This is what winning looks like. Australia’s Sally Pearson collapses to the ground after winning the gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles final Aug. 7. Of her first gold medal, Pearson said, “It’s been a 12-year dream that has finally come true.”
This slideshow of overjoyed, triumphant Olympians will make you feel happy.
They’re hit and thrown. They’re caught, dunked, headed, passed, saved, served, set, shot, slammed, smashed and spiked. One is even put-ed. They’re big and small, ethereally light and surprisingly heavy. From table tennis to men’s basketball, here are all the balls (and one sphere) used in the 2012 Summer Games.
How God Watches the Olympics
One of the best things about this year’s Olympic photo coverage is the “God’s eye view.”
1. The Women’s Basketball quaterfinal August 7, 2012 (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
2. Jimmy Alexander Lidberg of Sweden in the Men’s 96kg Greco-Roman Quarterfinal (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
3. Sajjad Anoushiravani Hamlabad of Iran in the Men’s +105kg Weightlifting final (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
4. Turkey vs Russia at the women’s basketball quarter final (Photo ANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images)
Nothing is going to change. I’m going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it.
Olympic gold-medal gymanist Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas • Commenting on a minor controversy that surfaced on the Internet over the weekend, following her history-making, gold-medal winning performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Douglas finds herself at the center of multiple debates after becoming the first African-American woman to earn individual all-around gold in gymnastics — but she’s not getting caught up in the hype. “I don’t think people should be worried about that,” says Gabby, adding, “We’re all champions and we’re all winners. I just say that it’s kind of, a stupid and crazy thought to think about my hair.” source (via • follow)
Where another talented person gets to discover the banality most people’s thoughts.
If you didn’t know about the original controversy, here’s our story.
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U.S. President Barack Obama is proving to be a swimming fan.
Less than a day after sending out a rare personal tweet to congratulate the most decorated Olympic athlete ever, Obama called Michael Phelps on the pool deck to hail his performance.
Phelps, still reeling from the previous day’s tweet, described the call as “pretty cool”.
“I answered the phone and the voice said ‘Michael?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Please hold for the President of the United States,” he told reporters on Thursday, after qualifying for the 100 metres butterfly semi-final.
“I was like, ‘wow’.”
This is how bromances begin.
Maybe it’s because they’ve learned to live life that bit faster, maybe it’s because they’re doing it for someone they love; in the Olympic cycling time trial, being a mother is no obstacle to getting on the podium.
The American winner, Kristin Armstrong, retired from competitive cycling in 2009 to have a baby.
Few people doubted that she would get back on her bike, though some might have doubted she would get back to exactly where she left off, winning her second straight Olympic time trial gold on Wednesday at age 38.
And Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya, whose bronze was her second after Sunday’s road race, has two small boys at home of barely school age.
How do they manage it?
“My son has given me balance,” Armstrong said. “I can stop thinking about cycling.”