The year 1968 goes down as one of the most tumultuous and politically-charged in modern U.S. history.
Vietnam War casualties were at their height, protest movements raged, both Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated — and the Summer Olympic Games headed south of the border to Mexico City amid social unrest and protests in the country.
Tennis star and former Olympian Serena Williams gives viewers a special insight into that pivotal period in new NBC documentary, “1968,” showcasing how the Mexico City Games became a stage for a powerful collision of sport and politics.
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The Games became synonymous with Black Power salutes after American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos took to the podium in black socks without shoes and civil rights badges, lowered their heads and defiantly raised black-gloved fists as the national anthem played. While the gesture is now celebrated, the athletes were
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The Winter Olympics have officially started but issues of animal cruelty have surfaced in South Korea. As the Las Vegas Sun reports, Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel is going for a gold medal but off the rink, the skater is becoming known for her work saving dogs from the dog meat trade in South Korea.
Duhamel is a vegan and animal lover. Last year, she rescued a dog named Moo-tae from a dog meat farm. The 2-year-old has been living with her in Montreal since then. “He’s like a saint,” she says of her pet.
Now that Mootae is free from the Korean Dog Meat Industry, he enjoys lounging in the sunshine in the safety of his home ????❤️ #Mootae #koreandog #freekoreandogs #adoptdontshop #mansbestfriend #chiweenie #chiweenielife #Saturdaylife #doglife #doglove ????
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Tonya Harding took the ice skating world by storm in so many ways. The two-time Olympian was also the 1991 U.S. champion and 1991 World Championship silver medalist. One of her biggest accomplishments: being the first woman in the world to ever execute two triple Axels.
She also contributed to a black mark on the U.S. Figure Skating Association, the association that banned her for life in 1994. That year, just weeks before the 1994 Olympics, Harding’s rival was beaten in her knee with a crowbar. Harding was thought to have played a part in that attack but said she didn’t know about it beforehand. Her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, allegedly hired the man who took the crowbar to the popular Kerrigan’s knee. She pleaded guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution in the attack, the New York Times reports. Harding got three years’ probation for the incident.
Harding, who had a rough-around-the-edges
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The true crime revival of 2016 and 2017 has continued to produce excellent, thought-provoking content that pushes the boundaries of the genre. While more traditional inquiries into the existential and juridical ramifications of actual criminal behavior have captivated the nation (with docu-series like “The Keepers” and dramas like “Mindhunter” garnering mainstream approval), filmmakers have also begun more artistic and post-modern experimentations.
“Casting JonBenét” explored the multiple truths behind one of America’s most notorious murders, and it turned the genre on its head by featuring interviews with actors from the dramatic re-telling along with their personal reflections on the case. Now, “I, Tonya” continues this more avant-garde trend, exploring the multiplicity of truths behind all supposedly “true” stories.
Although not the sole focus of the movie, the main subject covered in “I, Tonya” is the conspiracy and assault on Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, an athletic rival of the film’s subject. The official story
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Gabby Douglas is coming out with abuse allegations against former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. The three-time Olympic gold medalist took to social media to say that she didn’t speak out earlier. “We were conditioned to stay silent,” she said Tuesday.
“I didn’t publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were extremely painful,” Douglas said. “I wholeheartedly support my teammates for coming forward with what happened to them.”
As Rolling Stone shares, a spokesman for Douglas has confirmed with multiple outlets that her post is about Nassar.
Recently, Douglas’ teammate, Aly Raisman, came out about her own abuse by Nassar. “Why are we looking at why didn’t the girls speak up? Why not look at what about the culture? What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid
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Olympic champion Gabby Douglas to star in reality series
NEW YORK (AP) — Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas is inviting the world along for the ride in her quest for history.
Douglas and her family will star in the upcoming docu-series “Douglas Family Gold,” which chronicles the 20-year-old’s bid to become the first woman in nearly 50 years to repeat as the Olympic all-around gold medalist.
The series debuts May 25 on the Oxygen Network, which is owned by NBC Universal.
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