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De Coubertin medal: 4th Olympic medal, True Spirit of Sportsmanship

68 years after the first modern Olympic Games, a fourth medal was added to recognize athletes who displayed exceptional sportsmanship. Awarded on rare occasions, the Pierre de Coubertin medal, also known as the True Spirit of Sportsmanship medal, was inaugurated at the 1964 Winter Olympics. It was there that Eugenio Monti's kind gestures lead to two gold medals, for the two- and four-man bobsled, but for the other teams. The medal has now been awarded 18 times, with the latest medal going to New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin and US's Abbey D’Agostino, after the pair tangled in their 5,000m race in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, but got up to complete the race together. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 27, 2016 - 17 comments

The good, the bad and the downright disgraceful.

The Best and Worst of Olympics Reporting on Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas
The international media is aflutter with assessments of the Olympic Games, but how did the media themselves fare in reporting on the city of Rio and its favelas?
posted by adamvasco on Aug 24, 2016 - 4 comments

Rio Olympics : Did the IOC's gamble pay off

BBC: Awarding the Olympic Games to the Brazilian city of Rio in 2009 was viewed as a gamble by some critics. However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) saw it as the perfect opportunity to re-emphasise its core message of taking the spirit of sport to as many people as possible. IOC president Thomas Bach maintains it was a risk worth taking. "The Brazilians were great hosts and really united behind these Games," he said. "They turned this great competition into a party for everybody."
posted by marienbad on Aug 24, 2016 - 50 comments

X.

When he crossed the marathon finish line as a silver medalist, in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 54 seconds, earning a silver medal, Feyisa Lilesa put his hands above his head in an "X." He later explained that the gesture was meant to demonstrate his solidarity with his Oromo people in Ethiopia. "Amnesty International reports that at least 97 Oromo were killed in peaceful anti-government protests earlier this month. This is the latest in a string of protests that Human Rights Watch estimates have resulted in over 400 deaths in all. In addition to the killings, many more have been arrested and detained by the government."
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 22, 2016 - 7 comments

Authority radiates from his neon orange vest

The people who measure the race courses for the Olympics.
posted by Chrysostom on Aug 19, 2016 - 16 comments

Rat Poison and Brandy: The 1904 St. Louis Marathon

In the newest episode of Pretty Good, Jon Bois talks about the worst Olympic marathon of all time. [slyt], Jon Bois Previously
posted by brecc on Aug 13, 2016 - 13 comments

All I remember is her request that I not use her name.

When NBC commentator Al Trautwig felt it necessary to point out that U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles' parents are biologically her grandparents, some on Twitter pushed back. Trautwig briefly dug in, tweeting "They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.", then deleted the tweet and apologized. Cece Lederer of the Daily Dot says that this is just another example of how we still don't know how to talk about adoption.
posted by Etrigan on Aug 11, 2016 - 28 comments

No surprises for Table Tennis

A Visual History of Which Countries Have Dominated the Summer Olympics
posted by a lungful of dragon on Aug 10, 2016 - 31 comments

Kitten Summer Games 2016

Get ready for the Kitten Summer Games, Hallmark’s catty, pun-filled Olympics counter-programming, complete with cat-thletes named Felina Williams, John MacNMeow, and Pawdre Ag-Hissy—and that’s just in tennis. In the same style as the Puppy Bowl (another video, previously), which the Hallmark Channel matched with Kitten Bowl in 2014. Kitten Summer Games is going for the gold in groaner puns. Watch a preview of Road to the Kitten Summer Games: Track & Field (KTRK), exclusive videos and more.
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 8, 2016 - 5 comments

What. Are. The. Lyrics?!

Four years ago, the US Olympic swim team sang "Call Me Maybe." (Previously) For the 2016 Olympics, they hit the road again for carpool karaoke.
posted by zarq on Aug 5, 2016 - 15 comments

A traffic cop who speaks with the voice of God

At the Belmont Stakes in 2011, someone threw a can of beer at him, and he caught it one-handed, opened it, chugged some, lobbed it back from the victory stand, and proceeded with his interview of the winning jockey and trainer.
--The chaos of the Olympics has arrived. Fortunately, we have Bob Costas.
posted by almostmanda on Aug 5, 2016 - 37 comments

“Not many people have the will, character, and strength to do it.”

