A Look at Three Little-Known Olympic Sports

The Olympics represent people going after their dreams, no matter how wild or unattainable they might seem. So far, China has brought most of these dreams to fruition, with lead scores as the top medal winner. But the games must go on, and we have yet to see which country comes out as this year’s champion. Stay updated with the full coverage of the games at BBC’s Olympic Radio podcast.

Here are three little known sports where athletes have anything less than significant goals:

Trampoline

Trampolines have been around since 1934 but it wasn’t until 2000 that it made its official debut as an Olympic game under the gymnastics category.

Competitors are required to perform a series of 10 judged routines that consist of various rotations, twists and shapes. A routine must always start and finish on the athlete’s feet. In addition to the 10 contacts with the bed in a routine, a competitor is allowed to perform a straight jump to control their height at the end of a routine, before sticking the landing.

Forces to reckon with: Although trampolines are popular in the United States, America hasn’t taken home a medal since the first Olympics. American’s neighbors, Canada, have taken home 5 total medals in the event and China (four medals) and Russia (three medals) are also countries who have done well.

Sailing

Sailing is an Olympic sport that dates back to Paris in 1900. Each sailing event consists of a series of races and with the exception of the women’s match racing event, points in each race are awarded adoring to position. There are two different basic categories that sailing races fall into: fleet races and match racing. Sailing is technical and tactical and the key to success is an athlete’s ability to master their boats, adjust to changes and position themselves in a spot they will win.

Forces to reckon with: Host country, Great Britain has the greatest amount of gold medals with 24 but U.S. is the leader of total amount of medals with 59. Norway, France, Denmark and Spain are also leaders in the sport.

Handball

Handball in the Olympics is not the same sport that’s like squash but without a racquet. Modern day handball is kind of like water-polo without the water. The modern indoor version made its Olympic debut at Munich 1972. Handball teams each have seven players passing and dribbling (bouncing) a small ball with their hands. The object of the game is to throw the ball into the opposition’s goal. The game is very exciting because a team can score upwards of 60 goals a game.

Forces to reckon with: Historically, the three most successful women’s teams are Denmark, Korea and Russia, Yugoslavia and Sweden for the men.

What sports are you looking forward to see at the Olympics this year?

Snoop Dogg Banned from Norway for Pot

Rapper Snoop Dogg has been banned from Norway for two years after he got busted for carrying 8 grams of marijuana in his luggage upon entering the country last month, the Daily Mail reports.

Snoop was detained by authorities after drug-sniffing dogs brought him to their attention and was said to be carrying more money than is legally allowed. He was fined 52,000 kroner ($8,600) to the offenses. The rapper was scheduled to perform at the Hovefestival in Arendal, Norway.

Snoop has made no immediate plans to appeal, as what the rapper’s legal representative said, his client ‘can live with the decision’.

Snoop is not new to marijuana busts. Earlier in the year, he was arrested for possession in Sierra Blanca, Texas. He is set to release a reggae album entitled Reincarnated this year on Vice label using a new name Snoop Lion.

HC 04 Jul 12 Episode: Hearts, Lungs and Laughs

In this episode of BBC’s Health Check, host Claudia Hammond seeks out experts who share everything on the human body to identify who’s likely to suddenly drop dead from undiagnosed heart problems and screens the risks through some form of cardiac tests to what’s going on inside the brain when we hear people laughing. Hammond discovers why one smoker might develop chronic lung disease while others don’t.

She also talks about what’s happening for the first week of July in London – the Final Week of Tennis Wimbledon, Annual Summer Exhibition from the Royal Society.

Download and listen to this episode by clicking on the image.

Livia Scott Gives 10 Reasons Why Tom Cruise Should Marry Her

I guess Mr. Cruise is still considered by women to be a hot sell in the market, that is if we’re going to use Livia Scott’s recent YouTube video as a gauge to measure Tom’s marketability at least.

The actress/comedienne just released a video wherein she gives the Mission: Impossible actor 10 things that make her the perfect candidate for being the next Mrs. Cruise. Personally, I think she made some pretty good points. She actually got me sold with numbers —wait, I don’t think it’d be right for me to – never mind.

Anyway, you can check out Livia’s proposal below and you be the judge yourself if she does indeed have the right stuff to satisfy the needs (and demands) of Hollywood’s Mr. Top Gun.

BBC Radio’s Podcast Coverage Of The London Olympic Games 2012

The 2012 Summer Olympics has now officially started, and from here on in we can now all expect to get an almost non-stop coverage of the event by almost every single news media out there. But if you’re looking for more of an editorial approach to the event instead of the typical newscast then look no further than BBC Radio’s Olympic 2012 podcast.

With all of the other podcast channels out there also covering this year’s Summer Olympics, you can’t go wrong with BBC as your primary source of information for anything related to the event. After all, it is one of the host country’s top news networks.

