From a new documentary on Greg Louganis to another documentary on the percentage of Olympic medal winners who have used performance enhancing drugs, this week’s stories are an interesting mix.
Olympic gold medal diver Greg Louganis’ HBO documentary airs
In “Back on Board,” the HBO documentary on Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis reveals just how much society has changed since the 1980s. Louganis, who won gold medals in both the 1984 and 1988 Summer Games, was HIV-positive during the 1988 Games, a time when fear surrounding AIDS and those who were HIV-positive was at its height. But when he hit head on the diving board and his blood spilled into the pool, his world crumbled and he lost most of his endorsements (like being on the Wheaties box) even though his records from that time still haven’t been broken.
The documentary, which debuted on August 4, follows Louganis’ life’s challenges and ends on a positive note showing how he is now mentoring swimmers on the U.S. Olympic diving team. As a gay athlete who is living with HIV as opposed to dying from it, Louganis shows what a survivor he is. If you missed the initial viewing, watch for a replay – it’s well worth your time.
A third of Olympic winners may have used performance enhancing drugs
According to CNN: “Allegations published in the Sunday Times and aired in a documentary by German broadcaster ARD, claim that a third of medals awarded in the Olympic Games and world championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who recorded suspicious doping tests.”
Read the full story here: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/02/sport/athletics-doping-allegations-wada/
U.S. Women’s World Cup coach Jill Ellis making big changes
The performance of Jill Ellis, the winning coach of the U.S. Women’s soccer team has earned her a multi-year contract extension. According to Fox Sports, Ellis said “I’m delighted to be able to continue with this program. I really enjoyed the last year and winning WC … and I enjoyed the progression. I’ll continue to push for excellence, not just at the Olympics and through future World Cups but to build for beyond my realm to continue to grow the game.”
Read the full story here: www.foxsports.com/soccer/story/jill-ellis-has-the-job-security-to-make-big-changes-to-u-s-women-s-soccer-but-will-she-080515?=_mid=297057&_rid=297057.12503.7172&cmpid=emc:fscom:soccer
Fired homophobe commentator sues Fox News for “anti-Christian discrimination”
According to JoeMyGod: “Former New England Patriots running back, failed US Senate candidate and current Family Research Council staffer Craig James has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports, alleging that the network fired him as a commentator over his Christian stance on same-sex marriage.”
Read the full story here: http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2015/08/frc-staffer-craig-james-sues-fox-sports.html#disqus_thread
You could be cheering extreme frisbee at a future Olympic Games
The World Flying Disc Federation, the international governing body for frisbee, was given full recognition as “flying disc sports” by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This is the first step to paving the way for Ultimate Frisbee (also known as Ultimate) Disc Golf and Freestyle, all of which use frisbees, to them being part of an upcoming Olympic Games. But don’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen. Frisbee is on a list of 35 other sports that includes American football, chess and polo, all of which are fully recognized by the IOC and waiting to be included in the official Games.
Read the full story here: http://www.newsweek.com/you-could-be-cheering-ultimate-frisbee-future-olympics-359363
LGBT athletes talk about coming out
Similar to the earlier “Perfect Body” video, LGBT athletes, including Robbie Rogers, share their coming out experiences.
Swimmer Katie Ledecky breaks own world record to win 1,500 Gold
“I just wasn’t afraid to fail tonight,” said swimmer Katie Ledecky after breaking her own world record in the womens’ 1,500-meter freestyle at the world swimming championships held in Kazan, Russia. “I thought I had nothing to lose, and just felt like I could race hard. … I knew I was going to have this double today, and I knew that I was prepared for it. And yes, it did hurt a lot, but I got through it, and it feels really, really good right now.”
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