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Jessica Springsteen—The Boss' 20-year-old daughter—is reportedly the proud new owner of a gold medal-winning horse. Murka's Vindicat W is a 10-year-old gelding that helped Peter Charles secure a gold medal for Britain in a jump-off at the 2012 London Games. Springsteen has been riding since she was five and hopes to compete for the United States at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. [AP]
I’m so ashamed. My secret obsession has been revealed. I must now face the scorn and ridicule of my family. It went down like this: On Sunday night, the closing ceremonies of the Olympics were aired on, well, just about 12 different stations, and I was poised to watch every minute. Not because I was eager to see the fireworks extravaganza or hundreds of Brits parading around in crazy costumes. Nope, I had seen the teaser on the Internet earlier in the day and, as much as I was tempted to check out my obsession online, I waited for prime time. It wasn’t easy. With a glass of chardonnay in hand and curled up in my comfy chair, I settled in to watch the closing ceremonies.
NBC is pretty happy with itself following the 2012 London Games, especially now that it's been announced that this year's Olympics were the most-watched event in the history of television in the United States. The newest numbers show that 219 million people tuned in to at least "sample" the Olympics. But, there isn't a metric for the tape delays, spoiled results, and reconstructed order of events that left many people with a sour taste in their mouths. [Washington Post]
Sunday night, the Spice Girls and Russell Brand officially brought the 2012 London Games to a close. After 17 days of competition, the United States left England as the most decorated country. American athletes earned more medals than any other nation (104) and more gold medals than any other nation (46). Of the American athletes that earned medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics, 23 hail from Jersey or Pennsylvania. Together, they brought home hardware in 21 different events.Rebecca Soni - Plainsboro, NJ - Gold in Women's Swimming (200m Breaststroke), Gold (4x100m Medley Relay), Silver (100m Breaststroke)Cullen Jones - Irvington, NJ
A local athlete is the star of the Olympics!Okay, maybe not the star. But women's soccer got its occasional spot in the U.S. sports media spotlight after its thrilling 4-3 semifinal win over Canada, a match where the U.S. was the beneficiary of a few controversial calls to make it even more fun. Then, in yesterday's final against Japan, Carli Lloyd scored two goals in the United States' 2-1 win.
It’s been a rough week for Olympic 100-meter hurdler Lolo Jones, and there’s a local connection to her pain. Jones first gained notoriety at the Beijing games in 2008. Just two leaps and a few feet away from a gold medal, Jones hit the second-to-last hurdle, fell to seventh place, and her heartbreak played out on an international stage. Heading into the London games, her ready-for-prime-time story was framed as one of redemption, a world-class athlete who’s waited four years to erase the memory of her epic fail.
The U.S. Olympic Women's Soccer Team won a gold medal on Thursday afternoon when they defeated Japan 2-1. South Jersey's Carli Lloyd scored both goals—a header on a cross from Alex Morgan in the eighth minute and another on a shot from outside the box in the 54th minute. Japan managed to score a goal to cut the lead to one and had a bunch of other chances. Hope Solo had a killer save in the 82nd minute after a dangerous turnover. But, Japan's effort still came up short.
Team USA women's gymnastics team—specifically McKayla Maroney—were caught on camera teaching one of George W. Bush's daughters how to Dougie. On the top of a double-decker bus in London. This is apparently a thing happens at the Olympics when you're done competing. Also, we were under the impression that people stopped teaching each other to Dougie sometime in 2010. Can't wait for the 2014 figure skaters to move it like Bernie all over Sochi, Russia. [Deadspin]
The Olympics have triggered a whole lot of angst. People are pissed at NBC’s spoilers. They’re pissed about Americans being too self-obsessed. They're pissed about Michael Phelps mania. They pissed about Gabby Douglas’s hair. People are pissed about people being pissed about Gabby Douglas’s hair.I thought this was the most idiotic and outlandish the Olympic griping could get. But I was wrong. The latest complaint involves a monkey.