August 17, 2016 |
Plenty of Olympic veterans from the Philadelphia area are in Rio for the 2016 games - basketball coaches Dawn Staley and Geno Auriemma and soccer star Carli Lloyd, to name a few. But one longtime local Olympics player is missing in action this year. After catering 16 Olympic Games since 1968, Aramark is sitting on the sidelines, not because it had to, but because it didn't bid for the huge and important job of feeding the athletes in the Olympic Village. "It was a business decision," company spokeswoman Karen Cutler said, declining to explain further.
May 18, 2016 |
GALLOWAY, N.J. - From June 3-5 on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Sweden's Anna Nordqvist will try to do what's never been done in the three-decade history of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, which is successfully defend her title. And in August at the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, she'll try to do what no female golfer has even had the chance to do since 1900, which is win a medal. Nordqvist, who turns 29 next month, is one of the two women who will be representing her homeland in Rio de Janeiro.
May 18, 2016 |
When Gil Hanse flew to Rio de Janeiro with his wife and the couple's youngest child at the start of 2013 to supervise construction of the golf course for the next Summer Olympics, he figured it would be "a slam dunk" to build it in about 10 months given that grass could grow year-round in the balmy Brazilian climate. There was no way, however, that Hanse, a Malvern resident who is one of golf's most highly regarded course designers, could have foreseen the land ownership disputes, environmental protests, logistical nightmares and broken promises that turned the historic project into a stressful undertaking of more than two years for him, his team, and his family.
May 30, 2014 |
A year after enthusiastically announcing that Philadelphia was throwing in its hat to seek the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, Mayor Nutter has pulled that hat back. Citing concerns about cost and the logistics of hosting other large events here in the near future, Nutter said the timing was just not right. "The time, the effort, the fund-raising, the prospect of creating new venues . . . it is a tremendous, costly endeavor," Nutter said Wednesday. "We decided that, at this time, we would not put in or submit a bid. " The mayor notified the U.S. Olympic Committee earlier this month of the city's decision not to pursue a bid to host the 2024 summer games.
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.