February 13, 2014 |
SOCHI - Someone obviously told this U.S. men's hockey team the story of their 1998 predecessors, the Monsters Who Destroyed Japan. That veteran-laden American team, the night of its elimination at Nagano, trashed some Olympic Village rooms. Unidentified players smashed chairs, spewed the foamy contents of two fire extinguishers over a few apartments and heaved a third from a fifth-floor window. They left Japan in disgrace, their vandalism having embarrassed their country more thoroughly than their medal-less performance.
February 11, 2014 |
GIVEN THE controversy surrounding Russia's anti-gay laws leading into the Sochi Olympics, you would think that the last thing that NBC would do during the Opening Ceremony would be to edit out a statement by the International Olympic Committee taking a stance against those laws. But that's exactly what the peacock network did when it edited out part of the speech by IOC president Thomas Bach during its tape-delayed broadcast. The IOC has long been accused of taking a head-in-the-sand approach to controversy surrounding the Games so it was big for Bach to urge everyone to not discriminate.
April 26, 2013
IN WHAT MAY go down as his greatest "wild-hair" moment, Mayor Nutter told the U.S. Olympic Committee - don't start laughing yet - that the city wants to host the 2024 Olympic Games. (I suspect he wants to see a bicycle race that's not on a city sidewalk.) He's found $20 billion under the cushions of his office sofa? I know we've decriminalized marijuana, but . . . Our police force will provide airtight security when it can't keep track of its own guns? We fail to collect from tax deadbeats, but will raise billions?
February 17, 2013 |
John Carlos says that Tommie Smith wore the black leather glove to the victory stand in the 1968 Olympics because he didn't want to shake hands with Avery Brundage. Makes sense. Brundage was the International Olympic Committee chairman, ran the IOC like a fascist fiefdom. Brundage was the guy who stripped Jim Thorpe of his Olympic medals because Thorpe got two bucks for playing in a semipro baseball game. Brundage was the guy who put the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany and had no problem with all those Heil Hitler salutes and the scratching of a Jewish sprinter from the 4 x 100 relay team, so as not to perturb the brown-shirted hosts.
August 11, 2012 |
LONDON - It looks like a mismatch of Olympic-size proportion. The dominant U.S. women's basketball team, which has won 40 straight Olympic games, seeks its fifth consecutive gold medal Saturday against upstart France, which has never won any medal in women's hoops. "They're a team nobody really talked about heading into the tournament, but personally I knew that was going to be a team we might have to face," said U.S. point guard Sue Bird. France is undefeated in the tournament along with the United States, although the Americans have beaten teams by 34 points a game, France just eight.
August 10, 2012
I'VE BEEN in arenas where I've had to pour a drink into a cup bearing the logo of a league's official sponsor. Corporations pay big money to be the "exclusive" whatever for an event like the Olympics and they expect brand protection. So organizers of the London Games are warning athletes in the Olympic Village that if they are going to "get busy," they better use the official condom of the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Following a tradition that began at the 1992 Barcelona Games and supported by the IOC, the London committee placed 150,000 free Durex condoms in dispensers for the more than 10,000 athletes.
August 9, 2012
Vuong Tong, Philadelphia born and raised, graduated in 2008 from the University of the Arts and moved to London a year ago to attend the University of the Arts there, no relation other than in name. He was swept up in the spirit of the Olympic Games and volunteered. Tong, 26, worked as a marshal at the opening ceremonies. He helped parade teams from North Korea, Micronesia, and the United States on the long walk from the Olympic Village to the Olympic Stadium for the ceremony. He got to meet and pose for photos with several stars.
July 30, 2012 |
LONDON - Jordan Burroughs sat at the front of the media room with his teammates alongside him, reached for his cellphone, and flashed a smile. The reigning world champion freestyle wrestler at 74 kilograms is less than two weeks away from competing for a gold medal, and while he's savoring every moment of living among the best athletes in the world, he's willing to share some of the fame too. "I love the attention. I wish I had WiFi right now so I could go on Twitter," the Sicklerville wrestler said at Saturday's news conference.
July 26, 2012 |
Susan Francia once thought that making the 2008 Olympic rowing team - and winning a gold medal in the U.S. Eight in Beijing - was the hardest thing she'd ever do. Physically, making the 2012 team was harder. A herniated disk suffered last summer - "a classic rowing injury," as her coach put it - led to a fractured rib last November, not her first. But the timing made it the worst. The Abington High School and Penn graduate couldn't row, or even work out on a rowing machine, for two months.
July 23, 2012 |
It was late summer 1972. I had been wandering around Europe for a few weeks. Why not stop in Munich to see the final days of the Olympics? What could go wrong? That is how I found myself in Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle, in the second row of the stands behind the basket where Doug Collins was shooting the most pressure-packed free throws in basketball history. — I don't remember exactly when I planned to arrive in Munich, but I do remember wondering if I would be going at all when I read about what was going on in the Olympic Village.