March 21, 2012 |
OLYMPIC URBAN LEGEND : Athletes during the Ancient Greek Olympic Games were amateurs. Until the 1970s, competition in the Olympic Games was reserved for amateur athletes, which in this sense is defined strictly as "athletes who do not get paid to perform their sport. " Slowly but surely various Olympic sports relaxed their rules to allow for professionals to compete in the Olympics and today, there are few Olympic events that only allow amateurs to compete in them (boxing is a notable exception)
June 22, 2012 |
Chris Paul, who was at the Clippers' facility Friday to present season-ticket holder Chance Lavitch with keys to a new Jeep Grand Cherokee because he was the half-court shot winner during an April Clippers game at Staples Center, said he still plans on playing on the USA Olympic basketball team. Paul said he especially is looking forward to going to camp next month in Las Vegas with Clippers teammate Blake Griffin. “The last time I played, I was the only member from my team there,” Paul said.
June 10, 2012 |
The Olympic Games offer competitors the chance to bathe in national glory and international acclaim. The victors - indeed, all the athletes who aspire to victory - are celebrated in the Olympic motto of "Citius, Altius, Fortius. " Faster, higher, stronger. Yet celebration and aspiration sometimes share the Olympic spotlight with controversy, with scandal and with athletes who train and compete outside the bounds of Citius, Altius and Fortius. One ranking of the 10 least pure moments in the history of the Summer Games: No. 10 (1912)
July 21, 2012
Re "London's forecast for Games gets gloomier," July 13 Here we go again: Another gloom-and-doom forecast for the Olympics, similar to the predictions of gridlock in Los Angeles in 1984 and of oppressive air pollution in Beijing in 2008. The grand spectacle of the Olympic Games eventually rises above the darkness as a proud world displays the ability to come together for two magical weeks. Robert Langston Dana Point ALSO: Letters: The right to vote -- legally Letters: Private colleges are up to the task Wallis Annenberg: MOCA must look to the future
February 23, 2014 |
The 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony has ended in Sochi, Russia. Tchaikovsky and fireworks marked the final moments of the proceedings Sunday. The Olympic flag was handed over by Sochi's mayor to the mayor of Pyeongchang, South Korea, host of the next Winter Olympics, and a huge animatronic bear, one of the mascots to these Games, blew out the flame in a version of the Olympic cauldron. MORE: REAL-TIME UPDATES International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach spoke to the crowd, commending Russia and President Vladimir Putin for their hosting of the Games, praising "a new Russia ... efficient and friendly, open to a new world.
July 10, 2009 |
The Olympics are supposed to promote peace and goodwill among people and countries. But only one day after the U.S. Olympic Committee announced plans to launch a new cable channel dedicated to coverage of Olympic sports, an international controversy has erupted, threatening to scuttle the channel and Chicago's bid to be the host city for the 2016 Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee, the governing body that organizes the Games, on Thursday scolded the U.S.