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Reader reaction to Reuters news

The wrong year…


 gbu olympicsI was just watching a news clip with a voice-over by a woman with an American accent.

It was about the 100-yr-old table tennis champion lady. During the story, it was mentioned that the lady was also in the Guinness Book of Records for being the oldest volunteer at the “2004″ Sydney Olympics.

I thought this was just a tad sloppy for Reuters, especially as the Athens Olympics were such a historic event.

Sue M.

Yes. We redid the narration with the right year, 2000: GBU Editor

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Ex-Olympic champion?


Ex-Olympic champion Lavrova killed in crash WSMOSCOW (Reuters) – Former Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion Natalia Lavrova died in a car accident on Friday, the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation said.

Just so you know, an Olympic athlete who wins gold is never referred to as an “ex” Olympian.

Once an Olympic athlete, ALWAYS an Olympic athlete. I am writing this about your article about the late Ms. Natalia Lavrova.

Gibe vs. Jibe


Vonn hurt by Mancuso jibe over popularity

OLYMPICS-ALPINE SKIING/SUPERG-Does anyone there have a journalism degree or maybe English?

Jibe = sailing term. Gibe = mocking term.

How does this make a worldwide article headline?


In British English, jibe is the correct spelling for the word Americans know as gibe: GBU Editor

Bronze medalist Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. is wrapped in her national flag as she adjusts her skis on the podium during the victory ceremony for the women’s Alpine Skiing Super-G race at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 20, 2010. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

No, the other Korea…


north korea490

south korea flag cropPlease see this page. I can see our national flag on the sled, called ‘Taegukgi.’

It is the South Korean national flag. Yes, I’m South Korean and want to correct the caption that says North Korea.

Which sport?


Dara Torres faces “long road ahead” after knee surgery

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Five-times Olympian Dara Torres was “doing fine” after radical knee surgery but was still uncertain if she will compete at the 2012 London Games.

“It’s a long road ahead of me but I’m glad I finally got the operation over with,” the 42-year-old told Reuters Thursday in a telephone interview from her Boston hospital bed.

Grammar in Olympics story…


Chicago go out in first round of 2016 Olympics voting
COPENHAGEN, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Chicago were eliminated after the first round of voting for the 2016 Olympics host city.

Correct grammer would be Chiicago WAS eliminated. The grammer in the headline is also atrocious: “Chicago go out…” What does that mean?

Olympics spoilers?


basketball-0822-180.jpgU.S. juggernaut sets up Spain in basketball final

Thanks so much for printing the outcome of the basketball game I was going to watch tonight. No point in watching it now, is there? Guess I’d better avoid your website in the future.

Fred A.

We’ve received several e-mails similar to this one in the course of the Beijing Olympics.

His first Olympics?


phelps-0819180.jpgFACTBOX: Michael Phelps v Mark Spitz

Phelps was 19 when he went to his first Olympics, the 2004 Games in Athens. He won six gold and two bronze medals.

Hi. Was reading the factbox on Michael Phelps vs Mark Spitz on It says Phelps’s first Olympics was Athens 2004. Wrong. He also swam as a 15-year-old at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, in the 200m butterfly.

The wrong team…



(R-L) Tom James, Steve Williams, Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs Hodge of Britain prepare to compete before the men’s four semifinal rowing competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park August 13, 2008. REUTERS/Aly Song

The photograph published is of the French coxless four and not the British as stated.

Problem with gymnastics…


Hosts China fail to qualify for final

kexin-160.jpgBEIJING, Aug 10 (Reuters) – China, one of the favourites for the gold medal, failed to qualify for the women’s gymnastics team final at the Olympics on Sunday.

The 2006 world champions were expected to battle it out with the United States for the top prize but a series of errors meant they failed to reach Wednesday’s final.