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16
Aug
08

GOLDEN BOY – Michael Phelps

Hawt stuff!

Michael Phelps official site. Includes a biography, schedule and results,
ask Michael section, and links.

Seven Gold Medals! and counting…

Michael’s amazing finish that led to his 7th gold medal win and consequently his tying Mark Spitz’s Olympic record for most gold medals single games.

Olympic history!

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[…]Believe in The Closer, the guy who now has won the gold in this event twice, in back-to-back Olympics, by a combined five-hundredths of a second. Believe in Phelps. Don’t ask how he does it, because sometimes there are no rational explanations. Just believe.

The scoreboard showed a result that shocked everyone in the Water Cube, and probably most of the rest of planet Earth. Phelps had done it, by the smallest unit of measurement in swimming — a single hundredth of a second.

Phelps: 50.58.
Cavic: 50.59.
The immense historical achievement of tying Mark Spitz’s Olympic record for most gold medals in a single Games suddenly was an afterthought. The breathtakingly dramatic nature of this single race obscured everything else.

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By sleight of hand, or length of arm, or force of will, Michael Phelps won again. The quest for the great eight was kept alive by a great escape. Just when the story couldn’t get any better, it did. The Phelps phenomenon soars onward, seemingly without limit.[…]
Michael Phelps… wall…touch…first place…in that order.


More U.S. Olympic hunks
Guys I tried my best to find a decent link to a photo slideshow of lovely female U.S. Olympians but have given up. All I found were mixed together with other countries and were co-ed.
So you are on your own. lol

I accidentally deleted a track back from simplyjas.com/blog. So I will link to her Michael Phelps post to make amends. 😉

She has included in her post Milorad Cavic’s thoughts, as excerpted from his blog. Cavic of course was the silver medal winner in the men’s 100m butterfly competing against Phelps. He wishes to move on and is thrilled to have won the silver medal in the event.

Updated: August 16, 2008 at 3:59 am
Phelps now has eight gold medals!

The first swimmer (EVER) to win eight gold medals in the same Olympics.

Recap: Numbers one through eight.

Gold No. 1: 400 IM
World record: 4:03.84
Former record: 4:05.25, Phelps, June 29, 2008
Mark Spitz time: Didn’t compete
Second place: Laszlo Cseh (Hungary) 4:06:16

Gold No. 2: 4X100 freestyle relay
World record: 3:08.24
Former record: 3:12.23, U.S., August 10, 2008
Spitz time: 3:26.42
Second place: France 3:08.32

Gold No. 3: 200 Freestyle
World record: 1:42.96
Former record: 1:43.86, Phelps, March 27, 2007
Spitz time: 1:52.78
Second place: Taewhan Park, South Korea, 1:44.85

Gold No. 4: 200 Butterfly
World record: 1:52.03
Former record: 1:52.09, Phelps, March 28, 2007
Spitz time: 2:00.70
Second place: Cseh, 1:52.70

Gold No. 5: 4X200 freestyle relay
World record: 6:58.56
Former record: 7:03.24, U.S., March 30, 2007
Spitz time: 7:35.78
Second place: Russia, 7:03.70

Gold No. 6: 200 IM
World record: 1:54.23
Former record: 1:54.80, Phelps, July 4, 2008
Spitz time: Didn’t compete
Second place: Cseh, 1:56.52

Gold No. 7: 100 Butterfly
World record: Didn’t break it Phelps time: 50.58
Spitz time: 54.27
Second place: Milorad Cavic, Serbia, 50.59

Gold No. 8: 4 X 100 medley relay
World record: 3:29.34
Former record: 3:30.68, U.S., August 21, 2004
Spitz time: 3:48.16
Second place: Australia, 3:30.04

Source.

Original time stamp: August 16, 2008 at 2:33 pm

17
Mar
08

Human Rights Forum Moves to Ban 2008 Beijing Olympics

Human Rights Forum in Taiwan urges International boycott of 2008 Beijing Games

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Dharamsala, March 6: An International Forum on “Human Rights in China and 2008 Olympics” recently concluded in Taiwan called for international boycott of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Over 100 political figures and human rights activists from 12 countries, including Tibet took part in the forum to deliberate on how to motivate global powers to boycott the Beijing Olympics.

The opening ceremony of the “International Forum: Human Rights in China and 2008 Olympics” at Taipei’s Grand Hyatt Hotel began on February 21 with Taiwan president Chen Shuibian issuing a congratulatory letter.

The conference commenced with keynote speeches from David Kilgour, former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific, and Australian senator Andrew Bartlett.

