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Olympic Athletes, Then & Now

The 2012 Olympic athletes have been splashed across every news outlet, but what did the Olympic athletes of yesteryear look like? Charming and decorous, it turns out. But before we get to the athletes, let me present a comparison of royals in attendance at the Olympics: first, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco watching the Olympic games in 1960 (above) and Duchess Catherine–in pearls!–and Prince William of England in the audience at this year’s events (below). Continue reading

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2012 Olympic Uniforms

Ralph Lauren Olympic UniformsNo, those aren’t two fashion models. That’s Olympic rower Giuseppe Lanzone and swimmer Ryan Lochte in the 2012 Olympic uniforms designed by the king of American Classic himself, Ralph Lauren. But those clean-cut, preppy duds that set off their sporty looks are the subject of a boiling controversy.
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Equine Olympians

Dressage at the OlympicsEveryone has a favorite Olympic sport. Gymnastics. Swimming? Beach volleyball! But today NPR highlighted an Olympic sport that doesn’t usually get much airtime on the major networks in the United States: dressage. Titled “A Horse Is A Horse, Unless Of Course It’s Ann Romney’s Dressage Champ”, the piece uses the fact that Mrs. Romney’s horse Rafalca qualified for the U.S. Olympic team as an introduction to the little-known sport. You can listen to NPR’s dressage story (the accompanying text varies somewhat from the recorded version).

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