Posts tagged "2014 olympics"

Pussy Riot Tweets Paddy Wagon Selfies After Sochi Olympics Arrest

The two members of Pussy Riot arrested outside the Sochi Olympics tweeted selfies from inside a police wagon today. Authorities still haven't explained why members of the group, who were planning to perform a new protest song, have been detained. [Daily Dot,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 18, 2014

Cat Curling Would Make The Olympics Way More Watchable

An oldie but a goodie: this is from the 2006 Torino Olympics, when the American kittehs bested the Danish kittehs on the ice. (I think.) The Olympics would be much more watchable if cat curling was an actual sport, don't you agree? [YouTube]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2014

Openly Gay Billie Jean King Joins U.S. Delegation To 2014 Olympics In Anti-Gay Russia

President Obama has selected openly lesbian athletes Billie Jean King and Callie Cahow as delegates to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a country where homosexuality is frowned upon. Russian President Vladmir Putin has said gay visitors would be welcome at the Olympics, though — whatever that means. Some see these…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 18, 2013

Subway Riders In Moscow Can Now Pay For Their Rides With Exercise

Russia is gearing up to host the winter Olympics in 2014, and as preparation, the organization Olympic Changes installed a very special ticket machine in one of Moscow’s subway stations. Rather than accept monetary payment in exchange for a ride, the machine requires that customers do 30 leg squats or lunges to obtain a ticket.
By: Style Caster / November 14, 2013

Russian President Vladmir Putin Says Gays Are Welcome At The Olympics

“We are doing everything, both the organizers and our athletes and fans, so that participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation..." Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that gay participants and attendees of the upcoming 2014 Olympic festivities in Sochi will be welcome. Given Russia's harsh anti-gay laws and…
By: Claire Hannum / October 28, 2013

Figure Skater Johnny Weir Defends His NBC Olympics Gig In Russia Despite The Country’s Gay Discrimination

"I risk jail time just going there, but the Olympics are not the place to make a political statement. I’m not a politician and I don’t really talk about politics. You don’t have to agree with the politics, but you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting. ... It’s pretty obviou…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 25, 2013

Johnny Weir Retires From Figure Skating

Figure skater Johnny Weir has retired from skating and will cover the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia for NBC — despite the country's discrimination against gays. [US Weekly] Pauly D has never met his six-month-old daughter and is not too pleased the baby's mother, whom he hooked up with i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 23, 2013

Cher Refuses To Attend Russia’s 2014 Olympics Over Anti-Gay Bigotry

First Andy Cohen, then Wentworth Miller, now Cher — everyone is telling Russia where to stuff it. (Well, not President Obama. Oh, Syria.) Cher revealed that she refused an invitation to serve as an "ambassador" at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia due to the country's horrid criminalization of homosexuality. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 16, 2013

Why Everyone At The 2014 Winter Olympics In Russia Will Be Holding Hands

As, you've no doubt heard, Russia recently enacted an anti-gay law, banning all "promotion of nontraditional sexual relations [in front of minors], and makes any expression of real or perceived homosexuality – even something as innocuous as same-sex hand-holding – potentially illegal." The Russian government has warned that this law against homosexuality will apply to…
By: Daley Quinn / August 18, 2013