London 2012: Twitter Wars and Crazy Parents

We’re about a week into the London Olympics, and there have already been a year’s worth of headlines. Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time, Gabby Douglas won the women’s all-around gymnastics competition and USA Basketball is crushing its opponents (hopefully you know that much). But with NBC’s delayed and confusing coverage, it’s difficult to keep up, so we’re here to help. Here are a few things you may not have heard about in primetime.

Hope Solo’s Twitter War: Over the weekend, the soccer star took grave offense to something former soccer phenom and NBC analyst Brandi Chastain said about another player during a game. It was a harmless comment about how defender Rachel Buehler needs to improve and keep possession of the ball, but Solo brought it to another level. She took to Twitter to bash Chastain (someone who helped make a name for women’s soccer) and said that Chastain needs to be more educated, as the game has changed in a decade. Here are a few samplings:

For Solo to personally attack someone on Twitter who in fact did help grow the sport is just ridiculous (not to mention passive aggressive). She’s creating conflict when there should be none, and making herself and her team look bad in the process. Solo needs to get over herself and do her job, rather than posing as some authority on all things soccer.

Olympian You Should Know: Yesterday, the United States’ Kayla Harrison won the gold medal in judo, the first American to ever do so. But that’s not the only reason people are talking about her. Before she was even 16 years old, Harrison had been sexually abused for years by a former judo coach. Because of that, she grew to hate the sport and was ready to give it up. But then she met her current coach, and he and his father helped her get through it and become the Olympic champion she is today.

When ‘it’s not fair’: Those watching the women’s gymnastics competitions may have been a little confused, and understandably so. There have recently been some mind-boggling rule changes in the sport, and they have not worked out in the Americans’ favor. First, Jordyn Wieber missed out on the women’s all-around competition because of a rule that only allows a maximum of two gymnasts from a country to advance to the all-around final. Consequently, gymnasts with much lower scores than Wieber advanced, while she had to watch from the sidelines.

Then yesterday, Aly Raisman thought she would be receiving a bronze medal in the all-around final, along with Russia’s Aliya Mustafina, whom she tied. But in a tie, a new rule drops the lowest apparatus score for both gymnasts, which was the balance beam. Raisman had a higher beam score than Mustafina, and was knocked off the medal stand. Rules are the worst.

Crazy Olympic Parents: If you’ve watched any events in these Olympics, you’ve likely seen their insanely intense and weird parents watching from the stands. Raisman’s mother has earned quite a reputation, squirming in her seat and clutching onto Raisman’s father while their daughter competes.

Fellow U.S. gymnast John Orozco’s mother can barely even watch her son. She sits there with her hands over her eyes, sometimes peeking, and sometimes even having to leave the arena. But it doesn’t get any more weird than swimmer Ryan Lochte’s mom, who said yesterday that her son is so busy that he only has time for “one-night stands.” While today she cleared up the confusion, saying that she meant ‘dates,’ it’s just plain weird when your mom is talking to the media about your love life. Maybe Ryan goes on these ‘one-night dates’ so that girls don’t have to meet his mom. All I can say is, yikes.

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