Although the idea was destined for failure from the moment it was conceived, the bid for Boston to host the 2024 Olympics fell flat on its face on Monday when the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) officially ended its bid for Boston to host the 2024 Summer Games. The idea that New England’s largest city would host the Olympics didn’t sit well with many Bostonians from the start. Years of construction associated with building Olympic venues, few economic benefits, and a potential for the event to go over budget, which is the main reason the bid ultimately fell through, were all reasons so many were wary of the idea.
If you needed a reason to tune into the Olympic bobsleigh competition, Jamaica has totally just given you one. The country's tourism department released a song and accompanying 8-bit music video to promote Jamaica's participation in the two-man bobsled competition.
According to the tourism department, if the song was played at precisely when the Jamaican Bobsled Team began their race yesterday, the song would sync up with their race. How cool is that?!
Unfortunately, Jamaica didn't win gold in yesterday's competition, but no one can take away their adorable anthem.
I'm sure most of you have been watching the Olympics at least a little bit over the past week, and there are a lot of awesome things going on: Michael Phelps' record number of Olympic medals, the US gymnastics team taking all-around gold, and crazy-fast runners. But here I would like to highlight my favorite Olympics-related video that doesn't actually include any footage from the Olympics: the US swim team's music video, of sorts, for Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." Enjoy!
What has been your favorite Olympic moment so far? What are you most looking forward to this week? Tell us in the comments!
This week we look at a great(est?) Olympian, a boxer taking on Broadway and a disgrace in London:
Michael Phelps Sets Olympics Record
Phelps is perhaps the most recognized Olympic athlete of all-time, but one thing is for sure now, he is the most decorated. He has won a total of 21 Olympic medals in his career and may add a couple more before the London Olympics are over. But what is most impressive is the face that 17 of them were gold. 17! He may end up with more gold medals than anyone else has medals. Truly impressive.
Mike Tyson on Broadway
My favorite answer to a question is always: "Why not?" And you would have guess that the folks on Broadway must have said to themselves after they heard the idea of bringing Mike Tyson there: "Why not?" Iron Mike opened his one-man show this week to mixed reviews, but people will have their chance to be the judge for the next couple of weeks before the show closes on August 12. I attached my favorite Mike Tyson video; I can only hope his show would be half as entertaining.
Eight badminton players were disqualified from the Olympics this week for trying to purposely lose in order to get better seeding in the next round. While doing it is reprehensible and unsportsmanlike, it was pretty entertaining to watch. I wish I could have shown you video of this, but NBC is really strict, so instead enjoy this wonderful stock photo.
Have a great weekend everybody!