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March 01 2014

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February 12 2014

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February 10 2014

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Sage Kotsenburg is Zaphod Beeblebrox, and I claim my five bucks.


Oh, and Staale Sandbech is Jay, as in Jay and Silent Bob.

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February 09 2014

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joannalaine:

Journalists at Sochi are live-tweeting their hilarious and gross hotel experiences

Amid continued debate over whether or not Sochi is prepared to host the 2014 Olympics, which begins Thursday, reporters from around the world are starting to check into local hotels — to their apparent grief. Some journalists arriving in Sochi are describing appalling conditions in the housing there, where only six of nine media hotels are ready for guests. Hotels are still under construction. Water, if it’s running, isn’t drinkable. One German photographer told the AP over the weekend that his hotel still had stray dogs and construction workers wandering in and out of rooms.

More entertaining than the actual Olympics could ever be.

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August 16 2013

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Tell the International Olympic Committee to protect Olympic athletes and fans by moving the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia.

Russia is waging a war on gay people — and Russian politicians have made it clear that they will enforce the country’s draconian new anti-gay rules on both fans and athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

The “gay propaganda” ban makes it illegal to be openly gay and has harsh consequences for anyone convicted of sharing what is considered to be “homosexual information” to minors. A same-sex embrace or carrying a pro-gay sign can lead to arrest and imprisonment. What’s more, the Russian government can detain foreigners for up to 14 days before expelling them from the country if their behavior runs afoul of Russia’s harsh anti-gay statutes. …

via Don’t let Russia arrest gays at the Olympics | CREDO Action

August 10 2012

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Usian Bolt will get the chance to fulfil one of his sporting dreams after being given a ‘trial’ with English Premier League soccer club Manchester United.

Bolt discussed his love for soccer after his sensational performance in the men’s 100-metre final on Sunday, insisting he has the physical attributes to make it as a professional player.

United have responded by giving him the chance to prove his talents following the Olympics, with a source saying that the Jamaican superstar will be invited to the team’s training base in Carrington, a suburb of Manchester.

“Just like everyone else, the players are huge fans of Bolt and have massive respect for him,” the source said. “We would love to have him along. After he spoke about the club after the most-watched race in the world it makes perfect sense.

“We would welcome him with open arms and it would certainly make all the boys and the coaching staff pretty excited to meet him and see his skills. They would love to see what he has got with the ball.”

United’s veteran defender, Rio Ferdinand, contacted Bolt via Twitter yesterday to offer congratulations on his Olympic record-breaking triumph in the 100 metres.

“If you want that trial at Man Utd shout me,” Ferdinand tweet. “I’ll speak to the boss. Well done in 100m.”

Bolt replied: “After the Olympics we work on that … lol … thanks man.”

As it turns out, United’s marketing staff is already working on the trial. The primary incentive is not, perhaps surprisingly, attracting the positive publicity that having pictures of Bolt in a United shirt would bring.

United and manager Sir Alex Ferguson are conscious of the value of keeping the team’s spirits high and go to extreme lengths to care for the players…

(via Bolt for Man U tryout? - Sports - Jamaica Gleaner - Wednesday | August 8, 2012)

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Jamaica’s Usain Bolt has said he was expecting a world record in the 200m final, but he said he had to temper his effort because he felt a pain in his back when he came around the curve.

“I was fast, but I was not fit enough,” Bolt said in a BBC interview shortly after the race.

“I knew it was going to be a world record because when I came off the corner I could feel it,” Bolt said.

But he says he felt a strain on his back and so he had to change his form.
“I really wanted to try to get the world record, but it was hard,” he said.

Bolt blazed to 19.32 seconds to lead a clean sweep for Jamaica in the men’s 200m final. …

(via Back pain stopped world record, says Usain Bolt - News - Latest News - Jamaica Gleaner)

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• David Rudisha storms to gold in 1min 40.91sec
• Kenyan runner avoids wild celebrations at finish

They say David Rudisha is ‘the greatest runner you’ve never heard of’. That is the line that has been rolled out by the headline writers at the BBC, Vanity Fair and a few others in recent weeks. You know him now. Rudisha, the greatest 800m runner in history, broke his own world record at the Olympic Stadium on Thursday night. He became the first man in history to run two laps of the track in under 1min 41sec, finishing in 1:40.91.

For a lap and a half, the 80,000 crowd, already giddy with anticipation of seeing Usain Bolt race Yohan Blake in the 200m final later that night, seemed to have been silenced, as through they were stunned by what Rudisha was doing. He led the race from the first bend to the finish line, running a series of split times that defied both belief and sense – 23.30sec for 200m, 49.28sec for 400m, 1min 14.30sec for 600m. On and on he went, his long. muscular stride carrying him smoothly along the track. Finally, as he kicked again around the final bend, it became clear that this was really happening, and the 80,000 erupted into life.

