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 incidents. Sunday night, Nancy’s brother Mark, 45, got into a scuffle with Nancy’s father, Daniel Kerrigan, 70, over making a telephone call. The two fought, knocking pictures off the wall. At one point, Mark put his hands around Daniel’s throat, and Daniel fell to the floor. An ambulance rushed Daniel to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Mark resisted arrest and police officers had to use pepper spray to subdue him. Keep reading »
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 be bringing in stockpiles of snow from higher elevations and maybe even shipping some in. They also plan to lay star under the existing snow to give it a base. Darn you, global warming. [NY Times] Keep reading »
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 set foot into a snowboard, skis, a sled, or skates. With a talented mix of both seasoned and fresh competitors, one thing is certain—they are all hungry for the gold. Here is your guide to America’s leading ladies in all things sport and snow.
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 in the next round, and in the final round the IOC selected Rio de Janeiro over Madrid to host the games. This will be the first time a South American city will host the Olympics. Brazil was a favorite to win the games — mostly because every other country has hosted before — but there was an audible gasp in the voting room when it was announced that Chicago lost in the first round. Still, I know many Chicagoans will be relieved by the results — there was a big fear of increased taxes if their city won the bid — and I for one can’t wait to watch all those hot Brazilian boys in the stands when the Olympics take over their country. [via WashingtonPost.com] Keep reading »
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 Olympics?” He looked at me funny and shook his head. “Girl, women’s boxing isn’t an Olympic sport.” I was shocked. While men’s boxing has been in the Games for 105 years, female boxers have never had the chance to duke it out for gold. Keep reading »
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 compete at the Olympic level in taekwondo. Keep reading »
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 Toke.” We aren’t really surprised that this sweet item hails from Vancouver, a very “marijuana-friendly” place. Maybe the designers were trying to promote British Columbia’s biggest cash crop? Keep reading »
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…
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’s “She’s My Cherry Pie,” and thongs stuffed with dollar bills. With these ladies? Not so much. Instead of “pole dancing,” they call their brass pole gymnastics “pole fitness.” “I don’t take my clothes off — at all!” one woman protests. Their high heels, they explain, are for muscle building. “We are some of the safest, most-skilled athletes,” another Olympics contender reveals. Some practitioners are housewives, not Olympic hopefuls, but no matter who you are it sounds like working the pole sheds pounds. Want to sign the petition? It’s here. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
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, those were the days. But sadly, a grade school in Australia has banned “dangerous” cartwheels and handstands in an attempt to avoid injuries. Needless to say, parents are baffled and kids are bummed. What’s next: banning writing because it could cause carpal tunnel? Outlawing hopscotch because you could sprain your ankle?