Posts Tagged ‘Olympics

09
Jan
09

Home Depot Has Rollbacks

As the economy gets worse and worse, cutbacks are taking place all across the nation, like at Home Depot who famously were very supportive of America’s Olympian athletes. Unlike most professional athletes, many Olympians are forced to shoulder the load of the cost of training and equipment on their own, which can be quite the burden. Home Depot for years has helped with that load by providing part-time jobs to athletes and providing them with full-time salaries and benefits. The athletes have rewarded Home Depot (and the country) by winning 145 medals since Home Depot began this program. Reportedly, the expenses come to about $15-20 million a year for Home Depot and they are being forced to shutter the program. Hopefully some other corporation will come up with an equivalent offer for these athletes but right now many of them are going to be scrambling to figure out how to pay for their training and equipment.

[WSJ]

14
Oct
08

I Wonder What I’ll Do Tomorrow…

Barnes in action

Barnes in action

When it comes to procrastination I’m probably in the top-10 rankings worldwide, which makes this story about Irish Olympic hopeful canoeist Helen Barnes all the harder for me to understand. Ms. Barnes, 36, wanted to continue her training and prepare for the 2012 London games but was worried that at age 40 it might become harder for her to eventually have a family. So, the career supply teacher (whatever that is, does she teach people how to find the supply closet?) opted to get 10-15 of her eggs frozen.

“When I missed out on Beijing I didn’t feel ready to finish and wanted to continue and go to the 2012 Olympics,” she told her local paper. “I think every woman has the right to do whatever they want with their body. All I am doing is maximising my chances of having a baby in future. I am really lucky the science is out there for this to happen.”

I’m totally in favor of this, I just can’t imagine ever having such foresight, or actually getting around to doing such a thing. I haven’t even eaten lunch yet. I have the food in my kitchen. I just need to eat it. But that’s all the way over there… Maybe later…

28
Jul
08

International Baseball to No Longer Resemble Baseball

In one of the more absurd rule changes I have ever heard of, I came across this item from Baseball America’s Jim Callis:

The International Baseball Federation has adopted a speed-up rule that will be used in international competition, starting with the Beijing Olympics. Beginning in the 11th inning, teams will open each frame with runners on first and second base. Additionally, to start the 11th inning, clubs can decide where they want to begin in the batting order (though they won’t be able to further reset the order in later innings).

“The upcoming Beijing Olympic competition may be our last unless we are successful in adding the sport back to the Olympic program for the 2016 Games,” IBAF president Dr. Harvey W. Schiller said. “We must demonstrate to the International Olympic Committee not only does our game belong alongside the other great sports of the world, but our sport is manageable from a television and operational standpoint.”

This has to be one of the most asinine rule changes ever. Also, it doesn’t seem like it will matter, as after this year baseball will no longer be an Olympic sport. I simply don’t understand how anyone could do something like this and think of it as baseball. Now, I’m all for making the sport more marketable and popular worldwide, but this is simply changing the game for the worse and makes no sense. This is supposed to be top-line competition, not Little League. Wait, I take that back, even Little League wouldn’t be this stupid. It’s one thing to have a mercy rule in international competition, which is also stupid, but arbitrarily putting men on base and then allowing you to hit whomever you like is just an awful affront to the game.

Ugh.

21
Mar
08

Melanie Adams Leaps Into Our Hearts

Last year around this time Allison Stokke became an internet star as tales and pictures of her hotness were spread across these United States and the world.


Now a freshman in college, she remains quite attractive but it appears that there is a new hot girl pole vaulting into our dreams. Australian Melanie Adams is 20 years old, was a finalist for Miss Teen Australia and is an Olympic hopeful for the 2012 London games.

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Yikes. I’m not one for fawning girl posts per se, but anyone who knows me knows I LIVE for track and field so I’m making an exception…




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