Throughout the Games, we're reading through hundreds of international news publications for stories and local perspectives that can't be found stateside. Each day, we'll post the five best pieces, giving you the chance to be as globally cultured as foreign-government-controlled papers permit.
1. Getting To Graceland Via London | Canada
Few of us know what it's like to push our bodies to a point of transcendent exhaustion. Canada's Clara Hughes knows that feeling quite well. When she gets there, she sees Elvis, according to Montreal's The Gazette.
With a training mandate of, "Ride until you see Elvis," Hughes is one of those rare athletes to not only compete in both the summer and winter Olympics, but actually win medals in each. She won two bronzes in road cycling in 1996, and scored four more medals in speed skating. After winning bronze in the 5,000 meters at the Vancouver Games in 2010, Hughes announced her retirement, but she decided to give it one last try at these Olympics.
While she didn't place in Sunday's women's cycling road race, the 39-year-old Hughes has one more shot to win her seventh Olympic medal in a cycling time trial this week. In other words, "It's now or never."
— Dan Gartland
2. "A Nice Jewish Girl From Massachusetts" | Israel
That's how Israeli newspaper Haaretz describes Aly Raisman (sign-up req'd, but free), the US gymnast that stole the show yesterday by qualifying for one of the two spots reserved for the American squad in the all-around individual finals.
Jewish sports fans have a long history of living vicariously through prominent Jewish athletes, and prior to the era in which a little Googling could turn up a site which claims authority on the subject, it was a popular pastime to debate the all-around Jewishness of athletes whose religious affilitations were ambiguous (David Cone, anybody?). Well, on the off-chance that video of Aly Raisman's parents watching her bar routine left any doubt, Haaretz clears it up: they're claiming Raisman for the tribe. [Haaretz actually notes that Gawker posted the video—"mocked on the website Gawker," is how they put it—and describes the scene as "a classic illustration of what any nervous Jewish parents look like when their kid competes in the Olympics."]