Memories of the XXXI Olympiad (II)

Jeffrey Julmis (HAI) - Athletics Not every athlete acting like Usain Bolt before the start gets to perform on the track like Usain Bolt. Jeffrey Julmis of Haiti had to learn this the hard way during the semifinal of the 110m hurdles. Julmis posed and winked at the camera...only to trip at the very first … Continue reading Memories of the XXXI Olympiad (II)


Memories of the XXXI Olympiad (I)

Each edition of the Olympic Games is connected to names, faces, usually of outstanding athletes with remarkable accomplishments. It's just the same this time, and who would argue that these were also the Games of Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Katinka Hosszu, Usain Bolt, Simone Biles, Neymar and many other heroes of the front pages of … Continue reading Memories of the XXXI Olympiad (I)

Alles Glück der Erde…

  Yesterday I came across a poster advertising the 'Turnier der Sieger', an equestrian tournament for jumping and dressage which is going to take place next week here in Münster. Somebody added a yellow sticker to the poster. As I came closer I saw that the sticker read 'Abgesagt wegen Tierquälerei' ('Cancelled for animal cruelty'). You may already … Continue reading Alles Glück der Erde…

A Human Right

Associated Press today reported about an incident at the volleyball arena, where an Iranian spectator was allegedly asked to leave the stadium for displaying a sign and wearing a t-shirt with a 'political statement'. OK, I thought at first, those are the rules... Until I found out what the statement was... The shirt read 'Let … Continue reading A Human Right

Half-time whistle

We have seen eight competition days at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games so far, so it's half-time. Time to settle down for a moment amid all the excitement, tension, drama, and ongoing discussions. Here are my thoughts and opinions on some issues that have accompanied us during this first week, and which might accompany us … Continue reading Half-time whistle

Noite brasileira

All of the Olympic afternoons, evenings and nights so far have been quite exciting and enjoyable. But I have to admit that last Monday was a little more special... I watched the action from Rio, mainly the eventing - cross country, diving and later gymnastics, together with a very dear friend in Bremen. And for … Continue reading Noite brasileira

Baltimore legend

He's the greatest racer who ever walked the planet. Mark Spitz, on Michael Phelps winning his 7th gold medal, 16 August 2008 I grew up during a time when no Olympic athlete had ever won more than nine gold medals during his or her career. Yes, I had heard about a famous jumper called Ray … Continue reading Baltimore legend

Winds of Change

Five days into the Games and there are already so many side stories, seemingly minor things that sometimes could mean a lot to those involved. Some iconic pictures emerged already, and they are of enormous (at least) symbolic value. It was on the first day of competition that fellow gymnasts Lee Eun-ju and Hong Un-jong … Continue reading Winds of Change

Was zusammen gehört

Nach den Männern hat sich gestern auch das Team der Kunstturnerinnen für das Mehrkampffinale qualifiziert. Das ist ganz ohne Zweifel ein riesengroßer Erfolg, aber einzelne Medien übertreiben es dann doch wieder ein wenig. So war auf und anderenorts zu lesen, dies sei das "erste Mal, dass ein deutsches Team das Finale im Mehrkampf der … Continue reading Was zusammen gehört


It's as simple as that. There is no other word to describe what judoka Majlinda Kelmendi achieved tonight. She won gold in the -52kg class. The first ever Olympic medal for Kosovo, who are taking part in their first ever Olympic Games. Kelmendi was a favourite before the Games, having won the world championship in … Continue reading Historic