Archive for the ‘Olympics’ Category

CHEAP BEER AT THE OLYMPICS

August 16, 2008

From AOL Fanhouse:

AOL blogger Enrico Campitelli Jr. has engaged in fine piece of hands-on investigative journalism.

Campitelli was able to buy SIX cups of Budweiser and two ice creams at the Olympic track and field events last night for a total of $5.75 (that’s right: all that for under six bucks.)

Prices are supposedly incredibly reasonable in China. NBC recently ran a story that an Olympic package including a roundtrip flight and week’s hotel stay cost about $950.

TYSON GAY CHOKES

August 16, 2008

TYSON GAY LOOKS STUNNED AFTER FAILING TO QUALIFY FOR THE MENS 100 METER FINALS

American sprinter Tyson Gay choked bigtime on Saturday in Beiing. Gay was eliminated and failed to qualify for the finals in the mens 100 meters. The current World’s Fastest Man is the American record holder in the 100 meter dash and the reigning world champion in the event.

Gay injured his hamstring at the U.S. Olympic trials six weeks ago. He had not run competitively before the Olympics, raising doubts about his fitness to compete.

Following the loss, Gay refused to use his injury as an excuse saying he felt fine.

MICHAEL PHELPS WINS SEVENTH GOLD IN CLOSEST RACE YET

August 16, 2008

MICHAEL PHELPS PHOTO FINISH WIN

United States Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps edged Serbia’s Milorad Cavic by just over 1/100th of a second Friday to capture his seventh gold medal of this Olympiad. Phelps’ victory in the men’s 100-meter freestyle adds to his already record setting performance.

Although it was the only event in seven where Phelps did NOT set a world record, it was perhaps his most impressive win. He was actually in seventh place after the half-way point of the race. Phelps won the race with a brilliant closing flury.

Phelps is competing in one more event at this year’s Olympics. If Phelps and the U.S. team capture gold in the relay event in which they’re favored, the swimmer will have set the record for most gold medals in one Olympics. An eight gold medal would break American swimmer Mark Spitz’s record of seven golds.

SWEDISH WRESTLER STRIPPED OF BRONZE MEDAL

August 16, 2008

ARA ABRAHAMIAN

Swedish greco roman wrestler Ara Abrahamian has been stripped of his Olympic bronze medal following his outburst on Thursday.

THERE THEY GO AGAIN: SPAIN’S TENNIS TEAM POSTS EYE SLANTING PICTURE ON THEIR WEBSITE

August 15, 2008

 

Earlier this week the Spanish Olympic Basketball team got in trouble for its players slanting their eyes in a team photo as a “tribute” to China. Now, Spain’s Olympic tennis team is in trouble for posing for exactly the same type of pictures. The entire Spanish team is seen slanting their eyes. The picture is featured on the Spanish team’s website.

OLYMPIC SWIMMER MICHAEL PHELPS BEING CALLED “SAVIOR” OF NBC

August 15, 2008

ACTUAL PHOTO OF MICHAEL PHELPS THAT APPEARED IN TODAY’S NEW YORK POST

Not only has American swimmer Michael Phelps dominated the Olympics, but now he’s being given credit for single-handedly saving an entire television network.

According to today’s New York Post, before the tv ratings and ad revenues were released for this year’s Olympics, General Electric, the parent company for NBC tv, was said to be planning to sell the fourth rated television network. Now, in light of record ratings and over a billion dollars in Olympic ad revenues, NBC has been saved.

Experts consider Phelps the sole reason for NBC’s turnaround. Viewers that have turned in to watch Phelps are the sole reason this Olympics has outdrawn the 2004 games in Athens. Although Super Bowls are still the biggest single day events in television, this year’s Olympics have sustained monster ratings over an entire week. So far 168 million Americans have watched at least part of the Olympics on NBC. That doesn’t even count the viewers on NBC’s sister stations (CNBC, MSNBC, USA Network and Oxygen.) Every time Phelps has raced between 24-33 million Americans have been watching.

Advertising are flooding NBC looking to get on the Phelps/Olympics bandwagon. So much so that NBC’s sales have increased across the board for the entire network. No wonder today’s Post article called Phelps a “savior.”

THIRD FAKING SCANDAL HITS CHINA AT OLYMPICS

August 15, 2008

56 CHILDREN AT OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONIES REPRESENTING THE 56 ETHNIC GROUPS IN CHINA

Yet another incident of fakery has been discovered from the Olympic opening ceremonies in China. This is the THIRD incident where the Chinese government was found to fake part of the opening ceremony festivities. First was the fake fireworks. Then the lip syncing switch of little girls during the national anthem.

Now it turns out that a skit designed to highlight China’s ethnic diversity was a fraud. And once again it involves children. The skit featured 56 children each representing a different ethnic group in China. The mini-play was designed to represent harmony among China’s various ethnic minority populations.

One problem. ALL 56 children were from just ONE ethnic group. They were apparently all from the Han population which happens to be the ethnic majority in China. Ninety percent of the Chinese are Hans.

VIDEO OF SWEDISH OLYMPIC WRESTLER ARA ABRAHAMIAN LEAVING THE BUILDING

August 14, 2008

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OLYMPIC CONTROVERSY: SWEDISH WRESTLER THROWS MEDAL AWAY IN DISGUST

August 14, 2008

SWEDISH WRESTLER ARA ABRAHAMIAN

A Swedish wrestler, angered about a scoring decision by Olympic judges, stormed off the medal podium in Beijing today flinging his bronze medal to the ground.

Ara Abrahamian lost a controversial decision to an Italian in the 84 kg greco-roman wrestling competition. Following the decision, Abrahamian stormed the judges table and had to be restrained by teammates. Abrahamian ended up winning a bronze medal. After the competition, the Swedish wrestler actually took the medal off his neck and threw it to the mat before exiting the stadium in disgust.

Sweden’s coach called the decision to award Abrahamian’s opponent the match “politics.” Swedish fans actually booed the judges as they left the arena.

Interviewed later in the day, Abrahamian said he would quit the sport following the incident.

 

ARA ABRAHAMIAN’S ABANDONED BRONZE MEDAL

HORRIFIC OLYMPIC INJURY: HUNGARIAN WEIGHTLIFTER SNAPS ELBOW

August 14, 2008

 

 

 


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