August 19, 2016
Olympian White accused Olympic snowboarder and bajillion-time X Games medalist Shaun White has been accused of sexual harassment by his former Bad Things bandmate Lena Zawaideh . In a lawsuit, Zawaideh claims White sexually harassed her, forced her to watch pornography, and did not pay her after she was fired from the band. To illustrate her case, she also included text messages White allegedly sent her. "Many years ago, I exchanged texts with a friend who is now using them to craft a bogus lawsuit," White said in a statement.
August 17, 2016 |
It is a tricky proposition to be the first of your race, religion, gender, etc., to accomplish something - especially on a stage as magnified as the Olympics. Take, for example, the stories of U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel and U.S. gymnast Simone Biles during the first week of the 2016 Rio Olympics. At the core, what these two African-American athletes accomplished during the first week of the Games was basically the same. The narratives, however, became quite different. Manuel never wanted to be known as the "African-American" swimmer.
August 11, 2016 |
We are less than a week into the 2016 summer Olympic Games, and we've already witnessed quite a few conversation-starter style happenings. Some of the sporty goings-on were catwalk appropriate: supermodel Gisele Bündchen glamorously walking down the opening ceremony runway to Rio de Janiero's unofficial anthem (and Fashion Week favorite), "The Girl from Ipanema. " Others were trendy, albeit painful-looking: Michael Phelps and other swimmers appearing on TV Sunday with purple, circular bruises on their backs from cupping - a recovery therapy in which heated glass cups suction the skin.
August 6, 2016
ISSUE | SUMMER OLYMPICS Danger in Rio waters Shame on the International Olympic Committee for not vetting all the venues in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before awarding the city the Games. A report commissioned by the Associated Press revealed that water in Rio's Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, where Olympic rowing will take place, contained 248 million adenoviruses per liter in June. That was an improvement over the 1.73 billion adenoviruses per liter in March 2015 but would be considered an alarming number in the United States ("Rio waterways still teeming with filth," Tuesday)
August 6, 2016 |
Tonight marks the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics, hosted by Rio de Janeiro. For those of us who didn't quite qualify to swim alongside Michael Phelps but still want to stay active, here are a few local ways to try out Olympic sports while tuning into the Games. B&A Archery, 7169 State Rd., Beginner's lessons: $35, 215-333-3520. "Archery is addictive," said Bill Arrow, owner of Tacony's B&A Archery. "When you shoot a bow, you want to do it more, you want to get better, and you want to do what other people can't.
August 3, 2016 |
WARNING TO those walking or jogging or looking for Pokemon characters along the Wissahickon Trail or anywhere along Kelly Drive. You might come across an Olympian and not even know it. Ajee' Wilson has been a Temple student since 2013, when she decided to turn pro and move to Philadelphia to be able to train more conveniently with coach Derek Thompson. She lives near the intersection of Washington Lane and Stenton Avenue. "Some people tell me it's Mount Airy, others say it's West Oak Lane," she said, laughing.
July 6, 2016
ISSUE | SUMMER OLYMPICS Protect athletes Thank you for the editorial about the challenges athletes will face at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, next month ("Dangerous Games," June 24). I've been concerned that the focus on Brazil's inability to contain the Zika virus has overshadowed other threats to the health and safety of Olympians. I would add the likely security challenges and possible problems with the construction of Olympic facilities. The International and U.S. Olympic Committees should do a better job of looking out for athletes and spectators.
June 29, 2016 |
Arie Gluck, 86, of Voorhees, a member of Israel's first Olympic track team and a legendary director of a summer camp in the Poconos, died Thursday, June 23, at Virtua Voorhees Hospital. Mr. Gluck was the director at Camp Harlam for 37 years, starting in the summer of 1966. Current director Aaron Selkow described him as "one of the great legends in this field. " While he ran an organization built around fun and play, Mr. Gluck's former colleagues remembered him as a leader commanding great respect.
October 17, 2015 |
When Jen Rhines built up her mileage training for the 2004 Olympic Marathon Trials, she kept running the same route over and over again: through Fairmount Park around the Schuylkill. When she lines up to run the Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll half marathon on Oct. 31, she'll consider it a kind of homecoming. "This is exciting for me and I can't wait to get out there," she said. Rhines, 41, is bringing major running star power to what has been Philadelphia's largest half marathon.
July 23, 2015 |
Jordan Burroughs is nose deep in his four-year preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. On Saturday, the wrestler from Sicklerville, N.J., won the gold medal at the Pan Am Games and will train for more than a month in Nebraska before the world championships in Las Vegas start Sept. 7. There's always another match, and the preparation rarely stops. Nineteen days ago, he did take a break from the mat for a trip to Philadelphia, where he started making appearances at 7 a.m. When he finally sat down for breakfast with two representatives from Liberty Mutual on South Broad Street at 9:30, Burroughs looked down at a blue felt case with "London 2012 Summer Olympics" engraved on it. Inside the case is what pulled him from TV appearance to TV appearance on that day. It's what has turned his life into an unending series of calculated steps.