The media frenzy surrounding Gabby Douglas‘s hair has become one of the most-cited examples of how the media got female athletes wrong in this year’s Olympics. But the story hasn’t blown over: Daily Beast announced today that the 16-year-old gymnast will be seeing Angelina Jolie‘s hairstylist, Ted Gibson…but even he agrees that the whole thing is fairly ridiculous. More
Topic: Olympics 2012
In a recent interview with Howard Kurtz on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Christine Brennan gave her two cents on how female athletes were covered in this year’s Olympics, as well as the much-debated New York Times article on Lolo Jones released last week. As one of few popular female sports writers, it’s somewhat surprising that Brennan defended the Times piece, but she made a good case. What far more disappointing was her failure to really call out the media’s problem with women athletes: Rather than making a real call for change, she seemed to simply pass off sexist sports coverage as part of the game, however disappointing it may be. More
Digital cameras are a lot of fun to play with, especially when you’re a photographer at the Olympics in London this year. Lightning-fast shutter speeds and laser-focus zoom has allowed for some pretty hilarious photo memes…unless you happen to think they’re mean.
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Kinesiology tapeÂ (or kinesio tape) has been spotted on many an Olympian at London this yearâ€“the most notable example has probably been German volleyball playerÂ Katrin Holtwick‘s blue tape arrangement over her torso. Although varying kinds of tape have been used in sports for a long time (think: ankle wraps and taped-up foot sprains), the fluorescent colors and odd placement on athletes’ bodies are new, and have been getting it a lot of attention this year. Which is making a lot of people wonder: Is the blue tape a fashion statement, or is it helping athletes perform? More
In the shadow of McKayla Maroney’s memeÂ and this week’s Lolo Jones controversy, US boxerÂ Claressa Shields has been quietly working her way towards not one, but several of the greatest accomplishments at the London Olympics in 2012.Â She won the first ever gold medal in women’s boxing (this was the first year the event was allowed at the Olympics), the only gold medal for U.S. boxing in 2012, and became the second-youngest fighter to win gold in either menâ€™s or womenâ€™s boxing. More
The press is obsessed with Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones, but her teammatesÂ Dawn Harper and Kellie WellsÂ are the ones taking home medals after yesterday’s 100-meter hurdles final, in which Jones finished fourth. It’s easy to sympathize with her loss, just shy of a medal after famously losing on a hit hurdle in Beijing, but in an interview with Michelle Beadle on NBC today, her teammates seem unmoved by her misfortune. Instead, they seemed to revel in rubbing in her loss, coming off as sore losers, despite their wins. More
Lolo Jones has gotten a lot of attention in the media this year, and according to the New York Times, it’s incommensurate with her abilities as a hurdler. In what amounts to a failed takedown piece titled “For Lolo Jones at the Olympics, Everything Is Image” published on Sunday, sports writer Jere Longman accused Jones not only of being a sub-par athlete (because apparently qualifying for the Olympics doesn’t quite put you at the top), but he also blamed her for sexist sports coverageâ€“an interesting theory, and one that sounds an awful lot like victim-blaming of the worst sort. More
Starting with ESPN’s Body Issue, our obsession with athlete bodies in the 2012 Olympics explodedâ€“and it’s still going strong. Watching athletes accomplish their goals at the Olympics can provide some of the best inspiration to set your own goals at home, but the media coverage and advertising surrounding the games can send a more confusing message. Tabloids (and even serious news outlets) have taken shocking jabs at medalists’ weight and shape this year, and advertisers areâ€“as usualâ€“exploiting top athletes’ form and athletic prowess to promote their products (including McDonald’s). More
Even if you’re not into watching the Olympics, it’s tough not to get inspired by the athletes’ performances (and the parents who cheer for them). And although you’re not exactly active while watching the events, the energy of the games is contagious: It makes us want to set our own goals, get moving, and become champions ourselves…even if it’s only in competition against our own personal best. So we found Olympics posters and prints to keep the feeling year-round. More
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For everyone out there googlingÂ Ryan Lochte girlfriend, sad news: His mom says not to get your hopes up Even if you DO get a date with the Olympic swimmer, you’re probably going to get burned: “He goes out on one-night stands,”Â Ike Lochte, told Today.com. “He’s not able to give fully to a relationship because he’s always on the go.” More
Michael Phelps won his 19th Olympic medal today, setting a new world record for most medals ever won, and earning headlines as the ‘greatest Olympian‘ to ever live. But I have to admit: I wasn’t wholly moved by the spectacle. It may not be a popular view, but despite his obvious and honorable achievements, I just don’t think he embodies the Olympic spirit that makes the games so much fun to watch, and such an inspiration around the world. More
The Colombian soccer player, Lady Andrade, who was accused of “sucker punching” Abby Wambach in the eye on Saturday is being forced to sit out her team’s next two games. She denies that the punch was intentional (she says it “was just a normal part of the game”), but instead of defending her game, she’s focused on her message that the U.S. should be disciplined…just for being the U.S. More