Known as: Olympic Gold Medal winning and World Champion Decathlete (Reigning Decathlon Olympic Champion; 2005 Decathlon World Champion; Two-time Indoor World Heptathlon Champion)
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Malaysian rifle shooter Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi will be 34 weeks pregnant when she competes in the Olympic Games in London.
What is that about Muslim women being oppressed? This sister is SHOOTING RIFLES in HIJAB while BEING PREGNANT. That’s not oppressed, that’s totally badass! Mashallah!!
Fuck yeah, Malaysia \m/
Ms. Douglas recounted her experiences with bullying and racism at the Excalibur Gym in Virginia Beach, Virginia, to Oprah Winfrey. She said, “One of my teammates was like, ‘Can you scrape the bar?’ And they were like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it, she’s our slave?’ I definitely felt isolated, I felt ‘Why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black?’ I was scared at my old gym to show my potential.… I was just holding back.” She also shared that it was an atmosphere where, “I was just, you know, kind of getting racist jokes, kind of being isolated from the group. So it was definitely hard. I would come home at night and just cry my eyes out.”
Douglas should be praised for speaking out about what she faced. But instead it’s earning an outrageous response.
Randy Stageburg, a world-class gymnast who trained at Excalibur, said, “The accusations that are being made against the gymnasts and coaches are just sickening…. Gabby was never a victim. In fact, many would say she was one of the favorites…. funny how it is just now coming up.”
What gives Stageburg the paranormal ability to account for discussions he didn’t witness, he does not disclose.
Excalibur Gymnastics CEO Gustavo Maure also accused Douglas of being “a liar.” “Is Gabrielle a credible person just because she is an Olympic champion? She is not giving any names or dates, leading us to believe that the accusation is fake.”
Another gymnast, Kristina Coccia, defended Excalibur by saying there was no racism at the gym and then followed up with this whammy: “What Gabby is saying makes me sick. She should stop playing the victim and pay back the money she owes.” (There is no mention of what money Ms. Coccia is referring to or why that would be any of her concern.)
The response by Excalibur Gyms frankly speaks for itself. It also doesn’t pass any kind of a smell test. Generations of black athletes have learned that speaking out about racism is the fastest route to commercial obsolescence. You don’t see Curt Flood on the Wheaties Box.
As Gabrielle Douglas aims to become a massive crossover commercial star, there is no compelling reason for her to speak about these experiences unless they’re true and she hopes to make it easier for the next “outsider” who comes to the gym. As for Excalibur Gym, it’s in Virginia Beach, Virginia, one of the most segregated, cloistered parts of the state. The possibility that there could be people with racist ideas in Virginia Beach is like saying Seattle has the possibility of rain.
The people at Excalibur could have and should have said, “We’re aware that racism is a problem in our world and in our state. We aim to provide as nurturing an environment as possible and will continue to work to be better.” Instead, Gabrielle Douglas is “a liar” “playing the victim” and makes people “sick.” To put it mildly, the people defending Excalibur aren’t doing themselves any favors. In fact, they seem intent on proving Ms. Douglas’s point: that Excalibur Gymnasium has more than its share of bullies."
OG Serena, cuh.
LOL, I LOVE THIS WOMAN !!
LMAO….C-walkin’ with a RED Bandana after stomping a mud-hole into Sharapova….BOSSLADY!!
She is the best thing since sliced bread. I love her so much!! (^_^)
Daily Mail / Olympics
“This was supposed to be a representation of modern life in England but it is likely to be a challenge for the organisers to find an educated white middle-aged mother and black father living together with a happy family in such a set-up.” ~ Daily Mail
OH WAIT SORRY WHAT
The Daily Mail thinks Jessica Ennis and her family don’t exist, despite having no hesitation in reporting and sharing in her victory yesterday, but Jessica Ennis can’t hear them over the sound of her Olympic gold medal and generally being the world’s number one bad ass at seven different sports.
