Lane 1 - It's almost time for just about everything to be branded with those five little rings including "Acer announces Iconia Tab A700 and A510 Olympic Games Edition" via The Verge.
Fitsugar posts "Swimmer Nat C on Pilates, Plums, and Backstroking For Gold. wimming always makes a splash at the Summer games, and Natalie Coughlin did just that in Beijing by becoming the first American woman to win six medals in one Olympics. A serious foodie as well as a gold medalist, Natalie took time out of her intense schedule to talk about her plans for London and how cooking calms her."
Lane 3 - The Sydney Morning Herald posts "Seebohm spurred by Beijing Games heartache . A "grown up" Emily Seebohm is using the heartache from an eye-opening Beijing Olympic campaign as motivation in her quest for 100m backstroke gold in London. he 19-year-old hopes to improve on that time at next week's Olympic trials in Adelaide, where she is targeting her first sub-59 second swim since the supersuits era."
The Telegraph post "Tomic's girlfriend a big hit…AND if we didn't know any better we would have thought Grant Hackett took a sly dig at his former pool mate Ian Thorpe at the same function. Brought to the microphone to discuss this year's Olympic swim events, which he will help commentate, three-time Olympian Hackett seemed to bristle when asked about Thorpe's chances in London. "I didn't take a break after Athens ... unlike (Thorpe) I swam through to Beijing so I'm happy I saw my career out," adding; "Thorpe's coming back to swim two laps, four laps? If I come back I have to swim 30 laps in a race. So you will not get me back in the water." AND this "YES, it's the nickname of swimmer Emily Seebohm, but is it really appropriate to plant the common euphemism for one of the English language's most offensive words in huge type on the side of your head? Thankfully, the Australian Olympic Committee will only allow its athletes to wear the official team uniform - in this case, a gold Speedo cap. But it's still hard to believe the swimmer and her management thought this was a good idea."
Lane 5 - The Real Deal posts "Astoria swimming pool to get life as amphitheater. An abandoned Astoria Park swimming pool in Queens that once hosted trials for the United States Olympic swimming and diving teams is set to become an amphitheater, the New York Times reported. Once filled with water, the pool will now be filled with concrete. Plans for the modification were announced in December, with Queens City Council member Peter Vallone leading the campaign. However, due to the pool’s landmark status, certain aspects won’t be able to be modified through construction, namely the pool’s tiered diving board right in the center of the downstage area."
Australian Times posts "Thorpe admits he may miss London Games. As the Australian qualifications for the London Olympics approach, Ian Thorpe admits he might have left his comeback too late. LITTLE more than a week out from the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide, Ian Thorpe says the most likely result of his comeback will be failure."
Lane 7 - Gizmodo posts "Shark Filled Atrium Belongs In a Supervillain’s Lair, Not a Museum. Miami recently broke ground on the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, which incorporates a planetarium, science galleries, and a wildlife center. But its most striking feature is a shark-filled aquarium with an underwater viewing window located on the atrium's ceiling."
Lane 8 - Gay Games Blog posts "Greg Louganis defends the Olympics on "Portlandia". Just who are we seeing from the back here in this episode of IFC television series Portlandia entitled "No Olympics"? Yes! It's Gay Games Ambassador Greg Louganis, who lets the anti-Olympics campaigners know how great the Olympics are, how they're the alternative to competitive sport (we think he was talking about LGBT sport there), and how athletes trade cool lapel pins."