1. Haitian Olympians: Mostly American, And Well Connected | Haiti
Of Haiti's five Olympians, only judoka Linouse Desravine is from Haiti. The others were born Stateside and use their parents' Haitian roots to compete for the Caribbean country, according to the Caribbean News Review.
Haiti's lack of homegrown talent is largely due to the country's impoverished economy—millions of Haitians live on $2 a day or less. There's also the woeful state of many athletic facilities; according to the article, "three of the country's five competitive running tracks are home to thousands of people in tents and shanties who were displaced by the January 2010 earthquake."
Hence the need for foreign-born talent. Of the four competing Haitian-Americans, none are better connected than triple jumper Samyr Laine, who shared a room with Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard and was the 14th person to sign up for Facebook. After the Games, Laine—also a Georgetown Law School graduate—hopes to form a non-profit designed to get more native Haitians involved in the Olympics. He added that he won't hesitate to call up an old friend for donations.
2. Rally-Racing Skeet-Shooter Wins Free SMS Messages For All | Qatar
Qataris can send SMS messages to anyone in the world today, for free. The least they could do is text a "thx" to skeet shooter and certified badass Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah.
AME Info reports that Qatar's cell service provider Qtel was so elated with Al-Attiyah's bronze-medal victory that they're giving the whole country free domestic and international SMS to spread the good news. Al-Attiyah himself scored a line "with unlimited SMS, mobile Internet, local and international calling for life."
In addition to being one of the world's best marksmen, Al-Attiyah is also a top off-road racer; last year, he won the grueling Dakar Rally. In fact, the only reason he was able to make it to the Games is because his Hummer broke down early in race across South America. This allowed him to rush back to to Qatar to compete in an Olympic qualifier where despite harsh desert winds he finished "without missing a shot (75-75) in the qualifying round [and] he shot down all the 150-clay pigeon targets in the final to meet the world record to cement his place for the London Games."
3. How To Play Dirty And Avoid Doping Allegations | Germany
Despite pre-game predictions from German scientists that the country would win 54 medals (15 gold, 19 silver and 20 bronze, to be specific), Germany got off to a slow start in these Olympic games, not winning their first medal until Britta Heidemann's controversial fencing victory.