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Watch 138 People Break The World Skydiving Record

Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, and Gabby Douglas aren’t the only people setting records through amazing physical achievements. In an effort that took over three days, nearly a gross of skydivers took to the skies over Ottawa, Illinois to break the …

London 2012 Hurdles Google Doodle is a Playable Mini-Game London 2012 Hurdles Google Doodle is a Playable Mini-Game
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Google has thrown its entire creative weight behind the London 2012 Olympics. Each day of the games, the website has featured a Google Doodle highlighting a relevant Olympic event. Yesterday that meant the javelin throw was spotlighted for the day, …

Crip Walk Dance: Does It Belong At The Olympics?
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The Crip Walk. It’s a dance move that originated in the 1970s from the infamous Crip gang. It has since taken on some mainstream popularity, but its origins have never truly been forgotten. That’s why the response has been divided …

London 2012 Javelin: Will The Competitors Set New Records? London 2012 Javelin: Will The Competitors Set New Records?

Google is back at it once again, as they have for every day of the Olympics, with a brand new Google Doodle. Today’s Doodle celebrates the sport of Javelin Throw with Knowledge Graph paying close attention to the women’s qualifying …

Silver Medal Amounts to “Disgracing the Motherland” for One Chinese Olympian

I think it’s safe to say that for most Olympians, winning a Silver medal is a joyous experience. Sure, you may feel a bit disappointed in not taking home the Gold, but I doubt most athletes would feel as though …

NBC Airs Racist or Unfortunately Timed Monkey Gymnast Promo After Gabby Douglas Wins Gold
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Deliberate racism? Unfortunate timing? Public overreaction? Simple FAIL? People are debating those questions this morning after a promo for the new NBC show Animal Practice ran immediately following Bob Costas’ lead out to Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas’ historic gold medal …

Usain Bolt Bested…By a Cheetah
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In 2009, Jamaican runner Usain Bolt set an astounding world record in the 100m dash: 9.58 seconds. That’s fast. Really, really fast. But even with a time like that, he’s hardly the fastest land mammal. That distinction is now held …

London 2012 Shot Put Showcased With Google Doodle London 2012 Shot Put Showcased With Google Doodle

It’s been a long time since Google users have seen the standard logo on the homepage – and it will be a longer time still. That’s because Google has tasked itself with providing a different Olympics-themed Doodle every day of …

London Bus Kills Cyclist At Games, Driver Arrested
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A London bus struck a young bike rider near the Olympic park last night and dragged him under, killing him instantly. The double-decker was being used to transport members of the media back and forth between game venues. The victim, …

Lebron Turned Down For Date By Olympic Swimmer
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Lebron James probably isn’t used to being turned down; that whole being a member of the “Dream Team” thing tends to endear people to you. But when you’re dealing with another Olympic athlete, sometimes there are factors that are just …

McKayla Maroney Headed For The Gold On Her Own
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McKayla Maroney helped lead the U.S. gymnastics team to a huge win yesterday, and now she’s headed towards one of her very own. As one of the “Fierce Five”, she helped secure the gold for her team with her Amanar …

Larisa Latynina: Phelps’ Predecessor Won Gold While Pregnant
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Larisa Latynina, the Russian gymnast who was the Olympian for Michael Phelps to beat this year, was so passionate about her sport–and competing for a medal–that she did it while four months pregnant. Latynina, a former ballerina, was forced to …

London 2012 Field Hockey Celebrated With Google Doodle London 2012 Field Hockey Celebrated With Google Doodle
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At this year’s Olympic Games, twelve men’s and twelve women’s teams are competing for medals in the sport of field hockey. Men’s field hockey debuted as part of the Olympics way back in 1908, while women’s field hockey didn’t earn …

Twitter Owns Up To Its Mistake, Reinstates Suspended Twitter Account Twitter Owns Up To Its Mistake, Reinstates Suspended Twitter Account
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Twitter has found itself in a bit of a controversy the past few days. In short, they suspended the Twitter account of one Guy Adams, a reporter for The Independent who had been tweeting criticism of NBC’s coverage of the …

Redditors Solve the Olympics’ Empty Seat Problem with the Addition of a Cast of Colorful Characters Redditors Solve the Olympics’ Empty Seat Problem with the Addition of a Cast of Colorful Characters
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If you’ve been watching the 2012 London Olympics, you may have noticed something in the background of the fierce competition and compelling personal stories – the lack of spectators. Some competitions (most notably swimming and gymnastics) have been plagued by …

Swiss Athlete Expelled From Olympics For Racist Tweet Swiss Athlete Expelled From Olympics For Racist Tweet
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Another Olympian has been sent home from the London Games because of his inability to control his thumbs. Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella was dismissed from the Olympics on Monday as the result of a tweet he posted after his …

London 2012 Artistic Gymnastics Men’s Rings: China Might Win It Again London 2012 Artistic Gymnastics Men’s Rings: China Might Win It Again
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The Olympics are upon us and Google has seen fit to grace us yet again with another Google Doodle celebrating various events throughout the games. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the Artistic Gymnastics competition, specifically the Men’s Rings category. Thanks to …

Michael Phelps Just Needs To Channel Walter White, Says Bryan Cranston

Who really knows what happened to Michael Phelps over the weekend at the London Olympics? Could his disappointing fourth place finish in the 400m Individual Medley signal that the once-unstoppable medal machine has lost a step stroke? Is there something …

Michael Phelps: Has He Lost His Golden Touch?
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Although we’re only a couple of days into the Olympic games, fans of Michael Phelps are worried that he won’t be able to recapture the lightning he bottled four years ago, as he has yet to score a medal. And …

London 2012 Fencing: Google Doodle Features An Unorthodox Parry London 2012 Fencing: Google Doodle Features An Unorthodox Parry
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This year, at the London 2012 Olympics, 212 athletes (105 men, 107 women) will participate in the sport of fencing. They are competing in ten different events, including individual Epée, foil, and sabre, as well as team events. And today, …

Greek Olympian Banned For Racist Tweet Thinks Her Punishment Was Excessive Greek Olympian Banned For Racist Tweet Thinks Her Punishment Was Excessive
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Voula Papachristou, the Greek triple-jumper whose distasteful tweets earned her a swift exit from this year’s Olympic games, thinks that she was treated unfairly. Earlier this week, Papachristou was expelled from competing at the London games for tweeting this to …