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London 2012 Olympics

US team gets high-tech help to reach London (via AFP) Advances in technology will allow US athletes to have their coaches examine their pre-Olympic workouts even if those coaches cannot make the trip to England for the Games next month. And the day might soon be here where coaches can download video of an athlete’s Olympic leap or throw into a device… USA Track, putter jill camarena-w...

1992 Barcelona Olympic Torch

Twenty years on, Barcelona Olympic venues defy crisis (via AFP) Twenty years after the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the massive venues built for the Games continue to host major events, from swim meets to concerts, even if they have had to slash their fees to face Spain’s economic crisis. The Games were a catalyst for the regeneration of industrial areas and old quarters… Palau Sant Jordi...

Olympic Profile: Joseph Diaz, Jr.

In a world of “How-To” YouTube has become an invaluable asset. Whether you want to learn plumbing secrets, how to beat a video game, or best practices in applying makeup, YouTube can show you the way. So, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Olympic boxer Joseph Diaz, Jr. first learned the basics of his craft from, you guessed it, YouTube. Schoolyard bullies unwittingly launched Joseph’s care...

MO Farah

Farah to focus on 10,000m at London Olympics (via AFP) Great Britain’s Mo Farah says he is targetting the 10,000 metres at the London Olympics and will wait to see how he feels before deciding whether to go for a double in the 5,000. “I am going to run the 10,000 for sure because it is the first race,” Farah said after winning the 5,000 at the Diamond… Mo Farah, 29-year-ol...

Pele criticises Brazilians, Neymar, ahead of Olympics

Pele criticises Brazilians, Neymar, ahead of Olympics (via AFP) Former star Pele on Monday criticised the Brazilian Olympics squad saying he felt they “are not ready” for the event on the evidence of a 2-0 weekend loss to Mexico and also lambasted starlet Neymar for overly hugging the left wing. “I think it’s good this (defeat) happened as it does away with the… Pele...

Left knee injury forces Shawn Johnson to retire

Left knee injury forces Johnson to retire (via AFP) Shawn Johnson, the former world champion and 2008 Olympic all-round runner-up attempting a London Olympics comeback, announced her retirement from competitive gymnastics on Sunday. A nagging left knee injured Johnson’s dream of returning from a hiatus last year and reaching next month’s London Olympics… left knee, London Olympi...