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Swiss Olympic skier casually rides up escalator with one arm on his day off

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Competing at an Olympics is a serious affair, not that it seems to worry Fabian Bösch too much.

The 20-year-old Swiss skier isn’t due to compete until next Sunday in the men’s Slopestyle event, so in the meantime he’s having a bit of fun — or you could call it a spot of training.

Here’s Bösch casually holding onto the rail of an escalator, except he’s not on the steps, instead hanging off the side. The dude has a strong right arm.

A post shared by Fabian Bösch (@buhsch) on Feb 11, 2018 at 11:54pm PST

It’s not the only time Bösch has pulled off a stunt for Instagram, even if the risk of injury would probably send any coach into a conniption. Read more…

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Team USA is skiing in virtual reality to prepare for the Winter Olympics

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The 2018 Winter Olympics are almost here. For the skiers and snowboarders of Team USA, that means constant training on the slopes — and in virtual reality.

For the past two years, U.S. Ski and Snowboard has been working with Strivr, a VR training startup based in Menlo Park, California. The Utah-based national governing body for skiing and snowboarding uses Strivr’s VR platform to train athletes for World Cup competitions as well as the upcoming Olympics. 

Where VR is most useful for Olympians, according to Strivr CTO Brian Meek, is in course repetition. Skiers and snowboarders often only get one chance to experience the course they’ll be racing on before a race itself, and they’ll get that chance a few days before (or even the day of) the event.  Read more…

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Aly Raisman calls out U.S. Olympic Committee: ‘It’s like none of us were ever abused!’

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Aly Raisman knows a hollow statement when she sees one.

The gold medalist slammed the U.S. Olympic Committee for failing to investigate claims of sexual abuse within USA Gymnastics, then “shamelessly taking credit” for the resignation of three board members.

Raisman is one of over 100 women accusing the former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. During Nassar’s sentencing hearings in Michigan this week, three members of the USA Gymnastics board of directors announced their resignation. Read more…

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Ice Cube kicks off celebrity 3-on-3 basketball league in new ad

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Now that the Olympics has added three-on-three basketball as a medal-worthy competition, the usually street ball/playground-based game is big time, and Ice Cube is about to cash in on it. 

Actually, the rapper/actor announced his Big 3 league long before the Olympics added the sport to the 2020 games (in January), but his timing for the official launch is perfect.  

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Boomer Phelps’ Instagram is the best thing about social media these days

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If social media usage ever becomes an Olympic sport — which is truly not that unthinkable at the rate we’re moving — there will be but one participant worthy of a gold medal: Boomer Phelps.

The one-year-old son of Olympic legend Michael Phelps and his wife, Nicole, first captured the hearts of America while cheering on his dad from the stands of the 2016 Rio Olympics in a massive pair of patriotic protective earmuffs.

Since then he’s learned to walk, mastered the art of eating solid foods, and amassed an impressive 785K followers on Instagram, bringing pure, undeniable joy to timelines across the world. Read more…

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NBC will air the 2018 Olympics live because social media always spoils everything

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Finally! NBC will air the 2018 Winter Olympics live across all U.S. time zones. 

You can thank — or blame — social media

NBC’s conundrum was simple and has sparked complaints from fans for years.

It went like this: The Olympic Games are a global event that often happens half a world away from the United States. NBC used to broadcast the most intriguing competitions during U.S. primetime. But as social media and digital technology revolutionized the ease of learning results as they happened (or even watching them happen via online live-stream), NBC’s lack of live broadcasts seemed increasingly greedy and outdated.  Read more…

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Facebook touts 1.5 billion interactions for its Rio Olympics coverage with Michael Phelps video as the crown jewel

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While athletes went for the gold, Facebook achieved a new record of views and clicks for its own coverage of the Rio Olympics 2016. 

Facebook saw more than 1.5 billion interactions — likes, posts, comments and shares — related to the Olympics throughout the games. From Aug. 5 to 21, 277 million people participated in the conversation around the world, meaning Facebook users, on average, interacted with Olympics-related stories 5 times. 

The social networking giant did not provide an apples-to-apples comparison from the previous summer games in London. Back in 2012, Facebook announced 116 million posts and comments and 12.2 million likes to athletes’ pages, not on posts.  Read more…

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Why Are Strong Female Athletes Being Questioned About their Femininity?

