Blog Posts by Jay Busbee

  • Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen injured, in ICU

    Six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen has been hospitalized and is in ICU in Scottsdale, Arizona following an all-terrain vehicle accident, according to the Arizona Republic.

    Van Dyken-Rouen, who is married to former Denver Broncos punter Tom Rouen, is in the intensive care unit of Scottsdale Healthcare's Osborn Medical Center. According to David Van Dyken, Amy's brother, she was airlifted to the hospital following an injury in the town of Show Low, Arizona, about 170 miles from Scottsdale.

    Van Dyken won four of her golds, in 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 4×100m freestyle relay, and 4×100m medley relay, at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, making her the most decorated athlete of those Games. She won two more golds in the relay events at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

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  • New robot can outrun Usain Bolt, heaven help us all

    Remember this day, friends. We're living in the opening minutes of a robots-take-over-the-world film.

    The contraption above is known as "The Raptor," and it's the creation of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. It combines blades similar to those used by amputee athletes and an optional tail for balance to reach top speeds of 28.58 miles per hour. Usain Bolt, the world's fastest human, has hit 27.44 miles per hour.

    The Raptor weighs about 26 pounds, and uses an individual motor per leg. Its Achilles tendon both absorbs shock and recovers energy in the course of its motion. The robot isn't the fastest in the world; that honor belongs to the Boston Dynamics Cheetah, which uses four legs to hit 29-plus miles per hour.

    The inspiration for the Raptor was, of course, the velociraptor, the dinosaur that could chase down its prey before ripping it to pieces with its claws. While this Raptor is, at the moment, confined to treadmills, researchers have indicated that they

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  • Canadian luge Olympian comes out to end 'suffocating' secrecy

    Canadian luger John Fennell just turned 19, but he's already competed in one Olympics. Even so, he's felt he's been living life under a cloud, and to clear the air, he took the opportunity of his 19th birthday on Wednesday to announce that he is gay.

    The reason, Fennell told the Calgary Herald, is because he could no longer go on living a life of secrecy, being untrue to himself. “It’s suffocating,” he said. “You have to play this game of, ‘who knows?’ You can’t let off any vibes or secrets. You have to act super macho. You have to be hyper aware of your mannerisms and to not let off any vibes that could get detected. It’s very exhausting. It’s an all-consuming paranoia of who could find out through what means.”

    Fennell joins an ever-growing list of athletes coming out as gay, including the New Jersey Nets' Jason Collins and the St. Louis Rams' Michael Sam. Fennell said that he felt alone and isolated in Sochi, as there were so few publicly gay athletes present at the Games. As a

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  • Two of America's most notable cities won't be Olympic venues, at least not in 2024.

    New York City and Philadelphia have both declined the opportunity to bid on the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. The reasons are not dissimilar to those put forth by the many cities dropping out of the running for the 2022 Games: too much cost, not enough return on investment.

    New York City mayor Bill de Blasio this week formally ruled out any possibility of the city seeking a 2024 bid. New York had tried unsuccessfully for the 2012 Games, and members of that bidding team had sought to sway the mayor and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take another run at the five rings. 

    In declining to pursue a bid, New York City deputy mayor for housing and economic development Alicia Glen defended the city's decision in the most New York way possible, smacking down the very idea behind hosting an Olympics: recognition and tourism. "Very few people would say that New York City is not quote on the map and is not a major

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  • Maya Angelou's poetry graced the 2008 Olympics

    Maya Angelou, one of America's finest and best-known poets, died Wednesday at the age of 86. In 2008, she wrote a poem in honor of the Beijing Olympics titled "Amazement Awaits." The poem encompasses the best of the Olympics: unity of the human experience and triumph over strife and doubt.

    "I commend you all, Americans and winners across the globe," she wrote on Facebook in 2012, "for what you do is win the human spirit and therefore we are all winners."

    "Amazement Awaits"

    Sheer amazement awaits
    Amazement luxuriant in promise
    Abundant in wonder
    Our beautiful children arrive at this Universal stadium
    They have bathed in the waters of the world
    And carry the soft silt of the Amazon, the Nile,
    The Danube, the Rhine, the Yangtze and the Mississippi
    In the palms of their right hands.
    A wild tiger nestles in each armpit
    And a meadowlark perches on each shoulder.
    We, the world audience, stand, arms akimbo,
    Longing for the passion of the animal
    And the melody of the lark
    The tigers passion

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  • Does anyone want to host the 2022 Winter Olympics?

