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S/O to the "B" Team

Last month, I was named to the U.S. Women’s Bobsled National Team, which is definitely a privilege and an honor. While I’m excited about it, I know that, "To whom much is given much is required.” Although I have made the national team, my spot on the U.S. Olympic team is not guaranteed; and there is still a lot of work for me to do if I want to make it...
Via Lane 9.
November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Here’s an Instagram vid of Leryn Franco balancing one-footed on a board because she’s pretty (video)

As Guyism notes, there really isn’t much going on in this video that Paraguyan javelin-throwing goddess Leryn Franco posted to her Instagram account a short time ago. And yet, it’s worthy of repeated viewings. You know, because she’s super hot and stuff. And if for some reason you happen to be unclear on the subject […]The post Here’s an Instagram vid of Leryn Franco balancing...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Sochi Olympic torchbearer's jacket lights on fire (Video)

A near disaster occurred this week in Russia during a recent leg of the Sochi Olympic torch relay as the jacket of a torchbearer caught on fire while he was carrying it.Former Russian bobsledder Pyotr Makarchuk was jogging through the city of Abakan with the torch when drops of liquid gas fell on his left shoulder, causing a flame to light up on the left arm of Makarchuk's jacket...
Via Holdout Sports
November 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Lady Gaga: Boycott the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Pop superstar Lady Gaga, who is openly bisexual, said countries should boycott the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia because of that country’s anti-gay laws. “I don’t think that we should be going to the Olympics at all,” she said on the British TV show “Chatty Man,” via The Independent. “I mean, I would never take anything away from (the athlete’s) hard work...
Via Intrigue Sports
December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH: U.S. women’s ski team lip-synchs Katy Perry medley

Julia Mancuso published a YouTube video of the U.S. women's ski team lip-synching a medley of Katy Perry songs.
Via Gamedayr
December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Lindsey Vonn to miss Sochi Olympics

Doug Mills/The New York Times Lindsey Vonn will miss the Sochi Olympics because if a right knee injury. The 29-year-old from Vail, Colo., announced her decision Tuesday on her Facebook page. “I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi. I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no ACL but the reality has sunk...
Via Sports-Glory
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Official staff apparel for the Winter Olympics is very ... colorful

A few months ago, the Sochi Olympics Twitter account teased some of the official apparel that volunteers and staffers will wear at the upcoming Winter Games.  The photos (including the one above) showed some very colorful threads that were not extremely easy on the eyes. Today, a friend of Next Impulse who will be working at the games has sent us a better look at more of the gear...
Via Next Impulse Sports
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Olympic ski jumper hospitalized after frightening crash

Three-time Olympic ski jump champion Thomas Morgenstern of Austria was hospitalized with skull injuries and a bruised lung on Friday after crashing during training for this weekend’s ski flying World Cup.“Thomas Morgenstern is conscious and well responsive,” the Austrian ski federation said in statement hours after the incident, adding the athlete’s condition would be monitored...
Via The Other Paper
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Stodgy IOC forces goalie to change mask paint scheme

As she prepares for the upcoming Olympics in Sochi, U.S. women’s hockey goalie Jessie Vetter came up with a few interesting ideas for painting her mask. Unfortunately, some of what she came up with doesn’t meet IOC muster, and she’s had to reaping her helmet. InGoal Magazine has the details: The good news is the […]Continue reading...
Via The Victory Formation
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

U.S. women's hockey goalie forced to remove Constitution from mask

A goalie for the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team has been forced to repaint her new mask by the International Olympic Committee this week. Jessie Vetter was forced to change her mask by the IOC because she had a copy of the U.S. Constitution on the back plate. That ruling is bound to upset plenty of people. Artist Ron Slater told InGoal Magazine the following regarding the reason...
Via Rumors and Rants
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Vladimir Putin to gay visitors during Olympics: Leave children alone

Russian President Vladimir Putin promises visitors who attend the Winter Olympics that Sochi will be a safe zone. However, he strongly advises all individuals with alternative lifestyles to stay away from children. The Guardian reported that during a meeting with volunteers, Putin explicitly stated that Russia bans homosexual propoganda, not “non-traditional relationships”...
Via BlackSportsOnline
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Dutch speed skater fires off double middle fingers at rival

Dutch speed skater Sjinkie Knegt was none too happy about his team’s 3rd place finish in the men’s 5000m relay at the European Short Track Championships in Dresden. As Knegt crossed the finish line he fired off a double middle finger salute to rival skater Viktor Ahn, whose Russian team captured the gold medal in the event… Knegt was disqualified for the obscene gesture,...
Via The Last Angry Fan
January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: US officials have concerns over security threats at Olympics

