I want to die just so I can have such an awesome Olympics-themed funeral:
Ronnie Ray Smith crossed life’s finish line in style — and defiant to the end.
Loved ones of the Olympic champion said goodbye to Smith in a track-themed memorial service, befitting his remarkable contribution to sports and civil rights.
In a service that will be shown on TLC’s “Best Funeral Ever” — the Season 2 premiere airs on Monday — Smith’s casket was rolled over the finish line one more time.
Then it was propped up on an Olympic-style medal podium so loved ones could stand alongside and replicate his famous closed-fist salute.
Smith and three teammates won gold at the 1968 Mexico City games, taking the 4×100 relay. They stood in unison on the medal stand and lifted their closed right fists in solidarity with the civil-rights movement.
(Source: New York Post)
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This article is from 2012, but it’s still a good look at some of the history of LGBT athletes in the Olympic Games!
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Nelson Mandela, who became South Africa’s first black president after spending 27 years in prison during an era of racial oppression, died at age 95 on Thursday. Mandela’s reach was global, in many aspects. Some of his most enduring images came with a backdrop of sports.
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The lighting of The Cauldron was one of the most spectacular aspects of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Champion sprinter Cathy Freeman walked to the centre of a pool of water and as she swept the flaming Olympic torch across the water, a ring of fire rose from the water as The Cauldron joined the mast, which emerged from behind the northern stand of the stadium for the duration of the Games of the XXVII Olympiad.
After the Games, The Cauldron was relocated to Cathy Freeman Park (formerly The Overflow), a few hundred metres from where it burned in the Olympic Stadium. The names of the 1,972 Olympic Medalists and 2,627 Paralympic Medallists at the Sydney Games are recorded on gold, silver and bronze nameplates at the base of The Cauldron. A shallow dome of white marble commemorates the first Olympic Games of the modern era, held in Athens in 1896.
Now a popular water play area for families, the Olympic Cauldron at Sydney Olympic Park stands cascading on 24 stainless steel columns. At the 10th Anniversary of the Olympic Games, 15 September 2010, The Overflow was renamed Cathy Freeman Park in honour of the famous athlete who will be forever associated with The Cauldron’s spectactular entry into the history books.
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Rio de Janeiro’s endless beaches and lush tropical forest will be a photographer’s dream during the 2016 Olympics. But zoom in on the likes of once-pristine Guanabara Bay, and the picture is of household trash and raw sewage.
In the neon green waters around the site of the future Olympic Park, the average fecal pollution rate is 78 times that of the Brazilian government’s “satisfactory” limit — and 195 times the level considered safe in the U.S. Nearly 70 percent of Rio’s sewage goes untreated, meaning runoff from its many slums and poor neighborhoods drain into waters soon to host some of the world’s best athletes.
Unless Brazil makes headway in cleaning up its waters, experts warn the Summer Games could pose health risks to athletes and mar what officials hope will be a global showcase event. Instead of the soaring vistas of Sugarloaf Mountain, the world could instead see old couches in the bay and tons of dead fish floating atop a city lake.
Rio’s Olympic committee has pledged in writing that the pollution problems will be fixed, and many had hoped the Olympics would force authorities to tackle decades of neglect and poor planning that have blighted waterways.
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Newsflash, Everyone: Tom Daley Isn’t Gay
He’s bisexual. And yes, it does make a big difference.
Tom explicitly says in the video that he still “fancies girls,” and he never uses the word “gay,” “homosexual,” or any other synonymous word to describe his sexuality.
The fact that media outlets immediately jump to the conclusion that he’s gay not only contributes to the issue of bisexual erasure, it also misrepresents what Tom Daley said, which was exactly what he wanted to avoid by making the YouTube video in the first place.
So get your facts straight everyone. Tom made an incredibly courageous decision in coming out and he deserves our support and respect.
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