There’s been a lot of discussion surrounding the role of women in the London 2012 Olympics. It was the first Olympics in which every participating country allowed women to compete, where an African-American girl took home gold for the Olympics team for the first time, and where McKayla Maroney‘s Vogue face took over our computers with its pure memeability. Ryan Lochte may have shown the world that he’s essentially a real-life Hansel from Zoolander, but it was the female athletes who really made a splash when it came to their impact on social networking sites.
In the Olympic games there are currently 30 more medals available to men than are to women. This Olympic games was a landmark one in that it is the first in history in which all 204 participating nations sent female athletes to compete, but there is still ground left to cover. Which is why we’re so glad that current shadow Olympics minister Tessa Jowell recently announced her intention to lead the campaign to make 2016 Rio “the first gender equal games” in history.
Do you ever wonder who exactly the people scalping Olympic tickets are? Ever sit down and ask yourself “Who are these people?” or “What were their childhoods like?” It’s an interesting question, but the answer for most of us is probably no. Still, Funny or Die‘s put together quite the humorous (and we’re assuming highly fictitious) take on the “scalper lifestyle,” featuring some recognizable faces as Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Hot Fuzz), and Ryan Lochte and his grill (…The Olympics). And it’s pretty damn enjoyable.
Last week we posted about our rage over the utterly ridiculous (and unfounded) complaints circulating the web over Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas‘ hair. As we wrote it we were kind of secretly hoping that we were blowing it out of proportion, that it was a small enough story that it would never get back to Douglas herself. No such luck. Douglas has most certainly heard about the unflattering attention her hair has been getting by some, and she’s responded in kind. Click through the jump to see what she has to say, along with some other Olympic athletes who have been receiving some less-than-flattering attention based on their appearance.
The Olympics brings forth a whole lot of really epic photographs–and also some silly ones. In the best of times, they are combinations of the two. The Frisky has a gallery of some of the best shots of Olympic synchronized swimming, and you really need to go look at it.
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!
It’s been a good week for geeks in the Olympics, particularly amongst the gymnasts. First British gymnast Jennifer Pinchesdeclared her loyalty to Nerdfighteria for all the world to see–now we have this video of Mexican gymnast Elsa Garcia Rodriguez Blancas‘ floor routine. Set to music from The Legend of Zelda. Here’s the original arrangement, for reference. Click through the jump for slightly less dodgy footage from an earlier performance.