These athletes knew what style was about // Olympic Wanderings: August 7th, 2012

07/08/2012 § Leave a comment


Ol’ George Hodgson’s winning time in the 1,500 free? Eight minutes off the current mark held by Sun Yang.

What did an Olympian look like 100 years ago? Slate has put up a dandy collection. Included are great photos of the tug-of-war, Icelandic wrestling, hammer throwers, runners, swimmers and shooters.

*American twitter-ers have been up in arms about NBC’s tape-delayed coverage. Plenty of counter-points have been raised against those complaints, chiefly that most people aren’t on Twitter, and that if it were such a problem, why is NBC setting records?

NPR’s Linda Holmes has written a thoughtful piece, considering both sides of the argument.

**The Economist ran the numbers, and the old Soviet empire still rules when it comes to medals per athletes:

***Declan Hill, author of ‘The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime,” saw little in the Canada v USA semifinal yesterday to suggest there’s any chance of the game having been fixed.

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