Increasingly, there are calls for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to have a moment of silence during the opening ceremony. The idea is to honor Israeli athletes killed at the Munich Olympics in 1972. So far, the IOC has refused.
University of Miami president Donna Shalala has attempted to reset the balance between football and academics at the school better known as "Suntan U." But despite significant improvement in the academic culture on campus, Miami's football program is once again embroiled in scandal and under investigation by the NCAA. The governing body is calling on college presidents to provide greater oversight of big time sports. That request is being met with skepticism by observers, who wonder if repeat offenders like Miami will ever really change.
Mariel Zagunis, the two-time gold medalist in sabre, has been named the U.S. flagbearer for Friday's Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. Zagunis, who was chosen by her peers for the honor, will be the first fencer to carry the flag since 1968.
Olympic athletes are different from you and me. For instance, they're among the most highly trained and well-muscled people on earth. For another, they have to eat an insane amount of food to keep their high-powered engines running.
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