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posted by Blasdelb
on Jan 8, 2014 -
The Advocate has compiled a list
of all of the openly LGBT athletes who will be competing in the 2012 Olympics. Considering that 10,500 competitors will be traveling to London this summer, it's a very short list. (Warning: gratuitous pagination)
posted by schmod
on Jul 16, 2012 -
Gymnast: In Motion
— The elegant movements and athletic prowess of five twirling trampolinists are captured in photographer Steve Harries
’ new short film. Performing up to 7.5 meters in the air—shot from a tall camera tower beneath a rig suspending the set, mirrors and lights from the ceiling—bodies were broken up into fragmented forms and motions by a bank of six mirrors. Contrast that with No Church in the Wild
, the Jay Z & Kanye West collaboration filmed by Romain Gavras
. A message of hope to anyone who feels society needs to change direction, or a furious extended urban battle scene?
posted by netbros
on May 30, 2012 -
Vintage photos of women in sport.
"At the turn of the last century women in the western world were finding a voice, both collectively and individually. As the Victorian era lapsed in to memory and the Edwardian Era commenced many women chose to pursue sports." [more inside]
posted by gman
on Nov 18, 2010 -
At 104, fit & spry Joe Rollino
was the last classic strongman
-- the sport of strength athletics
, which evolved into modern bodybuilding. Standing 5'10" and weighing a mere 145 pounds
, he was a fixture on Coney Island
, known for feats of strength like 450 pound teeth lifts, or bending quarters with his fingers. Rollino also boxed in the 1920's as "Kid Dundee"
, and returned from World War II decorated with the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. Joe Rollino never drank, never smoked, was a lifetime vegetarian and a confirmed bachelor. He died today
after being struck by a minivan.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot
on Jan 11, 2010 -
Ever wonder what it would be like if you showed up to your freshman year of college...and your roommate was a 7'2" Division 1 basketball player from Holland? The author of sports blog Basketbawful
is currently publishing a series of stories describing that exact experience. These chronicles vacillate between hilarious, shocking, depressing, and disgusting, but all are extremely entertaining. Part 1
. Part 2
. Part 3
. Part 4
. Part 5
. Part 6
. Part 7
posted by emd3737
on Jul 12, 2009 -
Sex at the Olympics.
"I am often asked if the Olympic village . . . is the sex-fest it is cracked up to be. My answer is always the same: too right it is." Table tennis Olympian Matthew Syed
dishes the dirt. (possibly NSFW, TimesOnline).
posted by fourcheesemac
on Aug 23, 2008 -
has been shut down by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The domain name hotolympians.com is infringing on federal trademarks. When I registered the domain name, I did some research on olympic trademarks and came to understand... that "olympic" was trademarked and "olympians" was not. I was wrong. And thus we will continue publishing under a new domain name which will be up shortly...
When asked why a local newspaper could publish a feature of an athlete right next to an advertisement, I was told that we weren't a news operation. I was told that hotolympians.com jeapordized American athlete's right to participate in the games.
posted by Tin Man
on Feb 17, 2006 -
Sure, you could defend the country, but Houston needs a good defense even more!
Say, do you want to shirk your commitment to the armed forces but flat-out desertion is too controversial
? Become a pro athlete instead! West Point is revising its rules to stipulate that student athletes who join professional sports teams can avoid active duty. The taxpayer-funded military academy will now allow student athletes to reduce their active duty time if faced with the unbearable burden of being offered multi-million dollar pro contracts.
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on May 1, 2005 -
Athletes... Steroids... blah blah blah.. Only this time it's the pigeons
. Poor birds.
posted by Lizc
on Nov 11, 2004 -
Carl Lewis' present to pop culture.
(Quicktime Video) Ladies and Gentlemen, all you kids out there who want to know what the 1980's were like: I present you the ultimate document. Just in case you were wondering, ( It has been twenty years after all) the star of this video is considered one of the best
track & field athletes of all time. (Via jasonzada.com
posted by jeremias
on Oct 5, 2004 -
How important is sportsmanship in the modern era? On Sunday afternoon at the IAAF World Championships, Jon Drummond false started in the 100m sprint and was disqualified. He refused to leave the track (initially prostrating himself in the middle of his lane) and ended up delaying the race by more than 50 minutes. In 1996, Linford Christie did something similar
in the Olympic games 100m final.
Is it just 100m sprinters, or is sportsmanship going out of fashion?
posted by daveg
on Aug 24, 2003 -
By now, you might already have heard about Mark Walker
, the 3 year old hoops prodigy that Reebok is featuring on their website; while the video
of him hitting 18 straight shots from various spots on the floor is cute/impressive, the "interview
" movie is horrendously creepy. The closing tagline "I'm the future of basketball; I am Reebok" done in the voice of such a small child just conjures up visions of in vitro logo tattooing. (Warning: Movies are in Quicktime)
posted by jonson
on May 30, 2003 -
Armstrong Among Best Ever.
Mike Celizic at MSNBC
states his case for Lance, counteracting an earlier Ron Borges
column questioning if Lance was an athlete at all. I'd like to think Mike went into Ron's office and maybe cuffed him once or twice... Score one for the cyclists (earlier discussion here
posted by jalexei
on Jul 29, 2002 -
Great feat, but not a great athlete.
Let the Cyclist bashing continue.
As a follow up to the pointless Bicycles and cars don't mix
column, Ron Borges over at MSNBC
wonders if Lance Armstrong is even an athlete.
He says Athletes must do more with their bodies than pump their legs up and down. For his money, being the greatest athlete in the world involves strength, speed, agility, hand-eye coordination, mental toughness and the ability to make your body do things that defy description.
Anyone who has ever been in a bike race (Road or MTN) knows it does indeed take all that and more. Anyone who writes about sports, rather than participating, would of course have no clue it takes more than moving your feet up and down.
posted by Blake
on Jul 26, 2002 -
The coming breed of couch potato jocks? "Discoveries made at the University of Dundee are helping in the development of drugs that fool your body into thinking that your are actively exercising even when you are not, and may help in the fight against the current increase in the incidence of obesity and Type 2 diabetes."
It might seem
that I'm just sitting in front of a computer screen all day, but in reality I'm training for the Olympics.
Story coverage from the BBC
posted by talos
on Mar 5, 2002 -
Okay, so the tabloids take the eroticization
of female tennis players to the extreme, including The Mirror, which has paid
Barbara "Babsi" Schett 50,000 pounds to promote her as the next Anna Kournikova. Last fall we talked
about women sports players being on beauty, not talent
; while the beauty judging goes on, they forget to even mention player records
. There's Babsi
, Anna, Jelena Dokic
, and the supposedly beautiful Krasnoroutskaya who says
of Kournikova what everyone keeps saying about good-looking female players in general: "She makes the beauty of tennis. She started it. Now tennis is very popular. People come to watch her. That helps everybody."
posted by Mo Nickels
on Jul 6, 2001 -
A fine football story for the year...
Oklahoma won the National Championship, and Penn State did not do so well, however the local hero walks out of the hospital to get on with the rest of his life. Granted the injury was a bruise and Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli saved his life, but my question is how long before we'll see the successful repair of spinal cord injuries? Will Christopher Reeve
posted by brent
on Jan 5, 2001 -