Fastest man in history Usain Bolt has openly criticized the one-year ban of fellow sprinter Tyson Gay as being too lenient.
After testing positive for a banned steroid at last year's U.S. Track and Field Championships, Gay was retroactively stripped of the silver medal he won at the 2012 London Olympics as a member of the American 4x100 relay team. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency banned him from the sport for one year. Although a two-year suspension is more typical in such cases, Gay was given a milder sentence for his willingness to cooperate with authorities and voluntarily refrain from competition while his case was under investigation.
For Bolt, who holds the world record for both the 100- and 200-meter events, the authorities' decision to mitigate Gay's sentence "sent a bad message to the sport." Bolt was also upset about his fellow Jamaican national Asafa Powell receiving a harsher penalty for testing positive for the stimulant oxilofrine, arguably a less severe infraction of anti-doping regulations.
"I think for someone like Asafa to get a ban of 18 months for that and then Tyson Gay get just one year because of cooperating, I think it is sending a bad message into the sport that you can do it [i.e., dope], but if you cooperate with us, we'll reduce the sentence," Bolt said.
Tyson Gay returned to competition earlier this summer, running a 9.93 in the 100 meters at the Lausanne Diamond League meet on July 3.
Along with Yohan Blake, currently recovering from a hamstring injury, Gay is viewed as Usain Bolt's primary competition, although when the charismatic Jamaican is in top form, he has proven to be nearly invincible.
How do host countries of international sports competitions attract tourists once the games have ended? Build architectural wonders. While Ceara, Brazil, is going a more aesthetic route with a giant aquarium, Sochi, Russia, has chosen a more terrifying path—literally. The world's longest suspension bridge opened this week in the Olympic host city, and it's set to become a popular bungee-jumping destination.
The newest addition to the AJ Hackett Sochi Skypark, nestled in scenic Sochi National Park, is the 1,800-foot Skybridge, which offers views of the Caucasus Mountains and Black Sea coast. Let's not forget the most impressive view: Park visitors looking down will get the full effect of being 679 feet in the air.
Those hoping to get a lot closer to the ground can strap into a bungee harness and hurl themselves overboard. Don't worry: This bungee scene's been tested, as you can see in the following video, and it's still a full 150 feet shorter than the world's tallest bungee jump in Las Vegas.
In an age when some foods are considered more "super" than others, ginger and algae are the latest to be granted health-food superpowers.
Ginger has been heralded as an anti-inflammatory for more than 5,000 years in traditional Chinese and Indian healing modalities, but athletes just now seem to be finding its roots. A 2014 study published in the Central European Journal of Immunology found that ginger attenuated post-workout, pro-inflammatory cytokines in high-intensity runners who incorporated the root into their diet for six weeks. In other words, ginger amped up runners' immune systems enough to keep wear and tear from heavy training at bay.
Toss some ginger into a smoothie along with a spoonful of spirulina, and you'll have a superfood snack worthy of a cape. The microalgae (you might recognize it as a key ingredient in Naked's Green Machine juice), contains more iron and protein per bite than ground beef with 20 percent fat. It can also be a vegan-friendly alternative to fish oil supplements. Omega-3 fatty acids are produced when fish consume plankton after the plankton eat the microalgrae. You're simply going straight to the source. A study published by North Orissa University found that microalgae is one of the most underrated, highly nutritious greens out there. Nutritional breakdowns found 36 useful substances present in microalgae, such as DHA (for healthy brain function) and 11 vitamins, including biotin, folic acid, and riboflavin.
The 19 cabin-like guest rooms are packed with carefully curated whimsy: Moroccan rugs, beds with ornate wicker headboards, cedar-planked walls, and Ruschmeyer’s-brand pencils and notepads placed just so on the nightstand. It’s twee and overly designed in the most charming way. (You can imagine all those fictional camp kids from Moonrise Kingdom staying here when they grow up.)
Originally built in 1952, the hotel was recently renovated to cater to New York City bohos looking for their own version of the Hamptons. Other highlights include the Magic Garden—a glorious outdoor patio with grills, hammocks, fire pits, picnic tables, and, yes, the requisite hipster teepee—and a clubby little dance lounge called the Electric Eel.
Want to get out and explore the fishing village turned surfer enclave that is Montauk? Grab a complimentary cruiser bike from the lobby and pedal to town (be sure to get a cocktail and ceviche at local oceanside hang Navy Beach). Or stick around camp for a yoga lesson followed by a poached lobster egg sandwich at the hotel’s knockout sea-to-table restaurant.