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Rio Olympic venues have turned into quasi-ghost towns six months later

The closing ceremony was six months ago Tuesday, and already several of the venues are abandoned and falling apart. The Olympic Park is a ghost town, the lights have been turned off at the Maracana and the athlete village sits empty.

“It’s not a good look for us,” IOC member John Coates told Around the Rings in a story published Tuesday.

And yet it was one that so easily could have been avoided.

(Photos: AFP/Getty Images and AP)

Speculation on UMFB Yuuri and his ‘other lovers’

This is obviously one of the key things we all want to know about in Of Bright Stars and Burning Hearts- why, exactly, does Viktor think Yuuri has ‘other lovers’ (plural)?  I’ll tell you now, I don’t know the answer.  @kazliin has promised us she’s not subtle and the clues are in UMFB, so I’ve had a good look and this is what I’ve managed to come up with.  Nothing ground breaking I’m afraid!

Let’s break this down, because it’s actually a couple of questions in one.  The first one- we all know Yuuri is a virgin before he gets together with Viktor, so why does Viktor think he has ever had any lovers?  Why doesn’t it cross his mind that he’s the first?  The second part to the question is more difficult: why, at the time when they discuss Yuuri’s ‘other lovers’ in chapter 11, does Viktor think Yuuri is sleeping with multiple other people besides himself?  This is trickier (especially because my re-read has only got as far as chapter 8 so far).  

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2017 boston marathon recap

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Here is what I remember of April 17…the weekend began with friends and hosts Kevin and Mariani taking me out for seafood pasta on Saturday night, then a perfectly cooked sirloin steak dinner out on Sunday night to get set for Monday morning’s marathon.  Slept okay Sunday night, too much going on in the brain to completely relax.

Kevin dropped me off at the Red Line Alewife station early Monday morning, 6 am, to head down to the Commons for the buses to take us to the start at Hopkinton.  Seemed everyone on the train was either running or cheering for the marathon.

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I seriously think that they need to over think the jury next season.
There’s been so much drama this year because they keep making wrong decisions especially when it comes to the wind.

Andreas had shitty conditions when it came to his jump and yes, Stefan’s weren’t perfect either but Andi definitely drew the short straw.
There was nothing he could do with this conditions. He obviously did the best he could, even the commentators said it. With this conditions, this was the best thing he could do and I just think it’s unfair that the jury ignored the fact that they didn’t have nearly the same conditions.
Sorry, but it’s fucked up and the four hills all over again. And I’m so done.
That was one of the first thoughts I had after I saw Andi crying. I looked at my mother and said “this ended just like the four hills tournament” and she agreed.

It wouldn’t even have mattered because even if Andi wouldn’t have gotten to Stefan’s result, he still would have been second and it would’ve been okay but no, the jury fucked it up. Again.

And I’m not saying that Stefan doesn’t deserve this!
He clearly does, he did an amazing job. He’s an amazing athlete,
but I just wish that he final jumps would have been under fair conditions for both of them.. I can’t be happy for him right now. I just can’t.

I was honestly so shocked when it happened and the moment I saw Andi crying, there was no holding back for me. I was crying too and I still am. Andi deserves the world and after always being second behind Stefan I really really prayed for him to be first just once.
He would have deserved this so much.
And now being not even second but only third is so bitter. You could even see in this face that he just wanted to leave during flower ceremony. He kept his face blank but it said everything. He’s so strong and I’m so fucking proud of him!

My deepest respect to Kamil Stoch who’s such a wonderful human being, amazing role model and such an fair, respectful athlete that it makes me want to hug him so badly.
My mother and I honestly both teared up when Kamil said those words about Andi. I really do wish him the best and hope he’s able to win the world cup next week.

I’m also soooo damn proud of Domen Prevc and Karl Geiger, I can’t even find the right words for it.
Domen just improved his personal best three times the last two days and I couldn’t be prouder. It’s obvious how much he loves this and how much fun he has. Him smiling after coming down is the best thing ever. Also, people say that you notice how much fun he has because he’s walking through the athletes village with a huge smile on his face all the time.

