2012 OLYMPICS LONDON NEWS

World champion swimmer Alexander Dale Oen dies after training

Norwegian swimmer Alexander Dale Oen, who took gold in last year's World Championships, died late Monday in Flagstaff, Ariz., according to Norway's swimming federation. Dale Oen, 26, was found collapsed in his shower after a training session. Emergency responders attempted to resuscitate him but were unable to do so. He was pronounced dead around 9 p.m. at a Flagstaff...
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May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Female Boxers to Fight in Skirts at 2012 Olympics

December 1, 2011   The Olympics is the biggest sporting event in the world. Many countries participate in both the summer and winter games. The event is so big that it can bring an incredible amount of revenue to which ever country host it which is why world leaders make fools out of themselves trying to bid for the world games.   Sometimes the Olympics make some questionable...
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May 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Michael Phelps says his 12,000-calorie diet is a 'myth'

Four years ago in Beijing, when Michael Phelps wasn't amazing us with the preposterous things he was pulling off in a swimming pool, the stories about his compulsive eating habits were. His diet appeared to resemble that of a competitive eater rather than a record-breaking Olympian, and its ascendance from the sports world into pop culture lore all but signaled the diet'...
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May 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Azerbaijan's wrestling team smells awful, uses Febreze (Video)

In case you were dying for proof that Febreze could eliminate the grimiest of stenches, here is Azerbaijan's wrestling team dousing all of its equipment with the product after working up a massive sweat to make themselves extra musty. Blindfolded people were then brought in to see if they could decipher what they were smelling. That the people were making guesses such...
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May 12, 2012  |  1 Comment

Manchester United reportedly blocking its stars from Olympics

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has already said this week that his striker Javier Hernandez won't be competing in the Olympics this summer for his native Mexico. But apparently he won't be the only Man U player blocked from competing in London. The English juggernaut has reportedly placed an embargo on its players after writing a letter to the English...
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May 12, 2012  |  Discuss

London tricks IOC over traffic congestion with GPS transmitters

With the Olympics fast approaching, long-standing concerns over London's ability to handle the influx of traffic gridlock still aren't dying down. But, according to the Daily Mail, the city's Olympic organizers were able to overcome the congestion hurdle during the bid review process by tricking International Olympic Committee delegates. London officials created the...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Olympic Confusion

What used to be a 'once every four years' summer event that I couldn't wait for, has become a confusing mess that provides absolutely nothing to look forward to. Once upon a time, the Olympics showcased amateur athletes, making extraordinary sacrifices to compete against other 'similarly funded' athletes. But when you realize that these amateur olympics were...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

French Runner Shoves 14 Year Old Girl Mascot

French runner Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad won the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the European Championships in Helsinki and to celebrate he decided to shove a mascot at the conclusion of the race. Inside that mascot costume was a 14 year old girl. Its not the first time Mekhissi-Benabbad assaulted a mascot. At the 2010 European Championships, after winning the same race, he asked...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Pistons' Monroe Slighted By USA Snub

The USA Basketball team has selected its squad for the Summer Games in London and one NBAer is very upset at the selection process. And he sort of has a point. Detroit Pistons forward/center Greg Monroe feels slighted that he wasn't even selected for the USA Select Team. Monroe is a solid player, but I see why he didn't make the Olympic squad but the Select Team is...
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July 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Olympic Torch Extinguished During Relay

Note to all future torch carriers: Don't bring the torch while whitewater rafting. Case in point, this video: There was a backup flame, however, and the torch was then re-lit and all was forgotten. But seriously, whose idea was it to bring the torch aboard a whitewater raft?
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July 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Rafa Pulls Out of Summer Games

Spainish tennis star Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the London Olympics, stating that he is "not in condition" to compete. Nadal said that the decision to pull out of the Summer Games is one of the saddest moments of his tennis career. Nadal aggravated his knee during his second round loss to Lukas Rosol in this year's Wimbledon. He has not played since the loss...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 19, 2012  |  Discuss

David Beckham Photobombs Fans

At the adidas Take the Stage event in London's Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, 60 people were posing for some fun photos with friends and family inside the adidas photo booth when they were welcomed by a big surprise. British soccer superstar David Beckham poked his head through the door of each group posing for photos. Needless to say the fans were shocked and delighted...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Mickey Rourke Claims He Beat Usain Bolt in Race