This column may contain strong language, sexual content, adult humor, and other themes that may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised. The Rio Olympics have been unusually—and perhaps unintentionally—focused on sex.  Not sex as an expression of desire, primal and physical, but sex as politics, topical, controversial, and even anthropological. Take, […]

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It is 2016. Someone tell the Olympics.

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Someone needs to tell the International Olympic Committee about the world today. Tell it about the internet, social media, globalization and that the way we watch sports has changed. 

The Olympics is a global sporting event but the International (International!) Olympic Committee (IOC) seems intent on making it an affair you have to suffer through alone on your couch with all the excitement drained out and stomped on. This isn’t a new problem (we’ve been complaining about it since 2012), but in 2016, it is time to get with the program. 

Separately, the network which has the digital and broadcast rights to the Olympics in the U.S., NBC, has joined forces with the IOC to kill all social media fun, delay viewing for primetime and try to force people to play along with its ratings game.  Read more…

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The NHL is hosting another #NHLMovieNight and hoping for another ‘Miracle’

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A Miracle is coming to Twitter.

Thanks to the National Hockey League, Twitter will become an arena for conversation around the 2004 movie Miracle on August 31 starting at 7 p.m. ET. 

The affair is the NHL’s second edition of #NHLMovieNight, a social media initiative where the league invites anyone to watch a film and tweet along. The NHL will have several employees monitoring Twitter for posts from fans and leagues and live-tweeting movie highlights from the @NHL account. 

In August of last year, the NHL hosted a watch party for D2: The Mighty Ducks and encouraged fans to tweet with the hashtag #NHLMovieNight. The league had 16 teams and thousands of fans participate. In an unexpected turn, one of the film’s actors, Joshua Jackson, jumped into the conversation on Twitter: Read more…

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Why Olympic Swimmer Fu Yuanhui Talking About Her Menstrution Is Historic

Ladies and gentlemen, women bleed every month. It’s called menstruation. It’s the uterus lining shedding itself, ripping itself from its base. It’s not pretty and it’s often infinitely painful. But it’s natural and it exists. For the longest time, women had to bear this pain in silence. With ignorant men refusing to acknowledge it was there […]

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Hosting The Olympics Is A Terrible Investment

When Rio de Janeiro won its bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics back in 2009, the Brazilian government estimated that costs directly related to hosting the games would run just shy of $3 billion. But by the time Vanderlei de Lima lit the Olympic torch at last week’s opening ceremonies, the country had already […]

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The moment we witnessed just how fast Katie Ledecky really is

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It wasn’t even close. 

Katie Ledecky set a world record during the 800-meter freestyle, clocking in at 8:12.86. It was her last swim in Rio and her other wins this week make her the first woman since 1968 to get gold in the 200-meter, 400-meter and 800-meter races during one Olympic bout.

During the entire race, Ledecky was far ahead of her competitors, and she knew it. She beat the other competitors by roughly 11 seconds.

“I could feel that it was faster than any other swim I’ve had in that event,” Ledecky told a poolside NBC reporter after the race, adding that she was basking in the crowd’s love following her final swim in Rio.  Read more…

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One Reporter Outed Gay Athletes During the Rio Olympics, but Why?

This column may contain strong language, sexual content, adult humor, and other themes that may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised. Every four years, the Olympic Games takes place—a two-week spectacle that draws the world’s best athletes in a grueling, thrilling, exhilarating, and often nail-biting celebration of excellence in sport. That […]

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The Sexism in the Olympics as Seen on News Headlines

Before the Olympics started, it was noted that around 45 percent of the athletes are women. A good percentage for the prestigious event where male-dominated sports are normally at the forefront.  However, as the media would suggest, the patriarchal thinking is still very present. As The Cut would point out, some media outfits for the last six days […]

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Gold, Silver, Bronze: The 14 Jewels to Get During Olympic Season

Aside from being a sports competition, it’s clear that the Olympics has greatly influenced fashion—the teams’ uniforms are a good example. That. said, we picked out some jewelry pieces inspired in coveted gold, silver, and bronze because we all need to feel like a winner too. Whether you want to style up for the Olympic season or just […]

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