1. A Kiwi Kayaker Gets Dinged By His Mom | New Zealand
You've spent your whole life in practicing and preparing, traveled from your home country with bags and bags of equipment, and put countless hours of grueling work into this: a chance at gold and glory. And then your mom gives you a two-second penalty for touching a gate.
New Zealand's Stuff (unrelated to the US Stuff) has the story of slalom kayaker Mike Dawson, who is, along with every other slalom kayaker in Lodon, attempting to qualify for Wednesday's finals. Yesterday, Dawson made it through to the semifinals as one of 15. 10 rowers will ultimately compete for medals, and Dawson had the eighth fastest time through two rounds.
Dawson made it through despite hitting a gate during his run—a no-no for slalom kayakers. The official to mark Dawson down for that offense was none other than his mother, Kay Dawson, who is an experienced judge for the event both domestically and internationally. The elder Dawson told Stuff that there's no issue—she knows a lot of the competitors, and has practice putting her emotions on hold.
The IOC isn't concerned about a potential conflict conflict of interest either (frankly, they wouldn't have a leg to stand on if they were) saying, "If it were an issue, then the ICF technical committee would never have proposed Kay Dawson as a judge for the Olympic Games in the first place."