Pride House at the Olympics is a hit

If you’re like me, you’ve ignored those you care about to partake in as much TV Olympic action as possible. (Sorry, mom!) And while I’m a sucker for those underdog/feel good stories, I keep wondering if NBC is going to report on the new addition of the Pride House at the Vancouver Winter Games.

These are the first Olys that have a designated spot for LGBT athletes, coaches and families. And by the looks in the Google-verse, it’s a big hit for everyone. At least, that’s how Claire Piech from Pique NewsMagazine sees it. Here she writes at length about its opening and the attention it has been getting from all over the world.

Although, it could use a tweak of an edit. We’re pretty sure the article meant to say “transgender.”

—  Rich Lopez

Early registration underway for DIVA's spring season; Weir makes Olympic team

The Dallas Independent Volleyball Association (DIVA) has begun early registration for the upcoming season. However, you have just four days left to get the discounted membership fee. Download the registration form and get it back to DIVA peeps by Friday, Jan. 22. The discounted rate for early registration is $110. Regular enrollment ends Feb. 5 and that’s $120.

They’ve also posted their New Member clinics. The first two start next week on Tuesday and Thursday both at 7 p.m. at the Arlington Park Rec Center.

Now you know the deal so get those knee pads ready.

In other sports news that doesn’t involve the Cowboys (sigh), the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships were held over the weekend. Jeremy Abbott took his second national title yesterday but three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir pulled in a bronze-medal performance giving him a spot on the men’s team heading to Vancouver. Catch the short program below from Friday night. Or, if you prefer, there’s always his more contemporary skating to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.”

—  Rich Lopez