Olympic Gold HubNuggets

London Summer Olympics, 2012

The eyes of the world are focused on London, UK. Proud supporters of teams from around the world are watching as their favorites compete for Olympic gold. Die-hard fans have scraped up ticket money and flocked to England by the thousands, hoping for a ring-side seat when their champion "brings home the gold."

It seems every channel on the TV, every station on the radio, is tuned in to the play-by-play of one or another sporting event. The millions of fans who didn't make it to the Games are glued to screens and headphones, determined to soak in every glorious, thrilling moment of the action.

...and here, at home, on HubPages, all eyes are on the weekly HubNuggets writing contest. The HubNuggets Team has rounded up eighteen stellar hubs, six in each of three categories. These HubNuggets hopefuls have trained hard for this moment - the final test of their writing stamina and ability - this week, they go for (HubNuggets) gold in the winner-take-all HubNuggets Olympic Writing Weekly Competition!

1929 Spyder Supersport
1929 Spyder Supersport | Source

I'm glad this guy's only driving a computer car!

The First Event: Auto Hubs

Jason: Welcome folks - I'm Jason Menayan, and joining me in the booth for the Auto Hubs event are ripplemaker and Maddie Ruud. Well, ladies, our viewers have tuned in just in time for some real excitement!

ripplemaker: Right, you are, Jason! We have a stellar line up in this event, and we can look forward to a really tight competition!

Jason: It's certainly been exciting so far, ripplemaker. Maddie, we've seen a series of incredible upsets in the opening heats - top-seeded contenders were bumped out of the medal running by this amazing bunch of new-comers!

Maddie Ruud: Jason, I believe we're going to see some very skillful writing in this category - these new hubbers are showing their expertise already! We're in for an thrilling ride to the finals.

Jason: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

Which one of this week's Autos nominees is your favorite?

  • 38% The Top 5: Best Inexpensive Sports Cars
  • 7% Best Scenic Motorcycle Roads in SoCal
  • 29% Nightmare on Auto Repair Street
  • 14% How to Sell Your Car Using Craigslist...I Sold Mine in One Day!
  • 11% Teaching Your Teen to Be a Safe and Responsible Driver
  • 1% Lease or Buy? An Overview to Help With Your Decision
76 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.


Gold Medal for Waste Water Treatment

Technology Writing Event

Simone Smith: Here we are in our second event of this week-long writing competition! Patty Inglish MS is with me on this glorious day, as we take a look at our finalists in the Technology category.

Patty Inglish MS: It certainly is a glorious day, Simone - and a great day for technology! And speaking of technology, Simone, Enelle Lamb is joining us from track-side, through the wonders of HP Insta-cast! Welcome, Enelle.

Enelle Lamb: It's great to be in the heart of the action, Patty and Simone. The nominees are warming up right now, flexing their fingers in preparation for their final heat.

Patty: This is looks like it's shaping up to be another close race, Enelle.

Enelle: Yes, Patty, you can feel the tension in the air as the nominees approach their keyboards.

Patty: Simone, how are these relative newcomers holding up to the pressures of competing at this level?

Simone: I had the opportunity to interview the Swedish judges earlier today, and they all agreed that they've never seen such a high level of "everyday expertise." They, and we, are looking forward to reading some Olympic-class hubs from these new writers! Enelle -

Enelle: The final run for the gold is just about to start, Patty. The nominees are under the Starter's orders, and... they're off!

Which one of this week's Technology nominees is your favorite?

  • 24% Ten Best Productivity Apps for iPad
  • 6% How to create a simple slideshow using Nero 11.
  • 14% Reducing Energy: Saving Money and the Earth
  • 28% Malware Protection Programs
  • 25% Using the Cloud to Backup all of your Photos, Videos, and Music
  • 4% Why should anyone get a tablet? A handy guide for the perplexed
72 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Homemade chicken stew with cheese biscuits
Homemade chicken stew with cheese biscuits | Source

Gold Medal Chefs

Gold Medal Finals: Food and Cooking

ladyjane1: Hi! ladyjane1 and RedElf reporting from the Olympic Kitchens. The judges are discussing the delicious entries from the last heat, and we're just waiting for their scores.

RedElf: It's been a tough competition so far, folks. I have been very impressed with this talented bunch of newcomers. Oh - I think the judges are ready - yes, they're putting up their score cards now... It looks like what we expected at this pint in the competition - eights straight across from the Russia, America, France, and Great Britain, and - wait a minute! Look - a perfect ten from the Chinese judge!

ladyjane1: What an upset! The Romanian judge has just posted a ten as well!

RedElf: - and the French judge has re-tasted that last dish, and changed his score! He's just posted a ten, too!

ladyjane1: Let's see if KoffeeKlatch Gals can enlighten us about this unexpected turn of events. Gals, you're right next to the ovens, in the "heat of the battle" you might say. Can you hear any of the judges' comments?

KoffeeKlatch Gals: (mumble, munch, mumble) Marf, mph um furmerph-mumph... (munch, munch) My, but that last entry was yummy! Sorry, ladies! It's anybody's guess at the moment, but it seems that after sampling the last few recipes, the judges have decided to throw out the old ranking system and go strictly by the merits of each individual entry! That's almost unheard of in the entire history of judging this event.

