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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Mar 12, 2019. 7 comments

Ryoyu Kobayashi Becomes First Non-European Man To Win Overall World Cup Ski Jump Title

Ryoyu Kobayashi Becomes First Non-European Man To Win Overall World Cup Ski Jump Title

This weekend, Japanese ski jumper Ryoyu Kobayashi broke Europe’s decades-long domination of the ski jump World Cup by becoming the first non-European man to win the overall title.

Kobayashi didn’t medal in Pyeongchang, but since the Olympics he has dominated the World Cup circuit, recording six consecutive wins in the 2018-19 season (he has 11 wins in total). Though he didn’t win the big hill...

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Mar 09, 2019. 13 comments

Residents Face Sky-Rocketing Rents As NFL Takes Over Inglewood

Residents Face Sky-Rocketing Rents As NFL Takes Over Inglewood

Earlier this week, lawmakers in Inglewood, California pushed through a rent stabilization ordinance that seeks to protect residents who are struggling to stay in their homes due to surging rents in the area. One of the main reasons that rents have skyrocketed is due the construction of a $2.6 billion stadium and entertainment complex where both the Rams and Chargers are set to play.

From the

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Mar 09, 2019. 6 comments

Japanese Government Wants Evacuees To Return To Fukushima In Time To Make Olympics Look Good

Japanese Government Wants Evacuees To Return To Fukushima In Time To Make Olympics Look Good

One of the few things that the Olympics do well, aside from putting cities in significant debt that can take decades to pay off, is symbolism. It was on display last year in Pyeongchang when the North and South Korean delegations marched into the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics, and if the Japanese government has its way, 2020 will bring its own moment of symbolic healing.

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Mar 08, 2019. 9 comments

This Furry With Abs Is The Creepiest Mascot In Sports

This Furry With Abs Is The Creepiest Mascot In Sports

Sports team mascots are creepy as a general rule. It comes with the territory to a certain extent, but I can’t really think of one that I don’t find terrifying or at least moderately disquieting. It’s probably something to do with the disproportionate ratio of head-size to body. But at least most of them don’t make you feel bad about not going to the gym.

That is decidedly not the case with...

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Mar 07, 2019. 11 comments

If The Olympics Want Breaking To Succeed, They Have To Get The Music Right

If The Olympics Want Breaking To Succeed, They Have To Get The Music Right

Last month, Paris 2024 organizers voted to include breaking in the 2024 Summer Games . If the IOC votes next year to make it official, breaking will be in the program for 2024 Olympics.

One thing working in breaking’s favor was the success of its trial outing at the Youth Olympics. In late 2016, the IOC accepted the World DanceSport Federation’s nomination of breaking as an official “dance...

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Mar 04, 2019. 19 comments

The Obsession With Caster Semenya's Body Was Racist From The Very Beginning

The Obsession With Caster Semenya's Body Was Racist From The Very Beginning

A week before the 2012 Olympics, a group of researchers and academics gathered for the International Convention on Science, Education, and Medicine in Sport in Glasgow, just over 400 miles north of London, where the Games were being held. One of those athletes was South African runner Caster Semenya, who burst onto the scene in 2009 to win the women’s 800 meters in scorching time. Almost...

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Mar 02, 2019. 15 comments

President Of Gymnastics' Athletes' Commission Says Abuse Survivors Are In It For The Money

President Of Gymnastics' Athletes' Commission Says Abuse Survivors Are In It For The Money

Liubou Charkashyna, the president of the International Gymnastics Federation’s athletes’ commission—which was created to represent gymnasts’ interests—used a recent interview with Belarussian media to express skepticism about the frequency of abuse in sports and victims’ motives.

While acknowledging that sex abuse is a problem and saying that her “heart froze” while listening to testimony of...

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Mar 01, 2019. 19 comments

World's Top Bridge Player Suspended For Doping With Synthetic Testosterone

World's Top Bridge Player Suspended For Doping With Synthetic Testosterone

The World Bridge Federation announced today that Geir Helgemo, the world’s top-ranked bridge player, has been suspended after testing positive for two banned substances: synthetic testosterone and clomifene (a female fertility drug).

Yes, doping. In bridge. The World Bridge Federation is a member of the IOC, and thus adheres to that organization’s anti-doping rules, whether or not those banned...

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Feb 27, 2019. 2 comments

Olympic Athletes Are Trying To Get A Seat At The Bargaining Table

Olympic Athletes Are Trying To Get A Seat At The Bargaining Table

Athlete representatives in the U.S. Olympic movement recently met in the basement of an airport hotel in Chicago to discuss the next step in mobilizing against their respective chartered national governing bodies and the USOC—creating a union.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Athletes’ Advisory Council (AAC), a volunteer-led entity comprised of former athletes that aims to represent...

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Feb 22, 2019. 12 comments

Japanese Scientists Are Trying To Keep 'Guerilla Rainstorms' From Ruining The Olympics

Japanese Scientists Are Trying To Keep 'Guerilla Rainstorms' From Ruining The Olympics

What’s worse than rain on your wedding day or on your parade? Rain during your outdoor athletic event at the Olympics.

Japanese researchers are scrambling to test new technology that would allow them to detect sudden torrential downpours known as “guerrilla rainstorms” 30 minutes before they start. They hope to have the radars ready for the 2020 Olympics. Sudden rainstorms, which are common to...

