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Originally posted 08/15/2013 08:20AM
The British stuntman who parachuted into the London Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond has been killed in an accident in the Swiss Alps while flying a special wing suit.
Online extreme sports broadcaster Epic TV says Mark Sutton died during a gathering it had organized involving 20 wing suit pilots who were being filmed as they jumped from helicopters.
Swiss police confirmed that a 42-year-old Briton died Wednesday in a fall near Trient in the Valais region.
The 2012 Summer Games opening ceremony memorably included Sutton as a Bond double jumping with another stuntman dressed as a skydiving Queen Elizabeth II.
Originally posted 08/07/2012 05:15PM
When it comes to exchanging sweet nothings, Michael Phelps and Megan Rossee take a short-but-sweet approach – 140 characters or less, to be exact.
Glimpses into their rumored relationship have been sprinkled throughout their Twitter postings in the months leading up to the 2012 Summer Olympics, where they took an even more public approach to their romance: Ditching his pool attire for an Olympic celebration, Phelps suited up for the red carpet with a glammed-up Rossee on his side.
But Phelps, 27, and the aspiring model, 25, who reportedly began dating in January, have already had their P.D.A moments on the social media site – namely when celebrating a certain special holiday.
Originally posted 07/27/2012 12:50PM
Late Wednesday evening, Mariel Zagunis learned she would lead Team USA into the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The world fencing champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist – who won her first gold at the tender age of 19, during the 2004 Games in Athens – told the press at Olympic Park that being voted the team's flag bearer was an honor.
"It really means the world to me. This will be one of my best memories," said Zagunis, 27.
Team captains at a meeting Wednesday each nominated an athlete for the coveted role. "My representative in fencing was Tim Morehouse. He pitched my story to the rest of the athletes, and I guess he did a really good job."
Originally posted 06/14/2012 09:00AM
Zara Phillips plans to take center stage at the Olympics this summer when she rides with the 2012 U.K. equestrian team, but her horse won't be the only animal in the spotlight.
Filmmaker Danny Boyle (of Slumdog Millionaire fame) revealed his plans for the London Olympics's Opening Ceremony, and they include live horses, sheep, chickens and cows. The director plans to recreate the British countryside in the center of the Olympic stadium for the program, called Isles of Wonder.
"It's a real meadow with real grass, real animals," Boyle told reporters at a preview. "That's the green and pleasant land. It is something that still exists, and something that cries out to all of us like a childhood memory."
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