RedElf: Well, it's anybody's game now, folks! Any of these six new finalists stand a good chance to medal in this event!

Which one of this week's Food and Cooking nominees is your favorite?

  • 0% Make Your Own Moolatte With 3 Ingredients
  • 36% How to forage and why foraging is good for your health
  • 13% How to Make Raspberry Wine
  • 4% An extravagantly delicious drink--coming to you from the heart of Mexico!
  • 20% Homemade Hummus - Oven Roasted Tomato Edition
  • 27% BEER BREWING - Step by Step
70 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

ripplemaker: Well, there you have it, folks. This ends our coverage of the march to the podium in this week's Gold Medal Games. We'll be back on Wednesday with the final standings, and the official awarding of the medals! In the meantime, get out there and vote for your favorites. Encourage friends and family to cast their votes, as well. Let's all support our HP medal hopefuls as they compete for HubNugget fame and fortune.

Color Commentary by:

SimoneSmith, KoffeeKlatch Gals, Patty Inglish MS, Maddie Ruud, Jason Menayan, ripplemaker, RedElf, ladyjane1, Enelle Lamb
SimoneSmith, KoffeeKlatch Gals, Patty Inglish MS, Maddie Ruud, Jason Menayan, ripplemaker, RedElf, ladyjane1, Enelle Lamb

What's a HubNugget?

The HubNuggets Program was a way for hubbers to support and celebrate new-to-us writers through the weekly HubNuggets contest:

  • About the HubNuggets Program
    Each week 18 great Hubs written by new Hubbers were nominated in the HubNuggets contest. We invite the HubPages community to vote for their favorites, and the winners were featured in our newsletter.
  • Visit this Learning Center guideto learn more.
  • HubPages continues to welcome and support new writers

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billybuc profile image

billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

You are so clever and witty! I love these hubs and it's all because of you my friend.

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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Yeah, this was great fun! I'm all for working more of the Olympics into this short period of time. I've cast my votes- he's hoping my favorites end up medalists- er- Accolade-holders!

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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much, billybuc! I am honored by your kind words. It's hubbers like you that keep us all chugging along!

Hi, Simone! Glad you stopped by to support our medal (accolade) finalists! It's all up to the judges (hubbers) now :D

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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

What a timely hub theme. Way to go...will read and vote this w/e. :)

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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Fabulous, Denise! See you then!

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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I am excited to read this week's Hubnuggets! Thank you RedElf for a lovely and fun way to introduce the nominees. Go for gold! Wheee...

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Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California'

We my votes are in! Excellent hub, and some very excellent nominees this week!

Go for Gold :D

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

This is a super idea & such fun...great way to meet newbies...cheers

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Gamerelated 4 years ago from California

I just wanted to say thank you for nominating me. I feel honored to be considered for the HubNuggets Competition.

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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much for coming out to support our new writers, ripplemaker! Always a pleasure to see you here!

Hey, Enelle! We always find a good bunch, it seems.

carter06, so glad you stopped by to cheer us all on!

Gamerelated, you are most welcome! We certainly enjoy finding good new writers.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

I love seeing all the votes and good comments that support our new writers!

Read and voted and shared the Hub for more people to see. Thanks!

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Green Bard 4 years ago from Tenerife

What a wonderful surprise to find a hub of mine included in this! Thank you for nominating me and to anyone who has voted for my hub too! Voted Up and Awesome and now to share!

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

fun to read! thanks for sharing

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Farmer Rachel 4 years ago from Minnesota

Clever and funny, Redelf! I'd like to thank who ever it is that chooses the nominees for Hubnuggets -this is my second nomination and I feel great! :)

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prettydarkhorse 4 years ago from US

Well done, good choices! Voted!

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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Patty and Green Bard, thanks so much for sharing this - it will really help boost exposure for our nominees!

unknown spy, thanks so much for stopping by to support everyone!

Farmer Rachel, congrats on another nomination - good luck to all the nominees, as well!

Maita, always lovely when you stop by - glad you liked the choices.

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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

These are all great hubs in this week's Hubnuggets! It was so hard to vote for the best ones this week. Great job putting together this hub,it was fun and clever and a great read !

Voted and SHARING !

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Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

Well done, and cute take off on Olympic-fever motivation. Definitely voted up!

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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi, kashmir! So glad you enjoyed our "Olympics" - thanks for the vote up and sharing, too!

Jenna Pope, thanks so much -= and thanks for stopping by to support our hopefuls!

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donnah75 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Redelf, I really appreciate the Hubnugget nomination. Thank you to you and the rest of the group that chooses and nominates. :-)

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

Can't wait to see if my picks win the Gold. Good luck everyone.

Love going to the Olympics.

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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

donnah, we are glad to include good new writers in the competition! You are most welcome, and welcome to HP!

Gals, love to have you stop by! I'm excited to see who wins - congrats to all the nominees!

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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Loved the hub and finally!!! got back to read and vote. :)

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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hello again, Denise - so glad you could make it back to read and vote. Glad you enjoyed the hub!

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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada Author

Way to go nominees! Congrats to all the winners, too!

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