If current speculation is to be believed, Alina Kabayeva, long rumored to be Vladimir Putin's girlfriend, is a contender to light the Olympic flame at the Sochi Opening Ceremony. Kabayeva, 30, is an Olympic medal-winning rhythmic gymnast who retired from the sport in 2007 to become a member of the State Duma, aka the Russian parliament. Putin and Kabaeva have always denied a romance, but there's no doubt that any appearance by her at the Winter Games will stir up controversy.
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Preparations for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are already off to a bumpy start. According to USA Today's Kirk Spitzer, an independent panel of experts found that the cost of the 2020 games could skyrocket from a planned $700 million to $30 billion. The panel reportedly recommended that Tokyo organizers cancel plans to build new or temporary swimming and volleyball stadiums and move the rowing and canoeing competition to facilities 270 miles outside of Tokyo. More »Business Insider UK - 9 hours ago
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has teamed up with energy giant Shell to create an interactive music video and support the launch of a solar energy project in Brazil. Shell has worked with a Brazilian start-up company to install solar panels in one of Rio de Janeiro’s most headline-grabbing favelas, Santa Marta. It is the start of a global ‘energy relay’ known as Make the Future, that will see Shell and six energy entrepreneurs provide sustainable technology in some of the world’s most deprived areas. More »feed_manager_auto_publish_494--autopubtest_WPTUMBLR_485 - 9 hours ago