Then Karl, oh my god Karl. I can’t say how bad I felt for him yesterday. He’s such a sweet cupcake and needs to be protected at all costs. After the jury fucked him over yesterday I only prayed for him that today would be good and it wasn’t good, it was freaking AMAZING.
Seeing him all happy and reliefed after he came down after his first jump made me so incredibly happy you have no idea because I wouldn’t have been able to bear it seeing him doubt himself. And then after the second jump, boy, no words needed. Sooo happy for him. He really needed this so push his ego and to finally realize that he is able to do this. Job well done Karl!

Kevin Bickner gave me a freaking heart attack people! I personally felt like he wanted a little too much in his second jump after both this incredible jumps before and that went wrong. I’m just glad nothing bad happened to him because I was really scared when he wasn’t able to prop up on his left arm. I really thought something was broken.. but gladly, he’s okay. Thanks god!

Also, Bine Norcic being so happy. He almost couldn’t believe what he saw! This time he didn’t dare to roll his eyes ;)

And of course, Noriaki Kasai. This man just rocks!

Also really happy for Jurij Tepes, Michael Hayboeck and Simon Ammann today. Still a little heartbroken that Markus Eisenbichler didn’t make it into the second round. And of course, my heart just is fully with Andreas Wellinger right now..


 

Overall, I’m just glad that raw air is finally over because it was unfair, the wind was annoying, the jury made bad decisions and it was so nerve wrecking.

What can I say, I won’t miss it. Nope. I won’t. I just wish it would’ve ended in a different way.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any werewolf and/or vampire prompts? :3

Werewolf:

  1. A newly infected werewolf has to figure out how they got infected.
  2. An abandoned werewolf child is raised by actual wolves.
  3. Character is offered a cure for their lycanthropy and they have to decide whether that’s what they want.
  4. A teen werewolf wants to go on a school trip, but it takes place on a full moon.
  5. Character desperately wants to become a werewolf.
  6. Werewolf working in an animal shelter.
  7. Werewolves protecting their hunting grounds (whether against another pack or against destruction of the ecosystem is up to you).
  8. Werewolf professional athlete. 
  9. Werewolf sheriff/detective.
  10. A village that’s werewolf only.
  11. Werewolf parents disappointed because their child can’t shift.
  12. A new werewolf, with new large appetite, makes family reunion awkward by eating everything.
  13. Werewolf gets shot at in their wolf form.
  14. Werewolf confuses scientists by appearing somewhere wolves aren’t supposed to live.
  15. Werewolf tries to sell their old silver jewelry.

Vampire:

  1. If a vampire can’t see themselves in a mirror, how do they satisfy their vanity?
  2. Vampire annoying their booty calls by always having to leave before dawn.
  3. Vampire losing their job at a blood bank for stealing blood.
  4. Vampire who prefers their bat form.
  5. A person afraid of blood turned into a vampire.
  6. Vampires mocking people who dress like vampires for costume parties.
  7. Post-apocalyptic vampires protecting humans as an endangered species.
  8. Vampires who compete in hunting humans.
  9. Vampires who write angry blog posts about the portrayal of vampires in fiction.
  10. Vampire territory wars and struggles.
  11. The evolution of vampire laws (whether the laws vampires observe or the laws for vampires in a society where humans know about them).
  12. Vampires being imprisoned as research objects.
  13. A feudal lord vampire who keeps humans as loyal subjects they protect but also a source of food.
  14. Vampires working in medical research because they want to keep humans as healthy as possible and because they are sensitive to the workings of human body.
  15. Coincidentally, today I ran across this awesome post about 21st century vampires so I’m going to link it here.

Werewolf and Vampire:

  • Werewolf and Vampire compete in strength. 
  • Werewolf and Vampire meet online. When they meet face to face, they instantly know what the other one is.
  • Alternatively, a blind date.
  • Werewolf helps the Vampire with daylight errands in the exchange for safe space for full moons.
  • Werewolf and Vampire as members of a special task force.
  • Werewolf and Vampire as lovers; werewolves are mortal and can’t turn into vampires.
  • Werewolves and Vampires having radically different opinions on how to treat humans.
  • Werewolf being frustrated with the Vampires lack of wildlife survival skills.

