Real story behind China’s Olympic sporting glory

China’s dominance in the London Olympics with their massive medal haul has once again showcased the country’s ability to produce sports champions by applying the sporting techniques of Soviet styled sports regime. But behind the sporting glory there are some concerns being raised about the human costs. News emerged about how the parents of Olympic diver Wu Minxia had hidden her mother’s long battle with breast cancer for fear of disturbing her training.

The intention of Chinese sports fraternity is to win every single medal at any costs. There are stories emerging in China in recent weeks about young rising athletes who undergo near torturous conditions at many of the Chinese sports schools.

Winning the Olympic medals is the sole obsession in China at the cost of sacrificing the basic family emotions. It is a fact that majority of China’s 396 Olympians had started their sports at a tender age having sacrificed their childhood for the state and drawing emotional support from team mates, sports coaches and officials in exchange of familial and friendly support. China’s current haul of medals in the Olympics is a result of atrocious training regimes that youngsters are forced to follow back home.

Usain Bolt’s victory march on the eve of Jamaican Independence

Usain Bolt true to his name came like a bolt from the blue and silenced his critics and doubters with an emphatic victory in the Olympic 100 meters and rating himself as the world’s fastest man. This Jamaican made his country proud on the eve of its 50th independence anniversary by claiming gold at the London Olympics in just 9.63 seconds. His training partner and Jamaican colleague Yohan Blake took the silver medal making a double bonanza for their country. Even before the event, compatriot Shelly-Ann-Fraser-Pryce already made headlines by retaining the 100-meters women title.

Some of the sport enthusiasts were in doubt on Bolt about his capacity and capability to win a second successive gold in the blue ribald spirit after suffering back problems, getting disqualified for a false start in the last year’s world championship and losing to Blake in the Jamaican trails.  However, crashing their doubts to the ground, Bolt zoomed past the track to win in 9.63 seconds which is an Olympic record and is the second faster time ever even behind his own world record of 9.58 seconds. The American athlete Justin Gatlin took bronze.

Jamaicans celebrated Usain Bolt’s victory with cheers with plastic horns blaring, pot covers were banged and motorists honked their horns that despite being unable to make the transatlantic journey themselves. Some of the Jamaicans compared the accomplishments of Bolt with those of another popular Jamaican icon Bob Marley. Usain Bolt – the 25 years old sporting phenomenon entered the history books as the sprinter who crossed the line as the winner in two successive men’s 100 meter finals. It was 0.05 seconds down the world record that Bolt clocked at the World Championships in Berlin three years ago but this was faster than his winning run at the Beijing Olympics that was 9.69 seconds.

Sneak-peek at the Olympic cuisine!

The focus of the entire world this summer is on London with the Olympics set to take place in the British capital and it’s finally time for the city’s food to grab all the attention. The city will pleasantly surprise the visitors to the 2012 London Olympics as pubs all over the city are set to serve up sumptuous dishes. The London Organizing Committee of Food and Games has released the menu of food and beverages to be sold at the Olympic venues and since visitors will be pouring in from all over the world the LOCOG is hoping to please everyone’s  palette by serving both British and international cuisine. And it’s not only the LOCOG that’s geared up for the games but the local pubs across the city are getting in the Olympic spirit and ready to serve up lip-smacking fare.

The Blackbird pub is preparing for the masses as an estimated 50,000 fans are expected daily for the Olympic indoor volley ball competition at nearby Earl Court. The Blackbird pub which is a part of the Fuller independent brewery and pub family is known among the local for its food. With the focus being on English food, items such as meat pies and fish and chips are expected to be most popular and the country’s famous English ale is also expected to be a hot favorite amongst visitors specially the Fuller label’s ‘London Pride’. Most pubs will follow Blackbird’s lead but other gastro pubs such as Betjemen Arms are looking to elevate the typical pub experience. It’s located across from Eurostar platform at the St. Pancras International train station in Central London and although it won’t be getting much foot traffic, it will be loaded with domestic and international travelers in need of catching a bite while watching the latest Olympic events. For this purpose the pub interiors have been rearranged and the menu has also been changed a little to focus on using the best local ingredients available and to provide the ultimate Olympic viewing experience.

The pub is giving the Olympics an air of sophistication with reasonably priced canapé boards and three course price fixed menu. Also with the direct train from London to the Olympic park in Stratford just outside the pub’s door, the pub has an advantageous location.

A New Twist to the Olympian Tale

Social integration has added a new twist to the Olympians’ stories with Universal Sports and BP introducing the social engagement platform BumeBox. Using the platform they will be presenting a series of webisodes which will highlight the personal stories of the Olympic and Paralympics hopefuls in the coming weeks.

The Olympic fans will not just be able to watch the videos but also will be able to follow the athletes’ continuing journey with real-time updates which will be embedded on the ‘Journey to the Games’ homepage. With the help of BumeBox fans will be able to track the athletes’ latest social media posts and also take part in discussions as well as see and respond to related tweets from other fans.  They can also choose to find and follow their favorite athletes and tweet encouragement directly to the Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.  The whole idea of the effort is to help fans get to know the athletes who they’ll be watching at this summer’s Olympics in London so that the fan’s will get to know the stories behind their success and their journey to the sport’s highest stage and how they trained for it. The first episode aired late on Wednesday night featured hurdler and twitter sensation Lolo Jones and in the coming weeks Bryan Clay, Tatyana McFadden, Johnathan Horton and others will be featured.

 

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