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Feb 21, 2019. 23 comments

2024 Olympics Set To Become Much Cooler With Inclusion Of Breaking

2024 Olympics Set To Become Much Cooler With Inclusion Of Breaking

After its successful trial run at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires this past October, Paris 2024 organizers have decided to put breaking into the program for the Summer Games. In addition to breaking, Paris 2024 voted to add skateboarding, climbing, and surfing to the program. (The last three were already accepted as “additional sports” for Tokyo 2020.) The addition won’t be...

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Feb 19, 2019. 6 comments

USA Gymnastics Hires NBA VP Li Li Leung As New CEO

USA Gymnastics Hires NBA VP Li Li Leung As New CEO

Four months after Nike-hating Mary Bono stepped down as president of USA Gymnastics after about five days at the helm , the organization has named Li Li Leung as its new boss. Leung, who has a sports marketing background, had previously worked at the NBA as a senior vice president. She also has experience working with national sports governing bodies; she also worked at USA Basketball.

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Feb 16, 2019. 3 comments

The Cost Of The Tokyo 2020 Opening And Closing Ceremonies Has Risen 43 Percent

The Cost Of The Tokyo 2020 Opening And Closing Ceremonies Has Risen 43 Percent

Another day, another report of costs increases for the Olympics. Just a few days after we learned that the Rio organizing committee’s debt from the 2016 Summer Games was more than three times higher than what it was originally supposed to be , we have a report that cost overruns are already plaguing the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. This time it’s the cost of the opening and closing ceremonies that...

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Feb 15, 2019. 12 comments

Despite Claims To The Contrary, The IAAF Is Still Persecuting Caster Semenya

Despite Claims To The Contrary, The IAAF Is Still Persecuting Caster Semenya

The Times reported yesterday that the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) will argue in front of the Court for Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that Caster Semenya, the 2016 Olympic champion in the 800 meters, is “biologically male.” The IAAF quickly issued a statement denying this claim, but did acknowledge that they plan to argue that Semenya and others like her should have...

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Feb 14, 2019. 1 comments

Japanese Sports Official Worries That Olympic Excitement Will Decrease Because Star Swimmer Was Diagnosed With Leukemia

Japanese Sports Official Worries That Olympic Excitement Will Decrease Because Star Swimmer Was Diagnosed With Leukemia

This week Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee announced that she has been diagnosed with leukemia and is starting treatment for the cancer. Ikee, 18, won six gold medals at the 2018 Asians and was expected to contend for several medals at the 2020 Olympics, which are being hosted in Tokyo.

While most people would be concerned for her well-being and only that, Tokyo 2020 Olympics Minister...

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Feb 14, 2019. 3 comments

The Westminster Dog Show Is The Past And Future Of Obsessive Dog Ownership

The Westminster Dog Show Is The Past And Future Of Obsessive Dog Ownership

I really don’t know anything about dogs despite having owned one for the past six years.

That’s actually not true, but it’s easy to feel self-conscious about your own knowledge of dogs after spending a full day at the Westminster Dog and Kennel Show, which wrapped up last night in New York. There I met—or tried to at least glance at—the more than 200 show dogs who journeyed to New York with...

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Feb 13, 2019. 11 comments

North And South Korea Want To Co-Host The Olympics, And The IOC Gets To Keep Playing Hero

North And South Korea Want To Co-Host The Olympics, And The IOC Gets To Keep Playing Hero

In its new year’s letter, one of the key accomplishments the IOC touted was improved relationships on the Korean peninsula, all because in 2018 the North and South Korean delegations marched in the opening ceremonies at the Winter Games together. “With these powerful symbols and gestures in PyeongChang, we have seen how the Olympic Games can open the way to dialogue, how the Olympic values...

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Feb 12, 2019. 16 comments

More Than Two Years After The Games, Rio's Olympic Debt Keeps Rising

More Than Two Years After The Games, Rio's Olympic Debt Keeps Rising

Just because the Olympics are long over doesn’t mean that we’re done with the fallout from the Rio de Janeiro Games. According to a report from Brazil, the debt incurred by the local organizing committee has dramatically increased to more than three times the original estimate. In December 2016, the debt was listed at $32 million USD; two years later, that figure has more than tripled to $113...

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Feb 09, 2019. 18 comments

Reebok To Women: Empower Yourself By Sitting On Men's Faces

Reebok To Women: Empower Yourself By Sitting On Men's Faces

Reebok Russia’s attempt to inject a progressive message into its recent marketing campaign has blown up in its face. This is because it was about face-sitting.

One of the empowering messages that appeared on Russian Reebok’s social media read, “Sit not on the needle of men’s approval—sit on men’s face.”

This text didn’t appear next to all of the promotional shots; just the one featuring Zalina...

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Dvora Meyers Dvora Meyers Feb 08, 2019. 14 comments

Alina Zagitova Says She Didn't Drink Water During The 2018 Olympics

Alina Zagitova Says She Didn't Drink Water During The 2018 Olympics

Alina Zagitova, the Russian teen who narrowly edged two-time defending world champion Evgenia Medvedeva for the women’s figure skating gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics and recently took second at the European Championships, sat down for a series of interviews this week with Russian media. One of the running themes in these sit-downs was her body, and more precisely her weight.

When talking to...

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