If you did not know Rudisha, it is only because he keeps such a low profile. There were no histrionics on the startline, and no exuberant celebrations at the finish. The only difference was that his smile was a little bigger at one end than it had been at the other. “I am very happy,” he said after he had completed a lap of honour together with his Kenyan teammate Timothy Kitum, who took bronze. “I’ve waited for this moment for a very long time. To come here and get a world record is unbelievable. I had no doubt about winning. Today the weather was beautiful – I decided to go for it.” Indeed it was. Outside the sun was setting, turning the sky a colour that must have been familiar to Rudisha, a twilight shade that he grew up with each night in Iten, up in the Rift Valley. It was a glorious day, falling towards the end of a wonderful Games, and it helped inspire him to produce one of the defining moments of the 2012 Olympics. …

(via David Rudisha breaks world record to win Olympic 800m gold for Kenya | Sport | The Guardian)

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“Some people think I’m bonkers. But I just think I’m free. Man I’m just living my life. There’s nothing crazy about me.” The DJ had a good sense of timing. He dropped Dizzee Rascal’s track Bonkers, which has become a kind of unofficial anthem for these Olympics, just a moment after Usain Bolt had crossed the line, breaking the tape with the forefinger he had held up to his lips to silence the world. Too late Usain, they were all too busy going nuts. By the time Rascal had reached the verse Bolt was face down on the track reeling off a series of push-ups while Yohan Blake cheered him on, along with 80,000 other people in the stadium, and countless millions around the world.

It took Bolt 19.32sec to run the 200m final and two hours and 15 minutes to make his way from the finish line to the press conference room, which is about 20 metres from the track. It was not his fault. He had to take the long way around. It started with a lap of honour that saw him stop to bump fists with everyone and anyone in the front row of the crowd who was wearing Jamaican kit, the masses reaching out to grab at him like the girl in the front row of the Shea Stadium when The Beatles played in ‘65. By the time he had reached the home straight again, Bolt had bumped into a Swedish photographer, who, he said, has “been stressing me for the last three days, he’s always like ‘Usain, Usain, take a picture, take a picture.’” So Bolt obliged. He took the camera and started snapping Blake, who was vamping it up like Vincent Price after a long night on the rum, striking that the scowling beast pose of his. Even Bolt finds that absurd, teasing him much as Muhammad Ali used to mock Sonny Liston, waving his arms around in front of him as though he was pretending to be a zombie.

Bolt said he was so worried that Blake was outshining him with his pre-race routine that he was forced to cook up the regal wave he offered the crowd on the startline tonight, just to tickle the British fans. Before that Bolt had been talking to the volunteer who was holding his kit. “I said to her ‘you nervous? Why?’ and she was like ‘I’m just so excited!’ So that was pretty funny.” …

… And we found out that Bolt believes he can beat David Rudisha, the new Olympic 800m champion, over a 400m race. That, actually, was a more interesting line than the rest, if only because Rudisha is keen on the idea himself, and has said he thinks the race would “be great fun”. If that happens, the world might just fall off its axis.

Pity the poor tongue-tied journalist who asked “Can you assure us that you and the Jamaican drug team…” at which point the room burst into hysterics. “Pardon me that was a slip of the tongue… can you assure us that the Jamaican track team are drug free?” Yes, he could. “Is happiness the real drug?” asked another. And someone else got up just to offer their congratulations on behalf of “the millions of people in India”. …

(via Usain Bolt celebrates at length after winning the Olympic 200m final | Sport | The Guardian)

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Usain Bolt poses with Warren Weir (left) and Yohan Blake (right), after Jamaica swept the board in the Olympic 200m final. Photograph: Jeremy Selwyn/NOPP

Shush, he told the crowd before the start. Calm down, he gestured. So serene was he, so unstressed by the whole thing, that after he had taken care of the necessary business he got down on the track and performed a few press-ups. In between times he ran 200m in 19.32 seconds: not a threat to his own world record, or even to his Olympic record, but certainly good enough to reassert his standing as the world’s fastest man.

Yohan Blake, his compatriot and training partner, had beaten Bolt in the national trials at both 100 and 200m, and he did his best once again to give his rival a contest, finishing strongly and closing what had been a big lead as they came off the bend to a margin of 0.4sec – still an eternity – behind the great man. Warren Weir completed a devastating clean sweep of the medals for Jamaica. …

(via Usain Bolt seals his place in the pantheon with stunning fifth gold | Sport | The Guardian)

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Olympic double gold medal winner says he now wants to add a third to his London 2012 collection

(via Usain Bolt’s double gold: ‘I’m now a legend. I am the greatest athlete to live’ | Sport | The Guardian)

August 07 2012

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Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (centre), Veronica Campbell-Brown (left) and the United States’ Carmelita Jeter display their medals on the podium during the medal presentation ceremony for the women’s 100m Olympic finals, at the London Olympic Games yesterday. Fraser-Pryce (10.75 seconds) won gold ahead of silver medallist Jeter (10.78), while Campbell-Brown (10.81) took bronze. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

(via ‘This one means more’ - Sports - Jamaica Gleaner - Monday | August 6, 2012)

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Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce after winning the womens’ 100m final

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