The Alternates [Victory Journal] “Coaches and staff do their best to prepare them, and former alternates often give them advice. They’ve heard the stories: autograph seekers pulling their pens away when they hear the word “alternate”; security guards barring them from locker rooms, fields, and athlete lounges. Then there’s the tale of the 2008 women’s gymnastics alternates who not only weren’t allowed to stay in the Beijing Olympic Village, they didn’t even stay in China, but instead found themselves in Tokyo due to visa complications. “We knew we had a really important role,” says gymnast Anna Li. “But we weren’t going to be treated the same.” Yet until they live it, they can’t really understand it.”
posted by Fizz on Aug 5, 2016 - 14 comments

“We’re in a crystal arms race,”

The Bedazzling of the American Gymnast [The New York Times] So it begins: the flag-waving excitement, the teeth-grinding anticipation, the blinding sparkle. The Olympics. Wait … hang on. The sparkle? Indeed. Because if Simone Biles — the 19-year-old American who is often called by sports pundits the best female gymnast ever, and whose performance in Rio de Janeiro will be among the most watched of these Olympics — does what most everyone seems to expect and makes off with multiple gold medals, it is very likely that when she climbs the podium, the shininess of the discs around her neck will pale in comparison to the shininess of something else. Her leotard.
posted by Fizz on Aug 3, 2016 - 45 comments

The return of Claressa Shields, the 1st gold medal women's boxing champ

Four years ago, WNYC published a series titled Women Box: Fighting to Make History (start at the beginning), looking at some women who would take part in the first year that women's boxing was an official Olympic sport. 16 year old Claressa Shields, a junior at Northwestern High School in Flint, Michigan (16 min, audio) was part of that history, probably the biggest part: she won. Four years later, you probably haven't seen her as much as you might have seen other gold medalists, because it's hard to get promotions and sponsors when you're a tough woman who fights, but she's back to fight again.
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 31, 2016 - 18 comments

It´s only a Game

100 Stories, 100 Removals, 100 Houses Destroyed by the 2016 Olympic Games.
A difficult legacy to hide: psychological and physical violence, social relations ripped apart, residents in debt and under control of the militias of the West Zone of Rio.
Animations
posted by adamvasco on Jul 29, 2016 - 7 comments

The 1976 Montreal Olympic Games 40 years on

On the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Montreal Olympics, the Montreal Gazette is running an extensive retrospective series on the preparations for, legacy of, and notable moments at the games. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Jul 27, 2016 - 19 comments

Pandemonium: Underworld, And I Will kiss.

And I Will Kiss is the music to the Industrial Revolution (Pandemonium) sequence of the 2012 London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony [shorter version]. With the input of Dame Evelyn Glennie, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, the London Symphony Orchestra and 1,000 volunteer drummers, Underworld produced a 17 minute piece to the brief of frightening people. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Jul 24, 2016 - 9 comments

The Olympian and the Terrorist

The older brother detonated a bomb at the Brussels airport. The younger one is representing Belgium at the Olympic Games in Rio. The story of two Belgian siblings who long ago parted ways.
posted by romados on Jul 21, 2016 - 4 comments

We Are the Superhumans

Channel 4's trailer for the 2016 Rio Paralympics (YouTube) just may be the best thing you see today. Via DangerIsMyMiddleName's twitter.
posted by middleclasstool on Jul 15, 2016 - 25 comments

most costly and financially most risky type of mega-project

The Oxford Olympics Study 2016: Cost and Cost Overrun at the Games. Just in time for Rio, a trio of scholars led by Bent Flyvbjerg have published their findings on cost data for both Summer and Winter Games, starting with the Rome 1960 Summer and Squaw Valley 1960 Winter Games, and continuing until the Sochi 2014 Winter and Rio 2016 Summer Games. The average cost of putting on the Olympics? US$ 8.9 billion dollars. [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi on Jul 13, 2016 - 27 comments

