So, Amelia isn’t in the office today, because she’s at the Olympic gymnastics trials! How cool is that? She’ll be bringing us coverage from the trials in San Jose, CA, as the men’s and women’s Olympic teams are decided (go Alicia!). And as we’ve probably mentioned before, I’ll be covering the Olympics from London later this summer with the fine folks of Proctor & Gamble, who are major Olympics sponsors! We want to bring you all the thrills of victory and agonies of defeat, but first! Let’s all share a chuckle as “The Today Show”‘s Natalie Morales tries out a few gymnastics moves — or tries to, anyway — with head coach Bela Karolyi looking on.
News recently broke that the Spice Girls are considering a reunion at the Olympic Games in London this summer. I think this is the best idea in the history of the world. In fact, I’m not sure the Olympics should happen at all if the Spice Girls’ appearance falls through. Why? Because there are 10 reasons the Olympics needs the Spice Girls: Keep reading »
The Olympics are over, and many of the athletes are already getting emo about it all over Twitter. Since those nubile athletes gave their all for their countries, it’s only fair that we show them the proper gratitude. So, we’ve rounded up the 10 athletes we are most proud of for kicking butt this year, after the jump. Keep reading »
I don’t know when someone decided that athletes were supposed to be virtuous role models, but apparently athletes didn’t get the memo. The International Olympic Committee got pissed off at the Canadian women’s hockey team who won gold medals and promptly cracked open some beers and champagne right on the ice. So they’re chilling on the rink, boozing it up and the Olympic Committee is all, “It is not what we want to see. I don’t think it’s a good promotion of sport values. If they celebrate in the changing room, that’s one thing, but not in public.” And then Canada’s Olympic Committee is all, “In terms of the actual celebration, it’s not exactly something uncommon in Canada.” Because, apparently, Canada wasn’t founded by lame-o narcs. [Newser]
I understand why they crack down on Olympians for illegal activities, but shouldn’t adults who just dedicated their lives to earning Olympic medals be allowed to celebrate? Apparently not, according to these instances of Olympic fun-crushing. Keep reading »
Whenever we watch Olympic figure skating, we get pretty caught up in analyzing the athletes’ outfits. While the men wowed us with their theatrical getups, the women followed current fashion trends. Well, a handful of them did.
In recent months, we’ve seen stars walk the red carpet in dresses with pieces missing. Cutouts figured into a few skaters’ costumes, including those worn by Joannie Rochette of Canada (above right), Miki Ando of Japan (above left), and Sarah Hecken of Germany during last night’s free skate. The difference is that the Olympians don’t actually show any skin — the “revealed” areas are actually covered in flesh-tone fabric.
Even though these skaters are on-trend, will what they wear on the ice make any styles au courant? Let’s hope not. Keep reading to see a popular Olympic look we won’t be copying. Keep reading »
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 »
“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 »
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 »