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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Jon Wertheim discuss the first full week of Olympics action, including Andy Murray and Serena Williams winning tennis gold and Usain Bolt’s runaway win in the 100 meters. They also talk about the New York Times’ scathing attack on American hurdler-slash-virgin Lolo Jones, the Olympics badminton scandal, and the doping speculation surrounding Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Andy Murray’s victory over Roger Federer capped off Great Britain's big weekend.
- Jon Wertheim’s recap of the Olympic tennis tournament.
- Jon’s story on Serena Williams’ Olympic dominance.
- In Slate, Justin Peters argues that Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt showed that “greatness isn’t about who works the hardest or practices the most.”
- A drunken fan threw a bottle on the track prior to the men’s 100-meter final and was restrained by Dutch judo medalist Edith Bosch.
- Peters provides an in-depth look at the badminton tanking controversy.
- Jeré Longman of the New York Times criticizes Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones for playing into the “persistent, demeaning notion that women are worthy as athletes only if they have sex appeal.”
- In Slate, Alyssa Rosenberg says Longman’s attack on Jones takes a wrong-headed view of Olympic sexism.
- Fencer Mariel Zagunis “loses the Olympic spirit,” writes the Washington Post’s Mike Wise.
- June Thomas’ Slate article explains why gold medalist Ye Shiwen is being accused of doping in the absence of hard evidence.
- In the New York Times, Jeré Longman quotes swimmers who say Ye’s record-setting performance is “interesting” and “insane.”
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Kromowidjojos:
Mike’s Kromowidjojo: Simon Barnes’ flowery paean to Jessica Ennis.
Jon’s Kromowidjojo: Meet judoka Maher Abu Remeleh, the first Palestinian to qualify for the Olympics.
Josh’s Kromowidjojo: Synchronized trampoline is not an Olympic sport. That’s too bad for champion trampoline duo Steven Gluckstein and Logan Dooley.
Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Our intern is Eric Goldwein.
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