    For all the talk of global honor and prestige that the Olympics bring to a host city, talk largely promoted by the International Olympic Committee itself, the truth is that the Games tend to smother cities in debt and saddle them with venues they can't ever use again.

    Best-case scenario? Host cities get a pat on the head and a "way to go, slugger!" as the two-week IOC circus leaves town. Worst-case? Host cities become the eternal butt of jokes ("nastier than a Sochi hotel room" will resonate for a generation) as their nations spend decades dragging themselves out of debt.

    "Pay dearly for the honor of hosting our Games" is a scam the Olympics have pulled for over a century now, and it's a scam that the world's cities are finally catching onto. The 2022 Winter Olympics are the next Games to be awarded, and as it turns out, city after city is declining the "honor" of hosting them.

    Residents of Krakow, Poland overwhelmingly rejected the idea of hosting the 2022 Games, leading city

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  • So Norm Macdonald paid a visit to Conan O'Brien's show on Wednesday night, and the comedian revealed he's not much of a fan of Oscar Pistorius. But he doesn't have a problem with Pistorius' alleged crimes; no, Macdonald's complaint with Pistorius is much more direct: "I feel that one of the basic requirements for being a sprinter is having legs."

    Ooooof. But if you were offended by that, congrats: that's exactly what Macdonald was going for. A noted sports fan, he knows what he's talking about when it comes to athletic competition (no, we're not saying he's right about Pistorius); his Twitter feed is well worth checking out for abstract meditations on everything from golf tournaments to hockey games.

    Plus, it's not like savaging athletes is new for MacDonald. His monologue before the 1998 ESPYs is a masterpiece of skewering every self-important glory-hounding athlete, and a main reason why he'll probably never be allowed anywhere near ESPN ever again. Check out a just-out-of-childhood

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  • Garbage fouls site of sailing, windsurfing at 2016 Olympics

    We're still more than two years out from the Olympics, but the Rio-isn't-ready stories are flying faster Usain Bolt on a Red Bull latte. No, London won't be getting the Games back, but short of that, everything else is apparently on the table to get these Olympics off the ground.

    Now comes word that Guanabera Bay, future site of sailing and windsurfing events, is a trash-strewn nightmare, a dumpsite for 80 to 100 tons of Rio de Janeiro's trash each day. Add to that the fact that only about 40 percent of sewage is treated, with the remainder going straight into the water system, and you've got the foundation for an epic public health/public relations/public image nightmare.

    The local government has said it will clean up the bay, but to local residents, this is more of the same news. Brazil has spent more than a billion dollars in the past two decades trying to clean up the bay, with little if any progress to show for it. There are plenty of photos of the environmental devastation here,

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  • We're still more than two years out from the Olympics, but the Rio-isn't-ready stories are flying faster Usain Bolt on a Red Bull latte. No, London won't be getting the Games back, but short of that, everything else is apparently on the table to get these Olympics off the ground.

    Now comes word that Guanabera Bay, future site of sailing and windsurfing events, is a trash-strewn nightmare, a dumpsite for 80 to 100 tons of Rio de Janeiro's trash each day. Add to that the fact that only about 40 percent of sewage is treated, with the remainder going straight into the water system, and you've got the foundation for an epic public health/public relations/public image nightmare.

    The local government has said it will clean up the bay, but to local residents, this is more of the same news. Brazil has spent more than a billion dollars in the past two decades trying to clean up the bay, with little if any progress to show for it. There are plenty of photos of the environmental devastation here,

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  • Nothing like the NFL offseason and a political/social turning point to get everyone all fired up and attacking their keyboards like Richard Sherman at an open mic. In the wake of Michael Sam's draft-day kiss and Miami's Don Jones' subsequent suspension for criticizing said kiss, you, our fine readers, had plenty to say. So here's a representative roundup from actual readers, along with our responses to the most frequently raised arguments. Fire 'em up!

    [The kiss] was publicity stunt that all of you journalists loved. He likely would have went undrafted if not for the media circus about his “gayness.” Since when has free speech and freedom of thought been trumped in this society? Conformity to whatever the so called “elites,” who could not feed themselves in the real world, is becoming nauseating to the millions of us who could care less about Sam's personal life.

    -Robert W

    Whew. That's a lot to unpack right off the bat. Let's take on the big ones: "free speech" and "freedom of

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