This piece was originally published on xoJane.com.
When I was a senior in high school [above left], I attended this college prep program held in the sanctuary of a Baptist church across the street from my grandmother’s $1 Soul Food restaurant in south central Los Angeles. High-achieving nerds from all over the city would meet up every Thursday to talk personal essays, financial aid and application fees well past 11 o’clock.
One night the guy I was crushing on gave me a ride home in his mom’s new-but-used white BMW. I think we were debating the merits of the Common app versus the UC app and listening to Tupac at a medium volume when those angry telltale lights began to flash behind us. Jay looked at me and laughed. Those couldn’t be for us.
Of course they were. Keep reading »
Sadly — well, for me at least, because I love it – today was the last day of gymnastics events at the 2012 Olympics in London. In addition to the men’s parallel bars final, the women competed in the finals for floor and beam; all three events will air tonight in the U.S. but if you just can’t wait until then, we have a whole mess of awesome photos from the women’s events. But be warned: we will reveal at least some of the winners on the final slide of the post!
Last week we posted about our rage over the utterly ridiculous (and unfounded) complaints circulating the web over Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas‘ hair. As we wrote it we were kind of secretly hoping that we were blowing it out of proportion, that it was a small enough story that it would never get back to Douglas herself. No such luck. Douglas has most certainly heard about the unflattering attention her hair has been getting by some, and she’s responded in kind. Click through the jump to see what she has to say, along with some other Olympic athletes who have been receiving some less-than-flattering attention based on their appearance. Read more…
“In 2010, it came to a head and I had to make a decision. There were only two factors to consider: I could either stand in the way of her dreams, or I could get on board with it. And I knew she needed another coach. I knew she needed a higher level of coaching. There were a lot of different components. Her former coach was not a gymnast, he was a swimmer. [Her current coach Liang] Chow was a former gymnast with the Republic of China. He was an amazing gymnast himself, and he produced a gymnast to the level of Shawn Johnson. What might he be able to do with my daughter?”
– Natalie Hawkins, mom to Olympic all-around gold medal gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, talks to The Frisky about her decision to let her daughter leave home to train with gymnastics coach Liang Chow. Chow’s gym in Iowa is located across the country from the family’s Virginia home and Douglas lived with a host family while she trained. We were so psyched to see Gabby win gold in all-arounds and do her part to help her team win gold as well — can you imagine how proud her mom must be? Congrats to Gabby and her whole family for all that she has achieved this week.
These are the five female athletes picked to compete on behalf of Team USA in gymnastics at this summer’s London Olympics. Having spent the week watching these young ladies practice and compete at Olympic trials in San Jose, I am elated that they made the cut. Find out a little more about Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, and Kyla Ross in the slideshow above!
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