FULL NAME: Ifrit the Infernian
OTHER NAMES: Iffy, Frit, God of Fire,  King of Blaze, Six Astral of Eos
OCCUPATION: Fire God
AGE: 24 million years old
GENDER: Male.
SEXUALITY: Bisexual.
ORIGIN: Space
CURRENT LOCATION:  Lestallum 
NATIONALITY: None
ETHNICITY: White.
SPOKEN LANGUAGES: Fluent in all tongues.
RELIGION: None

HEIGHT: 6′0″
BODY TYPE: Lean and fit.
EYES: Ember orange/gold (not amber)
TATTOOS: None.
PIERCINGS: None.
SOCIAL MEDIA: None
SMOKING: No
DRINKING: Socially, yes. 
DRUGS: No.
ATHLETICS:  No.
HOBBIES:Destroying villages.
VIRGIN: Hah, no.
FAVORITE DRINK: All.
FAVORITE FOOD: All.
FAVORITE MUSIC: All. 
CLOTHING STYLE: Hates clothes.
UNDERWEAR TYPE: Boxers

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Two Amazing Pioneering Black Women Who Made Great Contributions In the Scientific Field of Physics

Willie Hobbs Moore (1934-1994)- (pictured above) was the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics.

A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, Moore moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1952 to attend the University of Michigan. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1958 and her master’s degree in 1961.[2] While working toward her doctoral degree, she also held positions at technology firms in Ann Arbor including KMS Industries and Datamax Corporation.[3] She also held engineering positions at Bendix Aerospace Systems, Barnes Engineering, and Sensor Dynamics, where she was responsible for the theoretical analysis.[4] Moore completed her thesis, A Vibrational Analysis of Secondary Chlorides, under the supervision of Samuel Krimm at the University of Michigan in 1972.[5] This work was applicable to important questions in the vibrational study of macromolecules.[1]

After receiving her doctorate, Moore worked at the University of Michigan as a research scientist until 1977, continuing spectroscopic work on proteins. In the five years following her dissertation, she published more than thirty papers with Krimm and collaborators.[5] She was hired by Ford Motor Company in 1977 as an assembly engineer.[6] Moore expanded Ford’s use of Japanese engineering and manufacturing methods in the 1980s.[7][8] In 1991, Ebony magazine named Moore as one of their 100 “most promising black women in corporate America.”

Moore was a tutor, a member of Links Inc., a member of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the chairwoman of the Juanita D. Woods Scholarship Fund. She was married to Sidney L. Moore, who taught at the University of Michigan’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, for thirty years. They had two children Dr. Dorian Moore, MD. and Christopher Hobbs Moore, RN. Willie also had three grandchildren Sydney Padgett, William Hobbs Moore, and C. Jackson Moore [3]

Moore died of cancer in 1994.

Source: Wikipedia

Shirley Ann Jackson (August 5, 1946)- (pictured below Mrs. Moore) is an American physicist and the eighteenth president of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She received herPh.D. in nuclear physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973, becoming the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate at MIT

Jackson was born in Washington D.C. Her parents, Beatrice and George Jackson, strongly valued education and encouraged her in school.[5] Her father spurred on her interest in science by helping her with projects for her science classes. At Roosevelt High School, Jackson attended accelerated programs in both math and science and graduated in 1964 as valedictorian. [5]

Jackson began classes at MIT in 1964, one of fewer than twenty African American students and the only one studying theoretical physics. While a student she did volunteer work at Boston City Hospital and tutored students at the Roxbury YMCA.[5] She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1968, writing her thesis on solid-state physics.

Jackson elected to stay at MIT for her doctoral work, in part to encourage more African-American students to attend the institution.[5] She worked on elementary particle theory for her Ph.D., which she completed in 1973, the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate degree from MIT. Her research was directed by James Young.[5] Jackson was also the second African-American woman in the United States to earn a doctorate in physics

As a postdoctoral researcher of subatomic particles during the 1970s, Jackson studied and conducted research at a number of prestigious physics laboratories in both the United States and Europe. Her first position was as a research associate at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois (known as Fermilab) where she studied hadrons. In 1974, she became visiting scientist at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. There she explored theories of strongly interacting elementary particles. In 1976 and 1977, she both lectured in physics at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and became a visiting scientist at the Aspen Center for Physics.

At one time her research focused on Landau–Ginsburg theories of charge density waves in layered compounds, and has studied two-dimensional Yang-Mills gauge theories and neutrino reactions.