“We wanted gymnastics to be treated like a normal sport”

This August, American audiences will once again endure a time-honored sports tradition: inane, often sexist coverage of Olympic women's gymnastics. Most media outlets only cover gymnastics during the Olympics, and then they treat it more as soap opera than sport. Elspeth Reeve at The New Republic profiles "the gymternet," a network of fan-run blogs, podcasts and social media streams that treat women's gymnastics with a seriousness that the sport is often denied by mainstream American media coverage. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious on Jul 7, 2016 - 75 comments

Pat Summitt

"The story of women’s basketball is so incomplete without Pat Summitt, it’s almost not worth telling. Not just the winningest coach in D1 history, Summitt is the modern game, her success mirroring its rise, her ascendancy propelling the sport out of obscurity. And now she’s gone." [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Jun 28, 2016 - 49 comments

The origin story of Izzy from Atlanta

"Mention was made that kids are wearing their hats backward, so maybe Izzy should have its shoes on backward." An oral history of "Izzy", the baffling blue mascot of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
posted by Greg Nog on Jun 24, 2016 - 43 comments

All those without one

For the first time in history, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is fielding a small team of refugees – between five and 10 athletes who will represent not a country, but all those without one. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 1, 2016 - 16 comments

Meteor Showers On Demand

For the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, forget the fireworks for the opening show... How about an on-demand meteor shower instead? [more inside]
posted by erst on May 21, 2016 - 27 comments

how could you have not seen this coming?

As new revelations come to light that claim that not only was there widespread and elaborate cheating at the Sochi Olympics, but that Olympic officials may have been involved as well, Russia's Sports Minister says that they are very sorry "that athletes who tried to deceive us, and the world, were not caught sooner", and hoped that they would be cleared of wrongdoing in time for this summer's Games in Rio. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 16, 2016 - 82 comments

Brazil’s Zika problem is inconveniently not ending.

Harvard Public Health Review: Why Public Health Concerns for Global Spread of Zika Virus Means That Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic Games Must Not Proceed [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 12, 2016 - 90 comments

"I DIDN'T LIVE AS A HUMAN"

AP: South Korea covered up mass abuse, killings of 'vagrants'. [no graphic pictures but deeply unpleasant]
Choi was one of thousands — the homeless, the drunk, but mostly children and the disabled — rounded up off the streets ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, which the ruling dictators saw as international validation of South Korea's arrival as a modern country. ... The owner of Brothers, Park, received two state medals for social welfare achievements and sat on a government advisory panel. His version of his story even inspired a 1985 television drama about a man's heroic devotion to caring for what were called "bottom-life people."
posted by grobstein on Apr 20, 2016 - 16 comments

I want to fly like an eagle, to...a telemark landing?

British ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards famously placed last in both the 70m and 90m ski-jumping events at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, despite setting one British ski-jumping record, and becoming a crowd favourite. He's now the subject of the recently-released biopic, Eddie the Eagle (trailer here). [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Mar 31, 2016 - 22 comments

The Unknown 17

Jesse Owens usually gets all the attention when people talk about the 1936 Summer Olympic Games, but the documentary Olympic Pride, American Prejudice looks at the other black athletes who traveled with Owens to Hitler’s Berlin 80 years ago, including Jackie Robinson’s big brother Mack, and Tidye Ann Pickett-Phillips, first black American woman to compete in the Olympics.
posted by LeLiLo on Feb 24, 2016 - 7 comments

Atlanta: Darker Than Blue

Atlanta: Darker Than Blue presented by Black Vrchives, November 2015. A curated journey through Atlanta's history. [more inside]
posted by ob1quixote on Dec 23, 2015 - 6 comments

A Deeply Rooted Culture of Cheating

The World Anti-Doping Agency, which monitors the fight against performance-enhancing drugs in sports, has released its 323-page report detailing the endemic use of PEDs in Russia, enabled and encouraged by the Russian government via the Ministry of Sport and the Federal Security Service. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Nov 10, 2015 - 29 comments

the charming tale of a young boy with a singular dream

"It was me. I did it. I was the first person to fart in the Sydney Olympic Pool. I can't completely verify that nobody farted in the Olympic pool before me, but I'm fairly certain nobody farted in it until I did. This is my story, the story of a 10-year-old boy with a flatulent dream."
posted by everybody had matching towels on Nov 2, 2015 - 19 comments

