Female lifters say they are told that the sport will make them unattractive to male suitors; marriage is still considered the most important event in a young Emirati woman’s life.
“A lot of women say, ‘Wow, look at her body,’ ” Al Haddad said. “They ask me how to get lean, and when I say I weight lift, they get scared. But it’s the 21st century now. I don’t want to get married until I make the Olympics.”
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The real Fab Five of these Olympic games.
—says all of Tumblr
I knew I’d found my people a long time ago but this really solidifies it.
Basically. But I sure am enjoying the hell out of George Michael’s performance.
Douglas ranks No. 4 in social media buzz among Olympians, after Michael Phelps, British diver Tom Daley and Ryan Lochte, according to analytics company Bluefin Labs. There were 647,000 comments about her on August 2, the day she won the All-Around gold. NBC said Monday that Douglas, nicknamed the “Flying Squirrel,” was the most-clicked athlete on its Olympics website. More than 18 million people clicked on highlights of Douglas — that’s roughly 1½ times more than the second-most viewed athlete, Michael Phelps. Based on what previous All-Around winners have taken home in endorsements, Douglas could expect to make between $8 million and $12 million over the next four years. But even Shade says that projection might be high. “Gabrielle competes in 2016, so she will not have the time to make appearances and/or endorse products as much,” Shade said. “However, the next six months will be very lucrative.” So what categories most interest the 16-year-old? Shade says she likes orange juice and peanut butter, loves technology and fashion and is ready to pitch a car brand. “She is about to get her license,” Shade said.
I’m just proud to finish the journey with Misty how we finished it. It’s been 11 years of really fun and crazy times. She’s the best there ever has been,” Walsh Jennings said. “We’re so close and connected. Our competitive journey is done, that’s a big deal. That crushes me a little bit. But the next stage is going to be fun. We’re going to get to be girlfriends. … It makes it really bittersweet.
For Ryan Lambiasi, the physical education teacher at the school, on East 30th Street, determining winners is less important than teaching his students to want to win. The teachers have taken advantage of the London Olympics to stir the students’ interest and help them make sense of “who they are and how they fit into the world,” said Tina McCourt, the school’s program director. (It may sound like a common enough problem, but it is especially difficult for autistic children to grasp, she said.)
The concept of competition helps them relate to other people, and the Olympics — the grandest international competition of them all — give them another opportunity to comprehend the outside world, Ms. McCourt said.
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