Δευτέρα, 30 Ιουλίου 2012
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I have been photographing Michael Phelps for over 8 years, which has included 3 Olympic Games and 3 World Swimming Championships and I have never seen him like this – a goldless man.
I even saw him in a race that for the first time did not result in a podium finish. And then the U.S. team only finished second in the 4X100M freestyle relay race, which included Phelps and his now great rival team mate, Ryan Lochte. I never thought this would be possible.
But the perceived rivalry between Phelps and Lochte is a very interesting story here at the London Olympic Games. Whenever I photographed the two of them together in the past, they would always be laughing, joking, and never, ever ignoring one another. Since the first training session here in London last Monday afternoon, I’ve noticed the lack of talk, smiles, laughter, and even recognition
Lochte is no longer finishing second to ‘The King’, so I am left wondering if these results have affected their friendship. The simple fact is, I will never know, but I am hoping they can recover from their competitive thoughts and acknowledge each others amazing abilities. I recently saw the movie ‘Senna’ about the rivalry between the Formula One drivers Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, and how they went from friends, to enemies, and back to being very close friends. I am hoping perhaps these two great rivals will have a similar story.
Phelps was the highlight for me at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he won 8 gold medals to become the most successful Olympian in history.
His performance was incredible, and the pictures I took of him are my most memorable from covering a summer Olympic Games. So, to see him performing as he has at the London games has been a bit sad and to me an example of how age catches up with everyone. None of us can be as fast as we once were, even the great Phelps. Even still, I believe he will win a gold medal, in his favorite event, the 200 meter butterfly.
We will have to wait and see, on Thursday night.
By David Gray / REUTERS
marilena: London 2012: Sudan confirms three Olympic athletes...: Spokesman for Sudanese embassy in London said Al-Nazeer Abdul Gadir has already applied for asylum, while Sadam Hussein and Osman Yahya Oma...
London 2012: Sudan confirms three Olympic athletes have gone missing and are expected to seek asylum in Britain
Spokesman for Sudanese embassy in London said Al-Nazeer Abdul Gadir has already applied for asylum, while Sadam Hussein and Osman Yahya Omar are missing and expected to lodge their own claims soon.
Three Sudanese athletes who had been part of the country’s Olympic training squad are expected to seek political asylum in Britain.
A spokesman for the embassy in London said Al-Nazeer Abdul Gadir has already applied, while Sadam Hussein and Osman Yahya Omar are missing and expected to lodge their own claims soon.
It follows reports that an East African athlete had entered a police station in Leeds last week seeking asylum. All three runners had entered the country after being granted training squad visas to Britain
Ten Sudanese athletes – including Beijing 800m silver medalist Ismail Ahamed Ismail – had taken part in pre Games training camps at the University of Teesside
They were joined by a number of other athletes to help in preparations for the games.
Embassy spokesman Khalid Mustafa said that the men had hoped to qualify for the Olympics but had failed to achieve the necessary times in their events.
According to the United Nations refugee agency the UNHCR there were 25,455 asylum applications in the UK last year of which 790 were from Sudanese nationals.
Asylum applications peaked in 1993 during the civil war although the conflict in Darfur continues to destabilise the country which split in two in 2011 after the Christian and animist south voted for independence from the Muslim north.
Κυριακή, 29 Ιουλίου 2012
marilena: Empty seats were seen at venues including Wimbledo...: Empty seats were seen at venues including Wimbledon, the Aquatics Centre and the Basketball Arena Continue reading the main story ...
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Olympics venues are "stuffed to the gunnels" with sports fans, London 2012 chairman Lord Coe has insisted amid a row over empty seats.
He spoke after hundreds of seats were left unfilled on Saturday and Sunday morning at events including swimming, rowing, tennis and basketball.
"I don't think you will be seeing this as an issue, long-term through the Games," he said.
Meanwhile, GB swimmer Rebecca Adlington has won her 400m freestyle heat.
She is due to swim in the final at 20:18 BST.
Elsewhere in other Olympic developments:
- Paula Radcliffe admits her chances of appearing in the Olympic marathon next Sunday are "not looking good"
- Russia's Maria Sharapova gets her tennis campaign under way at Wimbledon
- Police say 16 people have been arrested over ticket touting at the Olympics during the past two days
- A huge puppet version of Lady Godiva begins its journey from Coventry to London on a purpose-built 50-seater bike as part of the cultural celebrations for the Olympics
- Zara Phillips said the crowds were "amazing" as she competed in the dressage
- The unidentified woman who joined the Indian delegation at the opening ceremony has been identified by Lord Coe as a volunteer performer who had got "slightly over-excited"
Lord Coe spoke out as the row mounted over unfilled seats in several Olympic venues.
At some venues, seats in the accredited "Olympic family" areas - reserved for groups including officials, sports federations, athletes, journalists and sponsors - have remained unfilled.
Empty seats "in the very earliest phases" of the Olympics were part of "the nature of that accredited area", Lord Coe told a press conference.
"[The ticket-holders] are trying to figure out how they're going to divide their time, what their responsibilities are, and how and when they get dragged to any number of venues," he said.
Organisers would fill some of the empty seats with servicemen and women, as well as local students and teachers, he added.
And they would sell more tickets - as they did with about 1,000 tickets on the London 2012 website on Saturday night.
He said a system had been introduced similar to the one used at Wimbledon, where people coming out of the stadium handed on their tickets so the seats could be made available to others.
