at the Olympic Village in London. I think sex is the best thing these athletes could do because they definitely have some tension to release. Who knows how many past hook-ups have helped athletes claim the gold. So how much sex is happening in London? There is no sure fire way to tell who is hooking up with whom but we do know that 100,000 condoms have been ordered for the Olympics.  I really hope that they are getting the good condoms, none of the health center cheap shit. Otherwise there might be some unexpected Olympic babies.

Ryan Lochte has been quoted as saying that 70 to 75 percent of Olympians are hooking-up. We all know that Lochte is contributing to that since his mother has said that he enjoys a good one-night stand. Luckily, the athletes have access to unlimited MacDonald’s food for that post-hook-up bite to eat.

-M

Gabby Douglas Makes History(Yes I’m just now writing about this)

2 Aug

This Olympics for me has been a very difficult one to cover. Do I write about things when they happen? Or do I wait until absolutely everyone in the world has had a chance to see them. For me on the West Coast Gabby Douglas’ gold medal performance has yet to air in its entirety(yes we West Coaster are the absolute last people to see the Olympics). Yesterday I wrote about the women’s team gymnastics win when it actually happened which outraged people. So today I waited as long as I could to write about Douglas.

If you have been living under a rock than you have not already heard that Douglas became the first African-American gymnastics individual all-round winner. Since we can’t just focus on her amazing accomplishment some people are focusing on her hair. A few people pointed out that her hair gelled-down looked less than stellar. If we know anything from Chris Rock’s “Good Hair,” it’s the importance of good hair. But in the case of Douglas I think her gold medal should out weigh any concerns of hair care. If internet users are going to complain about anything it should be her nickname, “Fly Squirrel.”

Douglas beat out Viktoria Komova of Russia by three-tenths of a point. Damn that’s close.  Aliya Mustafina of Russia and Aly Raisman finished with identical scores of 59.566, but the Mustafina got the bronze on a tiebreak. So there you have it one American and two unhappy Russians on the podium.

-M