The program is hosted by Eleanor Oldroyd, and this latest episode’s highlights include an interview with Team  GB’s cyclist Emma Pooley as she speaks about going for the gold, Minister for Culture, Media and Sport Jerermy Hunt on the final week of preparation and organization for the event, and Triple Jumper world record holder Jonathan Edwards exploring the limits of human physical achievement. Also BBC World Service investigates how top Muslim athletes are coping with the rigors of training and fasting as Ramadan falls over the Olympic fortnight, and more.

You can check out the list of episodes on their iTunes channel, or check out the podcast’s official link on their website.

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Gangster Squad Moved to January 2013 Release

Due to the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, Warner Bros. has decided to move Gangster Squad release date from September 7 to January 11, 2013. The rescheduling will allow the film outfit to accommodate reshoots of some scenes in the completed film that include a shoot-out at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. The climactic scene could be a teaser for the movie which was pulled out from circulation. An alternate murder spree scene will be shot that would not take place in a movie theater.

The film is based on L.A. mob storyline during 40s and 50s era wherein the LAPD tries to take down the East Coast mafia led by Mickey Cohen out of their turf.

Gangster Squad is directed by Ruben Fleischer written by Will Beall and starred by Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone.

Two Teasers For Man of Steel Released

In case you have missed it during the previews as you watched Nolan’s epic conclusion to The Dark Knight trilogy this weekend, Warner Bros. has already released a couple of teasers for the much anticipated Superman reboot, Man of Steel.

The two videos show pretty much the same footage, the only difference is with the voice-overs. One features the voice of Jor-El (played by Russell Crowe), while in the other you’ll hear Jonathan Kent’s voice (played by Kevin Costner). We get to catch a glimpse of two versions of Clark Kent, one as a  pubescent kid playing with a cape out on the field and one as an adult working as a fisherman. It then ends with an aerial shot of the red caped hero ascending towards the sky as he breaks the sound barrier.

Man of Steel hits theaters in Summer of 2013 (tentatively June 14th), and is directed by Zack Snyder (300) and produced by Christopher Nolan.

Teaser #1

Teaser #2

Mariah Carey Confirmed as New Judge for American Idol

It’s official: Mariah Carey will join American Idol as new judge for its season 12.  Fox made the announcement as the pop diva signed recently following Jennifer Lopez’s and Steven Tyler’s exit from the show.

Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said, “We do in fact have one judge whose deal closed very recently. It’s an artist that many contestants have tried to emulate.”

Carey has been the top contender to join the panel and TMZ, reports that she will likely take home close to a whopping $18 million in the first year, the highest-paid judge in reality TV.

“I am so excited to be joining Idol. I can’t wait to get started.” Carey said.

It will be a real battle of divas among the top three singing competition shows, with Christina Aguilera on The Voice and Britney Spears and Demi Lovato on X Factor.

One more spot awaits to fill the judge’s table at Idol and it has been reported that either Miley Cyrus or Adam Lambert may be the next. Randy Jackson is the only original remaining judge but has yet to confirm for a return.

Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis Spotted Kissing At ‘Jobs’ Wrap Up Party

Looks like long-rumored Hollywood item Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis might finally have to consider ceasing with all the denials that they’ve been romantically involved with each other now that they were spotted kissing at a party celebrating the wrap of Kutcher’s Steve Jobs biopic (entitled Jobs) on Saturday.

Image Source: X17online (more photos here)

According to X17online, the couple managed to sneak in a kiss or two as they cuddled during the event, and couldn’t keep their hands off each other.

Reports of the former That 70’s Show co-stars’ off-screen romance have already been making a buzz since April, which they have persistently denied. The two even celebrated the Fourth of July together at Kutcher’s family home and in another occasion, were also spotted at LA’s trendy Soho House where sources claim they looked more than just friends.

One source to US Weekly said, “They were seated on a couch on the same side of the table and Mila was running her hands through Ashoton’s hair. She had her elbow resting on his back and couldn’t stop playing with his hair and rubbing his shoulders. He leaned in and whispered to her and kissed her cheek.

Dark Knight Rises’ Paris Premiere Cancelled in Wake of Colorado Massacre

“Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them”, a downbeat Christian Bale said of the Colorado shooting massacre that killed 12 people including a 12-year-old and injured 58 at a midnight screening of the latest Batman installment on Thursday.

Bale, along with co-stars Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were all seen taking a private flight bound for Los Angeles after the Paris premiere of their movie The Dark Knight Rises was cancelled in the wake of the tragic incident.

“The cast was completely shocked and several – Anne [Hathaway] and Marion [Cotillard], a couple of the men – were in tears”, a source told People. “There was enormous, enormous sadness.”

Director Christopher Nolan also issued a statement.

“I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community. I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting, but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.”

Warner Bros were unveiled to be cutting the scenes that feature guns from the trailer and would not be releasing box office figures out of respect for the victims. The film outfit has cancelled movie premieres in Mexico and Japan as well.

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