Tickets are also given to sponsors and, on Sunday, Visa, British Airways and Lloyds TSB all said they had given the majority of their ticket allocations to customers through competitions and promotions.
Lord Coe added that sponsors "were turning up," adding that they would not be naming and shaming those who did not.
On Sunday, the BBC's Kevin Bishop, at the rowing at Eton Dorney, said the cheap seats were pretty full but opposite, next to the press seats in the main stand at the finish, there were several hundred empty seats.
Banks of empty seats could also be seen at Wimbledon's centre court and the Aquatics Centre on Sunday morning.
American Paul Fondie, who now lives in Kew, west London, said he was frustrated by the number of empty seats at the men's gymnastics at the O2 on Saturday.
He said he and his wife had not been able to take their six-year-old son because they could not get an extra ticket.
"It tainted my experience of the Olympics - it was our moment to come under the microscope and show that London can do it well."
BBC correspondent Andy Swiss said ticketing was a sensitive issue after many fans missed out and the empty seats were a problem Locog would be anxious to solve.
Meanwhile, Mansfield-born Adlington began her defence of the two gold medals she won in Beijing in the 400m freestyle heats on Sunday morning.
Her battle to hold on to her 800m freestyle title will begin with heats on Thursday morning before Friday night's final.
Cyclist Nicole Cooke is competing in the women's road race - the event in which she won Team GB's first gold at Beijing in 2008 - which began on The Mall at 12:00 BST and will finish there at about 16:00 BST.
But she could be forced to sacrifice her own gold medal hopes this time to be a support rider for teammate Lizzie Armitstead.
Andy Murray - who was defeated with his brother Jamie in the tennis doubles on Saturday - will play Stanislas Wawrinka in the singles at Wimbledon.
And Briton Ben Ainslie has begun his quest for a fourth Olympic gold medal as the first day of Olympic sailing begins at Weymouth Bay.
British teams are competing in basketball, handball, hockey, volleyball, water polo and the football on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the US basketball team - the most decorated in Olympic basketball - will begin their title defence against France later.
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Olympic organisers have brought in soldiers to fill the empty seats that have been blighting some Olympic venues
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Designed by Ralph Lauren, Team USA's opening ceremony uniforms clearly draw inspiration from the dress uniforms of the U.S. Army and Navy.
Of all the designers involved in London 2012, Cedella Marley's collaboration with Puma in designing Jamaica's uniforms has perhaps garnered the most praise. The granddaughter of reggae legend Bob Marley has created outfits that radiate laidback, urban cool. Of course, it helps that Usain Bolt is wearing them.
Moderate high-street chain Next designed Team Great Britain's formal wear for Friday's opening ceremony, where the host squad will be paraded in front of their home crowd for the first time
The uniforms that Russian designer Bosco Sport created for Spain's Olympians are so dreadful that the athletes have taken to social media to express their displeasure. Hockey player Alex Fabregas uploaded a picture of himself clad in his new gear with the caption: "Olympic kit ... there are no adjectives."
Bosco Sport can't seem to catch a break, this time grabbing attention of the wrong kind for its retina-scalding designs for the Russian athletes.
It is unclear who designed the Slovakian team's uniforms -- although who wouldn't want to retain anonymity after creating those fedoras?
Medals have been presented to event winners and runners-up since the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. For each host city, different medals are minted and the designs and sizes have changed through time. Explore them by clicking on the medals below. (follow the above link)
Thickness: 3.8mmDiameter: 48mmWeight: 47gQuantity: 100Designer: Jules Clement Chaplain
Winners at the first modern Olympics did not receive a gold medal but a silver one. Runners-up had copper. On the front Zeus, father of the Gods, holds Nike, the goddess of victory. The Acropolis is shown on the back.
Thickness: 5mmDiameter: 60mmWeight: 135gQuantity: 1,130Designer: Elena Votsi
The Greeks went Greek, with a new depiction of Nike, flying into the 1896 Panathenaic stadium to bestow victory on the strongest, highest and fastest. Classic Greek lettering spells out the Olympic ode under the Athens logo
Thickness: 7mmDiameter: 85mmWeight: 400gQuantity: --Designer: David Watkins
The biggest Summer Olympics medals to date. Artist David Watkins says the key symbols on front and back juxtapose the goddess Nike, for the spirit and tradition of the Games, and the River Thames, for the city of London. On the back of the medals is the 2012 branding, representing the modern city as a jewel-like, geological growth. The logo is shown against a 'pick-up-sticks' grid which radiates the energy of athletes and a sense of pulling together. The River Thames runs through the middle as a celebratory ribbon. The bowl-like background recalls ancient amphitheatres, with a square balancing the circle to give a sense of place. The sport and discipline is engraved on the rim of each medal, all of which will be produced by the Royal Mint at Llantrisant, South Wales
The BBC has unveiled its "Stadium UK" title sequence and marketing campaign for the London 2012 Olympics.
The campaign shows the landscape of the United Kingdom transformed into a giant sporting arena inside the Olympic Stadium.
The music is First Steps, written and performed by Elbow, alongside the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the NovaVox gospel choir. It will be available as a digital-only download from 27 July with all profits going to BBC Children in Need and Sport Relief.
Creative agency Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe Y&R developed the concept and the animation was created by Passion Pictures and produced by Red Bee Media.
It will also be used to provide digital imagery for desktop, mobiles, tablets and connected TV content.