Its true that Usain Bolt may be struggling and in a bit of a slump. He's lost two in a row to compatriot Yohan Blake in Olympic Trials and avoided fans during an open training session in Birmingham, England. But this new allegation might be the worst of all. Actor Mickey Rourke claims that he beat Bolt in a drunken foot race outside a London nightclub at 4AM. Rourke, best...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

London Games Have Lack of Air Conditioning

Many athletes are already complaining about the Olympic Village just ahead of the Opening Ceremony on Friday night. The athletes are saying that there is a lack of air conditioning in the dorm rooms. Except the British ones. The British dorms are the only ones that have air conditioning while the athletes from other countries have to resort to using fans. American hurdler...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Man Travels From China to London WIth Rickshaw

A Chinese farmer went to great lengths to make sure he would arrive in London for the Olympic Games. It only took him two years to get there. Chen Guanming, 57, used his three-wheeled rickshaw to travel from his Chinese village to London. His two year journey took him through flooding in Thailand to Tibet to a snowed in Turkey and finally England. "I came to support and...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Phelps Will Not March in Opening Ceremony

Just like the last two Olympics, Michael Phelps will not march with Team USA at the Opening Ceremony. Phelps will not march because he has a swimming heat the following morning. Phelps has a heat at 10AM in the 400 IM, one of the most grueling events, and marching and standing around for hours isn't the greatest thing to do when you need to get up early in the morning. ...
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July 27, 2012  |  Discuss

A Look at the London Olympic Medal

This photo comes courtesy of the BBC and its a look at the medals the winners will be receiving at this year's Olympic Games. Pretty sharp looking.
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July 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Ichiro a Yank, Hanley a Dodger

Baseball trade deadline nears, NFL training camps open, & the Olympics have started!!!
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July 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Mr. Bean Performs at Opening Ceremony

You got to hand it to Danny Boyle. He directed a fine Opening Ceremony that was both touching and funny. Perhaps the funniest moment of the Ceremony was an appearance from Rowan Atkinson, best known for his role of Mr. Bean, performing Vangelis' "Chariots of Fire" complete with a dream sequence parodying the opening scene of the film. Well done, Mr. Atkinson...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Bored Queen quickly becomes Internet sensation

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July 28, 2012  |  1 Comment

Mitt Romney's Wife's Horse Competing at Olympic Games

Former Massachusetts governor and Republican candidate for the Presidency, Mitt Romney and his wife's horse will compete at the London Olympic Games. Ann Romney's horse, Rafalca, qualified for the US dressage team and will be ridden by Jan Ebeling, Ann Romney's riding tutor. This will be the first Olympics Games for the 53-year old rider after finishing third at...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Phelps Barely Qualifies for the 400 IM

Michael Phelps' 2012 Olympics didn't get off to a great start today in a day already filled with surprises at the Aquatics Centre. Phelps recorded the slowest time of all the qualifiers and just got in by seven-hundredths of a second. Phelps said, "That one didn't feel too good." Phelps is the two time defending champion of this event, but only recorded...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 28, 2012  |  Discuss

World Champion Jordyn Wieber Will Miss All-Around Final

Defending world champion in gymnastics all-around, Jordyn Wieber, has failed to qualify for the finals and will not medal. Wieber only finished third out of the US team and, per Olympic rules, a country can only carry two members for the individual all-around finals. Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas will represent the Americans in the event. Raisman was surprised that she learned...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 29, 2012  |  Discuss

French Upsets The US for Swimming Gold

The French pulled off an upset earlier today when they won the gold medal in the 4X100 meter freestyle relay. The US led the entire way until the final lap when French swimmer Yannick Agnel pulled ahead of Ryan Lochte to complete the upset victory. Lochte entered the race with a half second lead over the French, but the French ended up beating the Americans by 0.45 seconds....
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 29, 2012  |  Discuss

McCartney Surprisingly Cheap to Pay For

Usually a big name like Paul McCartney can command millions for a big stadium gig, but he agreed to a surprisingly low amount to perform at the London Olympics' Opening Ceremony. McCartney was only paid one pound. That's right, one pound. One pound equals $1.57 American dollars. Other acts for the Ceremony, Mike Oldfield, Dizzee Rascal, and Emeli Sande were said to...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

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