Jackson has described her interests:

I am interested in the electronic, optical, magnetic, and transport properties of novel semiconductor systems. Of special interest are the behavior of magnetic polarons in semimagnetic and dilute magnetic semiconductors, and the optical response properties of semiconductor quantum wells and superlattices. My interests also include quantum dots, mesoscopic systems, and the role of antiferromagnetic fluctuations in correlated 2D electron systems.[5]

Jackson joined the Theoretical Physics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1976, examining the fundamental properties of various materials. She began her time at Bell Labs by studying materials to be used in the semiconductor industry.[7] In 1978, Jackson became part of the Scattering and Low Energy Physics Research Department, and in 1988 she moved to the Solid State and Quantum Physics Research Department. At Bell Labs, Jackson researched the optical and electronic properties of two-dimensional and quasi-two-dimensional systems. In her research, Jackson has made contributions to the knowledge of charged density waves in layered compounds, polaronic aspects of electrons in the surface of liquid helium films, and optical and electronic properties of semiconductor strained-layer superlattices. On these topics and others, she has prepared or collaborated on over 100 scientific articles.[5]

Jackson served on the faculty at Rutgers University in Piscataway and New Brunswick, New Jersey from 1991 to 1995, in addition to continuing to consult with Bell Labs on semiconductor theory. Her research during this time focused on the electronic and optical properties of two-dimensional systems.

In 1995, President Bill Clinton appointed Jackson to serve as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), becoming the first woman and first African-American to hold that position.[4] At the NRC, she had “ultimate authority for all NRC functions pertaining to an emergency involving an NRC licensee.

On July 1st, 1999, Jackson became the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She was the first woman and first African-American to hold this position. Since her appointment to president of RPI, Jackson has helped raise over $1 billion in donations for philanthropic causes.[8] Jackson is leading a strategic initiative called The Rensselaer Plan and much progress has been made towards achieving the Plan’s goals. She has overseen a large capital improvement campaign, including the construction of an Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center and the East Campus Athletic Village. She enjoys the ongoing support of the RPI Board of Trustees. On April 26, 2006, the faculty of RPI (including a number of retirees) voted 155 to 149 against a vote of no-confidence in Jackson.[9] In the Fall of 2007, the Rensselaer Board of Trustees suspended the faculty senate, thus prompting a strong reaction from the Rensselaer community that resulted in various protests including a "teach-in”.[10][11]

Since arriving at RPI, Jackson has been one of the highest-paid university presidents in the nation.[12] Her combined salary and benefits have expanded from $423,150 in 1999-2000 to over $1.3 million in 2006-07 and to $2.34 million in 2010.[13][14] In 2011 Jackson’s salary was $1.75 million.[15] In 2006-07, it is estimated she received another $1.3 million from board seats at several major corporations.[13] The announcement of layoffs at RPI in Decembe 2008 led some in the RPI community to question whether the institute should continue to compensate Jackson at this level, maintain a $450,000 Adirondack residence for her, and continue to support a personal staff of housekeepers, bodyguards and other aides.[13] In July 2009, the news reported on the construction of a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) mountain-top home in Bolton, New York, overlooking Lake George. A water-quality activist raised concerns about possible environmental hazards from the construction of a driveway, but according to Department of Environmental Conservation officials, the work was in compliance.[16]

In its 2009 review of the decade 1999-2009, McClatchy Newspapers reported Jackson as the highest-paid currently sitting college president in the U.S., with a 2008 salary of approximately $1.6 million.[17] On December 4–5, 2009 Jackson celebrated her 10th year at RPI with an extravagant “Celebration Weekend”, which featured tribute concerts by Aretha Franklin and Joshua Bell among other events.[18][19] Following the weekend, the Board of Trustees announced they would support construction of a new guest house on Jackson’s property, for the purpose of “[enabling] the president to receive and entertain, appropriately, Rensselaer constituents, donors, and other high-level visitors”.[20] It was later reported that Jackson’s current house on Tibbits Avenue has 4,884 square feet (453.7 m2) of space, seven bedrooms and five bathrooms, and an estimated value of $1,122,500.[21] The trustees said that “the funds for this new project would not have been available for any other purpose”.[20] William Walker, the school’s vice president of strategic communications and external relations noted, “The board sees this very much as a long-term investment … for President Jackson and her successors.”[21] On February 2, 2010, the Troy Zoning Board of Appeals denied RPI’s request for a zoning variance allowing them to construct the new house at a height of 44 feet (13 m), which would exceed the 25-foot (7.6 m) height restriction on buildings in residential areas. The Zoning Board stated that it is “too big”, and two firefighters believed the property would be difficult to access with emergency vehicles.[22] A new plan was announced on February 25, describing how the president’s house will be replaced with a new two-story house.[23] The new house will have “9,600 square feet of livable space, divided approximately equally between living space for the president’s family and rooms for the president to conduct meetings and events”.[24] In June 2010, it was discovered that the newest plans for the house showed a new size of 19,500 square feet (1,810 m2), causing the city of Troy to issue a stop-work order until additional building fees were paid.[25] Jackson’s development and implementation of the Rensselaer Plan enabled her to secure a $360 million unrestricted gift commitment to the university.[26]

