2016 Rio Olympics a logistical nightmare?

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a group of elected members that oversee all things related to the Olympics and the Olympic legacy.  The IOC — which is a non-profit, non-governmental organization — is believed to really, really like profit and other similarly shady dealings. (The “profit” link focuses only on the Sochi Winter games.) Meanwhile, Brazil, despite...
Via Next Impulse Sports
April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Olympian Gracie Gold says 'Yes' to prom request

via Good Morning America/Getty Images United States figure skater Gracie Gold has accepted Dyer Pettijohn’s request to attend his prom. Gold, 18,  left Sochi with a bronze medal in the team figure skating event and will now be trading in her ice skates for a pair of heels. Pettijohn made a emphatic plea for Gold to attend the prom with him in a YouTube video and it has paid off...
Via Tireball.com
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Russian skier still paralyzed from waist down after breaking spine

Maria Komissarova, the Russian freestyle skier who was severely injured during a training accident in Sochi, says she still  has no feeling in her body from the waist down.The 23-year-old Komissarova crashed and dislocated her spine on Feb. 15 during a training run. She fractured the 12th dorsal vertebrae, located in her lower back. During emergency surgery that lasted more than...
Via The Other Paper
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Reporter nearly caught up on Sochi human trafficking ring by accident

One of the stranger stories to come out of the Olympics was the accidental discovery of an Olympics human trafficking ring. It involved a man posing as a talent agent who was booking reporters to work for a major network covering the Sochi Games. Brittney Cason, a TV/radio personality based out of Charlotte, NC was approached by this man through her website. Cason says she and...
Via Awful Announcing
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

The 10 stories that defined the Sochi Olympics

As with any great sporting event, the Sochi Olympics had a mix of both triumph and tragedy over the course of the Winter Games. Here’s a look at the top 10 storylines – in no particular order – that came out of Russia over the past few weeks. 1. #SochiProblems Before the Games actually began, the talk was all about #SochiProblems and the various calamities that visitors, namely...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Gallery: The complete Johnny Weir Sochi Collection

After being the darlings of the Sochi Olympics, we wondered whether NBC would find a way to keep Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir in our lives until the next Winter Olympics in 2018.  Four years is a long time to reconvene and with figure skating events happening only periodically on television, fans of Tara & Johnny's wit, wisdom, and wardrobe were left worried that they may...
Via Awful Announcing
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The 10 best announcers from the Sochi games

The 2014 Winter Olympics have come and gone so it now gives us the chance to take a look back at the fortnight from Sochi and examine the best parts of NBC's coverage.  The peacock employed a small army of announcers, hosts, analysts, and reporters in Sochi but by the laws of internet lists, there are only 10 that can make the final cutdown of those most worthy of praise. ...
Via Awful Announcing
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Mikaela Shiffrin sets big goals for 2018 Winter Olympics

American skier Mikaela Shiffrin lived up to her billing Friday evening in Sochi as she smashed the competition to become the youngest slalom gold medalist in Olympic history. The 18-year-old didn’t waste any time laying out an ambitious plan for her trip to the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Shiffrin told reporters that she is dreaming of doing the unprecedented and...
Via Rumors and Rants
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Under Armour CEO defends his company's speedskating suit

Much of the blame for the United States failing to medal in a speedskating event has fell upon the suit designed by Under Armour.However, CEO Kevin Plank recently defended his company's design in an interview with USA Today, and announced that Under Armour is not backing down from the humbling experience. In fact, Plank says the company will renew its sponsorship of the U.S....
Via Bush League Chronicle
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Stakes are higher than ever in US-Canada semifinal game

This "Loser Keeps Bieber" billboard bet has been placed in Illinois. It's Team USA vs. Canada in hockey for all the marbles.
Via Gamedayr
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Maria Lamb blasts US Speedskating after poor Olympic showing

Maria Lamb didn’t perform how she wanted to at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and afterwards she unleashed a tirade against U.S. Speedskating as an organization. Lamb finished in last place (16th) in the 5,000 meters and did not hold back on the U.S. team’s leadership after the American skaters have failed to medal in Sochi. Most of the focus has been on the failure of the high-tech...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Crash results in amazing Ski Cross quarterfinals finish