Heartbreaking Tearjerker of the Day: Chinese diver Wu Minxia took gold in the 3m synchronized springboard in London this week, becoming the first woman in history to win three consecutive Olympic golds.
But shortly after she finished competing, Minxia’s father reinforced China’s win-at-any-cost mentality when he dropped a couple of bombshells on his daughter via theShanghai Morning Post: Both her grandparents had died over a year ago, and her mother had battled breast cancer for eight years.
Wu called us after her grandmother died, I gritted my teeth and told her: “Everything’s fine, there aren’t any problems.”
Minxia’s parents found such lies were “essential” to ensure their daughter could keep focused on her training. She’d left home at 16 to live at a government-sponsored diving facility.
We never talk about family matters with our daughter. We accepted a long time ago that she doesn’t belong entirely to us. I don’t even dare to think about things like enjoying family happiness.
Shoutout to brothaboy Damien Hooper who has been shot down for wearing a shirt with the Aboriginal flag on it before his fight. If he wore the Australian flag he wouldnt have faced any of this controversy but because he wore the Aboriginal flag he has breached Rule 50 of the Olympic Code which bans demonstrations, or political, religious or racial propoganda on any Olympic sites.
WHAT A CROCK OF SHIT!! This was an act of Pride - not propoganda! My hope is that one day we will be respectfully acknowledged as the First Nations people of this country and therefore properly represented in all that this country is involved in
You said it sista
White people just afraid because white pride and white supremacy propoganda are exactly the same thing, they expect any other act of pride from anyone else to be an act of asserting supremacy & humanity at the expense of the humanity of all others.
Holley Mangold is a 22-year-old American Olympian. She’s our country’s best hope of winning a medal in her field — a sport the U.S. has not achieved any Olympic success in since 2000. She’s a powerful athlete whose achievement is even more impressive when you consider that she’s only been at for a few years.
But despite her acknowledgment that “When you’ve got a body like mine, you’ve got to get used to attention,” you don’t see Mangold in sexy magazine spreads that provocatively flaunt naked forms. There are no worshipful Bleacher Report features devoted to ranking her hotness. Instead, Holley Mangold, a woman who can do things with her body that few women – or men – can accomplish, gets to be the butt of a joke. On Saturday, Conan O’Brien snarked on Twitter that “I predict 350 lb. weight lifter Holley Mangold will bring home the gold and 4 guys against their will.” It was retweeted over 2,000 times. Poorly done, there, Coco.
[…] Conan O’Brien’s flippant depiction of her as some marauding she-beast who has to drag off unwilling males is so shabby and dumb and crass. You’d expect more from the guy who famously said, “Work hard and be kind.” But Mangold handled the dis deftly (if not well-spelled), replying, “I like your prediction Conan I like it a lot … just wondering if your one of the guys #dontactlikeyournotimpressed.” Holley Mangold, I love you."
Mary Elizabeth Williams, “Holley Mangold makes Conan Look Small”
Way to be an asshole, Conan.(via saturniinae)
If I ran for Sudan, I would be betraying my people. I would be dishonoring the two million people who died for our freedom.
- Guor Marial, Dinka, Sudanese refugee, and marathon runner in 2012 Olympics; competing independently, for no country
The last time the Olympics were in London in 1948 was also the first time an Asian American won a gold medal in the Games. That distinction belongs to 91 year-old Dr. Samuel “Sammy” Lee, who was born in Fresno, CA and is of Korean descent.
About the Artwork:” “Black Power Salute” commemorates the moment during the 1968 Olympics, in which African-Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos exultantly gestured skyward, effectively leveling the playing field for civil rights. During the Mexico City games, Smith won the 200-meter race, setting a world record, and Carlos placed third. On the podium, they made a statement for equality by wearing symbolic attire and raising black-gloved fists during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The backlash was immediate and vicious—Smith and Carlos were expelled from the U.S. Olympic team, and even received death threats. This powerful image endured, becoming symbolic of African-American athletes’ quest for equality” (x)