London Olympics 2012: American Judo Fighter Nick Delpopolo's Arrest and Disqualification Because Of Illegal Drug Use Proves American Stereotypes
Unfortunately, we weren't able to make it through the Olympics without an athlete out of the 10,500 to participate in the Olympics to be arrested and disqualified from competition, and go figure, it was an American.
American Judo fighter Nick Delpopolo was arrested on Monday for doping, and was expelled from competing in the remainder of the Olympics. Delpopolo insisted that he unintentionally ate baked goods before the games that were baked with Marijuana. Delpopolo is the first out of the 10,500 athletes to fail an in-competition testing. There were four other athletes caught testing positive before the games had been started, but Delpopolo is the only to have tested positive in-competition.
The International Olympic Committee stripped his accreditation immediately, and has asked the International Judo Federation to change the standings in Delpopolo's event. They have also requested that the judo's governing body consider any further action in the consequences for Delpopolo.
Since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, society has changed dramatically, which has allowed the London Olympics to be unique in its own way. It seems like the more new technology and equipment we are exposed to and we are allowed to use, the more that current Olympics breaks viewing and attendance records. Not only have these statistics raised, but also the amount of medals awarded and athletes competing. According to USA Today, in 1908 which was the first London Olympics, 109 medals were awarded, and 2,024 athletes competed. In 1948 London Olympics, 149 medals were awarded and 4,373 athletes competed. During the 2012 London Olympics, 302 medals will be awarded, and 10,490 athletes are competing to bring home some pride in their respective sports for their countries.
However, with the time difference between the United States and London, most events are broadcasted hours after they were held. In fact, 48 percent of prime-time viewers already know the outcome of the events held before they watch on TV in the United States. Of that 48 percent, 67 percent of those viewers say knowing them makes them more likely to watch.
Since I've been in Ireland for five days now on vacation, I have been bamboozled with media coverage regarding Ireland and the Olympics. Even though Ireland is not known for winning medals in the Olympics, and really was not expected win any this summer, Ireland finally has something to cherish and be proud of in this years Olympics, a gold medal.
Ireland, much known for Gaelic Football, is not well known for any other sport besides golf. Ireland has produced currently the number one ranked golfer in the world, Luke Donald, and also produces the only Gaelic Football League, which is actually in their semi-final championship round in the midst of the Olympics. Despite all this, the Irish have too much pride to not go down without a fight, and Katie Taylor did just that, and showed Ireland that they have something to be proud of, and something to hang their hats on, and that's Ireland's first gold medal of the Olympics.
Just three days after some classic semi-final matches the 2012 London Olympic Soccer matches brought us a great day of soccer. No match was better than the Gold Medal match which was a rematch of the 2011 Women's World Cup Final between the United States and Japan.
In a match where for three days the United States team leaders thought of redemption from just over a year ago. Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, and others finally got that chance and took it in full swing. After 92 great minutes in a soccer match Pia Sundhage with help from two wonderful goals by Carli Lloyd the United States won their third straight women's soccer gold medal.
Oscar Pistorius has already made history as the first double-amputee ever to compete in the Olympics, running on a pair of carbon fiber blades that has caused fans from around the world to refer to him as "The Blade Runner."
All eyes were on Pistorius for the semifinals of the men's 400 meters, waiting to see if this remarkable individual could advance to the medal round. Pistorius, however, missed the medal round and finished 23rd out of 24 competitors, as his 46.54 time was nearly 1.5 seconds off his personal best and well behind that of Trinidad's Lalonde Gordon, whose 44.58 was the fastest of the day. This ended Pistorius' hopes for winning an individual medal, though he still has a chance to win one as a member of South Africa's 1600 meter relay team.
Pistorius' inability to qualify for the finals of the individual event, however, will likely put off an uncomfortable debate that the International Olympics Committee will have to consider before the 2016 games in Brazil: