July 30 – August 5
The Olympics are in full swing, as are Olympic controversies. The first bombshell dropped when American swim coach John Leonard smeared Ye Shiwen after her world-record-breaking swim in the 400-meter individual medley. Ye eventually passed her drug test and set an Olympic record en route to a gold in the 200-meter individual medley. In team sports, the Badminton World Federation disqualified four pairs of women’s doubles teams for trying to lose. One of the shuttlers, China’s Yu Yang, took to Tencent Weibo to announce her retirement and — as reported first by BJC in English media — tell the BWF it “shattered our dreams.”
Two fun basketball-related GIFs: the worst non-call you’ll ever see on a court happened in the Spain vs. China men’s basketball game, and Australia’s Liz Cambage’s dunk — the first for a woman in the Olympics — can be witnessed again and again in all its glory here. Andray Abrahamian contributed his impressions about the London Olympics opening ceremony versus Beijing’s, Wu Jingbiao made big news for his reaction after winning silver instead of gold, and here’s a glimpse at post-racial America, whether you believe in it or not.
Carl Setzer of Great Leap Brewing entertained us with his picture of an awesome kid drinking beer, a young woman saved a boy’s life with CPR, The Good Doctor really enjoyed Franz Nicolay’s performance in Beijing (and The Randy Abel Stable’s opening), and he’s collaborating with Candice L. on a weekly episode Web show called Beijing Slice.
A granny was caught tying a sex doll to a tree for a nebulous reason, Alicia found video of a batcycle made from spare parts, and here’s a pet llama that loves Liu Xiang. Oh, right: cat in a hat on the back of a bike.