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Ski Jump Tower, Cortina D'ampezzo, Italy, 1956 Winter Olympics Venue

Bobsleigh Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics

Bobsled Track, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

Swimming Pool, Berlin, 1936 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Village, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Olympic Sports Complex, Sarajevo, 1984 Winter Olympics Venue

Ski Jumping Tower, Grenoble, France, 1968 Winter Olympic Games

Beach Volleyball Venue, Beijing, 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Canoe And Kayak Slalom Center, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Main Swimming Pool, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue

Its almost as if billions of dollars into multiple one-time use arenas is a bad investment. But the truly bad investment is letting them fall to ruin rather than turn them into public venues for the athletic betterment of your population afterwards.  Canada, Atlanta, London, Salt Lake City, Barcelona all did a good job of re-using them, other places, they tore them down or hid them.

Usain Bolt to lose Olympic gold after teammate caught doping

Usain Bolt made history as the first sprinter to sweep three gold medals at three Olympic Games. Now he’s losing a piece of his historic hardware.

Bolt will forfeit an Olympic gold won at the 2008 Beijing Games because his Jamaican teammate was caught doping.

Nesta Carter was disqualified from the 4x100 relay that won gold in Beijing after a reanalysis of his sample found the banned substance methylhexaneamine, the IOC announced Wednesday.


“BIG FANCY SPEECH” by Shawn Johnson

Wow, wow, wow.  This is long but it’s worth every minute.  Shawn talks about how she was always the girl who read every article, listened to every news story, knew everything that was said about her and what was expected of her before the Olympics.  She knew she was expected to win, “the girl to beat”, “America’s sweetheart”, and that she was expected to take AA and come home with five Olympic medals.  She shared so much about that pressure, unique silly things like them adding cameras to the vault runway that run with you, her techniques for handling competitions and her mentality….feeling compelled to look at the scoreboard for the first time in her entire competition history.  Knowing she couldn’t get gold before her final floor routine.  Everything.  Her experience after the Games, what it meant to her to get silver, what being treated “for losing AA” felt like, how she understands and truly lives that you didn’t “lose” or “fail” just bc somebody else takes first.  Her struggles on the journey to stay or leave gymnastics, where she is now, and questions from the audience.  It’s just…. This is a must watch.  I couldn’t adore this girl more.  And I don’t tend to feel that way about too many athletes this long after their careers.  But.. Shawn’s a special girl.  

This is important for everyone and she shares so many important perspectives that gym fans and regular folks alike can learn from and deeply appreciate.


Gold medalist and Olympic champion representing the United States of America….

Athens 2004 - gold Carly Patterson (United States), silver Svetlana Khorkina (Russia), bronze Zhang Nan (China)

Beijing 2008 - gold Nastia Liukin (United States), silver Shawn Johnson (United States), bronze Yang Yilin (China)

London 2012 - gold Gabby Douglas (United States), silver Viktoria Komova (Russia), bronze Aliya Mustafina (Russia)

Rio 2016 - gold Simone Biles (United States), silver Aly Raisman (United States), bronze Aliya Mustafina (Russia)