One of the most frustrating things about watching the Olympics is knowing that you personally, would definitely be up there winning mad gold medals if only your mom hadn't let you quit gymnastics in third grade/refused to buy you a bow and arrow in fourth grade/failed to encourage you to pursue discus-throwing as a hobby two years outside of college/etc.
It's the Olympics, which means Chinese flag manufacturers are working overtime to churn out the oversized Old Glories in which Team USA will be swaddled for their heart-tugging televised NBC Moments. But I've found myself obsessing over athletes that will never be the subject of a network capsule bio: The women of the North Korean Olympic team. Skilled and mysterious, they are one of the most interesting stories of the games.
Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi (pictured right) found a way to make competing in the Olympics even more impressive: by doing so while eight months pregnant. Suryani will represent Malaysia in the 10-meter air rifle competition, which should, at the very least, move Shooting up in the rankings of Most Important Olympic Events.
Faced with the arduous task of following the 2008 Beijing Games' jaw-dropping opening ceremony spectacular, hailed by many as the greatest event ever even though it exposed the world to the singing voice of an ugly little girl, the organizers of the London Olympics have adopted the curious tactic of making it up as they go. They seem to be under the impression that, as in a brainstorm, there are no wrong answers when it comes to the planning of a live televised event that will be recorded in the annals of history and watched by millions around the world.
The United States Olympic Committee officially unveiled its 530-athlete roster for the London this week. Wyoming, a mythical paradise where golden gods with rippling muscles run barefoot through grassy fields and gyms all day, is sending more athletes per capita to the Games than any other state, according to Time Magazine.
It's an open secret that the city of London's Olympic bid was nothing more than a brazen attempt to lure America's most popular fast food corporations to open up franchises in that dusty, far flung corner of the world. Now The Guardian reports London is finally getting what it craves: its very first fifty-first McDonald's.