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A Fallen Hero?

As his bail hearing continues in South Africa, <a href=”https://muleoftheworld.org/2012/08/07/blade-runner/”&gt; Oscar Pistorius’s</a> chances are bleak, but not compared to those of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whose life was cut short.

Early on Valentine’s Day, Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend in his home, reportedly mistaking her for an intruder. When I first heard the story, I thought (like most) what a horrible tragedy…but as details surface, it’s not looking good…

Questions have bubbled up that challenge the Olympian’s story, begging the ultimate question: was this murder or an accidental homicide?

  1. Were the shots fired from a downward angle suggesting that his legs were attached (does not support his account) or from a lower position?
  2. Was there an hour of arguing or no argument? A possible witness claims to have heard non-stop arguing from 2-3am, however accounts question whether what could actually be heard 600 meters away.
  3. Lights on or off? It is reported that lights may have been on which again does not support being awakened by an intruder.
  4. What was the position of the victim? A police report says she was crouching in a fetal/defensive position.
  5. Were there steriods found or herbal supplements? This would suggest that the prosecution is going to insert “steroid rage” into its case.

Reeva’s brother gave a statement remarking that they were not thinking about Oscar’s case but rather concentrating on Reeva and their family. Pistorius is considered a flight risk and therefore should not make bail considering the crime, but stranger things have definitely happened.

I just remember the inspiration and happiness felt as my daughter and I watched him compete last summer, a hard-fought victory…

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Relationships, Sports, violence, women

 

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Top Ten of the Olympiad Rollercoaster

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1. Pistorius doesn’t get to run in the 400 relay after all that work. But wait, he will…

2. Phelps gets out-touched by .05 seconds by Le Clos in the 200 fly.

3. US women’s teams meet up in the gold medal round of beach volleyball. The Golden Girls win their third consecutive gold medal.

4. US men’s basketball squeaks past Lithuania 99-94 in an early round.

5. Fifteen year-old phenom Ledecky steals the 800m freestyle, just in time to get back to high school.

6. After making history to win the 2004 gold and fighting through multiple injuries, Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang, doesn’t finish his heat.

7. Aly wins the bronze after an inquiry following the individual balance beam event. And then the gold!

8. Weiber doesn’t make the all-around for women’s gymnastics. And we kept hearing about it…

9. Orozco on the US men’s gymnastics team falls flat on the vault, literally.

10. Lolo doesn’t medal…so close but yet so far!

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Fun, History, Sports, Youth

 

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Moonwalk Meets Swimming

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I think synchronized swimming is kinda weird but I’m mad I missed the Russians’ tribute to MJ.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2012 in Fun, Music, Sports, women

 

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Girls, Girls, Girls

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I have been remiss in my Olympic coverage. Women have been mentioned but not the subject of my posts!!

There is so much to talk about.

GABBY! Did what she came to do, positive attitude intact. I was annoyed with all the talk about Weiber not making the all-around, I thought it detracted from Aly and Gabby. It’s the Olympics- you have to bring it! However the girls of Team USA put it all out there and brought home gold after 16 years. After disappointment in the all-around on one of her best events, Aly has a gold to make her feel better. (shhhhh)

Venus and Serena win doubles gold, shocking… Serena earns her first indivodual Olympic gold.

Lolo Jones, another heartbreak. I was rooting for her. (shhhhh) Sonya Richards-Ross claimed her gold with her winning smile as did Ennis for Great Britian, making history. Ethiopian runner Dibaba kept gold in the fam with her 10000m dominance. It didn’t matter that the women from Afghanistan and Quatar did not move on to semifinal heats in track and field, the fact that they had the courage and wherewithall to continue their sport makes my eyes well up.

Missy Franklin astounded us wuth her speed and composure taking home several medals, including gold. And a 15year-old Katie Ledecky unseated a champion in the 800m freestyle. If Ye’s time crushed Lochte’s, then maybe thay 16 year-old is a beast! Do we jump to doping solely because a girl can’t do that?! Whatever you can do, I can do better…

I ❤ May-Treanor and Jennings!!! Will we ever get enough of them? Even with their ridiculous bodies in bikinis?! Their indoor volleyball counterparts are also setting up for the gold (tee hee hee).

We are waaaaaay beyond Title IX.

Stay tuned for more Olympian women posts… I can’t fit it all in here…

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in Civil Rights, Girls, Sports, women, Youth

 

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A New Memory for Grenada

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I cheered Kirani James on last night as he ran for his country. Not only did he win gold in the 400m, it was the first for Grenada.

It reminded me again of how much appearing and especially winning at the Olympics can mean to small, poor and/or war torn countries. My daughter and I reflected on it last week as we watched the track and field events begin and female athletes appeared for the first time ever to represent their countries.

That is not to minimize the experience or achievement for other athletes, but I think another “layer” was certainly evident when James spoke of his country.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in Civil Rights, Girls, Politics, Race, Sports, women, Youth

 

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Blade Runner

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After making history as the first double-amputee in Olympic competition, Oscar Pistorius has accomplished another milestone. Pistorius will run any leg of the 4×400 relay next week; officials were concerned about the safety of the other runners if he ran any other than the lead. Known as a slow starter, the determined South African athlete contested the decision and has won.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in History, Sports

 

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Bolt of Lightning

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What a way to commemorate 50 years of Jamaica’s independence…Will he strike twice?

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2012 in History, Sports

 

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Olympic Eye

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From watching too many Olympic events…but I can’t tear myself away! I had to see if the women’s gymnastic team could pull it out and win a gold. Had to see what Phelps would do, naysayers be damned. Couldn’t miss The Golden Girls for beach volleyball…and to think track and field has yet to begin!!! Waiting for Usain Bolt and his countryman to faceoff; will LoLo find redemption? What about hurdler David Oliver? Wonderwomen Sanya Richards-Ross and Carmelita Jeter? And the two female Muslim runners at their first-ever showing.

Oh so much to see…

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in Fun, Sports

 

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Make a Splash

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US Olympian Cullen Jones is making a splash by teaching kids how to swim. African Americans are three times more likely to drown than any other race.

“There’s such an easy way to change these numbers- it’s swim lessons,” says Jones.

Partnered with USA Swimming Foundation, Cullen is raising dollars and awareness for drowning prevention. Jones almost drowned at the age of five.

 
 

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Olympic Parents

P&G should use this footage in its Thank You Mom campaign.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Family, Fun, Girls, Sports

 

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