The quarterfinals of the men’s Ski Cross created one of the most amazing photos of the Olympics following an epic crash on the final hill. On Thursday, Russia’s Egor Korotkov, Sweden’s Victor Norberg and Finland’s Jouni Pellinen all went down after the final jump, allowing Switzerland’s Armin Niederer to easily take the win. Niederer was obviously pleased, but the video...
Via Diehardsport
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kate Hansen spies ‘wolf’ wandering halls of her Sochi hotel

On Wednesday, American luger Kate Hansen spied what she believed to be a wolf wandering the halls of her Sochi hotel.
Via Gamedayr
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Gold medalist gets surprise visit from family on 'Ellen'

American snowboarder Jamie Anderson won the first ever slopstyle gold medal while competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. It earned her instant fame, a first-class seat upgrade, (probably) a few more endorsement deals and — most importantly — a guest appearance on “Ellen.” Anderson, 23, showed Ellen DeGeneres her bling in what was her first public appearance since...
Via NESN.com
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Jimmy Fallon unveils Sochi superlatives for Olympic athletes

Jimmy Fallon unveiled his Sochi superlatives for Olympic athletes on his first episode as host of "The Tonight Show."
Via Gamedayr
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Norwegian skier celebrates early, almost loses gold medal

Two years ago in London, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was fast enough to celebrate before the finish line and still cruise to victory. That’s not a skill all Olympians possess. Premature celebration almost cost Norwegian cross-country skier Emil Hegle Svendsen the gold medal Tuesday in the 15km mass start at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Svendsen had a sizable lead over France...
Via NESN.com
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The craziest moments from Sochi (so far)

Prior to the Sochi Winter Olympics there were plenty of concerns swirling around the Games of the XXII Olympiad. Whether it was melting snow, stray...
Via Athlon Sports
February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

British skier knocked unconscious tweets pic of battered face

British halfpipe skier Rowan Cheshire spent Sunday night in hospital after the perilous Sochi ski course snared another victim.The 18-year-old was knocked unconscious for a few minutes when she fell heavily on her face during a training run at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. The British Olympic Association confirmed she had concussion and that her condition would be monitored overnight...
Via The Other Paper
February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Ashley Wagner sends out great Valentine's Day card

Ashley Wagner Tweeted out a great Valentine’s Day card today, and you have to love the fact she can engage in a little self-deprecating humor.  The Olympian and her emotional faces have quickly become an Internet meme, and it is good to see she can laugh at it also. Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Russian curler Andrey Drozdov slips, smacks head on ice

All of those who say that Curling isn’t a contact sport, just ask Russian curler Andrey Drozdov. Check out the Russian who took a little spill on the ice during the Olympics and face-planted in the process. It ended just fine as the Russians knocked off Switzerland by a score of 7-6. You can also see video of the fail RIGHT HERE courtesy of NBC. [.GIF via Deadspin] Article found...
Via Next Impulse Sports
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Five not-so-inspirational Olympic moments

Sometimes it's fun to take a great athlete down a peg.
Via Gunaxin Sports
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Jamie Anderson: Tinder app is ‘next level’ in Olympic Village

The Olympic Village in Sochi was stocked with a shipment of 100,000 condoms for a reason. Hooking up at the Olympics is a tradition unlike any other, with many athletes having openly admitted over the years that sex is everywhere. US snowboarder Jamie Anderson says the popular dating app Tinder has taken things to the […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Olympic skier solves Sochi's stray dog problem in cutest way

United States Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy doesn’t make his Sochi debut until tomorrow in the ski slopestyle competition, but he’s already the Team USA leader for Tweeting the best photos that will make sure he’s the favorite of every woman back at home. Amid all of the talk about Sochi’s stray dog problem and how the city’s solution was to just start gassing them, Kenworthy...
Via With Leather
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Even Bob Costas' son has eye infection jokes

Bob Costas and his pink, gross, infected eyes has become the butt of jokes all over the nation.  From social media memes to late night routines, nearly everyone has had their swing at the face of the Olympics.  The infection was so bad, Matt Lauer had to sub for Costas and break his streak of 157 consecutive nights in the primetime anchor chair. The major question has been what...
Via Awful Announcing
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Lebanese Olympic skier Jacky Chamoun apologizes for racy topless photo shoot (SFW pics)

Lebanese Olympic skier Jacky Chamoun, scheduled to race in the women’s slalom and giant slalom next week in Sochi at the Winter Olympics, was forced to apologize after a behind-the-scenes video surfaced from a racy photo shoot she participated in where the skier appears topless. The shoot was for a calendar released last year and […]The post Lebanese Olympic skier Jacky Chamoun...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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