Despite being born with the use of both legs, many of these bipedal athletes inspire us with their commitment and guts. Having typically learned to walk around the age of one, these amazing Olympians don’t let their lurching two-phase locomotion hold them back. Thought they may look unwieldy to the naive eye, as viewers their movements soon look natural to us. We can see their grace and nimbleness shine through.
Friday Hoyden: Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor, of the Republic of Ireland, just won a gold medal in the 60kg lightweight division of the first women’s boxing competition to be held at the Olympics.
Friday Hoyden, Olympic edition: Gillian Rolton
It’s Olympics time and again, we learn the names of athletes who we never hear of at other times. As a nation we’re obsessed with swimmers and runners and ball sports, but our equestrians kick serious butt. We see horse… Read More ›
London Olympics 2012: “Sexy” women’s volleyball and basketball uniforms updated at last
Some of you oldie Hoydens might remember my 2008 post on Australian Olympics uniforms, Women still the sex class in international elite sports. I thought I’d do a bit of an update on gender and our Aussie uniforms for the 2012 Olympics. And – how often does this happen? – things have actually changed for the better, at least in two sports!
Most notably, the regulations dictating that all women playing beach volleyball must wear teeny-tiny bikinis has changed. Female beach volleyball players will now have the choice of wearing shorts or bikini bottoms. This change ostensibly took place to enable the participation of more women from countries and cultures which restrict the amount of skin women may show, which is great; it also allows women from other cultures the opportunity to cover up a little more should they so desire.
Obligatory London2012 Thread
Two words: stunt-queen.
Fire in the frost: Feisty Olympians defy the odds
As the opening quarter of 2010 draws to a close, we look back on what I believe is the one of the highlights of the year: the Winter Olympics in February. In this event, a whole different kind of athletic… Read More ›
Quickhit: Icedancers with a new twist on blackface.
Via baby_elvis, this ice-dancing routine. From the news: Russian world ice-skating champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin have danced around the controversy surrounding their Aboriginal-themed routine, insisting they will still use it at the Winter Olympics. Aboriginal elders say the… Read More ›
Hoyden About Town is looking forward to the finalist voting in the 2008 Weblog Awards. Because it’s school holidays and tigtog and I are family-focussed right now, I’ve put together a few of my posts from the past, in the categories Feminism, Breasts, bodies and birth, Bad science, Big pharma, and Disability. They’re not chosen for any strict criteria – just the posts I found memorable, the ones
Quickhit: protests and arrests in Minneapolis St. Paul stifle legitimate dissent
If it wasn’t for blogs I would hardly have heard that nearly 300 people have been arrested while protesting the Iraq war and the Republican convention over the last few days. The city centres have been heavily militarised with large… Read More ›
Fourth Down Under Feminists Carnival is up at Blue Milk
The wonderful Blue Milk has just published the Fourth Down Under Feminists Carnival, and a bloody marvellous effort it is too. (And four days ahead of deadline, what’s with that?) There’s a whole lot of Olympics, a whole lot of… Read More ›