The more things change, the more things stay the same. Translation? We still do not trust Russia. The Cold War may have come to end nearly 25 years ago, but that doesn’t mean officials in the United States are anymore trusting of Russia, today. There are growing concerns out of Washington over potential security threats […]Continue reading...
Via The Victory Formation
January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Sochi Olympics Biathlon Center has 'bi-toilets'

Russia has spent $50 billion dollars on the Sochi Olympics — much of it making sure everyone is safe from the global threats of in-country terrorism and foreign gay athletes. But this just might be taking security and team unity to new levels.Here’s the restroom at the Sochi Winter Olympic Biathlon Center, as photographed by BBC correspondent Steve Rosenberg and retweeted by...
Via The Other Paper
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Jamaican bobsled team nets $120K in online crowdfunding campaign

The Jamaican bobsled team is heading to the Winter Olympics for the first time since 2002, and the help of strangers is one of the top reasons why the two-man sled team of Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon have been able to accomplish that goal. Through an online crowdfunding campaign, the team has raised over […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

NBC denies role in Lolo Jones’ selection to US bobsled team

Lolo Jones is once again a hot topic of discussion, this time for her selection to the U.S. bobsled team last week. She will compete in Sochi, Russia in about three weeks time. Lolo was a scene stealer at the Summer Games in London in 2012, even though she failed to win a medal. Her […]Continue reading...
Via The Victory Formation
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

US warns Olympians: Wearing team colors in Sochi puts you at risk

Ralph Lauren's red, white and blue U.S. Winter Olympic team uniforms might be great  for strutting the New York City catwalks, but could put your life at risk on the streets of Sochi.As they unveiled their Olympic outfits Thursday, officials cautioned competing American athletes to keep them under wraps outside the Sochi Winter Games sports venues.A memo sent to athletes by...
Via The Other Paper
January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Mexican skier rocks Mariachi band-themed Olympics garb in Sochi

He probably won’t come close to the medal stand, but Mexican downhill skier Hubertus von Hohenlohe will most certainly make an splash at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.  At 55 years of age, von Hohenlohe is the second-oldest Winter Olympian ever, and his resume reads like something out of an action movie. He was born in Mexico City and competes under the Mexican flag, but...
Via NESN.com
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Toilets at Sochi Olympics sites have bizarre warning about toilet paper

The facilities at the Sochi Olympics continue to get weirder. First, there were two-toilet stalls. Then, three-bunked rooms. Now, Sochi’s bathrooms are kindly asking users not to flush away their poopy toilet paper, but throw it in a nearby bin instead. Yes, a bin filled with dirty toilet paper. That must smell great. I’m hoping for the sake of everyone at the Olympics that...
Via Next Impulse Sports
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Shaun White pulls out of slopestyle event, gets called out by rival

US snowboard star Shaun White, one of the few TV-ready stars of this year’s Olympics, will put his first appearance on hold. The half-pipe champion of the Vancouver games was scheduled to compete in a new event in Sochi, the slopestyle. He has opted to pull out, citing concerns about injuries. There have been concerns […]Continue reading...
Via The Victory Formation
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Olympic athletes take a selfie while sitting on dual toilets

Via Guyism
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

100,000 condoms distributed to athletes living in Olympic Village

It's the worst kept secret that sex runs wild among athletes living in the Olympic Village. I mean, what else would you expect when bringing the world's most physically fit humans together under one roof?With that in mind, officials in Sochi have reportedly passed out more than 100,000 condoms in preparation for what is to come during the Olympic games. That figure is meant...
Via Bush League Chronicle
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Women’s downhill skiing delayed because jump was too big

Add another blemish to a week that has been pretty much a complete disaster for Olympic organizers in Sochi. Training for women’s downhill skiing was delayed for more than an hour on Thursday after it was determined that one of the jumps was too large. After one skier injured her knees, you could even argue […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Russian official: Sochi no more dangerous than Boston, New York

The 2014 Winter Olympics have underway open for less than 24 hours, and Sochi’s shoddy lodging and dangerous competition venues have already been well-documented. Fears of terrorism and actual concerns for the safety of athletes and spectators have been overblown, though, according to one high-ranking Russian official. “The level of fear should be lower,” Russian deputy prime...
Via NESN.com
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Russian officials spying on journalists in hotel rooms?

By now you’ve all heard about the horrendous conditions at the hotels in Sochi on the eve of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Journalists and athletes are appalled by the condition of everything from the lack of beds, pillows, floors, hot water, working toilets, light bulbs, door handles, etc. It sounds like a nightmare. But on Thursday a Russian official claimed those reports are overblown...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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