In this time of #MeToo, USA Gymnastics publicly supported gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney when she came forward about having been sexually abused for years by the team's doctor. However, their response prior to that was to attempt to silence her when she first reported the abuse a year ago, asking her to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Maroney is no longer having it.Read More
Black Girl Magic is alive and well in the sports world this week, thanks to 17-year-old speedskating phenom, Maame Biney!Read More
In a recent statement, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said, "competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity," but "in order to be recognized by the IOC as a sport, the content of eSports must not infringe on the Olympic values."Read More
The Olympic Games maybe need to take a look over those values they're so committed to adhering to.Read More
Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui took the Internet by storm with her expressive reaction to winning a medal.Read More
And we've still got one more week of this.
There's an undercurrent of sexism in the Olympics media coverage that seems to be mostly propelled by the inability to give many female athletes their own headlines, or tout them for their own victories, without linking them in some way to a man.Read More
What do you get when you mash up Stranger Things with Perfect Strangers? Something very weird. And very 80s.Read More
Blizzard will apparently be releasing a special series of Summer Olympic Games-themed loot boxes, which contain a random assortment of Summer Olympics-themed gear.Read More
"The goal is to go down in history as the best woman fighter to ever live. That's my goal."Read More
This summer, Ibtihaj Muhammad will become the first-ever American athlete to compete in the Olympics in a hijab. But before the champion fencer makes her Olympic debut in Rio, she's spending some time at SXSW, where she spoke on the Saturday evening panel The New Church: Sport as Currency of American Life.Read More
Let it go(ld)?
Several Chinese internet users have begun to point out that the Beijing 2022 Olympic theme song sounds a whole lot like Frozen's famous ballad, "Let It Go." The tinkly piano intro, the choruses' crescendo, the instrumentation, the tempo, the wintry lyrics, the fact that both songs are in the exact same key ... the similarities are undeniable.Read More
100% Couch Potato friendly.
I am not an athletic person. In highschool I loathed PE with a pure, righteous anger, and I still haven't gotten over my ensuing hate for organized sports. Given my proud couch potato status, I was surprised by the ways in which Touch the Wall, a documentary about Olympic swimming champs Missy Franklin and Kara Lynn Joyce, still resonated with me.Read More
Bork Bork Bork
As of today, the Winter Olympics have come to a close. But in case the nuances of the curling finals still escape you, the Swedish Chef is here to provide his expertise. His country did take home silver, after all. Clearly, we are in the presence of an expert.Read More
The only way this video could be any better is if they somehow included Daisy.
The Olympics are over as of today! To stave off your inevitable Olympic-withdrawal symptoms, we present you this video created by Michael Shanks (probably not the Stargate SG-1 guy). It's a Speed Skating run - but with all the trappings of a Mario Kart course. Oh, and the narration is perfect.Read More
Because sports can't work without science.
Despite a large portion of Russia being extremely cold, Sochi is actually fairly warm in terms of cities that have hosted the Winter Olympics. It's so warm, in fact, that reporters have even done some sunbathing while attending the games, so here's how science helps the winter sports get the snow they need.Read More
It's like being drunk on water, only you could also die.
Short answer: yes. But don't worry, because odds are that you're probably not drinking enough water to begin with, so it's probably not something you have to worry about unless you're a world-class marathon runner. Just in case, though, AsapSCIENCE wants you to know what happens if you drink too much water at once.Read More
Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme!
Were you upset after watching Cool Runnings to find out that the movie took massive liberties and only really based on a true story in the sense that, yes, Jamaica had a bobsled team ? Don't worry, this year's Jamaican bobsled team has you covered, and they've even got a weird bobsled song complete with its own 8-bit music video.Read More
Well that's a drag.
Under Armor tried to use science to create the world's fastest uniform for US speed skaters, and it appears they may have accidentally done just the opposite. US Olympic speed skaters are falling well below the placements they'd expect, and blame is falling on the suit. When they lose at video games, I bet their controllers are also "broken."Read More
Daily AsapSCIENCE vids are our favorite thing about the Olympics.
What should Olympic athletes eat? What do Olympic athletes eat? As part of their daily series of Olympic videos, AsapSCIENCE tackles the question of Olympic diet, and how it changes from athlete to athlete and sport to sport. Sports aren't really our thing, but we sure do love science and food.Read More
A curling team once bit my sister.
In addition to being a sport that involves brooms and sweeping, curling also has surprisingly strict rules about what constitutes a proper uniform for the sport (you know, so people remember that it is a sport). As it turns out, Norway's Olympic team might be in trouble, and all because of the funky-fresh pants they're styling.Read More