If we can all agree that women ruled the London Olympics – and statistics, as well as plain observation says they did – then it makes sense to see five proud American athletes land on Glamour’s list of 2012’s “Women of the Year.”
Swimming phenom Missy Franklin, gymnastic darling Gabby Douglas, gold medal judoka Kayla Harrison, sprinter Allyson Felix, and soccer star Carli Lloyd will share the honor and appear in a collective photo, adorned in white dresses with gold medal accessories, when the magazine’s December issue hits newsstands next week.
For the first time in history the U.S. women outnumbered and out-medaled the men, finishing ahead in the count 59 to 45 while providing some of the most exciting moments of the London Games.
Moments like Missy’s 200m backstroke world record, Gabby becoming the first African-American to win all-around gold, Harrison becoming the first American woman to win judo gold, Felix winning the 200m after back-to-back silvers, and Lloyd becoming the first woman to score goals in two gold medal matches.
Unfortunately none of the splendid American athletes will grace the cover of December’s Glamour, but that’s what they get for not dating Justin Beiber. Well played, Selena Gomez. Well played.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the American sprinters whose raised-fist salutes at the 1968 Olympics are an ageless sign of race-inspired protest, will join the U.S. Olympic team at the White House next week for its meeting with President Barack Obama.
Smith and Carlos were sent home from the Olympics after raising their black-gloved fists in a symbolic protest during the U.S. national anthem. They called it a “human rights salute.”
USOC CEO Scott Blackmun asked them to serve as ambassadors as the federation tries to bring more diversity to its own ranks. They will join the team at the White House next Wednesday, then later that evening at an awards celebration in Washington.
The sprinters have been referenced frequently in the recent protests, spurred by Colin Kaepernick, during national anthems at NFL games. One player, Marcus Peters of the Chiefs, raised his own black-gloved fist before Kansas City’s season opener.
“I think Tommie and John have played an important and positive role in the evolution of our attitudes about diversity and inclusion, not only in the United States but around the world,” Blackmun said Friday night at a dinner to celebrate the U.S. performance in Brazil this summer.
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The men’s marathon world record has been broken five of the last nine years at the Berlin Marathon.
Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang, who broke the world record at the 2013 Berlin Marathon, believes that he can do it again on Sunday, when the race will stream live on the NBC Sports app beginning at 2:30 a.m. ET.
“I’ve trained well and, three years down the line from my world record here, I feel good and believe I have the potential to attempt the world record once more,” he said at today’s press conference, according to the IAAF. “Running at the top level, there is a lot of wear and tear on the body, especially when you are running for a time, but I am very focused on the world record.”
Kipsang clocked 2 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds when he broke the world record in 2013. A year later, fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto lowered it to 2:02:57 on the same course. Kimetto will not race in Berlin this year.
Kipsang will be challenged by Kenyan compatriot Emmanuel Mutai, who has the fastest time (2:03:13) in the field, and Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele.
Bekele is a three-time Olympic track champion and the 5000m and 10,000m world-record holder, but acknowledged that his marathon personal best of 2:05:04 places him a distant fourth in the field.
“I consider my personal best of 2:05 to be slow compared to the best runners,” he said. “I want to run as fast as I can on Sunday and beat my best.”
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