Greek track star Voula Papachristou has been suspended from her country's Olympic team, after she made a comment about Africans who live in Greece. The comment was widely noticed on her Twitter feed, and resulted in her removal from the London 2012 roster.
On Twitter, Papachristou also reportedly expressed support for the right-wing Greek political party Golden Dawn, particularly its views on immigration.
The Hellenic Olympic Committee said that Papachristou "is suspended after her comments that go against the values and ideals of Olympism."
Just as every Olympic athlete trains their heart out, every Olympic expert seems to wear themselves out describing what an unmitigated sham is being perpetrated on the host city. Many of those criticisms are valid, of course — especially concerns about overbuilding facilities.
Iranian judo champion Javad Mahjoub will miss the London 2012 Olympics because he needs a 10-day course of antibiotics, according to reports. But few Olympic observers are worried about the health of Mahjoub, 21. Many of them see the withdrawal as a ploy to keep from competing against an Israeli.
From London, Tom Goldman filed this report for NPR's Newscast:
Torchbearers have brought the Olympic flame to London's streets. The relay is wrapping up a 70-day journey from Greece, ahead of Friday's Opening Ceremony. And although it wasn't always this way, the runners carrying the torch come from all walks of life.
If somebody hadn't thought to start them up again 116 years ago, would ESPN have invented them to fill in summer programming?
I'm not being cranky. It's just that most of the most popular Olympic sports are the groundhog games. Swimming, gymnastics and track and field come out every four years, see their shadow and go right back underground where nobody pays any attention to them for another four years. Can you even name a gymnast?
In 1911, the Missouri State League baseball team in Kirksville — home of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine — called iself the Kirksville Osteopaths. In 1899, the New York State League included a team based in Auburn — home to a state penitentiary — called the Auburn Prisoners. In 1903, that same New York minor league included a team from Schenectady called the Schenectady Frog Alleys.
With the London 2012 Opening Ceremony just days away, armies of costumed performers are rehearsing in Olympic Park.
In the bowels of the stadium, dancers, acrobats and actors wait patiently for their turn on the field. Gentlemen in top hats use cellphones to take pictures of each other. Chimney sweeps step outside to have a smoke. In the stands are thousands of people lucky enough to have scored tickets to watch dress rehearsals.
As the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic Women's Soccer team, Sydney Leroux has been called one of the most dangerous forwards at her level. This year, she has played in nine games and scored seven goals. Five of those goals were in one game. Host Michel Martin speaks with Leroux about her passion for soccer and her hopes for the Olympics.