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Michelle Obama Jokingly Scolds Gabby Douglas for Egg McMuffin

Michelle Obama Jokingly Scolds Gabby Douglas for Egg McMuffin

by Jorge Rivas on August 14 2012, 8:40AM

First Lady Michelle Obama, an advocate of healthy eating, and Gabby Douglas were guests on “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno on Monday night. When Douglas was asked how she celebrated her three gold Olympic medals, she said she splurged on…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Olympics

Former Undocumented Immigrant Leo Manzano Wins Silver Medal for U.S.

Former Undocumented Immigrant Leo Manzano Wins Silver Medal for U.S.

by Jorge Rivas on August 8 2012, 9:41AM

Mexican-born, American runner Leo Manzano is the first American to medal in the 1,500-meter final since Jim Ryun won silver in 1968.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Olympics

Gabby Douglas Too Busy Competing to Care What You Think About Her Hair

Gabby Douglas Too Busy Competing to Care What You Think About Her Hair

by Julianne Hing on August 6 2012, 5:31PM

“You might as well stop talking about it,” the Olympic champion said.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Olympics

An Olympic-Sized Income Gap Even Among Our World Class Athletes

An Olympic-Sized Income Gap Even Among Our World Class Athletes

by Imara Jones on August 6 2012, 3:06PM

The division between the 99 percent and the 1 percent extends to the U.S. Olympic team. The United States sent 529 athletes to compete in 25 sports. The gaping income inequality seen in the wider society is stark even amongst…

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Olympics

Dominique Dawes: 'So Thrilled to Change My Website' After Gabby Douglas' Win

Dominique Dawes: ‘So Thrilled to Change My Website’ After Gabby Douglas’ Win

by Julianne Hing on August 3 2012, 12:50PM

Dawes was the only African-American gold medalist in gymnastics. No longer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Olympics

Gabby Douglas Wasn't Thinking About The History She Was Making

Gabby Douglas Wasn’t Thinking About The History She Was Making

by Julianne Hing on August 3 2012, 11:26AM

The powerhouse gymnast is the first black female to win an all-around gold after her stellar turn Thursday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Olympics

Gabby Douglas' Mom Sold Her Jewelry To Keep Her In Gymnastics

Gabby Douglas’ Mom Sold Her Jewelry To Keep Her In Gymnastics

by Julianne Hing on August 2 2012, 2:11PM

The road to the Olympian’s gold medal wins this week was not an easy one for Douglas’ family.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Olympics

There Are Olympians Without Countries--And Millions of Regular People, Too

There Are Olympians Without Countries—And Millions of Regular People, Too

by Jamilah King on August 1 2012, 9:15AM

Who were those “independent” Olympic athletes at the opening ceremonies? They’re stateless, and they reveal just how capricious borders can be.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Global Affairs, Olympics

Los Fixie Riders: L.A. Latino Teens on Why They Prefer Fixed Gear Bikes Play

Los Fixie Riders: L.A. Latino Teens on Why They Prefer Fixed Gear Bikes

by Jorge Rivas on August 1 2012, 9:09AM

Taking a cue from velodrome Olympians and city bike messengers, Latino teens are tricking on bikes without gears.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Olympics, Summer

A Brief Guide to This Summer's Unexpected U.S. Olympians of Color

A Brief Guide to This Summer’s Unexpected U.S. Olympians of Color

by Jorge Rivas on July 6 2012, 9:51AM

A list of eight athletes of color who will be competing for the U.S. in Olympic sports categories that historically have not been very diverse.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Olympics