One of the greatest upsets in Olympic History happened in Tokyo in 1964: Billy Mills came from behind to win the 10,000m gold
(YT: race edited down to 4 minutes). Mills, a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux, remains the only American to win this race in the Olympics. Here he is talking to Here and Now
on NPR about how he ran the race (it's riveting), the name of the Washington, DC NFL franchise, and in an extra on this page, about Native American history.
posted by julen
on Jul 11, 2014 -
"This short film, Mass Bolero, is a mass participation project made in the spring of 2014 by the people of Nottingham in tribute to Torvill and Dean." [via
posted by feelinglistless
on May 30, 2014 -
A= Tokyo’s bid committee for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games appointed Fujio Fujiko’s famous robot cat Doraemon as a special ambassador.
B= Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga Akira predicted the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games way back in 1982.
A+B= I had to make this video.
[SL Vimeo - via]
posted by radwolf76
on Apr 8, 2014 -
The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus “Sochi used to be much prettier... These days crooks from Moscow come here to build and sell skyscrapers and apartments, although it used to be such a small, lovely town."
via The New York Review of Books
article on "Why Sochi"
Putin explicitly links the Games to the humiliations of the recent past: “There is also a certain moral aspect here and there is no need to be ashamed of it,” he said. “After the collapse of the Soviet Union, after the dark and, let us be honest, bloody events in the Caucasus, the society had a negative and pessimistic attitude.” The Olympics, he explains, are a necessary part of an effort to “strengthen the morale of the nation.”
posted by spamandkimchi
on Feb 6, 2014 -
France has made Japan angry again
, this time with insensitive political cartoons
With radiation levels still spiking
, and the government only reticently admitting to constant leaks, some
are questioning the legitimacy of PM Abe's insistence that Tokyo is safe. With decisions not to prosecute
anyone involved in the disaster, it seems that amakudari
is, in Japan as in most other countries, still alive and well.
posted by GoingToShopping
on Sep 13, 2013 -
IS ☻ JAPAN COOL?!
The International Olympic Committee votes in 15 days
on whether Tokyo
will host the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, and major efforts are underway to cajole the committee. Promotional videos
have been released, royalty
, major sports figures
, and robotic cats
have been dragged out. A few nasty remarks
have been flung, which were subsequently dismissed
. Meanwhile, activists, petitioners
, protesters, and economic instability are potentially hurting the Olympic bids in Madrid
, and Tokyo
, Turkey has experienced a major doping scandal
, and radiation continues to leak
. And what would the Olympics be without a logo design failure
posted by markkraft
on Aug 26, 2013 -
Wrestling Out Of The Olympics
- The Gods Must Be Crazy Mad
The whole lucrative sham of it all was exposed once again this week when the executive board of the IOC — Informal Motto: "Me Some Too, Yes?" — recommended that wrestling be dropped as an Olympic sport in the 2020 Summer Games, which are supposed to be held in Istanbul, Tokyo, or Madrid, depending on whose checks clear first, I believe. According to the board, wrestling is no longer a "core sport" in the Olympics and it will have to petition for inclusion in 2020 along with, and I am not making this up, sport climbing and wakeboarding. This is terrific. Why don't we just hold the Olympics in an REI outlet store somewhere? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Mar 19, 2013 -
Ronda Rousey - the first American woman to medal in judo
at the Summer Olympics - is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world. She has won all six of her professional fights - all but one of them in less than a minute - using a trademark armbar that is usually described as "devastating"
. [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen
on Nov 10, 2012 -
A Yarn of Olympic Proportions
"Residents of Saltburn, in North Yorkshire, are scratching their heads today after a mysterious 'yarnbomber' wrapped the town's pier with a 50-yard scarf stretching out along the railings.
The impressive garment features woollen athletes competing in various Olympic events, from synchronised swimmers to rowers and cyclists, and has delighted young and old alike as the town discusses the good yarn." [more inside]
posted by zizzle
on Aug 13, 2012 -
Team Ireland is celebrating its first gold medal at London 2012, thanks to boxer Katie Taylor, but the Irish also had an unlikely part to play in another, very special Olympic victory on Thursday.
Kenyan middle-distance runner David Rudisha
joins notable alumni
from Saint Patrick's High School
, a 500-student boy's school started by Irish missionaries in 1963, in Iten
, a town in Kenya. Brother Colm O'Connell, though no longer teaching at the school, is still a highly regarded coach in one of the world’s great running capitals
. The school plants a tree in honor of record-making alumni
, though some of the more recent alumni are getting shrubs, to save space. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Aug 11, 2012 -
Curious about the colored tape athletes[1
] are wearing in the Olympics? Its Kinesio tape
, developed by a Japanese chiropractor and acupuncturist. Practice seems to be running ahead of science: 1 2
posted by shothotbot
on Aug 10, 2012 -
So what has become of the Athens Olympic venue, which cost nearly nine billion Euros? Most of it
is abandoned and covered with weeds and graffiti. And the same thing is happening in Beijing
posted by Chocolate Pickle
on Aug 4, 2012 -