July 26, 2012 |
On his first campaign trip overseas, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney learned the first rule of diplomacy: Never say what you're really thinking. Romney is getting heat from some of the press in London for telling an American news outlet (NBC Nightly News) on Wednesday that there were "disconcerting" signs about the city's readiness for the Summer Olympic Games, which open officially Friday night. In particular, Romney noted reports that faulted the private security company hired for the Games for "not having enough people," as well as the "supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials.
July 24, 2012 |
LONDON -- Hockey weather, it was not. Of course, it ended up the hottest day of the year in the area -- thus far -- when Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu had his turn with the Olympic torch, running through Hillingdon. This was Day 67 of the torch's journey, leading up to the start of the Summer Games. Koivu probably would have been thrilled to run in rain. The Finn, who is an IOC member, called Tuesday's adventure "an unbelievable experience. " Koivu has competed in four Winter Olympics with the best result coming in 2006 when Finland won the silver.
June 29, 2012 |
Music and athletics are sometimes not a natural fit. Yes, basketball stars hang with hip-hop stars, and X-Games riders hang out with punk rockers, but the worlds of jocks and musicians don't exactly intersect. When they do, it usually results in extremes. In one corner, there's complete camp -- "The Super Bowl Shuffle" -- and in the other, there's complete schmaltz --R. Kelly's "Space Jam"-affiliated "I Believe I Can Fly. " Muse had perhaps one of the more thankless tasks in crafting a song for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
May 10, 2012 |
The flame that will burn during the London Summer Olympics was lit in Greece on Thursday in an elaborate ceremony hearkening back to ancient days. It started when an actress, dressed as a high priestess, stood before the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera, and used a mirror to focus the sun's rays and light a torch. You know, just like you light your fireplace at home. The first torch-bearer, Greek swimmer Spyros Gianniotis, then took the torch and started running.
February 17, 2010 |
Vancouver's best photo op may finally be getting a grander stage. Organizers on Wednesday are expected to announce changes to the fencing surrounding the Olympic caldron after residents and visitors complained that the unsightly chain link ruined the view of the popular waterfront attraction. "This fence is offensive," said Jeffrey Paleczny, one of thousands of visitors angling for a view earlier this week. Among the options: replacing the chain-link fences with Plexiglas and moving the perimeter closer to the flames.
February 16, 2010 |
"You in town for the Olympics?" the waitress asks. "There's an Olympics here?" I answer. And with that, an evening begins at Yuk-Yuk's, Vancouver's premier comedy club -- an outpost for sarcasm, anarchy and subversive Olympic humor. Personally, I've never had much patience with funny people. But let's give these kids a chance. Onstage is Simon King, whose rat-a-tat-tat delivery is like that of a younger Robin Williams. He growls into the microphone, then punishes it with bleating llama sounds, then launches into a manic rant about the Winter Games.