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  • Porterfield

    A company called AlterG has employed anti-gravity technology developed by NASA to create advanced treadmills that give the runner the feeling of only 20% of their actual weight. Running with that feeling of weightlessness is a highly effective tool for physical therapy and athletes in training. Team USA runner Shannon Rowbury, who will run the 1500m at London 2012, used AlterG to recover from a stress fecture in her femur. She was back on the ground running only 6 weeks after the diagnosis, and said that she doesn't think she "would have made the World team last year if I didn’t have AlterG to help me train through my injury."

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  • Porterfield

    Many news outlets are highlighting the ridiculously unprecedented amount of hours of Olympic coverage that NBC Universal will be broadcasting this summer on their vast arsenal of television channels, but I'll get to that later. First I want to address the most epic news about NBCU's upcoming coverage of the London 2012 Olympics, which runs from July 27 - August 12...

    That's right folks. No more tape-delayed, overly edited nonsense that cuts out all of the suspense and build-up. No more missing the opening round of Kayak Sprint or the grand finale of the 50k Race Walk (yes, walking is a sport). Don't get me wrong, I love the way NBC's slickly-produced back stories get me all teary eyed and proud to be an American, and Bob Costas is a legend,…

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  • Porterfield

    Exactly a year from now, London will be hosting the Summer Olympic Games (19 sports on the day, to be exact), but the condition of the city right now is not appropriate for hosting one of the world's biggest events. For the third night in a row, rioters have ravaged, looted, and set fire to the city, the worst civil unrest in memory.

    In a stroke of tragic irony, all 204 competing nations have sent managers to London this week, specifically to prepare for transportation, accommodations, and food for their Olympic teams. Obviously their concerns have shifted to security issues, as they've witnessed London's most urban areas become an apocalyptic nightmare. Croydon, Hackney, Notting Hill, Clapham, Peckham, East Dulwich, Enfield, Islington, Hac…

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  • Porterfield

    London Calling

    August 4, 2011 by Porterfield

    LOCOG, the organizing committee of London 2012, has recently been using the Clash song London Calling for their promotional material, causing quite a stir. Nobody is really upset about it (shame on you if you don't like the Clash or this song), but everyone is baffled. If you're not sure why this song choice is puzzling, just take a look at the lyrics of London Calling over at the Lyric Wiki. You could also listen to the song below, but good luck understanding Joe Strummer's every word.

    As you may have gathered by now, London Calling doesn't exactly paint a perfect picture of the city. Usually, organizers of an Olympics would want to employ a controversial-free song, that's both tourist-inviting and listener-friendly. The post-apocalyptic London C…

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  • Porterfield

    In Lignano, Italy on Tuesday, South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius ran a personal best in the 400m, clocking in at 45.07 seconds and qualifying him for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Previously, he was the 4th best runner on South Africa's roster of 400m sprinters, but this particular time would have earned him 5th place at the 2008 Olympics and 4th place at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, so it seems he is peaking when it counts. Pistorius, whose legs were amputated as an infant, is looking to become the first runner to compete in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. However, his road to the Olympics hasn't come easy.

    While struggling against the International Association of Athletics Federations for his right to compete a…

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