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London Olympic cauldron plagiarism dispute settled

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London Olympic organizers acknowledged that a New York studio submitted designs between 2006 and 2008 that would go on to become features of the 2012 Olympic cauldron.

The 2012 Olympic cauldron was lit by seven young British athletes in the middle of the Olympic Stadium.

They ignited copper petals on the ground, which triggered more than 200 petals overall, one for each nation participating in the Olympics.

The petals were offered to each of the nations after the Paralympics.

The New York studio, Atopia, submitted five features for a design between four and six years before the Olympics, according to a statement:

The live-time construction of the pavilion in the opening ceremony for the Games;
The pavilion being made from 200+ flower shaped forms, one for each of the  participating nations;
The flower-shaped forms to be brought into the opening ceremony by ‘bearers’ in each participating nations team;
As part of the ceremony the ‘bearers’ to pass each flower shaped form to the ‘next generation’ to be ‘planted’ and ‘deployed’ as a pavilion;
After the Games the flower shaped forms to be returned to the participating nations.

Last spring, the Guardian reported Atopia said it presented “identical” cauldron ideas to London organizers in 2007 and never heard back.

“This has come completely out of the blue,” a spokesperson for the studio of the London organizers’ cauldron designer told the newspaper last year. “We have never seen this project before, nor were we made aware of it by LOCOG. The creative ideas for the cauldron were very much born from a conversation between Danny Boyle and Thomas Heatherwick.”

The Guardian followed up Wednesday, reporting an out-of-court financial settlement between London organizers and Atopia.

“We are very relieved that LOCOG has decided to settle with us and publicly acknowledge the work we produced,” an Atopia official told the newspaper. “We knew it would be time-consuming and painful, but we felt it was important to go through the process – and we’re pleased that our tag-line ‘anticipate the future’ has been borne out.”

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Eddy Alvarez, Olympic short track medalist, to play for Miami Marlins

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Eddy Alvarez realized his MLB dream, six years after earning a Winter Olympic medal, and during a global pandemic that affected his club more than any other U.S. professional sports franchise.

Alvarez, a 2014 U.S. Olympic short track speed skating medalist, is being added to the Miami Marlins roster for Tuesday’s restart of their abbreviated season, president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Monday, according to Marlins beat reporters.

The 30-year-old was among a group added after as many as 18 Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus last week, forcing the club to cancel seven games.

Alvarez is believed to be the first U.S. Winter Olympian to become a Major League Baseball player. He may be the second Olympic medalist in a sport other than baseball to make it to the majors, joining Jim Thorpe. (Michael Jordan tried to do so with the Chicago White Sox, playing Double-A in 1994, but returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995.)

Alvarez, a Miami native, played baseball in high school and at Salt Lake Community College before focusing on short track in 2012 for a 2014 Olympic run.

He came back from missing the 2010 Olympic team and surgeries on both knees, reportedly leaving him immobile and bedpan dependent for four to six weeks, to make the Sochi Winter Games. Eddy the Jet earned a silver medal in the 5000m relay.

Then Alvarez returned to baseball after three years away. He signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox in June 2014. He worked his way through the minors between that franchise and the Marlins system.

Alvarez was a Kannapolis Intimidator, a New Orleans Baby Cake and a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Now, he’s a big leaguer.

“It definitely was a chance, picking up a kid who hasn’t played in three years who is starting at the age of 24,” Alvarez said in 2014. “It’s not your typical story, but I play like a 17-year-old kid. I’m running around everywhere. I’m diving around everywhere. I’m full of life. I definitely see my progression moving at a rapid pace.”

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Katie Ledecky balances glass of chocolate milk on her head while swimming

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Katie Ledecky will always remember Aug. 3 as the date she won her first Olympic gold medal, at age 15 in 2012.

Now, she can also associate it with the time she created another kind of buzz on social media.

The five-time Olympic champion posted video of her swimming the length of a pool while balancing a glass of chocolate milk on her head. Barely any, if any, milk spilled into the pool.

Ledecky swam as part of a new got milk? ad campaign.

“Hoooowww nervous were you when you did this?!” fellow Olympic champion and training partner Simone Manuel asked Ledecky on Instagram.

“I have never braced my core so hard,” Ledecky wrote. “It’s a great drill!”

“Try doing it breaststroke,” British Olympic 100m breaststroke champion and world-record holder Adam Peaty wrote.

“Is it wrong of me to think this is even more impressive than a few of your WR’s?!!!” wrote 1992 Olympic champion Summer Sanders.

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