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11 Not-So-Famous People We Lost in 2012

It’s been a solemn year for the deaths of famous and significant people – and as always, many died who were less famous, but should be saluted nonetheless for their contributions to the world. Here are 11 of the lesser-known greats who passed this year. 1. Murray Lender: Bagel Tycoon Lender’s Bagels Historical Images Murray Lender, son of [...]

Why Do Olympians Wear That Colorful Tape?

Getty Images You may have first noticed the markings on the synchronized swimmers’ backs. Or cascading down a beach volleyball player’s chiseled abs. Birthmarks? Accessories? A bizarre form of intimidation? No, no, and no. The answer is Kinesio tape. And, yes, it’s all the rage in the sports world. So, what is this tricked-out injury treatment? It’s [...]

The Time They Used a Cigarette Lighter to Light the Olympic Torch

Getty Images When it comes to the Olympic Flame, its keepers take no chances. Multiple backup sources are lit from the torch so that if the original goes out (which isn’t totally uncommon), it can be reignited using the same fire. But what happens when the Flame goes out and the backups are nowhere to be [...]

NBC Paid $1.2 Billion to Broadcast the London Olympics. Where Does That Money Go?

Dave Hogan/NBC NBC paid the International Olympic Committee a record $1.18 billion for the U.S. broadcast rights to the 2012 London Games and $4.38 billion for the four Olympics from 2014-2020. What does the IOC do with all that cash? According to the IOC’s Olympic Marketing Fact File: The IOC distributes over 90% of Olympic marketing revenue to [...]

11 Notable Medalists in the Olympic Art Competitions

We’ve been taking a look back at the fine art competitions that originated in ancient Greece and were revived as part of the modern Olympics from 1912 to 1948. Here are a few of the more notable medalists over the years. 1. Baron Pierre de Coubertin The founder of the International Olympic Committee and the man [...]

The Olympic Swimmer Who’d Never Been in an Olympic-Size Pool

Getty Images To bring the Olympic spirit to developing nations in the late 1990s, the Olympic Committee allowed a small number of “wild card” athletes to join the Games. But because they didn’t have to go through any qualifying rounds to compete, not all of the contenders arrived prepared. One such athlete was a swimmer from [...]

Why Won’t Team USA Dip the Flag at the Opening Ceremonies?

Getty Images For the last 100 years, the Olympic spirit has come with an asterisk for the United States. It’s not doping. It’s not underage gymnasts. In fact, if you’re not looking closely, you’ll miss it at the Opening Ceremonies: the United States will be the only country that refuses to dip its flag when passing [...]

No Thanks: Why Denver Turned Down the 1976 Olympics

Successfully snagging hosting duties for the Olympic Games is one of the toughest things a city can do. Here in Chicago, we just spent nearly $50 million on our bid for the 2016 Summer Games, and even that eight-figure budget couldn’t grab the rings. Of course, that $50 million pales in comparison to [...]

Surgery Turns Woman’s Eye into a Telescope

Doris Ekblad-Olson, 82, of Colorado is the first person to receive CentraSight, an experimental optical implant: Ekblad-Olson suffers from “wet” macular degeneration, an end-stage form of the common, chronic disease, where blood vessels are leaking and destroying central vision. “I can’t see the faces of the people across the table from me,” she said. “I can’t see [...]

Boom-boom Sirens

Photo: Aaron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post Most people pull over (safely, to the right and then stop) to let emergency vehicles pass, but not in Denver! Because too many Denver motorists refuse to yield, ambulances there have [...]