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  • 11 Desserts of Olympians
    04/08/2015
    Love all things sweet? Many Olympic athletes do, and they've shared some of their favourite desserts on social media. We chose 11 that athletes have recently posted and have put them here for you to enjoy (or at least drool over)!
    • This raspberry chocolate mousse inside a white chocolate shell looks scrumptious. Thanks @Polina Edmunds (USA, figure skating) for making us so hungry!
    • According to @Arianna Fontana's (ITA, short track speed skating) post, key lime pie is her new favourite dessert!
    • There's nothing like relaxing after working hard and having some homemade dessert! Thanks, @Luka Bozic (SLO, canoe slalom) for sharing.
    • @Madeleine Scerri (MLT, swimming) took this pic of a strawberry, chocolate and peanut butter dessert that was just put in the oven. Salivating yet?
    • The hashtags in this post say #gelato and #brownie, but all we see is #temptation! @Arianna Fontana shared this monster of a dessert with her husband!
    • @Mercedes Nicoll (CAN, snowboarding) posted this delicious treat saying "You can be jealous!" And... we are!
    • Here's a cake that @Madeleine Scerri had for her mother's birthday. Scerri's mother said, "It tasted as good as it looks"!
    • @Fiona Pennie (GBR, canoe slalom) invented this treat. It's best described as a "#Beetroot and #Blueberry Volcano!"
    • @Dagmara Wozniak (USA, fencing) made this apple rose dessert for her sister's birthday dinner. It.. looks... incredible!
    • Chocolate fondue anyone?! It sure looks good! @Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS, triathlon) was the lucky athlete who got to eat it!
    • @Carlos Oquendo (COL, BMX) ate this creative BMX-themed dessert as a mid afternoon snack. Pretty sweet!
  • 14 Amazing Places You Have to See When in Rio
    22/07/2015

    Rio is much more than Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf and Copacabana beach. If you are planning to go to the Olympic Summer Games next year, you should definitely make the effort to visit these wonderful places as well!

    • Prainha - This is one of Rio’s most sought-after surf spots. It’s also isolated and a place where you can really get away from it all!
    • Grumari Beach - This is perfect spot for those who want to escape the normally crowded and more famous beaches of Rio.
    • Parque da Floresta da Tijuca - This park has waterfalls, hiking trails, picnic areas, amazing views and is close to nature. What else could you want?
    • Parque Lage – Here, beautiful architecture and gardens meet preserved nature and forests. Enjoy your sunny afternoon like a true carioca!
    • Pedra do Sal - This place has immense historical importance for the city of Rio and its culture. It is also the birthplace of samba music!
    • Theatro Municipal - 'Beautiful' doesn't even begin to describe this important and incredible theatre built in 1909. It’s an absolute must-see.
    • Feira de São Cristóvão – This indoor market celebrates Brazil's colorful northeastern culture. You’ll be treated to great music, delicious food a good time!
    • Real Gabinete Português - A true hidden jewel in the centre of Rio, this library is dedicated to Lusophone culture.
    • Parque do Penhasco Dois Irmãos – Whether you love adventure or not, you’ll enjoy the incredible view of the city!
    • Escadaria Selarón - Decorated by Chilean artist Jorge Selarón, this stairway is an open-air art installation located in the heart of historical Rio.
    • Parque da Cidade – Take a short trip across the Rio–Niterói Bridge, and you will find a brilliant spot where you can enjoy the sunset.
    • Pedra Bonita - It only takes 30 minutes to hike up Pedra Bonita to enjoy one of the best views that Rio has to offer.
    • Parque Madureira – Over 90,000 square metres, the park brings fun, leisure, culture and the Olympic rings to the region!

