•the first Olympics Neil plays in Andrew didn’t make Court because of ~~attitude problems~~ •they make the final and it’s against Japan •hearing the yelling of Japanese instructions across the court put Neil and Kevin on the back foot because they are immediately back in the nest in their heads •they only snap out of it when Jeremy whacks them on the helmet like Andrew would have done •after half time they get their shit together enough to be able to interject most of Japan’s plays since they can understand what the instructions are •it comes down to 13:13 in the last five minutes •Josten the little shit has so enraged his defender by this point that he makes such stupid mistakes Neil may as well not have a defender •queue the perfect assist to the perfect final goal scored by Kevin in the last 2 minutes •Kevin and Neil fall on each other and hug it out like the bros they are because this is what they have been working towards since they were 5 and they made it despite all the fuckers who tried to stop them •Jeremy as captain tries to organise the team into something resembling a straight line to proceed to the ceremony •as the team passes the stands Neil sees the foxes and immediately breaks formation, Dragging Kevin with him •the other team members ignore them, very used to these weird antics •everyone made it •Dan and Matt are sitting with their beautiful daughter between them, all three decked out in red white and blue with orange accessories, all stomping their feet •matt may or may not be crying (but his baby boy just won the Olympics let him have this) •Renee dyed her hair orange and dressed patriotically and is beaming at them •Allison looks every bit the runway model but stooped far enough to attach a fox paw pin to her jacket •Nicky and Erik are covered head to toe in sparkles and streamers and carrying huge We <3 Josten We <3 Day posters •Aaron looks sullen sitting next to a beaming and very pregnant Katelyn •his nod to the boys means more than he thinks •Andrew •Andrew is there and dressed in all black because he’ll be damned if the Olympics of all things makes him change •Neil swears he can see a glimmer of pride in his eyes but before he can be sure he’s practically pulled over the bannister into hugs from his family •it’s so much Neil has to stop and wait take it all in while everyone around him is happy •happy for him •the smile that covers his face is breathtaking •this shouldn’t still be affecting you, Andrew thinks, because after all these years he can no longer convince himself that this is nothing •hey junkie •Neil’s total focus goes on Andrew and before he can say anything •yes •the small private and infinitely more genuine smile that covers Neil'a face still makes Andrew want to strike out even after all these years because this is so far from nothing •the kiss isn’t particularly long or passionate (mainly because your boy Neil couldn’t stop smiling) but it only ends when Kevin yanks Neil away muttering about reputation •the next morning Andrew and Neil are rudely awakened by a shriek of outrage •YOU RUINED THE HEADLINES YOU FUCKERS •suffice to say Kevin was not best pleased that the headline which should have read USA wins Olympic gold for Exy actually says USA national team’s Neil Josten comes out with teammate Andrew Minyard at Olympic final •back in the PR office the agents throw out weeks worth of documents planning the coming out
In light of the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the Dragon Ball legend has been given a rather lofty honor by the federal government. And, yes, we’re sure Vegeta is off moping about it somewhere.
In the coming years, fans can expect to see lots of Goku when it comes to the Olympics. The Saiyan has been tapped to be a cultural ambassador for the event along with a slew of other famous anime characters. Icons like Sailor Moon, Shin-Chan, Astro Boy, and Naruto have been asked to take up the mantle as well. And, of course, Captain Monkey D. Luffy will also help Tokyo navigate its way through the sporting event.
To celebrate these anime characters, Japan has already started plastering their faces on Olympics merchandise. Fans can be proactive and buy everything from fans to t-shirts which all bear the characters’ faces.
ARTICLE: Yuzuru Hanyu: I am at 20% right now (Number 934-5)
In a rink reverberating with music and the sounds of blades against the ice, quiet surrounded Hanyu. –– Takaomi Matsubara
Despite still trolling with one single 3A, the brat (you’ll see) shows his tender side (you’ll also see) in his pursuit of figure skating mastery and ideals…This is quintessential Hanyu––calm, confident and thoughtful as he discusses the Olympics, his programs and the significance and meaning of skating itself. - gladi.
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From Number Issue 934-935. Published on 2017.08.24
Contending for successive Olympic victories, the champion––Yuzuru Hanyu. Programs for the season have been decided, preparation is steadily underway. At his training base in Toronto, Hanyu talked about his thoughts on the Pyeongchang Olympics, and the ideal skate he continues to seek.
Text by Takaomi Matsubara・Photography by Asami Enomoto
On this day in 1968, US athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists during the playing of the National Anthem after Smith received gold and Carlos bronze for the 200 meter run at the Olympic Games in Mexico City. The pair said the act was a protest of racial inequality back in the US.
#Onthisday in 1968, sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos clenched their fists in protest during the Mexico City Olympics. Their gesture attracted the attention of international audiences and gained support from around the world, however, Smith and Carlos were ostracized at home. Peter Norman, the Australian silver medalist, also joined the protest in solidarity by wearing an Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badge on his uniform.
During the medal ceremony for the 200-meter sprint, Smith and Carlos dressed in black socks and no shoes as a symbol for African American Poverty, a black glove symbolizing unity and strength, and a scarf and beads in honor of lynching victims. They bowed their heads and raised their fists as the United States National Anthem played. Following the protest, the U.S. Olympic Committee suspended the two athletes. #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory