I have been booed in thirty countries. I have been booed following UFC victories. I’m more used to being booed by a crowd than I am being cheered. I have never been a fan favorite. Pretty much my entire competitive career has been defined by people hoping to see me lose.
Nick Delpopolo, an American judo fighter, is the first U.S. athlete to test positive for a banned substance at this year's Olympics. He competed last week and placed seventh in his division, but he has now been disqualified. The 23-year-old issued a statement of apology today that went something like this:
This is like something out of a movie. We told you earlier about the controversial ending to the judo quarterfinal match between Masashi Ebinuma of Japan (in white) and Cho Jun-Ho of South Korea (in blue). Both men eventually won bronze medals, but that does not make this scene any less bizarre.
I am not going to act like I know what the hell it is I am writing about here, but this sounds pretty ridiculous. Masashi Ebinuma (Japan) and Cho Jun-Ho (South Korea) faced off in the judo quarterfinal and initially, Cho was awarded the victory.
For 33 years, Iranian athletes have forfeited or withdrawn to avoid matching up against Israeli athletes in international competition. It was all supposed to change in London. Earlier this week, Bahram Afsharzadeh, the head of Iran's Olympic committee, said "we will be truthful to sport. We just follow the…
Ronda Rousey, in August of 2008, was 21 years old. Her home was Riverside County, California. When she was 14, she had named her new kitten Beijing because she was so certain she'd be there for the 2008 Games, as a judoka — like her mother, Dr. AnnMaria De Mars, who had been a world champion before the Olympics even…