Covered in lube and sliding about — it’s a fantastic way to make friends

The "Lube Olympics" makes slippery bid to rival 2020 Tokyo Games — featuring popular Greece sports like group sumo, tug-of-war, giant balls relay, sliding underneath the sheets and so much more
posted by a lungful of dragon on Oct 11, 2015 - 13 comments

The white man in that photo

The story of Peter Norman, the Australian sprinter and third man in the Black Power salute picture from the 1968 Olympic Games. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 7, 2015 - 14 comments

Or possibly the worst

The greatest game of women's soccer ever played. An oral history from the Globe and Mail of the US-Canada Women's Soccer match, played 3 years ago today at the London 2012 Olympics.
posted by jacquilynne on Aug 6, 2015 - 12 comments

"What you have there is basically raw sewage"

Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Aug 3, 2015 - 43 comments

USOC Drops Boston 2024

Earlier today, the US Olympic committee dropped the Boston 2024 bid. Local website Universal Hub provided extensive coverage of the ill-fated bid, from its beginnings to today's end. [more inside]
posted by pie ninja on Jul 27, 2015 - 119 comments

"I had a very hard shell on me."

Why can't men be Olympic synchronised swimmers? - by William Kremer (BBC News Magazine)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 21, 2015 - 32 comments

A life in motion, stopped cold

After an attempt to return to Olympic glory ended in paralysis, Laís Souza rebuilds her life one movement at a time. [SLNYT]
posted by forza on Jun 17, 2015 - 3 comments

The Ancient Greeks were, I'm afraid, faceist.

"A rather different story though when it comes to the female of the species. Hesiod - an 8th/7th Century BC author whose works were as close as the Greeks got to a bible - described the first created woman simply as kalon kakon – 'the beautiful-evil thing'. She was evil because she was beautiful, and beautiful because she was evil. Being a good-looking man was fundamentally good news. Being a handsome woman, by definition, spelt trouble." [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 10, 2015 - 30 comments

Boston Will Bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics

The Olympic Rings over Fenway? Are you wicked stupid? On Thursday the U.S. Olympic Committee chose Boston as America’s bidding city for the 2024 Olympics, beating out San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles in the Olympic sweepstakes. As would be expected from Bostonians, reaction is less than enthusiastic. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jan 10, 2015 - 132 comments

Sometimes when I'm with [the boys], I feel like I'm not a girl.

The Afghan Women's National Cycling Team trains six mornings a week in the quiet predawn streets of Kabul to futher their dream of one day qualifying for and participating in the Olympics. "In a country where girls have faced acid attacks just for going to school, the dangers of doing sport in public go beyond insults or the momentary impact of a well-aimed stone." [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Oct 28, 2014 - 7 comments

She has personally lowered the world record in the 1,500 by 14 seconds

"This is a column about Katie Ledecky. It has a simple thesis. The thesis is that Katie Ledecky kicks ass."
posted by troika on Sep 19, 2014 - 29 comments

"Find your dream. It's the pursuit of the dream that heals you."

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 - 5 comments

Mass Bolero.

Mass Bolero. "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 - 16 comments

15 potential headquarters for the Illuminati: theories and conspiracies

The Complex City Guide has a bit of information on 15 possible headquarters for the Illuminati, but it's a slideshow with limited information, and there's a lot of information out there, so let's get into it. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on May 26, 2014 - 74 comments

Neo-Tokyo is about to EXPLODE!

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 - 22 comments

I almost became a victim of human trafficking

Writer and sports personality Brittney Cason thought she had been recruited for what seemed like a legitimate network job covering the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Only days before she left, flags started going up.
posted by dry white toast on Feb 26, 2014 - 94 comments

Moving 360

Mercedes F1 uses Visualise for an onboard 360 degree video demonstration. Also in use for stills at Sochi.
posted by juiceCake on Feb 19, 2014 - 26 comments

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