Posts tagged "olympics"

Could Have Been Worse: A Look At The Norwegian Curling Team’s Uniform Supplier

Curling? WTF is that? Did anyone ever care about this Olympic sport before the Norwegian team showed up with these blindingly loud pants? Either these kids got lost in Johnny Weir’s wardrobe on the way to the rink, or they thought they’d stand out with something different and, uh, attention-grabbing. Grab the world’s attention they…

By: Leonora Epstein / February 18, 2010

Lindsey Vonn Wins Gold In Downhill Skiing—By 0.56 Of A Second

0.56 of a second is, quite literally, the blink of an eye. But that’s all the time it took Lindsey Vonn to win the Olympic gold medal in yesterday’s women’s downhill skiing competition, beating her rival, fellow American skier Julia Mancuso. What makes Vonn’s win even crazier? The news has been inundated with tongue-wagging about…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 18, 2010

Shun, Shag, Or Marry: The American Boys Of The Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics are upon us and though I don’t care enough to actually watch the events, I care just enough to imagine the contenders naked. But it’s sometimes hard to see what’s going on under the layers—the goggles, the winter hats, and the frilly spandex figure skating outfits. This is why I’ve developed a…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 16, 2010

Nancy Kerrigan’s Dad Dies And Her Brother Is Arrested

Poor Nancy Kerrigan. She became fodder for made-for-TV movies back in 1994, when six weeks before the winter Olympics, the ex-husband of her figure-skating rival, Tonya Harding, clubbed her right knee with a police baton. Now, just two weeks from the 2010 Olympics, Kerrigan is back in the spotlight for another series of very unfortunate…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / January 26, 2010

Wuh-Woh! Not Enough Snow For The Winter Olympics?

Everyone’s getting pretty excited for the Winter Olympics, which start in Vancouver on February 12th. Only one thing is missing. And unfortunately, it’s a big one—snow. None is in the forecast and it’s too warm there to let snow machines do their usual work. The Vancouver Olympic Committee is busy figuring out a plan B—they’ll…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / January 23, 2010

Women To Watch At The 2010 Winter Olympics

As we settle into the sad realization that were only midway through winter, a few lucky ladies are getting in their last month of practice before the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The games kick off in Vancouver on Feb. 12, but this group of girls have been growing up and getting ready since they first…

By: Kelli Bender / January 21, 2010

Chicago Loses The Olympics

Not even President and Michelle Obama, nor Oprah herself, could seal the Olympic deal for Chicago. Chitown’s biggest powerhouses flew to Copenhagen this week to lobby for Chicago to host the 2016 Summer Games, but the second city lost the bid today in the first round of voting by the International Olympic Committee. Tokyo lost…

By: Wendy Atterberry / October 2, 2009

Women’s Boxing Is Now An Olympic Sport

I am a female boxer. A year ago, I was leaning against the boxing ring at my old gym in New York City, fully decked out in sparring gear and waiting nervously to hop in and kick some serious butt. To distract myself, I asked my trainer, “When do I get to compete in the…

By: Nikki Dowling / August 14, 2009

Cash-Strapped Olympian Opens A Brothel

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Logan Campbell, a cash-strapped Olympic hopeful, recently opened a gentlemen’s club in New Zealand so he could raise money and continue the intensive training that he needs to make it to the 2012 London Games. Campbell reportedly needs to raise about $190,000 over the next two years to prepare to…

By: Catherine Strawn / July 13, 2009

The 2010 Olympic Torch Looks Like A Joint

Remember when Michael Phelps got in trouble for smoking weed? Well, we think the Olympic people are toeing the hypocritical line because the torch they designed for the 2010 games looks unmistakably like a joint. It’s made of of stainless steel, aluminum, and sheet molding, but that hasn’t stopped many from calling it the “Olympic…

By: Nikki Dowling / May 21, 2009

The 15 Most Shocking Moments Of 2008

2008 is almost history, and it definitely made some. We saw plenty of highs — the election of the first African-American President — and lows — the stock market dip — but as we look back at a year of extremes, our jaw still drops at these unbelievably shocking moments…

By: Simcha / November 25, 2008

Pole Dancing To Become An Olympic Sport?

Apparently, a bunch of Mormon women in Utah — yes, Mormon women in Utah — are seeking to turn the fine art of pole dancing into a competitive sport at the 2012 Olympics. Typically when one thinks of pole dancing, one thinks of strip clubs, cigarette smoke, alcohol, mirrored walls, Lucite heels, Poison’…

By: Susannah Breslin / November 21, 2008

No More Playground Fun: Australian School Bans Cartwheels

If I could still do a cartwheel without hurting myself, I would. Just watching Shawn Johnson do those amazing gymnastic-tastic moves at the Olympics made me hearken back to a time when I would spend recess walking on my hands without worrying that my shirt was covering my face instead of my mosquito bites. Sigh,…

By: Simcha / August 26, 2008

Monday Menage: Foursomes At The Olympics

This Monday, we’re upin’ our usual threesome to a foursome! To whom do we bestow this honor? Two American teams that each won the 4 x 400 races in their sports — the men’s swimming team and the men’s track team. These eight athletes aren’t afraid to go for the gold — they came out…

By: Simcha / August 25, 2008

Slideshow: Stars Of Track And Field

We’ve moved on from ogling swimmers’ bodies to admiring those belonging to the men competing in track and field events. Since it can be difficult to take in their physical beauty in events that last less than 10 seconds, here are 13 medal-winners in all of their Olympic glory.

By: Catherine Strawn / August 22, 2008

The Today Show’s Wacky Olympics Coverage

The Today Show’s coverage of the Olympics in Beijing has been cracking me up. This morning they featured this troupe of Chinese old women who taught themselves hip-hop dance moves and yesterday morning, Al Roker and Matt Lauer showed off their skills on the dance floor, performing rhythmic gymnastics. Poor Al looks like…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 20, 2008

The Daily Squeeze: No Men In The Women, Diddy’s Favorite Sport, And Frank Sintra Kissed Kate Moss

The movie The Women, starring Meg Ryan, Annette Benning, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, and Jada Pinkett Smith, has absolutely no men it it, even in the background. [NY Post]…

By: Catherine Strawn / August 19, 2008

Michael Phelps: Who To Go For The Gold With?

Studly swimmer Michael Phelps is on everyone’s lips, yet shockingly still single. Although he shares a close relationship with his mama, the athlete has put off his personal life to become a well-trained machine. As the Olympics come to a close, Michael has broken records, but no one’s heart. So, now that he’ll have some…

By: Simcha / August 18, 2008

The Daily Hotness: Nastia Liukin And Shawn Johnson

I’m more than a little into watching the Olympics. In fact, I made my friends rush through dinner earlier in the week so I could run home and catch the women’s gymnastics team finals. Last night, the women’s individual all-around competition aired, and I wasn’t able to watch them live. This really ruined my otherwise…

By: Catherine Strawn / August 15, 2008

Male Swimmers: Abandon Full-Body Suits So We See Your Abs, Please

Male swimmers are not thought of as the most masculine of athletes because they have to shave their legs and wear tight suits to cut down on resistance, which makes them swim faster. But swimmers have hot bodies. Some of the hottest, in fact. They pretty much always have broad shoulders, toned backs, and sick…

By: Catherine Strawn / August 11, 2008