swingbyswing:


BY DEREK CLEMENTS (FEATURED COLUMNISTS)


THERE is something intrinsically wrong about highly-paid professionals taking part in the Olympic Games.

Okay, I know that the days of the true amateur are long gone, that the Corinthian spirit has been replaced by the Win-At-All-Costs-And-Make-Loads-Of-Money spirit. But, how can it be right for millionaires to be competing alongside amateur boxers, people who sacrifice everything to paddle a canoe down a fast-flowing river, or a man who trains every waking moment in order to be able to win the 20km walk, praying with every step that he will not be disqualified because some judge thinks he is actually running?

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andymac85:

Current reading this book for some research in doing. It’s about a Cold War romance between an American and a Czech. They were both Olympians at the 1956 Games in Melbourne. The got married in 1957 but it required a lot if international relations movements to get approval and visas. It’s really pretty good!

johnphilbin:

The Grateful Dead sponsored the Lithuanian Men’s Basketball Olympic team during the 1992 Olympics.

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usagymnastics2008:

Paul Hamm: Only US man to have won a World All Around Title or a Olympic All Around Title

In honor of Paul’s 10 year golden anniversary, I really wanted to find a gif of Paul Hamm falling (almost) on the judges’ table after botching his vault dismount. But alas, no luck. This photo brings it all back crystal clear, though:


Team USA has a great look back, too. I forgot that he competed after Alexei Nemov on high bar in the event finals, and that he made the Beijing team but withdrew due to injury. Never forget how mad cute those garlands were, though:

usagymnastics2008:

Paul Hamm: Only US man to have won a World All Around Title or a Olympic All Around Title

In honor of Paul’s 10 year golden anniversary, I really wanted to find a gif of Paul Hamm falling (almost) on the judges’ table after botching his vault dismount. But alas, no luck. This photo brings it all back crystal clear, though:

Team USA has a great look back, too. I forgot that he competed after Alexei Nemov on high bar in the event finals, and that he made the Beijing team but withdrew due to injury. Never forget how mad cute those garlands were, though:

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The crumbling miniature theater is inscribed with the words “glory, wealth, wisdom, victory, triumph, hero, labor” - and it is where visiting Olympic officials planted an olive sapling that would bear their names for posterity.

Once a symbol of pomp, the marble theater is now an emblem of pointless waste in a venture that left a mixed legacy: a brand-new subway, airport and other vital infrastructure that significantly improved everyday life in a city of 4 million, set against scores of decrepit sports venues built in a mad rush to meet deadlines - with little thought for post-Olympic use.

As Greece groans under a cruel economic depression, questions linger of whether the Athens Games were too ambitious an undertaking for a weak economy. While economists agree it would be unfair to blame the meltdown on the 17-day Games, the post-Olympic era is seen as a decade of lost opportunities - including failure to significantly boost the country’s sporting culture. It’s a lesson to which Brazil may pay heed, as it races to complete projects ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Great (if depressing) article about Athens. The Guardian also has some great/depressing pictures:

Is this the most badass pic ever or what?

Is this the most badass pic ever or what?

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Robin Williams ran the 800m in 1:58 and opened his first “Saturday Night Live” monologue by talking about the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics.

Williams, who died Monday at 63, had several ties to the Olympics and Olympic sports.

On the Dan Patrick Show last year, Williams was asked what sports movie he would make that hasn’t been made. He immediately told the story of Ethiopian Abebe Bikila, who won the 1960 Rome Olympic marathon barefoot, then successfully defended his gold medal four years later.

olympics:

Exactly 30 years ago, Carl Lewis won his fourth gold medal in Los Angeles!#mondaymemories #la84 #olympics

fyeahschmelpers:

THIS MIGHT BE ONE OF THE GREATEST SELFIES EVER TAKEN BY MCKAYLA MARONEY

I’m so glad McKayla hasn’t given up on her quest to snag a swimmer. The world demands a cross-sport Olympic dream couple!

the olympics - the emotions on the athletes bares the truth. whether it’s happiness and laughter or sadness and tears - these emotions are what defines us as humans and for once, we are all equal.

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ahleeya-moostafeena:

Something a bit different, which I have dubbed a “gymfographic” (who doesn’t love puns). See it in full HQ here without all of the stupid breaks that Tumblr made me do.

olympics:

London 2012 – London 1908 #tbt #highjump #olympics