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2012 summer olympics
Many viewers were none too happy with NBC’s coverage of the Olympics, but it wasn’t just those watching at home who had their qualms. It was the guy they were watching, too. Watch Bob Costas explain to Conan O’Brien (like a boss) just how NBC screwed the pooch so badly, after the jump.
Oscar Pistorius was not at his best on Sunday night, losing his first Paralympic race ever in the 200 meters. He didn’t chalk up the loss to having an off-night, or to winner Alan Fonteles Oliverira’s masterful performance, but rather to an alleged advantage the height of his rival’s blades gave him. That kind of unwarranted hurling of Oliverira under the bus is pretty dickish under normal circumstances, but coming from a guy who’s been facing the same exact harsh criticism for years? Come on dude, that’s not very Citius, Altius, Fortius of you. Read more after the jump.
Earlier today, we shared the story of Team USA’s quest for Olympic basketball gold, as told through their Instagram snapshots. Well, there was one photo that fell through the cracks. This moment in time wasn’t particularly integral in the team’s gold medal effort, but it’s certainly worth sharing. Read more after the jump.
Team Great Britain showed up in a big way at their home-turf Olympics. “Don’t Stop Me Now” shows up in a big way whenever you’re in need of listening to a great song. GB’s collective athletic effort was worth 65 Olympic medals; this music video of them mouthing along to the Queen classic is worth two minutes and 39 seconds of your time.
For the second time this week, the United States men’s basketball team played Argentina, and for the second time this week, Argentina hung around early. The U.S. lead was just 10 with less than four minutes to go in the third quarter… and then, the best player on the planet decided he’d seen enough.
We know that Spain will be one of the teams competing for Olympic gold in men’s basketball, and at 4 p.m. Eastern, the U.S. will try to set up a 2008 gold medal game rematch when it takes on Argentina for the second time at the Games. Problem! You’re not by a television. Solution! After the jump.
Last night, we brought you the story of Manteo Mitchell, the American sprinter who finished his leg in a preliminary 4×400-meter relay race despite breaking his leg in the middle of it. After the jump, see what that remarkable effort looked like.
If you can’t stand to watch the best and brightest stars from the NBA compete in the Olympics, you’ll probably want to cover your ears as you sound out cheers from the contingent on the opposite side of the spectrum, as they celebrate at least one more Summer Olympics that will feature a U.S. Dream Team and a heavy dose of NBA talent.
A U.S. Track Runner Became The Most Inspirational Story Of The Olympics After Running 200 Meters With A Broken Leg
In a feat of supernatural courage that could make even a virtual Greg Jennings jealous, U.S. 4x400m relay lead-off man Manteo Mitchell “put the team on his back” Thursday afternoon by finishing his split of the relay even though he broke his leg halfway through his run.
You know the deal now: maybe you haven’t seen the finals of the 200-meter race at the Olympics yet. You are about to see that result be discussed here. If you do not want to see this, you should leave this post now and check back when you want to know what happened. Cool? Cool. Video, and spoilers, after the jump.