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Olympic great Michael Phelps to end retirement

Baltimore Sun: 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps is ending his retirement and will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics at an Arizona meet on April 24-26.

Phelps’s longtime coach Bob Bowman revealed the news Monday and said Phelps would swim three events — the 50- and 100-meter freestyles and the 100 butterfly. 

"I wouldn’t say it’s a full-fledged comeback," Bowman said.

Photo: Phelps celebrates after winning the gold in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay at the 2012 London Olympics. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images via Baltimore Sun)

We all knew it was coming, but still, this gif is necessary:

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catceleste:

my favorite winter sporting events

Snow Peas

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Beheading

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Bat Impressions

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Speed Cloning

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Bad Ideas

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I’M DYING.

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alex-waah:

Torah Bright

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whitehouse:

"I would personally like to thank all of our snowboarders and freestyle skiers for making newscasters across America say things like ‘air to fakie,’ and the ‘back-to-back double cork 1260.’ I don’t know what that means, really, but I just wanted to say it. I’m pretty sure I’m the first President to ever say that."

—President Obama honoring the US Olympic Team at the White House yesterday.

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With the Sochi Olympics behind them, IOC leaders are gathering in Turkey this week amid growing alarm over Brazil’s troubled preparations for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Six weeks after the close of the Winter Games in Russia, the International Olympic Committee executive board meets in the Mediterranean resort of Belek to review a wide range of issues - none more urgent than the chronic construction delays that are putting some of Rio’s venue plans at risk.

IOC President Thomas Bach convenes his policy-making board Wednesday for a two-day meeting during SportAccord, an annual global sports industry convention. Also meeting in Belek is the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations, whose leaders are deeply concerned about the construction holdups in Rio.

Bach has said repeatedly that Rio “doesn’t have a day to lose” to get ready for South America’s first Olympics, mindful of the continuing delays for this year’s World Cup in Brazil.

U.S. Figure Skating got a few of its stars to share their cell phone lock screens—here’s Alex Shibutani’s epic wallpaper featuring the Sochi flame. Some other notable screens: Jeremy Abbott’s Sochi patchwork print and Meryl Davis’s Disney princesses.

U.S. Figure Skating got a few of its stars to share their cell phone lock screens—here’s Alex Shibutani’s epic wallpaper featuring the Sochi flame. Some other notable screens: Jeremy Abbott’s Sochi patchwork print and Meryl Davis’s Disney princesses.

olympics:

The Birth of the Olympic Rings

The founder of the International Olympic Committee, Pierre de Coubertin, also created the Olympic Rings. Coubertin wrote a letter on July 15, 1913, and drew and colored the Rings on it by hand. This letter, pictured here, was the first time the Rings had ever been seen.

Soon after, the Rings made their debut on their first flag. It was made by the department store Le Bon Marché in Paris in 1913 based on a design by Coubertin. The flag was presented to the Paris Congress in 1914.

Pictured is another very early Olympic flag. This one was raised in Alexandria, Egypt, on the 5th of April 1914 (100 years ago today). It was in Chatby stadium at a sporting event commemorating 20 years since the founding of the modern Olympic Games.

“The Olympic flag […] has a white background with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red […]. This design is symbolic; it represents the five continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colours are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time.” - Pierre de Coubertin

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Team USA is at the White House to meet President Obama! Skeleton athlete and bronze medalist Matt Antoine shared this awesome pic on Twitter.

gameraboy:

Walt Disney looking over the plans for the 1960 Winter Olympics with Prentis C. Hale, organizing chair of the Olympics committee. From Vacationland Magazine, 1959. Via Vintage Disneyland Tickets

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