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Canadian Olympians cover “Call Me Maybe”

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Breaking news: There’s another “Call Me Maybe” parody video on the web. And probably another since we typed that. And there’s another…

There’s an untold number of these things living on YouTube (we actually tried counting but quickly became overwhelmed and out-matched), so terming it breaking news might not be entirely accurate.

Still, enjoy a trip down memory lane:

–    The Harvard baseball team’s “Call Me Maybe” video was the first one that really took off. It has a low-budget movie feel to it – the lighting is so-so, the song is playing through the speakers in the team’s van and it’s all one continuous take. Still, it’s like an old cell phone: Sure it can only make phone calls and it’s got a green screen, but it’s a relic. And it has 16.3 million views.

–    A version filmed by a group of U.S. Army soldiers in Afghanistan is definitely one of our favorites. Have you ever seen grown men with machine guns dancing in the desert? Add in some night-vision goggles, mortar rounds being fired and a robot dance and you’ve got yourself one solid video. 1.4 million views.

–    The mascots of the Big 10 took a stab at the video too. It’s not bad, really. As the song plays, one thing becomes painfully obvious: Mascots can’t open and close their mouths, if you didn’t already know that. So it’s more of a dance video than a lip synching video. 403,762 views.

–    Jimmy Fallon and his band on Late Night, The Roots, had a different take on the video: They teamed up with Carly Rae Jepsen, who co-wrote and originally recorded the song, and performed their own version instead of just lip synching it. It’s entertaining, without a doubt. We particularly like Jepsen’s use of the triangle – another old-school relic. 10.2 million views.

–    And then of course there’s our favorite, the version produced by members of the U.S. Olympic swim team (Disclaimer: we’re biased since we covered the sport at the Olympics). Our favorite part might be Nathan Adrian’s slick move at the 1:49 mark. 9 million views.

Almost forgot about the original reason for this post. Here it is, the Canadian Olympians edition of “Call Me Maybe.” Good to know our neighbors to north finally got the internet. 20,352 views.

Which one’s your favorite?

Zika won’t stop Olympics; only war has done that, historian says

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 07:  A general view of the Christ The Redeemer statue atop the Corcovado on July 7, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The world’s best known Olympic historian said Friday it will take something more destructive than the Zika virus to cancel the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

“Historically, the only times the Games have been cancelled is in war — World War I and World War II,” David Wallechinsky told the Associated Press. “Other than that, nothing has done it.”

Brazil is the epicenter of the rapidly spreading mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is also generating rumors that South America’s first Games may be called off instead of opening on Aug. 5.

Researchers have linked the virus to a birth defect that can leave newborns with long-lasting health and developmental problems.

Brazil’s Sports Minister George Hilton issued a statement saying that canceling the Games “is not in discussion,” and Rio organizers and the International Olympic Committee have repeatedly shot down the notion it’s even being considered.

Wallechinsky, president of the International Society of Olympic Historians, said the only similar case was the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, when three athletes from west Africa were banned from competing over fears they had contracted the Ebola virus and the subsequent possibility of it spreading.

“That’s the only time that disease has ever entered into it,” he said.

The 1916 Olympics were called off during World War I, and four Games — two summer and two winter — were cancelled between 1940 and 1944. Two Summer Olympics were hit by partial boycotts in 1980 and 1984.

Wallechinsky said it was too late to move the games from Rio.

“A lot of money has been put into this; the athletes, the infrastructure,” he said. “It’s pretty late to move the Games so I think they’ll go forward.”

Brazil is spending at least $10 billion to prepare for the Games. Add to that, billions spent on television rights, and maybe just as much on sponsorship, advertising across 28 sport federations, and the more than 200 nations that participate.

“There would be a lot of lawsuits,” Wallechinsky said. “It would be a dream event for lawyers.”

The Zika virus adds to other problems with South America’s first Olympics, including water pollution in Rio’s venues for sailing, rowing, canoeing, triathlon and open-water swimming , and deep cuts of almost 30 percent to keep a $2 billion operating budget in balance.

Only about half of the domestic tickets for the game have been sold, and organizers fear the Zika outbreak could scare off foreign tourists — particularly Americans.

Janice Forsyth, an Olympic historian at Western University in Canada, predicted the Zika threat “is going to blow over.”

“But if it really catches on, then we’ve got a global concern that’s not just about the Olympics,” she said. “But it would have to be really extraordinary for the game to be cancelled. Even with threats of terrorism, the games still don’t get cancelled.”

Forsyth said the virus might even have beneficial impact on Rio’s preparations, distracting from other problems.

“In a sad way, maybe it’s a positive diversion from what is actually going on with the games,” she said. “A twist for games that seem to be constantly struggling.”

VIDEO: Rio Olympic venues timelapse

‘Race’ film clip of 1936 Olympic long jump (video)

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“Race,” a film about 1936 Olympic legend Jesse Owens‘ triumphs in the face of Nazi Germany, hits theaters Feb. 19.

In the above clip, Owens competes in long jump qualifying after receiving a tip from fellow jumper German Luz Long to avoid fouling on his last attempt to advance to the final.

Owens would then beat Long in the final, though the pair forged a friendship.

In other clips, Owens, played by Stephan James, speaks with his Ohio State coach, Larry Snyder, played by Jason Sudeikis. Watch that here.

Also, Owens discusses taking part in the Olympics amid racial prejudice in the U.S. Watch that here.

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