Have you participated in the past two annual Ravelympics over at Rav? Well, this year the US Olympics has issued a smackdown on the Ravelympics with a quite rude statement, saying that “…using the name “Ravelympics” for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games.” Seriously? As one Gawkerite comments, “Sweet mother of purl.” More after the jump…

2012 was to be the third year that the knitting social network Ravelry—yes, this exists and issurprisingly popular—hosted a “Ravelympics,” a knitting competition for users that includes events like an “afghan marathon,” and “scarf hockey.” Knitters were supposed to compete in their events while watching the actual Games on TV.

But that was before the U.S. Olympics Committee got wind of it and sent Ravelry a cease & desist, for making a mockery of the Games with their needlework. Here’s a passage from the letter, sent by the USOC’s general counsel and posted by Ravelry founder Casey Forbes to his blog (Ravelry account required)…

Read more of the delightful Adrien Chen at Gawker.

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