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An Olympic Update: The Great, The Gross, and the Weird

Well, the Winter Olympics have been in full swing for five days (or is it four? five with the time zone difference? six? somebody ask a Time Lord to sort this out for us) and it’s about time somebody over there did something impressive, or awkward, or threw some serious shade on their own television network.

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We Can Be Heroes

A 50-Year-Old Woman Competed In The Olympic Speed Skating Trials, Bow To Her [VIDEO]

Jacki Munzel is our hero. After abandoning a promising career in figure skating to overcome an eating disorder, working through knee and hip injuries, giving birth, and turning fifty, Munzel decided to get back on her skates and become one of the best speed skaters in the world. At the 2014 Olympic trials, she achieved a personal best by 13 seconds. If you want a little New Year’s inspiration, let Munzel be it.

This is already a landmark year for ladies in the Winter Olympics…

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: President Obama Is Not Impressed

Our President is awesome. President Obama had a photo-op with U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, the young woman who became a meme sensation over the summer after making this face when stood on the podium to receive the silver medal on the London games. (via Yahoo)

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We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

Paralympic Athlete Is The First Woman To Live At Home With A Robotic Exoskeleton

Claire Lomas was paralyzed from the chest down after a horse riding accident in 2007 but recently utilized a robotic exoskeleton to complete the London Marathon in 17 days. Now she gets to see how the technologically advanced suit works at home. 

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

While You Were Sleeping: Katie Taylor Wins Ireland’s First Gold Medal Of The 2012 Olympics, Makes History For Women Boxers

Katie Taylor won Ireland’s first gold medal of the games, the ninth Olympic gold medal in Ireland’s history, and the first gold medal in women’s boxing (60 kg), a new sport added to the Olympics. (via The New York Times.)

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

While You Were Sleeping: Sarah Attar Makes History as First Saudi Woman to Compete in Athletics at the Olympics

Saudi Arabia’s Sarah Attar made history in the 800m heats by becoming the first woman from her country to compete in athletics at the Olympics. She finished 43 seconds behind heat winner Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei of Kenya.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

While You Were Sleeping: Tiki Gelana Breaks Women’s Marathon World Record

Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana won the women’s marathon event in a record time of 2:23:07. Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya came in 2nd, and Russia’s Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova came in 3rd. (via NY Daily News.)

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

While You Were Sleeping: Gabrielle Douglas Makes History With Gymnastic All-Around Gold

American gymnast Gabrielle Douglas clinched the women’s individual all-around gold, becoming the first African-American Olympic all-around champion. (via ABC News.)

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May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

The Archer Who Trained Jennifer Lawrence For The Hunger Games Competed In The London Olympics Today

When Jennifer Lawrence took on the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, she not only took on the huge responsibility of keeping fans of Suzanne Collins’ series happy, she also had to make it look like she knew what she was doing. That’s where archer Khatuna Lorig came in. Lorig was in charge of training Lawrence (and did a fine job if you ask me) but she’s also a serious pro who competed at the London Olympics for the United States today. Read on to find out how she did! 

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Malaysia’s First Female Olympic Shooter Is 8-Months Pregnant and Gunning For Gold

Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi is no stranger to being under pressure. As a first-time Olympian and 47th in the world in the 10-meter air rifle event, the 29-year-old Malaysian woman is used to shooting under a considerable amount of strain. After all, though the sport certainly looks easy, marksmanship depends on a delicate balance of breathing, timing, centering oneself, and shutting out the rest of the world in order to get that perfect shot. Even the smallest distraction can put a bullet off by scant millimeters, enough to change the entire competition. However, the prospect of competing in front of the entire world isn’t what’s most unnerving about the London Olympics — it’s that, at 8 months pregnant, she’ll have to step up to her rifle and will her baby not to kick while she’s making her decisive shot.

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