My sister the champ
Four years ago in Beijing the American basketball world very nearly got a rude shock when Spain's national team scored 107 points and trailed by just two with four minutes to play. Our eventual 119-107 victory did little to ease the minds of American fans; all we could think of was, in effect, "T ... More >>
We're keeping it aquatic for today's spotlight, which features New York Olympians in swimming and sailing. While one of these Olympians is a first-timer the other has already clinched a gold medal victory and made history in their event.
We finish up our spotlight of New York Olympians in fencing with a star in the sport and introduce an equally legendary Olympian in equestrian. Both of these Olympians have raised the profile of their individual sports and have scored previous silver and bronze Olympic victories.
Brooklyn takes over today's spotlight with two 19- year old, first-time Olympians from the borough. Both have some of the most striking physical appearances out of the roster of the US fencing team as one is the only black woman and the other has been dubbed a "red-headed hipster".
We're not too sure if shooting and soccer are pastimes that go well together, but it seems to work fine for our Olympic duo in today's spotlight both hailing from Rochester, NY. While one is already a two-time Olympian the other should get a gold medal just for showing off their chiseled bod. Name: ... More >>
We've been covering the sports mania in London lately with some pieces on New Yorkers who made it all the way across the pond. But, after last night's eccentric and kind of uncomfortable opening ceremony, the quadrennial spectacle started off today with a bang. And what an unfortunate bang it w ... More >>
The 2012 summer Olympics officially begins today in London. Though the Big Apple lost the bid to host these games back in 2005, we can take pride in the 35 New York-bred Olympians competing in the summer event. To get into the spirit of the festivities, we will be highlighting two of New York's own ... More >>
Granta brings the U.K. to NY
M83 play Terminal 5
London2012.comArtists rendering of London's Olympic Village.A new East Village is about to spring up all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. London is hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics and they're naming their Olympic Village the "East Village," somewhat unimaginatively. East Village 2.0 will h ... More >>
Norwegian marathon legend (and local running hero) Grete Waitz has died in Oslo of cancer. She was 57. "For her to pass away, the greatest female athlete our sport has seen, to pass away on the day of the Boston Marathon is fitting," said Tracy Sundlun, Vice President of the marathon produci ... More >>
The Olympics are for intra-national bonding, and being kind to one another despite our various geopolitical borders, and sex among swim teams, and beating the crap out of everyone who's not the U.S.A.! Which is why Iran is very upset that the logo for the 2012 London Olympics looks like a sho ... More >>
Take a free fencing lesson
We really need to think of new bar-side conversation starters since Paul the Octopus has put away his proverbial crystal ball. He endured fascination, praise, and even death threats from around the globe during his successful (eight times!) and controversial tenure of World Cup psychic.
Here's my World Cup prediction: every game will be 1-1, 1-0, or 2-1. (There was once a game between, I think it was, Cameroon and New Zealand where the final score was 3-1, but that's only because the Cameroon's team was involved in a bus accident before the game and could only field two play ... More >>
Can you spot the next Phelps?
Brooklyn's James Powderly has been detained by Chinese authorities in Beijing, reports Boing Boing. The high-tech artist apparently was part of a group that used LED lights to spell out the words "Free Tibet" near the site of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. It is reported that all five in the group ar ... More >>
From Hilary Duff to Hoosiers
Rolling out the red carpet for Korea
Pressuring al-Bashir by way of Coca-Cola and GE
NBC paid nearly $1 billion to broadcast from Beijing, but the stain of Darfur won't go away from these games
What can any of us actually do about the Darfur genocide? A new organization knows.
Using China's pride in the 2008 Olympics as a weapon against its shameful support of the Darfur nightmare
Work from Scott Campbell. Supertouch has this awesome post about the Olympic Committee and Nike's call for patriotic life-branding: fit people who're too afraid to fight for their country, but brave (dumb?) enough to be inked with this US Team's uniform logo. Bonus: the lucky soul's finished piece ... More >>
African Union humiliates Sudan, but doesn't stop rapes and murders in Darfur
The decathlon-like saga of New York City's Olympic bid is over, at least for now: There's already talk about reviving the bid for 2016 (although Deputy Mayor and chief Olympic cheerleader Dan Doctoroff says "New York must move on.") If a 2016 bid does go forward, the IOC vote would again fall smack ... More >>
New Yorkers didn't 'let down' anybody
The Mets are in and the Jets are out, but where do the taxpayers fit in?
An open letter to the international Olympic committee
What Would it Cost the City to Host the Olympics in 2012?
At Least in Golden Gloves, They Get to Hit Back
Will the 2008 Games Push China Into Change?
New Yorks Olympic Bid Could Be Billion-Dollar Boondoggle