South Korean Jang Mi-ran, who won weightlifting gold at the Beijing Olympics, says that after struggling with her weight as a teenager, being an athlete has made her happy with her 275 lbs. "I used to think that my size was a flaw before I started weightlifting," said Jang. "But after I started weightlifting, that has… » 12/04/08 11:20am 12/04/08 11:20am

Good As Gold

After much controversy and speculation, the Fédération Internationale de Gymanastique has found that the Chinese gymnastics team in the Beijing Olympics were all of age » 10/01/08 10:45am 10/01/08 10:45am. However, officials from FIG are continuing their investigation into the ages of Chinese gymnasts who competed in the 2000 Games in Sydney. Dong…
Dara Torres, the 41-year-old American swimmer who won three silver medals » 8/28/08 9:45am 8/28/08 9:45am at the Beijing Olympics this year, is set to undergo to repair her right shoulder. Torres developed a degenerative arthritis problem in her acromioclavicular (or AC) joint in 2007, but she put off surgery in order to compete in the Beijing…
Last Friday's Houston Chronicle » 8/18/08 6:20pm 8/18/08 6:20pm the silent player in women's gymnastics: the super-tight,skin-stretching ponytail. "When I'm doing my tricks, my hair doesn't whack me in the face," says 11-year-old gymnast Lindsey Stone, while other young gymnasts talk about the importance of wetting the hair, using pins and always…

Are Non-Athletes Incapable Of Appreciating The Olympics? No. Are You A…

"I am the most annoying person to watch the Olympics with. I'm a condescending former elite athlete who loathes the armchair fan. I love sports. I love athletes. I hate fans." So begins Jennifer Sey's defiant confession, " The Beast" » 8/14/08 6:00pm 8/14/08 6:00pm on . Basically, as a former athlete, Sey can't stand being around laymen who don't…
It's probably too soon to claim any Olympic bragging rights, but after three days of competition the Chinese and American ladies are cleaning up » 8/11/08 2:20pm 8/11/08 2:20pm. The Chinese women have as many medals as the men (seven), but the women have one more gold. The American women have eight medals so far, twice as many as the American men.…

Photoshop Of Horrors

Thank you, Photoshop Disasters » 7/30/08 3:45pm 7/30/08 3:45pm for this latest bit of nightmare fodder. Yes, there is a disembodied hand on that mustachioed Olympian's shoulder. Possibly a ghost. Possibly some poor athlete who wasn't deemed Milk-worthy. Possibly a sly comment on China's mutation-high pollution levels. Possibly some poor photo editor…

Swimmer Jessica Hardy, 21, is the first American athlete who qualified for the Beijing Olympics to test positive for a banned substance, the AP is reporting. An anonymous source leaked the info, said that the banned substance was a stimulant and that both Hardy's "A" sample and back up sample tested positive for the… » 7/24/08 9:30am 7/24/08 9:30am

Lost And Found

Friday feel-good alert! In 1991, 6-year old Lopez Lomong was snatched from his family and taken by Sudanese rebels to be one of the numerous child soldiers who came to be known as the "Lost Boys of the Sudan." Lopez was eventually able to escape and was ultimately discovered in a work camp by Catholic Charities, who… » 7/18/08 6:45pm 7/18/08 6:45pm

Bjork Feels Bad For China; Hair Dye Equals Death

• Bjork feels sorry for China. You know, over all that Tibet stuff. • Italian porn star runs for office, promises to create "cute" red light district. • H.S. teacher resigns after being outed as madam. • Macho, alcoholic men have trouble dealing with serious injuries. • Gabrielle Union sues Craigslist pranksters over… » 4/11/08 5:20pm 4/11/08 5:20pm

Who Are All These China Haters And Where Did They Learn All Their Death…

So...China. Like, oy, right? Yesterday San Francisco rained on the protesters' plan to rain on the Olympic torch relay, but so many questions remain. Where did all these angry Crouching Tiger bridge scaling people come from? Isn't Tibet a kind of nineties cause? Are the protesters just holdovers from the anti-WTO… » 4/10/08 10:00am 4/10/08 10:00am

"Plump But Not Fat" For China Looks Kinda Ana To Us

In preparation for the Olympics, the Chinese government is hiring female college students to serve as "ambassadors" from each of its major cities. Would you believe appearance is apparently factoring into the hiring decisions? And it's gotten competitive: in an effort to make sure its city is remembered for the most… » 2/28/08 5:40pm 2/28/08 5:40pm

The organizing committee of the Beijing Olympics is on the prowl for women to place the awards around athletes' necks during medal ceremonies. According to Reuters, the committee requires that women must be between the ages of 18 and 25, between 66 and 70 inches tall, have "good" figures, and be enrolled in a… » 11/20/07 12:45pm 11/20/07 12:45pm