In June 2010, it was announced that the Rensselaer Board of Trustees unanimously voted to extend Jackson a ten-year contract renewal, which she accepted.[27] Shirley Ann Jackson’s compensation ranked 1st among USA private university presidents in 2014.

Jackson has received many fellowships, including the Martin Marietta Aircraft Company Scholarship and Fellowship, the Prince Hall Masons Scholarship, the National Science Foundation Traineeship, and a Ford Foundation Advanced Study Fellowship. She has been elected to numerous special societies, including the American Physical Society and American Philosophical Society.[29]

Her achievements in science and education have been recognized with multiple awards, including the CIBA-GEIGY Exceptional Black Scientist Award. In the early 1990s, Governor James Florio awarded her the Thomas Alva Edison Science Award for her contributions to physics and for the promotion of science. In 2001, she received the Richtmyer Memorial Award given annually by the American Association of Physics Teachers. She has also received many honorary doctorate degrees.[30]

She was inducted into National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1998 for “her significant contributions as a distinguished scientist and advocate for education, science, and public policy”.[citation needed]

Jackson has also been active in professional associations and in serving society through public scientific commissions. In 1985, Governor Thomas Kean appointed her to the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology. She is an active voice in numerous committees of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the National Science Foundation. Her continuing aim has been to preserve and strengthen the U.S. national capacity for innovation by increasing support for basic research in science and engineering. This is done in part by attracting talent from abroad and by expanding the domestic talent pool by attracting women and members of under-represented groups into careers in science. In 2004, she became president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and chaired the AAAS board in 2005.

In spring 2007, she was awarded the Vannevar Bush Award for “a lifetime of achievements in scientific research, education and senior statesman-like contributions to public policy”.[31]

Jackson continues to be involved in politics and public policy. In 2008, she became the University Vice Chairman of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, a not-for-profit group based in Washington, D.C. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Jackson to serve on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, a 20-member advisory group dedicated to public policy.[32]

She was appointed an International Fellow[2] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[2] in 2012.

Jackson serves on the boards of directors of many organizations:[3]

Shirley Jackson is married to Morris A. Washington, a physics professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and has one son, Alan, a Dartmouth College alumnus.

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Developers vie for £5.3 billion Euston revamp

An international line-up of developers is in the running to lead the “once-in-a-generation” £5.3 billion transformation of Euston, the Standard understands.

The ambitious project could take at least 25 years and will see more than 3800 homes built on 54 acres around the station, which will be rebuilt to accommodate HS2 trains, and 3.3 million square feet of offices on a specially constructed platform over the tracks.

The scheme, potentially creating more than 14,000 jobs, will revive one of London’s drabbest areas in the capital’s biggest development since the regeneration of King’s Cross began in 2001.

Industry sources say Land Securities and British Land are on a five-strong Department for Transport shortlist seeking a partner for the redevelopment.

They are up against Australian giant Lend Lease, builder of the athletes’ village for the 2012 Olympics, as well as a joint venture between King’s Cross developer Argent and major US player Related.

A team led by Hong Kong developer and landlord MTR completes the line-up.

The scheme was described in April by then transport minister Andrew Jones as a “complex piece of work” but “once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the local area, with the development set to create thousands of new jobs, homes and business opportunities”.

The five contenders will be whittled down to three by autumn with the winner of the competition announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling by the end of the year.

Commuters will see little evidence of progress until at least 2020, when physical preparations begin. The bulk of the work is expected to take place between 2025 and 2035.

Related already has an interest in Euston through a tie-up with Sydney & London Properties, which owns 300,000 sq ft of offices on the station forecourt.

S&L’s boss has said any other bidder would have to use a compulsory purchase order for the land.

One bid source said the government was aware of the agreement but it would not play a part in the final decision. Sources said Related and Argent started as favourites, with MTR the “dark horse”.

