Happy birthday wishes are in order for America’s favorite fast swimmer (he’s just slower at everything else), Ryan Lochte! The Olympic gold medalist rang in his 28th year at Planet Hollywood in London, because, duh, where else would this dreamboat go to party, right? While Lochte is currently single (and not sleeping around — that’s not how the Lochte household defines “one night stands,” okay?), he did tell E! News that he’s interested in settling down. “Yeah, I mean I definitely want a relationship. I want to give a certain someone my heart,” Lochte said. “I mean, I just gotta find the right girl.” I’m sure there are many ladies willing to make themselves his birthday gift.
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…
Megan Rossee, Michael Phelps’ new girlfriend — whose identity was just revealed yesterday — walked the red carpet with her Olympic medalist (22 times over) beau at an event last night for Speedo. Rossee, a model, has been quite vocal with her support of the swimmer during his final Olympics, writing him personal messages on Twitter. [Huffington Post] [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
“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.