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.
“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.”
hey remember when JJ took a knock in the Olympics and we called upon good ole Whit Engen to help shut out the best attacking team in the world and she did it because I feel like we don’t talk about that nearly as much as we should
Starting Over (and Staying Persistent) with Olympian Yusra Mardini
This post is in celebration of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, we’ll be highlighting the stories of women doing extraordinary things around the world.
“I miss the smell of jasmine. I miss the old buildings and the taste of the Syrian food. I miss every single detail about my country,” says 19-year-old swimmer Yusra Mardini (@mardiniysra). Due to civil war, Yusra and her sister fled Syria when their home in Damascus was destroyed. “Refugees were humans before they were called refugees,” she says of the label. “We want to start a new life where we can create and achieve new things.” Only 11 months after fleeing her country, Yusra qualified for the Refugee Olympic Team and competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics. “I wish I could tell all the women around the world that we are strong enough and can do incredible things,” she says. “You should never forget how beautiful and powerful you are.”
The First Modern Olympics Had One Particularly Odd Event
When Greece held the 1896 Olympic Games, they found a … unique… way to boost their medal count. And by unique, I mean unethical. The created the 100-meter freestyle for sailors. A swimming contest for sailors, not so bad, right? But the “freestyle for sailors” was restricted to sailors from the Greek Royal Navy. Wow. The event was won by Ioannis Malokinis, whose time of 2:20.4 was almost a whole minute slower than Hungary’s Arnold Guttman in the regular 100-meter freestyle.