    • Arpoador: between Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, you can find one of the best places in Rio to watch the sunset. 
  • Great Comebacks of Olympians
    15/07/2015
    One of the most exciting and memorable things at the Olympic Games is to watch athletes come from behind and win. On numerous occasions, Olympians have beaten the odds to make such comebacks. They gave it their all, and were rewarded. Here are 12 such stories.
    • At London 2012, Russia became the only team in men's volleyball history to come from 2 sets down to win gold. Team Brazil had gold medal point twice.
    • At Lake Placid 1980, the USA came back from a 3-2 deficit by scoring 2 goals in 2 minutes during the 3rd period against the then dominant USSR.
    • During the women's ice hockey gold medal match at Sochi 2014, Canada scored 2 goals in the last 4 mins of regulation to tie the game, winning in overtime.
    • @Chad Le Clos (RSA) was.58s behind @Michael Phelps (USA) at the 150m mark in the men's 200m butterfly at London 2012. Le Clos beat Phelps by .05 s.
    • In short track speed skating, anything can happen. At Salt Lake 2002, Steven Bradbury won gold after his competitors crashed ahead of him in the final turn.
    • At Munich 1972, Lasse Virén (FIN, athletics) broke the world record in the 10,000m despite falling midway through the race. He won by 6 metres.
    • @Greg Louganis (USA, diving) suffered a concussion during preliminary rounds at Seoul 1988. Despite this, he came back to win gold. http://bit.ly/1Cqa2Rg
    • @Kerri Strug (USA) landed a vault on an injured ankle in the women's team competition at Atlanta 1996 to help her team win gold. http://bit.ly/1Sei8hQ
    • During the women's volleyball tournament at London 2012, Brazil saved 6 match points to defeat Russia in the quarterfinals. The would go on to win gold!
    • Kip Keino (KEN, athletics) had gallstones at Mexico 1968. Additionally, before winning the 1500m, he got stuck in traffic and had to run to the stadium.
    • @Jason Lezak (USA) swam the last leg of the men's 4x100m freestyle relay at London. He was 0.6s off the lead, but overcame it to help his team win gold.
    • With 200m left to run, Dave Wottle (USA, athletics) was in last place in the 800m at Munich 1972. Accelerating hard, he won by .03 seconds!
  • 7 Olympic Movies that you must see
    10/07/2015

    The Olympic Games are dramatic, exciting, sometimes surprising and most of all fun! It's no wonder that they're often the subject of films. Here are 7 movies that we're sure you'll love watching over and over again.

    • Cool Runnings (1993) is a fan favourite about a Jamaican bobsleigh team that competes at the 1988 Calgary. The story is partially based on real events.
    • Tokyo Olympiad is a documentary about Tokyo 1964. You can see the film in its entirety by clicking http://bit.ly/1TmK85o
    • Chariots of Fire (1981) follows the story of two British athletes, Harold Abrahams (L) and Eric Liddell (R), who compete for gold in Paris 1924.
    • Prefontaine (1997) is based on the tragic life of Steve Prefontaine (USA, athletics) who finished 4th in Munich 1972. He died in a car crash in 1975.
    • One in a Million (1936) was a fictional film starring 3 time figure skating champ Sonya Henie (NOR). Henie plays Greta Muller, an aspiring Olympian.
    • The Olympic Champ (1942) is only 7 minutes long, but this animated short starring Disney's Goofy will sure make you smile!
    • Miracle (2004) is the unlikely, true story of how the US ice hockey team upset the USSR at Lake Placid 1980. http://bit.ly/1KViBoG
  • 11 Nature Pictures Taken by Olympic Athletes
    08/07/2015

    The wonders of nature are all around us, whether it be a spectacular thunderstorm or steadfast mountain. For this hub story, we've collected 11 nature pics taken posted by Olympic athletes. Enjoy!

    • @Tobias Arwidson (SWE, biathlon) was training and on his way home in Lima, Sweden when he captured this stunning photo!
    • Bee all you can bee! Thanks @Richard Bohus (HUN, swimming) for this beautiful macro shot.
    • @Andrew Newell (USA, cross country skiing) was hiking near Sacajawea peak as he took a picture of these wildflowers with the mountain in the background.
    • This amazing Bali sunset was taken by @Vic Wild  (RUS, snowboarding). In the post, Wild said, "My first Bali sunset didn't disappoint".
    • @Alena Zavarzina (RUS, snowboarding) took this shot of Columbia River Gorge... and her husband @Vic Wild (RUS, snowboarding) too!
    • @Mathieu Faivre (France, alpine skiing) captured this amazing flash of lightning at his house.
    • @Virginia De Martin Topranin (ITA, cross country skiing) posted a stunning pic of these wildflowers with a mountain in the background.
    • @Gloria Kotnik (SLO, snowboarding) uploaded a #tbt shot of when she hiked in the Dolomites. Amazing!
    • Here is another pic of @Gloria Kotnik hiking in the Dolomites. Doesn't it make you want to go there as well?
    • Here is a spectacular image of Bryce Canyon taken by @Shona Rubens (CAN, alpine skiing).
    • "The ocean is my world" says @Moss Burmester (NZL, swimming). He took a photo of these sharks while free diving in the Bahamas