Gabby Douglas, Jeremy Lin, and the God of Parking Spots

Gabrielle Douglas

My friend David French posts at French Revolution about journalistic snark directed toward Gabby Douglas and her professions of faith in the midst of her dazzling Olympic gold-medal-winning performance in the all-around at the London Games.  Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon wrote: As a Christian myself (albeit one of those really freaky papist kinds), I’ve often wondered what [Read More...]

Could Gabby Douglas be the Tiger Woods of the Gymnastics World?

Gabby-Douglas

Gabby Douglas won the all-around title at the London Olympics today, becoming the most recent American women’s gymnastics champion in the line of Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin.  What sets Gabby Douglas apart, of course, aside from the fact that she is simply her own gymnast and a different human being, is [Read More...]

What is Gymnastics? About Gymnastics and Why it’s the Greatest Olympic Sport

Gymnasts are such wimps.

What is gymnastics?  Even those who watch the Olympic gymnastics competition every four years may possess little appreciation for the intricacies of the sport.  As you’re watching the women’s gymnastics competition tonight at the London Olympics, here are some points to bear in mind. A Brief History: From Naked Gymnasts to the Swinging Rings Gymnastics [Read More...]

Phillip Phillips’ “Home” — Can the USA Women’s Gymnasts Bring Home the Gold?

Phillip Phillips Home

Phillip Phillips’ Home, which he performed as his coronation song on American Idol, has apparently leapt up the sales charts as it has been featured very effectively in promoting the women’s Olympic gymnastics team in London.  It’s a nifty bit of video and sound editing, and you can find it (the song, at least) below. [Read More...]

USA Men Underperform, British Men Outperform, Japanese Men Out-Protest

In summary, the American men, who had the highest score in the qualifying rounds, and who were expected to be the first American team to challenge for a gold medal since the boycotted 1984 Los Angeles Games, suffered an absolute meltdown in the team finals, beginning especially with their second event, the pommel horse.  They [Read More...]


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