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Friday, July 27, 2012

TEARS AND LAUGHS FROM THE OLYMPICS

First, congratulations to me, as my readership passed 300,000 yesterday, and from 207 countries.

But to the London Olympics, yes there were a lot of tears from the 1972 Munich massacre, and, apparently, the Opening Ceremonies won't spend even a minute to commemorate the 40th anniversary, for key political interests from the Middle East would not be happy.  Terrorism is a real concern, for it was the day after London was selected in 2005 when Islamist terrorists killed 52 in that city with bombs.  

Speaking of the Opening Ceremony (9PM UK time, which is 4PM New York time), a billion around the world, live here and there, will see it on television, but not in the USA.  NBC will show this event at 7:30PM, depending on where you live in the country.   You would think that this should then be at least 1:30PM Hawaii time, because of the six hour difference.  But, no, our local NBC channel airs the Opening Ceremony at 5:30PM.  To view in 3D, apparently, I will need to wait until 11PM tonight.  Why???

NBC this weekend announced the top 30 Olympic moments, hosted by Bob Costas (who has indicated he would be remembering the '72 tragedy).  I watched it, and, you know what dominated?  Tears.  There was crying all over...from gold medalists, spectators, and, even me.  There will be a lot more, especially during the award ceremonies.

But enough of that.  This is the first Olympics for tweets (if you're confused, yes, it's Twitter, but what you send is a tweet), and already, Voula Papachristou, Greek triple jumper, has been left home for her racist tweets:

Commenting on the widely reported appearance of Nile-virus-carrying mosquitoes in Athens, Papachristou wrote: "With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting home food!!!".

The one that made me laugh came from Stephanie Rice of Australia sending photos of herself in a bikini, for which she was roundly criticized.  A response: 

That photo is absolutely scandalous.  She has so little on she could be mistaken for an Olympic beach volleyball player.

Those are the USA beach volleyball Olympians below:


Stephanie got in trouble two years ago, when she wrote "suck on that, faggots," after Australia beat South Africa at rugby.  As you can't see her face above, here she is publicly apologizing:


Holly Mangold is 5'8" and 350 pounds (43 pounds heavier than her brother Nick, who plays for the NFL New York Jets), a super-heavyweight American weightlifter who was the first of her gender to play official high school football in Ohio.  She is known for bawdy comments.  Here is a safe one:

I love my body.  I think it's perfect.  I don't know what my personality would be like if I wasn't so huge.  

View a video about Holly and how she became an Olympian.

By now you've missed the Opening Ceremonies, so it's no scoop to indicate that Roger Bannister did NOT light the Olympic Torch, for seven young athletes nominated by past British champions did.  Highlights featured a history of Great Britain and a soundtrack of historic British rock, with an apparent parachute landing by James Bond and Queen Elizabeth.  Paul McCartney completed the entertainment:


Not quite Beijing, but there were fireworks at the end of the three and a half show.  Well, you can now watch all this in 3D on channel 1202 in Honolulu at 11PM.


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