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5 Claws-Out Athlete Cat Fights

Catfight alert! U.S. skier Julia Mancuso (right) has had it with teammate Lindsey Vonn (left), and is letting the press know all about it. “People are having a hard time reaching their potential because it’s such a struggle for attention,” said Mancuso. “You come to meetings after races and it’s like it’s a bad day if Lindsey didn’t do well.” Her anger might not just be stemming from Vonn’s sometimes distracting photo shoots—Vonn also (maybe) blew Mancuso’s chances of coming in first place in the slalom. When Vonn crashed ahead of Mancuso on the course, officials had to have Mancuso start her run over because of “deteriorating conditions.”

Vonn was not pleased with Mancuso’s words. “It definitely has hurt me that she said some negative things,” Vonn told the Seattle Times. “All I can do is continue to support her like I always have been and hope that she reciprocates that.” [Newser]

I never understood why guys get off on girl fights, but there seems to be a lot of pent-up aggression with female athletes in particular. Check out these exxxtreme clashes, after the jump. Keep reading »

Quotable: Johnny Weir Responds To Homophobic Haters

“Every little boy should be so lucky as to turn into me. And that’s all I have to say.”

– Ice skater Johnny Weir‘s response to homophobic haters in an interview with “Access Hollywood.” Weir also addressed the comments made by two French commentators, who made jokes questioning Weir’s gender, at a press conference — check it out above. We love you Johnny! [Access Hollywood] Keep reading »

6 Olympic Tearjerkers And Heart Warmers

The 2010 Winter Olympics has some heart-wrenching stories. The games started off on a tragic note when the 21-year-old Georgian luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili, died on impact during a training run, hours before the opening ceremony. Kumaritashvili’s death cast somewhat of a dark cloud over the Olympics, but there is a silver lining. As Morgan Freeman’s soothing voice will tell you in the numerous Visa ads playing during the games, there are also plenty of Olympic happy endings as well. One of the most recent inspirational tearjerkers is the story of Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette, whose mother passed away suddenly from a heart attack two days before Joannie’s first skate. But yesterday, Joannie delivered an almost flawless short program that left her in third place going into Thursday night’s long performance. Joannie said that she had “no regrets” about her short program performance and while “words cannot describe” what she is going through, she appreciates everyone’s support. Kleenex, please! [Huffington Post, CNN]

After the jump, read some more inspiring tales from the Winter Olympics. Keep reading »

Evan Lysacek’s Feelings Are Hurt (We’ll Comfort Him)


U.S. Olympic gold medal figure-skating hottie, Evan Lysacek, went on “Larry King” last night where he was asked about some of the controversy surrounding his rival, Russian silver medalist Evgeni Plushenko. Plushenko, you might have heard, has complained that he was robbed of the gold medal (because he landed a quadruple jump, which Lysacek didn’t even attempt) and has taken to his official website where he designed and awarded himself a pretend platinum medal for his Vancouver performance. Asked how he felt about this disrespectful behavior from someone he considers a “hero,” Lysacek replied: “It just stings a bit. And I’ve tried really hard to not feel like it’s a personal attack, but it’s starting to feel that way. And coming from a stranger, it wouldn’t bother me, but coming from somebody I really look up to … ” Aww, come here, Evan. I’ll be happy to make you feel better! Clip above. [via New York Magazine] Keep reading »

Olympic Lovahs: Evan Lysacek & Nastia Liukin, And Other Medal-Wearing Sweethearts

Cute couple alert! Turns out that gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek and gold medal gymnast Nastia Liukin have been dating since the summer, when they met at a “Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular.” Liukin came to Vancouver to support her beau. “To see his dreams come true was amazing. Even though we’re not in the same sport, we got to connect at the same level because there’s nothing like the Olympics,” she said. “It was nice to be on the other side of things and be the support system, but I was nervous.” But why the secrecy? As far as I can tell, girls are crushing on Johnny Weir, who is even more unavailable than Lysacek. [NY Daily News]

The good thing about athletes dating is that when and if they breed, their spawn will be ultra athletes, emerging from the womb doing cartwheels. Oh, but there are more adorable Olympic couples out there. After the jump, our favorites. Keep reading »

Is It Fair To Have Women Test Olympic Ski Jumps, But Not Let Them Compete?

I was interested to find out that before men compete in the Olympic ski jump competition and the Nordic combined, that women are testing out the hills for them. This is particularly noteworthy considering that women are barred from competing in these two events. And yet two women agreed to act as forerunners—the athletes that test out the jumps and runs to make sure conditions are optimal—in ski jumping this year. While these two ladies seem to be thrilled to be involved in the Olympics at all, other world-class female skiers are not cool with them participating and refused invitations to participate as forerunners because they believe it sends a message that it’s OK for women to watch from the sidelines. In fact, some female skiers were so upset about not being able to compete in 2012, that 15 of them filed a lawsuit in the Canadian courts. But the Supreme Court ruled against them. Keep reading »

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