The Dark Side of Oscar Pistorius

As the fifth day of Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial comes to a close, a different side of the Olympic athlete surfaced. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel began to paint a grim picture of the blade runner, revealing a hot-tempered man who defies authority, loves women and recklessly uses guns. On Friday, Pistorius’ ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor described the […]

Paralympics receives more coverage than before, not as much coverage as Olympics

Athletes from all around the world are gathered together in Sochi this week to represent their countries and compete for a gold medal in the Paralympics, but they are not receiving as much TV coverage as the Olympics. The United States will have 52 hours of TV coverage this year, ten times as much coverage […]

Winter Olympics Woes: Poor conditions and Ongoing Construction

As world renowned athletes and reporters continue to arrive in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics, they may not find the same amenities and facilities they’re used to. Amid continued debate on whether Sochi is ready for one of the biggest events of the year, people from around the world are seeing for themselves if […]

Oscar Pistorius Murderer?

You may all know Oscar Pistorius as the Olympic runner with no legs. At the age of 11 months, Pistorius had to have both of his legs amputated, but that is not the reason Pistorius is being heard of as of this past weekend. Pistorius, resident of South Africa, is being accused with the murder […]

Potential Olympic basketball age limit poses issues

There’s no denying that Team USA dominates when it comes to basketball. This year the men’s team earned its third consecutive gold medal, while the women’s team hasn’t lost an Olympic game since 1992. Perhaps because of this unprecedented dominance, the idea of a 23-year-old age limit was proposed for Olympic basketball. Currently the USA […]

Michael Phelps Leaked Photos

Michael Phelps could be in hot water – not the cold bathtub he appears to be in – for his recent photo shoot with the French luxury house Louis Vuitton. Photos of Phelps taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz were leaked on the internet late last week, violating the International Olympics Committee’s controversial Rule 40, […]

Women’s sports demand respect

Everyone knows the men’s sports are more fun to watch than the women’s sports. Right? Men are better, faster and stronger. That seems to be the train of thought of the overwhelming majority in the USA, but after watching the London 2012 Olympics, I beg to differ. The ladies dominated the USA gold medal count, […]

“A Symphony of British Music” to Include Spice Girls, Muse, and More

The London 2012 Olympics have brought about spectacular wins and gutwrenching losses for talented athletes around the world, but sadly, it all must come to an end. The closing ceremony airs this weekend, directed by British creative director and choreographer Kim Gavin. While very little information is known at the moment, rumors and hints at […]

Twitter fuels the Olympics

Four years ago if someone told me that Twitter would play an integral role in the 2012 Beijing Olympics, I wouldn’t have believed you. It wasn’t until about two years ago I began using Twitter. Now it makes perfect sense to me as to how twitter is such a large role in the games this […]

As Athletes Reach Their Physical Peaks, Science and Technology Help Olympians Win Gold Medals

Humans are neither the fastest nor strongest species. However, unlike the lower animals, we have the knowledge necessary to better ourselves physically. The human itch for competition and our need for self-improvement spawned events like the Olympics. Coaches developed training regimens based on intuition and athletes succeeded through sheer power of will. But as records […]

Female Boxers Can Choose Skirts

Optional, but still a horror that it is even a topic, female athletes can wear skirts to the ring in Olympic Boxing by choice. The Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) has compromised the sexist issue successfully by allowing it as an option, but for many federations in other countries, it is not. In response to […]

Missing Olympian

Mystery surrounded the whereabouts of one of Great Britain’s biggest gold medal hopefuls on Friday as London officials urgently tried to track down “missing” triple jumper Phillips Idowu. Team chiefs have been unable to contact Idowu since last week, and even his own agent and personal trainer claimed to have no idea where he might […]

Oh, Matt Lauer.

Today in “Reasons Why I’m Ashamed of My Future Field of Work”, “Why I’m Embarassed into be an American”, or even more harshly, “How Did You Get a Job Doing Anything in this Field”, Matt Lauer reminds us why people liked Ann Curry better than him and if you don’t have anything productive or nice […]

What’s so Wrong about United States Outfits being “Made in China”?

(Source: Screencap from RalphLauren.com) A mere 13 days before the Olympic ceremony, Ralph Lauren and USOC face public outcry as America realizes the U.S. team outfits were “Made in China.” Berets, scarves, blazers, and skirts made a rather formal debut in the opening ceremony, much to the chagrin of many Americans. My question is, what […]

London Plans for the Future as Preparations are Made for the Olympics

From the Summer Olympics held in China four years ago, we remember iconic buildings like the Bird’s Nest stadium and the bubble-textured Water Cube swimming center, eye-catching structures that distracted us from the fact that the Olympics are a logistical and infrastructural nightmare. The athletic facilities to house the actual sporting events are a priority […]

US Olympic Team of 3 Girls

(From the left: Erica Wu, Lily Zhang, Ariel Hsing, Timothy Wang. Photo credit Joola USA) With London 2012 approaching and Olympic team selections are being fine-tuned, one lesser known sport has an unusual team lineup. Ping-pong, or better known as table tennis by its athletes, has three of its junior girls representing the U.S. Women’s […]

Kendo as an Olympic Sport

If you have ever wondered how ancient Japanese Samurai sword-fighting has translated into the modern era, the answer is Kendo. After a ban on martial arts in the wake of World War II, kendo developed as a peaceful practice with martial arts values as well as sport-like elements. Widely popular primarily in Japan and Korea, […]