The land will be brought under single public ownership with HS2 acting as the effective managers of the development, which could be extended to 40 years.

Gold Medal T-Shirt (part 2/2)

Emma is an Olympic swimmer at her last games. Killian, her boyfriend and fellow Olympian, is at the pool to watch her race for a medal. But what Emma doesn’t know is that Killian got crafty to suprise her afterwards. Two-shot.

Find part 1 here on Tumblr and here on FF. Thanks for all the support on this story! It’s blown me out of the water and convinced me to do a second part!


Emma had to miss Killian’s race the day after her own. It wasn’t a big deal because in a laser dingy regatta they raced ten times before the final. There was just no way Emma could get out of all the TV interviews the networks wanted after her gold medal win. It meant more attention and potentially help with attracting students as she planned to transition into coaching as soon as the games were done. Killian recognized that and had actually been the one who ended up successfully convincing her to go get interviewed instead of making the journey to the regatta.

Of course there had been more questions about her reaction to winning, climbing into the crowd to be with Killian and the following proposal, than her race. The camera men wanted to see the ring she now wore. Interviewers wanted to know when they would hold their wedding. Who would be invited? Would any of the Olympic swim team come? What about the sailing team? Who did she call first after the proposal? In reality she hadn’t had to call anyone since the proposal had been broadcasted across the world. For a private person like Emma, the attention on her personal live rather than her athletic ability was overwhelming and uncomfortable. But when she slipped into bed that night beside Killian, Liam’s ring on her finger, she found the prying eyes didn’t really matter that much.

Just because Emma had missed the first day of racing after the proposal didn’t mean she didn’t have a plan to respond with her own t-shirt. But she was going to wait until the final. What she was planning on putting on it would be too much of a distraction for Killian and it would risk his final races.

With the four race days crammed so close to her swimming competitions she only made it to two of his races. She knew the camera crews watched her after the races but she was waiting. Killian was making a decent showing but she knew he had more in him and she wouldn’t distract him to the point where he’d throw his whole competition. On the day she did make it she was there to watch him capsize, an Italian laser crashing into him and bringing them both down. Her heart was in her throat as the other lasers raced past, her hand fluttering down to rest on her stomach while she held her breath. But a few long moments later Killian surfaced, cursing and angry but safe.

Emma knew Killian was a capable sailor. One of the highest ranked in the world, sitting in third place after the year’s circuit but having oscillated through all three top standings since the last Olympics. The capsizing wouldn’t ruin his chances as the worst race was dropped before the medal race, so long as he didn’t do it again. It had never really bothered Emma when Killian flipped his boat because it had a weird sense of nostalgia to it for her and capsizing lasers was just part of the sport since the boats were so small and light. But now, now things were different. And not just because of the ring she wore on her finger.

That night Emma had been so amped up with the residual stress from the race, her muscles tight and strokes shorter than usual, that she came third, a bronze medal, in the race the world thought she’d be a shoe-in for gold for, the 100m freestyle. When Killian pulled her into bed that night he made her promise not to go see his regatta the next day and concentrate on her final two races, the 4x100 relay and the 100m breast stroke happening the same night. Emma knew Killian had figured out something was up. As an athlete they all knew injury was always possible and had almost become numb to it after so long in the circuit, yet Emma was suddenly terrified to see him get hurt.

If only he knew what Emma was waiting to reveal.

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Everything That Shines Ain't Always Gonna be Gold

Shaun’s board hit the edge of the pipe and I heard shocked and disappointed mummers throughout the gathered crowd. As he slowed to a stop, he put his head in his hands, and hit his helmet. To be honest, I didn’t know who was more upset, him or his fans. We all knew he wasn’t getting gold after that, but what we didn’t expect was for him not to medal at all.

He shook hands with the other competitors, and walked over to us. I was standing with his coach and family, waiting.

“You did good.” I mumbled into his chest, as he hugged me.

“I didn’t win.” He said. It was easy to tell he was extremely upset, not only by the sound of his voice, but by the look in his eyes. The media had put so much pressure on him to three peat and I’m sure all he could think about right now was what the backlash would be like.

“You don’t have to win to do good.” I replied. He kissed my forehead, and hugged the rest of his family, who spoke encouraging words and said they loved him no matter what. His coach said he was still the best in his eyes, and Shaun smiled, but shook his head anyway.

