London 2012 has introduced its official mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville.Wenlock is on the left, Mandeville is on the right. Or rather: Mandeville is the one with crotchless pants, Wenlock is not.
As you can imagine, picking actual one-eyed monsters as its official mascots has opened London to international ridicule. Even more so than normal. But, sadly, having cyclops Teletubbies with fins for hands is not out of the norm for Olympics mascots.
Really. Take a look at other recent Olympics mascots.
Picture "O's, bro. O's."
Picture Bela and Kerri
This is relevant Me in 1996
In a last ditch effort to curry support for Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, President Obama recently sent a letter to targeted IOC members. SportsPickle has obtained a copy of the first draft. The final copy is bolded.
I deeply appreciate the tremendous work of the Olympic Movement and wish to convey my strong support for Chicago 2016.
Around the world, from Kenya to Hawaii, sports play a vital role in filling athletic young people with hope young people who are fans of the Chicago Cubs excluded providing a foundation for respect, and leading nations toward greater friendship* and excellence. (Please don't quote me on that last part, as my critics will try to say I am advocating a one-world government.)
*Just think: the modern Olympics have been around for a little more than 100 years and there haven't been ANY wars since then. LOL!
I have seen the transformative power of the Olympic Games to unite men and women (or even man-women hello, Caster Semanya! LOL) across all boundaries, and I hold the missions of the Olympic Movement in the highest esteem. For this reason, all requisite bribes to the IOC and IOC officials for the Chicago 2016 effort will come from parties outside the White House.
That is why I have been committed to Chicago 2016 since the launch of the bid in 2006. The City of Chicago is designed to host global celebrations we had a WORLD Series parade recently! and it will deliver a spectacular experience for one and all excluding, hopefully, terrorists. However, it is not the quality of the setting or the experience alone that compels me to recommend Chicago to you. And let me be perfectly clear: it is the City of Chicago we are talking about, not Illinois. Don't let what you've heard about Illinois most of it probably true sway your decision. Chicago is way nicer.
I also believe that Chicago 2016 offers the United States (U-S-A! U-S-A!) and the International Olympic Committee a unique chance to collaborate on sport development and build a better future for young people everywhere. As President, I see the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games (<- feel free to host these elsewhere) as an extraordinary opportunity for America to renew our bonds of friendship and imperialism and welcome the world to our shores with open arms, preceded, of course, by extensive paperwork and body cavity searches at security checkpoints at customs.
If you honor Chicago with your selection, we will ensure that the Olympic and Paralympic Games (<- again, I'm not big on the Special Olympians, so no problem if you want to send this elsewhere) are a key priority to our Nation. We have already established a White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport to serve the Games, and you can count on our government to support Chicago's quest to host an unforgettable event (prospective Opening Ceremonies speaker: Ozzie Guillen! He can say FK in 14 different languages!) and strengthen the Olympic Movement.
As a member of the International Olympic Committee, the work you do is invaluable to all of us who are committed to building a better world via Hope-n-Change and all that crap. Thank you for your enduring contributions to youth sport and the Olympic Movement. I believe we have an historic opportunity to do great things together, and I look forward to discussing that opportunity with you, if not in Copenhagen, then soon thereafter if Chicago is your choice. But preferably in Copenhagen because, well have you ever been to the Alexandria section? Good times there, my friends. Good time. That would go a long way towards taking the edge off the toughest job in the world, you know?
President Barack Obama
PS Don't forget: we still have the bomb. A lot of them. And if that doesn't frighten you, I will send Michelle to personally fk you up. I'm not joking. You know she could.
As swimming fans were following the Michael Phelps-Milorad Cavic rivalry at the world championships in Rome, a far more tragic storyline concluded on the final day of the event when slumping British swimmer Tom Garrison drowned in the 100m butterfly semifinals.
"I was afraid this was going to happen," said Garrison's coach, Peter Thurgood. "Tom has been in a terrible slump lately his times have been dropping consistently, and the last few meets he's basically just been thrashing around in the water."
In Friday's 200m freestyle opening heat, Garrison finished last in 10:43:06 9 minutes behind heat-winner Phelps. He was only able to complete the race by pulling himself along over the final 50 meters on the lane divider ropes, his head repeatedly dropping below the surface of the water as he gasped for air.
"He let his technique break down," said Thurgood. "Once that happens it can be hard to get back right away and then anything can happen in the pool."
Thurgood was content to just be patient and wait out the slump "All swimmers go through them," he says and hope Garrison could eventually turn around a season in which he hoped to challenge Phelps and Cavic as the world's premier swimmer.
But that won't happen now.
When Garrison dove into the pool for the 100m butterfly "It was more of an awkward fall into the water," said one race official he immediately sunk to the bottom. Some 10 seconds later, his head briefly emerged above the surface and he thrashed around wildly, screaming for help.
Poolside, Thurgood screamed instructions to his desperate star: "Technique, Tom! Focus on technique!" But if Garrison ever heard him, we don't know because the swimmer dropped below the surface again, not to emerge again until he was a floating corpse.
"Tom never would have wanted me to jump in their and rescue him," said the coach. "It would have been humiliating. Plus, it would have disqualified him from the race. He wanted to get through this slump on his own. In fact, as he was drowning, I half-expected instinct to kick in, causing him to pop up and swim his best race of his life, catching and beating Phelps and Cavic. I hoped a near-drowning would be his slump buster. I thought it might help him reach his potential."
It didn't, of course. But the young British swimming star did impact the race, as his corpse gently floated into Cavic's lane on the last lap, briefly slowing the Serb and giving the win to Phelps.
"It's tragic what happened," said Phelps. "But i'll take a victory any way I can get it. I've never high-fived a dead body before, but it was kind of cool."
Picture Olympic Torch Run Photobomb
Take THAT, American hero!
Picture Michael Phelps Endorses Weedies
The breakfast of insanely hungry champions.
Picture National Team Pairs Name Fail
My money's on Gia to take home the crown.
They say swimming is 1% skill and 99% cheating.