The U.S. Coast Guard, champion of boating safety everywhere, is to blame for a tragic 2009 accident that killed an 8-year-old boy during a holiday boat parade in San Diego Bay, a federal safety board said Tuesday.
In addition to the expected cluster of cast members, random celebrities (Kevin Spacey, Adrien Brody, Gina Gershon), and assorted hangers-on, a pair of Olympic athletes were present for last week's New York premiere of The Social Network. Of course, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss had a particularly compelling reason to attend the festivities: The 29-year-old twins, who finished sixth in the coxless pair crew event at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games, were Harvard undergrads when they created the social networking site ConnectU.
The first thing the visitors noticed was the calm. Along the sides of Lake Carnegie, the man-made facility constructed for rowing in Princeton, N.J., a century ago, sat picturesque grass embankments and a spanking clean boathouse. On Tuesday, the members of the Iraqi rowing team affirmed their approval. "It's very clean, very peaceful, very, I would say, almost perfect," said Ahmed Abdul Salam. The scene was different several years ago when Salam and his partner went out for a row on the Tigris River, a venue encircled by a battered Baghdad landscape, security checkpoints and, oh yes, the soldiers who began shooting at them. "We heard the pops in the water," he recalls. "They told us to stop. We were a threat. We were being arrested."
Don't count Apolo Ohno out of the 2014 Olympics just yet. The man with eight Olympics medals, the most of any U.S. Winter Olympian in history, hasn't ruled out a return to the ranks of competitive short track speedskating. "I've been so busy since Vancouver and I haven't been on the ice since," Ohno said Monday in New York. "Tuesday was my first day on the ice. I'm taking a long break from the sport. I'm looking forward to seeing the London Games, the Sochi Games in some capacity, but I haven't made a decision about that yet ... I think it would take me a minimum of two years to be ready for another Olympics. This is a true break I've never had before. I've had urges. I wanted to go to Utah and just show up for training."
When the world's top athletes take on their rivals at the summer Olympics this month, they'll also be taking on the intense heat of the Athens climate -- and the British rowing team might just beat the latter, thanks to a high-tech silver uniform.