The Common Good

Results for 2012 Summer Olympics

Olympian Gabby Douglas to Write Christian Book
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

They call her the "Flying Squirrel" — Gabby Douglas, the pint-sized fire-cracker who won two gold medals (and the hearts of millions) at the 2012 Summer Olympics. So, what's next for the 16-year ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: August 10, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

U.S. gymnast McKyala Moroney is not impressed with much in this new Tumblr page --- four sisters recreate childhood photos --- designer public toilets in New Zealand --- remembering author and journalist David ...

Links of Awesomeness: August 9, 2012
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

Usain Bolt vs. a cheetah --- Beck plans to release new album entirely in sheet music --- Longform launches debut podcast --- Shark Week finds rival with "animals that act like sharks week" --- fascin ...

QUIRK: Male Gymnast Performs Woman's Routine in 1981
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 1:25pm | Type: Blog

The uneven bars is an Olympic event that only women compete in. (Men compete in variations on the event, in the single horizontal bar and the parallel bars.) But back in 1981, U.S. gymnast Paul Hunt decided to ...

Muslim Women Olympians: 'This Is Legacy'
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 11:11pm | Type: Blog

Dozens of Muslim women are competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London — several of them as the very first female athletes chosen (and allowed) to represent their countries in the Olympic games. These wome ...

The Religious Roots of the Olympics
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

When the Summer Olympics opened in London, there was a version of a religious ritual in the Olympic oath, procession of athletes and lighting of the flame. This was no accident because the modern Olympics have ...

Jews, Sikhs, Hindus Root for Fellow Believers in Olympics
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 9:10am | Type: Blog

Members of minority faiths in the U.S. — Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs — are rooting for U.S. Olympians and also saving a few extra cheers for their co-religionists, both Americans and athletes from other te ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: July 31, 2012
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Monkey finds hidden camera, photographs self --- IKEA slumber party --- The Hobbit to be three films --- funniest faces in the Olympics. See these and more in today's Links of Awesomeness... ...

GODSPEED: Female Swimmer Accused of Doping, Found Not Guilty
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

For those of you who don’t speak in sports lingo or Britishisms, that translates to “Chinese coaches reject claims that their star swimmer, Ye Shiwen, has been taking illegal, performance-enhancing drugs.” ...

MedalCount.com Customizes the Way You Follow the 2012 Olympics
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

If you're following the 2012 Summer Olympics, you probably know that China currently holds the overall team-lead with 14 medals in total. But if you're looking to see how many medals Djibouti or Bang ...

GODSPEED: Former Sudanese 'Lost Boy' Now Running for God (and Team USA)
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

To coincide with the opening of the 2012 London Olympics on Friday, Christianity Today had an insightful profile of Team USA member and former "Lost Boy" — runner Lopez Lomong, who was abducted from ...

QUIRK: USA Olympic Swim Team Does 'Call Me Maybe'
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

Not only are they the best athletes of their generation, but they’re also solid lip syncers… Yes, it’s the video you’ve all been waiting for: The USA Olympic Swimming Team takes some time off from the pool a ...

QUIRK: Some Londoners Slow to Catch the Olympic Spirit
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

Billions will tune into the Summer Olympics in London over the coming weeks, excited to see their favorite athletes competing for those coveted Gold Medals. Hundreds of thousands more will brave the wind and rain of the traditional British ‘summer’ ...

Team USA (No Matter Where They Were Born)
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

As the London Olympics begin this week, the United States counts many “transfers” — immigrants from all over the world who are now U.S. citizens — among its top athletes. Some people may feel threatened by the ...

The Faith of Four U.S. Women Olympians
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

The 2012 Olympic games are approaching quickly. This Friday, over 10,000 athletes will gather in London to celebrate athleticism and competition in 26 sports. While the hype of an event like this may drive ath ...

GODSPEED: Religion at the Olympics, from Greece to London
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 8:48am | Type: Blog

What began in ancient Greece as a festival to honor a single god, Zeus, has now become an almost Olympian task, as organizers of the games navigate dozens of sacred fasts, religious rituals and holy days. The ...

Olympics Won’t Include Memorial Moment for Murdered Israelis
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 6:29am | Type: Blog

JERUSALEM — Despite international pressure — including support from both U.S. presidential candidates — the International Olympic Committee has refused to include a moment of silence at Friday's (July 27) ...

Ramadan Fast Poses Challenge for Muslim Olympians
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 8:37am | Type: Blog

This year, more than 3,000 Muslim athletes will compete in the Olympics, but many will not fast, a decision that has been sanctioned by religious authorities. While Muslims are increasingly common on Western t ...

Praying, Fasting and…Competing?
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

The timing of this year’s Olympics — smack dab in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan and its sunrise-to-sunset fast — has put thousands of participating Muslim athletes in something of a quandary. ...