August 1, 2012 |
LONDON — There goes the emotional sitdown with Costas. The brainless chit-chat in the morning with Matt Lauer and a cereal-box cover are also off the table. Say buh-bye, America. Mariel Zagunis 's Q-rating just left the building. Thanks for carrying the Stars and Stripes into the Opening Ceremonies, Miss Flag Bearer. Now pack your swords and go home for four years. We'll call you before we get to Rio. This isn't meant to be unnecessarily mean to Zagunis, who Wednesday night failed to medal...
July 31, 2008
If You Go "American Heroes of the Olympic Spirit" When: Through Oct. 12. Where: Smithsonian Institution Building (the Castle), 1000 Jefferson Dr. SW (on the Mall). When: Open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost: Free. "Discover Greatness: An Illustrated History of Negro Baseball Leagues" When: Through Oct. 5. Where: Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. When: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free.
February 15, 2013 |
Donald Rumsfeld served as secretary of defense under Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush. He is the author of "Known and Unknown: A Memoir" and of the forthcoming "Rumsfeld's Rules. " The International Olympic Committee issued a surprise decision on Tuesday to exclude wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games. For a number of years, the committee has drawn fire for its lack of transparency. With its secret vote to remove one of the original Olympic sports — one that dates back 2 1 ...
August 22, 2008
WE HAVE tried hard, since the Olympic Games began 14 days ago, to maintain a positive Olympic spirit. We understand how important the Games are to many Chinese, and we've been rooting for the Games' success. We didn't dwell on the Chinese decision, made "in the national interest," to keep a little girl off camera and have her dub a singing performance for the opening ceremony while another girl lip-synced because the singer was deemed not cute enough to be presented. We didn't really care about the phony fireworks, and we passed over China's...
June 20, 2008
They were delivered about a month ago, hidden in a secret storage area, handled with white gloves, mounted behind thick glass and protected by an alarm. After all that security, 49 Olympic medals and four Olympic torches will be displayed starting today. The "American Heroes of the Olympic Spirit" exhibit is set to open today in Schermer Hall at the Smithsonian Castle. The medal display consists of five cases: one each for the Summer Games, Winter Games, Paralympic Games, U.S.-hosted Games and Olympic torches.
August 20, 2008
"THE PRACTICE of sport is a human right. " So proudly affirms the International Olympic Committee in Principle 4 of the "Fundamental Principles of Olympism. " "Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit. " And Principle 5 makes explicit that discrimination based on gender "is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement. " So what is an all-male Saudi team doing in Beijing? " It's not as if there are no women from majority-Muslim countries competing in the Beijing...