Winter Olympics 2014

February 7-23 in Sochi, Russia
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Olympic Crushes: Swimmers Cameron van der Burgh and Camille Lacourt

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The Olympics may be about peace, camaraderie, sportsmanship and all that stuff. But the other thing they’re good for? Alerting us Americans to the fine, fine athletic specimens that other countries boast.
Case in point: South Africa’s Cameron van der B… [Read More]
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NBC spoiled Missy Franklin’s victory moments before it aired

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Moments before airing Missy Franklin’s tape-delayed Olympic victory in the 100-meter backstroke, NBC ran a promo for Tuesday’s edition of “Today” that said this: ”When you’re 17 years old and win your first gold medal, there’s nobody you’d rather shar… [Read More]
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London’s mayor compares volleyball players to ‘wet otters’

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Sunday night, London’s wavy-haired mayor, Boris Johnson, wrote a column in the Telegraph listing “20 jolly good reasons to feel cheerful about the Games.”  No. 19 takes the cake:

As I write these words there are semi-naked women playing beach volleyb…

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Why do Olympic-level swimmers wear two caps?

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En route to her gold-medal performance in the women’s 100-meter butterfly race, U.S. swimmer Dana Vollmer’s outer cap fell off, showing another swimming cap underneath it.
Many Olympic-level and other competitive swimmers, including Michael Phelps, wea… [Read More]
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Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor on their ‘marriage counseling’

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LONDON — U.S. beach volleyball stars Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor have a psychological effect on their opponents.
“We’re not strong enough in our heads [to know] it’s really possible and not be afraid,” said Kristyna Kolocova of Czech R… [Read More]
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Unlimited beer and London Olympic beach volleyball at Horse Guards Parade

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LONDON — American sports fans have come to expect certain restrictions on adult beverage consumption at sporting events: two beers per purchase is typically the standard at places like Yankee Stadium, for example.
So it may have been a bit of culture… [Read More]
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Manu Ginobili has a foolproof plan to stop Tony Parker and his goggles

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As he recovers from the eye injury he sustained in the now-infamous Drake/Chris Brown nightclub brawl, French basketball star Tony Parker has worn not-very-cool-but-perfectly-functional sports goggles. It’s not the most fashion-forward look for a bask… [Read More]
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London Catch-up: Missy Franklin becomes the U.S.’s newest golden girl

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1. When Missy Franklin barely qualified for the finals of the 200-meter freestyle Monday evening, it seemed to suggest the U.S. teen phenom might not be in good enough form to contend in the 100-meter backstroke just 20 minutes later. Instead, Frankl… [Read More]
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Olympic Crush: Brazil’s women’s volleyball team

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Olympic Crush is exactly what it sounds like: A series about men and women we’re falling for during the London Games. (Example: The Dutch field hockey team.)
There are very few things that make me question my national pride. The popularity of “Toddler… [Read More]
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Luol Deng plays all but 63 seconds of Great Britain’s blowout loss to Russia on Sunday

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For both Chicago Bulls followers and hyper-aware NBA fans alike, “why is Luol Deng still out there?” was a familiar and oft-asked question from anyone that has live-tweeted a Chicago Bulls game over the last two years. Despite Deng’s longstanding inju… [Read More]
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