captainfantoewstic:

Best day of that kids life. x

Awwww. Hilary Knight is such a rock star.

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jakemrichardson:

Olympic plaza. Seoul 2014

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LEAKED DOCUMENT - Last Week Tonight’s guesses as to what the IOC demands of its host cities. [x]

Seems reasonable enough to me! Here’s the whole Last Week Tonight segment.

rosegym:

rosegym:

2014 Nationals: Sr. Men Day 2 - Sam Mikulak & Jake Dalton

Jake likes that Sam is using the thumbs up more.

Jake should do those commercials where they just turn and smile.

Congrats to the men’s team for winning bronze at Worlds!

Buzzfeed shadows Olympic swimmer Jessica Hardy for the day and reports back in the most Buzzfeed-y way: gif-heavy listicle!

17 Things You Learn When You Spend The Day With An Olympic Swimmer

Last week, I shadowed (and swam with) Olympian Jessica Hardy, a gold-medal swimmer, at her practice in Los Angeles. This is what I learned about what it takes to make it to the Games.

A 7,000-page dossier given to chiefs bidding for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games also included an insistence that IOC bosses meet the King of Norway before the Opening Ceremony, with a cocktail reception afterwards.

Oslo 2022 abandoned its bid on Wednesday (October 1) after the Conservative Party - the majority group in the Norwegian Government’s coalition - failed to offer its financial support.

Other so-called “demands” from the IOC included:

• The IOC President be welcomed ceremoniously on the runway when he arrives.

• IOC members have separate entrances and exits to and from the airport.

• The hotel bar extend its hours “extra late”.

• Hotel minibars stock Coca-Cola products.

• All IOC members be provided with a new Samsung mobile phone with a Norwegian mobile subscription.

• Meeting rooms be kept at exactly 20 degrees Celsius at all times.

• Separate lanes on all roads where IOC members will travel.

I like hotel bars and minibars as much as the next person, but someone’s gotta tell the IOC they can just hit up the vending machines—much easier than scaring off the remaining democratic potential host city,.

From the NY Times:

Oslo is withdrawing its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, and as difficult as it once would have been to believe, the contest to host those Games appears to be reduced to a dark-horse race between Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

“The I.O.C. is guaranteed a dictatorship,” said David Wallechinsky, the president of the International Society of Olympic Historians.

This is a winter-shed moment for the International Olympic Committee; one that should not come as a shock but should be a cattle prod to broad and meaningful change.

In a normal bidding cycle, both Beijing and Almaty would have been long shots, and not simply because of their dubious internal politics.

Asia already has the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. It is hardly in a global movement’s best interests to give a third straight Games to the same continent.

“The Western Europeans saying no is clearly a wake-up call, and we need to do something about it,” said Gerhard Heiberg, the Norwegian I.O.C. member who was head of the Lillehammer Olympic Organizing Committee and was a prime mover behind the Oslo bid.

But as Heiberg points out, the I.O.C. already was discussing plenty of change before Oslo’s decision. The new I.O.C. president Thomas Bach, with his Agenda 2020 initiative, is leading a serious attempt to rethink the bidding process and the Olympic sports program. The proof, of course, is in the revising, not the rethinking, but the wind does seem to be blowing toward lowering costs and focusing much harder on legacy issues — as well as working with prospective cities before they bid instead of simply judging them after they bid.

Read more at the source

ephemera-phile:

Montage of 12 Summer-Olympics-themed postage stamps, ca. 1968-72

ephemera-phile:

Montage of 12 Summer-Olympics-themed postage stamps, ca. 1968-72

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None of this is funny… but that last bit is kind of funny. And in the grand scale of things, Phelps hasn’t hurt anyone so I’m going to save my outrage.

I have a big soft spot for the design/marketing materials of failed Olympic bids—it’s like getting a glimpse of an alternate reality. So farewell, Oslo 2022, which has dropped out of the host city race today. From Nick Zaccardi at NBC OlympicTalk:

Oslo’s 2022 Winter Olympic bid is off after Norwegian government voted against financially supporting it, the bid’s director of marketing and communications said Wednesday.
“Yes, it’s off,” Marit Høvik Hartmann said in an email.
Oslo was named one of three finalist cities for the 2022 Winter Olympics by the International Olympic Committee in July. The two remaining finalist cities are Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Beijing.
The IOC will vote to select the host city on July 31, 2015, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I have a big soft spot for the design/marketing materials of failed Olympic bids—it’s like getting a glimpse of an alternate reality. So farewell, Oslo 2022, which has dropped out of the host city race today. From Nick Zaccardi at NBC OlympicTalk:

Oslo’s 2022 Winter Olympic bid is off after Norwegian government voted against financially supporting it, the bid’s director of marketing and communications said Wednesday.

“Yes, it’s off,” Marit Høvik Hartmann said in an email.

Oslo was named one of three finalist cities for the 2022 Winter Olympics by the International Olympic Committee in July. The two remaining finalist cities are Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Beijing.

The IOC will vote to select the host city on July 31, 2015, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

paris2london:

girilla-warfare:

Are you fucking kidding me

People are capable of doing this and I can’t even drink from a cup without spilling some on my boobs

Ugh tell me about it

One of my favorite parts of the Olympics: watching the athletes and thinking, “How are we possibly the same species?”

Attention future host countries: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) isn’t going to put up with your discrimination.

In what is seen as a direct response to Russia’s “gay propaganda” law that dampened the spirit of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the IOC announced Wednesday that the governing body will add an anti-discrimination clause to host-city contracts.

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Olympic cauldron #London #olympics (at Museum of London)