Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Royals surprised by queen during Opening Ceremony

Leave a comment

So far we’ve learned two things from London 2012 chairman and two-time 1500m gold medalist Sebastian Coe’s autobiography: the queen is excellent at keeping secrets and no one in the royal family is reading OlympicTalk… like at all.

In “Running My Life,” which we assume is brimming with modesty and understatement, Coe recounts sitting with the Royals during London’s Opening Ceremony and enjoying their surprise at seeing the queen and James Bond on screen together.

“With the corgis racing up what were obviously very familiar stairs, Prince Charles looked at me and began laughing rather nervously, wondering where on earth this was going,” Coe writes in the book, due out Nov. 8. “But the moment she turned around, and everyone realized, ‘My God! It really is the Queen!’ he began roaring with laughter.” Then Will and Henry apparently shouted “Go granny!” as her double leapt from the helicopter high above the stadium.

We admittedly didn’t know exactly how the queen would be involved in video (rumors included Bond being knighted), but we detailed her involvement a couple times before the Games, so we can only assume Prince Charles doesn’t have his priorities straight when it comes to online Olympic reading.

The three-hour shoot took place back in March in Queen Elizabeth II’s private study and involved more than 130 crew members, as well as Daniel Craig, who was near completion on the new Bond film, “Skyfall.”

If you missed the queen’s appearance you can see it here in all its glory:

Miles Chamley-Watson takes fencing to New York City streets (video)

Leave a comment

Miles Chamley-Watson may be an Olympian and World champion, but many people with those titles can walk the streets of New York with nobody looking twice.

It’s a different story when he’s in competition uniform.

Chamley-Watson showed just how useful his fencing training, stances and equipment — especially his foil blade — can be.

The 25-year-old Chamley-Watson just missed an Olympic medal three years ago, finishing fourth with the U.S. foil team in London. He also fell in the round of 32 in the individual foil.

Chamley-Watson, a 6-foot-4, tattooed model, rebounded to win the 2013 World Championship individually. 

However, he is not assured of making the Rio Olympic team.

Chamley-Watson is ranked No. 11 in the world, behind three other Americans — No. 1 Race Imboden, No. 3 Alexander Massialas and No. 8 Gerek Meinhardt.
A maximum of three Americans can compete individually in Rio in the foil. Three would also compete in the team event, with, possibly, a fourth fencer as a replacement athlete who could be subbed in and out during the team event rounds.

MORE FENCING: How much longer will Mariel Zagunis compete?

Boules bids for 2024 Olympic inclusion

Leave a comment

 (AP) — The sport of boules has launched a bid to be included in the 2024 Olympics.

The Bowls Sports World Confederation, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines: the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the game popular in Italy.

According to the international world games association, about 20 million people regularly play boules in France and Italy, and more than 2 million players are licensed in 150 other countries.

Under new IOC rules, Olympic host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports to their games. Paris and Rome are among the five cities bidding for the 2024 Games, along with Los Angeles, Budapest and Hamburg.

MORE: Complete 2024 Olympic bidding coverage