Archive: Olympics

The List: Proof That China Is Cheating

There's been plenty of speculation in recent weeks that at least five of China's female gymnasts are underage, with media reports and online records suggesting that the ages were changed on official documents. He Kexin: "Will you babysit me?" (AP Photo) Is China playing dirty? Is the IOC not doing...

By Lindsay Applebaum | August 22, 2008; 03:39 PM ET | Comments (32)

Time for a Pop Quiz

No. 2 pencils only. You have five minutes. Cheating is okay, whatever. 1. This blog has been uninhabited for a week and a half because: a) I've been too busy collecting random links for the Steinbog. b) I've been too busy with our Olympics coverage. c) I've been too busy...

By Lindsay Applebaum | August 20, 2008; 02:49 AM ET | Comments (10)

Epic Caption Contest (Updated)

This may just be the best Crowd Noise Caption Contest photo yet: Did he tap that? Can I say "tap that" on a family newspaper's Web site? We shall see. . . (Larry Downing -- Reuters) From Reuters' Olympic blog: The United States are favourite [heh heh, they spell favorite...

By Lindsay Applebaum | August 9, 2008; 02:31 PM ET | Comments (48)

Olympic Basketball 'Predictions'

Have you ever noticed that sportswriters rarely make flat-out predictions? Instead, they tend to make noncommittal, loophole-filled anti-prediction previews that are factually accurate and insightful, yet somewhat frustrating to read. An example, from Michael Wilbon's column about the newly-named U.S. Olympic basketball team: "If the reciting of names can win...

By Lindsay Applebaum | June 24, 2008; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (8)

A Different Point of View

Should athletes who use prosthetic legs be permitted to run the same races as everyone else? It all comes down to prosthetics providing an unfair advantage vs. discrimination against disabled athletes. An international appeals court chose equal opportunity Friday, green-lighting double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius's bid to compete in the Beijing...

By Lindsay Applebaum | May 17, 2008; 09:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

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