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  • Porterfield

    Months ago, rumors circulated about a musical super group that might headline the Danny Boyle-directed London 2012 Opening Ceremony. The potential all-star band was rumored to include the two remaining Beatles, Mick Jagger, and Johnny Rotten. At this point, the formation of "The Rolling Sex Beatles" is still all speculation, but Paul McCartney just confirmed his appearance at the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony.

    When asked about the subject in June, McCartney said he would love to perform, but had not yet been approached by organizers. This time around he told Access Hollywood, "I hear there's a rumour that I might be involved. I've not actually heard anything [specific] about it yet ... but they are now planning the music." [1] Th…

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  • Porterfield

    After falling short twice in a row, Pyeongchang finally won the bid to host the Winter Olympics, beating out Annecy, France and Munich, Germany. Before I go any further, let me answer your obvious questions...

    Q: Where is Pyeongchang? A: South Korea

    Q: Hold up, you can ski in South Korea? A: Yes, as well as Morocco, Lebanon, Bolivia, Turkey, and a building in Dubai, amongst other unexpected places.

    Located in the Taebaek Mountains, the county of Pyeongchang is home to South Korea's most popular winter sports activities as well as several famous Buddhist temples. The mountains top out at just over 1000 m (3,250 ft), but they have long, snowy winters and enough modern amenities to support the Olympic games.

    Pyeongchang was an easy choice for the Inter…

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  • Porterfield

    Calling all Londoners! Do you have qualms with the 2012 Olympics? Did you apply for tickets and get completely rejected? Are you worried about security? Congested infrastructure? Too many obnoxious tourists? Not enough toilets? Well, with just a year to go until London hosts the summer games, the BBC is offering you a chance to express your opinions and ask questions in a televised debate. Jeremy Vine will be hosting the programme, which will feature the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the Chairman of LOCOG Lord Sebastian Coe. The pair will be fielding questions about all aspects of the games from a live studio audience and e-mail submissions.

    As a result of the 2012 ticketing scheme, many British citizens have been quite upset with LOCOG …

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  • Porterfield
    Kurt Angle, the former WWE professional wrestler, has recently announced his plans to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Wrestling team that will be competing at London 2012. Of course, Angle originally got his start on the Olympic mats, winning gold at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, before taking his talents to the professional wrestling scene. He had a broken neck when he won that medal, so if there's a man tough enough to do a repeat 16 years later at the age of 43, that man is Kurt "The American Hero/The Wrestling Machine" Angle.

    ZOO conducted a great interview with the wrestler, revealing that he's coming back to the sport because of his "competitive streak" and because "the challenge of the Olympics" is something that he missed. Angle should…

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  • Porterfield

    It's good news for Olympian-obsessed fans and Twitter-lovers alike, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently gave the go ahead for athletes to use social media at any point during the 2012 summer games in London. Think about the possibilities! You could be watching Michael Phelps swim on live television and read exactly what he is thinking between races.

    In most professional sports leagues, the use of Twitter is prohibited. In the NFL, players are not allowed to tweet for 30 minutes before a game, during the game, and for 30 minutes afterwards. But in a surprise move, the usually conservative IOC has set a progressive new precedent, deciding to permit athletes, coaches, and trainers to blog, tweet, and post photos about their e…

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