Live speakers at the forum included Mr. Shieh Jhy-wey, Minister of the Government Information Office (GIO) and Mr. Tung Chen-yuan, vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC). In addition, Edward McMillan-Scott, vice-president of the European Parliament, and Mr. Dana Rohrabacher, a U.S. Congressman, delivered videotaped presentations to call upon the world to pay attention to China’s human rights record.

Mr. Dhondup Dorjee, Vice President of Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) was invited among other panelists to speak on the “Human Rights situation in China under Communist Ruling”.

Large New Protests in Lhasa: No-Win Choices for Beijing

Five months before the Olympics this really is a “perfect storm” for Beijing as it appears to be in a no-win situation: if the authorities don’t react, the protest will grow larger (remember Tiananmen?); if they do, and there are deaths, as would seem inevitable, they face the possibility of much more serious anti-Olympics/boycott campaigning that will far exceed the limited traction gained by the Darfur activists.

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China: Lawsuit over forced abortion

New Olympic Logo

China: Falun Gong Persecution – Organ Harvesting

China: Christian Church Leader Beaten By Police

07
Jan
08

New Olympic Logo

One that is better fitting that is…

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15
Nov
07

Followup on the China Olympic Bible Controversy

This post is a follow up to: China: Bibles Banned at Olympics

China denies Bible ban at Olympics

BEIJING Organisers of the 2008 Beijing Olympics denied allegations of religious intolerance, saying that Bibles and other religious items for personal use would be welcome at the Games. Reports that Bibles would be banned at the Olympics next year set off an outcry that prompted a US senator to call the Chinese Ambassador for an explanation and a Christian athletic group to protest.

The Foreign Ministry said that the reports were probably the work of people who wanted to sabotage Beijing’s hosting of the Games. Li Zhanjun, the director of the Beijing Olympics media centre, said: “This kind of report is an intentional distortion of truth.” Its official website states: “Each traveller is recommended to take no more than one Bible into China.” Continue.

CNA who first reported the ban has this to say.

Beijing Olympics recommendation against visitors bringing multiple Bibles now missing from official website

.- A web page recommending that visitors for the Beijing 2008 Olympics bring into China no more than one Bible has now been removed from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games’ official website. Viewers following a link provided in earlier CNA reports now see the main site for the Olympics rather than the page titled “Entry and Exit: Entry,” which used to be located at that web address.Before its removal, the page noted material visitors were prohibited to bring in to the country. One rule read: “Any printed material, film, tapes that are ‘detrimental to China’s politics, economy, culture and ethics’ are also forbidden to bring into China.”

Immediately following this line, the document stated: “Note: Each traveler is recommended to take no more than one Bible into China.”

A request for confirmation of the removal to the U.S. Olympic Committee was not returned.

A version of the removed document is located at an earlier version of the site, dated 03-12-2006:
http://en.beijing2008.cn/22/69/article212026922.shtml

Rather than reading exactly like the removed document, the older document contains a minor misspelling: “Note: Each travel is recommended to take no more than one Bible into China.”

Unlike the removed web page, the older document does not credit the Beijing Tourism Administration. However, a document containing the same recommendation that visitors not bring multiple Bibles into China is also posted at the Beijing Tourism Administration website site at http://english.visitbeijing.com.cn/services/Practical/101637.htm

Last week Catholic News Agency carried a report from an Italian sports newspaper which claimed Bibles would be forbidden from the Olympic Village. Though the accuracy of the original report is still disputed, further investigation exposed other restrictions placed on entering visitors.


05
Nov
07

China: Bibles Banned at Olympics

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Bibles Banned at Beijing Olympics: Will Media Notice?

By Tim Graham | November 4, 2007 – 08:58 ET

Will the Bible be banned in Beijing for Olympic athletes? Catholic News Agency reports:

Organizers of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing have published a list of “prohibited objects” in the Olympic village where athletes will stay. To the surprise of many, Bibles are among the objects that will not be allowed. According to the Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, organizers have cited “security reasons” and have prohibited athletes from bearing any kind of religious symbol at Olympic facilities.

This sounds contrary to what the communist government was promising just a few weeks ago. See Reuters:

“We are learning from practices in past Games to make sure that their demands for religious worship are met,” Ye [Xiaowen] told reporters on the sidelines of the ruling Communist Party’s 17th Congress. “Here I can promise that religious services we offer will not be lower than the level of any previous Games,” Ye said. He did not say if proselytising would be allowed.

Olympic agencies of the free world shouldn’t tolerate this kind of intolerance. But will the media notice?

NewsBusters

Other objects on the list include video cameras and cups.

The Spanish daily La Razon said the rule was one of a number of “signs of censure and intolerance” towards religious objects, particularly those used by Christians in China. Currently in China five bishops and fifteen priests are in prison for opposing the official Church.




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