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Don’t mess with folks who wield long, pointy sticks. The U.S. Olympic Committee learned that lesson the hard way after it called an Olympic-themed knitting marathon “denigrating” to real-life athletes. “We believe using the name ‘Ravelympics’ for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey, and sweater triathlon, among anothers, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games,” read a cease-and-desist letter to Casey Forbes, co-founder of Ravelry, a knitting-and-crocheting social network with more than 2 million members. “In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country’s finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work.” The ensuing tempest forced the USOC to recant its statement not just once, but twice in 24 hours.