We made our way back to the train station, to travel back to the athletes village and hotel. The ride was mostly quiet between us, except the low chatter of his parents and the people around us. He held my hand tightly, and I leaned over to kiss his cheek. He half smiled, and I sighed. I felt my smile falter, and quickly decided to wait to tell him the news.

A little over two weeks ago, I found out I was pregnant. I wanted to tell him after he won, and I had so much faith that he would. I thought about telling him now, but I wanted to tell him in private, and I was afraid he was too upset to care. Shaun would be ecstatic, because he was good with kids and he always talked about starting a family. I mulled over my options as the train started to slow, and finally came to a stop. We filed off the train, Shaun never letting go of my hand.

“Stay with me tonight.” He whispered in my ear. I had been staying at a near by hotel, and I had to admit, it did suck not staying with him every night as usual.

“Am I allowed?” I asked, looking up at him.

“I don’t care. What are they going to do, do a room search?” He smiled. I laughed and waved goodbye to his parents, stopping by the hotel to get clothes, and going back to the village.

We curled up in bed, not saying anything. His face was buried in my hair, and I was laying on his chest.

“Shaun?” I asked, breaking the silence.

“Yeah?” He mumbled. The sound of his voice broke my heart. I decided to tell him about my news, our news, and hoped so bad it would make up for it all.

“I’m pregnant.”

“What?” He spoke louder now, sitting up in bed, slightly pulling me up.

“I’m pregnant.” I smiled, almost giggling. He smiled so big, and for the first time since not placing, he looked genuinely happy.

“This is great! We’re going to be parents!” He practically shouted. He kissed me with such a passion, it was almost unbelievable.

“I’ve been wanting to tell you, I was just waiting for the right time.” I admitted. He kissed me again, and I laughed.

“I’ve been waiting to ask you something, too.” He said, getting up from the bed and walking across the room to the dresser.

“Shaun, what are you doing?” I asked. He came back over, and got down on one knee in front of me.

“I was going to do this in front of everybody if I won, but it didn’t work out obviously.” He smiled a little. I covered my mouth with my hand, and I was too afraid to speak, because I was pretty sure I was going to cry.

“I love you more than I’ve loved anything before. I want to spend the rest of my life with you, and I cant wait to start a family with you. So, will you marry me?”

“Yes.” I whispered, my voice cracking. He slipped the absolutely gorgeous ring on my finger, and I practically tackled him. He laughed and he kissed me again.

“I love you so much, Mrs.White.” He winked.

“I love you too, Mr.White."  

Pictured: not acting.

5 Famous Movies That Were Insane Parties Behind the Scenes

#5. Dazed and Confused Was Fueled by Drinking, Hookups, and Real Pot

Once all of the unknown teenagers and 20-somethings were cast, it was time to cram them all into the same hotel for two months, where they spent most of their downtime drinking and smoking pot in the hotel lobby, along with having more sex than Olympic Village athletes. And when they weren’t busy challenging the hotel’s guest expulsion guidelines, the cast of Dazed and Confused were doing every single drug in the state of Texas while spending all night tubing in the Guadalupe River. The nightly mind expansion was so potent, it caused the then-16-year-old Milla Jovovich to run off to Vegas and marry one of her co-stars. Her mother had the marriage annulled, but unfortunately was not able to do the same years later when Jovovich married Luc Besson and the director of the Resident Evil movies.

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The athletes have arrived and wasted no time posing with the Olympic rings! 2 days to go until Sochi 2014!

Dominic Harrington, Ben Kilner and Billy Morgan of the Great Britain Snowboard Team pose for a portrait with Rebekah Wilson and Paula Walker of the Great Britain Bobsleigh team on the Olympic rings at the Athletes Village in the Rosa Khutor mountain village cluster prior to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Sandra Kiriasis and Franziska Fritz of Germany pose for a picture with the Olympic Rings at the Athletes Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Shelly Gotlieb, Stefi Luxton, Christy Prior and Rebecca Torr of New Zealand pose for a picture with the Olympic Rings at Athletes Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Austrian alpine skiers (From L) Georg Streitberger, Klaus Kroell, Max Franz, Joachim Puchner and Romed Baumann pose in the Olympic Rings on February 4, 2014 at the Mountain Olympic Village at the Rosa Khutor Alpine centre, four days prior to the start of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)