Whitley still loves the life aquatic, although those restorative soaks have been replaced by punishing swimming workouts. The Penn Charter freshman is one of the hottest young swimmers in the nation, owning a stack of age-group records and already posting fast enough times in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke to qualify him for the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha. At this past summer’s Junior (18-and-under) National Championships, 14-year-old Whitley finished third in the 200 and won the 100-meter “B” final.
Apparently Olympic skater—and Quarryville, Pennsylvania native—Johnny Weir was doing more than moderating for NBC (and Instagramming his outlandish outfits) at this year’s Sochi Winter Olympics. Amid all the flack he took for being there in the first place, Weir was covertly working with a film crew to document what it was like being gay at the games.
After years of speculation, Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe, 31, announced he was gay (or, “not straight,” as he put it) during a television interview which aired Sunday evening. He claimed during the interview that it wasn’t until the last two weeks that he could actually articulate his own sexuality.
I love Philadelphia, but I guess it’s not a world-class city after all.
The worst part is that it wasn’t a New York Sports fan, a national magazine list, or a hack comedian who made me face that fact, but our own city leaders. That’s what stings the most about the news.
Mayor Michael Nutter, Comcast Executive David L. Cohen, et al, confirmed our standing when they announced that the city was withdrawing from the bidding process to host the 2024 Olympics. So we are not even going to try because we can’t compete with the big boy cities. Sigh.
News out of New York this morning is that the city is kinda-maybe-not really interested in making a bid on the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Staff members in the offices of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have held “very preliminary” talks about the possibility of New York City’s bidding for the 2024 Summer Games, the governor said this week.
De Blasio, speaking at his own news conference Wednesday, played down the significance of the conversations.
“We have not had serious internal discussions about it,” he said, suggesting that he was lukewarm to the idea of attempting another bid. “I think we can safely say that the history of the Olympics, in a variety of cities around the world, has been a mixed bag.”
Philly has also expressed interest in the 2024 Olympics — to similarly lukewarm local response — and really, you can’t blame either city: Hosting the Olympics is a big, expensive, and arduous undertaking: The last two summer games required investments of more than $40 billion from their hosts. Why bother?
On the other hand, if that bigness is now intimidating and scary to the city of New York, maybe it’s time to reconsider the bigness of the Olympic enterprise itself. And that leads to a question: Why can’t New York and Philly — and, yes, New Jersey — share the Olympics?
In news that seems guaranteed to put a third Comcast tower on the Philly skyline in the next 15 years, the company announced that it had locked up broadcasting rights for the Olympics through 2032. Somewhere, David L. Cohen is preparing to take a Scrooge McDuck dive into pool of gold.
The United States plays Canada today at noon in the semifinals of the Olympic Hockey tournament.
Here are some spots to consider heading out to in order to watch the game today.