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Let’s take a minute to remember Flo Jo, an Olympic icon.

Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner is an American athlete who competed in track and field in the late 1980s. She is known as the fastest woman of all time. The world records in 100 m and 200 m she set in 1988 in Seoul still stand and nobody has seriously challenged it yet. Flo Jo is also known for her beauty and flashy personal style. She died in 1998 in her sleep as the result of an epileptic seizure, but she still lives in our hearts.

#BlackExcellence

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The year of more memes and yet more violence (Prev: 2015 | 2014)

I’ve now updated this to add Carrie Fisher in after the devastating news

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Russia’s 15-year-old prodigy Yuri Plisetsky at the Rostelecom Cup,  Yuri!!! On Ice

Russia’s 15-year-old prodigy Yulia Lipnitskaya at the Sochi Olympics, 2014

She is very beautiful, isn’t she? Fun fact: Yulia is a spokeswoman for Adidas. 

I can’t tell you why it happened to me, but I know that I’m Muslim. I have an Arabic name. And even though I represent Team USA and I have that Olympic hardware, it doesn’t change how you look and how people perceive you.
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Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first female Muslim American to medal for the U.S. in the Olympics, was recently detained at U.S. Customs for two hours without explanation.

“Whatever I am to these girls, I’m happy to be. The bun is something that, if your hair is long enough, anyone can do. That’s a connection to make with young runners. Rather than tweeting out, ‘Just ran 100 miles this week’ - not healthy for them, anyway - why not a picture of my hair?”
-Alexi Pappas

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Six months after hosting South America’s first-ever Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Rio de Janeiro venues – some of which have been looted – sit mainly idle and already in disrepair, raising questions about a legacy that organisers promised would benefit the Brazilian city and its residents.

The iconic stadium has fallen into a state of abandonment and has been closed to tourists due to a dispute between the stadium operators, the Rio state government, and Olympic organisers over $1m in unpaid electricity bills and management of the venue.” 

more photos: guardian, 10.02.17