Posts Tagged: olympics

Interview With My Mom, The Olympian Who Wasn't

Marathoning the Olympics from my couch, I love seeing athletes experience the games for the first time. So many are ordinary people who have unearthed a real, unique talent and pushed themselves to the brink to get to where they are. They aren’t PR-produced personas, or jaded by years of competition under the public microscope. Many have a sense of wonder and enthusiasm that is simply contagious to their global audience. Take, for instance, 19-year-old U.S. figure skater Jason Brown.

When I watch these ordinary Minnesotans or Bermudians or whomever living their dreams on the Olympic stage, I think of the last Russian Olympics—summer, Moscow, 1980—where my mother was [...]


New England States, Ranked By How Much They Are Contributing To The American Cause In Sochi

5. (tie) Rhode Island, Maine

4. Connecticut

3. New Hampshire

2. Massachusetts

1. Vermont


This message not paid for by the great state of Vermont.


The Winter Games, Now & Then

Via Mashable: The Evolution of Winter Olympics in GIFs. Body suits seem to have gotten tighter.


A Poem: The Post-Olympic Wasteland


AUGUST is the cruellest month, breeding Dreck out of the dead DVR, mixing Memory and longing, stirring Dull episodes of Psych with Summer by Bravo. Winter kept us warm enough, covering Earth in forgetful snow, feeding A little life with Game of Thrones. Summer surprised us, coming over the Serpentines With a shower of BMX racers; we stopped in the Velodrome, And went on in sunlight, into Horse Guards Parade, And drank coffee, and talked of Lochte for an hour. Wie geht es Ihnen? Danke, gut. And when we were children, not allowed to use the remote, At my cousin's, he turned on Greco-Roman [...]


Johnny Weir's Sochi Looks

In a perfect GIF, after the jump. (Suggested soundtrack.


The Russian Police Choir, "Get Lucky"

I can't seem to embed this video of the Russian Police Choir singing Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," so you'll have to go over to the NBC Olympics site to watch it. (SPOILER ALERT: The Opening Ceremony already happened.) Enjoy the winter sports. We'll see you Monday. [NBC Olympics]


Seasonal Affective Disorder Olympics

CURLING (Into A Ball)

Ten points if you do it for an hour.

A thousand points if you don't leave bed all weekend.

Gold medal for you if you quit your job, sell that gold medal, invest in the bond market, gain wealth, thereby proliferating more gold. This will translate to happiness. Mail your teenage nephew red Beats by Dre headphones for his "domepiece." This is a successful game of curling (into a ball).



A brash alarm begins its unforgiving beep. It's the morning; dawn peeks through your window.

"It's all downhill from here," you say.

Bronze medal.



Punch someone! Reflect on how weak you are! [...]


Now You've Really Done It, Sochi

We could have gone to Mars 20 times for the price of these Olympics? $520 million per event? This is the last straw, in the good company of other last straws, like the fact that it's 61 degrees right now in Sochi right now, also the horrific human rights violations being indirectly sanctioned, etc.


A Sochi Dispatch

I was so appalled by the bathroom situation that I failed to even notice that I didn't have any bedsheets on my mattress. On the wall, they had posted yet another hastily-written sign:

We apologize, but there are no bedsheets available. Instead, we have furnished your bed with the guy from Independence Day who says "oh my god. Oh my gooohhhhhhhd, I gotta call my brothah, my housekeepah, my lawyah … ah fahget my lawyah." Please forgive this inconvenience.

There he was, just lying there in lieu of a comforter.

You could read about sports journalists complaining about their hotel rooms in Sochi, where you [...]


America Will Wear White Pants

Team USA's Opening Ceremony uniforms, designed once again by Ralph Lauren, were unveiled on Today this morning, and they're… well, OK, they're like if your grandma's sweater chest inhaled an American flag and cross country ski boots from the '80s and washed it all down with a plastic handle of vodka and then threw up into the mold of U.S. hockey player Julie Chu. (And the sweater is just $598.) I propose the following palate cleanser: go watch Jason Brown's routine from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships a couple of weeks ago. Do it, like, five times in a row. It won't get old. [Today]