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Ski Jumpers Denied

November 13, 2009 Leave a comment

The British Columbia court of appeals ruled in favor of the IOC that women’s ski jumpers can’t compete in the Olympics. The women will appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, but with about 3 months to go until the games, it is unlikely that they will be able to compete this Olympics.

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Women's Ski Jumping Decision Expected

November 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Roughly a dozen current and former women’s ski jumpers are in Canadian court this week as they have one last gasp to get women’s ski jumping into the 2010 Olympics. The British Columbia appeals court will meet at 10 AM local time this morning to get a final determination on whether or not women will be allowed in Vancouver. The attorney for the women’s ski jumpers, Ross Clark, says the IOC is engaging in gender discrimination, and by doing so is forcing VANOC to do the same.

Deborah Folka, who works in PR in Vancouver, said that this won’t be over until the women ski jumpers are included in the Olympics, adding that they can still appeal to the Canadian Supreme Court.

Also helping their cause will be the throngs of media out to cover the event.

“Most of the networks in the U.S. and Canada will be covering the appeal — we have everyone from the BBC to Al Jazzera.”

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Jessica Hardy Breaks World Record

November 11, 2009 Leave a comment

The World Cup has started out well for American Jessica Hardy, as she broke her own world record in the 50M breaststroke. She clocked in with a time of 28.96.

Interestingly, Hardy could have this world record taken away from her. She is just returning from a one year ban for taking a performance enhancing supplement. She had mixed a powdered supplement called Arginine Extreme. Since it was a contaminated supplements, she only had to serve a one year ban. However, FINA is arguing that it should be a two year ban, and if they win she will be stripped of her world record.

Still, Hardy’s World Record is impressive no matter the outcome. To go under 29 seconds in the 50 probably won’t happen once we get back to the old suits, at least not for awhile.

Oh yeah, one more impressive note about Hardy’s record: she did it with a torn suit.

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Phelps Will Wear Old Suit At World Cup

November 9, 2009 Leave a comment

The greatest Olympian in history won’t be waiting until January 1, 2010 when the new full-body suits are made illegal to abandon them. He’ll be swimming the 100 free, 100 back, 100 butterfly and 200 IM at the European World Cup event in Sweden.

The new rules will limit suits to just above the knee. “I think it took something out of swimming by having the suits added. It took away from the personal accomplishment.” Phelps said.

One advantage he will have is that the World Cup event is only a 25 meter pool, have of the regulation 50 meter size. Phelps is probably the best turner in the world and will be able to use that to his advantage.

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NBC's London And Vancouver Trailer

November 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Head over to Fang’s Bites to watch it.

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Stephen Colbert To Sponsor United States Speedskating Team

November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Dan Jansen was a guest on the Colbert Report tonight, and the subject of a sponsor for the Speedskating team came up, as US Speedskating has been coping with a $300,000 loss since their sponsor went bankrupt. Colbert (jokingly? maybe?) implied he (or the Colbert Nation) would like to sponsor the team. Jansen pressed a bit, saying he’d have to talk to someone in the know, like Executive Director Robert Crowley. To which Colbert replied “bring him out.”

Crowley came out on stage, produced a piece of paper which Colbert signed, and made it official. Stephen Colbert and Colbert Nation will be sponsoring the United States Speedskating Team at the Vancouver games.

Congrats to US Speedskating for finding a sponsor, and congrats to Colbert for being patriotic and supporting the Olympics.

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Meb Keflezighi Wins NYC Marathon

November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Meb Keflezighi became the first American since 1982 to win the NYC Marathon when he did so on Sunday with a time of 2:09:15. It was a strong day all around for Americans: Ryan Hall finished 4th, Nick Arciniaga was 8th, Abdi Abdirahman was 9th, and Jason Lemkuhle was 10th, which gave the US six Top 10 finishers in this race for the first time since 1979.

Keflezigi is originally from Eritrea, a country formerly owned by Ethiopia, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t proud to win the marathon wearing the red white and blue.
“U.S.A. gave me all the opportunity in the world, education, sports, lifestyle,” Keflezighi said. “This is so special to me. This is really a special day.”

 

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